A new light fixture and bathroom

Our plan for the dining room was to make it into a playroom, which we’ve done! However, having a chandelier was creating many an accident, so I purchased a ceiling fan a while back to replace the chandelier. It’s small to be scaled to the room and a style that I actually like (the other ceiling fans throughout the house aren’t ones I’d pick, but they’ll all stay for a long while).

Well….the weight of the fan was a concern and the movement on top of that, so we called our resident expert (my Dad) and he (of course) knew exactly what we should do to make it work. It was super helpful! But we’re limited in our skill set, so we decided to replace the awful kitchen ceiling fan with the one I got and bought this lovely fixture for the playroom instead:

disclaimer: these pictures are weird! the first one is with the light off and the second with the light on, but the camera flash off.

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It’s pretty though and really has all the colors we’ve used and ties in nicely with the green. I’ll get a better picture once the room is completed.

As far as I’m concerned, the half bath is done for now! We have plans to replace the sink with a shallow rectangular one and replace the flooring and remove the wallpaper, but for now, it’s done!

Before:

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After!

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A colorful little rug, some artwork instead of a giant second mirror, bamboo garbage and plant and little dish on the back of the toilet and, voila!

In other news, James started peeling the wallpaper in the eating nook and we found something really fun! It’s green with blue and cream and we actually kinda like it! It’s old fashioned wallpaper and we’ll live with that until we can really get to work on it. Check it out!

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Built-ins!

We have this lovely built in closet beside our upstairs bathroom, which more than makes up for the lack of a linen closet inside the bathroom. We’ve been working on getting the bones of each room done, but neglecting our storage spaces, so it was time to pay attention. It’s been tiresome to try and locate a bottle of medicine and clean towels or sheets, so I got to work. I had purchased some contact paper for the pantry just outside the kitchen door, but had enough to outfit this little area. Here is what we started with:

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As you can see, it already has some shelf/wall paper from years ago and I really like it! Plus i’m not interested in removing it, blech, too much work.

Why, yes, we DO love our laundry chute!

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Eventually we will paint the outside of the cabinet to match all our trim and I have a plan for removing old paint residue from all the original hardware, but that’s a later job. Dealing with contact paper is a learned art…..once I was on the second shelf, I had devised a system and actually ended up redoing the first shelf. Because yes….it would have bothered me. It turned out nicely and now we have more than enough storage for future purchases! Or whatever we find when we actually finish unpacking!

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Little bits of progress

I unpacked 14 boxes yesterday (mostly books) and knick knacks to set up our bookcases. I love to unpack books as one of the first things….no idea why, but it makes me feel calm so it’s where I start. It’s not complete (nothing is, hah!) but it’s looking quite lovely!

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We’ll put the extensions on and possibly add some books (we still have about 15 boxes left). I love walking by it! We also have a couch! It’s made all the rooms messy again since we had to shuffle around a huge load of boxes, but time will make it right.

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It’s way too long to fit anywhere else and this is pretty much where we thought it would go. It’s nice to have somewhere to sit! I also started hanging things up in my office/sunroom. It makes it just a little bit more complete!

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Oh living room!

It turns out, that I didn’t need to pick up baskets at the thrift store at all! Instead, I repurposed two by taking off the handles. I made sure that their removal didn’t affect the structure of the basket at all.

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The playroom has been a very popular spot and will help keep the kids occupied while we deal with this:

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We got the bookshelves placed though and secured to the wall! My plan today is to unpack the shelves and unpack some books. This became the priority because Natalie needs to have a book box for school (which we have to make) and fill it up with books from home! So…..guess we gotta find some books! We hope to have a living room by this weekend. Little by little…..

Sun room

This feels like the most complete room…possibly because it has somewhere to sit….but here it is!

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It needs a rug, curtains and some artwork – which we have…just in boxes. I also am removing one of the wall sconces and replacing one with a Restore find ($5!!). We need to put the baseboard end caps back on and finish up some trim work, but this room is an easy one to relax in. It’s nice! It’s wonderful to be placing decorative items out again. It’s definitely the best part of a move!

Sneak peeks

We’ve done a lot in a few short days, but there is still a lot left to do. Today, my focus was on setting up the play room. This would normally be our dining room, but having a play room makes more sense for our family right now and we have the built in eating nook, so having two eating spaces seems silly. I still have to find some of the toys, but I’m being extremely selective about what comes back. Here is what we have so far!

We purchased very few things for this space, since we have so much to work with. There are three new baskets – the two on top of the shelves and one on the floor. The wicker ones were purchased for beans at a local thrift shop and the wooden crate was picked up at Menards.

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We’re bringing back the play kitchen! The kids are really excited about this. Our aqua Ikea cart, will now be our simplified art cart and baby sleeping station! The middle shelf is where the two babies sleep and the bottom shelf will be for storing their clothes. The art table does double duty as a play kitchen dining table and art table.

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Here are our toy storage shelves. We’ve had these for years and they work well to limit what we have in our toy area. I’m hitting the thrift shop to pick up a few more baskets to house dress up accessories and train cars.

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Here you see our music station and big floor basket! The stereo cabinet came from my mom and was our stereo cabinet while I was growing up. We plan on filling it with records and cds and we’ll put the record player on top.

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Well, that’s all we have for now. The space feels clean and spacious and the kids are delighted! We’ll fill out the space with a rug once we can put them down (2 more weeks!). We’ll round out the space with some art work and voila!

In other news, I picked up this headboard for Nat at our local thrift shop for a mere $15! A little coat of spray paint and here’s what we got:

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Once we have her room painted, we’ll attach this sucker to the wall and call it a day!