Gallery Wall – Better Late Than Never!

So, I’ve had my gallery wall layout picked for OVER a YEAR now. This picture was taken right before Christmas 2015 😀

Now, January 2017, I am ready to complete my gallery wall. LOL.

Here is the LAYOUT:


Here is how it was for … about a year:






Any Ideas!? Please!

This beaut used to be a kitchen built in that we he pulled out to expand the kitchen. It’s really well made, all real wood, and pretty old. Probably original to our 1942 house. If not original, then from the late 50s early 60s, the one time the kitchen was previously re-done. We definitely don’t want to get rid of this! But we don’t know what to do with it. Our bathroom remodels won’t have the space and we aren’t wanting to open up any dining room walls. Any one with ideas please comment!!

Here’s what it looked like when we moved in:


Lesson Learned

You know how on the back of a spray paint can it says not to use it if the temperature is below 50 degrees? Well, my husband won’t allow me to spray paint in the house or garage (since I’m pregnant), so I just did some spray painting outside. It’s about 32 degrees. This is what happened: 


I’m spray painting jar lids for my craft room so I can put my cute stuff out all prettily.  


Fireplace Mantle Redo

We’ve finally completed something!! Well,,,… not fully. But… it looks good at least for now! No – not the entire living room. However, we have {almost} completed the fireplace/mantle. Here are some before pics:


Beautiful border with grapes and roses.


We love the fireplace with the wood stove insert. It was one of our favorite features of the house. However, the whole room was very outdated.

Here is the AFTER!


We took the border off the walls. Then we painted walls and ceiling a fresh coat of flat white. We sanded down all the wood wainscoting. We painted it all an eggshell white except for the gray mantle pieces above. I HATED it until i painted the brick gray too. Now i basically love it. Yes, i did paint the red ceramic tile below the fireplace with regular latex paint. That is why i say this is not fully completed yet. It obviously scratches off really easily and is not a permanent solution. We plan to re-tile eventually. I sure do love my mantle decor though 🙂


Here is a pretty before and after picture 🙂

Before and After

Creating a New Layout

The original house layout was very ‘compartmentalized.’ Each room had at least two doorways and there was a hallway running through the house wasting space. Our master bedroom had two doorways, the kitchen had three, and the dining room had two. So we tore down the wall between the kitchen and the dining room, took out the tiny disgusting pantry, closed up one doorway which you can see {Here}, rerouted our bedroom entrance along with creating a little hallway so that the bedroom door didn’t open right up facing the stove, and took down a hallway wall to enlarge Ryker’s room.

Below is the original hallway.


At the end of the hall is the original entrance to the master bedroom. Right of that is one of the entrances to the kitchen. The first doorway to the left is Ryker’s room. We close off the master bedroom doorway and the kitchen entrance and tear down the wall between Ryker’s doorway and the end of the hallway. 


Tearing down the hallway wall!



Wall is down! 

After that wall was torn down we built a new doorway for him and closed the old hallway-to-kitchen doorway, and the original master bedroom doorway.


Ryker’s new doorway! We used the old door which i will NEVER do again. 

As you can see a little in the pic above, we also opened up the doorway from the hallway to the dining room.


This might not look like a huge change but it made the HUGEST difference!

The picture below shows the before and after of taking down the kitchen-dining room wall!


House Project – Closing a doorway

As i mentioned before, our master bedroom had two doorways. I think this is because originally the room was built as a den, connected to the garage. Then the garage was remodeled into a living room and the doorway into it was kept. Here are some pics.


Door and door frame taken off


Took stairs off and framed it. It was open to the crawl space for a while – not cool


This isn’t the best pic but we drywalled over, removed wallpaper border, painted a fresh coat of flat white, put the wainscoting over where the stairs were. Now all we need is to fine a matching piece of trim (and clean).

House in the Woods – A Fixer Upper

As i said in my last post, hubby and i BOUGHT OUR FIRST HOUSE!! After putting in offers for four other properties and then losing them for one reason or another, we finally got one! It seemed like it was never going to happen. This house was not exactly our first choice – the backyard has a steep hill and the living room is four steps down from the rest of the house because it used to be a garage some 30-50 years ago. The house was built in 1942 and every single room needed updating.  But we saw that part as a good thing because we wanted a fixer upper that we can eventually make some cold hard cash on once we sell. Here are some before pictures.


Front of the house. Those brown interior shutters are gone now


Living room and front door #1 


Front door is on the left edge. Looking into kitchen




So much wood!!


Who doesn’t want a booth?


The beautiful booth and glass brick window


Dining room


Hallway – this is gone now


Bedroom #1 – Extra bedroom


Main bathroom – Beautiful pink


Bedroom #2 – Ryker’s room. It used to be TINY!


Our bedroom. You can jut see out of bedroom doorway #2 that goes into the living room. Also our bathroom.


And of course, the bathroom has the beautiful wall paper to match.