If you’re obsessed with homes and décor you probably notice every movie homeSometimes I lose track of the plot because I’m swooning over their wainscoting, wall color or most often the kitchen. I definitely have favorite houses, so I decided to “build” my dream home from the rooms in each house I love. Of course we have no budget for this house!
When we moved into the house this room was actually a formal style living room. As you can see there is a family room across the hall, and we also have a finished basement, so we decided to make this into a giant dining room. I’ve never understood two living rooms across from each other. Are people going to shout over to each other from different couches watching different TV’s? Anyway, here are some before and after pics of our new dining room.
When you think about vinyl flooring I know you envision that tacky stuff from the 70’s, but it really has changed so much.
When we moved into our home in 2014 there was carpet in the master bathroom vanity area. Who puts carpet in a bathroom? Hint: Everyone in 1986. ICK!!! We tore it up and planned to replace it right away but got sidetracked by other projects (you know, the ones visitors would see). We lived with that sub-floor for a very long time.
Picking paint is a nightmare for so many people, including me! So many paint cards, so little time!! I cannot go into a hardware store, look at the endless wall of paint swatches and pick a color. I really need to see the paint in a furnished room, magazine, or catalog to know if I like it. I swoon over the colors in Pottery Barn catalogs, which are carried at Sherwin Williams but at $50 a gallon they are too much for me! Then I discovered how people are getting Pottery Barn Paint at Home Depot Prices!
The most common thing we are asked about our home projects is how we have the time to do them. Answer: We are empty nesting.
I’ve been a mom for 22 years and Mike has been a Dad for 26. We combined our families 17 years ago and together we have three boys aged 26, 22, and 22. Throughout high school our two youngest boys were both year-round high school athletes and we both work full time which means free time was non-existent. Our last home was cute and comfortable and we did some projects, but most of our time was devoted to kids’ activities. In 2012, our youngest two boys (one mine, one his) graduated from high school and headed off to college.
I’ll spare you the details of the drop offs but taking two boys to college in the same weekend was devastating and traumatic. Just visualize ugly crying. You can’t prepare for that no matter how you try. It is four years later and they have since graduated college and it still makes me cry. Mike’s oldest son was already living on his own and suddenly our house was empty. Both boys went on to be collegiate athletes and traveling to their events took up some time. But going to one event a week isn’t the same as shuttling them to every practice and event for 12 years. Suddenly, we had free time. Lots and lots of free time.
As time went on we started to get into the empty nesting groove. We realized we had the chance do things we had never done before like date nights, time with friends, travel, and creative house projects. Two years into the boys college career we decided to move. I have always loved decorating and bargain hunting. Mike can fix almost everything and has incredible self-taught wood working talent. After looking at about 7,000 homes we decided to buy a house that needed a makeover.
Renovating and decorating gives us something fun to do and living with disruptions is certainly easier when there are only two people. More importantly it has been an outlet for us as we navigate our way through the new normal that is empty nesting.