Posts tagged ‘Flooring’

September 19, 2014

Exciting Things

There’s something very exciting coming up for the House on Penny Lane. Are you excited? No? Not yet? Well, I can be excited for the rest of us.

At the end of this year, we’re getting a new sofa! A sectional to be exact…

Our IKEA sofa has served us well during the last seven years. It was our first big purchase together and, for each of us, our first real grown up sofa. But lately, we have begun to outgrow it. We’re hosting more and more get-togethers at our house while also spending more and more time stretched out/cuddled up just the two of us. And we just need more room.

And lucky for us, our living room can handle it. It’s kind of huge. Check out my sweet rendering. It’s like looking at my house through a Simpson’s episode.

 

And I never miss a chance for a mood board. This thing makes me giddy. Especially because the majority of the items pictured are ones I already own. This, by the way, is an update to a mood board from way back in 2010. We were just young chicks then, so it’s interesting to see how our tastes have grown in the last few years.

 

 

1.     Our wonderful wood floors. I still dig the high contrast between them and our walls.

2.     With the addition of a larger sofa, we will also need a larger area rug. Our current rug is a $170 8’x10′ shag rug we found at Home Depot. Such a steal and hides stains amazingly well. The new rug is actually made up of carpet tiles, so if one gets stained, I can just remove and replace it with a fresh tile. I’ve also heard the tiles are way easier to clean than a regular rug, so let’s hope any stains that do pop up can be taken care of quickly.

3.     My $30 a piece Craigslist chairs. I recovered them just last year, so they’re not going anywhere any time soon.

4.     Our 70s coffee table. Another awesome Craigslist find.

5.     THE SOFA. I am so excited by this. Pretend this picture is of a sectional with a chaise instead of an ‘L’ shaped sofa. I chose a fitted back to avoid the inevitable slouchy back cushions. The fabric will be a microfiber velvet in a very dark, almost black, charcoal.

6.     Our sofa table. It came from CB2, but is unfortunately no longer available.

7.     Our favorite IKEA Besta media cabinet.

8.     Our vintage walnut lamps. I am so glad these are not glass or ceramic. They would have been broken a long time ago. *Cough* cats *cough*

9.    My Valentine’s Day Fiddle Leaf Fig.

10.   Our current accent pillows, throw, and our Franco Albini Ottoman.

11.    With the new sofa, I should be receiving some throw pillows in the fabric of my choosing. So here’s my choosing! Kind of an Ikat print with cream, charcoal, linen, plum, and cranberry colors. It’s super pretty and this pic doesn’t do it justice.

12.   Think I can talk Rob into some light colored faux fur throw pillows? I hope so. We’ve got a lot of sofa to cover.

13.   I think a nicely colored Persian style rug would be beautiful layered over our future area rug. This will take some obsessing, hunting, and deliberation, so don’t expect to see this placeholder filled for some time.

 

So what’s been a recent exciting addition to your home? Tell me about it in the comments below!

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March 18, 2012

To Do List

It’s been a long while since I’ve last updated my to do list, so here goes…

Those items highlighted green are those that have been completed since I last updated the list (June 2010)

To Do List

1)  Replace carpet with wood

2) Replace existing tile

3)  Replace all light fixtures

  • Entry – pendant
  • Dining – pendant
  • Living Room – recessed
  • Kitchen – pendant
  • Master Bedroom – pendant/close to ceiling
  • Master Bathroom – pendant or sconces
  • Bedrooms – close to ceiling
  • Guest Bathroom – sconce
  • Exterior Front – sconce

4)  Demolish partial wall/cover existing opening

5)  Replace Living Room doors with windows  (I haven’t decided if I still want to do this.  Originally, I thought the door was inoperable, but the wood had just swelled the door closed.)

6)  Replace window treatments (I’m about halfway through with this one, not enough to cross it off, unfortunately.)

7)  Remove upper cabinets above peninsula in kitchen

8 ) Paint Fireplace

9)  Add Fireplace doors (crossing both 8 and 9 off my list because I’m fairly certain I’ve changed my mind about both items)

10)  Add pocket/barn door to Master Bathroom

11)  Replace Master Bathroom sink

12)  Replace toilets with dual flush toilets

13)  Paint Interior (I decided to paint the kitchen the same color as the living room and to paint the cabinets. I may treat the laundry room completely different from the rest of the house since that room is so dark and depressing.)

  • Living Room/Dining Room/ Hallway/ Kitchen – SW Pearly White
  • Kitchen Cabinets – White (which white, I don’t know.)
  • Laundry Room – ???
  • Office – SW Pearly White
  • Guest Bathroom – SW Worldly Gray
  • Master Bedroom/Master Bathroom – SW Balanced Beige

14)  Paint Exterior (In progress, yes, still.)

  • Trim – SW Black Fox
  • Field – SW Universal Khaki

15)  Replace Kitchen counter with quartz or butcher block

16)  Replace all windows (4 out of 10 of these will be replaced this year!)

I’m hoping this will be inspiring to those who feel they need to tackle everything at once. We have actually made great progress here in under 3 years, but I try not to rush myself. I’ve learned that my ideas change with time (see items 8 and 9) and almost always for the better. If I had tried to tackle my whole To Do List at one time, I would not be as happy with the (in progress) outcome as I am!

Enjoy it!

August 21, 2010

Wood Floors Pt. 2: The Hallway.

With the addition of the new wood floors, our hallway is practically finished. Amazing.

If only you could see the before. Unfortunately, the documentation has been lost within the digital world, likely to never be seen again. Hm.. maybe that should be ‘thankfully’.

Before we get to our new, improved hallway, let’s take a look back at the inspiration picture Rob blogged almost a year ago, here.

(Image courtesy of ApartmentTherapy.com)

I originally identified with this image because of the long hallway with multiple doors interrupting the flow of the walls. I knew I would have the same obstacles at Penny Lane. I also really liked the directional lighting, the repetitive round rugs and the large art focal piece at the entrance of the hall.

I wanted the hallway to act as an art gallery – displaying art I have collected been given over the years mixed with images of friends and family. I’m not the type of person who displays framed family photos throughout the house, so including some sort of resemblance of a life had to be purposeful. The lighting decision was a relatively easy one to make. We chose track lighting. The following installation and repair, on the other hand, was a bit more difficult, as I described here. To achieve an even stronger art gallery feeling in the hallway, I decided to go with a white, flat paint. We ultimately chose Sherwin Williams Pearly White because it looked best in both the hallway and the living room, each having different lighting types – the living room: mostly natural light; the hallway: halogen.

Enough talk. Let’s get to the Before and Afters.

Imagining the Before will take a bit of creativity. Imagine a long, carpeted hallway, some of which was fraying at the sides leaving bits of carpet threads tracked throughout the house. The walls were goldenrod yellow with marbelized fish globe light fixtures at either end. The result was dark, dingy and dated.

After

The entrance to the hallway from the dining/entry/living room.

View from the master bedroom towards Rob’s office.

View from Rob’s office towards the master bedroom.

So there you have it. Our new, fancy floors in the hallway. After the addition of round rugs and a few paint touch ups, we can call it done. At this point, though, it will join the guest bathroom on the list, ‘finished for now’.

July 12, 2010

Wood Floors Pt. 1

Just to show you how dedicated Rob is to finishing the never-ending flooring project in our house, he’s using a nail gun right now to reattach the baseboards.  Or maybe he’s just wanting his TV back in its rightful home.

Starting Friday, we finally got to that huge stack of wood sitting in our living room.  And don’t overestimate our awesomeness, because we had tons of help.  Our friends, Gavin and Heather, gave up their weekend to help us lay some floors.

Yesterday, we spent the day working in the master bedroom.

The floors are engineered wood strips that we glued together and floated over the concrete slab.

By default, we had to go about 1/3 of the way into the hallway.

Another friend’s miter saw that he’s so graciously let us borrow. Thanks, Dave!

Our beautiful, although dusty, wood floors.

And last, but not least, our sleeping quarters for the last couple of nights. Comfy!

June 16, 2010

To Do List

As you’ve noticed, so much has been accomplished the last couple of months, so I decided to update the To Do List. Those items that have been accomplished since the last posting of the To Do List are highlighted.

To Do List

1)  Replace carpet with wood (7/2010?)

2) Replace existing tile

3)  Replace all light fixtures

  • Entry – pendant
  • Dining – pendant
  • Living Room – recessed
  • Kitchen – pendant
  • Master Bedroom – pendant/close to ceiling
  • Master Bathroom – pendant or sconces
  • Bedrooms – close to ceiling
  • Guest Bathroom – sconce
  • Exterior Front – sconce

4)  Demolish partial wall/cover existing opening

5)  Replace Living Room doors with windows  (I haven’t decided if I still want to do this.  Originally, I thought the door was inoperable, but the wood had just swelled the door closed.)

6)  Replace window treatments

7)  Remove upper cabinets above peninsula in kitchen

8 )  Paint Fireplace

9)  Add Fireplace doors

10)  Add pocket/barn door to Master Bathroom

11)  Replace Master Bathroom sink

12)  Replace toilets with dual flush toilets

13)  Paint Interior (I decided to paint the kitchen the same color as the living room and to paint the cabinets. I may treat the laundry room completely different from the rest of the house since that room is so dark and depressing.)

  • Living Room/Dining Room/ Hallway/ Kitchen – SW Pearly White
  • Kitchen Cabinets – White (which white, I don’t know.)
  • Laundry Room – ???
  • Bedrooms/Guest Bathroom/Master Bedroom/Master Bathroom – SW Worldly Gray

14)  Paint Exterior (In progress, yes, still.)

  • Trim – SW Black Fox
  • Field – SW Universal Khaki

15)  Replace Kitchen counter with quartz butcher block

16)  Replace all windows

June 16, 2010

Evolution of a Dining Room

In 10 months, our dining room has gone through 4 looks and it can be safely said that it will go through more.

The first look was the walk-through-look, which included the previous home-owner’s furniture, custom blinds, sage green walls, cream tile and faux patina chandelier. Do you see the potential in this space?

The next look was the move-in-look. It essentially consisted of the swapping of the previous home-owner’s furniture with our craigslist furniture. I shudder to think that this was the state of the dining room when we hosted Thanksgiving ’09.

This next look is the one most everyone who visits this blog is familiar with. It’s the I’m-cheap-therefore-I’m-crafty look. It involves the replacement of the faux-patina chandelier with the handmade string light.

Unfortunately, the handmade light fixture didn’t stay up for long and since we didn’t really want to start a fire, we decided to replace it. We also had new tile installed and painted the walls white.

And we’re still not done. Do you want to know our plans for the space? Check out our To Do List.

May 12, 2010

A New After

Of all the changes we’ve made to the house on Penny Lane over the last couple of months, we’ve come away with only one more mostly finished after: the master vanity.

Need a refresher on the history of our master vanity? Well, you can start here, where we attempted to remove the wallpaper. Then, move on to here, where we, again, attempted to remove the wallpaper. And finally, end here, where we decided to just paint over the wallpaper. I won’t go into much detail about the time between our last update on the vanity and now, but let’s just say we undid everything without the convenience of the edit command.

Two weeks ago, we had new tile installed which meant removing the old vanity to make room for the new floor-revealing, space-expanding vanity. A new vanity meant a new sink, which meant a new faucet and a new mirror. Suddenly, everything in the vanity area became new… except for the light fixture… But that’s ok, because somehow, that old, gold 70’s light fixture looks… how did you say it, Mark? Sprezzatura?

The sink and vanity are from IKEA. The faucet is from Overstock.com, by a company called Kingston Brass. The mirror was found at an antique store in Dallas (Dad, Ali? What was the store called?). I’d like to strip the paint off of the mirror to expose the dark wood frame, but Rob wants to leave it white. The wall paint is Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray.

April 30, 2010

Sponsors?

Unfortunately, just as soon as the tile was installed, I was laid off from my job.  Anyone want to sponsor our blog?  Anyone?  No one?  … Ok.

Fortunately for the blog, Rob and I have already purchased everything we need for two months worth of home improvement projects.  Except for primer.  Oops.

Here are some tile pictures to tide you over for a bit.

Guest Bathroom

Master Bathroom

The new vanity is currently lacking plumbing and a mirror.  I have some things picked out for this and I’ll post it shortly.

April 21, 2010

The Thick of It

Amazingly, we accomplished every single goal for last weekend, including our bonus goal, which, surprisingly, was one of the first items to be checked off the list.

And now we’re in the thick of it.  Most of the tile is removed, leaving a layer of thin-set all over our house.  Most everything is covered in dust, but there really wasn’t much more that we could have done, short of storing all of our belongings in a storage facility.  We have a lot of cleaning ahead of us.

Unfortunately, this is what was behind that 15′ tall sheet of protective plastic.

Hard at work cleaning.

Aww…

Thankfully, we have patient family members who are willing to give our cats and us clean place to stay.  Thank you!!!!

April 17, 2010

Sneak Peeks

It’s a rainy day here at Penny Lane, but you all know what we like to do on rainy days.  Besides a little trip to pick up our wood flooring this weekend, our efforts will be concentrated inside.  We’ll be attempting to complete all the little tasks before tiling starts on Monday.

Our goals are:

  • Finish painting the walls where tile is to be laid
  • Tape up plastic where we don’t want dust from tile demo
  • Move refrigerator, washer and dryer
  • Remove one toilet
  • Move furniture from tiled areas
  • Hide all kitchen knickknacks

Bonus goal:

  • Texture and paint Master Bathroom walls

And here are some sneak peeks at what’s been going on over here.

Painting green or painting white?

I think white…

A new view into our kitchen

Beautiful Tile

Kitchen Knickknacks