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The Boy's Room (House Tour Part 5)

Out of the whole house, I think I had the most fun decorating the boys' room!

Before I started, I got inspiration to do a camping/mountains/outdoor/adventure themed room for the boys, and it just so happened, that after I decided to do that, I realized that Target had come out with a line that fit with my vision perfectly!  Can't get better than that.

I painted the walls a Behr color called "Campfire Ash" - a very appropriate name for a room with this theme.  It's a very pale, neutral gray.  The boys' room is one of the only rooms in the house that gets warm light, so the gray actually worked in there without being too cool (I'm not a fan of grays in rooms that already get cool light).

In the pictures below, you might also notice that one side of the boys' bookshelf looks funny - that's because when I was almost done painting this room, I let Wyatt take a nap in there.  There was a can of paint with the lid on, and a brush in there with him.  I honestly didn't even think about it since the can was sealed, but I went in there later to find my little boy covered in paint, paint on the carpet, and paint covering one side of his bookshelf.  I had to scrub to get it looking this good!  We had a lot of paint mishaps during our remodel.  I was not happy at the time, but it's a funny memory now!  Look at how little my babies were in the last pictures!


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The Girl's Room (House Tour Part 4)

I have to say, I remember having the most fun decorating the kids' rooms a couple years ago.

For the girl's room I was going for a colorful, summery vibe.  I didn't want to stick to any one color scheme, because I have figured out through decorating and re-decorating the nursery over the years, that there is always something in the room that doesn't match the color scheme.

I painted the walls a Behr color called "Mayfair White", which is a pale mint green.  I picked a colorful floral bedspread, and scented with pink, but the beauty of this scheme is that the girls can bring in toys, blankets, pillows, or stuffed animals in pretty much any color and it still looks like it fits in the room.

Obviously these pictures were taken a couple years ago (look how little Clarice and Gwen were!), so what's changed?

Clarice is now in the room too - we found out we were expecting Georgie and moved Clarice upstairs with Gwen sooner than we thought!  Her toddler bed is in the place where the reading nook is in these pictures.  The canopy over the area has been taken down, since it didn't seem like a smart idea to have it hanging above my one year old's bed.  The gallery wall is also not the same in all these pictures since the girls broke a one of the pictures when they were jumping on Gwen's bed (the room is for living in, not just for show, after all).

Funny story (actually, not funny so much as cringeworthy) - when I was painting the girls' room, I took a quick break and left the lid off the can of paint.  A minute later I hear a ruckus coming from the room, and my heart sinks.  I went back in there and the kids had spilled an entire can of paint, all over the carpet.

There was a brief pause, as Derek and I stared in horror, and then the entire thing blew up.  We were both shouting, I hustled the kids out of the room while he grabbed towels to sop up the mess, everyone was crying.  I sat the kids down in front of the TV, and wailed to Derek.  "Now we have to replace the carpet!  That was not in the budget!"  

While the rest of us were freaking out, Derek patiently sopped up the paint.  He worked on it the rest of the night, used up an entire can of carpet cleaner, and he got that stain out.  Honestly, the floor looks like new!  I'm still not sure how he did it, but I was very impressed with his determination.

Did I mention all this happened on Easter?

I'm happy to say we can officially laugh about it now.


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Up The Stairs (House Tour Part 3)

When we were first married, the upstairs of this house was the only part of the house that was finished, but boy, did it look different.

Rough hewn, yellowing wood, which was actually house siding, on the ceiling.

Raggedy carpet from wall to wall.

Old, beat-up wood trim.

The cheapest doors you can buy at the home improvement store.

Dirty white walls.

A bathroom that was not worth noting.

No overhead lighting in the bedrooms.

An old kitchen with white laminate countertops and no dishwasher.

Windows that would barely open, and a sliding glass door that let cold air through in the winter.

But it had a gorgeous wood stove and vaulted ceilings.  The bones were good.

My dad helped us update the kitchen, because that was just necessary.  We lived in one of the upstairs bedrooms until Wyatt was born and we moved downstairs.  I painted the walls, trying to put a bandaid on a house we couldn't afford to fix up yet.  And we just dealt with it, for 8 years.

Finally two years ago, we decided we were staying, we might as well make this place somewhere we would like to live!  Most of the work was concentrated on the upstairs, for obvious reasons.

What did we do?

Ripped out the carpet and put new (fake) wood floors in.

Tore out all the trims and doors, and replaced all of it.

New windows, and a new sliding glass door.

Covered up the ceiling with white planks (which did a ton to brighten it up, let me tell you).

Repainted everything a brighter color.

Remodeled the bathroom.

So basically, we redid everything except the kitchen (which had already been redone) and the wood stove (which really can't be improved upon).

I really wouldn't necessarily recommend doing all the work yourself, which is what we did, because it was a miserable, crazy few months.  But we saved a bunch of money, and it finally looks the way I want it!

A few notes:

You'll notice the couch is green and the chairs are tan in a few photos.  The pictures were taken before I bought new couch covers a year and a half ago.  If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen the new covers.  I'll put a few updated pictures at the end so you can see, but that's why not all the pictures match!

Bathroom not pictured because the lighting is horrible in there and it's terribly hard to take a good picture of it, but trust me, it's nice now.

So that was what it looked like right after our remodel, but a few months later I got a few new couch covers.  I didn't feel like re-taking all the photos, so here are just a couple more recent shots to give you an idea of how it looks a slightly different now.


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