Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Our House, Is a Very, Very, Very Fine House

In the event that you all might be even remotely interested in what we've been up to in the past half a year or so, aside from raising a kiddo, working like maniacs, and perilously ignoring my blog, I'm obliged to show you. I'm a little proud, you might just say.

But, before I share, things are looking good on Zee Baby's end. Quite literally. I'd show you pictures of her tushie, but that'd be, I don't know, illegal or something. At the very least it'd be improper. Just know that her diaper rash has begun to clear, thanks to your suggestions.

So, I've gone on about this house be bought and the McDonald's Playground-ness of it, so I figured I'd show you some before and after shots. The before photos are from our walk-through before we put in an offer.

Ta-da...(Because drumrolls are totally overrated.)

The Kitchen

Before...




Yes, in fact, that is a light blue cabinet thrown up in the middle there. For artistic measure, no doubt.

After...


Repainted, wood floor...


Some chochkes thrown in 'cause I'm a big fan of all things antique chochke...


Still have to paint the back door and the kitchen window trim white...

The Dining 'Room' (Being quite liberal here with the definition of a 'room')

Before...


Orange Crush fades to Lemon Yellow. Orange Crush = Good Song...Bad Color. Lemon Yellow = Good Lemon, Put one in My Lemon Drop Shot Please...Not so much a yummy color for my walls.


Teensy baby resting on owners' table (these were taken in June, about fifteen minutes later my one month old had a meltdown).

After...


Repainted window...Muchas plantas...


Still need to paint that window trim, too...


The Living Room/Hallway to Bathroom (Aw, heck, who am I kidding, the rooms downstairs are practically up each others' arses, but let's pretend their separate rooms.)

Before...


Nasty carpet meets lemon yellow...


A tapestry is a good way to cover up a wall covered in bricks that was partially painted lemon yellow. It would seem that painting bricks SUCKS. Big time. It is not a project worth following through. Tapestries are a quick fix. In case you doubt me or my predecessors and attempt to paint a brick wall just know that you should have a tapestry handy.



After...


Not ideal, super tiny, but it's currently working for us...The lack of living space is why, in a few years, we'll be doing a major remodel. That we're PAYING SOMEONE ELSE TO DO. Because I'm plain over the shit. There is talk of temporarily sending me to Jersey while the worst of it is going on. Z-Boy's idea. He's a smart man. If that happens, he'll be a smart alive man. Survival of the fittest.


Just in case you're super fucking nosy like me, close-ups of the photos.

In case you hadn't noticed, I don't particularly care that it's been deemed lower middle class to display photos in your living room...

Crooked, yeah. I know. But I can't be arsed to get all particular about that...


The Bathroom

Before...


Citrus colors dominated our living quarters. I'm convinced that the previous owners were constantly under the influence of vodka and tequila. And their respective citrus companions. Can't blame them.

After...


I'm not a huge fan of the haystack color on the walls, but it's a vast improvement... If you ask me.

The Hallway to Bath and Spare Room

Before...


Because who couldn't use a bottle of wine en route to the lime green loo.

After...


Because I'm all braggy niece-in-law...A chalk drawing Z-Boy's Uncle made us for our wedding...



The Downstairs Guest Room/Office Converted to Craft Room/Office

Before...



Nothing spectacular, albeit nothing completely assaulting to the ocular vessels...A welcome change.

After...


Still need to paint the window trim...


Notice the sewing machine my honey bought me today because he rocks that hard. And I think I might've said a million and one times that I'm SO glad I had a girl because now I can sew her clothes. Boys clothes are tougher. He couldn't rock harder if he had a vagina and was, well...me. Some guys are just lucky like that.



Closet Turned Zee's Room (the most exciting transformation yet, if you ask me)



There are two pretty teeny bedrooms upstairs. The couple before us used Zee's room as a master closet. It's about that size, to be honest...



After...


Orange Crush has its place...


Talk about maximizing space...


I received that rocking chair for my first birthday from my Mom-mom and Pop-pop. Love those kind of hand-me-downs. Actually, I LOVE all KINDS of hand-me-downs.


I'm not one for wallpaper borders but this one clutched me by the throat and said, "Put me on your registry, DAMMIT!" Love it.


My favorite feature of the room...the rug is cool, too.

The Master Bedroom

Before...



Even with daylight streaming through the ever-so-tiny window, you can barely see this room. Sometimes it's nice to move beyond primary colors, not that I'm an art teacher or anything. Thank Goddess.

After...


We've done the least with our bedroom...


It's intended for sleep. And it provides that well enough. So we'll leave it alone for now. At least I don't feel like I'm hibernating in a cave of Navy Blue-ness when I retire.

Well peeps, this took longer than I'd imagined, so I'm going to retire to my tan refuge.

Peace out...

6 Leg Humps:

Latin Lover said...

Wow! You really have been busy. It's nice to have you back, and Zee Baby is looking cute as ever.

PaintingChef said...

You guys have worked your asses off. And in not too much time, either!

Oh... and when the main part of the remodel happens? Not Jersey... TENNESSEE! Come to Tennessee!!

Kjersten said...

Lots and lots of work!

Love the nursery color. Makes me thirsty!

Shalini said...

I love Zee baby's room! It's gorgeous! This reminds me that I need to have the hubs do a picture walk thru of our abode here :)

Chickie said...

You have done a lot there and it looks good! I despise remodeling/redecorating and think it would be a find idea for you to take a vacation for the worst of the next one!

Crazy Lady said...

You have done a great job! The place looks so nice!

 

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