Living Room | Before & After

My poor husband. He works so hard as a middle school teacher, and every spring break, just when he’s ready for some time off, I find another project. Last year we painted our office/playroom and half bath. This year, we painted our living room. And just as we were finishing that, I got an inkling to do our laundry room, too. There’s nothing better than a fresh coat of paint over old, scuffed up paint, and our laundry room had been bothering me since we moved in two years ago! I’m loving the new “cool” tones.

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Before. (With a few spots of test paint.) 
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After. It’s just missing wall art and a bit of new decor to tie the new and old colors together!
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After. Next project – replacing the dated tiles around the fireplace!
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After a fresh coat of paint in the laundry room!
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Photo(s) of the Day: New Landscaping

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we just got new siding on our house. The next tasks were to pain the front door to match the shutters, and to add landscaping. I thought the landscaping would be in the distant future, but my parents graciously came over on a couple of different occasions to watch Baby K and help till, spread new soil, and pick out plants. I’m so happy with the final result!

Golden Barberry
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After new siding, a painted front door, and landscaping
After new siding, a painted front door, and landscaping. (Be sure to check out the “before” photos.)

Photos of the Day: The “Nesting” Phase

I’ve been going through the “nesting” phase of pregnancy for, oh, about the last 8 months. I’ve wanted to get lots of projects done around the house before the baby comes. (Just ask my poor husband.) In January, with the help of my parents, we painted all the trim and doors in our bedroom and master bathroom. Below are before, during, and after photos.

Before painting our trim
The chaos during trim-painting
An after shot, showing the bright trim and closet doors

And a few weeks ago, my husband and I (mostly him) painted this bookshelf for the baby room. I forgot to take a before picture, but it was a cheap, fake wood bookshelf we bought on Craigslist for $15. I think it looks so cute now! Next up – we’re getting siding put on our house starting tomorrow. Baby K better not make an appearance until after they’re done banging on the side of our house!

We painted this little bookshelf white and tangerine for the baby room. We’ve already got a nice stock of books!