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I was looking through some old pictures a few days back that really got me thinking about how much some of the spaces in our house have changed in the last few years … and I thought it would be fun to take a quick trip down memory lane and look at some “then” and “now” pictures for a few of the most-transformed areas in our house.  So, here goes.  I decided to start with the dining room since it is probably my favorite room in the house, both then and now.

So, here are our “then” pictures, taken the day we moved in (as evidenced by our belongings spread out all over the room) back in 2007.


That’s teal floral wallpaper, with matching fabric, pillows, and even a bunny in a matching dress (remember when those were so popular?) on the window seat.


The wallpaper in here wasn’t really our cup of tea, but it did coordinate really well with everything else (i.e., matching wallpaper, paint, and curtains, flooring) on the main floor of the house and it had been really stylish at one point.  It was just time for the next round of updates.


Even with all of the teal and flowers, I loved this room from the beginning.  I loved the moldings, all the windows, the window seat, the chandelier … it was (and is) the kind of room that makes me love old houses.  I knew there was so much potential in this space and I was super excited to make a few changes that would freshen it up and help it shine again.

We’ve been working on the dining room on and off since the summer of 2009 and I still wouldn’t say we’re done, but I sometimes forget everything that we have done since then.  So, here’s the list.

We …

And, after all of that, here’s what the dining room looks like now:






In a lot of ways, the room is really the same as it was when we moved in.  We’ve just made some updates to the walls and flooring, but I think the difference is huge … and I love our dining room even more now than I did when we first saw it.

There are still some things I’d like to do in this room.  For one, I’d love to add a china hutch.  We have some really pretty old china that I’d love to display and I also think that adding a tall piece of wood furniture in a corner opposite the window wall would help to add some height to that side of the room and balance things out nicely.

A rug is also on my “to do” list for this room.  I was mixed on whether or not I wanted one right after the hardwood floors were finished, so we put felt pads on the table and chairs and moved them back in without one.  The room feels a little echoey now, though, and I think a rug would add some interest and help to warm the space up a little – so it’s on the “someday” list for the dining room.

I’m also thinking we’ll add some shades under the valances that were just installed.  We’d most likely pick  something that completely hides under the valances when they’re up, but we’d like the option to close them after dark or when it’s super sunny, so that’s also on our “someday” list.

And then, of course, there’s the matter of actually decorating (you know – centerpiece on the table, pictures on the walls).  That’s clearly still on the list too – I’ll get there someday.

All in all, though, I’d definitely call the remaining items “finishing touches” and, while I’m looking forward to them, I really think the biggest part of the transformation has already happened.  Here’s one last set of pictures:

Then (this time just after we moved in):


And Now:


It’s still a work in progress, but we’ve come a long way from where we started, wouldn’t you agree?

And, in case anyone is concerned about the fate of our matching teal bunny, worry not – we still have her.  :)


It’s been almost 3 weeks since the sod was installed in the center of the circle driveway, marking the completion of the entry way addition project!  It’s hard to believe it’s finally officially done!  Although there have been a lot of changes since we started the project last September, we think the addition of grass in the front yard has been one of the most transformational.

Here’s what we started with this spring:

Before Any Landscaping Work

The new driveway and construction work was complete, but we’d left the logs from the two oak trees laying in the center of the circle driveway through the winter so Chad’s dad could cut them up for firewood.  In mid-April, we had a tree service come back to haul out the remaining logs and grind out the stumps from the trees.  The second week of May, the landscapers started work on the beds around the house and driveway.  Here’s a picture after the landscapers left:

After Log Removal, Stump Grinding, and Flower Bed Landscaping

Then, the first week of June, the sod was installed, making such a huge difference in curb appeal.

Immediately After Sod Installation

After 3 weeks of watering and the first mowing, the sod is greening up and taking hold.  We’re so happy with the end result!

Three Weeks After Sod Installation

We’ve been really lucky that there’s been so much rain over the last couple of weeks – we’ve really only had just a couple of days where we’ve had to shuffle our schedules to be home during the morning or afternoon to move sprinklers and keep the grass damp.  It took probably a week and a half for the sod to start taking hold and rooting in the soil and we waited a little more than two weeks before mowing for the first time with a push mower on the highest setting.  The grass is actually getting pretty long again, but we’ll probably continue with the push mower for the next few weeks before driving the riding mower on the new grass.

We’ve really been enjoying the green grass outside the door in place of the dirt and mud we’ve had for the last 8 months or so and we can’t get over the difference it’s made to have plants, grass, and landscaping near the house rather than the concrete driveway we had before.  As a reminder, here’s what we started with last fall:

The "Before" Picture - September, 2010

We just hope we’re able to keep the sod green and healthy through the hottest parts of the summer!

It’s taken almost 4 years, but we’re finally rid of the teal wallpaper on the main floor of our house!  The last hold-out was the floral border in the foyer, which Phil, the painter, removed for us a couple of weeks ago before patching and repainting the walls in a fresh shade of blue.

As a reminder, here are a couple photos of the foyer from when we moved in:

The downstairs foyer & stairs to the 2nd floor.


The upstairs hall


The stairs & landing.


And here are the “After” pictures, with the wallpaper down, the walls patched, and the new color up:

Downstairs Foyer Area

Looking into the Living Room

Looking into the Dining Room


Upstairs Hall

Landing Area

For the new paint color, we picked a blue-gray shade by Sherwin Williams called Krypton (SW6247).  We decided on this color after painting the new entry way area a slightly more intense shade of blue called Aleutian.  We really liked that color, but wanted a lighter coordinating shade for the foyer and upstairs hall.  Krypton fits the bill – the lighter color doesn’t overpower the foyer area and the gray tones make it feel more muted and less like a “baby blue” that would be more appropriate for a nursery than main living space.

We’re still on the hunt for a new chandelier and some pictures to hang on the walls … but even without those finishing touches, we are really enjoying the new color and how much the change has caused the whole main floor to feel more updated.  I think we didn’t realize how much the wallpaper border was making the whole house feel dated until it came down!

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