Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Second Floor: Before and After

I promised I'd post some pics of our second floor. I just didn't realize it would take me this long to do so! Keep in mind, like the third floor, it's not completely finished. We still need new flooring in the dining and kitchen and will eventually be replacing all the doors in the house to raised panel doors and painting them white to match the trim! So without further ado, here's the living room:

I'm really hoping that our next house won't have wall paper that we'll have to painstakingly scrape. At least I think it looks a lot better now!

Our kitchen was what I'd like to call a "hot mess". I'll just let the pictures do the talkin'

Actually, it doesn't look quite that bad from the pictures. But believe me, if you saw it in person, you'd agree that it needed some work. All of the appliances were missing, including the garbage disposal. Needless to say we survived with a big gaping hole on one side of our kitchen sink for at least a month. There was just a cut out above the kitchen sink with a two by four and another two by four was used as the support to the ceiling. (You'll see it in the before pics of the dining room). Then, on the far South wall was a lone random cabinet. Very strange. It now has a more appropriate home in our upstairs bathroom above the toilet. It makes much more sense there. And, I mentioned before that my awesome husband turned the oven connection into a gas line for me so I could get a gas stove! I really love it! Here's the after pics. It's hard to tell, but the walls are painted a chocolate brown. Unfortunately, most of my decor I had on hand to decorate above kitchen cabinets was also brown, so the decore kind of fades into the background. It'll get worked on eventually, but first we need to focus on the house itself!

What can I say? I LOVE my sink! The head of the faucet pulls out so I can rinse all the way around the sink, and it also has a button for a vegetable sprayer. It's oversized, so my crock pot can sit on one side with room left over. Even Greg loves it! (Why yes, Kohler, I'd love to be your new spokesperson!)

Had I known that my camera was going to pick up all the smudges on my stainless fridge and microwave I probably would have cleaned them first. Key word: probably.

See? Doesn't a wall of cabinets and countertop space make much more sense than one random cabinet? I think so!

As you'll see below, the dining room had a ton of nasty wall paper. Yuck! Thankfully, that's all gone now! I've never had an actual dining room before, we've always just had a little breakfast nook in the kitchen. So needless to say our dining room table looks a little lonely in there. We'd love to add a china cabinet soon so I can display all of my beautiful crystal! Also, remember the cut out above the kitchen sink I mentioned before? Greg turned that into an actual bar. I think it looks great, the only things it's lacking is barstools!

So there you have it! Now, don't be expecting any pictures from the first floor anytime soon. There's a LOT of work to be done down there, but we are probably going to focuse on the top two first. I can tell you that downstairs is a den, utility room, bathroom, and guest bedroom/sewing room/Greg's jam session room. Another fact I can tell everyone, is that I've been a horrible blogger. So, as a teaser, here are some of my upcoming posts:

* Are you smarter than a fifth grader?
* Snowboarding weekend with friends
* A visit from my parents
* My Colorado Baby Shower!
* A creative baby gift idea

So stay tuned!!! Hopefully I'll be a better blogger this week!


Nora said...

Gosh, it's soooooo beautiful! You two are so talented! I do miss pics of Parker's room thought ;-)

Felicia said...

Thanks!!! And I can't wait to post pics of the nursery....when it's finished! lol! I'm missing two essential items and I never thought it would take this long!

Nora said...

I'm patient! :-) I am tracking the present, and it has arrived in the States! Yey!

Brad said...

It all looks so good, Felicia! Esp. love the kitchen; what a change! It's amazing what a little tumbled stone and granite can do, isn't it?

Felicia said...

Brad, it is! And I love that you think our countertops are granite! They are actually formica. We figured if we were still here in 5 years we could upgrade; for now, formica was in more appropriate for our budget!

PennyCandy said...

Oh I like the pictures. You are so lucky that Greg is so very handy.

HeidiTri's said...

I love the dining room! It feels like a room that you could hang out in for hours having wine and great conversation!
I'm inspired to go do something in my house.

Sheila said...

I love how my old stuff looks so good in your new home. Parker is coming into such a gret house with 2 loving parents. (Just remember to whisper stuff about me to him while you glide and cuddle at night.)
love you

mom to 3 boys + 1 princess! said...

Your house looks like such a warm and cozy and friendly home!!
I cannot believe you are already at 33 weeks!!!!! Not much longer! I'm anxious to see Parker's room!