n am terribly good at being extremely hard on myself.
I look around our house that we have been slowly renovating for the past 10 months and all that I see is what we have left to do. The dining room is still pumpkin orange, the spare rooms need flooring to be laid, my master bathroom needs to be painted and currently also needs a toilet since we have been working on the flooring in there. Baseboards and doors and doorknobs (oh my!) all need attention. The list is endless and some (*most*) days the list of what still needs to be done feels insurmountable in a thousand different ways.
It is easy for us to focus on how much further up the mountain we have to go rather than to focus on how far we have already climbed. (This is obviously a metaphor, I don’t do hiking.)
So I decided to take a moment today to show you the before and afters of one of the most “done” rooms in the house.
Ladies and gentlemen, I cannot tell you how much this picture helped my self-esteem and the feeling of actually having progress!
Lets take some closer looks, shall we?
Here’s a reminder of what the Living Room area looked like before we cleaned the tile (gross!!) and with one coat of primer. Oooohhhh the coats of primer that it has taken to turn this rainbow colored house into a Coastal Themed sanctuary.
I personally think this is MUCH better!
A couple things to note in this picture…
-Chairs: These are the Ikea Poang Chairs. We followed this tutorial to paint them. (they were $100 each when we bought them.) Brandon was super skeptical when I first said that I wanted to go check them out. But they are now his favorite place to sit in the house. They are surprisingly comfortable!
-Rug: We got at “At Home” (formerly Garden Ridge). It’s 12×10 which was very difficult to find without having to sacrifice your first born as payment. I believe we spent ~$400 for this rug which is a BIG WIN in my book.
-Couch and Love Seat: We searched long, high and low to find white leather couches, and ended up with these. They are stone grey and I love them! Jury is still out with Brandon though. They are Ashley Furniture (Discontinued), and we special ordered them from a place that Brandon found online that felt super ghetto. Love the couches though and am still just so happy to have places for company to sit! (since we went several months before that was a thing)
-Floating Shelves: Are the Ikea Lack Shelf. They are 72 in. long and took FOREVER to level out… but it’s totally worth it! I spent months agonizing over how to bring height to the room (and even left my Christmas tree in the corner until February) and we LOVE this solution! At $20 a piece, I highly recommend these!
-Pillows: These are actually pillow covers that I got from Hobby Lobby! Every couple weeks they have them half off. They are great AND machine washable! I have these and these and stuffed them with old pillows that were too ugly to use. (I spent ~$4 each on them)
-Ceiling Fan: We got the Hampton Bay Escape fan from Home Depot. We spent $181.00 on it on sale. More than we would have wanted to spend on a fan, but we decided that it was a statement piece that would help bring some of that coastal/beachy vibe into the room.
I will be doing a upclose and personal Kitchen post at some point, when it’s actually done and I have actually painted all the doors…. but here is a teaser for you!
(Gosh that red is awful! )
Since the Kitchenette isn’t technically part of the kitchen, I’ll throw in some of those updates.
Curtains: From Kohls (another discontinued, that’s what happens when you search for bargains!) They are Eclipse brand. We really needed something that would keep the heat out (#floridaprobs) and these do a great job!
Chandelier: This guy we got for a steal at $68 when it was on sale! I love it and it is SO much better than the last one… which cast an orange shadow through the room every time we turned it on. No thanks!
It’s so much better you guys! It’s amazing how quickly I forgot how odd the house looked when we first bought it and that it truly is (slowly but surely) becoming our home!
Ok, one last picture!
(I’d like to interrupt this regularly scheduled program to point out that in this picture you can notice that the tile on the right side of the carpet looks different than the tile directly in front of the carpet. That is because I have spent HOURS refinishing the grout. It looks SO MUCH BETTER! I will definitely do a before and after post on that when it’s done because it is the cheapest, most effective update we have done so far!)
Now that I have taken a moment to look back, I am so incredibly happy with the progress we have made! It’s been a process, a process that I will rejoice heartily when it’s over, but a process none-the-less.
So tell me, have you ever had the problem of looking at how far you have to go instead of taking the time to reflect on how far you have already come?