The Kitchen Snowball: Backstory

The living/dining room has come a long way in the past year. I meant to post about its progress but I wasn’t “done” with the room and kept putting off posting about it until I could get those last few things together. Now that we’re planning to repaint the room, I figure I can call that Phase 2 of this room’s make over, and call Phase 1 complete.

I can’t believe I’m going to share the horrific “before” pictures, but I will because then you can see how far the room has come. They are from September 2011, when Caelan was 3 months old and we weren’t using this room at all. We had recently finished our basement and Caelan’s room which caused the Great Furniture Shuffle of 2011. The massive amount of clutter is due to new parent exhaustion and, well, laziness.

I believe it was around Christmas or a little after that we finally got this room together. Caelan was getting to be mobile and he needed more space. We added gates and toy storage for Caelan and now this is where we spend our time in the evenings and on weekends. Caelan finally has free reign over this whole level.

We also converted the left side of this room into our office (since our old office is now Caelan’s room). It works out really well because in addition to office-y things, we also use that computer as a TV since we no longer have a TV on this level. Desperate times call for Sesame Street on Netflix so we are happy to have that available!

And now, the BEFORE and AFTER PHASE 1 photos…

BEFORE – The Office

AFTER PHASE 1 – The Office

BEFORE – The Living Room

AFTER PHASE 1 – The Living Room

AFTER PHASE 1 – The Dining Room

We didn’t really change anything in the Dining Room other than clearing off the table, so I won’t post a before photo. And don’t forget to notice Beaker, the photo bomb 🙂

So that’s where we are today. It’s about to turn back into a hot mess as we get both of these projects underway NEXT WEEK!!

We took 3 trips to Home Depot this past weekend to look at paint. I taped dozens of paint samples on the wall and finally ended up with several test squares painted on various walls. We are adding a chair rail and doing a darker color on the bottom and a lighter color on top. I will say that the top color is a nice neutral color and the bottom color…is not! I love it and am scared by it at the same time. It’s awesome 🙂

My goal is to have everything put back together and presentable by Thanksgiving. The work should be done long before that and even putting it back together should be done before that as well, but it’s nice to set far away deadlines and then finish “early” 🙂


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