Goodbye to Swine and Hog

Goodbye to Swine and HogI dream of finished rooms like this one from Cove Interiors via Queensland Homes!

I dream of “finished” spaces and finally, on this very day, we have painters and contractors in the house! Not for the kitchen project, yet, but for other important rooms like our living room, dining room, family room, office, Luke’s room and the staircase.

I’m happy with any progress at this point and the updates to these rooms are going to make a big difference in the feel and function of our life here. If you only like after pics, feel free to move on from this post and wait for the prettier afters that will be soon to follow. But for those of you who understand how long it takes to get a house from start to finish and want to celebrate this momentous day with me, I’m glad you are here for this update.

As you can imagine, I’m so ready to say good-bye to swine and hog colored paint. It is true, ridding a home from the presence of swine seems to be the never-ending story of my life. It follows me everywhere. Don’t be upset if you love swine colors, they might work well at your home but they just don’t bring me joy here.

Goodbye to Swine and Hog

See the swine ceiling? It’s time for it to go.

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Our living room (our new daybed, a test painted wall and the newly painted fireplace!)

When we bought this house it had several shades of white, tan and yellow (and even red) paint colors throughout, including a swine-ish mauve hued ceiling in the living room. Because I really like to make a house my own, I’m pretty excited to see these spaces all freshened up. Something about new paint really just makes a house feel like yours, doesn’t it?

Our main rooms will be white, a much brighter but still warm hue than the several different shades we started with. We tested other neutral color options to be certain what would look best, but due to the bright natural light in our home, this shade of white is the only color that enhanced the space and didn’t make it look washed out or dingy. That is a case in point why waiting and living with colors matters so much. We also have new bamboo window shades to install which will really finish off these rooms nicely!

My office and Luke’s room will have different paint colors! I’ll show you those soon in separate posts.

Goodbye to Swine and Hog

Dining room – removing doorbell, adding planking and painting walls one consistent color

We also are adding a planked wall to our dining room to cover up the doorbell niche (my apologies to anyone who loved that niche) and my newly relocated office in the lower level will be getting a brand new wall and door to make it an official room.

Goodbye to Swine and Hog

The lower level family room room looked great from this angle with the white brick fireplace and a new chair as a great starting point, but we still had all the swine walls surrounding it (see the chaos below) so it will be fun to have a clean slate in this room, too.

Goodbye to Swine and Hog

Next steps are a new sofa we ordered will be delivered and hopefully new flooring at some point, too. The opposite end of this room is where my newly created office will be, but I’ll have to show and explain the changes in a separate post.

Soon we’ll redirect our attention to the kitchen remodel (yay) and while I’ve been so anxious to get to that project, it is pretty thrilling to know that this very week contractors will transform so much of the rest of our house and we’ll be able to finally set up each corner!

For those of you wondering about our side yard project, that’s a saga all on its own, but rest assured, there will be lots more progress and afters to come!

Meanwhile, today I’m over at Proverbs31 sharing about Make Room for What You Love with a giveaway so you can check out my post here!

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Hello! I hope you had a great week. We had a really crazy one, but it’s Friday so YAY! Here’s just a little random update on life around here lately.

My plants seem to be quite happy in our new living room and the Fiddle Leaf is actually sprouting three new little leaves. That’s a first and needed to be documented. And, you know, it’s still ALIVE! I’m amazed.

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“Stress-Away” essential oil in the diffuser is my daily therapy while several rooms and our side-yard are (still) mid-project and I’ve been extra busy keeping up with life and business projects, too. It’s been a lot to keep up with at once. Deep breaths. It will all get done. It will be all be worth it.

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Lily clearly doesn’t mind when everything is in disarray, she will make a bed out of anything, even painter’s tarps or this box of window blinds. She’s weird, but adorable. She was giving me the stink-eye, probably worried I was going to tell her to get off the box.

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We painted lots of tester paint samples on the walls in every room which is always a bit unsettling on the eyes (fortunately, paint color decisions are finally made for every room!). We have new artwork we LOVE sitting around to inspire us as we wait for the painters. We hired a painter to paint several rooms of our interior just to GET IT DONE (we were too slow trying to paint it all ourselves, and while trying to get on a painter’s schedule wasn’t easy either we are on for later next week!).

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Our Barnlights arrived and I can’t wait to see them up in the front hall! They are so cute, I love the little black rim on them. I’m so excited to see some of the “farmhouse” and “coastal” elements start to influence this house.

I moved my office downstairs and I can tell already that it’s going to be PERFECT for me. We needed a contractor to make it an official “room” so you’ll get to see an update on it soon.

Today is the last day of school for my son Luke and we are thrilled to begin summer vacation! I can’t believe he finished his freshman year of high school already! Time flies. He was just a baby when I started this blog. Goodness! You better believe I’ll be savoring every second of our time together this summer.

Speaking of this blog, it’s my 9th blog anniversary in just a few weeks! I’m so grateful to all of you who have been with me through the years and to those of you who recently started following along. I’ll have a special anniversary post soon, but thank you for being here for year TEN! It should be a goodie with LOTS of house projects that will unfold and be introduced in the coming weeks and months.

Happy weekend, friends! See you back here next week for more kitchen inspiration and the latest house project updates!

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