Some Renovations

We’ve been busy for several months, making some big changes to our little townhouse. I have it on good authority that a few people have been waiting patiently for a virtual house tour, so here goes!

We started last fall (before I moved in), when Robby’s parents came out from Mississippi to help us paint the walls.

Our kitchen an downstairs bathroom are now a pretty blue color. Our living room is painted a nice sandy tan.

Our kitchen and downstairs bathroom started off a bland off-white, but are now a pretty blue color. Our living room is painted a nice sandy tan.

Our next step was refinishing the kitchen cabinets. We spent weeks taking them from their lovely 80′s gloss to a nice crisp white. Refinishing the cabinets required gallons of varnish stripper, hours of sanding, tons of primer, and about 3 coats of oil-based paint. Oh, and let’s not forget the trips to multiple Home Depot locations when the one near us decided to discontinue the brand of paint we were using…sheesh.

Kitchen before

Kitchen before

Kitchen after painting the cabinets

Kitchen after painting the cabinets

Next, we put down laminate flooring throughout the first floor to replace the carpet and the vinyl floor in the kitchen. We started by ripping up the carpet, chipping up the tiles in the entryway, and pulling off the old baseboards. Then we taped down a plastic vapor barrier and a layer of soundproofing foam. After that, laying down the floor planks went pretty quickly. Painting, cutting, and nailing down the new baseboards took a lot longer.

Living room before #1

Living room before #1

Living room before #2

Living room before #2

Living room before #3

Living room before #3

Kitchen after, with new floor

Kitchen after, with new floor

Kitchen after (with leftover floor padding)

Kitchen after (that's a roll leftover floor padding that we haven't thrown away yet)

Living room after

Living room after

Entry after (Robby did a GREAT job cutting all of those angled pieces!)

Entry after (Robby did a GREAT job cutting all of those angled pieces!)

Along the way, we got a new leather sectional. It takes up a big part of the living room, but I love it. So does Lucy, as you can see. :)

Living room with sofa and bulldog

Living room with sofa and bulldog

Finally, we rearranged the furniture to create a little office nook for me. I like to sit at my desk to make grocery lists, organize my calendar, or surf the web with Mabel, my shiny new silver MacBook.

My little office. Yeah, that picture is off-center...I've got to fix that one of these days.

My little office. Yeah, that picture is off-center...I've got to fix that one of these days.

Me with Mabel

Me with Mabel

Thanks for taking a virtual trip through our home! We love it and hope you like it, too

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