Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Big Reveal (Finally)

So this is a lot longer in coming than I originally expected it would be, but I also never expected the worst tornado in 60 years to come barreling through my town, so I feel like I have a decent excuse for the tardiness of this post. First, let's take one more quick before look at the room.
Ugh, I'd kind of forgotten how ugly and not at all functional that room had been. Yikes! And now for the big reveal:
What do you think? We really love the way it turned out. It's so much more cheerful, and functional, and just plain nice to hang out in. I still love walking into it every day, it just looks so much better. And just so you all know, we did meet our deadline of finishing it by Memorial Day, I just didn't get around to getting it all blogged about until now. This is the view from the kitchen door.
There are still a few other things that we plan to do to the room, like add in some window treatments to the bare windows.
Add in some art on that ridiculously bare wall next to the kitchen door and even over the dryer potentially.
Maybe paint that other cabinet next to the gray one in the corner (please excuse the adorable blonde headed boy in this pic, also known as our nephew Blake).
Who knows, maybe someday we'll even refinish the floor, but all of those things are down lower on our list of things to do right now, but we'll definitely let you know about them if and when they happen (I actually already have the curtains for the room, just need to get some good looking rods). Right now though, we're just basking in the glorious remodel and loving it. We've had people over several times already to use the dining area of the room.
And the laundry area is so much more functional now than before (you can see the awkward washer/dryer situation in the before pic at the top of the post).
I think my favorite thing, well, I'm not sure I can say that, because I love pretty much everything about this room, but one of the reasons I love it so much too is because of the gallery wall.
We'll go into more detail about the gallery wall and the laundry nook, as well as a few other projects that helped bring this room together, at a later date, but we just couldn't wait anymore to show the final pictures. We just love the way the room turned out!

Anyone else finished off an previously hideous room in your house that is now one of your favorite places? Or is there anyone inspired to do a little paneling painting now?

And if you're interested in checking out the rest of the room projects, and the step by step tutorials that we did, here's a list of them:

Here's a look at all the before pictures.
See how we took down the tile ceiling.
Check out the difference that lighting can make.
How to put up sheet rock.
Preparation for painting paneling by caulking holes.
How to texture drywall.
Put up new paneling over existing "walls".
How to prime wood paneling.
Painting wood paneling with Drifting Dune.
How to paint wood trim and molding.
Adding more of the color you love to your house with another blue door.
How to add art to closet doors while keeping them functional.


  1. I like the cottage look! It's coming along, great job :).


  2. Who is that cute boy making his blog debut???

  3. Well he's a pretty famous little boy now, having been on the front page of the newspaper and on such a well read blog. ;)