Thursday, July 30, 2015

2 Year Houseiversary

We've now been in our house for two years (and two months, ahem) and I figured it was time for an update! I'm sure many of the "plans" we had last year have either not been done or have gone in a completely different direction, but that's what is fun about this. So, here is our house in 2015.




I didn't do myself any favors by doing this update 2 months late. Those other pictures were taken in May when grass is still fresh and green. This year's pictures were taken in July and the type of grass we have goes dormant when it's the peak of the summer heat. But I assure you it looked just as beautiful earlier in the spring!


  • Added shrubbery we scored for free on Craigslist. It needs a trim, but I am so happy with how well they have done since transplanted. We did lose two of them but that's really not bad at all!
  • Planted grass.
  • Installed irrigation system in the front and then the back.
  • Added a few flower beds around the house. 
  • Built the deck.
  • Purchased and installed the retractable awning over the deck.
  • Created a garden.
  • Added a stepping stone sidewalk.
  • Moved Charley's play area to the bottom of the yard next to the garden.
  • Added two swings underneath the deck.
  • Removed a couple of pine trees at the bottom of the back yard so John's garden would get more sunlight.
  • Removed the fake rock and built the well house.
To do:
  • Finish Charley's playground. We have a second slide and platform we want to add.
  • Build a lower deck.
  • Clean up the woods/natural area by the road.
  • Build an arbor around the garage doors.
  • We've found a new home for the trash and recycling cans, but they need something built around them so they aren't such eyesores.
  • Add some more flower/shrubbery beds around the entire house.
  • Furnish the rest of the deck.
  • Pressure wash the deck and stain it.
  • On the front porch repaint all four rocking chairs.
  • Finally decide on a paint color for the front door.
  • And maybe one day, replace the whole front door/sidelights with something more attractive. 


Not a lot of change in here from last year. Restyled the bookcases and that's about it really.

  • Painted the walls.
  • Bought a light fixture to replace the boob light.
  • Added Charley's desk.
  • Started the travel collage.
To do:
  • Get rid of the travel collage. I don't like it any longer.
  • Make and hang scrabble tiles in its place.
  • Find nicer office chairs.
  • Crown molding
Dining Room

Dining Room

This rooms "done" and "to dos" from 2014 have completely gone out the window. The ONLY things that moved from to do to done were deciding on paint colors and window treatments. Everything else has been removed from the list as I went in a totally different direction.

  • Found an even better table and chairs that require no refinishing and included a matching china cabinet. Therefore, the table and chairs and china cabinet that we had have all been sold.
  • Painted the walls. 
  • Hung navy curtains from Ikea, of course.
  • Styled the china cabinet. 
  • Hung decor on the walls.
  • Made the teapot artwork and spray painted the frames.
  • Replaced the light fixture, again.
To do:
  • Crown molding.
  • Find a rug for the room.
  • Maybe recover the chair cushions.



Essentially, these lists from 2014 are exactly the same in 2015. Not a whole lot of change going on in here yet. Those pictures are leaning against the wall as I'm not 100% sure about them yet. The plate collage that was on this wall was removed when we added the pocket door to our bedroom here and that wall got larger so the plate collage no longer looked right.

  • Painted the walls yellow.
  • Added shelving to the pantry.
  • Replaced and moved the light fixture over the table.
  • Added plate collage.
To Do:
  • Repaint the walls a blueish gray.
  • New counter tops.
  • Back splash of some sort.
  • Possible cabinet refinishing.
  • Get some bar stools already.
  • Replace the builder's basic sink/faucet.
  • Decorate.
  • Maybe build an enclosure for the fridge - it sticks out a bit since it's not a counter depth fridge.
  • Wallpaper or paint the pantry walls.
  • Replace the spaceship looking light fixture with recessed lighting, and add pendant lights over bar.
  • Crown molding
Living Room

living room

As you know, I DID find a perfect accent chair for in front of the window, which was the only item on the to do list last year. However, it is temporarily living in my bedroom instead since Laney's swing is in that corner at the moment.

  • Faux fireplace installed and decorated.
  • Shelving system designed, built and decorated.
  • Furniture, curtains and rugs purchased.
  • Made a floor lamp - which we are no longer using. It is in the basement until we find a new home for it.
  • Found an accent chair or something for the corner by the window.
  • Hung a gallery wall. (Not pictured, but here.)
To Do:
  • The walls are all getting repainted.
  • Hang a couple of wall sconces I found to replace the lamp lighting.
  • Crown molding.
Charley's Room

charley's room

The biggest change in here was adding the wardrobe and moving the dresser to Laney's room. One day I'll show you that refinishing job. We also repainted the headboard to mach.

  • Painted, decorated, and hung curtains.
  • Found a big girl bed and purchased mattress.
  • Added shelving in the closet and purchased bins and baskets for organization.
  • Purchased some will-work-for-now bedding.
  • Replaced the boob light with her nursery's light fixture from the last house.
  • Added blinds.
  • Refinished the headboard.
  • Added and refinished a wardrobe as her dresser works great as a changing table so it got moved to Laney's room.

To Do: 
  • Find bedding that coordinates a little more.
  • Add a vanity to the side of her wardrobe.
  • Crown molding.
Spare Bedroom is now Laney's room!


  • Added shelving in the closet.
  • Added blinds.
  • Got rid of, used or stored the decor that used to clutter up this room.
  • Found a purpose for the room - Miss Laney!
  • Painted.
  • Added curtains.
  • Decorated.
To Do: 
  • Crown molding.
Charley & Laney's Bathroom/Guest Bathroom

guest bath

  • Tiled the floor.
  • Painted.
  • Added new shower curtain rod and shower curtain.
  • Framed out the mirror.
  • Replaced the builder's basic towel bar and toilet paper holder.
  • Added shelving in the closet.
  • Replaced the light fixture.
  • Decorated.
  • And after seeing this picture, I swapped out the white laundry basket from Laney's room with the natural colored one that was in here. 
To Do:
  • Replace faucet.
  • Window treatment of some sort. (Am thinking cornice of some sort with a pretty fabric covering it. The room needs more color!)
  • Replace counter top with something nicer with an undermounted sink.
Master Bedroom


  • Put shelving in the closet.
  • Added blinds to windows.
  • Hung curtains.
  • Attached mantel to the wall.
  • Replaced french doors with pocket door.
  • Replaced the dresser hardware.
  • Added accent chair to the corner.

To Do:
  • Paint. 
  • Refinish our nightstands or get/make new ones.
  • Paint the dresser and mirrors (which are still in primer) something other than white.
  • Replace the door to the bathroom with a pocket door.
  • Crown molding.
  • Maybe replace carpet with the hardwood floors we have elsewhere in the house. And then we'd need a rug, of course. 
Master Bathroom

master bath
Obviously these two angles are from opposite ends of the room, but either way you can tell nothing has been done.

  • Hung the full length mirror.
To Do:
  • Replace the linoleum with tile.
  • Switch the placement of the toilet and the shower. We have a shower stall and a whole room for the toilet. It really should be the other way around and I hate I never thought of that until the house was built and we were living in it.
  • Paint.
  • Decorate.
  • Update the giant builder's basic mirror by framing it in or replacing it. 
  • Replace faucets and Hollywood light fixtures.
  • Replace towel bars.
  • And in the meantime in case we never switch the placement of the toilet and shower, add some chunky shelving over the toilet and decorate the tiny room.
Laundry Room


I realized just as I was typing this up that I never took a picture of the laundry room, so you get it as it is right this minute. A mess, but, that's real life right?

  • Added cabinets, shelf and drying rack over the washer and dryer.
To Do:
  • Get one of those fancy fold-up ironing boards or figure out some other solution for where to put our ironing board.
  • Build or buy a counter top over washer and dryer.
  • Paint. Something fun in here. Stripes or something. Maybe wainscoting.
  • Replace linoleum floor with tile.



Haven't done a ton down here except accumulate more stuff!

  • Added flooring in the gym.
  • Started framing out a couple areas, which is why the first half of the basement pictures split into two pictures this year - the storage area and the gym.
  • Built a huge storage area and started organizing all of the stuff. 
To Do:
  • Walls, floors, lights, etc.
  • Add a bathroom to the roughed-in plumbing.
  • HVAC and all that jazz.
  • Build a bar.
  • Organize my craft stuff and create a craft area.
  • Figure out what to do with the rest of the space.
  • On the stairs coming out of the basement, add (removable) wallpaper to the stair risers.
  • Stain the treads and paint the handrail.


Nicole Tully said...

This made me laugh…I'm so into crown molding too! While I was in Maine and my husband was "sprucing up" the new house with a team of construction guys I made them add crown molding to basically every single room that didn't already have it. He kept telling me that I was "crown crazy!" LOL! But it really does "finish" a room, right?!
Anyway, the house looks so great! The exterior is amazing and I LOOOOVE how your dinning room came out! Great job!

The Mrs./The Mom said...

I love your house updates! I can't wait to build one day so I'm living that vicariously through you!

Kristina Cobb said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! The year apart really made a difference. Your front yard looks welcoming, and I like the addition of these circular shrub – they added accent and shapes to your front yard. Your lawn looks fantastic and well-trimmed, almost like a smooth hillside. You did a very good job on the exteriors and interiors, Lacey. All the best!

Kristina Cobb @ DennysLawn01