Welcome back! I wish I could say I've made great progress since last week's post for the One Room Challenge, but... well, I only posted it three days ago and, as you'll have seen and/or heard on Instagram, we have to finish up some substantial plumbing and electrical work before we can get to the fun part of getting ready to live in our new house. Here's what our timeline has been so far:
March 26: close on the house
April 8: take possession of the house
April 9-11: demo the basement (there was significant water damage to the wood panelling, drywall, and carpet down there; it all needed to come out anyway but a side benefit was that it opened up the walls and ceiling for the plumbers and electricians)
April 12, 13, and 16: plumbing work
April 17-19: repair the walls/ceilings in the dining and living rooms where the plumbers accessed the pipes up to the second-floor bathroom, re-plaster a wall in the entry, patch holes in all the walls on the first and second floors; repaint the living and dining room ceilings plus paint the entry, wall up the stairs, and upstairs hallway
April 20 and 23: electric work
April 20: deep clean the first and second floors
April 21-22: paint the living room, dining room, guest bedroom and nursery (I'd love to get to the playroom/study, too, but I don't think that's realistic, and the guest bedroom has to be a priority because it smells the most of cigarette smoke from the previous occupant)
April 25: moving day!
I've started following a lot of home renovation and design blogs over the last few weeks and the bloggers rarely mention hiring professionals to do the work they're showing off, so let me confirm: we are not doing the plumbing, the electrical work, the demo, or the painting of the ceilings and hallways ourselves, and someone's coming in to do the deep clean. (I highly recommend everyone we've used so far! If you're in the DC area and need a name, I'd be happy to pass on the contact info.) This weekend, once the house is clean, which we wanted to wait to schedule until all of the work on the first and second floors was complete, we'll paint.
The hallway on the second floor will be painted in Grey Cloud (as will the living room and entry downstairs plus the wall up the stairs). Our default white for ceiling, trim, and walls is Chantilly Lace; except for the wallpapered accent wall, the nursery will be painted in this color. Jon chose Morning Glory for the playroom/study and agreed to Stratton Blue for the guest bedroom. Since the nursery and guest bedroom both share access to the playroom/study, I wanted to make sure we chose colors that would complement each other - and I think we've succeeded!
Besides the walls, the nursery in the house will be pretty similar to the nursery in the apartment. Almost all of the furnishings and decor will move over, but I painted the drawer fronts of my pine Hemnes dresser white and that will replace the dresser that's Robbie's using now. (I'll take the dresser from the apartment nursery for the moment, but I've already started researching a permanent replacement to buy for myself when we can afford it.) Because of the dimensions of the new nursery, the bookcase and the toy chest from the current nursery will go in the playroom, as will an armchair that's currently in our apartment living room. The carpet in the playroom isn't in great shape, so I bought two playmats from Buy Buy Baby that will cover half of the floor. Not sure what we'll do about the other half, but I was hemorrhaging money and so stopped there for the time being.
|Target bookcase / Land of Nod curtains (no longer available; similar here and here) / Pillowfort lamp /Braxton Studio Harlow Dresser (similar to the Ikea one I painted) / wallpaper / rocking chair (similar to ours) / BABYCARE playmat / Pottery Barn armchair (similar to ours) / Crate and Kids toy chest (similar to ours) / Delta Children Classic Mini Crib|
I envision the playroom/study being for us as well as for Robbie for the next few years - we'll have the dining room table from our apartment in there as a work surface, and I'll store all of my craft supplies there, too. When he gets a little older, we'll get a kids' size table and chairs for him and an easel; when he's school-aged, that's where he can do his homework.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. We haven't even moved in yet! More next week, of course.
One Room Challenge website!