Be Our Guest (Part 1)

I’ve been working on redecorating our guest room this week.  My wonderful husband has already replaced the light fixture, light switch, and outlets 🙂

Last week I started my nightstand project for the guest room. I re-stained the top, painted the bottom Behr Burnished Clay, and replaced the drawer pull.  I just put a coat of poly on it this afternoon after work.  I’m really happy with it!

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Finished!! (Excuse my mess)
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BEFORE: Our (boring) guest room

I painted most of the trim today, with the exception of around the doors and behind my desk.  I’m really dreading moving it, but it has to be done.  Tomorrow I will finish the remaining trim and paint the doors.  Hopefully I can get everything done by this time next week, with the exception of replacing the carpet.  The after pictures are in my second post, Be Our Guest (Part 2) 🙂

Guest Room To Do List:
Paint walls
Paint trim
Paint doors
Replace carpet
Replace blinds
Replace light fixture
Add doorstopper
Paint nightstand
Replace door hinges
Replace doorknob
Replace smoke detector
Replace closet knobs
Replace outlets
Replace switch

Once the guest room is finished I can start working on the big project I’ve been putting off: our kitchen cabinets.  We are replacing our countertops and backsplash sometime in August or September, so I really want to have the cabinets painted before the countertops are installed.  I already have all of the hardware, so its just a matter of putting in the time and hard work to get it all finished on time.  I know my husband will be so relieved when we are FINISHED with all of these updates.  Did I mention how amazing he is??? 🙂 ❤

The Mountains are Calling…

Recently my husband and I traveled to Asheville, North Carolina.  We did a lot of hiking, camping, and sightseeing along the way 🙂

Our first night, we camped at a little site in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park right next to the Oconaluftee River.  It was so peaceful to hear the sound of the river while we relaxed by our campfire.  While we were there, we also hiked to Clingman’s Dome, which is the highest mountain in the Smokies (6,643 feet).  It was really neat to watch the fog cascade down the mountain.  We weren’t able to get many pictures, but I’m glad we went to the top.

Fog near Clingman’s Dome

We also drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway, which was fantastic.  We found a little trail just off of the parkway where you can hike to an overlook called Craggy Pinnacle (5,817 feet).

Driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway
View from the Craggy Pinnacle overlook.  If I squint, I can see our car parked below!

We also traveled to Blowing Rock, which is North Carolina’s oldest attraction since 1933.  Luckily, we made it just before sunset and got some really spectacular pictures to commemorate our visit.

Blowing Rock (4,000 feet)
Blowing Rock viewfinders

We also got some exercise in by hiking to Chimney Rock, which is a 535-million-year-old monolith.  I wish I knew how many steps we took to make it to the top!

This is only the beginning!
We can see the top!
We made it!!!

We also decided to hike the Hickory Nut Falls Trail after we climbed back down from Chimney Rock.  Even though I desperately wanted my husband to carry me back to the car, it was worth it 🙂

Hickory Nut Falls

We also took a day to visit the iconic Biltmore Estate, owned by George and Edith Vanderbilt. The house itself is a whopping 178,926 square feet, and there is also a gorgeous garden outside to peruse.

Biltmore Estate
Dewy flower outside in the garden
Biltmore Gardens

We had a fantastic time visiting Asheville and its surrounding cities. Everyone we encountered was very friendly and helpful. It is also worth noting how physically active everyone was; the residents seemed to have a genuine love for the outdoors. We would love to go back to explore more of the trails and mountains someday!

Sea Salt

We are 90% done with our master bedroom renovation!  The only things left to do are: install new flooring, build a sliding barn door for our closet, and add a custom shelving system for our closet 🙂

We have come a long way.  When we first moved in, the bedroom was painted a blah beige color.  If I was a professional paint namer (can I have that job, please??) I would have called it Uninspired.  There was also a cheap white ceiling fan, brass hardware on the doors, and a purple ceiling.  Yes, PURPLE!  The previous owners had poorly painted over it, so we could see purple peeking out in various spots all over the room.

Our to do list included:

Paint walls (SW Sea Salt – love this color!)
Paint trim
Paint doors
Paint ceiling
Replace light fixture (the chandelier was a birthday gift from my mom)
Replace door knob
Replace door hinges
Replace outlets (the old ones were covered in paint)
Replace switches
Add dimmer

Replace blinds (the old ones had purple paint splatters on them!)
Replace smoke detector
Add a doorstopper

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a before picture.  Here is the after:

Our master bedroom
Nightstand, painted with new hardware
Glass knob
Dresser, painted and restained with new hardware

I just love how it turned out.  My favorite part is the chandelier.  Our night stands were purchased on craigslist for $30 I believe, and I repainted them and added some glass knobs.  The dresser was given to us by my sister and brother-in-law for free.  I refinished the top and painted the bottom, giving it new life with some new hardware.

We decided to build a sliding barn door to give us more room in our closet, so I will create a separate post when we start working on that project.  I can’t wait to get started!

Progress

For the past year, I have been consumed with renovating our house.  I have always had a knack for interior design, and it is something I truly enjoy.  My husband and I purchased our first home in July 2015, and have been working around the clock since.

Our first task was the downstairs bathroom.  It was an explosion of 90s fixtures and seashell countertops.  They HAD.TO.GO.  Here is the before:

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Our to do list included:

Replace the vanity light
Replace the mirror (found the new one for a bargain at @home!)
Replace the countertop
Replace the faucets
Paint the vanity base
Replace the vanity hardware
Replace the toilet seat
Replace the toilet lever
Replace standard outlets with GFCI outlets
Replace light switches (the old ones were COVERED in paint)
Spray paint overhead light (from brass to ORB)
Replace shower curtain rod
Replace shower head
Replace shower faucet and drain
Replace shower lever
New bathroom fan
New shower curtain
New hand towel bar
New toilet paper holder
New trashcan
New doorknob
New hinges
New robe hook
Paint walls (We used Behr Studio Taupe)
Paint trim
Paint ceiling
Paint door

Here is the bathroom after:

I think my favorite thing so far has been the new countertop.  It really updates the whole space.  The only thing left to do is replace the flooring 🙂  I feel like I can hear my husband’s sigh of relief from the other room!