ICYMI, a little over two months ago we closed on our first home! It has been incredibly exciting – and a bit stressful as you can imagine. But we’ve now been sleeping in the home for about a month (actually less considering the travel we’ve been doing, but you get the point) and each day it’s feeling more and more like home. Don’t get me wrong, there is still a ton of work to do – but we’re slowly checking things off of our list and some things will take longer than others.
I figured now would be a great time to give y’all a little update and share what we’ve worked on. Enjoy!
The areas that have had the most progress have been the main living areas – living room, kitchen, and dining space, and the biggest project we’ve done so far is painting. We painted the living room and kitchen white – as well as the basement hall/stairwell, and the hall/stairs going up to the top floor. Those areas were all gray before and we knew we didn’t want to keep it that way, so we painted those right off the bat. I will admit, we still need to do a second coat on the stairs, and (hopefully) that’ll get done in the next week or so. We figured we’d wait until we had most of the large furniture moved upstairs in case the walls got damaged in the process. We used the color Snowbound (SW 7004) from Sherwin Williams.
We still have to paint the bedrooms upstairs, including our primary bedroom. And while in a dream world we would have painted those before moving in, we truly just don’t have those areas planned out well yet in terms of furniture and decor, so for now they are still gray. We do have guests coming in July so that makes me want to finish the guest room sooner rather than later, and I think I finally have a color scheme/theme that is going to work. So maybe that will get done sooner than we thought?
But back to the main floor. Everything got painted and in the dining room we used this Society Social peel-and-stick faux grasscloth wallpaper in Sage Green – and I’m seriously obsessed! It looks so good – I’m currently writing this blog post from the dining table. It makes such a statement without being loud and it has brought so much character to the space. People asked if it was hard to install. I would say it wasn’t super hard, but it wasn’t super easy either. Definitely a two-person project – and the more windows, corners, and high ceilings you have, the harder it will be. But it was 1000% worth it and I would do it again for the results we got!
We also got blinds up almost everywhere (the exception is the guest room and my office). The search for blinds was hard – everything seemed to be ugly and expensive. I finally found these Roman shades from Home Depot (they also sell them on Amazon). At the time we purchased them they were only ~$50 each – which was a steal! They go up and down in price constantly, so look around before committing. But honestly, they’re great quality and I would purchase them again – plus they only take a few minutes to install.
Another thing on our list for the main floor is light fixtures. We got a new clover-shaped flush mount light for the dining space. I originally was thinking of something hanging down, but realized with the way we were setting up the space it wouldn’t line up with the table so we scrapped that idea. We just got in fixtures for above the island that’ll be installed soon. We got them all from Amazon and are pleasantly surprised with the quality for the price.
Of course, we’ve also done a ton of furniture shopping over the last few months. Some things we’ve returned, some things are good to go, and others are taking way longer than they should be. I think the room that is closest to being done is the dining room, so hopefully I can share some pictures of it almost done soon! The upstairs, on the other hand, I feel like will be a while. It’s been hard for me to strike inspiration for it. And of course we still have the basement that needs to be finished – I told Grant if it gets done before Thanksgiving I’ll be happy haha.
But thank you again so much for sharing this journey with me! Putting the space together has been so rewarding, and I know it’ll get there eventually. Be sure to subscribe to my email list below to be notified the next time I share about the house.