Monday, April 9, 2012

Renovation Diary: Primed to Finish

Last week was all about priming. The outside of the house, that is. And, boy, am I primed to finish this project! The next 2 weeks should yield lots of results, both inside and out. Electrical. Plumbing. Stone fabrication. Hardware. Painting. Landscaping.

Above is the oversized window box that my contractor built to match my new pair from Walpole for the front windows. 

Right now....everything is a sea of white. I am desperate for some the form of flowers, shrubs, shutters and front door. 
 New, front side door entrance. No more getting wet while trying to unlock the front door!
This is our existing family room. Just a variation on a theme. With the ceiling raised and a new fireplace, we were able to rebuild the same general set up we had before, just better. And, yes, that big gaping space above the fireplace is for the flat screen tv. Yes, a painting would be prettier, but that was a battle I just didn't win.
This may just be the part of the project I'm most excited about. A real mud room. Cubbies for everyone with electrical outlets inside, so everyone can charge their Ipods, phones, etc...out of sight.
 Staircase going up to the new playroom.
For the playroom, we decided to do bead board all the way around. It adds a little bit of depth and will "boy proof" those walls! 

So, as we begin a new week, I wish you luck in finishing your projects. My contractor returns from vacation tomorrow and my list is long!

What are you working on these days?


Debby Steele said...

Your renovation is turning out gorgeous! I love bead board. Can't wait to see the finished results. I wish I had an overhang at my entry for guests. Hope your Easter was a lovely one, Elizabeth!! xo

quintessence said...

Looking GREAT!! I think the mud room is always every mother's favorite!! And I always seem to lose the battle about the flat screen as well - those boys & their enormous toys!!

Acquired Objects said...

I know your excitment about finishing a big project it's all the little details that drive me batty. Your home is coming along so well and great idea in your mudroom for recharging everything.

Happy Monday!

The enchanted home said...

Wow!! You have made so much progress and its all looking just beautiful! Love it all....the mud room is going to be a well used and pretty space, and of coures that great play room. Love your lanterns, great job....cannot wait to see it as you finish it up! Hope you had a Happy Easter...missed being here.

pve design said...

Looks amazing thus far and now the fun will begin filling up that mud room and the rest of the spaces.
With your touch and a vase of pretty pink tulips, it is going to be so beautiful!
Enjoy good things to come!

A Perfect Gray said...

elizabeth, your addition is so packed with charm. I adore the shingles. please keep us posted as the color goes up. den built-ins are great and love how you've run the boarding in the playroom. doesn't it all feel so fresh and wonderful? have fun with it all! donna

The Zhush said...

Big wows all around! This should totally be featured in a glossy mag! Can't wait to see it all done! xx

Valorie Hart - The Visual Vamp said...

The changes are amazing!!!
Everything from the beadboard to the flower boxes.
SO happy for you.
xo xo

Belle on Heels said...

Elizabeth, it's already amazing! I can't wait to see the finished product.

H.G. The Countess said...

So happy that the end is in sight for you! Lovely choices, of course.

Splendid Sass said...

Elizabeth. You house is going to look amazing! Love, love what you are doing here. Well familiar with the flat screen ordeal, lol.
Can't wait to see the finished house.
Happy Monday.

Marianne {Style For Living} said...

It's looking incredible! Cannot wait to see when it's done. Beautiful!

lissyparkerltd said...

WOW! I think everything is looking great–the finish is in sight.

xo, Lissy Parker

The Buzz Blog said...

I need to start some projects before even getting to the point of feeling like I can see the finish line - am in kitchen / bathroom paralysis mode right now! Can't wait to see this all come together and love the use of bead board to boy-proof a wall.

5th and State said...

elizabeth, how very lovely! know what my favorite is? your exterior lighting, far too often undersized seems to be the safe choice, yours are perfect! enjoy the finish line

The Yuppie Files said...

Can't wait to see the finished results! And I'm very jealous of your mud room, fireplace, all the things I don't have :)

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Wow things are looking great - that playroom is going to be amazing!

mb said...

Oh my goodness. You must be over the moon about your fabulous addition and changes. Can I move in too? Holy crow. I am envious.

The Pink Pagoda said...

Oh my goodness. I LOVE everything you're doing! The interior and exterior are beautiful. I can't wait to see it progress!

Lisa Mende Design said...

Looks fantastic! Love it all!

Amy Martineau @ Martineau Vermillion Interior Design said...

Imight have to steal your real mud room…
green with envy Elizabeth!!!!

designchic said...

It is all fabulous. Love the beadboard in the playroom, and the mud room is going to be your new best friend - perfect to hide all the "stuff". There is nothing that adds charm quite like shingles to me, and your beautiful home is no exception. Are your lanterns out front new...stunning!!

La Dolfina said...

Everything looks so wonderful Elizabeth!!
I am thrilled for you!
You have great taste and created an incredible new space that will serve you beautifully for many many years.
Love all the great details.


Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Hi Elizabeth! How very exciting having all of these beautiful changes made to your home! (exciting and frustrating at times, I'm sure!) We sold our home a year ago to be closer to hubby's new job and have been leasing a condo since last August but we are now in the process of purchasing a historic home on the water! So, lots of projects ahead for us too! Can't wait to see the big reveal of your renovation inside and out when it's complete! xoxo

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou

Privet and Holly said...

I can understand
your craving for color,
but it all looks like a
wonderful, clean, blank
page from my standpoint,
which is such a fresh way
to embrace the new season!
Good luck with all of the
final touches. It all looks
really special!

xx Suzanne

Lorri@ReturnToHome said...

Wow you can really tell that this house is going to sparkle! So tasteful, love those outdoor sconces especially.

Fashion-isha said...

I love that's a dream. Thanks for sharing all of your updates it's so inspiring!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

What great progress! It looks like it is just poised to all come together now. It looks terrific! And living in a smaller, older home (100 next year!) I have serious mudroom envy!

Dovecote Decor said...

Wow! everything is looking fantastic. Who makes those lights by the front door, I might have missed that post. I'm inspired to do a mud room post, but first I'll start a board. j

Garden Duchess said...

Congratulations on your renovation success. We're going through a big one so I share your pain - and exultation. Love your white. But I must say, I am not ever on board with the tv over the fireplace. I just don't get it... it's not a difference in the gender, in my way of thinking about where to place the big screen. I have a feeling some designer somewhere in some far off place plopped it there and forever after, like some bad urban legend, this practice continues (like volcanos of mulch around the trees!) I like to think of fireplaces for romance and reading and dining... Too much visual stimulation for me having the screen over the fire. Let's start a new trend! Cheers, darlings.

traci zeller designs said...

Yay for "boy proofing" ... and what a fantastic mudroom! Love, love, love the electrical outlets in the lockers!!!!

Jessica Hearne Hume said...

There should be a channel on the TV where you can choose a painting to display when your TV is not being watched!

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