Friday, May 20, 2016

Sneak Peek

As many of you know we got into our new "nest" last Sunday.  This week has been a whirlwind of painting for Terry and I.  We start early in the morning and stay until early evening sanding, painting etc.  

My muscles are screaming and Advil has become my new best friend!  I have found muscles I did not know I had!

We are trying to get as much of the painting and sanding and messy stuff done before next Tuesday when the movers come to unpack our life that is stored in the pod right now.  I just see all the dust and debris all over and am glad we are getting a lot of this done before my furniture and things are put into place.

I thought I would show you a few of the changes starting.  The cell camera is the only picture taker I have right now so bear with the pictures.  I hope to find my good camera when we get things unpacked next week.

This is the entry and front part of the living area before shot.

Dining area before

Living room Before


I chose the color snowdrift.  It is a basic white with a hint of gray.  It should look nice with all my chippy white decor.

The windows and all the baseboards were painted in white.  You can see a little bit the contrast between a true white on the trim and the slight gray tint in the wall color.  Hard to tell how pretty this color is with my cell camera.  It is bright and fresh.


Before Kitchen.  Lots of work being done in this room.



Cabinets all came down.  Counter tops removed.  We began to paint the lower cabinets with a cabinet paint in white.
I will show you more pics of the progress here in the kitchen.  It is beginning to come together.  These pictures were taken early in the week before we got a lot more done in this room.  I cannot wait to show you the reveal.  You will not believe the transformation of this stock kitchen to a new french farmhouse kitchen.

The stair case is going to have a complete re do too!  Carpet is coming off and new stairs with a darker stain to match the floors complimented with some white spindles etc.

The balusters will be stained in a darker color to match the floors and the spindles and bases will be white.  The top stair treads will be done in the darker stain.

Inspiration off pinterest.  I cannot wait to achieve this look on my stairs.






Ok this was the best found treasure of the day.  When Terry ripped off the carpet on one of the stairs we found that real wood stairs were already in place underneath.  I did the happy dance.  We were able to take back all the stair treads that we were going to use.  That is a savings of over $500 in stair treads alone not to mention the work to make builder grade steps into wood steps.  The picture does not look great but I assure you there are pretty finished wood stairs under all that mess.




We are trying with all our might to get as much done to this place before the movers come on Tuesday with all our furniture.  This week is going by so fast with all the painting and changes we have to do.  Some of the changes in the bathrooms etc. will probably not get done until after we have officially moved in next week.  There is only so many hours in a day that Terry and I can get things done.  Once one thing is checked off the list there are several other things still to be completed.


Have a great rest of this week.  Hope to have some nice reveal pictures soon.
Hugs,
Kris




76 comments:

  1. Kris, I so sympathize with you and your achy muscles. I know your home will be beautiful. I do like the very light grey you are using. Speaking of grey..I am redoing my gosh awful bathroom ..that tiny cracker box..I am using grey and I wish mine was darker. But it will do. Blessings and much good luck getting it all done before the move it of furniture. xoxo, Susie

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  2. Oh girl, if I lived close by I'd help you!! This is going to be wonderful!

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  3. How exciting! And you are getting so much done! Soon you will be settling in! Congratulations!

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  4. Yes we can believe the transformation in the kitchen because you and Terry make a great team and the whole space will ooze "Junk Chic Cottage" beauty.

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  5. It looks wonderful already, Kris! You got so much done in a short amount of time. I can imagine that you're exhausted and your muscles hurt but it's worth it. Soon you'll be in your beautiful new home.
    xo Julia

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  6. AMAZING!!!! Love the new color....I cannot wait to see it when you are all done.
    SO happy for you :o)
    ~Des

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  7. Kris,
    LOVE, LOVE where you are going with your new digs!!That staircase will be gorgeous.....hard to believe anyone would cover such potential. Love your vision and cannot wait to follow. I'm a Motrin girl...prior to every major project! :) Sending good thoughts for Terry too!
    Kathleen

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  8. It looks great so far, lol. I can't wait to see it all finished. Just loved the stairs and wish I had one here too!!
    Hope you'll have a great weekend.
    Love Elzie

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  9. It looks wonderful so far. I cant wait tot see the rest. With love Janice

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  10. I am SO excited for you guys! Already you've made leaps and bounds over what I would've hoped to accomplish in one week. Heck, I'd have been happy to have found a contractor in a week! You've already got that covered. Can't wait to see your kitchen! ;) Love the paint choice, agree it'll look great with your stuff. Your stairway inspiration is very close to how ours is - lucky you to have real wood under that carpet! Happy, happy.

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  11. I am so happy for you; shoot, I'm so happy for the house! Because it will be loved up so much that it will do a happy dance. And I must say that I'm happy for your blog readers too. We're going to have so much fun watching this transformation!

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  12. It is all looking wonderful! Can't wait to see more.

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  13. Oh my, lots of hard work and it is going to look fabulous I'm sure. Can't wait!

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  14. Wow the both of you have been so busy with the house. I hope the move goes well for you. I can't wait to see your transformation.
    Julie

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  15. OOOhhhhh and the fun begins!! :) I can hardly wait to see all your pretties in their new home.

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  16. I LOVE seeing how you are making your new home YOURS! Happy "homemaking"!
    warmly,
    deb

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  17. It's looking so good! I love the white that you've used throughout. I know you will have that place looking just right before you know it. All of your hard work will be worth it!

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  18. Beautiful color! Good luck Kris, I'm sure this will be beautiful in no time!

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  19. I can't wait to see your stuff in there!
    Brenda

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  20. What a great lay out! The floors are really beautiful and that is so exciting that you have wood stairs! You have got a lot done already. Looking forward to watching you fluff your new nest!

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    1. p.s. do you mind sharing what brand of paint you used?

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  21. Wow you two are fast workers and I feel your muscle pain. It's easy to over do it when you want to get things done. It all looks fantastic!!

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  22. Look at that! You are not even moved in yet and you've improved the place already.
    I can't wait to see your home after you have everything in place!

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  23. Oh Kris, I am so excited for you and I can hardly contain myself. You and Terry have accomplished so much in such a small length of time.

    Don't over do, take care of yourself's. Enjoy the weekend.

    Hugs,
    Mary

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  24. Its great to get all the messy sanding/painting out of the way before you move in. I know your kitchen is going to look great after seeing the one in your old home. So happy for you and Terry to have you home again..

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  26. Woo hoo! I'm so glad all the stuff you went through is behind you and now you have the fun of making this pretty home look exactly the way you want it. Enjoy, my friend, you and Terry deserve every joyful moment of it! xox

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  27. Your new home feels so fresh and wonderful. I love the Snowdrift color with the white trim - beautiful! You will make it magnificent and we are blessed to watch the progression of all of your hard work.

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  28. That is really a great start. Can't wait to see the rest as you make it your own!

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  29. I am so happy for you and Terry! Thank you so much for posting the changes you have made. I can't wait to see your new kitchen! I think your stairs will be beautiful, too! Of course - you are so creative - everything will be just perfectly wonderful!

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  30. OH WOW! Now, I am late, due to school duties, but the weekend is already starting off with a happy tone seeing YOUR WORK! YES YES YES! You both are so seasoned at transforming a space! OH Kris, this is going to be so great. I love that you took down the cabinets. Good work. Looking forward to the rest!

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  31. You two are doing a fantastic job and what a treat to see that the stair treads are already real, beautiful wood. It is all coming together and will look beautiful when you are done. The fun will begin as you start to place your beautiful belongings in this new home of yours.

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

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  32. Hi Kris
    How exciting!!! your new home looks great already. Love the colors you chose. I bet you can't wait to get into your new house. How is Cooper feeling? hope he is doing well
    enjoy your weekend, I am sure you will be painting :)
    love deezie

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  33. What a fabulous space, Kris and isn't it amazing what a little (or a lot!) paint can do? Wow. I can't wait for the rest of the reveal. Feel good and rest. You don't want to burn yourself out!

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  34. Kris...it's been a long row to hoe and it's all beautiful and exciting, especially with your vision and that Terry is on board with it all:-) A treasure for sure! I'd also love to know what cabinet paint brand you're using, and was there much prep to get the cabinets painted over the original stain/varnish?

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  35. Your new home will be absolutely wonderful when the two of you are finished! Looking forward to a tour of it when you are moved in and settled...hmmm, do we ever really get everything done and settled? ha! Yes, I would like to know what kind of paint you used on the kitchen cabinets. xoxo

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  36. Kris you two are amazing! Keep up the good work and love the before an after photos. It is amazing how a little paint can transform the home. Hugs to you both.

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  37. I'm so happy for you and your husband. Your new nest will be wonderful and I can't wait to see the kitchen redo!

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  38. I never had the pleasure of seeing the 'befores' at your previous home, but I think I'm in for a treat.

    I know you must be tired, but in the end you will be glad to get as much done as possible before all your stuff gets there. Pace yourself though. You don't want to get sick (like me!).

    (I love where you're going with the stairs.)

    xxx

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  39. What a great find on the stairs! Huge savings to use somewhere else! It's going to look beautiful, Kris. I can't imagine all the work you guys did this week but I'm sure you are a happy kind of exhausted. :)
    Looking forward to Junk Chic Cottage 2.0!
    Hugs, T.

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  40. It is looking great already ~ all your hard work is paying off!

    Would you share what brand of paint you are using?

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  41. Dear Kris, I am thrilled for you and Terry. You guys are working so hard it's looking amazing. I love what you are going to do to the staircase. Hang in there sweetie it is looking terrific. You will be in such good shape when this is all over. Lol. Love ya Jo

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  42. Amazing what you've done already. We went through the same thing last October... but we had about 3 weeks to paint the entire inside before we moved in! Didn't get it all done unfortunately but most rooms are close to your pretty "off white". Our rooms were all bright yellows, orange and blue.. so the calming "linen white" is lovely. Once you are in the house (like we are now) you tend to not finish as much... at least that's us! My light gray bathroom, which I dearly love... still has the blue painter's tape around the baseboards and one part over the shower never got finished! One of these days............... am excited to watch your kitchen transformation.

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  43. Forgot to add.. that I LOVE your header on this blog... I want my house to look like that! LOL

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  44. Kris, I am so happy for you and Terry and it is looking so good. Love the stair inspiration and can just see how the difference will look in your space. You must be really tired but what a great feeling you will have when it is all in place. The kitchen sounds charming!! I'm so excited to see..Happy Weekend..xxo Judy

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  45. Wow Kris .. you and hubby didn't waist any time getting all that grunt work accomplished .. Good For you two ! Looking forward to seeing the reveal of your new home sweet home ... So I'm thinking in the Kitchen you are going to be doing open shelving .. can't wait to see it !

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  46. How exciting! It looks already beautiful!
    Hugs
    Alessandra

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  47. Kris, it's amazing what you've done! No wonder you need advil. It is looking wonderful and will be absolutely beautiful in no amount of time! Oh Kris, to find wood on the stairs, how great is that!!!
    Take care and thanks for sharing the excitement!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  48. Nothing like a deadline to get things done! It's going to be wonderful...love the color you chose for the walls. :-)

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  49. I am really very excited for you and Terry! I'm sure much more progress has been accomplished since this post! I just can't wait to see your beautiful nest completed! I have thought of hiring someone to paint my entire house inside a light grey color, love yours! In your spare time, make sure to stop by the blog and enter my give away :) Bless your heart and praying for your body!!! Cindy xo

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  50. I wonder when you will find time to rest and relax!! End of August? LOL I hope there are no curves on this road and all the remodeling goes smoothly!

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  51. Hi Kris! Thank you so much for sharing your sneak peak! I know you and Terry and working your collective buns off, getting things done before the furniture moves in - that's smart! So much easier than working around boxes and furniture! It's so exciting! I can just imagine what it will all look like but I know that the real results will be even better than I could ever imagine! Hard work but so much fun! Can't wait to see more pics! Take care, enjoy your new nest and I'll talk to you soon! Love ya! Leena

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  52. I can't believe how much you have accomplished in just one week - amazing!! I can't wait to see what you do with the kitchen.

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  53. Can't wait to see the rest of your decorating magic

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  54. Looking fabulous already just at this point, can't wait to,see the end results, and all the changes you will be ,aging along that way.

    Xx
    Dore

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  55. It looks great so far! So much accomplished already. The treads were a great find. We once had a two story, and it was expensive to tread the stairs. xoxo Su

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  56. So happy you're finally able to move into your new home. You are so smart to get as much painting and work done before you move in your furnishings!! It's worth all the body aches. :-) Loving the wall color you chose.
    Mary Alice

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  57. I am just amazed, my friend, at what you two have achieved. But then, what am I thinking? It's Kris and Terry! You guys are the Super Team of home improvement. Great color choice for the walls, and I can see the contrast with the white woodwork. Lovely. I love, love, love your inspiration photo for the stairs and can already see how great your own stairs will look. And look at what you've already accomplished in the kitchen. Wow! I can't wait to see the ultimate reveal. I know it's going to be smashing. So happy for you, dear one. Hugs and love ~ Nancy

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  58. It is so exciting to see the "before" and anticipate the "after". Those stairs!! What a blessing to find them underneath the carpet. It's gonna look GREAT!

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  59. Yay for finding real wood stairs!!! What a bonus savings for you! The new paint looks great and will go so well with your decor. I know what you mean about finding muscles you never knew you had...PAINting will do that to you. :)

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  60. ooooh Kris, I am sooo excited!!! I miss your decorating posts soooo much!!!! can not wait!!!! :)

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  61. I can tell your younger than me haha

    It will look amazing I know
    I hope Cooper is enjoying watching all that work going on.

    I love seeing before and after pictures

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  62. Nice bonus!!! I can't wait to watch the progress from standard builder grade to loads and loads of warmth and character. You must be counting the sleeps to finally have a place to call home.

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  63. Kris, Your new home is gorgeous! I hope you and Terry are surviving the aches and pains of moving! Looking forward to more inspiring designs in your new home ♥
    Hugs, Jody

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  64. Oh my gosh Kris...we are SOOOO over-the-top happy for you both! And I totally get it girl with the Advil...bring it on! Can't wait to see your new Cottage...it will be amazing! xo

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  65. I love the vision you have. I am excited for you in your new home and I look forward to all the updates. Have fun. Alaina

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  66. I wish my husband and I had the energy of you and your husband. It will look beautiful. Can't wait to see the kitchen and the stairs.

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  67. It is looking great, Kris! I am so excited for you-that you are finally able to 'nest' again. Love what you have done so far and can't wait to see more. xo Diana

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  68. I'm so excited for you. I can't wait to see more. it's amazing what new paint will do for a space. Congratulations.

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  69. WOW!!! Y'all are going to have that place looking just fabulous in no time!! Sure looking good so far! Dont over-do okay? Hope y'all got moved in okay and all your furniture is now there and hopefully the dust will settle soon and be gone!! I think y'all are going to love it there

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  70. I love the colour you chose for the walls. So much more to my taste than the before. Such great news about the stairs!

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  71. can't wait to see how it will turn out, especially the kitchen counters that will be painted, i assume.

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  72. Glad that you found real wood hiding beneath the carpet!....Anxiously awaiting the magic you will be performing in the house!

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  73. Congratulations on starting to fix up your new home Kris! Sorry I haven't been in touch for a while, we too moved house in March. We're now living in Wales, and absolutely ADORE our new home and it's location in the middle of fields. I wake up every day and thank my lucky stars that we found this place. Like you, we're madly painting and fixing things up, although unlike you, we have TWO houses to fix!! One of which we plan to let out as a holiday rental, and then a bigger one that will ultimately be our home, but is currently just the place that we eat and sleep, as we're too tired to do anything else after working hard on the other cottage. I'll be avidly watching your blog again for new ideas.

    Warmest wishes for every happiness in your new home

    Judi in the UK

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  74. Oh Kris I can already see all your lovely things in your new home! The transformation is going to be stunning to say the least. What a wonderful find under that carpet! I wish we would have been a lucky.

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