It’s safe to say that every single room in our house, every area, will be updated at some point. Every. Single. Room. So, since this will be a loooong process (because we’ll be updating as funds allow and as the logistics of having a young baby allows) I’ll update “Before and Afters” room-by-room. At this point, the room that is nearest completion is the upper family room / dining area. The progress shown below has taken eight months (settlement was late-March 2014) So here we go… Before (Photo taken a few days after settlement. Before any work had been done and WAY before we moved in.) After (During) What was done: All hardwood floors on the main living level refinished and stained darker, baseboard trim installed and painted (Benjamin Moore – Dove White), wall paint (Benjamin Moore – Gray Horse), curtains (Crate and Barrel) and hardware (Bed Bath and Beyond), switch plates (Home Depot), television stand (Target), area rug (Pottery Barn), sectional couch (Raymour and Flannigan), dining chairs and side tables (inherited). Note: The entryway of the house (far right corner) is still under construction – hence the original wall color, peeled away wallpaper border at top and patched screw hole. What still needs to be done: Get rid of that hideous ceiling fan chain (and possibly the entire ceiling fan) (I CAN’T STAND that chain. uggh.), new lamps for side tables and new art above sofa (West Elm), new coffee table (still undecided what style), swap out black electrical outlets with white or gray, finish entryway. Just look at those gorgeous floors! Jason sanded and stained (by hand) all floors on the main floor of the house. All rooms, plus the hallway. I decided to go significantly darker with the stain because I imagined that the dark would compliment the gray walls (and it absolutely does!). I also chose a satin polyurethane finish instead of gloss. What was done: Antique sideboard (inherited), pre-lit boxwood wreaths (Pottery Barn) What still needs to be done: Replace current light fixture with new pendant (Pottery Barn), possibly incorporate a very small dining table with drop leaves (in place of Caroline’s Pack ‘n Play), ART ON THE WALLS! There needs to be original art all over our house! So the main living area is about 90% complete (Hooray!) The progress on this area of the house could not have been possible without the help of some very awesome friends and family members. They’ve helped us: demo, rip up carpet, paint, move furniture, install floors, lent tools and materials, babysat our kid, cleaned our house, and even helped get the Christmas tree into the house and up-right in the stand. The help we’ve received from these individuals is SO appreciated (and needed!) More appreciated than I could ever convey. Ever. Thank you, thank you, thank you… to infinity and beyond. Next up: Finish the baby’s room, which is currently 75 / 80% complete. Despite all tactics of persuasion, she refuses to help out.