Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The New Home - The "Before" Edition

Whilst chatting with my old friend and confidant, MizCyn, Sunday night about the new place I'm moving to she mentioned that it might be nice if I were to do a Before & After post showing pictures of the inside of the house before we move and then pictures after I get everything moved in and settled.

Seemed like a plausible idea to me so after swinging by Home Depot and picking up some paint yesterday evening, Amanda and I went by the new humble abode and dropped off a few boxes and took a few pictures. Oh, and if the fast food we grabbed at Wendy's on the way over counts as the first meal in the new place, I guess we did that, too!

Without further ado then, I give you the inside of the new home ...

Now, as you can see, the walls in my room are a very stark white and that's just not going to work so I picked up a couple gallons of paint to take care of that problem. Initially I was going to go with a light lavender sort of color but then a completely different shade caught my eye and instead I'm going with a soft plum and slightly darker wine combination. I'm going to try something different this time and do two walls in one color and the other two in the other to give the room a bit of contrast. I'm not sure exactly how it's going to come out but I have high hopes and am glad I just don't have to prime the walls first as that's obviously already been done!

As for Amanda's room - expect major transformations there as she's going for a black & white stripe pattern with red on the windows and other trim work. She did ask our new landlady if it would be okay for her to paint her room in that fashion and Winnie, who has proven to be a true sweetheart thus far, told her to go right ahead and she would even reimburse us for the cost of paint. While we were getting the paint at Home Depot, the girl who was mixing it for us told Amanda that she was very lucky that her Mom was letting her paint her room that way as her parents always told her no when she suggested something out of the ordinary for her room. Amanda said that she knew she was lucky but I just hope she remembers that when she gets frustrated putting several coats of paint on the trim and it feels like the job is never going to be done! That's her project and I'm going to do my best to stay out of it (anyone want to take any bets as to whether I end up picking up a paintbrush or not??).

Ah well, I guess it's back to packing and purging for me. I've so far managed to haul a good seven bags of stuff to the local clothes donation bin and piled even more bags up by the side of the road for the garbage men so progress is being made! I'll be spending a good part of today putting some paint on the new bedroom walls before taking a nice hot shower and going for my first photography class. It's going to be a busy day but I think it will be a productive one!


  1. Anonymous6:58 AM EST

    It's great to know that you're loving your new place there. Best of luck.

  2. Sounds like a fun (and productive) Tuesday ahead for you. Working on your new place, getting rid of stuff and a wonderful new adventure with a photography class.

    Have a great time! You deserve it, Duchess Linda.

  3. Woops! I couldn't see any photos.

  4. Anonymous9:33 AM EST

    I can't see the photos, but I know I will sometime. I'm on an older computer here at home.

    Please tell Amanda that red id a difficult paint color. May take 3 coats.

    Shhhh... don't tell hubby, but I'm probably going to do some painting while he's gone.

  5. You'll probably end up helping her :o)

  6. Video is working now! Hooray :)

    The place looks lovely, love the floors especially and the red is living room is fab.

  7. I really like it. I'd move in with you. It's cozy and I think you are going to be happy in your new home. Is it far from your old place?

  8. Very cool and hot water too. And no hill to slip and slide up and down. It just doesn't get any better than that.

    Have a great day Linda. Big hug. :)

  9. I'm sooooo excited for you guys! (I love the woodwork and fireplace...and the little details!)

    when I move I always purge when packing AND when unpacking....dividing everything into three categories:

    put away
    give away
    throw away

    Amanda is very fortunate...and you are very blessed with her!

    AND....I am totally impressed you are taking the photog class...looking forward to seeing the results!

  10. Linda, it's beautiful! I'm so happy for you. :)

  11. Yup, it's a bunch of work... but so worth it. Just keep that final goal in mind... you will do just fine!!! I love your color choice and how great to have a laundry room - mine is in the garage. Hmmm... now maybe there is a project for the hubby person to do - after the bathrooms... LOL

  12. Have fun painting and Photography class..when did this happen? I must have missed you telling us about this when I was so busy at work. I think its a great idea and your gonna have so much fun!!!

  13. I imagine Amanda's room will look very colourful.

  14. I like the colour of the walls in the lounge - are you thinking of changing them? I can't wait to see what you do with the place! :)

  15. It looks very cute! I love the red living room! Me and red have a "thing" going! Yup, red is hard. My front door at the swamp took 4 coats and my sister's red door took 4 coats. But it's worth it if you love red!

    I love painting, so I hope you two embrace the fun and creativity and have a blast!

    Yay for hot water, too!

    PS... I wish I could find a digital photography class. If I lived closer, I'd go with you!

  16. Oh, Linda, I sure don't envy you having to move in the dead of winter. By the way, how is your weather? And, are you buying this house? I'm wondering that since you are painting the walls. I know I wouldn't be painting if I was only renting as paint is not cheap. It looks like you have a big place, and that's a good thing, I guess. Anyway, thank you for sharing the pictures with us via way of video.

  17. Love the fancy woodwork. Good luck with the painting and the moving/purging!

  18. Love the scrollwork and will be looking forward to the changes. You might consider one of thos computer programs they have at paint stores to see if three walls and an accent wall or two walls each color best fits your mental image before rolling on the final product.

  19. love the living room.
    I don't think your bedroom is boring - I think it has potential!
    a landlord offering to reimburse for paint while letting you paint whatever you want is a sign of a good landlord, imho.


  20. You are so lucky to find a landlord like this! Shove what's-his-face's nose in it...
    I love the details, too. I learned a lot from Doug, my darling SIL. He was a woodworker.
    I really like the house. I think the color in the living/dining room is terrific! I also like the bathroom - the tile and the floor are really cool.

  21. It looks great Linda! I especially like the living room, with the hardwood floors, maroon walls, and the contrasting white trim and mantle over the fireplace! When I get a new place, I will have at least one room with that paint scheme.

    And of course, congrats on the most important part of your new home, NO HILLS!!!

  22. if you haven't already bought all your paint. you can get Kilz in all colors now...one coat covers, one coat hides anything!!

    is that red living room yours or original??

  23. I'm happy for you that you found this nice new abode, Duchess Linda. It looks like it's going to feel homey for you and Amanda right away.

    The landlord sounds wonderful.

    I'm envious of the laundry room. Very nice!

  24. That is a great apartment. Nothing dull about it, at least hardwood floors, nice detail woodwork, and a nice laundry room!
    Style abounds!

  25. Congrats again on the new place! I love the hardwood floors. I'm sure you'll both do a great job of making the place yours.

  26. looks like tits to me! woo hoo!

    smiles, bee


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