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Guest Room: Befores and Middles

1 Oct

Moving on up the stairs…

The original stairs were white with a white railing, but as you can see, they were not in good shape.

We had no idea what the plan for these was.  Would they clean and paint them?  remove and replace them?  Then one day we showed up and there they were, shiny and new!  I like that they kept the bottom step (acutally I think they had to) and it’s original shape. 

Are you bored?  I am too.  Stairs are boring.

Here we have the guest room.

Guest Room Before

Guest Room Before

Guest Room "Middle"

The room doesn’t have a main wall or door yet.  They were removed when the work was being done on the ceiling.  Since the house is officially a two bedroom, the wall should be replaced sometime soon.  Although this seems strange, it was actually a summertime blessing in disguise.  We rely on two window units for air conditioning.  One is downstairs above the backdoor in the kitchen and works beautifully.  The other is in this room and cools the entire second floor.  Summertime in MD =  hot.  Man is it hot.   And humid.  So humid.  BUT with the window unit, and no wall, all of the cool air is free to blow around.  Score one for us! 

They did not replace the hardwood flooring up here.  If you remember from an earlier post, they restained and sealed the flooring. 

The bed frame is Ikea I believe and it’s your basic wood frame – which of course I plan on painting.  The bedding was mine from my old house and it is also Ikea.  They have some irresistable and inexpensive duvet sets. We don’t have a closet in here yet, but that’s also in the works.  For now, this is Todd’s “dressing room” and his clothes are all hung supermodel style on one of those moveable racks.   We installed the same faux wood white blinds in here as downstairs so that everything matches. 

The dresser is Todd’s and is quite possibly the heaviest piece of furniture in all the land.  I was near tears bringing it up the stairs…not because of how heavy it was but because I was so afraid of dropping on one of us (Todd’s head).   This will eventually match the bedframe and I think some pretty hardware is in its future.

The DIMPLOMAS.  Ok.  You guys.  I have been out of college for 4 years.   Todd has been out for 6.  Our diplomas have been covered in bubble wrap under our beds and in closets for that long.  The shame.  When we moved in, I swore the first thing we would hang on those pretty honeysuckle walls would be our diplomas.  Side by side in the guest room.

Just like God and Father Linnane intended.

I now present to you our first (and by far most expensive) pieces of art:

That’s about it for the guest room! 

This weekend’s plans are dinner at the famous G&Ms for crabcakes (sorry for rubbing it in mom!) and then we might be heading to the Fells Point Fun Festival. 

See ya next week!


Let’s Start At The Very Beginning…

21 Aug

Actually, let’s not because unlike The Sound of Music, that would be boring for us all.  I’ll summarize the weeks leading up to move in:  moved out, sweated our faces off, moved into a friends 8ft x 8ft  basement room for 2 weeks, went on vacation for a week, came back, packed up, sweated our faces off, moved in, slept on an air mattress in the living room because the floors had just been stained upstairs, inhaled fumes for 16 hours, moved upstairs, and now here we are.

I spent the first week in our house like most people do in a new house – scouting places for a chalkboard wall and leaving the broiler on for hours.

Todd it smells like burning plastic in here.

It’s probably your hair iron.

My straightener?  No.  Crap it’s coming from the kitchen we have a gas leak and we’re going to die slowly from asphyxiation.

Then I went even more completely off the wall cah-razy and thought we needed furniture for every single room in the house RIGHT this second.  I spent hours on the internet looking at Ikea, Overstock, Pottery Barn (sigh), Crate & Barrel, Pier 1, your mom’s house, etc.  Meanwhile Todd is sitting on the couch (which we thankfully stole from his Dad during a recent move) calmly setting up the TV, putting together the bed and playing with drill bits and things.  We decided that prioritizing was in order lest I shut this whole operation down with my inability to chill out.

The bedrooms were good to go for now, so first up – the living room since that’s where we were probably spending the most time.  We had: the couch and TV.  No diggity, no doubt.  We needed: everything else.  I should really call these pictures the middles not the afters since there is still work to be done on the house and we haven’t bought a ton of furniture.

Living Room

All of the original hardwood floors were replaced on the first floor, which is why they look so shiny and pretty.  I wasn’t expecting them to replace the floors, but I guess they were in such bad shape that they had to.   (When I say “they”  I mean the homeowner and his crew.)  The walls and ceiling were painted and crown molding was installed.  They also put in new baseboards throughout this room – which flows right into the dining room.  Paint colors are Behr’s Honeysuckle White for the walls and ceiling and a standard clean bright white for the crown molding and baseboards.  Sidenote: choosing the right color of off-white for these walls was ridiculous.  I stared at paint swatches in Lowes with a look of terror.

The coffee table was a craigslist score and came with two matching end tables.  They are dated but in good shape and I plan on either staining them much much darker or painting them white – which Stef says will look like a 1990’s beachhouse.  Fear not, Stef.  Although…is that really such a bad idea?

This reminds me that Tori Spelling is better than Megan Fox any day

Back to the real footage…

The "Media Center" AKA TV and Playsation

The media center is actually a bookshelf from Ikea turned on it’s side.  I was skeptical at first but I really like the way it turned out.  The white boxes and magazine holders are also from Ikea.   Cute, cheap, functional.  Winner Winner.

The brick walls on one side were exposed and a couple coats of sealer covers them.  This protects the original brick and ensures our house won’t crumble.

Stained Glass Window on the Front of the House

This window is one of my most favorite things about the house.  I love this window and the matching one above the door.  The window above the door with our address in it is called  a transom and is one of the historic marks of a Baltimore rowhouse.  Love.  I know.  Nerd alert.  Also Todd installed some white faux wood blinds that we had to have custom cut (twice!) from Home Depot.  This is an odd sized window since it starts just above the floor and is extra wide.  It lets in a ton of light and allows me to peer at our neighbors.

That’s about it for the living room for now!  Come back later this weekend for some exciting kitchen talk.