Wednesday, April 13, 2011

House renovation ideas

Since our move is almost exactly a month away, and we're going to have a quick turn around starting our renovations on the house, I did a little search for inspirational ideas!  Here's what I found:

Window shutter mail organizer
I love love love this mail organizer idea!  I think it would look great in the house we have now, and I'm determined to fit it into our new house.  Since one of my goals this year is to be better about sending birthday cards to friends and family, I think this is the perfect accessory! And it doubles as a piece of art!

Great fireplace art
Ignoring the rest of this room, I love the art above the fireplace.  Our new living room has super high ceilings, and I've really been drawn to multi-piece art lately.  I think it would also make a fun do-it-yourself project for a rainy day!

The thing that draws me to this picture is how bright and clean this kitchen looks.  Our last few kitchens have been nice, but also super dark.  I initially thought I wanted to paint our new cabinets a green color, but after seeing this, I love the white on green, with green on the island only.  A full kitchen reno is definitely a pipe dream right now, but someday :)

Ok, so these are actually pictures of our old house in Charleston.  I loved everything about our guest bathroom in that house.  I wish I had better pictures to share with you as these don't really do it justice, but they are the only ones I could find.  I would love to recreate everything about this bathroom in my new home!

We still have a long way to go, but day dreaming about it is the fun part.  My next task will be figuring out how to update awful wood paneling in the basement that I obv. hate, and Colin loves (of course).  When you google 'how to update angled wood paneling', a website called pops up first.  No joke.

The hideous paneling in the basement

Any suggestions for my paneling woes?  Other great suggestions for updating our new home?  Leave a comment!

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  1. I must first say you are a natural born blogger! Such great topics! I once saw some HGTV reno show which said the only thing you should do to wood panels is paint them or cover them with new drywall. I guess removing it is not a good choice all the time. I think either would be a perfectly good solution. :)

  2. Your dad and I had the exact same problem with our house in PDX. We took the easy way out and put dry wall over it.

  3. The obviously solution would be to dry wall over it, but Colin thinks it's the greatest! I have a feeling this is going to be the epic, never ending battle of this house makeover.

    Heather: Thanks:)

    Mom: Which room was paneled? I don't remember that at all.

  4. The living room wall on the left, where we put the Christmas tree. It looked almost identical to what you have in the new house. It screamed at you when you walked through the front door! One of the first things to go when we first moved in.