Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Back to (house)work

Changes are afoot in la casa this week, and I couldn't be more ready to rustle up some new energy in this house. I mean, it's been months! It's time to change up some stuff!

First up: our new dining room mirror. I swear we've tried every possible wall decoration arrangement in this room, but we finally, finally have it. I adore this mirror and the way it lights up that corner of the dining room. The slats of wood feel warm and homey without being over-the-top "country," and it manages to look rustic and polished all at once.

Here's a closer look at the yummy wood, along with a little forecast of this week's plans in the reflection. Get excited!

That's right, folks ... our much-hated wall is finally coming down! I'm pretty giddy about how much it's going to open up our living room, which currently seats only three people comfortably for tv-viewing. (Not cool during SuperbowlOscar season.) We're going to have some immediate challenges to tackle as soon as it comes down, chief among them "Crap, we have a zero-dollar furniture budget" and "Crap, where will we throw our junk now?" But going from a cramped sitting room to a more open one will be a drastic improvement even without a cozy new loveseat, so we're pumped.

Also shown in the mirror view is new dining room lighting. Our house's recessed lighting that was no doubt installed during a '70s-era DIY acid trip will be no more (in one room, anyway... for now). In its place, a chandelier that we scooped on sale with an additional one-day-only bonus clearance, the way my mama taught me (hi Mom). Oh, I can't wait. Can't wait!

Also on tap this week is some boring stuff: ceiling repainting (so that all the awful existing recessed lighting we remove in the future will be easier to patch), the installation of a new fan/light for the upstairs bathroom (so T no longer has to shave in a dense fog every morning), and some electrical work.

Ch-ch-changes... I like 'em. Full report on how our hired hands did next week!


Elizabeth said...

Good stuff! I love the feel of the dining room and the mirror!

cevd said...

we're kind of thinking about taking down a wall ... or three ...

though we have to save up for windows first.

good luck!

Belle on Heels said...

Ooooh can't wait to see the finished product!

agalandherdog said...

Exciting changes and I LOVE the mirror!

megan. said...

gorgeous!!! I just love that mirror!

LPC said...

I'm really excited to see how this is going to look.

Sara said...

Yay! So excited to hear all about these projects! I love me some demolition!

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