So I mentioned a while back that we were changing our plans for the rest of 2017 a little bit and that’s 100% to make room for the nursery. I didn’t really go into detail about what that meant but basically we’re going to be changing the function of several rooms and moving a bunch of stuff around.
Before we start working on the nursery there are other rooms that need attention first.
Master Bedroom. I’m only mentioning this room because it’s still not finished and for my own sanity it needs to be done before we do anything else.
Study/Sitting Room > Family Room.
This is the room between the kitchen and the living room.
I’ve mentioned it before, but we aren’t doing anything major in this room this year. We are, however, changing the function and making it the TV/family room. Eventually there will be built ins and new trim and *fingers crossed* maybe even opening up the room into the kitchen the tiniest bit more (where the Miles Davis poster is in the above photo).
We’ve already moved our old sectional in there as well as the electric fireplace from our bedroom and our TV but I haven’t taken any new pictures. The only other thing we plan on doing this year is re-painting (once I find a gray I actually like…story of my life), installing blinds, and replacing the current sectional with a new one. The old sectional is about 5 years old, smells like everything a dog might smell like, and is currently being partially propped up with a 2×4 because the frame on the chaise broke.
The plan is to get this sectional from IKEA.
It should still offer plenty of seating and is a good piece for us for now. I realize we’re almost 30 and a lot of people think that means you should buy your furniture from somewhere that’s not IKEA but honestly, we have 2 dogs that have decided it’s perfectly acceptable to pee on everything and use the sofa as their jungle gym and we’re about to add a baby to that so whatever. *Shrug* My dream sectional is almost 4x the price and I think I would end up on Snapped if we bought it and it was immediately destroyed.
Living Room > Office/Craft Room.
I’ve always kind of struggled with this room as the living room because the furniture placement is tricky with a TV.
It’s much bigger than the other room but I don’t actually mind a smaller room for TV watching. It’s cozier. The large space is perfect to use as a multipurpose room. We’re losing Kyle’s room upstairs (to become the guest room) and my former craft room (to become the nursery) and we’d both like a space with work from home capability, so we’re combining spaces and moving downstairs. One half of the room will house our shared desk, lots of storage, and eventually a couple of club chairs comfy enough for lounging/reading.
The other end of the room (by the fireplace) will be set up with a small table and chairs for crafting, putting together puzzles, and one day doing homework. We may also work in a play area in here but I have a feeling the family room will double as a playroom.
It’ll be a long time until this room is finished the way I want it but we’ve already moved the desk down so that’s a start!
Kyle’s Office > Guest Room.
I honestly don’t even know if I’ve ever posted pictures of this room and I don’t even have a listing photo of it to show you. Whoops.
When we moved in, we turned one of the bedrooms into an office/music space for Kyle.
I had planned on keeping it as is, but Kyle suggested we turn it into a guest room instead so that’s what we’re doing. It will most likely still double as his music space because we don’t have guests super often (but we have started getting them often enough to warrant a guest room).
When we bought our new bed, we moved the old one into my craft room so once we clear everything out, we’ll just slide it across the hall and the room will be ready to go. We need to put doors back on the closet (we tossed all of the old crappy bi-fold doors) and we plan on running the laminate from our bedroom all the way down the hall into this room and the nursery.
Upstairs Floors. I just mentioned that we’ll be running the laminate all the way down the hall into the nursery and future guest room but since it’s probably the biggest project, I figured it deserved its own section. Luckily, the flooring is super easy to install so the worst part should be pulling the old carpet out and prying up a billion tack strips and staples.
So that’s our main focus for the rest of the year! Luckily it’s mostly just clearing out crap and moving furniture so even though it looks like a lot, it’s really not. There are a few other things I’m still hoping we can do but we’re almost halfway through August so we’ll see. Here they are:
Master Bathroom. All I want to do is finish demo and put down new subfloor so we are completely done with the old, gross, water-damaged floor. There’s no point in building it all back up right now but I’ll feel better about this room when demo is done and all of the debris is cleaned out.
Foyer. Mostly I just want to skim coat the wall where I tried (and failed) to remove wall paper and re-paint with a new, not purple gray.
Deck: Phase II. This would be major so it’s not likely but I’d love to finish the second phase of the deck. We’re planning on measuring it out and pricing out materials this weekend and then we’ll go from there. Kyle would probably have to do most of the heavy lifting on this project but I could at least hammer in joist hangers and screw in deck boards.
Linen Closet. Super low priority but if we don’t completely redo it, we should at least fix the broken doors.
Now let’s see how much we actually get done.