Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Improving Home Improvements

Josh and I have a long list of things we want to do to our house. First and foremostly (?) we need new floors in the whole place. I've counted and there are 9 different floor coverings in our three-level townhouse. Have a look:

#1 - Hardwood in the entry way. This is a bad idea because hard wood is easily damaged by water, etc. As a result, it's in terrible condition. Eventually I'd like this to be ceramic tile... indestructible.

#2 - Wood laminate in the living room and dining room. The only floor in the house that I like.

#3 - Dark green marbley vinyl in the kitchen. It looks like Saddam's palace.

#4 - Vinyl in the main-level powder room.

#5 - What I think was white carpet that is now grayish tan, stained, and needs to be re-stretched. This is on our stairs, hallway and bedrooms. I pray for the day this gets replaced.

#6 - Yet another vinyl in our bathroom. Hope to replace with ceramic.

#7 - Our third type of vinyl in the main bathroom upstairs.

#8 & #9 - This is not a split-screen shot. This is an actual seam where two different kinds, not just colors, but kinds of carpet meet in our basement. One half is traditional texture, dark green. The other half is beige berber. WHY?

But alas, everything takes time and replacing floors is pricey. We do plan to redo the floor on our entire main level next spring in a dark chocolatey wood. So other than floors, paint is always a quick way to spruce up a space. We have 2 and 1/2 bathrooms and all are pretty small as mentioned in a previous post. So we decided to paint them to brighten them up. Only the main-level powder room and the master bath got finished, but we did start all three :o) The pictures are below, I am thrilled with both. I think the third bathroom will be a pale yellow or possibly a pale turquoise. What do you think?

This is our powder room in pale green. You can tell it's a small space, but the contrast of the white toilet makes the color easier to see.

Close up of the sink which also shows the contrast and how nicely the color goes with our fixtures :o)

This is our master bath in pale purple. Our shower curtain is navy blue and is a perfect accent with the white and deep purple towels.

The squares on this rug were very blue before we painted, now the appear to match the paint perfectly!

So that's where we are for now. I just need to get that third one done and I'd also really like to do our bedroom. All things in time I guess. Maybe I should be putting money away for our floor, or the furniture we're going to need in the spring when Ben & Jenna get married and need theirs back!

Aaaaaanyway, I'll leave it at that for now and post more later. :o)


  1. Can you PLEASE come paint my house?! Everything you've done in your house looks really good, I like it a lot :). We have so much that needs to be done in our house to make it "ours" :p .... so much is still left like it was from the previous owners... so i live with it cause i have no choice but I dont like it. BLAH ... now I feel motivated to go get something done, haha.

  2. It looks awesome Em! The colors seem neutral but soothing, which is exactly what I need in my bathrooms! The carpet situation is so strange! Who would put two different colored carpets right next to each other. THat's just weird lol. Good luck with your home improvements as you get them done. I hope you keep posting pics!


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