3 Vacation Days, 1 Weekend & A Trip to Ikea Later…

Happy New Year to all! We hope you had a joyous holiday and have fun ringing in the New Year tonight. We are throwing a NYE party, which meant completing many unfinished projects the last few days to get ready!

As I mentioned in a previous post, minutes after our closing, Justin and I were at the house seeing how much wallpaper we could simply tear off and in which rooms this was possible. This left a whole lot of disheveled-looking walls around our house. We were easily overwhelmed looking at our many “unfinished” projects, and took on the philosophy our parents suggested of taking it “one room at a time.”

Our goal this past weekend was to finish the three bedrooms upstairs. Aside from some unpainted trim and a few pieces of hardware to replace, we completed our goal! I have been on school vacation for the past week, and have spent all of it, you guessed it, stripping wallpaper.

First, here’s a reminder of what our wonderful guest room looked like before the reno:

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And during:

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Stripping wallpaper off the slanted wall in this room was no easy task. I definitely got my workout in for the day/week!

Over the weekend Justin and I were really able to get lots of work done. We finished stripping the wallpaper, washed the walls down (they were very glue-y), “patched” the walls… you wouldn’t believe the number of dings, dents and nail holes in these walls, primed, painted the ceiling, and finally, painted.

Our wonderful family friends, Kerry and Nicole, gave us their queen mattress. They purchased a new one and were looking to donate theirs. Fortunately, we contacted them just in time and picked it up this weekend. Thank you Kerry and Nicole!! 🙂

We took a trip to Ikea this weekend to pick out a bed frame. Now I’m going to be honest, I was a little hesitant about purchasing furniture at Ikea. Although it looks awesome, the quality of it made me nervous. I wanted a sturdy piece of furniture that I knew would last. We figured since the guest room is the room we will use least often, we’d try some furniture there first. Once we arrived to Ikea we left with a little more than we bargained for. A bed frame, nightstand, lamp, rug, coat hook, desk and chair later… we were on our way. Justin and I put the nightstand and bed frame together last night and we LOVE it! Check it out…

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We replaced our old baseboard heaters with white ones:

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Replaced the light fixtures (this is actually a picture of the light in the “nursery” but we liked it so much we got one for the guest room too!):

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Replaced the light switch plates and outlets:

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And voila! We have a finished guest room!

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We were able to paint some trim in our room this weekend too. Here are pictures of our painted built-ins, which Justin was finally able to put his things in this weekend, and our new rug! Notice the new hardware on the built-ins too! We plan to replace every piece of hardware upstairs with nickel.

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This upcoming weekend we hope to paint the hallway, which includes the beautiful wainscoting, which just happens to be completely outdated! We can’t wait to see this transformation. Until then, enjoy your NYE, stay safe and Happy 2013!

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5 thoughts on “3 Vacation Days, 1 Weekend & A Trip to Ikea Later…

  1. Everything looks fabulous Ashley! You two have been working so hard! Can’t wait to see the rooms in person! Happy New Year to you both!

  2. WOW! Can’t believe how much you guys have accomplished in a month, in th emiddle of the holidays! Everything looks awesome! Can’t wait to see what the next project is!

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