Thursday, April 29, 2010

A New Project...

I love a project!!! In fact, I can't work on one project without thinking about starting another one! ESPECIALLY house projects!!!! When we bought our house almost 3 years ago, we weren't able to do a whole lot of updates to it, so we've slowly been doing some "improvements" around here!


The latest started TODAY!!!!


After a trip to Lowe's last night, we were ready!


We have a formal living room in the very front of our house. It has double pocket doors that lead into it from the foyer and then also solid french doors that lead into it from the far side from the family room.


Before we bought the house, here's what the room looked like:




When we moved in, we didn't really have any furniture to put in it, besides some that had been given to us (that was previously here).
For a year or so the room was just pretty empty and we didn't ever use it.

This is the only picture I have and it's at Christmas and shows only part of the room, but you can see we painted, replaced the carpet, got rid of the cornice boards and drapes, and added trim around the windows....


I recently moved all of ABs's toys in there because we are at the point where we need a playroom... I knew something had to be done, but I couldn't really get it in my head what I wanted to do to make it a more efficient play room... plus the size of it kind of threw me for a loop. It's a big room, and the thought of little miss having access to a room that big with so many toys makes me cringe. Not to mention the fact that it's the first room you see if you come in our front door. Talk about pressure, having to keep it picked up and clean in case someone drops by!

We had toyed around with the idea of possibly adding a wall and splitting the room in half, making 2 separate rooms. We'd talked about moving our office into the front part of the room, and making the back part the playroom. And that's just what we're doing!

Here's what the room looked like this morning (everything is piled up and pushed out of the way)

From the foyer looking in....


(do you not love my old school-house table & chairs?!?! They're isn't going to be room in the new playroom for them, so they'll go on the sunroom for now... but I think once the playroom is turned into a "homework" room they'll look great back in there!)

From the living room entrance...
And when the builder left today, here's what it looked like!

Office side:

Playroom Side:



I am so excited, especially now that I can really get a feel for the size of the rooms with the wall up. I was worried they would be too small, but they're still really good sized rooms... it's hard to tell that in the pictures...
I've got several ideas for the playroom, including an art corner here....


I can't wait to see what progress we make tomorrow and this weekend!

This afternoon, because it was killing me not to be involved with the wall building, I felt the need to build something myself... so I took the fabric that I'd bought for the playroom months ago,


(I still might use it in there, too) and made Annabelle a crayon-roll. She is loving to color these days and I've been wanting to make one of these for a while. So easy and I think it turned out really cute.... next time I am going to try doing the ric-rac around the edges... These may start being our birthday party gifts at kids' birthdays! Wouldn't it be cute paired with some cute coloring books or other art supplies?!?!?
Have a great weekend!

~amw~

16 comments:

Arielle said...

Oh my gosh! I am so excited :)

Dani and Dave said...

LOVE the crayon roll!! :) Super cute idea!

Charon Benton said...

ahhh..so THAT is why you didn't come to meeting last night? LOL
VERY cute idea--you could all sorts of themes too on the crayon roll!!!

Julianne Hendrickson said...

What an exciting transformation!!! my parents did a very similar thing in my old home--turned out great! who needs a formal living room anymore anyways? I LOVE those crayon rolls...I need to get into sewing!

Janie said...

How exciting!! I just love projects too!! And girl you did good with that crayon roll! Are you gonna take orders??? LOL!! Can't wait to see the finished result! Have a great weekend! By the way we're coming down soon so we'll have to get together!

Rebecca said...

Looking good! I love home projects, too! It's so much fun to really put your mark on it!
The crayon roll is so cute! Love the party gift ideas!!! Can't wait to see it all done!

Oh- and is that you and your sweet boy in the before picture? I loved seeing blue crocs on those little feet! :)

Katie said...

I can't wait to see more! Wow! I have always wanted to "build" a crayon roll...that fabric is adorbale!

Lyndsay said...

Sounds like a great idea! Can't wait to see the finished product.

Carrie said...

Construction is looking good! I can't wait to see what it looks like completed. Sign us up for a cute crayon roll on Oct. 8! I love it.

Mallory said...

Looks great, can't wait to see the finished product! :)

BelleinBoots said...

Love it! Can't wait to see the finished products!

Heather said...

I am giddy with excitement to see how it all comes together!! I love a project too, so fun and you get to make it your own!!

Stephanie Heintz said...

Wow! Your construction people are way better than the ones here. He really got busy and actually made some progress in just one day! ha.

Love the look. Can't wait to see it myself!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

I can't wait to see it all done!! How fun.

Jenn said...

Love the crayon roll!! clever! yes it woudl be perfect for birthdays! or giveaways!! he he! =)

Deidre said...

What a great idea to make 2 rooms out of 1. I would never have thought of that. Can't wait to see the end results.

And yes, those crayon rolls would be great gifts for bdays. Too cute!