A Nice Reveal of the Living Room and Dining Room

Category: Before & After

We've been tidying up the house and moving furniture around to accommodate the twenty or so people coming to eat oatmeal and watch the inauguration of the new president on Tuesday.

I snapped a few photos. It's so often we look at this house and fret about the things still left undone that I have to stop and reflect on how far we've actually come.

Here we have the new dining room table and chairs. Our first set ever. I am in my forties and this is the first set of dining room furniture I have owned that hasn't come from Goodwill and the alley. I feel so...so...grown-up! (Note to self: Need to reinstall radiator, replace missing french doors, reinstall window stops, get real curtains instead of these temporary dime store ones. And, for Pete's sake, hang something on the walls.)


This time with the flash on. Though it makes the colors wonky. (Note to self: Call Wes and ask him his advice about fitting new light fixture into weird antique fitting in the ceiling. Stain and shellac sideboard in the garage, move piano to the back room. Feed the fish.)


The living room fireplace where I am usually huddled against the firescreen since the Snowpocalypse has begun. (Note to self: Finish shellacking woodwork, save up for new living room furniture--with slipcovers, hang something on the walls.)


The sunroom where we've temporarily stashed our old dining room table to create more seating ($35 from a Goodwill in West Lafayette, Indiana! Refinished it with help from my dad. It's about ten meals away from collapsing entirely. I had to take it apart in order to fit it into the trunk of my old Honda Accord back in '88 and it's never been quite stable.) Also, Aaron--who is always serious in photos--and Grace--who never is serious in photos. (Note to self: Finish shellacking benches, call to check on order of light fixture in sunroom, and curtains in here would be a nice touch. More pillows. Finish the tech cabinet/ eNook. Completing the storm windows project BEFORE Snowmageddon would have been good.)


Here are the photos that I wouldn't normally post. But, since we're sharing. The TV that is temporarily in the place of a radiator. Our awful and extremely old couch. The evidence that I bribed my child with her trampoline, a showing of Totoro and a cupcake in order to get a chance to take photographs without someone trying to "help me". (Note to self: Get TV into back room after you've figured out the heat thing back there. Reinstall radiator. Let's not talk about the awful couch. Rugs? Artwork? Make that happen.)


The last photo is a bonus pic for my mother who wanted a picture of Grace. She is visiting a retirement community in Florida where she is getting sucked in by the plentiful 4:30 pm dinner buffets and the social whirl of shuffleboard. She's having too much fun driving a golf cart like a maniac and terrorizing the octagenerians. You'd better straighten up, missy, or they'll be kicking you out soon!


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Wow Jeanne, this just looks great. I've been visiting here for years now, and I don't think I've seen a spread like this before. The woodwork looks luxurious, I've always loved those windows you worked so hard on, and the warm yellow color on the walls just makes it all glow. The oatmeal eaters will sigh with envy as they gaze into the fire and around the room. I'm certainly envious. Look at what you and Aaron have made... and a kid too! What a difference from when you moved in. Well done.

Congratulations, great photos and everything looks wonderful. We all have a list of details that are quite completed, but they are almost never noticable.

I'm so happy for you and impressed with the beauty of your home!!! I know that you put in a lot of sweat equity.

Awwww. Thanks guys!

Looks amazing. Been following for years and it really looks great.

It's amazing how far you've come with your home. It looks like a page out of a design magazine. And I'm really jealous of your visitors who get to come and see it for real!! No fair!

Hey, I was just at that Goodwill yesterday. They did have a bunch of cool pottery, but no good furniture. I own some nice pieces, but I'm always in the market for a Goodwill find.

It looks really, truly wonderful. Congratulations! :-)

Just gorgeous. I, too, have visited for years and can remember when Miss G was a baby. Gosh, look at her now! It's always a treat to see the progress you've made. Congrats!

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