I'm chuckling to myself as I type about the breezes, house wrap and contact paper. While true, I happen to find it humorous. My kids are going to enjoy telling their own children stories of their "impoverished hardships" growing up and laugh to themselves as the little ones gasp in disbelief. Heh, heh. It also helps me keep things in perspective by remembering that we chose to live this way. I know there are far too many people in the world who are truly impoverished and suffering while I am truly blessed beyond measure.
I didn't buy a lot of new stuff or anything terribly fancy but it was just enough to perk the place up a little for me. And like I always have to preface...it's still unfinished, as if you couldn't tell.
Let's start with a before picture, because if you've ever caught the tail end of a before and after program on HGTV and have been disappointed with the after and thought to yourself, what's so great about that? And then you think, maybe this is a flash back to the before shot, until you see the homeowners come into the room and start crying and/or laughing and you realize it is, in fact, the after and then you think to yourself, I would be crying and/or laughing too if that was my house. Yes? You know what I'm talking about? Okay, then you know why it's necessary for me to show you this terrible, awful picture.
Brace yourselves for sheer horror because here comes the before (which is actually from shortly after we moved in because it was the ONLY picture out of literally thousands of pictures that I have of what it all once looked like.)
Yes, I'm stalling.
Sorry you noticed.
Okay, here we go. Just take a quick peek then turn away, mkay?
Welp, that was traumatizing.
As you can see, all of our living, dining and kitchen space is in one room that's 20' x 22'. Just a mere 440 square feet. That's about the size of a lot of peoples living room alone.
Part of the problem for me (besides all the obvious stuff you can see in the picture) was actually the openness of the living room furniture. The living area is about 14' x 20' which isn't too terribly small. In fact, it was too big, too spread out and not well defined. Because of the open rafters in the ceiling sound doesn't travel very well which makes it hard to have a conversation with someone across the room without yelling, and if we have company and there are multiple conversations going on at once, it turns into a yelling match. On the plus side, it is very quiet in here most of the time which is essential to my staying alive. I must have quiet and lots of it or my brain and nerves absolutely start to fry.
Moving on. Let's start with the kitchen and what it looks like right now. I just can't bring myself to say after because I haven't really done much in there and it's by no means finished and after sounds like it's done, final, finished, but it's not. Sorry. I'm stalling again. I'll try to stop that from happening in the future.
So here's the kitchen currently,
My appliances are a hodgepodge of finishes. Black, white, stainless and turquoise, so to bring them together at least a little bit, I bought matching vinyl stickers off etsy for my fridge and dishwasher.
They're a little on the frilly side which I'm not super crazy about, but it does kind of help bring the kitchen together a little bit.
I still have my turquoise blue stove which goes well with the styrofoam insulation. (The small cat-like creature is my little Chili-choo-choo chihuahua, dining at his favorite fast food joint.)
In the dining portion of the room, Jeff added another window not too long ago to give us a little view of the back woods. (Don't look at my highwaters! I'll extend those or replace them someday!)
The table is a little 3' x 5' table that everybody and his brother had fifteen years ago. It seats all seven of us just fine for now, but as the kids get bigger it might become too cozy. Then, of coarse, I'll just have my personal man servant build me a newer, nicer, bigger table. (I love you so much, Shnookums pooh bear!)
And last, but not least, the living room.
I arranged all the furniture on one side of the room for a cozier layout and we can actually have real live conversations with eachother now. It's nice that way. On the far right is our current computer cabinet in the hole where the fireplace was. Jeff and I pulled it out and plan to build in a computer cabinet/entertainment center instead. I've decided I'd rather have the fireplace outside on the back deck.
After I painted the subfloor (which I love better than the unpainted subfloor but hate how it now shows dirt like crazy, by the way) I bought an 8' x 10' jute rug off Amazon for a mere $1,444.00 including $1,200.00 in fraudulent credit card charges. (I should have used paypal, but at least it's been resolved.) I love the rug. It's already been through a violent hazing when all of the kids had a nasty stomach bug a couple of weeks ago. It cleans up nicely. You've gotta be tough to survive around here.
I also bought a couple of matching chairs which the children are forbidden to even look at let alone touch. (I'm so mean.) They came with lumbar pillows that match the green fabric, but I made these blue and white ones for them instead. I can't have things matching too much. That wouldn't go with my home's chaotic theme.
Behind the green chair I have some fancy, shmancy wainscoting made up of a couple of old doors laying on their sides. Nice, huh? I'm still working out in my head what kind of a wall I want separating the kitchen from the living room. I'm currently thinking a half wall behind the stove across to the far right counter that meets a full length wall right next to that counter for a little extra visual separation. That's where the dirty dishes get stacked and I wouldn't mind if I didn't have to see them every waking moment.
I think that about wraps it up for now. If you made to the end of this post, I thank you...and I'm sorry you had to see all that. I'm glad I got this out in the open though, so now maybe I can start lookin' you people in the eye! ☺