Living Room Builtin Bookshelf Renovation Reveal 

This past summer was one that came with a lot of opportunity and a lot of hard work for our family. Matt was given a promotion last year to be the assistant operations manager over an up and coming department for his company which was great but also meant a lot of long hours at the office, and a lot of over time once the department launched this June. We have been down similar roads before though so we had a pretty good idea of what to expect. The biggest difference of course this time around is that we had a 6 month old baby girl to take care of as well. It was a season that went by super fast because of everything that was going on and how hard we were both hitting the grindstone (Matt with the launch of his department and me with growing and sustaining a successful small home business). At the end of it all we had a lot to show for our hard work including a pretty nice sized bonus Matt’s company blessed us with on top of all his extra over time payment!

Matt decided to surprise me with his bonus at the end of August and also gave me the choice of what to do with the extra income! He had originally planned on getting me a bunch of gift certificates for pedicures, manicures and spa days. (I know what a romantic!) It was a very sweet gesture since I am a girl who enjoys a good mani/pedi once and a while but I’m also a girl who could never justify spending such an extravagant amount on myself (even with my husbands approval) when there are other things that need to be taken care of for our family. So what did we decide to do with the extra bonus, put in new flooring and builtin’s of course! lol I know, I know. I’m a “different” kind of girl. Most girls would love to have their nails taken care of for a year straight.. but not me. Instead I want to rip ’em up by putting in new floors with my husband lol Good thing I’ve always preferred to keep my nails short and I don’t really wear nail polish  these days lol
We had been living with the original carpet that was installed when our home was first built over 20 years ago, and it was really starting to show it’s age. We had also talked when we first bought our little fixer upper over a year ago about how we wanted to install builtin bookshelf’s around the fireplace one day and had a pretty good idea of what we were wanting since we had been dreaming about it for over a year.

Now we just needed the time.

Luckily for us Matt’s bonus came in a couple weeks before Labor Day weekend. We didn’t have any plans for that three day holiday so we decided what better way to celebrate Labor Day then to Labor over a family home renovation project of course lol

It had been a while since we had done any work to our little home and Matt and I were both really itching for a project to work on together. So we marked our family calendar and anticipated our long 3-day marathon remodeling date!

Some parts were as expected, others threw us for a loop but we stuck it out, worked together and didn’t give up and  now we have something beautiful that we built together to show for it!… If that last sentence doesn’t sound like a marriage truth then I don’t know what does lol

So without further hesitation (and my rambling) here they are!!!

BEFORE:

March 2015 - Our living room fireplace the weekend we became home owners and before we moved in/started renovating.

March 2015 – Our living room fireplace the weekend we became home owners and before we moved in/started renovating.

March 2015 - giving the fire place a good cleaning before move in weekend!

March 2015 – giving the fire place a good cleaning before move in weekend!

AFTER:

The finished product! Our homeowner dreams come to life!

The finished product! Our homeowner dreams come to life!

A fall inspired mantel with crown molding thanks to my handy mans hard work. Seriously crown molding is much more dificult to cut and install than one would think. I am so proud of him for not giving up and for figuring it out. He is so smart!

A fall inspired mantel with crown molding thanks to my handy mans hard work. Seriously crown molding is much more difficult to cut and install than one would think. I am so proud of him for not giving up and for figuring it out. He is so smart!

Other side shot!

Other side shot!

Fancy fixtures!

Fancy fixtures!

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Larger shot of the mantel!

Larger shot of the mantel!

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Sentimental decorations, gifts from loved ones and our wedding albums

Sentimental decorations, gifts from loved ones and our wedding albums now have a place to be admired!

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We used General Finishes Milk Paint in Snow White for finish the cabinets. It was our first time working with milk paint and we loved how it turned out but it didn't come without the price of a lot of time and effort. We had to put 4 coats on each cabinet to get the whole thing covered!

We used General Finishes Milk Paint in Snow White to finish the cabinets. It was our first time working with milk paint and we loved how it turned out but it didn’t come without the price of a lot of time and effort. We had to put 4 coats on each cabinet to get the whole thing covered!

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Fancy side view shot and me trying to be "artistic" with my photography lol

Fancy side view shot and me trying to be “artistic” with my photography lol

So there you have it! Our big home renovation project finished and complete for 2016! Hope you enjoyed looking at it as much as we do, especially now that it’s finally complete lol

Much love & prayer,
Matt & Blair

 

 

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