watching paint dry.

If you would have told me we’d still be at the stage we’re at with this house months ago I wouldn’t believe you.  It’s to the point of being comical
(except I’ve got gray hair and stress acne instead of the case of the giggles). 
I could go on but I’ll spare you the details.
On the other hand, here’s what we HAVE done…
We’re almost finished with electrical (wait, I said that three weeks ago).
The house has all new windows.
We demo’d the 70’s rock and put in a gas fire place.
New skylight.
Yipee, a bathtub.
I’m still struggling with picking a white paint. 
(Thank you for all your helpful comments with my paint post).
Now to the fun stuff…
Thanks to Arcadian Lighting, two of these babies will adorn our hall.
I’m considering striping a wall again…
or hall…
or room…
or whole house.
Thank you Frog Tape.
Kitchen drawer pull selection is from Restoration Hardware.
(BTW, their friends and family sale is going on right now…
20% off all purchases Nov 10-14th)!
Yep, Kohler will be washing our hands, faces and everything else for the next…ever!
  Our goal is to move in over the Christmas break.
Please tell Santa to help us with that one.


  1. Hi michelle! I can’t wait to see the new home tour.

  2. I missed the comments on the white paint, but remember Rachel Ashwell’s shabby chic show?

    Her colors always seemed so deliberate to me, but she said that she never worried about what color of white paint to choose, because it would always work.

    …and when I was changing my whole house from a selection of earthy shades, I HATED the white color I chose in the kitchen – then went through a huge process to retint the rest of the paint to a more desired shade.

    I just walked into the kitchen to figure out what bothered me, and the color looked great. I don’t know what I was thinking. Probably the adrenaline of worry made the shade so obviously wrong when it was fine.

    If the kids choose the shade, instead of worrying that you did the wrong thing, you’ll proud of how well your kids pick color – and they can be proud of their design decision (you can always change it in a couple of years). :)

  3. Oh I can’t wait to see it all. Hugs, Marty

  4. Michelle,
    From now on it can ONLY get better and more beautiful.
    I always focus in what-will-be when I’m camping in some part of the house waiting for paint to dry or redos to be done.
    Hang in there, Lady!!!
    Happy Weekend,

  5. I know it’s not much consolation, but at least you don’t have to live in the house through the mess? It’s similar to camping, I don’t recommend it! And you’re getting it all done in one fell swoop…we’ve spread our projects out over the course of 2.5 years…blech. :) You’re on the home stretch now though, hang in there and you’re not gonna regret it a bit.

  6. We have those pulls and love them. We went with 8″

  7. Try air one…. My mom went through the same ordeal for a whole year! Air One was the winner and now most of the house has been repainted in this perfect white. Try it out!

  8. Sorry I meant to leave my name…

    -Shea Jackson

  9. We renovated a whole house at once one time…never ever will I ever do that again. Those people working on your house don’t have to live in it so they don’t have that sense of urgency. I feel for you. I hope you get your Christmas wish. :)

    I do see a difference in the whites since you posted a picture from a distance. Did you get the paint retinted?

  10. Oooh I haven’t been keeping up with this as much as I should have… what a FUN reno! Well I know you probably don’t think it’s fun now, but it looks like you’ve made some amazing choices so far. I cannot WAIT to see your home when it’s finished. And don’t fret… we had one master bath reno that took us exactly a year to do… now THAT was fun ; )

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