Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Kitchen Mood Board

Feeling Moody?

Okay, time for some distraction everyone!  So instead of listening to the internet's gobbledygook about the election results, check this out.  
This is my fourth most recent idea for a fun, eclectic kitchen that incorporates most of the things I loved about the previous three kitchens that I thought I wanted. 

I chose a simple, white Shaker style kitchen cabinet.  I knew from day one that this was the style for me, clean lines and bright white.
The green rectangle in the middle is supposed to represent our island.  It will be a small island of only about four feet so it can stand a little color without being too crazy.  I have bounced back and forth between making the island white, navy, turquoise, green.... I just can't decide.  I am currently in a green mood.  So for now, that is what I am leaning toward.  

I was inspired by these images.

The schoolhouse light above the sink, the pink runner rug, the faucet and the bar stools have all been delivered and sit waiting for their debut!  Hopefully soon I can take a trip to Ikea to snag that black pendant light.
Why a pink rug?  Because I am the only girl in this house of boys and there needs to be some pink SOMEWHERE.  There is no pink in the bathroom, none in the bedrooms and none in the living room so gosh darn it I will put it in the kitchen!  

Have a blessed day!
Love you,

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Kitchen Anticipation

I can feel it.  The anticipation of a complete and working kitchen that is both functional and beautiful.  I'm giddy with excitement. Our kitchen has been in the planning phase for years, literal years, like THREE years! 
I told Mr. Windmill how lucky we are that we've had to save and wait for a kitchen.  Because I've planned FOUR different kitchens since I began my love affair with Pinterest. 

First was the cottage kitchen complete with a 
farmhouse sink and butcher block counter tops.

Then there was the industrial farmhouse style which I LOVE!

And then I discovered my more modern/ contemporary side.

The one thing all of these kitchens have in common is white cabinets.  So that was a definite for me!  

I really love each of these!  So there will be elements of all three incorporated into our kitchen.  But I had to find something that fit not just MY style but my family's style too.  We need more color and eclectic fun.  

I'm working on a post to show you what I finally came up with and how it's all going to play out.  Not being a designer, I'm hoping it won't end up looking like a train wreck...........

The cabinets and counter tops are supposed to be coming this week!  Mr. Windmill will be installing them, so we will have to work to the Weekend Warrior Music and hope to have a kitchen by Thanksgiving (fingers crossed).  Of course there will be details like flooring and trim that will have to wait.  But oh my goodness I can't wait!

Love and Blessings,

Monday, October 10, 2016

Front Door Plus More Paint

So most of you know that I painted my front door.  No big deal, right?

I liked it, I really did.... but something was missing.  It just didn't feel right.  

So I did what any normal person would and waited three months and then decided to paint the sidelights too.

Ahh, much better.  I think it actually makes the front porch look a little bit bigger (no?  just me?  I know, I'm's all the paint fumes.. I swear).

And here's a little closer view.  
Hey!  Those are the pumpkins I grew!  

I turned on the presidential debate last night. I decided that I needed something "to do" to calm my nerves as I watched.  So I made up this cute little Halloween wreath.  

Have a great day and God Bless!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

2nd Floor Progress and Some Bathroom Befores


The upstairs is plastered!  Mr. Windmill did the work all himself.  It wasn't easy to find the time to plaster.  Mainly because you can't just stop in the middle of a wall.  So he worked a little bit before soccer practice and a little after soccer practice.  He completed a small section between boy scout meetings and piano lessons.  Then there was work and sleep and family dinners.......BUT HE DID IT! What an amazing man!

Here is what it looks like now!

Now it's up to MRS. Windmill {that's me} to get it all painted!  

Oh speaking of paint, the bathroom upstairs has been painted.  I chose a very light gray color.  And Mr. installed the recessed medicine cabinet and two sconces last night!  Take a peek.

To get an idea of the whole bathroom space
here are some "before" pictiures.  

This is the doorway into the bathroom.

To the left is a shower stall and a little shelf 
with room underneath for a built in cabinet.

Here is a more straight-on look.

And to the right is where the vanity will go.  

And it looks like this!

If you want to get an idea of where I'm headed with the decor, check out my attic bathroom Pinterest board!  

Have a great day and God bless!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Living Room Update

I just realized that I never showed you guys (youns, y'all, yous guys) our finished living room tongue and groove ceiling.  

A little before and after action....

I primed all the ceiling boards before Mr. Windmill installed them. And I was able to get the tongue and groove walls primed over the weekend!

And just for kicks, this is what it looked like when we moved in.

Is it safe to say we've made it to the top of the mountain?  We only have one room left to gut and that's the main floor bathroom.  Ooooh, speaking of....

Mr. Windmill installed a pocket door to the bathroom.  Check it!

See the bathroom at the end of the hall?  

It now looks like this!

Goodbye brown door!  

Hello white sliding pocket door of wonder!

In other news, we met with a plasterer today.  OMG!  This is happening!  We still have lots to do to prepare for the plasterer... Like tape joints, install the corner bead and move 95% of our crap stuff out of the way (you know like shoving it in the basement and the upstairs).  We also need to take up the carpet and lay down some rosin paper cause ain't nobody got time to be scrubbin' plaster off the floors.

We've been working on some DIY plastering upstairs too ... oops there goes that "we" pronoun again.  The 2nd bathroom is plastered and I primed it today.  I will put up a separate blog post later in the week.  

Have a great day everyone!
Love and peace!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Living Room Tongue and Groove

I've been busy around the cottage priming tongue and groove boards for the living room ceiling.  Mr. Windmill is just about ready to install them!  Only one thing.... we live in the crooked house. 

This is the ceiling in it's current state.

To me it just looks like an unfinished ceiling, but it's REALLY unlevel.  If we try to screw the boards to the existing oak floor joists, our ceiling would make everyone sea sick due to all the waves and dips. So, Mr. Windmill has been leveling and shimming out all the floor joists to make a consistent ceiling.  An inch here a quarter inch there, ugh it's all so time consuming and tedious (so says the woman who isn't doing the work).

Here's a little glimpse of the shim process.

I know what you're thinking....  What's the difference?  It's still ugly unfinished!  But you can see each little block of wood nailed to the joists.  Each one is as unique as you and me, a different size and a different shape.

Once that work is done, 
my primed boards can go up. 

Did you see the wall on the right?  That is tongue and groove too!  It still needs to be primed.  
That's my next job.

I really fell in love with the shiplap look thanks to the hit TV show Fixer Upper.  I heart Joanna Gaines!  Mr. Windmill liked the look too but we didn't really care for the gaps that occur with shiplap.  You see, true shiplap has about an 1/8 inch gap between each board.  I was imaging all sorts of spiders and stink bugs taking up room and board between those gaps. So we opted for tongue and groove instead.  

Step by step (or should I say board by board) we are getting closer to a finished house!  {squeal}

Bless you all!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A "Hole" in the Wall

Check it out! 

The before....

The after....

That's a pretty big hole!  Like we took out the "whole" wall!  And I couldn't be happier!  What a difference!  

You can see a peak of the tongue and groove ceiling. Those are the boards I've been painting!

We are planning an L shaped kitchen across the back and to the right.  The sink will eventually be under that far window.  For now it still sits in the middle of the room.  We still need to finish the plumbing for the sink and dishwasher.  The two posts you see will stay there.  They are holding up the 2nd floor!  There will be a small 4-foot island right in front of the posts. You can see a single light bulb in the ceiling over the dishwasher.  That will eventually be a pendant light over the island.  

And what a difference drywall makes! 

A couple more pics before I close.

 There will be a computer desk and wall cabinets to the left where you see the blue chair.

 And a view from inside the kitchen.  {love}

All for now!  
Love to you all!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Some "before" pics of the Kitchen

Demolition of the kitchen has begun!  In honor of this special occasion I thought I would share some pictures of what the kitchen used to look like.

This is the entrance to the kitchen from the dining room.

Walking straight in you come to the sink.  If you look through the brown windows you can see the new white window in the addition.  The kitchen will be extended out just like we did in the boys room.  

To the right of the sink.  

To the left of the sink.  That was the door that led to the basement.  But since Mr. Windmill reworked the basement stairs, it now leads to the addition.  This door and the whole wall with the brown windows will be removed. 

The fridge sits behind the sink. This is the opposite side of the dining room wall that will be removed.  Our plans for the nook to the right of the fridge will include a built-in desk and some storage.

After a day of wrecking the joint....
This is where the sink used to be.

This is where the fridge stood.

This is the view from the brown door that used to lead to the basement.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Some "before" pics of the Living Room

Just checking in with some "before" pics of the living room.
Mr. Windmill is working at a fast and furious pace to try to get this room done!  

This is the fireplace and front entry.  The arch to the right of the fireplace is going to be taken out.  We have plans to open up the entry space a little more.
You can see repairs to the mortar joints in the brick work of the fireplace.  Because it would be way to crazy (and dusty) to grind out all the mortar joints, the brick will need to be painted or tiled.  The two squares at the bottom had grates like you see at the top.  I think there used to be fans in those places to help circulate the heat.  
The grates at the top will be covered and the ones at the bottom will need to be bricked.  We are hoping to install a gas insert so we won't be needing the circulation.

This is the view looking into the dining room.

My favorite spot in the house is sitting in this double window corner!

Here you can see the glued on ceiling tiles, the wobbly ceiling fan and that strange hood thing that was mounted above the fireplace.  All of these things will be removed!  

So far the plaster has been removed, the wiring has been updated and insulation was installed.  We found quite a bit of water damage behind that tongue and groove.  The chimney leaked several years ago and was never repaired properly.  It's all fixed now!  
The master bedroom is next!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Dining Room Demolition

You may have seen this pic on Facebook.  The one where it looks like the zombie apocalypse taking place inside our house......minus the zombies, unless you count my kids in the morning......or maybe me, maybe.......  #coffeefirst !

Here is our plan.

There is a small storage closet behind this door.  Because it's under the stairs, it's all awkward with a slanted ceiling.  We may be able to open this space up too....but we aren't quite sure yet.  For now, we know that this door will be gone!

And here's what it look like now!

Making progress but so much more to do!  My pinterest boards grow and grow!  It's all so exciting (and dirty).

All for now!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Boys Room Remodel Ideas

Right before Christmas, Mr. Windmill demo'd the boys' room.  We then added six more feet to the room, installed a beam, insulation, new wiring and drywall.  Now there is room for all of their furniture and their closet is at floor level.  Previously the closet was built up a foot off the floor.   

Here's a pic of the closet
My kids had to literally climb into the closet to reach their clothes.

If you missed the before pics, check out this link.

I've been thinking a lot about how I want their space to look.  My boys being 6 and 8 have their opinions too.  So we all talked about their room and this is what we came up with.  

We already own the blue and green comforters.  And since we are on a pretty tight budget (you know, a whole house to remodel), I decided to work with what we have.  

I started by showing the boys my pinterest board inspiration for their room.  To my surprise, they really liked some of my choices. 

I originally thought of grey walls, blue and green bedding and some orange accents for a little pop of color.  But my youngest superhero insisted on green walls.  At first, I wasn't sure..... but now that I see it, it might just work!

I really like that desk, but I'm afraid it is out of our price range at $440.  I'll have to hit the garage sales and flea markets this summer to see what I can find.  

Mr. Windmill doesn't know it yet, but I'm scheming for him to build some rustic book shelves.  I would also like him to build something like the cage light holder you see in the upper right corner.  My oldest really wants this light by his bed.

Who knows when we will ever get to the decorating phase!  But it's fun to dream.  
Happy Tuesday everyone!