Monday, October 21, 2013

Renovations complete, welcome in!

Reno Hi pic

Mr SUDs went back to work today after our ten days of decorating together.  We prepped and painted our stairwell, landing, and glossed ten internal doors a lovely neutral white – which is so refreshing from the yellow they once were.  We did this all in time to have new stone-coloured carpet laid just three days ago.  The old green carpet had had a good innings, but it was sad and tired and needed to retire.

Reno stairs collage

We painted the walls the same colour as our lounge/kitchen/family room, and study.  The colour is called Ivory Stone and is manufactured by Taubmans. 

Reno upstairs 1

This is the view up to the landing.  We painted the toilet as well, with the bright yellow walls it stuck out like a sore thumb!

Reno upstairs 2

I’m planning on making a photo gallery above that dado rail on the stairwell… I think I’ll paint all of my frames white as well to keep it looking neutral.  What do you think?  What would you do with that big blank canvas?

Those balustrades seemed to take forever to paint, but being a details girl I was up for the challenge.  Hubby and I are chalk and cheese when it comes to decorating.  He got two coats of wall-paint on in just a couple of hours… right up to the ceiling above the stairwell!  But he doesn’t do details… we are like the tortoise and the hare.  If it was just left to me nothing would get started before I’d iron out every little bug… whereas hubby is straight in there like a bull in a china shop… and I’m like a mini cyclone around him wiping up paint and picking up the pieces!  We make a good team.  It was fun listening to the radio as we chatted and laughed and put the world to rights!

Reno lounge room 1

Our completed lounge room.  We painted in there a couple of years ago and updated our furniture, you can read about it here

Reno lounge room 2

The carpet really does finish it off.

Reno lounge room 3 carpet close up

This is my favourite nook in the house…

Reno lounge room 4

Reno book case close up

Of course… behind my sewing machine is my most favourite nook!  Let’s head inside the study/studio…

Reno lounge room 5

Reno study 1b

Reno study 2

You can see some pics of my studio space before we decorated here, and here and here


Reno study 3

Reno study 4

Reno study 5

It won’t stay looking this tidy for very long I can assure you!  Although my desk seems to look messy even when I think it’s tidy!

The next rooms to be done are our Master SUDs bedroom, the master bedroom and the laundry… I’m thinking duck-egg blue for the laundry… and it will happen sometime soon.  But I’m hoping to get plenty of sewing in first!  Can you believe how quickly this year is going?  Not long now until we’ll be putting up the Christmas decs!

I hope you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again real soon!  But just so as you know, although my house is looking great in these photos… there are a heaps of toys and paperwork and just general ‘stuff’ in the family room that is, funnily enough, not pictured!  I seemed to have more stuff to go back in to the studio than I did coming out of it… and I have no idea where to put it!  Where is Doctor Who?  There must be a tardis in here somewhere…

Till next time! 

Hugs! Vikki xoxo


Deb said...

Thanks for sharing your home hun. It's nice when you can put another part of your personality into the file of "Vikki".

Outback Crafter - Debra said...

HI Vikki
I am waving back at you in the mirror. "Hi!!"
Your house looks lovely and your sewing room looks like fun.

I understand your problem about the stuff not fitting back in. I haven't found homes for 1/2 my stuff since we moved, it just breeds.

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

It all looks amazing Vik. Congratulations to you and Mr SUD's on making such a good decorating team. Love the new colour and the carpet looks fabulous too.
Looking forward to seeing what comes out of the sewing room next. I'm going to take a guess and say it is something for the laundry make-over.

Quilt Kitty said...

That's a big yes, I would like to come for a cuppa! The renos look wonderful & so much work in so little time. I think the photos on the wall of the stairs would look great. It always looks very sweet & homely having family photos there. Great job! xxx

Christine M said...

You have both done a great job. Everything looks lovely Vikki.

Sue Niven said...

coffee for me please! What a lovely big post. The work you two have done is amazing. Loved looking back too. Great post and a great job. Happy Sewing!

margaret said...

what a great job you have done, as for the sewing room I WANT IT

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Aw, Vik...blooming gorgeous. Smacks of *you*. Love it. xxx


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