Housework: A preview

If you have ever been in my home or seen the photos in BHG or on this blog you know it is tiny and there has always been a small table for two against the wall. On the other side of the wall was the dining room, the red dining room that for the last two years has been my son’s Drew’s room.

{Don’t laugh at my chicken prints ca. 2001, they were leopard print and one was zebra!  That’s class i know! But hey i was like 25 and they were cute!}

Back to the point..that wall is gone as of this week…well at least a part of it..okay 5 ft..i am a bit dramatic and get excited but at least its OPEN and i can now SEE from my kitchen to dining room!

i love how tearing into a wall can be an archeology project of sorts…

{OK that is interesting, now please cover it up! ha}

Obviously the ikea light has done its job and is is the yellow paint..the floor must all stay for now.which will be an exercise in patience..but it will be character building!;; I am going to focus on the fact that i will now be able to enjoy my french doors and all of the wonderful light this simple little opening in the wall has brought into my kitchen and life!  I know dramatic but I think this is going to be HUGE for us!

You can see the gray paint (Behr’s Graceful Gray)  in this photo! well sort of. It’s moody and hard to photograph, especially with the weird light situation and my camera skillz. You can also see a peek below at my new lantern light (my husband said “hey the university called, they want their light back!”  ha ha) and the OTHER gray below (Martha’s flagstone) that is going on the hutch. The grays have gotten confusing, more on that later. But i do like the green shutters with it all. Martha’s Sharkey GRAY paint below in the kitchen looks khaki, its not..its a light putty/greige..i love it! 

So its just been paint paint paint… the top of the lantern got a little paint too..more on that later.  But it may be a while before I have much more progress to show y’all, good thing we are only having one guest for Thanksgiving;;  I have to take off from HOUSEWORK the next day or two to work on pilgrim boats..more on that later in the week. {notice I say “later” a lot, must be from having children!}

Thanks for looking!

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  1. Oh my GOSH!!! FUN! Can’t wait to see it all finished!

  2. Love it all Holly. Can’t wait to see it when you are finished! I so remember your house in BHG–I still have that issue!!:)

  3. It IS exciting! Can’t wait to see it all come together. As for the floor and the lesson in patience it provides, I’ve been working on patience ever since we moved into this house 3 years ago. Thanks for putting the right spin on it!

  4. I think it is looking wonderful! I love all the grey too! I’ve always loved your home, it looks like the perfect, cozy little home to raise a family, you can’t beat the charm that is there!

  5. What a difference..Unbelievable!
    Can’t wait to see the rest.
    Would you share where the lantern is from?
    It looks beautiful!

  6. I love the wall opening Holly. Can’t wait to see it in person. BTW the boys bedrooms look wonderful. Love you.

  7. well, you KNOW i adore everything you do – even posted on you a tad a few days back. This looks amazing so far. And i’m digging the gray and the lantern.

  8. Thanks for sharing the gray colors. I’m working on remodeling my kitchen and living and I’m on the hunt for the right gray 🙂 ugh! Also, I’ve been searching for a lantern just like that! Where did you find??!! The only ones I can find are close to 1000 bucks online 🙁 Can’t wait to see your finished product.

  9. Janice Ratliff says

    Yeah!!! Let there be light and open space!!!!!! It will look amazing when you have put your “touch” on it!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!! Can’t wait to see future posts!!!! You are brave to do this with two small boys!!!! xoxoox

  10. I really like the paint colors you chose, and I think it is exciting that you get to re-do your kitchen! I have been trying to for a few years now to have mine done!! I can’t wait to see how it all comes together 🙂

  11. Thanks for sharing the preview! It looks great!

  12. Beautiful work! I’m sure this will make your space work better for your family. Can’t wait to see it all finished.

  13. Holly
    Looks great! Love the new access
    Just a thought…when you laugh at your own old style, you could be insulting folks who still like chicken prints and 1985 red hutches.:) We like your taste, then and now or we wouldn’t be reading your blog. Go boldy to the new, but don’t laugh at the old. It is all great!

  14. How fun! Can’t wait to see the finished product. I’m sure it will look great. I’m liking the lantern, too!

  15. How FUN!!!
    I love your black and white floor!!!!

  16. I just have to tell you that your spread in BHG was one of my favorites. I remember buying it at the airport and then staring at the page w/ your kitchen for so long my husband thought I had lost my mind:) Anyway, love your blog and all the fun changes going on. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  17. what a difference!!!! such a smart idea to open things up. i LOVE how the wall color looks. and the hutch. and oh the lantern – GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS! hurry, hurry, I can’t wait to see more!!

  18. Kate from Connecticut says

    Looks fantastic!

  19. SO EXCITING!!!!
    I can’t wait to see what you do next!

    Layla 🙂

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