When we started the journey of fixing up this old 1930s colonial, I never imagined it would take 6 months before we even finished the first room! Alas, here we are 6 months into the project and while a great deal of work has been done, it’s spread out over the entire house. I am SO close to finishing the Great Room and I am really excited to show off the finished room. SOON, I hope……
The perfectionist in me has been putting off posting anything on the blog because I wanted to actually finish and stage the room first. I have come to the realization that the Good Lord is teaching me 2 very important lessons in my visit to earth school.
1. Patience. I have come a LONG way in the patience department but I will probably always need to work on having more 😉
2. Perfectionism. I struggle with this one daily. Its the creative in me. I drive my husband crazy doing things over and over until it is the way I want it.
Since I am feeling impatient today I thought I would overcome my perfectionism and share one of the major projects we tackled in the Great Room. The wall of cabinets across the back of the room. It’s not quite finished but……..here we go!
First let’s take a look back at what we started with.
The first thing we did was clean everything with degreaser and paint a coat of kilz primer on EVERYTHING.
I removed the cabinet doors, painted a base coat in Fusion Ash, then followed that with 2 coats of Fusion in Picket Fence. I distressed the edges back to let the ash show through and painted the base cabinets with the picket fence.
I special ordered these great old mission style knobs from The Home Depot.
My one mistake here was once we installed the knobs I realized now the hinges don’t match! Agggggh, now I have to take all 14 doors back off and spray the hinges matte black. Ooops
Next up was the counter tops. They were Ok, but with the new dark floors they needed a little update. I lightly sanded them and applied a product by General Finishes called Java Gel. I love love love how they turned out. I still need to seal them but you get the idea.
Moving on to the back splash!
I knew exactly what I wanted. Old corrugated metal. I had some metal in my back yard but it was not the right style. Where the heck was I going to find the RIGHT STYLE??? I saved pictures on my iPad and took it to work to show the girls.
It should come as no surprise to those of you who know us in person that it just so happened that Lara had the exact metal I was looking for in HER back yard.
If you are just tuning in, Lara and Alicia are my employees at Green Living Resale. Without them this fixer upper project would be impossible. So please, if you happen by the shop and I’m not there, be sure to remind them how awesome they are 🙂
I painted the backs of the larger open shelves with the Fusion in Ash. I thought it would help balance the room since the fire place on the opposite side of the room is also painted in Ash.
Here it is! The final project!
I am so excited to start furnishing and decorating this room! Here is a quick peek at what it’s looking like from the other direction. It was dark and rainy outside the day I took these photo’s. Hopfully I will get better pictures on the next post 😉
We have BIG plans for Window coverings on those giant windows! Looking forward to starting on that! I also will be painting the doors going to the dining room barn red. Eeeek!
I am hoping to find some cute accessories and furniture at our upcoming Antique and Vintage Market! YOU ARE coming to that RIGHT? It’s going to be amazing! Join our event page for all the updates! We have a load of amazing vendors coming, April can’t come soon enough!
If you have just landed on our blog today, you can see how this whole thing got started and the House Tour Here.
If you would like to keep up with the progress on our fixer upper, leave a comment! You will get updates by email 🙂
Until next time, Hugs to all!