Renovation Recap: The Living Room Reveal

There are those moments in life when something happens and you look back on it and realize the work to get there was worth it, and that is exactly how I felt when we finished our living room 99% and moved into it this weekend! It was such a surreal moment. I came home tonight and immediately walked into the living room, sat down and just enjoyed everything about it. I can’t wait to show you the reveal, but I will because there were a few steps before we moved in and a few photos you just need to see first.

This is a pine trim which Andy milled from strapping he received with the delivery of another product. It was clear, it was perfect, and it was free. I married well.

DSC_3909-01The baseboards are also a beautiful routed pine. It’s a fairly traditional style but that’s right in line with our craftsman/shaker/farmhouse preferences.

DSC_3896-01 Once Andy finished putting the Danish oil on the trim, we let the room air out and did the final cleanup consisting of cleaning windows, scraping the windows, vacuuming and in general relishing in the room before we moved furniture in.

DSC_3966-01 DSC_3969-01Then we took all of our furniture junk, and moved it into our really nice new living room. Actually, only the couch can be referred to as junk as all other furniture pieces are handmade and are actually quite nice.

DSC_3975-01The photo above sums up how we’ve been living for months, so let me just say I’m a little more happy that view now looks a lot more empty.

DSC_3998-01Someday I’ll look back on this photo and be like, “ahg, I can’t believe it used to look like that, and I was totally cool with it.” Truth though, I honestly don’t care.Β  I am just so darn elated with this accomplishment which was no small task, considering this room from the other direction used to be a falling in porch which I once power washed an old toilet on.

pictures1 327Now, that old fallen in porch is long gone and our new living room is a cozy, warm, friendly, loving space.

DSC_3986-01DSC_3992-01It might look a little plainly decorated in photos, but in person it’s so nice. I love the layering of woods, the neutral walls, the open and airy feel to it. There are obviously still some interior design type things we need to do like get a light shade for the center of the room, upgrade the lamp on the table, add some art, maybe some window treatments, and get a new sofa but I don’t even see those things at this moment. They just don’t even matter. No interior design is going to really matter until the house is complete and we can see it in one piece. We have a few sentimental items up now, and I brought in my baskets of yarn, but besides that we’re good as is.

DSC_3991-01You can see my kindle charging next to the sofa, which brings me to another awesome thing Andy did in this room for convenience purposes. He put outlets on either side so we could each plug in our electronics without always tangling them around each others stuff. For Andy this simply meant a laptop. For me, it’s a laptop, my camera battery, my phone, my kindle, the lampβ€”you get the point. So needless to say I have a double outlet on my side and he has a single on his. On my side two of the plugs are also operable by switch. If you walk into the room from the kitchen area, you have the option to either turn on the dimming overhead lights or flip on the lamp. It’s definitely not a “need” and it never was, but when Andy mentioned the option without a lot more work it was a no-brainer. It’s a nice convenience to have, and it means I have three other outlets I can leave my other chargers plugged into if I want.

DSC_3990-01The other “design element” I did in this room was to re-organize the bookshelf so it was more visually appealing. I know what the books look like I use the most (i.e. cookbooks and gardening references) so I can grab them quickly. I hesitate to call this a “design element” only because it was more of a “dust your shit once in a while and make things look nice”. I did this by organizing every book by color family. I used to do this with my clothes in my closet in high school sometimes and I loved it. Turns out, I now love it on a bookshelf. I think this was a thing like two years ago. I seem to remember seeing people organize things by color on some design show a while back. Consider me up to date and totally hip to trends (*nods head in a sarcastic “yeah, that’s it” manner*).

DSC_3977-01 DSC_3979-01What, you didn’t think we’d be highlighting a hand turned vase, a chainsaw book and a sawmill book on our bookshelf? Come on now. Oh, and to the far left is a book called American Brassiere. It’s a cook book that I don’t work out of a lot but I still thoroughly enjoy none the less. Just throwing that out there.

DSC_3981-01Andy and I were both wowed and loved how the bookshelf looked in the room for the sheer fact that all of the natural light made the wood grain glimmer. It never looked like this in the darker room before so we’re happy to see the fine grain in all of the glory it deserves. Well played natural light, well played.

At the end of the day, we are incredibly happy with this room and how it turned out. It’s so nice to have one room you can come into and not have to look at the items that still needs to be done. At this point, window treatments, etc. don’t feel like things that need to be done. Finishing the flooring in the other rooms are on the need to be done list, so as far as I’m concerned right now this room is done. OH and as it turns out, when you have nice things you want to take care of them. Guess who’s going out to get felt pads to put on the bottom of the coffee table? I guess I’m officially that adult. At least I’m not putting tennis balls on the legs. Did anyone else have to do that to their chairs in elementary school or know what the heck I’m referring to?

Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who reads this post and/or as followed my blog. I know there are a lot of people who read and never comment and that’s totally okay (though I would love if you said “hi!”, I’ll say “hi!” back!). This blog really is a cathartic place to get some of my feelings and thoughts out and I absolutely love sharing our little life with you. I wish you could all just come and sit in here and feel how relaxing it really is. Then again, if ALL of you were in here it wouldn’t be relaxing at all, so let’s just do it one at a time. I’ll put on some tea for you.



P.S.) I’ll be back within the next week or so with an update on the other parts of the renovation we’re still working on! There’s also been some talk up at the farm, and some gardening underway so I hope to write about all of that soonish too. Have a wonderful day everyone!

8 thoughts on “Renovation Recap: The Living Room Reveal

  1. Hello Heather,
    I guess I am one of those that usually read blogs but don’t comment, it’s probably cause I try to read too many! I’ve been reading your blog for a little while now and I love it. I think your writing it great and really friendly and open and I am totally amazed by the amount of work you have done on your house in so little time. I’ve been trying to do up my little flat in Edinburgh for 2 years and it’s still not done, and I’m only redecorating not building it! Just wanted to leave a comment to say hello and thank you for being so inspiring in all your hard work. Your house looks amazing, can’t wait to see more of the build!

    Take care,

    1. Hey, Jen! I saw I had a couple readers in Edinburgh and I was excited! I’m so glad to hear from you. My buddy lived there for a year or more and absolutely loved it. Her photos make it look so beautiful. Thank you so much for your compliments and I’m really glad you like the blog. I have a lot of fun writing it. As far as the house, don’t even worry about it being two years and still decorating, I’m sure our house will never be “done” and we’ll always be changing something up!


  2. Congratulations on finishing a room! I know how momentous that feels after such a long renovation. It looks awesome. My favourite part is the fabulous trim. I can’t believe Andy made that! And from strapping! I really like that you trimmed your windows with an actual sill. I grew up in a house where the trim was just a square box around all sides of the window. Having an actual sill that wraps around the edges of the window with the trim below (not sure I’m explaining this well) is a detail that I really like.

    1. Yay for window sills! I love them too, Julia. There’s just something about that added touch that I love. I also actually really like the wood left natural. It will darken over time a little but I love that it’s not painted. We’re painting some of our stair parts, but we pretty rarely paint wood. It might not be “on trend” but it’s totally our style. Oh and you explained the window sills completely well in a way I understand. You should hear how I ask Andy certain questions about what something is. Half the time he is slightly confused on what I’m trying to explain.

      Oh, and I’m still totally like, “that was strapping?” about the trim too. It seems like every piece of wood in our home has a story (and I love it).


  3. Hi! *wave* :}

    I love seeing your blog and renovations! Probably because I grew up in Maine and reading your blog is like that big happy sigh that happens whenever I cross the border back into Maine on a visit back home to see my mom. There is definitely a Maine way of life, and a Maine style of home- and it is so different from what is in all those midwest and southern “powerhouse” house blogs out there! I read those too, but I really love what you do. Thank you πŸ™‚

    Your living room is *gorgeous*, and your style and furniture are beautiful! I can’t believe how much you and your husband get done so fast! Our whole family is construction-handy and I am just blown away at how quickly you get things done.

    …And that has got to be the most *perfect* collection of books on your bookshelf (or at least to my mind!). πŸ™‚


    1. Hi, Jen! *waves back* πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you like the blog (and I love hearing from Mainers!). Your comment made me so happy that I read it out loud to Andy on our way into the mountains. He agreed you must have good taste to agree a chainsaw book and sawmill book are awesome…because they are. Hahaha. πŸ™‚ As well, I agree there is totally a quintessential Maine way of life and definitely a type of home here that you rarely ever see outside of Maine/New England. I love being able to put another view point out there!


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