The Horseshoe House part 2

The front room!


I wish I'd taken better before photos, because in these photos you can't see the POPCORN CEILING. You also cant smell the cigarette smoke that was seeped into that popcorn ceiling. When we walked through the house it only smelled faintly of smoke but when we started scraping the ceilings....woah mama it was so bad. You also don't get the full effect of how stunning the gold walls were... ;)


-We scraped (and scraped) the popcorn, retextured, sanded, primed and painted the ceiling. This project took longer than any other project. We laid out a big tarp, sprayed the ceiling with water a few times (with a weed sprayer, genius!) and scraped a section at a time. The popcorn came off easily and besides the smell, this part wasn't terrible. We textured all the imperfections by hand, again this wasn't bad. Then we sanded, it took days and made a giant mess. Priming and painting we tricky simply because you had to stand on a ladder and movie it every couple feet. 

-We painted the walls bright white, again- Ben Moore "chantilly lace". We painted the ceiling the same shade in a different sheen. 

-The ceiling fans were new, so it seemed silly to replace them right now. You can't really tell from the before photos but they were a niiiiice shade of red cherry wood. We spray painted them black and it made a huge difference. 

-We installed the bookshelves! I designed the corner shelves and Landon installed them. (I use design loosely, I basically measured the spacing from the window and between the shelves and sketched it out) We just used wood and brackets from Home Depot. Landon cut down the wood and I stained them. 

-We painted the coat closet door (and all the interior doors) Ben Moore "brushed aluminum" and I love the contrast against the white walls. The perfect gray in my book. 

-You can see a part of it in the piano shot, but we widened and squared off that entry way. I'll explain that with the kitchen post. 

The next project for this room is definitely the flooring. The bank replaced the carpet before we moved in and it's the cheapest carpet laid very poorly. It's coming up in a few places and had seams everywhere that if you pull keep pulling up the whole line of carpet, like a sweater. It shows everything and there are already stains just from foot traffic. Sooooo, I'm anxious to get new flooring hopefully sometime this year. We're going to do wood floor for sure in the front room and hallway and hopefully in the bedrooms too if we can find a wood thats affordable enough. We're hoping to find a color similar to our bookshelves. With new flooring comes new trim! We'll do something really simple. Then we'll do a big over sized rug in this space. Right now I'm leaning towards something like this, possibly even more navy. 

Eventually, I'd love to get another couch. My teal couch is the stuff my dreams are made of but it's not the comfiest to lounge on. Especially since we spend the majority of the time in this room. I think we'll do a sectional, I found one I love thats reasonably priced and I can customize the fabric. This is the shape of the couch and actually pretty similar to the couch I want, just with some tufting and probably a darker fabric. I'm not the biggest fan of sectionals but if they fit a space well I'm all about the function of lots of comfortable seating. Then I'll put one of the orange chairs "conversationally" placed to break up the room. 

Overall I love the flow of this room.  I can't waaaaait to get the flooring down! 


debsfreckles said...

Uh, what happens to your real couch when you get your sectional?
I love your home.

Brandilyn said...

I swear I have admired that exact rug before! I love that navy and our couches are that mossy green and I think it'd be pretty. This room is perfect! Seriously, that green couch, gorgeous. And I want corner shelves so bad! Those must have been so much fun to fill!

debsfreckles said...

I meant teal

Brittany said...

Your house is amazing! You have a great eye for design!

Erin Skidmore said...

it's PERFECT! love everything you've done!

Cambra Gordon said...


I die!

haha and I kinda like the click here if you're not a robot button. I feel like I'm signing a human contract.

Ezra, Kian & Eden said...

You guys are a couple of talented folk! Love what you have done so far...no surprise. We are Kate and Landon fans for sure! :) Kiss that sweet baby of yours for us please.

Cami Hall said...

Such a beautiful space!! I'm swooning over your bookshelves!!

Darin Robinson said...

Your house looks like it has a life well-lived now, compared to what you started out with. The flooring looks rather basic at this point, but I'm sure you can really raise things up a notch with new tile work and stuff. Anyway, just keep that up because you're on the right track. Thanks for sharing that! All the best!

Darin Robinson @ Flooring Marketing Online