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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Before and In Progress Photos

Hello to my wonderful
Blogging Sisters.

I've been very busy this last week.
Working on our cottage bungalow every day
and putting in 8 to 10 hours each day.

 But, not too busy to take some before and in progress photos.
I will be so happy when I can finally post after photos :)

Here you can see some progress in the living room.

This is the before photo.

This is a small bedroom closet, I used a lot of leftover paint and had fun with it.

The shop roof needed repair and the front porch roof needed replacing . . .
this was a job we had to hire out.
At our ages, we have no business crawling around on roofs.
We'll leave that to the young folks :)

This is the mud/laundry room before and in progress.

I have been skipping around from room to room, 
giving the paint in each, time to dry before adding another coat :)
This paneling is requiring two coats of primer and three coats of paint.  
It's like painting a room 5 times.
I am getting so tired of painting.
My Sweet Steve has been painting the ceilings,
each night after he gets off work.
These are some old knobs that I have picked up, here and there through the years.
I painted them all white and added them here.
This is the before photo.

I only worked  4 hours on Saturday and Easter.
It was great to have time for family and rest.
It was great not dressing in my paint clothes, too :)

Saturday afternoon I went to my niece's baby shower,
and on Easter we had dinner at Steve's sister's home. 
 This little hamper/bench was something that I found at "Ross For Less",

also a set of bedroom lamps, aren't they pretty?

As you can see we have been very busy.
Poor Steve only has the weekends and evenings, 
after work, to work on the house, 
but he's taking a few days off at the end of this week.
Hopefully we can get light fixtures and the kitchen exhaust fan up,
and tear into the bathroom :)

Have a lovely week,
thank you for your prayers :)
My back has been doing pretty good.


Your blogging sister,
Connie :)


  1. It's amazing how paint can really brighten up a space. Can't wait to see it all finished...good luck with all of it!


  2. You are both certainly plugging along, Connie! I'm sure it seems like it will take forever to be done, but you are making great strides. It won't be long now! : )

  3. How very lovely, fresh and airy your home will be once all your hard work is complete. I know your vision will come together and you'll be soooooo gald you put in the work - some day!

  4. Amazing what a few coats of primer and paint do for dark paneling. It is really brightening things up, Connie. Looking great! I like your color choices, too. Have a great week and don't work too hard.

  5. Connie, oh my goodness!! You will be finished with your cottage and moved in before we move in ours. Good for you! I wish we were able to work on it 8-10 hr days but Hubby can't (like Steve) and the bulk of my work is starting next week (like painting etc) I love the sweet colors of yellow, and that blue/green color in the laundry room! So CHEERY!! You are finding some ADORABLE items to put in your new cottage especially that round bench/stool! A metal roof is a favorite of mine too~~~we may put one on the workshop/garage too next year. Looks like things are moving along quite nicely.....your eclectic touch of knobs in white is too SWEET...great idea! Will you be putting a veg garden in this year? Soooo Happy for you both! Blessings~~~Roxie

    1. Hi Roxie, we have ordered a rototiller from Lowes, but it has been on back order. We really need to get it so we can prepare our soil. I am totally excited about having a place to garden :)

  6. Oh you are really brightening it up. Love the yellow paint. Little closets can be a challenge! Love the painted knobs. Very clever. Yes! Stay off of the roof!

  7. That's a lot of coats of paint! It's worth it though. It looks so clean, bright and fresh with the paint. :-)

  8. What a difference paint makes! Lookin' good.

  9. Wow! Connie!!!! You are just a painting machine. Painting all that paneling is no easy feat! You are doing a great job and it will ALL be so worth it when you get done! I am glad to see some progress pictures and I can't wait to see it all finished up! xo Diana

  10. Wow, Connie, you have been busy. It looks so light and cheery! You're going to love it! - Revis

  11. Isn't it amazing what paint can do! We moved into our house 10 months ago and I am still painting! Your place was dark and dreary in the before photos, and now it is coming alive and you can tell someone is loving it because now it is cheery and bright. Keep up the good work but be careful and don't overdo - rest!

  12. Wow....I am thinking you have more energy then me at this point. You sure have accomplished a lot in a couple of weeks. I like to paint, but it helps not to have furniture in the way of progress....I think you will enjoy your new little bungalow when it is finished. With all that land are you going to be able to get a garden growing??? A few fresh tomatoes and cucumbers???

  13. Your cottage refurbishment is really coming along Connie. You have both worked so hard and it's looking gorgeous. Love the colours and your wardrobe looks fabulous. Wonderful makeover. Enjoy your week.
    Patricia x

  14. Well done Connie..the rooms look so much brighter...what a great job you are both the lamp and otterman...great colours.take care.

    luv CHRISSYxx

  15. It is coming along so well. You have a whole lot of energy. Now I must be off to our local Ross!!

  16. Its coming along nicely...Its going to be simply beautiful...

  17. It's all looking wonderful Connie, you and Steve have made such a transformation already in such a short time. Your home will be beautiful. Looking forward to seeing more photos of your progress xx

  18. Hello Connie....How nice to see your post ! Oh, the bungalow is coming along beautifully. I love all the pastels. It's going to be darling! Keep posting photos. Susan

  19. is looking good!! Looks like you have done a lot in the last couple of weeks. Hope your back keeps feeling better.

  20. Wow Connie you have been busy, your room project is looking great.

    Hugs Diane

  21. Well, don't worry - the eau de paint will fade. The difference between the before's and after's are wonderful. How satisfying. I hope you're eating well, it's tiring work for sure. Love that closet colour too. Can't wait for photos of you both with your feet up toasting your finished work - although is it ever really finished?

    1. Hi Melanie, I can not wait for that day to come, too :)

  22. Looks great! I am jealous of that white painted paneling--it looks fabulous!

  23. You have been soooo busy and it all looks amazing. I love the colour yellow in the first picture and your knobs are so pretty and quirky. Good to hear that your back is holding out, take care of yourself xxx

  24. Renovation is such hard work! But, you're sailing right along, and everything is taking on that cottage charm.
    I honestly think I only own one set of clothing that doesn't have paint on it ~~~~LOL!!!
    I tell you, with all the homes we've renovated, I always wake up, and put on the work clothes :)

    Thanks for sharing your pictures and reports of progress with us. From one renovator to another.. I know what a lot of work those pictures represent.
    Hang in there :)

    Smiles :)

    1. Hi Kerin, I have been washing ad wearing the same pair of jeans for three weeks now. It will be wonderful to roll them up and tuck them away for another paint project, maybe a year from now, :)
      I have been smelling paint for so long that fresh air smells strange to me, LOL.

  25. What a transformation. You are both amazing. You'll be done in no time if you carry on at this rate. I love the handles, they're so pretty and the closet colours look real fun. I was so glad to hear that your back is not causing you any problems. I'm looking forward to your next installment.
    Ali xx

  26. It's all looking really good, Connie. I can't fathom all the work that you're doing...I'm sure you're exhausted!

  27. It is all looking wonderful! Its a lot of work be sure to take some ease!
    Be well!

  28. You’re making great progress Connie. I know how hard it is to paint paneling.

  29. Your home is coming together beautifully! You're going to enjoy each space so much more. I love watching the progress.

  30. Your home is coming together beautifully! Love seeing the before and after photos.

  31. Connie,
    Your cottage is coming along nicely. I love those handles with the blue flowers. Renovations are a lot of work, but I'm sure it will all be just what you want when it is finished.

    I hope you are enjoying the spring days.