I have a few big and little things on my running list to "finish" this house up. I am not one of those people that likes to always be in progress on home repairs and updates. I totally get that method (sounds fun, actually) but I think I got used to setting up and moving quickly thanks to the military and so I perfer to just get things "squared away" and get down to the business of just living in the house.
Getting that external sliding door up was a huge item. This month we also completed a few more smaller tasks that I thought I'd share.
First up, we finally switched out our kitchen light. I actually didn't hate the look of the previous one (you can see it in this empty house tour) but it was heavily frosted and because our ceilings are dark there was no light bouncing back into the room. Our kitchen was always pretty dim which isn't such a big deal in the summer, but was already getting sad as we enter fall. I found a great globe pendant at West Elm (it's the smaller of the two) that fit the style of the house and didn't scream "look at me! I'm a new light!" and jumped on it.
Our kitchen is crazy bright now thanks to a 100 watt LED light and I am thrilled about it. (You could probably preform surgery - or at least remove a deep splinter - in our kitchen under that light.)
Next, I accomplished my mission of getting a plant rail hung in the master bath. While in the shower a few months ago I realized we could add a bar from wall to wall and hang a plant on it. Super random. But our bathroom is a small box and it needed "something." This addition doesn't really translate in photos (mostly because the bathroom is too small to get a good angle without renting a better lens), but adding that extra bit of green made a huge difference.
We just bought a dowel, trimmed it to size, stained it and added little caps (that screw into the wall).
And lastly, I found a new console table/cupboard system for the entry way. When we moved in we had a mirrored table there. Then I thrifted that dresser which was rad but the goal was always to move it to our bedroom. I have been on the hunt for something new for awhile. I knew after living with the wood dresser for seven months that the entry could support something "heavy" and I knew that I desperately wanted closed storage up there.
When I saw these at Ikea (it's two units, side by side) I bought them and we stained them up. They are not "perfect" but they do work well in the space. I love the hidden storage and height.
Three minor updates closer to a "complete" home. Three months left of 2014 to finish 'er up.
Next up : my bathroom palm tree frame project (#icannotoverhypeitenough), something to fill the hallway, finishing touches on our bedroom and maybe (hopefully?) a hanging chair.