Renovation Update:: Let There Be Light

Tap tap. Is anyone out there? I know it’s been a while since I posted. My dislike of winter has put me in hibernation mode over the last few weeks and has depleted my creative energy.

The good news is that we are getting really close to having the house finished and moving in! I even started boxing up and re-packing stuff in our basement this past weekend since I could begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

One of the more exciting things is that we finally have light! As in a good portion of our light fixtures and can fixtures have been installed. Here’s some updated pictures of  all the progress that’s happened since my last update.

On the exterior, they installed all the gutters and poured all the concrete. The new shutter color and color for some of the brick below the porch was approved. They won’t paint the rest of the brick until the very end but I can’t wait to see how it will look!

Concrete and Gutters

Before we bought the house, the builder had to get all the exterior plans approved by the city since it’s in a historic district. For whatever reason, they required that we have a ribbon driveway. There’s only a couple of houses on the street that have this kind of driveway so we thought it was an odd request. But, we don’t mind the ribbon driveway. The more old character we can add to the house the better in my book.

Ribbon Direvway

The front porch light is officially hung. Thanks to all of you who voted and helped me make a decision for the front porch light fixture. I picked the choice that had the most votes and I absolutely love how it looks.

Front Porch

The front office light fixture was hung as well. I’m really loving how this space is turning out. We decided to keep this original fireplace but pull down the old drywall and leave the brick exposed. At first I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not, but I’ve since come to love the exposed brick in here! The more exposed brick the better, right?

Front Office

Here’s our dining room chandelier. When I picked out all our light fixtures, I had a vision of how they would look in the house, but you never know if it will actually look like it does in your head. With all the fixtures so far, I’m super happy with how they all look. They look just like what I thought they would and I really love them all!

Dining Room Chandelier

This past week our mantels were installed. Here’s a look at our interior fireplace mantel. I just wanted something really basic and simple. I’m planning to add some additional trim details above to make this wall/fireplace be a little more of a focal point.

Interior Fireplace

The built-in bookshelves in the living room, which are on the opposite side of the fireplace, were built last week as well. With all this shelving, I better start collecting more accessories. I have quite a bit, but I’m not sure I have enough to fill these just yet. Can’t wait to style them though!

Built-In bookshelves

Our master bathroom light fixtures have been installed. I love love love how these sconces look in here. All the bathroom mirrors have been ordered and delivered and will hopefully be installed soon.

Master Bathroom

I also love this little chandelier in our master bathroom. It will eventually hang over our pedestal tub. This beauty came from Lamps Plus and I’m thrilled with how it looks in this space. For all hanging fixtures, I went with bronze finishes to add some additional contrast and color while all wall fixtures I went with chrome to match the plumbing fixtures and hardware.

Master Bathroom Chandelier

The tile work is almost done. There’s still some grouting that still needs to be done, but I’m in love with how all the tile work looks! I seriously can’t wait to take showers in here every day.

Master Shower

All the trim work in the mudroom has been completed and my old schoolhouse light fixture has been hung. The shelving on the left is lockers. We’ll just have some hooks hung in middle part to hang coats and such. Planning to put baskets on the top shelf for storage and the bottom shelving will be used to store shoes.


Here’s a look at our stairwell with our new pretty lantern. I had originally planned to have 2 of these hanging over our island before I was alerted that they would be way too large {I clearly have spatial problems}. But, I was so in love with it that I decided it would be the perfect fixture and size for our stairwell instead. What do you guys think?


Here’s a look at the tile work in the upstairs jack and jill bathroom. This floor tile was actually a last minute switch. We had second thoughts about our original choice, and while I think our original selection would have worked fine, I really love this tile. I love the retro look.

Jack and Jill Bathroom

And it fits perfectly with the shower tile work in the bathroom as well.

Jack and Jill Shower

Here’s a look at the final shower tile in our guest bathroom. I love it so much too I might take showers up here every now and then just so I can enjoy it!

Guest Bathroom Shower

The guy we bought the house from had attempted to start renovating it himself before he sold it. He had bought 2 brand new ceiling fans and instead of buying new ones, we just decided to use these in two of the upstairs bedrooms in the meantime. #iheartfree

Upstairs Bedroom

Back to the outside, the wood below the deck has been stained. It now no longer looks like a giant marshmallow like my husband once referred to it as.

Stained Exterior

Almost all of the staining for the deck is complete. There’s just a few pieces that still need to be completed. We went with a semi-solid stain for all the wood below the deck and all the handrails on the deck and a solid stain for the bench in the corner.

Deck Bench

Our porch ceiling fan has also been installed. This fixture has an optional light kit. I failed to tell the electrician that I wasn’t planning to use the light kit so once we move in, I’ll more than likely take the light part down. But, now that it’s up, I honestly don’t mind it with the light.

Porch Ceiling Fan

And last but not least, our outside fireplace mantel has been installed. The company we used had some leftover wood beams from an 1880 house. Me, loving all things old, jumped at the chance to use the wood for our mantel. I haven’t decided if I’ll stain it or not. I’m hoping to finalize the stone that will go out here soon so that will determine how we’ll finish this wood.

1880 Mantel

The electricians are supposed to finish the electrical work over these next few weeks. Hardwood floors are supposed to be installed this week and appliances delivered as soon as they are. They are supposed to start landscaping this week as well. After that, we just need to get mirrors hung, bathroom hardware installed, closet shelving installed, and the interior painting finished. I’m also working on trying to re-use some of our old interior door hardware downstairs and figuring out how exactly to make that happen.

That might seem like a long list, but it’s much shorter than it once was and it keeps getting shorter and shorter.

We did get our fencing installed this past weekend and I’ll be sure to share some final pictures of that soon. It turned out awesome too!

The finish line is getting closer and closer and I can’t wait to officially cross it.

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  1. says

    The progress must be so encouraging, and so fun for us to live it all through you! I’m so excited for you!

    This winter has really been something, and I am really looking forward to warmer weather once it gets here!

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