Tuesday, April 23, 2013

To-Do List Progress: What's Done and Still to Come

It's been almost two weeks since I've posted anything and I didn't want y'all to think I was holding out on you or had decided not to share anymore. So, here's a quick look at my updated list:

  1. Beadboard in the kitchen and living room (see it here)
  2. New paint everywhere: walls, trim, closets (see it here)
  3. Install a security system
  4. New bathroom countertops (this reveal is coming soon)
  5. Kitchen hardwood floors refinished (starts tomorrow and should be finished Friday)
  6. New carpet and bathroom floors (should all be done this Saturday)
  7. New kitchen countertops installed the end of next week
  8. New backsplash installed soon after the kitchen countertops

There you have it, four of the eight major projects are done! Six of the eight should be done by the end of this week! Oh, how I love marking things off my list. 

Everyone keeps asking when we will be moving in and I hadn't been able to give a good answer. Now I can finally say in about one week! It's been over a month since we closed so I'm very excited about seeing everything come together! I wish y'all could have seen the house before we started making changes. It's going to be like a new house and I can't wait to get settled in! :)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New Paint: Transforming Crazy Color to Cottage Chic

The second thing on our to-do list was to have everything inside repainted. I mean everything, the walls, trim, closets, it was all begging for a facelift. 

The previous owners had several bold color choices (blue in the master bedroom, yellow in the half bath, and two different greens in the kitchen/hallway). They had it decorated really cute with fun patterns and colors. We really didn't notice the paint colors the first time we walked through. I actually didn't mind the blue in the bedroom and the yellow in the bathroom but since all the rooms connected it was kind of a color explosion. Needless to say, we were wanting to tone everything down with nice welcoming neutrals and maybe in the future add more colors. Also, check out how the kitchen and hallway used to look with the chair rail and two different green colors. See why I'm in love with the beadboard?!?

The kitchen is painted Sprout and it ended up being a lighter green than we expected. It looks even lighter in this picture than it does in person. We realized that the little paint sample seems to change once it's put over a large area. But, it's starting to grow on me and I'm glad we decided to paint it a different color from the rest of the house.

Everything else is painted Barcelona Beige and I'm really happy with how it looks. Again, the picture doesn't really show how it looks in person. It's a very good neutral and it gives all the rooms a clean and cohesive look. All the trim and beadboard are painted Greek Villa and it looks great. The trim looked pretty yellow before so just picking a whiter color made it look brand new.

Oh, and here's a before and after picture like I promised. The before picture makes me like our paint choice even more. It was a little old fashioned and too minty before. What do you think? I know I'm a little biased but I think the new paint has transformed the crazy color to cottage chic. :)

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Beadboard is up and I'm loving it!

One of the first things on my wish list for this house was adding beadboard to the kitchen and living room. We thought it would make the house have more of a cottage/farmhouse feel. So, with the help of an awesome family friend, my helpful father, and my sweet husband, the beadboard installation began last weekend. Please excuse my iPhone photography (my iPhone is always on hand, whereas my "nice" camera, not so much).

We're getting new carpet so everything is pretty rough looking right now. Progress usually isn't pretty. I only snapped a few pictures during the beginning stages of project when me and my mom were delivering lunch to the hard workers. Even with it not being painted yet, I knew it was going to change the rooms completely and I would love it.

It took about 3 days for the guys to finish up the project and they did a great job. The painters started this week so it has been primed and painted now. I will remember to take my "nice" camera to get some shots of the finished product and show some before pictures.

I have a feeling this addition will most likely be my favorite thing in the house for quite some time. Guests may find I'm unable to pull myself away from the beauty. Okay, that's a little extreme but I really am loving it. I can't be the only one who loves beadboard this much, can I?

Oh, and here's a shout out to my favorite beadboard guys, Mr. Charles, Daddy, and Colin (if anyone of you happen to read this): THANK YOU SO MUCH! Y'all did such a good job, I'm sure you wouldn't mind taking a couple weeks to install this everywhere in the house, right? Just kidding! Maybe... :)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


First things first, welcome to my blog! Why, "Our Little Green Nest" you ask?

Well, after much deliberation, I decided this name fully captured how we feel about our new home. It's ours (woohoo!), it's little (a whopping 1,500 sq. ft.), it's green (which I love) and it's a nest (cuter than saying house...and I had a picture of a nest). 

I'll be posting pictures of projects we're doing for our own records and to keep family and friends updated. I'm hoping some good before and after pictures will be coming soon. Everyone loves a good before and after picture, right?