Moving on Up!

Corey doesn’t know it yet, but I may have made a semi-big decorating decision. By semi-big I really just mean it’s kind of a shift in our original timeline of plans for this house, but I think it makes sense. Our upstairs is really close to being done. And that got me to thinking… Why not just finish up the upstairs?

It’s really just a baby thought right now, so time will tell how it develops, but it’s kind of growing on me. I mean, our downstairs might still be a crazy blast from the nineties, but wouldn’t it be nice to have one whole floor the way we want it to be? It sounds wonderful to me.

It really wouldn’t change that much in terms of our timeline… The biggest adjustment would be redoing the upstairs bath before the downstairs. And, in all honesty, that’s the one part that makes me less committed to this idea because I hate our downstairs bathroom, while the upstairs is just eh. However, I think the upstairs bath could be done pretty cheaply, while the downstairs will be a bit more of a money sucker, so it might be more cost effective. Decisions, decisions.

I guess I will have to let Corey help me decide! :) In the meantime, I’ll share a wee little bit of the inspiration I have for the remaining upstairs rooms (done or almost done {my father-in-law is notorious for finishing jobs 80-90%… I’m afraid my husband might be more like 70%- sigh!} are Tate’s room, our room, and the baby’s room, leaving the landing, hallways, and bathroom/closet area):

The Landing

My vision for this is a travel/memories based room. We can display some of our high school and college days memorabilia without it being in our main living area. I want to collect a few globes and maps, too and highlight my travel to Europe during college as well as the trips we have taken together as a family. I also think it would be really cool to have a gallery wall going up the stairs filled with childhood memories maybe on one side and pictures of our past homes and other house related stuff on the other side. Here are a few “pins” I’ve pinned from Pinterest regarding this room:

This picture started out my initial inspiration for the landing- I LOVE this room!

This picture started out my initial inspiration for the landing- I LOVE this room!


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I think these are an awesome idea! During my semester in Northern Ireland I also toured five other countries and haven't scrapbooked one bit yet! I would love to use boxes like these for my pictures and the odds and ends I collected!

I think these are an awesome idea! During my semester in Northern Ireland I also toured five other countries and haven’t scrapbooked one bit yet! I would love to use boxes like these for my pictures and the odds and ends I collected!


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I have other ideas saved on Pinterest, but these at least give you an idea of what I’m thinking. Really all we need to do is paint- I’m thinking a yellowy tan color maybe? And get decor. And find a love seat and maybe another accent chair? It wouldn’t take much! :)

The Hallways

This might be a bit complicated to explain, but I will try! :) So currently our upstairs hallways have I believe four different types and three different colors of trim. This drives me crazy. To fix it, our plan is to first make it all the same type, and then mostly the same color. There is one section of the hallway that is set apart from the rest that we will leave the original woodwork color, but the rest will be painted a fresh white. All of the hallway walls will be painted the same color- probably white or some other bright, cheery, but neutral color. Then the set apart portion of hallway will be decorated- I’m thinking pictures of the kids galore maybe? Otherwise the hallways will be more or less blank slates! And the only other update they would need is new lighting! I don’t really have inspiration pictures for this part since it isn’t really anything too special, but hopefully you can get an idea of what I’m thinking! :)

The Bathroom/Closet Area

The big kahuna of the upstairs! Our original plan when we bought this place was to save the bathroom area remodel for down the road, in large part because we wanted to move the laundry room from downstairs to the empty closet room that is a part of the bathroom area:

The empty room we thought to make the laundry room originally.

The empty room we thought to make the laundry room originally.

Well, it turns out I actually really like my laundry room where it’s at. Never fear, I have a whole new set of plans for this area… A girl area! I want to paint the extra desk we have and turn it into a vanity, kinda like in this picture:

Only my desk is bigger and I have a completely different color scheme in mind! :)

Only my desk is bigger and I have a completely different color scheme in mind! :)


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This will also be where I store my jewelry and high heels and all other girly items! :) I also want to put some Bible verses on the walls as a reminder of where true beauty comes from- like Proverbs 31:25 and 1 Peter 3:3. I’m leaning towards a black and white color scheme in here with mint and light pink accents. :)

Which ties into the bathroom and main closet area too. I want the whole area to be tiled with the black and white squares- I’ve always loved that look. The bathroom we will probably beadboard and paint the top portion a mint green color. I also LOVE this whale wallpaper so it might come into play somewhere (in sample size, because holy cow that price is insane!):

It's so cute!

It’s so cute!


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Maybe just put some in a picture frame or something? We shall see.

We will either have to paint/stain the current vanity or get something else in there… More than likely the paint/stain option though. And the shower up there is kind of in bad shape. I don’t think it was installed right in the first place so it gets moldy very easily and doesn’t have very good water pressure either. It’s extra small, too, which can’t be changed, but might be a pain when it comes to replacing it. I don’t have my heart set on one surround or tile or whatnot, but I am leaning more towards a tile just because I think it’s nicer. I saw this tile recently on Pinterest and think it’s pretty sweet, although I’m not sure how it would work with the black and white, so it probably won’t happen:

Beautiful, but I don't think very practical.

Beautiful, but I don’t think very practical.


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Those would be the main projects in the bathroom/closet area. Obviously decor and whatnot, too and maybe updating the shelving system in the closet, but what we have works, so that might be a “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” type thing.

And then our upstairs would be completely finished! How awesome would that be!?

Regardless of rather or not we decide to make finishing the upstairs a priority, nothing but finishing the baby’s room and organizing the extra bedroom/dining room disaster are happening in the house before little miss comes, so we have time to decide. It’s so fun to brainstorm and dream though! :)

Oh! And this weekend I finished reupholstering the baby’s chair! :) It is AWESOME. My Facebook friends have seen the sneak peek I gave of the finished product in a moment of “this is so beautiful and I’m so proud of it I have to share now!” but I think I’m going to wait to share it here until I reveal the baby’s room. It’s a little more motivation to get ‘er done! :)