Demolition & Decorative Details

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Ahhh…it is the weekend… time for relaxing. I have been busy all week and thought I would get you caught up on what I have been doing.

In terms of reveals…I don’t have any of those, only one big messy project and a few smaller projects that build up to a completed room makeover.

Fixer upper house wall demolition

The big project we (Ed) has been undertaking is demolishing this wall to open the space between the kitchen and living room.

Fixer upper house removing a wall between two rooms

When Ed removed the pocket door we knew we would like how the view of the water would be from the kitchen looking into the living room, but were pleasantly surprised at how wonderful the view from the living room looking into the kitchen became.

Fixer upper lake house knocking down a wall between two rooms

Now we need to decide if we want to add a counter between the rooms and a column or a ceiling beam and leave it open. I would like to leave it open. It is not a total DIY; our Realtor’s husband is a builder. He is helping us figure out what needs to be done.

Opening a wall in an old house

The TV stand will turn into a wall mounted TV with turquoise sideboard underneath. The sideboard in the kitchen will go against the wall between the sliding doors.

Fixer upper lake house living room

Here is how the living room looks right now. I need to paint the walls, but for the room to function for us, I really want a new sofa or small sectional and two smaller chairs. I want to make sure the chairs have swivels so that whoever is sitting in them has the option to face the fireplace, TV, or water. I have been searching for just the right ones.

The hardwood floor will have to be patched and then we will stain it a darker color or we may get a whole new floor. The view into the kitchen will be greatly improved with new white cabinets.

Living room in a fixer upper house

This is the view looking into the foyer. As you can see I am still playing around with where furnishings I want to keep will go. I have been moving items room to room until I find the perfect spot.  We plan on hiring someone to remove the brick hearth on either side of the fireplace.  That will give us more room for extra seating.

Aside from the wall project we have been tackling little improvements a.k.a….the details this week that make the overall decor look better…

Replacing heating vents in fixer upper

…like replacing rusted heating vents in every room and …

Switching out the color of outlets and switches

…old brass and antique white electrical outlets and switches with white ones.

Snap Power outlet

We even added a few very cool outlet covers from SnapPower.  The outlet cover above looks like a normal cover, but it does double duty. At night it automatically becomes a sleek night light.  It installs in seconds and requires no wires or batteries.  No plug-in night light needed which leaves both sockets available for other stuff.   You can find out more about them, here. 

How to paont metal recessed lights

The second floor hallway has recessed lights that work just fine, but needed cleaning, I am not even going to tell you the nasties we found in one of them. After cleaning the glass, I took the rims outside to give them a new glossy white finish.  I wrote a post on how I painted the recessed lights in our previous house. It made a huge difference and was easy to do. 


The last little detail I have been adding is removing the old pull chains from the many ceiling fans in the house with fresh new white pulls. This simple update makes a big difference.

Seeing no more rusty and crusty pulls, outlets, and ventilation covers in the house is making me smile.

Now that it is the weekend,  I plan to relax a little and finish a book I started, although it is a bit hard since everywhere I look I see a project that needs doing.

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  1. Please please tell me what color your living room is, I don’t have the same lighting as you do (jealous lol) but I love the color. And by looking at every little detail makes a difference, I try to repurpose things that I can, if its worth it. I was able to sand and spray paint some of my heat registers, but some I tossed. I absolutely love these rooms. By opening up a wall, bringing in more light, and a new view. Love it!! Keep up the good work!

    1. Hi Christine – Since the color was on the walls when we moved in, I don’t know the name of the color. To try to help you out though, I pulled out all my paint color fan decks from Sherwin Williams, Glidden, and Ben Moore. I found a color match in the Ben Moore colors. Check out Benjamin Moore Cushing Green HC-125

      Thanks for reading and following my blog.

  2. It is those little details that can really make a difference. People won’t notice a new heat register but would notice the rusty one. Wow taking out that wall brings in a lot of light.

  3. thats a lot of progress. Amazing how much the details matter. FYI you can purchase swivel/rocker hardware to attach to the underside of club chairs.

      1. Hi Dianne. It is fun to watch your home transformation, thank you for sharing this journey.
        Wanted to add my ‘two-cents’ here,if I may; I recently got two new smallish reclining (don’t look at all like typical recliners) club-type swivel chairs that are beautiful & I love. The first ones I ordered were the rocker-swivel type.
        Back to the company they went. Made me feel very unstable, too Woozie. So a bit of caution.
        Sending blessings for you & your home from Sonoma, California.