One good thing about the holidays is the impending arrival of company. Having guests always puts us in productive mode. We have a huge list of things that need to get done around here. We spent our first couple of months at the new house focusing on the outside, while the weather was still decent. The previous owners raised show dogs, and as a result, had the entire back yard set up as a kennel. We had tons of fencing to remove, as well as 5 acres of overgrown brush to get rid of. We also dug up old landscaping and planned next years garden area. And...just before the frost came, we managed to start landscaping around the pond. Finally, it's freezing outside, and the inside gets some attention!
The first thing on our list is paint. The previous residents left behind a ton of nail holes, blistering drywall tape, a picket fence stencil ( in mauve, no less), and hand painted clouds. Cannot wait to see all that gone! I've had a patchwork quilt of paint samples on the wall for a month. My husband finished all the drywall repair in the living area, so we'll be painting this weekend. We're going with Sherwin Williams Aloof Gray. It's the greenish/blue gray to the left, above the mantle. I seriously about drove him crazy bringing home samples. Our living room is back lit by the sun room, which makes the color change throughout the day. This was the only gray I found that didn't turn muddy looking at night. The woodwork will be painted white, but not until spring, when we can open the windows and bust out the oil based paint.
Next up, hardwood floors! After ripping out the carpet and walking on sub floor for two months, it's another project we're pretty excited about!