Thursday, February 9, 2017

Small Changes Around Here

It's funny, I've owned my house for nearly two years now, yet it still seems so 'new' to me at times.

I feel like there are still so many things I want to change, but bit by bit I'm making this little house my own. 

The biggest project that was tackled recently was changing out all the carpet on the lower level to beautiful Pergo floors. 


That was an expensive project, but really had to happen due to moisture issues under the carpet. 

Stinky moisture issues.

While my contractor was still here, I had him tackle a few other things that needed doing. 


The awful track lighting in the kitchen went bye bye.....yayyyyy!

Not only was part of it no longer working, but every time a bulb went I had such a terrible time putting in a new one! It was so complicated and irritating, I couldn't wait for it to be gone. 

Plus it was a relic of the 90's and was covered in years of grease and grime. Ewwww. 


I love the new light fixtures, they are such an improvement over what was there before!

Sorry I forgot to take 'before' pictures....I'm forgetful like that sometimes. Trust me, they were ugly. 

As an added bonus, the new fixtures are LED and incredibly bright - they really illuminate every little corner of the kitchen, and are super energy efficient. And they were inexpensive. 

Plus the bulbs are easy to replace, and also last an extremely long time. Win/win for me!

The next thing to go was the kitchen faucet. 


This is the faucet that was there before. The soap dispenser was broken and kept falling off. It drove me nuts. The sprayer was so grungy, the faucet dripped, and I didn't like the style in the least. Too modern for my little country house. 


I love my new faucet! The style looks so much better in this house, and ties in with the other fixtures in the kitchen and dining room, such as the new kitchen lights and the dining room chandelier. Even the drapery rods and coat hooks!


All in all, I'm just happier with the overall look. All small changes, but with big impacts to me. 

And at the end of the day, that's what matters. Because it's my little house and should make me happy. 


And it truly does. I love my little house. 

But I'll love it more when I get rid of the railings by the staircase. 

Someday. 

43 comments:

  1. Looks great. It is the little things that make us happy.

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    1. So true!! And the little things that make home "HOME!"

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  2. Yes, your home should make you happy! Looking wonderful.

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  3. Sometimes the little changes make all the difference in the world! Love your new kitchen faucet. Trust me, changes to your home and all the updates will never stop...we've lived here for almost 28 years and it never ends!

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    1. No doubt, Melanie!! But it's still way better than renting and making changes that benefit someone else!

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  4. Yay for you! I love your changes and so agree to make your home just for you! It takes a little while to make your house just right. Really, I don't know if we ever finish though! :) We're going on our third winter here and I still have things to do but it didn't take too long for this house to become our home!
    Hope all else is going well for you.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelai ;)

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    1. My house feels like home, for sure, I love it so much. And I know I'm staying for a long, long time....that's such a comfort!

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  5. Sometimes the smallest change can make the biggest impact!

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  6. I love seeing all the changes you are doing to your home to make it your place...beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I have more I'd like to do, but the budget took a heck of a beating on that wood floor!

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  7. It sure looks great and I surely do love that new kitchen faucet so much better too! Are y'all still getting pretty snow up there?

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    1. We have about two foot of fresh snow that fell over the weekend - I don't think I'll see grass until at least May!

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  8. Looks super! Nice work. Looks like winter out those windows.

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    1. It sure is winter out those windows and we got another two feet of snow over the weekend - the plow piles are like mountains that won't melt for months!!

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  9. Everything looks fabulous. Isn't it fun to make the changes that make you happy.

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    1. Small changes compared to your kitchen reno, Marty!

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  10. We did Pergo in our Virginia Beach townhome. It's a great product. Everything looks fabulous!

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    1. It is a great product, and I don't have to worry about my old dog and her 'accidents' any more!

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  11. I love your changes. Don't you love the maintenance freedom that Pergo gives you? It looks great---so do your lights and your sink fixtures. Nice changes...even small changes can make a huge difference in livability.
    Have a wonderful weekend. xo Diana

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    1. I do love the freedom that Pergo gives me, Diana! It means I don't worry as much about my old dog's accidents, that are unfortunately happening more frequently than I'd like!

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  12. Lots of small changes add up! As to things adding up I wonder how you fared with the snowstorm / hope it was not too bad where you are.

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  13. Lots of small changes add up! As to things adding up I wonder how you fared with the snowstorm / hope it was not too bad where you are.

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    1. Hi Deb! We got two separate storms, one Thursday and one Sunday, and each dropped at least a foot of snow on us. We'll be still seeing snow in May, no doubt! But we need the moisture, our wells were drying up all around. How did you do down there?

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  14. Love all the changes. Sometimes it is the small changes that make the most impact. Love your new light and faucet. Happy weekend
    Hugs
    Kris

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    1. Thanks, Kris - I still can't believe you're moving again, whew!!

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  15. Great changes! Love the faucet! It's always something that needs fixing/changing. We have been in our house 20 years and there are 10+ things to deal with. Little by little.....

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    1. Always something, and every year there will be something that wears out, needs to be replaced, or repainted. Oh well, I still love being a homeowner!

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  16. You must be so happy to have these "little" things done! I love the new floors, sink, and light fixture. There are little things in our little house too, that I'd love to change. Someday! :)

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    1. Those little things make me smile every time I see them!

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  17. Hi My Energetic Friend!
    I think small changes are the best, they always make me the happiest. Those big changes are so overwhelming and there are always so many questions. Love your changes!
    Have a great week,
    xo
    Jemma

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    1. I often think about the kitchen counters getting redone, but I'm not ready to commit...maybe someday, but today's not that day!

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  18. Sometimes little changes make the biggest difference! I don't know how I've never noticed the sweet light fixture over the sink. I love that!!

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    1. Thanks, Kim - I swapped out the light that was there when I first moved in with that one, that I made myself! I love it, too, it makes me smile!!

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  19. Small changes can make the biggest difference...plus you're not shelling out a king's ransom for them. The new floors on the lower level are beautiful. Can't have mold growing in your home. Love the new faucet...they all wear out after a while, leak and get just generally gross looking. The lighting is great...nice to be able to actually see what you are doing. xoxo

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    1. It's nice to have such good lighting in the kitchen when I'm cooking using those super sharp knives my sweetie got me at Christmas! Even so, I've still managed to give myself a couple of boo-boos....:(

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  20. All the changes are perfect for your home! That new faucet fits right in.

    I need to take the carpet out of my downstairs too. It's an ugly brown berber.... blech! One day ;)

    Catching up with you was so nice. I'm glad you're loving where you are. I think everyone should be that happy :)

    xo,
    rue

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    1. I hope you're that happy in your sweet home, Rue, and I truly think you are! There are always a million things that need to be done, but working full time doesn't allow for me to always be on top of them. Oh well! I love how much I've accomplished so far, and I just look around my little home and I feel such peace that it's mine...with only my name on the deed! :)

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  21. Love that faucet and new light fixture! And those floors are gorgeous! Sometimes, it's the little things that make the biggest difference! And you are right, the faucet does fit your home much better! Can't wait to see all the other changes coming up! Love and hugs!

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    1. Ha ha, don't look for anything too drastic in the near future, those floors beat up my budget!! But they are done now and won't need to be done again for hopefully many, many, MANY years! xo

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  22. Everything looks so nice! My hubby and I were just talking this evening about projects that he has completed here and more that still need to be done. It never ends. ;)

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    1. So true, Debbie, the list just grows and grows....every time you cross something off, you add something else on!

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