Home Renovation - Part 4 (the end!)

Annnnnd we are almost done! The final touch for our house remodel was to install the light fixtures and paint. At this point, we had been at it for almost 6 weeks. So we were ready to get it all wrapped up and back to normal.

Spoiler Alert: This is actually a picture of when it's all done ;) 

First, we changed out three of our light fixtures. This part was so fun. Light fixtures are like jewelry for your house. So for me, I wanted my light fixtures to make a statement! For the dining room, I chose this chandelier from Nebraska Furniture Mart. I liked the size and the color. And when my husband hung it, I literally jumped up and down clapping my hands.

In our breakfast nook- which we use as a sitting area- I chose this drum shade from Lee Lighting. The metallic color is great because it is somewhere between a gold and silver. I have all kinds of metallics in my decor, so this was a perfect fit.

Finally, the light fixture in the entry way was replaced with this lantern. I chose this one because it didn't have any glass (so I won't ever have to worry about cleaning the glass!).

I went back and forth on our light fixtures for awhile. Having an open floor plan can be tricky. But the more I "studied up" on Pinterest, the more convinced I was that the light fixtures did not have to all 'match'. But they should coordinate with the overall theme of your home. So basically, just because I used black wrought iron in the entry way does not mean all my fixtures have to be black.

I used a few handy charts from Pinterest to help determine the size to buy (although bigger is better in my opinion!) and the hanging details.


The paint colors were something that woke me up at 3am on several occasions. Painting is such a pricey and permanent investment- I wanted to do it right. I had considered grey, but the idea of it looking too brown, too blue or too purple made me reconsider. So I went with a color that scares my husband-- white!!!

The walls are all SW Alabaster in an eggshell finish and the trim is SW Extra White. The ceiling is SW Alabaster in a flat finish. I can't say enough good things about this color. As you know, there are '50+ Shades of White'- some can look pink, some can even look yellow. But SW Alabaster is beautiful neutral white. And the SW Extra White is so crisp and clean.

The kitchen cabinets and all the trim were also repainted in the oil based SW Extra White. Previously they were SW Alabaster, but with the new quartz and subway tile, the Alabaster for the cabinets was too warm. (Although it is perfect for the walls!)

This photo is a good way to see the difference between the 'Alabaster' on the wall
compared with the 'Extra White' on the cabinets. 

And we had our fireplace repainted too. The brick matches our exterior trim- it's BM Nightfall and the mantle is SW Inkwell in a high gloss.

The new paint make our house 'smell' like a new house! And I love the way the floors look against the white. Even my husband ended up loving the white.

We are now re-decorating, bringing everything back into the house from the garage. It has been a great opportunity for me to purge. I had turned into a bit of a hoarder! The kitchen, our bedroom, Jeff's office, the guest bath-- it all had to be emptied due to the new floors and counter tops. So that gave me a chance to consider what I really wanted in my house. I feel like our house has lost a lot of 'excess weight'!

We moved our Chesterfield couch upstairs and custom ordered this sectional and rug from Nebraska Furniture mart. (My family was never happy with the size of that Chesterfield!)

I am continuing to tweak the decor. I want to take some pretty pictures with my real camera (not my iPhone!) and share some 'before & after' pics with ya'll.

Plus we ended up sprucing up the girls' bathroom decor, my craft room and Maisy's bedroom. So I will share all those pics too. But for now, I am just so excited to be back in my house, enjoying all the renovations that we have done! Thanks for following along with our adventure :)

If you missed any of this series, catch up here:
See the other posts in this series: 
-Home Renovation Part 3 (Counter tops & Backsplash

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