It’s been about a month since my last #WelcomeToTheShmamptons update, and we are planning to stay there for the first time in a mere 9 days. As a reminder this is our to-do list:
- Add decorative trim to exterior, replace front door, paint.
- Add door to front parlor to create fourth downstairs bedroom. Skim walls, prep, wallpaper.
- Remove built ins in Master ante-room to make space for bunk beds/crib, paint.
- Remove shower in Master, add shower plumbing to tub, larger vanity, reconfigure layout, prep for wallpaper.
- Take space from existing 2nd bedroom to make room for new bath, move doorway, paint.
- Add full bath with hallway access. Frame, plumb, new vanity, tile, glass shower door, prep, wallpaper.
- Paint kitchen & cabinets, remove island, replace countertops, move lighting.
- Replace mantel in family room, add bookshelves on either side of fireplace.
We are re-painting throughout the house, and replacing the majority of the lighting fixtures- but those are decorative changes that I will make over time so I didn’t include them on this list. Our initial plans were a lot more extensive (gutting the kitchen, adding on to the original home to create a true master bedroom suite, and two new full baths) but ultimately I realized I was overcomplicating the situation (super uncharacteristic I know) creating huge solutions to tiny problems. So we scaled back our plans, and I am so happy with how simple changes are making a huge difference! But because everything in my life has to be a little complicated I tacked on HOSTING MY ENTIRE FAMILY FOR THANKSGIVING as the finish line for the project. Pete and I drove out on Saturday to check on progress, and I don’t know guys…you tell me.
We have crossed a lot off the list, and I knew some things like the new bathroom, were never going to be completed in time- but whether you are the client or the designer this is always a tough phase in the renovation. That time period where you have been doing the dirty work for what seems like forever (whether the project is 6 weeks or 6 months- it tends to seems longer than you were expecting) and you have spent the money, and you know things are getting done, but there is not much to show for it. After managing so many projects over the years, I have learned to take pleasure in the small improvements, but psychologically people can only put up with so much “progress” before they need to see some actual pretty. It’s amazing how fast those finishing touches come together in the end, and I do think things will happen in time for Thanksgiving…I think…But I would still like to see some pretty already. So I leave you with this:
Our final fabric/paint/wallpaper selections. Pretty please.