UncategorizedGuest Post Day 1 – Angie's Roost July 23, 2012Welcome to my first day of Guest Posts in our Week of House Tours! As I said on Friday, I’m in Nicaragua on a mission trip and am so thankful that these six lovely ladies have volunteered to share a little about their spaces with us. Today, we have Angie from Angie’s Roost. She is renovating her home with her fiance, Colby. Their wedding is only a few weeks away, so wish her a big congrats! She has such a fun style and a cool blogging personality, so I am so excited to share her with you today. Here’s her post and her house tour in her own words: *** Hiya! I’m Angie, otherwise known as the Angie at Angie’s Roost, where I can be found blogging and renovating away with my soon to be husband (only a few short weeks to go) Colby. I am beyond thrilled to be here today at Life Of Splendor. I’m a huge fan of Lindsay’s ever since I saw that bathroom of hers featured on another blog. It was love at first sight and I haven’t been able to stop stalking reading since. But anyway…I’m here to give you a little house tour of our pad, complete with some bad MTV cribs style commentary. Without further ado…welcome to our crib. Colby and I bought our home just two years ago and it was one hot mess. Scratch that…it was just a mess. It was like the seventies threw up all over the interior. But we fell in love…fell hard…with all the old charm of the 1910 home that was hidden under the paneling and shag carpeting. Maybe we’re gluttons for punishment but we were thrilled about the potential projects. The first year was a bit frustrating and rough…it felt like we weren’t making any progress. But lately things are looking good…real good…like Johnny Depp in a tight black tee shirt good. We still have a long way to go but we’re totally enjoying the ride. Enough gabbing…let’s start touring with the entry. Complete with a new, wide pine board floor that we eventually plan to continue throughout the whole house. Oh…and those birds are technically garden decor but they have seemed to make themselves a permanent “nest” in the entry. After entering the house, you come into the kitchen. This would normally be the point on MTV Cribs where we would look in the fridge and you would see all my fancy Cristal but alas…there is nothing in our fridge other than expired milk and margarita mix. We clearly spend our grocery money on yard sale tables (only $25) and flea market chairs ($5 each). Our kitchen still needs ALOT of work but we’ve managed to stop the bleeding with some temporary laminate floor, paneling removal, and cabinet painting. Just do me a favor and pretend that time warp of a laundry room in the background doesn’t exist. We commandeered the door there for a bedroom upstairs and have yet to replace it. Just off of the kitchen is the dining room, one of my favorite spaces in the house. That floor was a total labor of love. We removed all the old carpeting and sub floor to reveal old, pine boards which I stained and created my own custom floor stencil. I heart it…almost as much as that $200 old school Ethan Allen dining table that came with 8…count ’em…8 chairs. The entire first floor of our house is pretty open. The kitchen is open to the dining room which is completely open to the room we call the parlor. Why do we call this room the parlor? Glad you asked. We essentially have two living rooms (you’ll see living room #2 in a sec). And since we deemed every old home needs a parlor, this is ours. After about a year of deliberation, we determined this room made the perfect location for a his and hers office, since Colby works from home and I needed blog work space. We built the 10′ desk ourselves, tried some FLOR tiles in a bold chevron, built the storage shelves, and added an art gallery. The mis-matched desk chairs totally drive me nuts…but I’m on a mission to find some old wooden ones at a flea market. Next up the actual living room…otherwise known as the room for furniture that doesn’t belong. This is the room that made us fall in love with the house. Look up…see that ceiling…it’s tin and in great condition. Old house + tin ceiling = SOLD. We sadly haven’t touched this room much since move in day other than patch the horse hair plaster, remove the carpet, and paint the walls. Although Colby did build that media cabinet based off a Maine Cottage style cabinet we found online. But all the rest of the furniture in this room are hand me downs and freebies. Tackling the living room might just need to be our winter project. I see reupholstering and floor refinishing in our future! Next up…my absolute favorite space in our house…drum roll please…..the hallway. I am all kinds of proud about those ombre staircase balusters. Seriously…I’m like a nerdy mom beaming after her baby boy just won the blue ribbon at the third grade science fair. Yup…I’m that kind of proud. The staircase is the same old staircase from move in day except that we removed the carpeting, painted the treads a chocolate brown, and added bead board to the risers before painting and installing new balusters. I love the hall…so much…it’s like my version of Happy Gilmore’s “happy place”. Except mine doesn’t include grandma playing the slot machines. Once you stop ogling the staircase and go up the stairs, you’re greeted by three bedrooms and a bathroom. First up, the guest bedroom and our project du jour. I know…total disappointment (hanging head in shame). But in May, we capitalized on our town’s free dump week (it normally costs $25 to dump a truck load of construction debris) and gutted out this room and our master bedroom. Needless to say…it doesn’t look much like a guest room, just a mess of stored items while we finish the master. Oh…and that’s our crazy german short haired dog Goose…he likes to photo bomb. It’s pretty much his favorite hobby other than chasing squirrels and barking at the mailman. Next…..the master bedroom. We’re almost…almost ready to move back into this room, thus why it’s empty. After three months of sheet rocking, mudding, drywall sanding, priming, painting, trim installation, staining, and floor painting….we’re ready to move back in. Beyond ready! And we have some super exciting projects like creating a built-in closet. Onto some more finished spaces….like the bathroom. I love our bathroom. It’s such a huge improvement from the pink and paneled mess that it used to be. We were crazy when we tackled our bathroom reno. It was the first project we took on, in the 1 month span while our apartment lease overlapped with the house purchase. AND it was a total gut job. We managed to gut it, re-plumb, tile the floor, and add subway tile to the shower in about a month’s time. AND I was working full time while going to school for my MBA…overachiever say what?! More like legitimately crazy. And finally…our third bedroom turned craft room. This space was originally supposed to be Colby’s office before we turned the parlor into office space (it’s not okay because if they take my stapler I’ll set the building on fire…love Office Space). Thus the manly blue color and the beer coaster art on the wall. Now it’s definitely more of a girly space since I’ve turned it into a craft room. This was also the first room in the house that we utilized the wide pine flooring, which we plan to install in all the other rooms of the house after we recover from wedding planning broke-dom. Le sigh. So this concludes our little cribs tour here at Angie’s Roost. You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here. Actually…that’s not true…feel free to come back and visit me anytime! And one last shout out to Lindsay for letting me blab gab about our little roost. *** Don’t y’all just love Angie’s home??? I love it all, but I think I’m with her, those ombre stairs are AMAZING! Thanks so much Angie! Y’all go check out her blog. Check back tomorrow to see Kristen’s master bedroom tour.