TomBoy Home Renovation – Business in the Front…Party in the Back

For Memorial Day Weekend, we went down to the house for a look around and “job meeting” (this is where Brian and I talk about what needs to be done).  We met a few of the neighbors and talked about upcoming summer.  This little neighborhood has all these old traditions that remind me of that old school cape I knew as a kid.  Children running around free, a neighborhood 4th of July parade, parents getting over served at night…you know the usual stuff.

I wanted to see how the inside of the house looked and the painted chimney on the outside.  I am happy with both.  I was very nervous about the chimney getting a white-wash treatment (post about white-washing here).  My husband was completely unsure if he liked it from photos the project manager sent us.  I needed to see it in person.  He thought there would be more brick showing through.  I thought so too but I actually really like it.  It was such an improvement from the old chimney.


For the business in the front – I am picturing the front of the house with landscaping, like hydrangeas in front of the chimney to soften the edges.  When we were there yesterday, everyone was planting flowers and working on their yards, so I am going to have work on my gardening skills. We are adding cedar shingles and shutters soon.  The front door will painted navy with bold brass hardware from (here), which will patina from the coastal weather over time.

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I am going to try to revive this anchor door knocker which was from the previous owner.  I love a good patina but this one just looks a little dirty rather than old and fun.


So on to the party in the back! This is where we are going prepping for the patio.  It was previously a long concrete patio but since there was some damage to the siding and foundation issues we had to dig it out.  You can see where it is going to be laid out by the  flatten ditch area.  I really let Mr.TomBoy Home (he will kill me for that) take the lead on this one.  His plan is to use Pavestone in Colony Cobble running almost the length of the house with a fire pit.  I am going to admit something awful right now – I don’t really like grass so I am happy with lots of pavestones and many hydrangeas bushes in the back.

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Below are a few inspiration photos that give an idea of what we are going for in the back.


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Across the back of the house in between the two sliders will be 3-4 light fixtures.  I needed to keep the cost down on these lights BUT I still wanted something I would like the look of…. Brian would put in 4 spotlights if I let him.  I love the look of the traditional cape onion lights.  These ones (two below) are from Lowe’s and were very reasonable.  I actually found 4 small lights on Amazon (here) that were a great price.

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This onion light fixture is from Lowe’s and is a very reasonable price.


We ordered a sectional  and ottoman similar to the couch above from Ikea.0150065_PE308184_S3

Of course any seating situation will be attacked by pillows…here are some of great outdoor samples from here and here.

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Lastly, every patio needs some fun and festive serveware.  I saw these great Swirl Enamelware serving bowls from here.  The plates and drinkware below are from here. I love this drinkware for when I create the TomBoy cocktail.  Recipe coming soon!

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As always thanks for reading.  We are really enjoying this renovation.  It has been fun to update the blog with photos and ideas.  It has actually kept me very organized.

TomBoy Home Renovation Update

We are getting closer!  The renovation on the cape house is on full swing. The patio was dug up, walls and cabinets have been painted, windows replaced (not all), and the one of my favorite things that happened last week – the kitchen counter top was installed!!  It is amazing how happy a counter top can make one person.L1080032

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Here is the break down of the kitchen…

I wanted to paint the cabinets a light gray.  I chose Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray.  My husband suggested we keep the cabinets because they were in good shape and the door fronts were shiplap.  I thought it was a great idea and it saved money and time.  I picked up cabinet pulls from RH in polished chrome.  The counter top is Ceasarstone Organic White.


We still have a lot of work to go on this area but I am so happy with the changes so far.

Next update is the living room which is the main part of the house.  The knotty pine walls have been primed. We put in a new window. The fireplace will get a white wash treatment but keeping the wood mantel. On the end is a bookcase/media center which I can’t wait to decorate with books that no one will read or allowed to touch.

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Living room shelving before (previous owner’s property)

Inspiration photos for the bookcase but on a much smaller scale:
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For the shelves I found some books at the booksale at the library and some books at Brimfield. I am trying to stick to navy, white and some turquoise. Although I saw a yellow set at OKL that would be so fun.


Exterior Update:

The exterior of the house is really coming along.  This is where the bulk of the work is happening at this point. We had to strip the siding due to rot and put in a new window due to my needing a new one…

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We also dug up the concrete patio in the backyard for construction reasons Brian would have to explain (Brian needs his own blog – things I explain to my wife over and over but she never listens…)

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I bet our new neighbors love us right now…

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We are replacing the patio with pavers and a fire pit.  I am leaving most of this design to Brian.  But if you see him mention how good french sliders or doors would look leading out to the patio.

Lastly we had some issues with the chimney leaking water.  During an inspection of the house, it was discovered the chimney had a section added on and this was causing the leaking problem.  We were able to take the height down and fix the problem.  More interesting is what we are doing to the chimney – a beautiful very light white wash.  When we first bought the house everyone commented on what an eyesore the chimney is, but I always liked it.  It think it gives the house character and with a white wash it will hopefully fade into the house better.  Here is an inspiration photo so you see what I mean.


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When I see pictures like this it makes me laugh, because when we first looked at the house – we were thinking just some paint and sprucing up…Renovations have a way of running away from you…

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I will leave you with this cute story. During all this work and demo the guys found time to replant the hydrangeas that were near the foundation.  There is something so traditional and beautiful about hydrangeas on the Cape. We plan on planting many bushes but I really hope these originals make it through the renovation.

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Beautiful hydrangeas in full bloom


TomBoy Home Renovation – Living and Dining Room

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As week 4 rolls around DSC_0371work continues in the kitchen and bathrooms.  The painter is priming most of the walls.  The main work continues outside on taking down the siding for repair on the foundation.  They have found a lot of rot under the siding.  For now we were just going to reside the front of the house in cedar shingles but now it looks like we may have to check everywhere for rot damage.  I am going to do a post next week on the exterior work and plans for the house, so more at that point.

The way our house is laid out there are two bedrooms on one end of the house and one bedroom and the kitchen on the other side of the house. In the middle is a the living room and where we will also be dining. The room has 2 large sliding glass doors on the back side leading to the patio and a fireplace, window and front door on the other side. The window looks out to a pond across the street.

In this part of the house there are a couple of things that had to happen.  One, we need a place to eat and secondly, we need a sitting area.  The room is large enough for both to happen in designated places.

This is a the sitting and tv area. We are going to put in a sectional and a chair, side tables, ottoman, etc. I asked to keep those two lamp tables. They are made out of bamboo. I will replace the lamp shades.
This is the place cleared out. You can see the length of the slider here again. Someday french doors or french sliders will be there.
This is the dining area. I am going to put in a 60 inch table here with a bench on one side and 4 chairs.  (We had those chairs growing up)
This is the living room space with the two sliding glass doors behind.  I fell in love with these chairs.  Trying to find some fabric to reupholster each one.
The back side of the house shows the length of the living and dining area. The third slider on the end is the kitchen.  Wouldn’t these be great as french doors?  Or maybe connect the two with a row of french sliders.  My poor husband.


Here are some of ideas for the living and dining area.  The couch is from Ikea is will be a little darker.


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I like these throw pillows for the chairs as accents.


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Cute small chair from IKEA for the kids.
Another possible accent chair for more seating options.
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West Elm table and bench.
This is the pendant I got from Palachek lighting. I love the shape and texture. I really hope it works in the room…


I love this photo above from Serena and Lily.  The gallery art wall has so many types of art, colors and varying frames but works without looking like a mess.  We have two large walls I need to find either large pieces of art or do gallery walls.  This is a good inspiration photo.

TomBoy Home Renovation – Demo Update

I had a chance to go down to the cape this weekend and check out the progress on the house.  My husband is down all the time but I don’t get to visit as often.  I loved all the changes I saw.  To me every little change is an improvement and a step forward to move in day!  I took a few pics show the progress.  We still have lots to do!

The main bathroom for the kids. We ripped it down to the studs but kept the tub (here covered).
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This is one of the kids’ rooms, it has been primed and ready for white paint. It already looks so much brighter. I love it.
The other kids’ room getting ready to be painted.
Some big changes in the kitchen. The tile backsplash is gone, linoleum floors out and moved the space for the stove over for better entry. Soon the cabinets will be primed and painted.
So this is the small master bathroom. In here the floor and walls are staying but we are renovating the shower with some white subway tile and new shower floor.
The previous owner graciously offered any furniture we wouldn’t to keep. I jumped on these two mid-century chairs. I love the laid back lines but I am planning on giving them a little update (can’t leave anything alone) with some new upholstery.
We went down to the beach after we checked on the house. It was a beautiful day. The water was turquoise and unbelievably cold.
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My daughter took this photo on my iPhone. If you look closely you will see a little fox cub. She found a fox den on the beach. It was so amazing to sit on the beach and watch the four little fox pups play in the sand and sun.

TomBoy Home Renovation – Girls’ Bedroom

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So we are a week in to the cape house renovation.  Some demo has been done and work in the kitchen.  I am still going through each room and deciding on bedding, lighting, decor, etc. The girls’ room has been on my mind since we looked at the house.  Just a little background on my girls.  They have strong opinions about how their rooms at home are decorated.  After I agree to these strong opinions, they wait about 2-3 months and then tell me they don’t like their room and really never liked the bedding or rug they chose.  The design lover in me says great lets change it! But the parent in me says tough luck – you chose it.  So with that history, I have decided the design of this room will be completely and totally my choice – a dictatorship if you will.  They might as well call this room Cuba because I am deciding everything.  Also, this will serve as a guest room so it has to be functional.  Here a couple of white paneled rooms for inspiration.

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I was looking at the Roberta Roller Rabbit site and I saw these voile quilts. I love the preppy bohemian style.


Both of the quilts flip over to a different pattern on the other side so with bunk beds they will have lots of versatility.  I have decided on white sheets for all the bunks to keep it easy.

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I am using these bunk beds above from IKEA in both of the rooms (boy room post here).  We are going to paint them white.  I went and checked out these bunk beds at the IKEA store (post here) because I was a little worried about the quality.  They were great and I love the price!

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The dresser is also from IKEA and works perfectly for the room.  I am looking at one of these side tables from Serena and Lily.  They are very different but both have that laid back style I was going for in this room.  I also might do a little hunting around at antique and consignment stores for a little side table.  I am in no rush for this piece.

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The girls love this egg chair from PBteen.  I like this little elephant from here for their room.

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I am without a doubt holding off on a rug until we are all moved in but I do like these stripes or maybe just a simple sisal that I can shake out.  This is yet to be determined.

There is no ceiling light in this room, so it will have to be two lamps.  I love shopping for lamps.  So this will be difficult for me to narrow it down.images m_AH3115BWPL checkmate-table-lamp-base-dk.-blue tug-o-lamp nantucketlamp_2 images-1 images-2 traditional-table-lamps bottle-it-bedside-lamp-shade-j t_AH3040WHT-NP_Alt.jpg 3_stripe

What I would love to do someday down the road is put sconces on the wall above the two bunk beds.  This would require new electrical which is not going to happen at this point but never say never.

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If you want to take a look at any of my other ideas on Pinterest, I am at tom boy home.  If you didn’t get here by my instagram account, I also post ideas @tomboyhome.  Thanks!