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.

living room before
Living room update
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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One of my favorite inspiration photos for the front of the house:garden


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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Sun’s out, guns out
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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