But first, a couple of small touches I've made to the kitchen since January. I found a cool idea for utensil storage here. I bought two long drawer handles, a bunch of S hooks, and slapped these puppies up.
I liked it so much that I put two more up on the side of another cupboard. I also bought this cute bottle opener off of Etsy:
I finally had to cut myself off from Etsy because I was buying so much stuff. I lost hours searching "octopus" "cherries" and "nantucket." The charm of the site wore off when I was trolled by an Etsy merchant who accused me of being on drugs.
When you turn from the kitchen and look down the hall toward the living room, you used to see this:
Now it looks like this:
The birch hardwood makes a big difference, and the grey trim. I feel like the pale colors really open it up and look soft in the light. I also painted the paddles on the ceiling fan to match the creamy yellow walls. I've put up a better curtain on the door by now, but I'm too lazy to take new pics. I also want to get a paler rug, and an ottoman kind of coffee table to switch out the one in the pic that was $40 from Housing Works second-hand store. Maybe I'll do a post of only beauty shots when it's really REALLY finished.
Here's my favorite octopus painting, which hangs on the wall in the hallway:
Okay. So the only thing left on the first floor is enormously exciting...the hall bath WITH A WASHER AND DRYER. For four years I lugged my laundry two blocks to the laundromat each week in New York. Six months later and I still smile when I do laundry. It's nothing short of amazing. Sometimes I think everyone should have to live in New York just so that they are grateful for things like laundry and queen size beds and pest-free apartments forever and ever.
First floor bath before and after shots:
I really like the pale green paint for the "laundry room"--Behr Cabbage Green in a flat finish. There used to be wooden bifold doors hiding the washer and dryer, but I like it turned into a cheery little space. Next: The Living Room.