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Sometimes it’s the little things that make something feel complete. Like having all the doorknobs in the house match.IMG_0984Or finally getting around to painting the cream balusters of your staircase.

IMG_1507Or the staircase itself.IMG_1509 IMG_1510Or steam cleaning the carpet. IMG_1522Even though these are all relatively small projects, they’ve made a big difference to us. Not only was I amazed at what that steam cleaner was able to get up (we vacuum once a week), but the stair balusters really surprised me. I hadn’t expected that they would look so much brighter and cleaner after a fresh coat of paint.

In light of these small victories, B and I recently wrote out a list of everything we’ve done to the Russian Space Station since we moved in in 2011. It was fascinating to see what all we’ve done and really think about it like this. Wow, it’s a lot!

Exterior Front:

Exterior Back:

Kitchen:

  • New paint on walls and trim
  • New stove/oven
  • New refrigerator
  • New dishwasher
  • New range hood
  • New light fixture in eating area

Laundry Room:

Living Room and Dining Room:

Foyer:

  • New paint on walls, ceiling, and trim
  • New West Elm light fixtures

Staircase:

  • New paint on walls and trim
  • Carpet steam cleaned
  • New light fixture

Upstairs Hallway:

  • New paint on walls, ceiling, and trim
  • Carpet steam cleaned
  • New light fixtures

Bedroom One:

  • New paint on walls, ceiling, and trim
  • Carpet steam cleaned
  • New ceiling fan + light fixture
  • New plantation blinds

Bedroom Two:

  • New paint on walls, ceiling, and trim
  • Carpet steam cleaned
  • New ceiling fan + light fixture
  • New plantation blinds

Master Bedroom:

  • New paint on walls, ceiling, and trim
  • Carpet steam cleaned
  • New ceiling fan + light fixture

Master Bathroom:

Powder Room:

  • New paint on walls and ceiling and trim
  • Wallpaper removed
  • New light fixture
  • New faucet
  • New mirror

Upstairs Hall Bathroom:

  • New paint on walls, ceiling, and trim
  • New flooring
  • New showerhead
  • New light fixture
  • New Moen faucet

Throughout the Entire House:

  • New outlets and outlet covers, light switches and switch covers
  • New door hardware
  • Updated all toilets to higher-efficiency standards
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