goodbye final bagster, hello light at the end of the tunnel


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new house remodel updateFriends, it is a happy day at the Gentry casa.

house remodel updateA really happy day because…. *drumroll please*… the new house is guest-ready.

new house remodel, guest roomWell, ‘ready’ might be a bit strong- perhaps ‘guest-safe’ is more accurate?

house remodel updateRegardless, the last few months of house projects (and the last week of frenzied project-finishing, trim-and-door-painting, working-our-tails-off and very-little-sleeping) have paid off. We even bid a fond farewell to our sixth and final Bagster last week, signifying the end of demo (at least for now).

house remodel updateI think the last time I gave you a ‘new house update,’ we were tearing things apart (yep, just re-read the post). Well, then we moved into a rebuilding and installing phase (laying flooring, putting up new walls and ceilings, installing kitchen cabinets, priming-and-painting-and-painting-and-painting, putting in lighting, installing doors and hardware and appliances).

And even though the whole house is rather, ahem, undecorated and blank slate-ish (and upstairs is not even all the way unpacked), we do have…remodeled kitchen pictures…a functional kitchen…

guest room remodel…a space for guests…

sliding barn door…doors on the all of the rooms (including one very-special, custom-built sliding barn door that delights my heart) and enough furniture/seating for people to hang out.

cousins sitting in the new kitchenEven better, the guests that are trying out the new digs are my sisters and their families! This morning, there was a lineup of Smooches, nephew, and nieces trying out the new barstools at the peninsula, my sisters and mom were drinking Starbucks and chatting on the new leather chairs (which Jordan insists are not ‘too cowboy’ like I’d thought), and the boys (my dad, brother and brother-in-laws) were planning out their afternoon from the new couch. All of this within one short glance.

new house updateLike I said, it’s a happy, happy day around here.

ps- I am resisting the urge to detail everything that is still ‘in progress’ (almost everything fits in that category, actually)… We still have a few big projects (a mantel and gas fireplace will soon be in the living room, for example) and TONS of little stuff to finish up and switch around. Maybe by the end of 2013 things will be finished up?

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    1. haha- thanks Kristin! I think Jord’s photography skills are making it look better than it really is, but I’ll take it. ๐Ÿ™‚
      and YES to the pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks again. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks so much Jess… I’ll be honest, sometimes it didn’t feel like it in the middle of it, but it’s so nice to be on the other end of some of the major projects… Thanks for your sweet words. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. I got the exact same stools for our new kitchen and love them! The barn door looks fantastic. Congrats on getting to this point and enjoy all that family. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank Chris! So glad to hear that you love the stools- Pi has had a couple of tumbles so far. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      And thanks for the words of encouragement as well- I can’t imagine being all the way done.

  2. Beautiful! Way to go! Y’all did this yourselves right? Or did you hire out? Amazing either way. I love the lighting above the cabinets, and I love the barn door too! What does the door go to or cover? Pantry? SO cute! Your pinkish-bronze (is that the color I’m looking for?) touch is really inspiring. I never would have thought to do that, but it looks awesome!

    1. Ashleigh, you are so funny and cute.
      Yep, we are mostly doing it ourselves- my brother is a contractor and he’s been helping a ton. My husband is at remodeling, even the tricky stuff like plumbing and electrical (though, I feel terrible because between the full time house projects and his new job, he is working more hours a week than he was during dental school). ๐Ÿ™‚
      And yep, you got it, copper. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks friend!
      And I LOVE your kitchen update, your christmas presents and also your spray painted nativity! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to catch up on more…

  3. uhhhhhhh….i’m like speechless. that never happens. never.

    the copper details? all the white and brick?? girl, you are speaking to me. i love it. as in…i’m IN love and i might be there when you wake up.


    don’t care. love it that much.

    1. Haha, thank you so much sweet friend. From your pinterest account, I feel like you and I are decor-style-kindred-spirits.
      And sweet friend, I am SO SORRY that you’ve been so sick. And during Christmas??? UGH. Poor thing. Get well soon!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the whole thing. I’m not sure if you’re planning a ‘here’s what we used post’ but if not, I would love to know what the floors in the kitchen are and what counter top you used. The look is just great!!

    1. Emily, thanks so much for the compliments. And YES I will totally put together a source list (especially as we finish up more of it). ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Oh Kirstin, it is so beautiful!! Are you kidding me?! When I first started scrolling through the pictures I thought it was your idea board for the new house, not that it WAS the new house. Seriously, it’s gorgeous! And those bright walls with the amazing texture of that brick wall and that INCREDIBLE door. For real lady, it is totally decorated.

    And what a happy holiday you must be having with your family together! You are blessed. ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to seeing and hearing more about it all!

    1. Erin, what a sweet comment! And YES, so fun to have everyone here for Christmas. With everyone flung to the corners of the earth, who knows when this will happen again. ๐Ÿ™‚
      And thanks for all of the kind words! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have so many projects still to do (the small windows above the fireplace have leaded glass covers coming for them, the fireplace has an insert coming, I want to dip the bottom of the barstool legs in copper, the barn door is a little too distressed, so I need to sand some of it out, the bay window needs a cushion, the living room rug needs to be replaced, the ‘cowboy chairs’ need throw pillows [maybe metallic glam ones to balance all of the rustic a little], the list goes on… ). ๐Ÿ™‚ But in the meantime, until I tackle those (probably over the next year), THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.
      How was Christmas in Scotland? Magical? Did the kiddos love it???

    2. Just caught up on your blog- I bet the holidays bring out the bittersweet more than ever. Sorry for the bitter, thankful for the sweet, friend.
      Also, why did I think you guys were headed to Scotland? Haha! Sorry about that! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Cheri! I am loving watching your bathroom remodel updates, btw- so fun. I think I might even use marble hexagons as my kitchen backsplash. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. so, so , so great!!! it’s lovely…and cool and practical! awesome! have you ever done the stove without the hood vent above it? i’m wondering how it’s working for you. thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Adina!
      The oven is down drafted (you turn on the vent system when you cook and it is piped out through the floor). I am LOVING it- it is super strong (we even made bacon the other day and I couldn’t smell it on my hair, which is quite the accomplishment) and I love that there isn’t a hood visually interupting the space. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your kitchen! The copper lights and drawer pulls are awesome!! Your house looks like it belongs in a magazine. And the white walls make everything look so crisp, clean, and bright. I hope you are enjoying the fruits of your labor. It turned out beautifully! And if we ever plan a trip to Denver, I will let you know. That guest room looks pretty cozy. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Nicole, the guest bedroom (while currently all white and DEFINITELY unfinished) is all yours. Anytime. It even attaches to a guest bath (which, conveniently, can hold a pack ‘n play- are either of your littles still small enough for that?). Seriously, we would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see you guys.
      And thanks for all of the other kind words. We still have so much to do, but having the kitchen done feels like a huge chunk of it is finished. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Kari! I am simultaneously itching to get started on all there is to finish and so tired of doing projects that I don’t want to start anymore- haha. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by, and for the kind words!

  8. Hi there – just stumbled upon this post and I was wondering how you like that couch? I was thinking about getting it for my living room but wasn’t sure how it would hold up or if it was really that comfortable or functional. What do you think so far? Worth it? Thanks!

    1. So far I love it! I did go ahead and order two slip covers, just so that later in life I am not kicking myself because I can’t find one. It’s comfy and perfect for a smaller living room like ours.
      One thing- the linen is sturdy, but it seems to collect lint balls (maybe from people’s clothing?). Not a big drawback, but I thought I’d mention it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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