Thursday, February 24, 2011

Step On Through!

Let me take you back about 5 1/2 years ago, I was pregnant with the boy and we were redoing our bonus room above the garage. Exciting I know!
We did the majority of the work ourselves to help save money. Basically when we moved in to our home the room above our garage was storage space, it looked kind of like this....

Not ours but close.
We insulated, hung drywall, painted, ran electrical and added a new window.
(By we, I mean my hubby and his friend, I am a touch pregnant at this point but I did paint)

Anyway, my hubby decided to run some wires from the basement all the way up to the bonus room for the computer. Now, the bonus room is just above the garage, not the whole house, so he needed to go into the "attic" in order for the lines to be able to be reached and hooked up right, blah blah blah...I don't really understand that stuff so I just took my little flashlight, went to the basement and waited for him to feed the wires down through the walls and into the holes that he drilled into the basement ceiling.

So there I stand, flashlight in hand, waiting for this wire to come down for me to grab and pull through....

I then faintly hear some yelling and screaming.

Not knowing what was taking so long, I went upstairs to the main floor, turned into the family room and saw this.....

YUP, that would be my hubby's foot through my family room ceiling!!!!

with this all over the floor.

Was I mad you ask???

Actually, I burst out laughing!!!!
I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants (after of course asking if hubby was ok, which he was)
I couldn't even believe that this happened!

This is the stuff of home video shows.

Too bad we didn't have a camera rolling!

Well, needless to say it was a good thing that we did a lot of the work in the bonus room ourselves because we needed that money to hire someone to patch the hole!
There was no way we were attempting that!

Fast forward to now, the ceiling is patched and looks great but you can still see a ring around where they fixed it because we couldn't match the paint exactly and I wasn't painting a ceiling at 5 months pregnant!

So that brings me to my next big project....

My family room!

Right now it currently looks like this..

various shades of white scattered here and there to see how it looks in different parts of the room during different times of the day.
I have no idea what colors they are but I did settle on a color thanks to my friend Kat who suggested Simply White by Benjamin Moore.
It is not too bright white but not too cream either.
I really love it!

Below are a few of my inspiration pictures. I am really looking to "beach up" my family room a bit more, create a cottage feel.

(source unknown)

This project is going to take me a while I think!
I am starting with the ceilings and will work my way down to the floors.
Mostly it is painting and then with the help of my mom and dad,
(thank you mom and dad!)
we will no longer have to live on sub-flooring!
Woo Hoo!!!

So hopefully you will bare with me on this journey and I am sure that I will be needing your help along the way!!
I will show you some before, during and after pictures, I know, you are so excited about that, to show you my progress. :)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!
And remember to



Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i can't wait to see where this goes- everything you have done is beautiful and beachy! can't wait!

Anonymous said...

Too funny, the leg hang down. So glad you took photo's. I would have been in fits of laughter too. Talk about a kodak moment.

Love your inspiration pics for the family room. Can't wait for the transformation.

Lisa x

Bella said...

Aww Michelle, I could so feel your pain, or shall I say your hubbies, he he. Not because I ever fell through the ceiling, but we moved in our home when I was prego too, and I remember painting, gardening, and all that fun jazz, with a big ol belly. Then again, painting house with my last little guy too.

You have a huge project in the works, but slowly, you will get it done, and lucky for us, we get to go along for the ride, YAYYYY!!!

Luv ya,

Bella :)

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Another Michelle makeover, woo hoo!! I'm excited to see what you come up with. Your inspiration photos are all gorgeous! I love all the wicker texture stuff in the last photo.

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

OMGosh! I can totally picture you laughing and saying "honey, stick your leg out a little further so I can take a picture!". Is it wrong that I noticed the cool light fixture before his leg thru the ceiling?

Anyway, if your living room turns out even half as good as your bedroom, I'm sure it'll be golden.

Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

Oh goody, I love following a work in progress! Your inspiration photos are perfectly beachy, light and bright and warm.

AIR KISS said...

That is hilarious! Good thing you got it on a photo! I think Simply White by BM is a lovely white - so perfect! Those are some beautiful inspiration photos.
:) Lara

Finding Home said...

Michelle, That is too funny and I love that you thought it was funny also. I can only imagine how great it is going to come out! Have fun my friend, Laura

Comeca Jones said...

Go for the beach look huh? Well looking at the rest of the place you will have that living room sewed up!! Cant wait to see it.

erin said...

oh michelle! I can totally relate to your hubby's hole, since my hubby made one too!!! only, my hubby fell all the way through to the floor below! it was valentine's day and i was mad at him (can't remember why), i was down stairs and heard this horrible noise and went running upstairs to find hubby sitting on the floor in his office and pink insulation
EVERYWHERE!! luckily he was fine, but rather shocked to be in the attic one minute and on the floor below the next! it turned out to be a very PINK valentines day. he patched the hole, but it has never been primed or painted...going on three years now.

i love all your inspiration rooms......i am sure your room will be beautiful.

happy weekend to you,

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh my goodness! That is seriously the stuff of Funny Videos! So glad he was ok and you now have such a great memory. :-) I'm so excited about your next projects and can't wait to watch it all unfold. It will be beautiful, of course, just like everything else is that you do!

Low Tide High Style said...

Wow, he really did come through the ceiling didn't he! Glad he wasn't hurt and I would have laughed too, like you once I knew he was ok! We had a patch like that in the kitchen ceiling of our old house! I can't wait to see it when it's all finished, you must be so excited! And I love Simply White, so glad you do too! Thanks for the sweet shout out!

Kat :)

Connie Wallace said...

I love your inspiration pictures. They llok so fresh and the colors are beautiful! Good luck I can't wait to see. You'll do a fantastic job I am sure.

Angela said...

I once saw the same thing in my kitchen ceiling...I didn't know whether to laugh or cry!!

Jenni said...

Oh my goodness, that is so funny! I am glad everything turned out okay! And how fun to be redoing your family room! Those are some great inspiration pictures you showed, too. I just love that first picture...

I love that paint color, Simply White. It is such a warm white! You can't go wrong with that color. :) I can't wait to see how it looks!

I hope you are having a good week!


Restoration House said...

That is really funny. Sad, but funny! Looking forward to seeing the transformation, I'm sure it will be great! Loving those inspiration pics, can't wait to see what you do!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

At least you remembered to run and get your camera and take a photo of his foot hanging through :-) Lol
I can't wait to see what you do. I love your inspiration photos :-)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH MICHELLE! I need to show this post to my husband!!!! What these men go through for us...I came home yesterday to see the dining room COMPLETELY PAINTED but my husband was not smiling. He was so fatigued and he was not his usual smiling self! However, we hung the chandelier, moved the dining room furniture back in but then he was pretty quiet the rest of the evening! BUT THIS, THIS IS SCARY STUFF! WOW. Your home is gonna be a beach paradise my friend, and I cannot wait to see your pictures. I still don't have some of the details I need in order to really take good pics, but I am enjoying the process so much, and I know you are too. Lovely ideas, good PICTURES and a wonderful husband do you , Anita

simpledaisy said...

OH....I have rojects go just like that! I can't wait to see what you do with that room!! I have no doubt it will be beyond beautiful:)

ps...I love your inspiration photos for your living room:)

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

Oh gosh that is so funny~ I can see that happening to us, one simple project turning into a nightmare! Love your inspiration rooms~ can't wait to watch as you progress!

D and G Stories said...

I have a similar story! :) When I was little, my parents were building an addition onto our house and the SAME thing happened to my Dad! His leg fell right through the kitchen ceiling. So my mom cleaned it all up, and about 30 minutes later...his friend who was helping him did the same thing in a different spot. It was just too funny. :)

Can't wait to see how your room turns out! Have a great weekend.

A Cottage Muse said...

I can see you now...asking if he was ok then dashing off for your camera!! Hee Hee!!

Love, love the second inspiration picture! Can't wait to see what you pull together, I know it will be fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Haaaaa...this is the kind of thing you see on "America's Funniest Home Videos". That show still airs, right? LOL That's how much I watch t.v. Anyway, glad you were laughing and not crying, those pregnancy hormones... I tell ya!

I'm excited to see another great makeover from you my friend! Love love love the 2nd inspiration photo.

Have a great weekend! Hugs!!!

Tonya said...

That is hilarious...I think I would have cracked up laughing too! Did you make him stay there with his foot dangling while you got the camera? Lol! Can't wait to see this makeover! I LOVE the first inspiration picture! Very beachy!!

koralee said...

It will be lovely my sweet friend...lucky your sweet husband did not fall all the way through...glad you go some photos to share...happy friday. xoxo

Anonymous said...

That cracked me up! Then again, I have a dry sense of humor, and I fall on a regular basis ie. I fall going up the stairs, going down the stairs, walking, you name it. By the way, did your husband get bruised up much?

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

Ooh. Can't wait to see the finished project! Knowing you, it will be uh-mazing!

A Vintage Vine said...

I' m sure this will be good! Funny he fell through...that happened to some friends of ours!

Martina said...

Ha ha, leg down that hole is best taken with humour!. And look at you, being able to take pictures in such a moment, so great!
Pretty living room inspirations too. Mine needs a makeover as well - maybe in spring! Will see how you get on! Have a lovely weekend!

chiara said...

ah you made me laugh so much! poor your husband! waiting for your newly painted room to see.. you saw colours on the wall all over the day. I didn't, so I'm lucky I like my colours on the wall now! not trying before painting was risky.. many hugs!

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Can't wait to see the project! I can't believe you let your hubby do that-I would have screamed bloody murder:)

Deborah said...

That is too funny Michelle!!!
Poor hubby though...was he hurt at all? Or just his pride maybe? :)
And look at you...snapping a photo of him!!!! lol
Your family room is going to be fab..I just know it!!
Looking forward to watching the beauty unfold sweetie...
Have a happy weekend!!!

All my love,
Deborah xoxoxoxoxoxo

Anne said...

LOL! I love that in the midst of that chaotic scene, you had the wherewithall to grab a camera -- priceless! I will look forward to seeing how the room evolves, everything you do is beautiful!

Anne Marie... said...

not sure how I got here (smile) but I am so glad I did tonight....I'm in the process of gathering inspiration for my redesigned family room - and I collect old sailboats (we used to sail when I was growing up) and I have tons of seashells...but I don't want it to look all cluttery (does that make sense?)
anyhow - you aren't the only one thinking beach!

Anne Marie

Brenda Kula said...

Poor guy! I ADORE the inspiration photo of blue and white! Wow!

The DIY Show Off said...

It's so hard not to giggle but it's painful when DIY disasters happen. My husband recently drilled right up into our daughter's bedroom floor (hardwood) when installing recessed lighting in the kitchen. lol I look forward to watching the transformation. I know it's going to be fabulous!


Heaven's Walk - said...

I had NO idea that the Energizer Bunny lived in Michigan! lol! I can't believe your energy, girlie! But I'm very excited for you. I know that you're going to turn that room into something wonderfully beachy and inviting. :) You go, girl!!!!! But keep your hubster out of the attic, will ya? lol!

xoxo laurie

The Coastal View said...

Love the inspiration photos. You can never go wrong with white. I had a fog (light gray - looked white unless against the trim or furniture) wall color and all white furniture. I love, love, loved it. Can't wait to see your progress and share in the fun!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Oh hilarious! I'd have laughed too. What a mess though to clean up. I can't wait to see what you do with the family room. Lots of great inspirations photos!

Claudia said...


Too funny! I hope he was o.k. Can't wait to see your new family/living room. Love the inspirational pictures especially the one from House & Home England.
Thank you for sharing.
Claudia said...

I love the first inspiration photo the best, or maybe the second one, no, oh well, I love them all. So beachy, just the way I want my house to look too.
I will definitely be following your journey.

Brandi said...

Oh no Michelle! Reminds me of a scene from the Money Pit! Remember that movie?! Glad your hubby was OK. I would have laughed at my husband too! LOL

Can't wait to see what you do to your room! I really love the 2nd pic too!

Tracey said...

My house is beachy and I love the fresh feeling! You will love the style! YAY! can't wait to se it!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hey Michelle,

That's so funny!! I can just imagine you telling him to keep still so that you could take a photo of his legs sticking through the hole!!!

Can't wait to see how you beachify your family room.


Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

Wow, that's one big hole! I can't wait to see how your family room turns out Michelle, it is going to be beautiful. I looked at the previous post of your bedroom too...very pretty :)

Deb said...

That picture is just too funny but I probably would have cried! Love your inspiration pics Michelle and look forward to seeing lots of progress pics along the way! ~Deb~

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Great story Michelle! I'm right there with ya! I have a room redo that I'm in the middle of planning and all because of the ceiling (water spot) I have to paint our foyer, loft, and hallway that are all open up to one another. I hoping to post photos later this week. It looks like yours with paint samples. Not a pretty look and I believe this is going to be a loooong process. I'll probably loose many readers over it 'cause they'll be so bored! ha ha

House Revivals said...

Hi Michelle! Love your photo of the foot through the ceiling -- too funny! Your inspiration pictures are lovely. This is my first visit to your blog (not sure how I've missed it -- it's wonderful). It's great to find another beach lovers blog! We've been blogging about our beach house renovation (it's currently up on nine foot high stacks of cribbing, as we raised it to recapture the view). I'm your newest follower.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Oh Michele, I can so relate to your ceiling fiasco. My husband, who is not a fixer upper but likes to think he is, is always doing something like this around our house. Last time he was trying to fix a bathroom pipe, a huge leak sprung and next thing we knew water was everywhere. What a mess we had. After that he said he would never fix anything again. LOL....I am holding him to that statement. I found my way over here from the DIY blog. Happy to meet you. ~ Lynn @thevintagenest

Red Door Home said...

Believe it or not my husband did the same thing! We lived in a townhouse when we were first married that had a walk up attic. He went up to get something and stepped between the floor joints and came through the ceiling!

Kelle Dame said...

My father-in-law did the same thing a couple years ago! He would have had a very long fall from their tall ceilings though. Thankfully he didn't fall either. Great story! You gave me a good chuckle :) Can't wait to see what you do! Your bedroom is just divine!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good evening my precious friend!

Oh sweet one, I so know the difficulty of finding a peaceful moment. This morning I just savored the early, quiet hum of God's sweet voice. I enjoyed the hard work all around me in my nest, lovingly created by both me and Ruben, and I was grateful. I have been feeling extra tired, and am experiencing a need to have Spring Break come soon from school. I guess we have to snatch whatever moments we do have to take in all the peace. I ended up staying home from the Gala because I was just too tired. It was best for me because it was SNOWING AGAIN on Friday night and to go out in that cold was not my idea of fun! What do you have planned for the week? Well I tell you, we are just about done with all the hard work on the project. Just details like hanging pictures and getting the electrician to come in to hang the main chandelier is left, but the rest is relaxation. I think the building project took a lot out of us, and maybe you too.....take in the beauty and dream dear one.

Bises, Anita

Beach said...

These things do take time. Let it happen slowly. It will all work out great in the end.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I can just see you laughing (I think I would have done the same) that COASTAL LIVING pic!


Rachel Noelle said...

I cant wait to see how it turns out Michelle!!! ;) Hugs, Rachel

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Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Michelle- So funny the leg through the ceiling. And the insulation like snow all over the floor. Too much!

Can't wait to see what you do with the room!


alison said...

ahh...the story and the photo that will live in dad once reportedly did the same thing in an early apartment over the church he was pastoring...still brings a giggle every time he tells it.


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Val said...

Now that is one amazing pic of hubby's leg. I would have laughed too. I can't wait to see how amazing you make this room. Everything you do is above and beyond fabulous.

Pregnancy Miracle said...

This is very nice house kind made up of wooden. Butt he condition which is showed at the bottom are not good. They have destroyed the beauty.

Mandy @ Creekside Creations said...

Oh my goodness, Michelle! The EXACT same thing happened to my husband in our bedrrom. It happened almost exactly the way you described it!

My reaction was even the same. It was the funniest thing to see his legs dangling from the ceiling like that - he wasn't laughing at the time, however!

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