It’s officially been a month since I moved into my new house (4 months since the original walk through on the lot when we ordered this bad boy) and I’m finally getting past the unpacking stage and into the enjoying my new house phase. Of course, there’s a long road left to go… I have to unpack the guest room and the laundry room for starters.
Not to mention alllllll of the projects on my to-do list for working on each and every room.
As far as the big projects are going we’re looking good. The house is obviously in place (you can watch it being delivered here) and now has official steps and skirting. I’ve done my official exit interview with the manufactured house company (and my mortgage company) and even made my first mortgage payment this month.
All that’s left to do is the follow up walk through with the manufactured house company 2 months after the move in date (which for me is January 1st).
As far as the inside goes it’s all starting to come together. I can walk from room to room now without seeing a million projects which is my new favorite thing!
Since Christmas is right around the corner, you’ll notice that quite a few of my Christmas decorations are already up and in place… but here it is. My brand new Lula Mae farmhouse in all it’s glory!
If you’re looking at buying a Lula Mae Farmhouse of your very own or are just interested in the whole manufactured house process you can check out my YouTube series where I show you the in’s and out’s of the entire procedure.
Want the full experience? You can watch my 1 Month Lula Mae Farmhouse Update Video Below!
Let’s start in the kitchen… it’s all decked out for Christmas so normally there won’t be a rose gold mercury glass tree forest on the island (which makes me sad). BUT this room is probably the closest to finished in the entire house.
Probably because it’s filled with cabinets and already b-e-a-utiful.
I’m not much of a cook but this room was definitely one of the main features that sold me on this house. Especially since with the open floor plan you can see the kitchen from the living room.
For the most part all I’ve done in this room is unpack and decorate. There are already open shelves to decorate (which was literally the first thing I did in this house!)… and add new shelves to half of the cabinets.
This house has amazing cabinets in the kitchen, butlers pantry and both bathrooms but some of them are really tall and skinny. Which is helpful for things like tall kitchenaid mixers, larger quilts & comforters… big things. But let’s be honest most of the things I need to put in my cabinets are not big, they’re actually pretty small.
Cupcakes y’all… I need a cabinet for cupcakes.
So my Mom and I went around and added new shelves in each cabinet to break up all the space and give me more functional cabinets. I’ll be sharing a tutorial for our quick and easy solution soon but in the meantime… enjoy the rest of the pretty kitchen pictures!
Okay y’all in real life this room actually looks pretty good but in photos it’s looking a little… sad. Maybe that’s because it’s connected to the dining room and kitchen and their greatness is rubbing off on the living room?
Either way I definitely have quite a few projects to tackle here.
Luckily most of them are smaller cosmetic things so until you start looking at the room as a whole it’s pretty easy to live with these little things not being done. Which is great since we’re in full Christmas content mode around here and probably won’t get to most of these projects for another month or two.
In the meantime this room is fully functional for sitting and watching tv, working on blog posts and relaxing next to the Christmas tree. Which are it’s main three functions!
Living Room To Do List
- Paint Side Table
- Hang TV on Wall
- Decorate TV Cabinet
- Decorate on either side of the TV
- Hang Wall Mural on Shiplap Wall
- Move Dog Crate to Laundry Room
- Organize Desk Area
- Hang Picture over Secretary
- Add Lights to Large White Hutch
- Fix Floor Lamp
- Paint Cream Lamp on Desk/Buy New Shade
- Get a Second Lamp for Second Sidetable
- Get a New COUCH!
- Add Fish Tanks
This little dining room is actually more of a nook in between the kitchen and living rooms… so it was a pretty easy room to finish!
Which is great since I cannot wait to put together my first tablescape in my new house! I absolutely love putting together a pretty table so it’s going to be a real treat to set one up here… and be able to leave it up for a while since I now have a kitchen island to eat at!
I’m actually doing a Christmas tablescape sometime in the next week or two so you should be able to see the dining room in action really soon.
Dining Room To Do List
- Lower Chandelier
- Get a new Shelf for Blue Bottles
- Fix Leaf for Table
Every single time I walk into this room I think it’s my absolute favorite room in the house (and then I start to think about it and I’m not sure which room is my favorite… I kind of love them all!). But I think this little craft room/office is definitely special.
I’ve done so much work in here and we’re so far from done.
Mom and I hung 7 rolls of wallpaper for the prettiest accent wall I’ve ever seen, I bought and painted a brand new desk (it’s actually a 75 year old hand carved desk from Spain that Mom found on Facebook marketplace for $75… wait until you see the drawers), I bought and assembled a new bookshelf to serve as Cricut central station, I picked up new bins to organize supplies on my shelves, Mom built custom shelves in my closet to house. all. the. supplies… and that’s just the first week!
There’s still plenty to do in here (um… hello top of bookshelves that need decorated) but I’m planning to do all my Christmas Cricuting at my new desk and I. CAN’T. WAIT!
Office/Craft Room To Do List
- Make Large Resin Blog Name for Wall Focal Point
- Decorate Top of Bookshelves
- Hang Wall Gallery
- Hang Peg Board
- Organize Desk
- Add Handles to Desk Drawers
I’m also trying to decide if I should paint my big leather tufted chair… it’s a beautiful chair but it’s seen better days and was never actually suppose to go in this room. I don’t actually mind the color but am trying to decide between a) leaving it alone b) painting it a new color c) getting a new chair all together.
Let me know in the comments which one you think!
Honestly y’all… this room is. just. so. big. I love all the pieces but there’s so much space between everything! I suppose I’ll get use to it but in the meantime I cannot get over getting out of bed without hitting my shins on anything.
So far I’ve painted my antique cast iron bed frame (check out how I fixed this antique double sized frame to hold a queen sized frame here… or check out how much I LOVE my sleep number mattress here), painted both the vanity and dresser gray and glammed up my new armoire with blush paint and rose gold hardware.
There’s still a few pieces to makeover but in the meantime I’ll just be over here trying to figure out how to handle all this room!
- Hang Wall Art
- Paint Hope Chest
- Re-Paint Small Entry Table
- Upholster Arm Chair
- Paint Small Wooden Table
- Hang Milk Glass Pendant Lights
- Organize Closet
Check out this little flocked blush and rose gold tree here (and learn a few easy ways to add height to your small trees).
You guys there were so many pieces of hardware to hang up in this bathroom! Like most new homes there wasn’t a single towel rack in place so Mom spent a few nights hanging up towel bars (how cute is that double towel bar?), toilet paper holders, hand towel rings, robe hooks etc.
It looks amazing now but it took a few minutes and a few dollars to make it happen.
Of course, most of the bathroom is fairly complete (I did have to add a litter box cabinet and a dirty clothes hamper that Mom and I made last year) but I still need a few updates… mainly towels and rugs!
If you find a good deal on blush bath sheets let me know!
Bathroom To-Do List
- Buy New Towels
- Find Rugs for in front of sink/shower/toilet
- Build Tub Tray
There’s not much to say in this room… it’s a big bathroom but a small room. I still want to add a few more finishing touches but so far it’s a totally functional space and I love the shower curtain!
It’s so pretty and pink while still being mostly neutral!
Hall Bath To Do List
- Hang Chalkboard
- Paint Chalkboard
- Hang Wall Art
- Add Larger Rug
Where to start… this is the small area that was a built in hallway desk but is now a hall closet. I’m using it for Christmas storage so it’s very, very, full… and really needs to be purged.
I have years of things that need to be donated and sorted through but that will probably have to be done after Christmas this year. I do not have the energy to do it before Christmas.
At least I have a place to put it all…
I bought champagne colored appliances… pedestals and a washer and dryer.
I LOVE THEM.
Not only are they beautiful but they’re huge, I can fit an entire comforter inside… plus they seem to remove all the stains. All of them.
Even stuff that’s been in storage for years.
After years of second hand, dying, on their last leg, better than the laundrymat but just barely I am literally in love.
And that doesn’t even take into consideration the pretty farmhouse dog gate Mom and I built or the fact that we put in the dog door by ourselves.
This room is still very much a work in progress but for now the progress is good. Oh and the butlers pantry… so cute!
Laundry Room To Do List
- Build a Second Gate to Hide the Vaccuum/Brooms
- Hang a Drying Rack
- Remove Plastic Shelf and Add Custom Shelf
- Add Folding Shelf to Top of the Washer/Dryer
- Add Custom Cabinet to the Indent on the Other Side of the Room for Dog Crates and all the crap on the tall bookcase
- Find appropriate Scrap Wood Storage
- Find a Better Place to Put my Step Ladder
Okay y’all… this is where everything goes to die. Which means it is full. of. stuff. Did you picture me clapping along to those words. Try it again: full. of. stuff.
This room hasn’t been unpacked yet so it’s already full of the boxes that actually go in here… then we stacked the artwork for every room in the house in the corner… then I shoved anything I didn’t want to handle on top.
So it’s a hodge podge of nope.
But underneath it all is actually a guest room. I know because my bestie Rachel stayed here for a week or two while she helped me unpack the first few rooms in the house. She could even walk around and sleep in the bed.
This is going to be a room to tackle in January… wish me luck! I’m going to need it.
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