...because home doesn't happen overnight.

For now, painting at the Underdog has stopped. We still have to paint one hall closet {that is holding a bunch of supplies up off the floor}, any trim added after the flooring install, the interior doors, the front door, a claw foot tub’s exterior, the kid/guest bathroom and DIY wainscoting that we plan to add to the mudroom/dining room. So, technically, we’re not done but we’re making progress!

Wanna see it?

The great room which I’ve already shared…

The mudroom/dining room…

 {it looks a little khaki above but is really more of a sandy gray as seen below}

The hallway to the bedrooms and bathrooms…There’s the one closet I was telling you about that’s not painted yet because it’s holding supplies.

The kid/guest bathroom just off the hall…It’s not painted yet because I’m torn between two colors but I think it will end up white. The foam board paint sample sitting on the floor is what the exterior of the claw foot tub will be painted. It’s Benjamin Moore’s Gravel Gray.

The nursery…We don’t know whether we’re having a boy or girl so the walls are neutral.

The boys’ bedroom…

The master suite…

And the view from the master looking towards the nursery…because I like looking from room to room…

Without furnishings and accessories it looks ‘meh’ and even after we move in it will take us a while to bring it to life. But it’s a neutral, clean slate. That’s not to say I won’t ever paint a focal wall or add some fun wallpaper…but if any of that happens it will all be in good time.

You may have noticed that we painted all the bedroom closets the same color as the room they’re within. That’s because we’re doing away with all the bedroom closet doors. They’re too cumbersome. Instead, I’ll be hanging fabric to act as ‘doors.’ It may sound crazy but I told HH that I’m most excited about organizing the closets when we move in. I like everything to have a place so it can be easily found and put away. It’s my way of staying sane with lil’ kiddos and all the stuff that comes with them.

After HH and I finished up the painting yesterday, we proceeded to clean up and get the house ready for the flooring install. We’re DIYing the flooring installation which will include engineered hardwood and tile. I can’t tell you how excited I am to have a home with NO carpet!

Before I go, here’s one last candid painting pic…

That’s HH painting a closet. It sort of looks like he’s taking a little nap on a bucket in a closet. Oh, and the shirt cracks me up.

“You want the proof? You can’t handle the proof! A few good mathematicians.”

My sister {who graduated from Clemson with a master’s in math} gifted the t-shirt to HH. After all, he is an engineer.

FYI – For brands and names of the paint colors we used, click here.

images: all Dana Miller for House*Tweaking



I’m really looking forward to seeing how it all ends up with decor because to my very untrained eye – they all look the same! Hope you don’t take that negatively, I just now how beautiful you can make things and right now, as you said, it’s very ‘meh’ and I just can’t wait to see the end result – especially the curtained closets, I tried to convince my husband to do it, he said no way jose!


It’s looking so good, I can’t wait to see the finished product!


I got rid of the closet doors in our bedroom and our daughter’s. Hung a nice long shower tension rod, got some white fabric shower curtains and some nice hooks, and voila! Much airier and lighter.


You guys are making awesome progress! Can’t wait to see it when you start moving in and decorating :) Oh and your sister is a smart gal…GO TIGERS!



Looks awesome. We got rid of our closet doors too- I don’t like sliding them back and forth. I’d rather just make them look great inside and keep it an extension of the room.


Looks like it’s coming together!


You are making great progress! Can’t wait to see to the finished product!
I LOVE HH’s t-shirt {even though I hated having to do proofs :) }. I have a bachelor’s in Math myself.


I can’t WAIT to see the flooring go in and hear how it went! What a clean, open slate you have now. We’re about to install PEX in our house and then flooring will come soon after. We haven’t decided between engineered or regular hardwoods yet.


Can’t wait to see how everything ends up! It’s looking great though!


I love that you guys aren’t doing closet doors, but fabric instead. I did this in my last apartment to open up the space in my tiny bedroom, and I loved it so much that I carried it over to my current home even though I have a lot more space. Can’t wait to see how everything turns out!


Love the colours. Can’t wait to see how the fabric closet “doors” turn out! I may need to steal that idea…


What kind of wainscoting are you planning on putting in the mudroom/dining room? Is it just the chair rail? Beadboard? I would love to see it placed horizontal or if vertical not the beadboard. I loved that you used the reverse side on the ceiling. The other side was too busy. What ever you do, I am sure will be fabulous.


Things are looking great. We just installed hardwood in a room in our house and it was easier than expected. I need to finish taking some photos but hope to post about it soon. So no worries it will go fast!


Love the Contented in the boys room! I was thinking the other day: Hey! They’ve painted! They’re almost ready to move in! Then I realized you had no kitchen. Hah. Good luck with the trim! You guys planning on crown too?


Hi! It’s been interesting to see the changes – I’m excited for you to get to decorating! I did want to mention though – when I was a kid we designed my room to have fabric hanging in place of closet doors. I didn’t have a walk-in closet – just a long shallow one. What we noticed was that after about a year some of my clothes had actually faded on one side because of the sun shining through the fabric. We used some curtains that weren’t very thick, but whenever I hear of people using fabric as closet doors I want to warn them to use good, thick fabric! Looking forward to seeing all your changes!

Everything is coming together! I love your neutral colour scheme.

Do you use oil-based paint for the trim?


You say “meh”, I say “WOW!” It’s really looking great, and I’m sure it feels good to see it looking like a real house with walls and everything.

I had to laugh when you said you would be hanging fabric over the closet openings. That’s what people did in the “olden” days (long before my own olden days). When I did that, around 20 years ago, a few people laughed at me for being so old-fashioned. But it made sense, and it was pretty! How many closet doors can you call “pretty”?


I love the new color palette ~ you’ve created great flow from room to room. Also, I can’t wait to see how you dress your closets with fabric. Such a great idea. During our renovation, I tried to use an old screen door that I found in our barn for the entrance to our laundry room. That didn’t work out, so now I’m considering a fabric panel. Thank you for sharing your ideas!


Looks great! Bet you are dying to start “nesting”!!!


Sarah – Nope, no oil based on the trim. The same Behr low VOC primer and paint in one…in a semi gloss finish for easy cleaning.


Kerry – Luckily, the bedroom closets don’t get any direct sunlight so I think we’re good there. But your warning is a great one for people who may have sunlight shining on their closets and are thinking of using hanging fabric doors! Thanks!


Elisa – Crown molding may be in the future…like waaaay in the future. For now, we’re just trying to get it livable.


PAppel – No bead board in the mudroom. We’ve got another easier, cheaper idea up our sleeves which I’ll share…whenever we get to it!


I realized the other day that we have taken almost all of the closet doors off in our house. I covered the one in our bedroom with fabric, but the others I keep open (I do intend to cover them, but it hasn’t happened yet, so I say that I am keeping them open on purpose!) I love not having to monkey around with the closet doors!


oohhhh…. can you point me in the direction of some pictures or ideas for using fabric instead of closet doors? I think this could be my answer for a closet dilemma we are having! I just need to visualize!


Since you said you can sort of sew, why not consider making your fabric closet covers like long Roman shades? Then you’d have a straight panel of fabric hanging down instead of a curtain look. Might be a cleaner more masculine look for the boys’ room and would also really show off a cool graphic fabric. You could also get an inexpensive roll down bamboo shade from home depot and cover that in fabric for a sturdier roll down option.

I also love neutral colors for the house especially in the kitchen. The color can give this squeaky clean feeling.


Leeanne – Maybe a future blog post?? Hmmm…


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