Things are beginning to come together on the 1st floor of the house. It's comfortable-ish now, and it's amazing what new paint and pulling up carpet will do for a room. Blaise came over at about 10:30 in the morning and helped us out. He is awesome.
The "before" picture is taken through the living room/dining room doorway, but you can get a good idea of what we had to look at every time we walked through the room. The "after" photo is what we did to it. You'll notice the doorway from the "before" photo on the right. You'll also notice a cat, if you look hard enough.