Please be gentle with me…these are all old phone pictures. I am just beginning to learn how to take better photos….hopefully future posts will be much much better!
I also had NO plans on blogging this so…..unfortunately there are a lot of projects that I just don’t have pictures for. Sad!
We moved into this house a few months into 2012 and ended up living there for 4 years. We made considerable changes in those four years and if I EVER come across the Listing Photos for this house….you betcha I will be adding them!
These “before” pictures are after we lightened up the paint. For real.
It was a dark, dreary cave of a place. Every room downstairs had a different flooring!
Let’s see if I can remember some of them: white ceramic, laminate, maroon carpet, dingy brown carpet, parquet, and more ceramic. All in 1000 square feet of space! Disaster! We moved here to somewhat downsize (from 2800 to 1800 square feet). After years of infertility, we realized we would not need such a huge home like our first house!
Ok, you are gonna see that I am horrible at taking before pics! I will do my best to describe what we updated!
The front door got a fresh coat of paint, house numbers from Apostrophe Decals and a DIY wreath. I usually would change out the porch plants for the seasons. Our favorite thing about this house was the outdoor space! It was .33 acres with a pool, pergola, deck and was backed up to the town’s playground and tennis courts.
This is where I really wish I had those before pics! We ripped out overgrown bushes that were blocking the porch view, planted new perennials, installed new light fixtures, painted shutters, pulled tons of weeds and laid down new mulch.
I DID end up finding this picture on the county website. When we bought the house the shutters had already been painted black but at least it shows some improvement (although the red shutter pic doesn’t show the overgrown bushes we dealt with)!
The Main Living Room
This is the main living room after we painted the walls and painted the orange brick fireplace to a lovely white. The floors were parquet squares and luckily came up pretty easily! You will come to find out…Jon & I live for DEMO!
We painted the walls twice in the 4 years of living there! This is actually a low number for me…in our first house Jon would come home from work to newly painted rooms all.the.time! I guess I was practicing and finding my own style!
We installed new flooring, painted the patio doors, installed a coffered ceiling (after we tried removing popcorn and it was too annoying + also decided the room needed some character), painted the fireplace white, put new oil rubbed bronze knobs on the door, installed new floor vents, changed the electrical outlets to be a crisp white instead of the bisque color. I then got busy decorating with old, salvaged, handmade and new items. This picture is actually after I had “depersonalized” the space a bit….ya know…to get ready to sell!
The ceiling was one of my favorite projects in the previous house! We began to scrape popcorn (hate the look of popcorn ceilings) and very quickly got annoyed. It was so stinkin’ messy and time consuming. We opted to spend a few hundred bucks and give the room some character. We LOVE how it turned out!
The kitchen was probably the saddest room in the house. This before picture is also after we lightened up paint (it was eggplant colored). The faux wood laminate had me stressed from day one.
This was our first kitchen remodel and we decided to leave the layout and the bottom cabinets for frugality. We were also lucky to have decent appliances so the only appliance expense was for a new dishwasher!
I wish I had a better picture from this angle! We installed new pendants over the peninsula and sink, new flush mount lights, Rain Cloud corian countertops, new upper cabinets, painted the lower cabinets charcoal grey and uppers white, installed a subway tile backsplash, new dishwasher, new sink, new faucet, new disposal, new white outlets & plates, faux beam around the pendants and…finally new cabinet hardware! Oh! We also removed a section of upper cabinets by the sink to really open up the look of the kitchen.
Yes! These ARE the same lower cabinets! It is unbelievable how solid they were and in good shape! Once again, bad picture taking…but I really loved the open & airy feel after we were done!
The below pic is after we removed a bulky desk area (where the fridge is sitting). It was blocking the hallway flow and made carrying laundry baskets hard…the hallway is narrow! We removed the desk area and improved the flow to the laundry/mudroom , bathroom & garage area. This was one of our favorite decisions because we so frequently use the garage and laundry area!
See where the stool is sitting?! The fridge in the above picture was pulled out & sitting there. We did install one extra cabinet to fill that space where the desk was removed. We decided to let that subway tile flow naturally to the floor in this spot instead of stopping at the end of the counter tops. We loved how it turned out! By the way…this was our first time tiling! Ever! I was a nervous wreck! I just noticed that copper clock too! We found it outside in a pool storage area at our very first house! I love salvaging cool items!
I thought you would like to see a messy progress pic in the kitchen! Kitchen remodels are no joke. Be prepared for messes and inconvenience.
This was so fun for me though…it was my first experience at hanging cabinets!
The master bathroom was a minor remodel but….it made a huge impact to the overall feel of the master suite! Here is the before. Dark walls, very worn and outdated vanity and the dark cabinets.
We painted the cabinets white & prettied them up with some new hardware. We also used our leftover kitchen subway tiles for a “free” back splash in the bathroom! The counter top is a slab of sealed wood to mimic the look of butcher block. We framed a mirror we found in the attic with inexpensive wood. The vessel sink and new faucet added a clean but homey feel we were wanting.
While painting the storage nook….I decided that I LOVED the shelves open! So, we left them open and ditched the doors! I am all about accessing my products easily!
The Dining Room
We continued the new flooring in the entire downstairs so the dining room got a face-lift too! This room was actually pretty simple. New paint, new light fixture and decor!
The new light fixture was actually very affordable too! I got it for under $130 if I remember correctly!
The Half Bath
Oh Mylanta! I really WAS bad at getting the before pics! Ok, let me paint a scene for you! It used to have a washer & dryer on the back wall! The dryer door would only half open because of the toilet. I whined enough where Jon was able to relocate our laundry to a neighboring room! Best decision ever! The sink was in the corner and falling apart.
We installed a new floor (of course)! Patched the banged up drywall, fixed a leak in the ceiling and installed new drywall there, put in a new vent fan, added beadboard, got a new pedestal sink and new faucet. We were so happy to be able to help this room out! It was the only restroom on the first floor so I knew it would be used a TON!
The Master Bedroom
We actually did not do much to the master bedroom! This was the original paint! I was planning on changing it someday…but then….it grew on me. I ended up loving it. It is a grey/green color depending on the lighting.
We did remove the junky old ceiling fan and put up a glamorous new light fixture. We loved our master suite! The room was huge and from where I am taking the pictures…there is a media area with a huge tv, dresser and seating area! Wish I had pictures of that too!
My grandpa also made me a vanity table to install on one of our blank walls. I love that thing! Wish we could have taken it with us in the move!!
When I come across more before pictures from the rest of the house…I will add them!
The laundry room was very dramatic!! Just imagine it….before-navy walls, maroon carpet….and after-wood floors, white wainscoting, old church pew with baskets underneath and a functional laundry space!
Let me know if you want any sources or paint colors for any of the rooms and I will do my best to find them!