One of the things we love to do is look back at what the house used to look like before we fixed it up and things started to “look like us.” So, we thought you might enjoy it too. Take a look at where we started and where things have gone.
Here’s what the front of the house looked like when we moved in.
We haven’t really had time to work on the front of the house, so it still pretty much looks the same, though the grass is a bit greener.
At the beginning the front porch was sporting a tiny lantern and a small planter.
Basically all we’ve done so far is supersize both of those items. Hello pretty lantern and oversized planter. And Florida flamingo.
Also, hello Sophie. She woke up from her nap to see what was going on.
The entryway was just kinda a boring space when we moved in.
Now it’s still a work in progress, and we have some ideas for it, but with the new paint and our trinkets, it’s already looking way more like us.
What was the formal living room, we instantly decided would be our library. Here’s what it looked like before we went crazy and changed it up.
And now, it may very well be our new favorite room.
It just was so…white before.
The crisp white and grey feels much more like us.
And our new curtains and couch might be one of my favorite new things.
The dining room is, as you can see, the other part of the “L” shape that makes up the library/dining area.
You’ll have to imagine a table, but the room is already looking crisper and more up to date.
And yes, we’re replacing that light fixture. But, first going to find a table then see what works well.
The kitchen had a good structure, and sturdy cabinets. But it was in dire need of updates and paint.
Goodbye ruffles, pink-red walls, and yellowed cabinets.
And, we can’t forget replacing the cooktop with a full range.
This next picture really should be labeled “in progress” – we’re waiting to put up the tile backsplash over the stove.
It’s amazing what a little love can do to a room.
Did I mention I love my kitchen?
The previous orangey-panelled walls with the built-into-the-subfloor-of-the-room desk/bookcase/cabinet built-in.
And with LOTS of paint, sweat, tears, and help from friends and family, it’s looking like this about now.
Let’s look at that again.
Hard to believe it’s the same room, isn’t it? I’m stunned when I compare the two.
Let’s take a closer look at the built-in.
Wow. Also, Sophie wanted to pose again.
Here’s what the patio looked like when we first saw the house.
And here’s now. Sorry about the different angle in the pictures – as you can tell, it was raining and, like Sophie, I’m not so much a fan of standing in the rain.
Here’s the hallway before.
Some paint, some decorations, a new light and it feels so much more like it belongs to us.
The bathrooms were tired and a bit dated with vintage tile and some bad wallpaper.
But with a little neutral paint, and stripping some wallpaper, it’s definitely getting better
Next on the agenda is painting the vanity here, and we’ll be that much closer to checking this room off as completed.
The master bedroom had been recently painted, but was just not “us.”
Ahh, that’s more like it.
Getting rid of the ruffles and painting the doors made a big difference.
So much more relaxing.
Ahh, the master bathroom. Our crazy vintage seafoam green tile bathroom will need some updates as we move forward,
We haven’t really done much with the room yet, so it looks practically the same still. We’ve got time.
The third bedroom will function as our study for the time being.
Not sure that we can exactly call this progress….but, this is our last room of chaos so we’re feeling pretty good about it.
The guest room was being used as an office before, but we wanted to return it to being a guest room.
Come visit. Look how cozy your room is.
So there you have it. Our house in progress.