Wow! We’ve been in our home for a year now! Before I show you how far our home has come in a year, I want to remind you to check out A Woman’s Haven. I did a guest post a couple weeks ago that gave a little preview into our home. Be sure to check it out and look around at all the other featured homes, too! I am so honored to have been featured along with so many beautiful homes!
Okay, on to the tour…here are some before and afters of our home. We still have a long way to go – especially with adding personality and accessories – but we have been able to get a lot of the remodeling done in the past year and I’m so happy with the progress we’ve made!
Here is what our front door looked like a year ago. I honestly don’t think I had ever seen a storm door with colored side panels before I “met” ours! I really, really hated it and couldn’t stand that we had such a sad first impression for our guests. The shrubs HAD to go, too! They just screamed ’70s and didn’t do anything for the style of the home.
|front door – before|
I’m so pleased with our front door area now (above – first picture). We still need to get a new address sign, but we’ve updated the door, mailbox, and light and took out those crazy shrubs. I feel like we brought our home into this decade, finally! We have planted a few things here and there and plan to add to our flower garden next spring. I can’t wait till it all fills in and looks like it’s been there for years!
When you walked in our home when we bought it, this is what you’d see. A crazy olive-brown accent wall, fake cove molding near the ceiling, and outdated orange-ish trim everywhere!
|living room before|
Here is a shot of the other side of the room. Those drapes were so old that they were totally faded. And the trim inside the window was actually baseboard! I don’t know what the previous owners were thinking!
We pretty much took the whole window casing apart and re-framed it. And got new blinds.
We also painted all the trim in the room white, painted the walls gray, and took up the carpet.
The hardwood floor isn’t the exact color we’d like, but it was in amazing condition, so we’re happy with it for now! We may decide to refinish it down the road, but for right now, it works for us.
Here is our daughter’s bedroom when we moved in. Well, actually that rust colored came out the day we closed on the house. There was no way we were letting our daughter’s cute little toes touch that crazy carpet. It was pretty shaggy and we weren’t sure how clean it was!
This is her room today. We have painted the trim and walls, put new blinds in, and painted that fun headboard for her! (more on that soon!) It looks like a brand new room. We’re really happy with it. Now, we need to add some personality to the walls – frames, etc.
Next up is the kitchen. This was one of the rooms I was most unsure of when we bought the house. It had been updated a little bit, but none of the appliances matched and it still needed some work. We have now replaced all of the appliances (except for the range hood!) and have painted the walls and cabinets. I love how updated it looks now and it totally feels like “us”!
The update also helps things feel a bit more cohesive. We had four different colors of stained wood in the kitchen/dining room (doors/trim, cupboards, floor, table top) and it was so confusing and ugly! Now that we’ve painted two of those four surfaces, it feels so much cleaner and pleasing to the eye!
Here is our kitchen when we moved in…
And this is the kitchen now! Ahhh…it just feels so much better!
Finally, is the basement. Our first real project in this house was the basement bathroom. It got a total overhaul. Here’s a before picture.
I refused to even use that bathroom it creeped me out so much!
We took out the cabinet, toilet, and flooring and covered the seams on the paneling on the wall. Then we gave the wall a board and batten treatment (which you can see more of here), tiled the floor, painted the walls, and installed a new cabinet. I absolutely love how this room turned out! It is actually one of my favorite rooms in the house!
Here are a couple more before and afters…
The rest of the basement got an update, too, but right now it’s packed with furniture, so I can’t take a “pretty” picture of it! This is what the basement looked like when we moved in…
And here’s a little sampling of what it looks like now. This bed sits under that window in the far end of the basement. Someday I’ll get the basement cleaned up – again – and get some more pictures of it!
I hope you’ve enjoyed our home tour. Like I said, we still have a ways to go, but I’m really proud of how far we’ve come in a year. And I really feel at home in our house now that we’ve added our personal touches to it!
Thanks for stopping by the blog today! Hope you all have a wonderful day!