My husband and I bought a 1950’s ranch tract home in the fall of 2011 and have been fixing it up ever since we signed the papers. Literally! After signing, we headed back to the house, ripped out the carpet in our daughter’s room and stayed to have our new washer and dryer installed!
The house is definitely not “done” yet, but every project we do together helps make this house our home.
Here is what we’ve completed so far… (click on the colored text for more details about each room)
This is how the kitchen looked when we moved in. The cabinets, backsplash, and flooring had been updated, but the cabinets were already fading on the sides and looked awful.
We painted everything. The ceiling, cabinets, and walls. Replaced all the light fixtures, knobs, drawer pulls, and hinges on the cabinets, faucet, and appliances and added blinds.
The kitchen is pretty much done for us. If we ever fall into a bunch of money, we might replace the backsplash and counters, but for now, they’re good enough!
We’ve updated our kitchen/dining room table since then, too! We were given this gorgeous table by my husband’s aunt and uncle. We sanded down the top and I painted the legs with milk paint. I painted two old chairs we had and the metal ones came from our patio set, so this was a free update other than paint! You can see the transformation here.
My favorite part of our dining room is my free roadside cabinet! I spruced it up with milk paint and I can’t believe the difference! It’s also a perfect place to hide things we don’t want on the counter, since we have a small house. The more storage, the better!
Our youngest daughter’s nursery was totally bare until we found out we were pregnant. Like the rest of the house, we painted the doors, trim, and walls.
Our oldest daughter’s room has been a work in progress since the day we closed on the house. Here is what it looked like when we bought the house.
And this is what it looks like now.
We’ve done a lot to this room, but it didn’t cost a lot. We were able to save a ton of money by getting things for free from the trash or paying very little for them at garage sales. With a little update, they were as good as new!
Our bedroom is honestly one of my favorite rooms. It’s still not “done”, either, but I love the feeling I get when I go in there. It fees a bit more rustic and industrial to me.
We’ve pretty much gutted our basement since moving in. We still have a long way to go, but we turned the half bath into a full bath and added a living/play room with an office nook. I didn’t need a whole room dedicated to an office and we didn’t have the space anyway, so we made use of this little nook and turned it into an office.
We built a sliding door for the bathroom and I love the industrial cottage look it adds to the room!
Our basement bathroom was a wreck when we moved in. It was so scary that I wouldn’t even use it!
After totally ripping it down and adding plumbing for a bathtub, we got to work putting it back together. It took a little longer than we’d hoped, but we’re so happy with the results. It’s so great to have a second full bathroom in our home now. See all the details on our remodel here.