One of my most favorite blog posts on the web is a house tour over at IHeart Organizing. Jen shared before and after photos of her gorgeous home as well as the time frame that they did their updates in (it feels so much better to know that slowly but surely does win the race!) It seems like I’ve read through her house tour several times and just love how she was so candid and willing to share tips and info on her updates. With that in mind, I decided today I’d share a tour of our home, except the tour I’m sharing is “the before”. We aren’t quite finished with all the updates and there’s a few projects that need their loose ends tied up so I figured starting with a before would encourage Frankie and I to finish those projects up so we can soon share the final tour!
The majority of our DIY time is spent working on different areas of the house and let me tell you, we are no where near finished. Since we bought this house in 2013 we have spent countless hours and a good investment in remodeling and updating almost every single room. Some of the rooms received a simple band-aid to hold them over and others received a down to the studs gut job.
I plan to share all of our projects over the next few months (past and current) and then will continue to keep you posted as we rip those band-aids off and continue the full remodel, but first I want to share the horrific before photos! Now keep in mind that while moving your family of four plus two furbabies after just quitting your full-time job and four months post-par-tum, taking in depth photos of your new, old house is the last thing you are thinking of. So bare with me as most of these photos are simply the realtor’s snapshots, but you’ll get a pretty good idea of what we are workin’ with here.
Get ready to cringe….some of this is pretty ugly.
So this house had a TON of beautiful flower beds and gorgeous rock beds so I was really excited about bringing them all back to life when we moved in. However, I severely underestimated the time, effort and cost it would take to restore them to their glory. We are currently still working on the front entrance area and front beds. The rest have been groomed and kept up each year since we moved in, but I don’t really have a plan or method to them. If you have any suggestions for very hardy, hard to kill plants…I’m all ears!
We also did a lot of painting to the exterior of the house and hopefully this summer will tackle those beautiful porches.
This is our dining room area. It flows into a small breakfast nook area and is located in the front of the house. We did have a formal dining table here for a few years but have since transformed this space into our homeschool area. (Note the carpet throughout…I’m not sure if it was meant to be beige or if it was that discolored but it was the first thing we removed before we moved in!)
A view from the dining space into the “nook” area. This space really is a bit awkward and still doesn’t have a designated purpose. However, do you notice all that gorgeous barn wood?! That barn wood is one of my most favorite features in this home, so don’t worry, it’s definitely still there! The previous owner used it as a TV room but since we don’t watch tv (we only own one which is in the living room and very rarely used) we are having a hard time finding the most efficient use for this space. Removing the carpet and taking down those vertical blinds has done wonders but it’s still a work in progress.
Oh this lovely kitchen…..The cabinetry is really beautiful in here but it was just way too much oak for me. We are hoping to paint the cabinets white sometime in the near future but we opted to replace the countertops first and did a few adjustments to the layout. We had to get rid of that ancient double oven and added some more counter space in the process.
That stove…luckily it didn’t stay with the house because I’m not sure I’d even know how to boil water on it! Since the stove went with the previous owner it left us with no appliances at all so we really were able to pick what we wanted (or what was within our budget). We added upper and lower cabinets and a regular range with above-the-range microwave. That gave us a ton more counter and cabinet space too.
PS- If you know of anyone looking for one of those beautiful stoves we still have one in the basement!!!
This room has held many titles throughout the previous owner and our ownership. These pictures show it was a breakfast room but when we moved in it became the catch-all room. Shortly after we moved in this room was gutted down to the studs and remained that way for a LONG time. I’m happy to say that it’s now an extremely functional mud/laundry room that is ALMOST completed!
The living room had so much potential but just wasn’t utilized to it’s fullest. We did a number on this room right when we moved in. I only regret not replacing/moving the windows but that’s a much bigger bite to chew for sometime in the future. We did update the wainscoting in this room, got new carpet and a new paint color (actually it’s already on it’s second color!)
This is the view of the other side of the living room. It’s a decent sized room compared to the total size of the house but that double door makes it a bit awkward for furniture layout. We still have that double door and I’m hoping to replace it within the next year or so but I can’t decide what I want to do with it just yet.
Relaxation in that tub COULD have been possible except the hot water tank in this home wasn’t large enough to fill that tub with hot water….not even luke warm water so we made the choice to take it out. I probably would use a soaking tub but it took up so much room and I opted for larger closests and a vanity instead!
Do you see that itty bitty little shower stall back there? I mean itty bitty as in my 5’2 self was scraping elbows everytime I tried to rinse my hair! It was a beautiful tile shower but it was SO small that it didn’t even make sense. Opposite that shower was a walk-in closet that was just as efficient as the shower, so it all made the demo list. In fact, this room went down to the studs too!
This is the girl’s bathroom and pretty much the least touched room in the house so far. We are holding off on this room until the girls are a bit older. It’s functional….very tiny but functional for what they need at the moment so it just got some cosmetic work.
So there you have it, a tour of our “before”. I hate to keep you in suspense of the updates and changes we have made but I’m still finalizing some of the updates and decor so that when I do share I’ll be able to share all the nitty gritty details, stores, colors and info! I hope you enjoyed this gruesome tour and will subscribe to follow along and see all the updates!