We moved into our very first home April 2, 2011. We took a video right away, because we knew we would be changing things immediately. And we definitely have. We lived in this home for a little over 2 years, and moved in July 2013. Here is what it looked like before we moved:
To the right of the living room is the staircase that leads upstairs to three bedrooms and two bathrooms. When we first moved in the stairs were color-clash central. White, green, yellow and beige were all visible there and the wall above the staircase was big and bare.
In steps the poopy-beige paint we inherited with the house. The family room was a dumping ground of sorts when we first moved in. We didn’t have furniture for the room, so lots of stuff gathered there until we figured out what we wanted to do.
After we finished renovating our family room, it became the most comfortable and cozy room in the house. Here’s how it looked after:
For details and sources for the family room, visit this post.
Off of the family room, there is a small hallway that leads to the basement, garage and laundry room. There is also a small nook there that serves as a type of mudroom. For months, it was completely dysfunctional. We loaded up all of the low-hanging hooks and threw so much stuff in the corner that we began to refer to the space as a black hole:
The laundry room/half bath is through the door in the hallway off of the family room. This photo was snapped after we added a new light fixture and removed the dingy blue bath mats. Gag. But we’ll still count it as a before.
Our after is an art-infused laundry room/half bath on a tight budget and timeline–we did it in a week!
For more details and sources on the laundry room/half bath, visit this post.
There are two bedrooms in the basement. The first one was especially horrific. We used to refer to it as the “tortured teen’s room”: