I love sharing before and after transformations of an area of our home under the hashtag #cljtransformations on Instagram (The new swipe feature has made the them even more fun), but rarely do here for some reason. This weekend, I pulled out my camera, referred to our before photos so I could match angles, and snapped a photo of this rarely seen angle looking from the kitchen into the living room and through the entry, all the way into the half bath.
I took the same photo, standing in the same spot over three years ago, right when we moved in, but it looked vastly different:
If you’ve been reading our blog for any amount of time, you know that our before and
afters progress photos don’t happen overnight, but rather, we consider each step a victory. Between these two photos, we:
Tore up all the old tile and carpet and laid faux wood tile.
Completed an entire kitchen renovation. Three cheers for no more tiled countertops!
Turned the bathroom that was off the kitchen into our laundry room (and tore out some walls in the process)
Centered and replaced the dining room chandelier
Hung a sliding barn door (which we have plans to make a pocket door in the coming weeks)
Found a slim dining table that didn’t take up too much space between the living room and kitchen
DIYed an art ledge for the living room
Tackled the half bath (twice), goodbye neon green waaaay over there!
Planked and painted the accent wall in the living room
Went through countless living room configurations, as recent as a couple months ago!
After so many stages and tweaking, we’re almost ready to call this room done–or this angle at least. Which feels weird and scary and daring to even say out loud! We do have plans to swap out that barn door for a pocket door to match the pantry one on the other side of the fridge (it’s been ordered and should be in in the coming weeks!) and hang some family pictures on the dining wall. And although I can’t imagine any more changes beyond that, I’m excited to take a photo in another year, or two, or three and see where we’re at.
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