We moved into our very first home April 2, 2011, and we’re moving out officially on Wednesday (although we’re loading everything up tonight–different post for a different day). Although we didn’t “finish” the house, we thought it would be fun to go back through and look at before and afters of the spaces we did tackle.
Here’s the front of our home.
Here is our back yard. We have a third of an acre and it’s pretty much all lawn right now.
When you walk in the front door, you are standing in the living room. This is what it looked like when we first moved in:
There isn’t an actual entryway in this home, but when we moved in, there was a shelf with hooks on the wall by the door:
We made this wall/space our official entry by adding a super slim cabinet that holds our shoes, a large mirror, and we even bought a new front door that lets even more light into our home:
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.
Straight through the living room, you see the dining room. When we moved in, it was painted yellow paint and had an off-centered plastic chandelier.
Our kitchen (to the left of the dining room table) had the same yellow on the walls, basic builder cabinets, almond-colored appliances and pink countertops:
Here’s how it looks today:
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 looks today:
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:
Our 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:
Back up 2 1/4 flights of stairs, there is a small hallway that leads to 3 bedrooms and a full (but tiny) bathroom. The hallway was pretty plain jane when we moved in:
We have since painted it and added a few frames to pump up the sophistication:
And the small bathroom befores:
With company on their way, we had little time and money to make this bathroom presentable, but in 2 days and with $130
, we made a few updates, and then later added some vinyl flooring:
Greta’s room was the first we tackled. When we first moved in, it looked like this:
And then two years passed and we were ready to give her a “big girl” room. Here’s how the same room looks today:
The original mood board
, Her vintage princess bed
, New light fixture
, DIY a pelmet box
, Gold dot sheets
, Painting the room “Silky Bamboo”
, Installing the grasscloth
, Adding curtains
, Trim work and butterflies, The shadowbox
, The art wall and sources
, adding pom pom trim to the curtains
, The throw
, painting her closet a bold pink
and installing a custom closet system
An almost identical “before” picture, there is a bedroom right next to Greta’s, that we transformed from this:
Into my art studio:
Check out where it all started, readers voting on color scheme,readers voting on ceiling color, floor planning, readers voting on an area rug, light fixture options, voting on curtains,tearing up the maroon carpet, painting the subfloor, hanging the curtains and laying the FLOR tiles, voting of desk lamp color, installing the new fixture, the misadventures of lamp painting, stool buying and messes, and DIY 3D wall quote.
We never quite finished our bedroom, but it feels a lot fresher now. When we moved in, it looked like this:
And lastly here is our bathroom when we first moved in.
For information about the master bathroom, check out this post
We can’t wait to share with you all the photos of our new home and our ideas. Our heads are spinning, we’re tired, but excited. So excited.