Hello! It has been awhile I must say. I truly want to cultivate a space here where I can be creative and share inspiration. That being said, I have slacked quite a bit recently on here! The past few months have be wonderful and busy. We moved! We are in our home and have survived the renovations and had fun while doing them. I will go more into detail at some point on the different projects. We love love love our home, it is not perfect and is a work in process, but that is the beauty right? It is perfect for us. We feel so thankful and happy to be here in a new season. We bought this gem of a foreclosure in 2015, did some simple (but much needed) upgrades, rented it out for a year, and then did some more renovations before we moved this last fall. In case you forgot, here are a few before and after photos starting with the exterior:
The After: Exterior
There is still so much we want to do still, but since it is winter, we cleared the beds and we can’t wait to cultivate them and a garden in the spring and summer. The entire exterior was painted, including the deck, and front door. I went with black for the front door! New hardware, and house numbers were also installed. And a bistro set added, which I personally love. We eventually want to install new fencing in the front and along the perimeter, and rebuild the deck in the front and create a stone patio in the back.
The Before: Kitchen
We painted the cabinets inside and out, installed subway tile backsplash, removed the upper cabinets to the left of the refrigerator and installed open shelves, installed a new sink and faucet, new light fixtures, installed under counter lighting, a new microwave and stove, and kept the original counter tops. Eventually we will install new flooring throughout, almost every room has a different type of laminate, not creating a very cohesive flow. My husband is amazing and did so much of the work. Love him.
The Kitchen: After
The Living and Dining Room: Before
When we got access, the house and sheds were filled with so much stuff that was left behind from the previous owners…
We painted the walls and ceilings from front top to bottom, ripped out the fireplace doors and installed new ones, and removed the baseboard heater and curtains (but lets talk about how great those curtains are)
The Living and Dining: After
The Bedrooms: Before and After
The Bathroom is yet to come! We bought all of the materials and were very ambitious to think we could do all of what we did and a bathroom in one month with full time jobs at the time. Ha! So the bathroom will be accomplished this summer, along with the second bedroom. I think the bathroom will be the most dramatic. Our next project this spring is reworking this shed in the backyard into a guest house, which includes adding new drywall, paint inside and out, add plumbing to create a bathroom, renovating the inside to create a kitchen, living space and a loft bedroom! Easy right? 😉