Home: Before and After

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: img_6100img_0610img_059500471700003404r011img_0764


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.


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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)img_0637img_0636

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The Living and Dining: After






The Bedrooms: Before and After



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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? 😉



Our House: The Progress

We spent around two months preparing the house to be appraised. We painted the inside and out, scrubbed the floors, changed the fixtures, painted the deck, cleared the yard and beds to update and prepare the space for a renter. The house color is a mixture of left over paint from our friend, so it is fun to try to describe the color to people! Not sure what color it is! We are so thankful for family and friends who helped us along the way.

We would have loved to have moved in right away, but since we still were managing the apartments were we live, we just couldn’t let go of that just yet. So we decided the smart thing to do was to rent out the house for a year, which we did last October. We had a great tenant this past year. (it’s not always easy to find good tenants, let me tell you) The outside is looking kind of shabby again, but nothing that some elbow grease can’t fix.  We were able to save money this year, I can’t believe a year has gone by and we will have access to the house again this coming November. At the end of November we plan to move on from managing the apartments which we have done for 3.5 years. We have lived our apartment since we were married, which will be 5 years this month. It’s so crazy how time passes. We are so ready and excited for a new season and for change.

Over the last year, we (well, I) have been planning and scheming all of my inspiration to update and to make our home more beautiful. All within a budget, I will post at a later time all of those details of how to design and renovate on a budget, and what has worked for us. I know that I will have so much yet to learn as we go along.

The following photos are of the time in August and September 2015 while we were preparing and cleaning up the house. Enjoy!


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I watered the grass everyday, and it turned green!

Our House Story: The Beginning

Some of my favorite posts on other blogs are the before and after tours. I promise to do a tour once we move and are settled after the renovation. We have family coming into town to visit at the beginning of December, so we are giving ourselves a month to hopefully complete most of the work. I know that projects take time, and there is so much that we dream of doing on the outside, but the 1st phase is moving in, and making the livable spaces beautiful.

We purchased our house located in Everett, WA in August 2015. We were not looking to buy at the time, but to make a long story short we seriously purchased it within less than 24 hours!?!  It was completely meant to be, and God gave us so much peace throughout the process, but it was still so scary to make a huge decision like buying a house so fast. The house was a foreclosure that had been vacant for two years and was sold at auction. We saw the house for the first time on a Thursday night, and the house went up for auction the next day on a Friday morning. We went back and forth Thursday night if we should do this or not, but after waking up on Friday morning, we had so much peace, and we both looked at each other and said lets do this. We were pre-approved to purchase on Friday morning after I was communicating back and forth with our agent getting in all the necessary documents submitted in time before it was auctioned off. It was Crazy, but beautiful and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our friends who knew what they were doing and helped us along in the process. There is so much to learn about a house purchase!

We spent a month and a half painting the outside, inside, and cleaning up the stuff that was left behind. Because it had sat vacant for two years, and the previous owners left so much stuff, it took a while to clear everything out. We took car loads to the thrift store to get rid of stuff, before we could start painting. I had just finished school, so I didn’t have a job yet so I spent all my time at the house. My husband was working a full time job and would come do so much work in the evenings. Many nights we were working until 2 or 3 in the morning, and driving the 30 miles back to our apartment in Seattle.

Not pictured in the following photos is a large shed, that could be made into a separate living quarters. It is the perfect slate to create a small tiny home/guest house. I cannot wait. We won’t start that project until later, but I am so excited about it. We call it the dawdy house (a pennsylvania dutch term that describes a small house separate from the main house) to keeps things straight, since there are two other garden sheds in the backyard.

The original owners built the house in 1960. following photo is the house, maybe in the 1980’s I’m guessing. We even found the letter from the bank dated in 1960 approving the loan to purchase the land among the paper and photos left behind. I love the history!00471700003404r011


This photo is from the day before we purchased the house, that Thursday evening.


An apple tree, and plenty of space for a garden!


The lovely dated kitchen.


And green and blue walls in the living area, bathroom and bedrooms.


The Master bedroom.


The second bedroom!