We purchased our home, built in 1959, in December, 2009. She’s been a labor of love ever since. The house has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and totals around 2,000 square feet on .75 acres. We also have a full unfinished basement that we hope to finish one day to include 2 additional bedrooms and one bathroom.
Outside, we started with a very brown, very banged up exterior.
In Spring, 2011 we had the exterior redone. The trim, gutters and shutters were painted, the siding was replaced, and the original front door was swapped out for a craftsman style wood door. In Spring, 2012 we finally got down to business re-landscaping the yard.
Also known as the dumping ground during the first year or so of home ownership.
Yikes. But we cleaned it up bit by bit over time. With the addition of a new door, new lighting, crown molding, and wainscoting, it’s a totally different space (the adjoining hallway too)! More on the changes here.
Not much to it to begin with. Sadly, we lived with it like this for way too long.
In the past year, we’ve pretty much redone the entire room (but they’re never really done, are they?).
Screened in Porch:
To the left of the fireplace is a sliding glass door to the screened in porch (I was standing in it to take the photo above). It’s in pretty sorry shape, and we’ve never used it as anything more than a dumping ground. But we do have plans for it. Next Spring we’d like to convert it into a sun room with a small sitting and eating area.
Admittedly, these are horrible before pictures, but they’re all I’ve got.
Over the last 2 years, we painted the cabinets, added a bead board back splash, replaced the faucet and all the appliances, redid the lighting, and added a cabinet and open shelving to the blank wall across from the sink. More on the final product right here.
We took down the chair rail in the small room and removed the wall paper on the top half of the walls. Here’s what we started with:
And here we are now. More on the dining room here.
Since the room was only used for storage until recently, I don’t have an exciting before picture. But here it is today. You can read more about this space here. Still a bit more to do in here, but I love how it’s turning out!
Is it okay for a bathroom to be one of your favorite rooms in a house? Because our hall bathroom might just top my list. We’ve spent very little money fixing it up, but it sure took a lot of work to turn it from this:
You can read more about this space here.
The coat closet before:
And the pantry before: