Our Home

After a long and exhausting search we found our "dream home" in the Spring of 2010. It was a short sale and it needed ALOT of work. But the bones of the home were good. After an amazing amount of sweat, tears and good 'ole diy-ing the house is almost completly redone. I have loved the journey of making our house our home...

 The exterior before:

The exterior after:

We haven't done a lot to the outside of the actual house yet.  Repainting is on the schedule for the summer of 2015.  We have put in alot of landscaping and perennial gardens.

When you walk in the front door you enter a small entry way that leads right into the living room.  During Phase 1 we removed a closet that was awkward and always a mess and turned it into a "mudroom" of sorts for the kiddos. 
We then jazzed it up a little more and added some board and batten to lighten and brighten the space in phase 2.

Front Entry before:

Front entry after Phase 1: 

During construction of Phase 2:

Front entry after:

The living room has been updated with paint.  It is on the list to be redone.  I just haven't quite figured out what I want to do with it yet...

Living Room Before: 

Living Room After:

Our "home office" is located in a little nook between the living room and the dining room.  We have added a new to us desk that we diy'd to resemble a Pottery barn desk.  And added a thrift store chair that we reupholstered and breathed new life into.

The dining room was also updated with paint.  It needs a lot of work, and is on the short list of what to tackle next.

Dining Room Before: 

Dining Room After:

 The kitchen was a complete labor of love.  It took months to redo.  There is a lot of blood, sweat and tears in that room.  We stripped 3 layers of wallpaper.  Skimcoated all the walls.  Painted.  Put up new wainscoating.  New floors.  New counters.  I LOVE my new kitchen.  Whenever I walk in there I smile...

Kitchen before: 

Kitchen After:

The one bathroom in our home needed a facelift.  It screamed 1980 grandma!  With a little paint, a little beadboard and a whole lotta sweat we brought it up to current day...

Bathroom before:

Bathroom After:

We added board and batten to the hallway to lighten and brighten it up.  Plus...who doesn't love board and batten?

Hallway Before: 
 Hallway After:

Master Bedroom:

We have updated the bedding and repainted this room but it's still not done.  Hopefully I will have updated pictures soon. 

The Girls Room:  another room that really needs to be redone. 

The bub's room:


We repainted the walls a silvery grey, painted bold stripes on the wall, made pallet bookcases and redid a garage sale desk.  

The Basement:
This room was a complete gut job.  The hubs completly gutted it down to nothing and started completly over.  It has been rewired, reframed, re-drywalled, and had all new built-ins put in.  He thought it was going to be his man cave.  However...it has turned into the teenager cave!

Basement before:
Basement After:

Craft Area: 
 We carved out a small space for me to create a "mom's craftzone " in the basement.  We created more storage by making a pegboard for most used items.  I redid an old bookcase into awesome storage.  I made a french memo board.  There is now a wrapping paper station. And I diy'd a rustic box to hold some crafty tools.

The Laundry Room:
I have to say one of the major selling point for me on this house was the ah-mazing laundry room.  It is located right off the kitchen.  It is big, spacious, and bright and sunny.  I know it sounds strange to be in love with a room but I have 3 kidlets...I practically live in the laundry room.

Laundry Room Before:

Laundry room after:
We painted, built amazing diy pedestals, made some artwork and added board and batten.  It is one of my favorite rooms in the house.


  1. You've done a lot of work - what a transformation!

  2. Thanks so much! I look around and all I see is how much I have left to do. I was amazed as I put this together to see just how much we have done. It was a good feeling to see all that hard work.