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So I'm pretty embarrassed to show you this. I think in the blog world there's so much pressure for big before and afters. But it isn't something that happens overnight and I'm constantly reminding myself of that. So although I may have one wall that looks stupendous, there's an entire room that hasn't been touched. But I have to say, it's nice to have photographic evidence because sometimes, it's so easy to forget how far we've come with this house. Forgive some of the before photos... I had no idea how bad at photography I was then! And please use your imagination with me on the untouched rooms!

Living Room: 95% complete.
Before: 





What we did: The biggest changes in this room included changing out the carpet and painting the walls. This was probably the only room where I didn't mind the wall color, but it was still too dark. There's no overhead light in the room so we brightened it up a bit with paint. The first picture below on the left is the best example of the wall color, although depending on the time of day it really varies. Mantle. New curtains

Currently:


                               


                  
               

                  







                      




Things to do:  I would love to change out the couch but for now, it works and we have bigger fish to fry. I also wouldn't mind getting new chairs [they're pretty beaten up], but again... the fish.



Dining Room: 80% complete.
Before:



What we did: It's not pictured, but we removed some italian themed border wallpaper. I painted for the most part. Coffee art work. DIY curtains.


After, first attempt:



the plant came before the bar 'cart'





Things to do: I've debated replacing the current fan for a drum pendant since we moved in and I'm still undecided! I also might rework the large coffee art into something more colorful. 

After, final:






Kitchen: 90% complete.

Before:



What we did: I spray painted the knobs as a temporary fix so they weren't so glare-y. The light above the sink was replaced and the decorative trim above the sink was removed. The wall to the right has been painted up top, the doors removed, with one cabinet completely removed.

Progress:





After:






Things to do: We need to restyle the shelves and show off the freshly painted toe kick [not pictured]. But we have a lot of painting to touch up on the walls which you can obviously see. 


Pantry: 90% complete.
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What we did: This corner was completely gutted. The shelves were held up by leftover molding. There was nasty-I-wonder-what-this-is grime everywhere and the door was broken. It drove me nuts and I hated storing my food there. You can see all the details here

Currently:


                  

Things to do: I wouldn't mind re-hanging the curtain pictured on the left. I don't regret nixing the hung plates but I wouldn't mind changing the current clock to something more artsy. I would also love to add built in drawers to the bottom but that's for another day. I know open storage isn't for everyone but this works for us. 


Downstairs bath: 70% complete.
Before:






What we did: I took down the wallpaper trim first and painted the room. The blue, squishy toilet seat was replaced for a dark wooden one. The mirror, toilet paper holder, and towel holder were replaced with more modern options. I added some diy art and a little tray above the toilet.

Currently:



Things to do: I would love to replace the tile in here. Besides being very boring and basic, the grout is super dirty. I pretend it was originally this color to get past my thoughts...And all of our downstairs doors need the knobs replaced with darker, newer ones. 


Laundry Room: 20% complete.
Before: 


         


 What we did: We removed the nasty, dirty, rusty cabinets and wallpaper. We patched the walls and also removed the wire shelving that was to the right. We also bought our washer and dryer with some help from the 'rents- Thanks mum and dad!

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After:


To do: Paint. Replace flooring. Replace light fixture. Add floating shelves over machines. 


Upstairs bath: 100% complete.
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After:






Master Bedroom: 85% complete.
Before:





What we did: replace the carpet all upstairs, paint, add furniture. Updated curtains, frosted windows, and removed Charlie's crate. We replaced the white dresser with an antique one. We also bought the prettiest mirror you ever did see. We switched out the black dresser for an armoire. We also painted some sexy side tables. New lighting, headboard, and bedding.












To do: So far we are looking for a cheap white armoire [what a joke!] to replace the above one since it's just borrowed. The bedding I love but the pillow situation is depressing. I would like to have a chair where Charlie's crate used to be with a little ottoman/ pouf.


Master bath: 0% complete.
Before: 


 

What we've done: We basically removed those weird shoe stickers, and the weird rack above the toilet. Obviously, we changed the shower curtain. 

Currently: 



To do: The toilet needs replacing [it has a small leak but it never really flushed well]. We're hoping a new one will fix its problems- we aren't using it right now. The tub needs to be painted white. The flooring needs to be replaced as well as the vanity, light fixture, mirror... you name it. This whole area is depressing as well. FYI: the missing cabinet was used to test paint before we ever painted the kitchen cabinets. We knew it wouldn't be missed since the vanity will be chucked. 


Outside & Porch: 20% complete.
Before:






What we've done: We stained the front porch, replaced the house numbers and porch lights. We took off the above frosted glass to the garage doors [they were very unevenly sprayed on]. We also had SIX dead trees removed. Pricey! We've removed a bush and planted others... but let's just say I have a black thumb. Spray painted our shutters.

Currently:








 To do: I wouldn't mind adding another coat of porch stain and sealant. It's been about two years and it really took a beating. I would love to work on the landscaping but I'm quite the black thumb. Also: although we have no areas of standing water, we get a good amount of mosquitos. They don't even look at Oscar, but I'm like a mouth-watering buffet. So suffice it to say, I don't like spending much time outside. I have a new front door and hardware that just needs to be painted and installed. I would love a new roof, but those things are pricey! Our deck is also a bit of a disaster and I'm a little bewildered by it. 



Entry way closet:
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After: [read more here]





So for now, this is it. Not pictured: the backyard, closets, mine and Oscar's offices [they're filled with crap] and the garage [again... crap]. I'll get to it. 

20 comments:

  1. haha that is my problem as well. i guess i could take some extremely creative photos so that everything LOOKS clean?

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  2. Yea it's all about angles ;) really it just depresses me because I start thinking of everything I haven't done yet. Maybe this weekend...

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  3. lol this was funny, I expected to see something and then I busted up laughing. Cute. :)

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

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    1. it was going to happen this weekend... but it didn't. maybe next!

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  4. You have such a great home! I love all of your finds and your use of color. Those ombre curtains are killing me... such a good color!!

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    1. Thank you so much Emily! I'm always trying to push myself in the color department. Otherwise it would all be beige :p

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  5. Great!! How deep is the headboard? I've seen dimensions of 50" high ad 60" wide, but nothing about how thick the headboard is. I also think that the 50" height seems a bit short....

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    1. Hi Kelly! I would say maybe it's 3-4 inches thick. It's substantial enough but doesn't seem too much or too little. As far as the height goes it hasn't been an issue and our bed is up on a frame with wheels. Hope that helps!

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  6. Have visited for awhile. Glad to see you are still diying. I finish school in May and cannot wait to do some things around here! I am taking at least 2 months off to go home-making crazy, even if we have to eat Ramen every night! lol. hope all is well little Caroline! :) Stacey, your old OR bud!

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    1. Hey Stacey! Good luck with school- I don't miss it for anything so I can only imagine! Still finishing projects here- we hope to sell the house by this summer if I can manage to get things done. Take care :)

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  7. I loved the cabinets that you used in your living room...where did you find them? I have been looking for something similar

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    1. Hi Rachel! I hate to tell you that I just got lucky off of craigslist. The woman I got them from won a ton at auction. They're originally from a government office. We got really lucky... Good luck finding something similar!

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  8. I LOVE your front porch. I could sit in that swing for hours. Great job on all you've done. Oh, the joys of home ownership, right?!

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    1. Thank you Janice! I'd say its all rather overrated ;)

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