Welcome to my humble abode! I purchased my first home at the tender age of 22 in February of 2011. With very limited funds to fix her up, I did a few things like removing carpet, refinishing hardwood floors, and painting, to make it livable before my initial move in. My dad decided to pitch in during the fall of 2011 and capture the changes for his TV show, Today’s Homeowner. So I moved out for a few months for the biggest transformations to take place. Even though I moved back in at the beginning of March 2012 with a like-new house, I’ve still found ways to make it more my own. Oh and I can’t forget, getting married and gaining a roommate in the spring of 2014 means it’s still a work in progress to make it work for us both!
This is the front of the house when I bought it and while I lived there for the first few months.
Here’s the exterior after we removed and replaced the siding, added a gable roof and front porch, removed and replanted the grass and landscaping. We also tore down the big, beautiful cedar tree which we later turned into an heirloom headboard. Watch the full episode featuring the exterior facelift here.
And after buying new chairs, re-staining the handrails, cleaning and painting the spindles, adding some stripes to the floor, and changing the light fixture on the porch, she’s looking pretty cozy and welcoming these days! Or at least on those days when I remember to water the plants…
I used plenty of hand-me-down furniture to stock the first rendition of my living room.
And after the big remodel, not much changed in here beside moving the TV to the sunroom and changing out some of the décor.
But since then, I’ve been busy painting the fireplace hearth, installing trim around the windows, cutting and adding bed molding to the trim, finishing the trim with caulk, putty and paint, and building a shoe tray. I’m still itching to ditch the slipcovered sofa for a big-girl couch and incorporate other design changes into the main entry into our home. I also moved the desk I refinished from our office/bonus room for a cool and cozy nook in the corner.
The master bedroom is one of the rooms in our house that hasn’t seen many DIY projects or updates since its beginning. When I first moved in, it was bare bones with a simple IKEA bed frame, duvet purchased with a gift card and hand-me-down furniture from family.
After the remodel, I got a rug, some frames for the wall and a different hand-me-down nightstand.
At some point I realized turning the bed on the opposite wall, even with a window, would be more feng shui. Then when I got married, I tried to de-girlify the room with a white duvet cover. And I finally bought a matching pair of nightstands. My husband, Brandon, and I transformed a sofa table into the bench we keep at the foot of our bed.
The nursery has gone through many changes since its first days as a guest room. A few months after I first moved in, I had a roommate who occupied the room. Then she moved out a little before the remodel, I found a full-sized mattress, boxspring, and frame that had been in family storage and stuck it in there. This is what she looked like after the remodel.
After a year or so, Dad and I built a headboard from the cedar tree that had been torn down in the front yard and we switched the orientation of the bed.
Once Brandon and I found out we were expecting our first child, a girl, this room was cleared out to make room for itty bitty baby things!
Most of my pregnancy (and 2015) consisted of transforming this room. I painted the walls, added pizzazz to the ceiling, hung crown molding, added wood trim around the windows, created a gallery wall, updated my old dresser, made some pom poms for a ceiling mobile, turned sheets into curtains and a crib skirt, made some IKEA copycat picture ledges, DIYed Roman shades and a crafty or two.
The day I signed the papers that made this house mine, I tore out an interesting hamper cabinet opposite the toilet that looked like a laptop stand for sitting on the toilet. I also changed out the vanity for a $100 model. With a shower curtain and roll of toilet paper, this is how the bathroom looked those initial first months.
When we remodeled the bathroom, we took it down to the studs. But the layout remained the same.
I’ve done a few repairs like the drywall behind the toilet and adding a caulk strip along the bathtub. And besides adding fabric to hang the shower curtain at the ceiling, not much else has changed in here.
Guest Room/Nursery #2
This bonus room was covered in faux wood paneling and a lovely 70s-esque Celotex ceiling.
We removed the paneling and the ceiling tile revealed cottage chic bead board. We added 2 closets so it can now be considered a third bedroom, painted the walls, and threw in a desk to call it an office.
Since then I’ve turned one of the closets into my craft supply storage and painted polka dots on the back wall. We brought in a twin bed (it’s actually my first bed!) to call it our guest room after Mary Helen took over the old one.
Then Mr. Gus came along and it’s been transformed again into nursery #2!
The dining room when I moved in was just big enough for my parents’ old dining set.
We tore out the wall between the dining room and sunroom during the renovation, creating a more open floor plan.
Oh, the kitchen. This room has seen the most transformation from beginning to now. If I didn’t have a contractor for a father, the kitchen would have been a good reason not to buy this house in the first place! Here’s how it looked when I moved in.
After removing the previously-exterior wall/window/door to open it to the sunroom, replacing cabinets, countertops, appliances, and tile, it looked like a kitchen in a totally different house.
Buying a new barstool and receiving a pretty blue mixer as a wedding gift are the extent of what’s changed in this room. And I’m perfectly fine with that!
Second place behind the kitchen in overall transformation is the sunroom. It started with old, dirty vinyl tile and served as a free-for-all storage area when I originally moved in.
With the walls between the dining room and kitchen removed, the sunroom finally felt like part of the house and not an after-thought tacked on the back.
Since then I’ve bought a cozy couch, painted the entertainment center, crackled some paint on the end table, and added a little flair to the adjoining laundry closet.
When I bought the house, the backyard was soo overgrown and just gross.
Fortunately with all of the construction on the outside of the house including replacing the deck, the yard was torn up. Which meant I got to start from scratch with new plants and sod! Love the look of a natural deck!
Hope you enjoyed the “quick” tour around our house! As always, comment below with any specific questions you might have seen in the pictures. ~Chelsea