Now and Then

One of my favorite things about doing home projects is the sense of accomplishment I get from doing them. I always feel so proud of Nate and I for making a plan, learning something new, and following through with our ideas. Many of our projects we’ve never done before. Things like board and batten, building a wall of built ins, designing and building a kitchen banquette, and installing crown molding. Looking back on all of our hard work lets me relive all of the satisfaction I originally got from each project.

Here’s a look at what we’ve accomplished so far. We didn’t take pictures when we first moved in because we were so excited to start working. To show the “before,” I’m using the MLS pictures.

The outside of our house has already had a pretty decent face lift. I painted the shutters, painted the front door (twice), painted the trim around the garage door black and the garage door white, and replaced the three outdoor lights. The front door is currently a vibrant blue and I love it!

Front of House Collage

Our mailbox also received a makeover which you can read all about here.

Mailbox  collage

When you open the front door, the stairway greets you. We ripped up the old carpet and replaced it, painted the stairway, painted the balusters, replaced the old light, and stained the railing.

Stairway collage now and then

To the left of the stairs is the dining room. To add some interest to this room, we installed crown molding and a chunky board and batten treatment. We also replaced the builder basic pendant light with a modern silver chandelier from Lowe’s.

Dining Room Collage

To the right of the stairs is the formal living room. We painted the walls Iced Chocolate by Valspar, added a chair rail and crown molding, built a floating shelf, and re-purposed an old cart into a bar cart.

Formal Living Room Collage

Towards the back of the house is the open concept living room where we spend the majority of our time. In this room we painted, built wall to wall bookshelves, and added a gallery wall.

Living Room Collage

Next to the living room is the kitchen. In the kitchen we painted the cabinets white, coated the counter tops black, painted the back splash white, replaced the fridge and dishwasher with stainless steel appliances, replaced the broken sliding glass door with a french door, replaced the oak blinds with classic white blinds, fixed up the ugly pantry, and build a custom banquette.

Kitchen collage

Next to the living room and kitchen is the hall bathroom. The hall bathroom looks totally different. We replaced the toilet, vanity, sink and faucet, mirror, and light fixture. We painted and added a toilet paper holder and towel ring. This was one of the first rooms we totally redid and I’m glad we fixed it up so early since it’s what our guests use every time they visit.

Hall Bathroom Collage

The upstairs has also had some major changes. To the left of the stair way is the guest bedroom. We painted this room and I added a faux picture frame finish to add some visual interest.

Guest bedroom collage

Next to the guest bedroom is the 3rd bedroom which we are currently using as Nate’s office. In this room we ripped up the carpet and laid laminate flooring and added a gallery wall. This room reflects my husband’s style way more than it does mine, but it’s his space so as long as it make’s him happy.

Office Collage

I love the guest bathroom. I just think it turned out so pretty and relaxing. I have no idea why this picture is so blurry though. To make this room fit our style, I painted the cabinets white, added brushed nickel hardware, replaced the faucet, added a mirror from HomeGood’s, centered the light fixture, and of course painted.

Guest bathroom collage

In out bedroom, we painted, installed thick crown molding, built industrial pipe curtain rods, hung burlap curtains, replaced the carpet, and built a wooden headboard.

Master Bedroom Collage

We have an en-suite bathroom and vanity area. We painted this room the same as the bedroom, added a new mirror to both areas, replaced the faucet, light fixture, toilet paper holder, towel ring, towel bar, and installed towel hooks.

Master bathroom collage

Home ownership has kept me busy busy busy, but that makes me happy happy happy. (Duck Dynasty is on while I’m working right now…) Anyone have any great before and afters they want to show off? Leave the link in the comments, I’d love to check them out!