Our Last House

Hello and welcome!!

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We lived in this house for just over a year and a half, and in that time we definitely made decent strides in making the house our own. We originally purchased it as a blank slate of a new construction and while there were several areas that were less finished than others when we sold it (*coughcough*masterbathroom*ahem!*craftroom), we’re proud of how far we came in that short time. Here are some “before” pics (most of which were taken about 6 weeks after we moved in) and “after” shots.  

Of note: The entire house was beige when we moved in.  Before the 6 week pics were taken, we’d already painted the foyer, hallway, living room, breakfast nook and kitchen a light grey called Dolphin Fin by Behr.  We’d also painted the laundry room with a nice, blue-grey oops paint.

So, without further adieu, let’s get started…

6 weeks in:  Front porch…

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After: Front porch (We changed out the light fixture, created a DIY crate bench, and procured the doormat of my dreams. )…

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6 weeks in:  Our foyer…

After:  Our foyer (We purchased a new rugrefinished the cabinets, and created a sweet DIY bamboo lantern light fixture.)…

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6 weeks in: Our foyer, the other view…

After: Our foyer, the other view (All we did here was repurpose a mirror from the bedroom.  It definitely fits the space better scale-wise.) …

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6 weeks in: Our hallway…

After: Our hallway (We added the frame collage and altered it.)…

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That blank hallway wall shown two pics above, ultimately looked like this thanks to a simple art hanger project

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6 weeks in: Our front room…

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After:  Our front room (First, we focused on function by transforming it into a tri-functional room. We painted the room a soothing taupe tone, performed an easy Ikea hack on the large cabinet, DIY’d alphabet art out of an old canvas, and restored a vintage table using mayonnaise.)   …

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6 weeks in: Front room, the other side…

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After:  Front room, the other side (We started by flipping the layout when we acquired our Friheten Sofa.   With the desk on this wall, we incorporated my beloved mid-century desk chair and mounted our upgraded screen to the wall for increased flexibility.)…

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6 weeks in: Living room, from hallway…

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After: Living room from hallway (Once we finally figured out a good layout for the space, we purchased a vintage coffee table off craigslist, painted the door a crisp charcoal, DIY’d some industrial succulent planters, and stained some basket cases to complete the look of this space.) …

6 Weeks in: Living room, towards breakfast nook…

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After: Living Room, towards breakfast nook…

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6 Weeks In:  Living room, from breakfast nook… 

After: Living room, from breakfast nook (For this space, we utilized some Lack floating shelves from Ikea to serve as a nice focal point to compliment the fireplace, and created a media cabinet from a cheapo thrift store find)…

(excuse the cutie with the blanket in the mirror… he was enjoying an episode of Miss Spider.  🙂 )

6 weeks in:  Living room from sofa… 

After: Living room from sofa (The main addition to this wall is the assymetrical frame wall.   You can find a tutorial on how this came to be in this post) …

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6 weeks in: Dining nook…

After: Dining nook (The dining nook got a colorful splash of artwork (from Kirklands), some Vivian curtain panels, as well as my totally revamped $8 craigslist chairs.   Check out how I refinished and reupholstered them.) …

6 weeks in: Kitchen…

After: Kitchen (Aside from accesorizing, not alot changed in the kitchen except for a DIY wine nook that we added next to the refrigerator (second pic below).) …

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6 weeks in:  Kitchen, from living room… 

After:  Kitchen, from living room… 

6 weeks in: Our Master…

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After: Our Master (We painted the walls Driftwood Grey by Glidden, added a quadrefoil mirror, some curtains, a pair of grown up nightstands and a DIY Target-inspired bench (second pic below))…

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Previous: Master bedroom, the other view  (Sorry, no 6 week pic here… this was after paint and some accessorizing)…

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After: Master bedroom, the other view (We replaced the tall-boy with a low mid-century dresser, added some large-scale art, and painted the dated wicker chair in the corner for a fresh, open look.)…

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6 weeks in: Master Bath…

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After: Master bath (We painted the walls Driftwood Grey by Glidden and accessorized.)…

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6 weeks in: Master toilet room…

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After: Master toilet room (After painting, we added some custom DIY shelves for storage and style.)…

6 weeks in: Lucas’s room…

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After:  Lucas’s room (We painted the walls a rich navy tone, rearranged the space so that it flows much better, added a DIY map side table, some memorable Rubicks cube art, curtains and accessories.)…

6 weeks in: Lucas’s room, the other side…

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After: Lucas’s room, the other side (We added some Expedit shelves with a splash of green behind them as well as some additional shelves between to bridge the space and add more storage)…

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6 weeks in:   No Man’s Land (aka. Our spare room)…

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Then, it got this bad…

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After: No Man’s Land… Now, Craft Room!  (I added a table and rearranged the space to make it more functional. I wish I could’ve gotten farther in this room… it feels unfinished with the beige builder’s paint, and somewhat mismatched furnishings, but it’s definitely far from where it started functionality-wise.  And that’s something.)

  

6 weeks in:  Guest bath….

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After: Guest bath (we replaced our lighting fixture, framed and white-washed our mirror, painted the room a soft aqua, converted a thrift store bread-box into toilet paper storage, and changed out the art above the toilet.)…

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6 weeks in: Guest bath: 

After: Guest bath (We painted our tile bath surround for a budget-friendly refresher and DIYed and grommeted extra-long curtains)…

6 weeks in: Guest bath, other view… 

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After: Guest bath, other view (Here, we installed a wire basket, removed the side-splash and added some personal artwork.)…

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6 weeks in: Laundry/mudroom (We’d already painted it a grey-blue color in these pics)…

After: Laundry/mudroom (We DIY’d some additional shelves above the washer, so that (ahem!) I could reach them (Imshort).  Then, I organized the space and revamped the shelf decor/storage using several inexpensive methods.)…


Before (this is a true before): Backyard…

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After: Backyard

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So, that’s the four walls we called home for a lovely year and a half!  I hope you’ve enjoyed our tour!  🙂

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19 thoughts on “Our Last House

  1. You are a true inspiration, sister! Someday soon I will be using many of your blog entries to help me with my new place, wherever that may be! 🙂

    • Thanks! Seriously, if only I could move as fast as my mind wants to… I’m still working on the bathroom, but now my mind is going nuts with ideas for the foyer. Haha! It never ends! 🙂

  2. Niiice!! …it’s really inviting and homey/cozy looking. you have a really good eye and nice taste. so you wanna come makeover my home for me? 😉 seriously, I get overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? sighh

    • Aw, thanks! I definitely have had rooms like that. I’ve found that starting with something I love and stemming off of that has worked for me. Like our master started with the bedspread, then I chose paint and curtains and stuff. I think getting started is the hardest part. 🙂

  3. Hi Christina! The house looks amazing… you’re doing a wonderful job and I am loving your blog.
    I have a question… how the heck did you add the additional pages on here?? (Our home, etc) I cannot figure it out and it’s making me insane.
    I want to add a home tour as well. Any help would be appreciated!!!
    Thanks so much..
    MB
    ps – email me if you like it’s mbtrendos@rogers.com

  4. Hi! I just stumbled across your blog, and I am so glad I did! Your house is beautiful! I am especially loving your transformation of the guest bath and laundry room. I am working on my laundry room right now too. I love how cheerful and organized yours is!

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