Some REAAALLLLY Before and After pics

Guys.

Sheesh.

I’m fed up with our desktop.

I took some “after” pics of one of the projects I’ve finished lately (About 5 more projects to shoot… Heehee!  Not sure why taking “after” pics has been such an issue lately…).

And my desktop wouldn’t load them.  Arg!  Something’s been up with it for months now and it’s driving me batty.  I need to take it somewhere to get it looked at, I’m sure.   I just haven’t gotten to it yet.

Anyways, in the meantime, I’ve been trying to do some research on our house to find out what it looked like way back when.   Supposedly, our wet-bar actually had a peninsula at one point and I’m positively DYING to see it.  Unfortunately, although I’ve turned up several before-our-time “before” pics from old realty listings, that wasn’t one of ’em. (sadface)

But, here’s what I’ve got.   Are you ready for this???

I give you our house in 2004:

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Whoa!!! Right???   It actually looks cottage-y with that wood shake roof.   I always imagined that our house originally had a tile roof.  It would’ve definitely explained why they chose to put an orange roof on the house upon replacing it.   Turns out, they came up with the orange on their own.  It was chosen to go with the gold and green color-scheme.  You can kind of see it in this blurry aerial shot…

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Our. Poor. Neighbors.

Once the house went into foreclosure for the second time in 2012, the bank had the house sprayed beige, which is how it looked when we purchased it 2 years later…

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And the last time I actually took pictures of our house’s front exterior it looked like this…

Now, keep in mind… we’ve since replaced the front door (I still have one more coat of paint to apply before I take pics) and I’ve given that green gate a nice, crisp coat of black paint (one of the projects that I’ve yet to photograph). But, in this pic, we’d painted the exterior, added landscaping and a rock border, and (in this shot) had painted our old front door.

The crazy thing is that in 2012, when the owners before us bought the house, the front courtyard had not one, but TWO metal gates…

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Anybody else picturing every haunted house movie ever made??

The owners right before us removed the second gate after they moved in.  This is on the day that we closed…

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And the courtyard the last time I photographed it with our old door still (new pics coming soon)…

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It definitely doesn’t scare the children as much.  (Though, we still got no trick-or-treaters to my knowledge)

As a reminder, here’s the new front door (kinda… this shot is from when they’d installed the door with incorrect door-swing and I’d only partially painted it).  The correct door has since been installed.  It looks the same, just with the door knob on the other side and is currently in the process of being entirely painted that charcoal color…

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I can’t wait to show it to y’all now.

In 2012, the backyard had not one, but two chain link fences…

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 The first, which was next to the patio, had been removed prior to us moving in, but the posts hadn’t.  So, Joey had the fun task of extracting those guys.  I was also surprised to see in these pictures that there were park benches on top of the nasty railroad ties (which had also been removed by the time we came into the picture).  We removed the railroad ties and replaced the retaining wall with stone.   And here’s that space today…

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This view of the backyard looked pretty much the same as when we bought it.  I just forgot to take “before” pics prior to Joey removing the second chain link fence seen to the left of the pic…

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And the space now…

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Inside, the kitchen looked pretty much the same in 2012 as it does now with the exception of the popcorn on the ceiling and paint color (which the owners before us removed/changed)…

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The surprising thing here was that the slate floors were already in.  I thought that the owners right before us installed them, but apparently it was the owners prior to them.

Our kitchen now is still kind of a mess.  We haven’t gotten there yet, but we anticipate a full reno down the road.   Our next big purchase, though, will likely be new appliances since the current stove and dishwasher are constantly on the fritz (and the fridge is a total black hole visually… but at least it’s a black whole that actually works (knockonwood!))…

Remember how I mentioned a while back (in this post) that there was a flood last year that necessitated a full gut of the laundry room by the previous owners?   And how I griped about the lack of storage we currently have??  Well, there used to be some…

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Too bad they didn’t reinstall those uppers, but they did replace the doors.  And I guess we now have a blank slate to work with, which could be good…

Here’s the living room in 2012…

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It’s amazing how a view of a chain link fence out the window makes one feel imprisoned.  Like Morgan Freeman should be narrating your tale of woe.

The owners before us painted the walls, de-popcorned the ceilings (blessthem), and replaced the slider.   We installed the floors and painted the built-ins

Another view…

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vintage modern living room

The master bathroom had pretty amazing black sinks in 2012, no?

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Mighty epic commitment to the black bathroom fixture in this house (you know what I mean if you’ve seen our guest bath).

The paint looks white in the above shot, but it’s hard to tell if that’s correct since if you look in the reflection next to the coffin-shower, the wall does look peachy.  In any case, someone painted the room peach.  ON PURPOSE.  I mean, I know peach was really popular in the 80’s, but it was never really my thing.  Especially when paired with navy/purple/mauve swirled marble.  As a reminder of how it looked when we took possession (after the previous owners changed out the sinks and faucets)…

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PEACH.

I couldn’t take it, so in a burst of unconstrained rage, I painted the room white…

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A full gut will happen in this space if it’s the last thing I do!

(And yes, I’m constantly crossing my fingers that Bath Crashers magically appears at our doorstep)

The remaining rooms were basically the same in terms of upgrades.   Prior to our buying of the house, the owners before us de-popcorned the ceilings, painted the main living spaces, changed out the doors, as well as a few lighting fixtures.  The rest, we did.  Now, I know I’ve been emphasizing this throughout this post, but just keep in mind as you’re going through these pics that these “befores” are from two years before we bought the house.  Our “befores” that I took on closing day, can be found in our House Tour page.

The dining room, then….

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And now…

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(We added laminate flooring, shelves and curtains, I painted the table white, added some vintage-inspired art, and styled the shelves)

The master bedroom, then…

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and now…

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(I painted, we replaced the carpet and windows, and started decorating.  Lot’s more to go.  But I like where we’re headed.)

The guestroom/office then…

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And now…

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Believe it or not, those are totally different wall colors (peach vs. greige) although the photos look somewhat similar.

And finally, the hangout room, then…

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And now (well, now-ish… this is another space that I need to photograph as it currently is)…

(Check out this post, which incorporates painting and decor for this room. )

The carpeting in the bedrooms was the same in 2012 as when we bought the house, so apparently the asphalt we found poured beneath the carpeting in this room was done before then.  Remember that???

I still think it’s the weirdest thing EVER.  I mean, what the heck? #stopthejimmyhoffajokes

So, anyways, I hope to find more pics somewhere along the line of the house further back.   I would LOVE to see it as it was originally, actually.   It seems like the house changed significantly just since 2012 (let alone that exterior shot from 2004) so I can’t imagine what it used to look like at the get-go.  Also, it’d be remiss of me not to mention that this house seems like a total team effort.   It’s slowly gotten it together, first with the slate floors from 2 owners back, then the improvements made by the previous owners, and now us.   Despite any differences in taste (or lack of maintenance over the years), I feel like (at least in the recent years), good intentions were had to improve the house and bring it back to life.  And hopefully, we’ll be able to continue with that mission for a time to come.  Because I love our house.  I’ve never felt so grateful or “at home” than I do now.

So, tell me is anybody else nosy like me?? Trying to snoop around in your house’s past to see what it looked like?  Any ideas on how I could get my hands on older pics??

TDC Before and After
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Time for a tour!

So, the other day I realized that I’ve been a bad blogger. We’ve lived in the house for almost 2 months and I haven’t shown you many of the rooms as they currently stand. Now, I’ll tell ya… We have a TON of work to do still. But, really in the time we’ve lived here we’ve done a lot. New windows were installed in the bedrooms last week, new insulation and radiant barrier before that, new flooring in much of the house prior to move-in, etc. So, now that some of the Need-To-Do things are checked off, we’re finally reaching that sweet-spot where we can start focusing on style and decor.  I’m going to break up the tour into a few posts to keep it from being too overwhelming.  This time around I’m going to show you the kitchen/breakfast nook, the foyer and the secondary bedrooms that you haven’t seen yet.

So, here’s where we started with the kitchen…

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And here’s we’re at now….

All we’ve really done here is accessorize. Obviously, this room needs plenty of work down the line. The appliances are old, mis-matched, and builder-grade.  Our black fridge sticks out like a sore thumb.  Plus, the stove works only part of the time. We literally have to jam the burners in and smack ’em around to get them to heat up. These will be replaced eventually, but we’re trying to make them last as long as possible to allow us to really consider what we want to replace them with. Oh yeah, then there’s the rest of the full-reno.  😉

On the other side of the room, we have our breakfast nook, which started here…

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And now is here…

The large red painting was created by my mother in law, Mac. You’ll see several of her pieces throughout the tour. The table is off center to allow better flow of traffic (although looking at this pic, I can definitely move it a bit closer to center.  Noted.).   The lighting fixture is off center in the opposite direction, which drives me batty.  Plus, it’s way too close to the french doors to allow a table to sit directly under it, so we plan to relocate the lighting fixture over the table (I’m lobbying for a chandelier.  Joey remains unconvinced.).  Speaking of the table, I really think the space is screaming for a round pedestal table to allow for better flow.   I’m keeping an eye out for potential candidates.

Over in this little area by the French door….

We have a charming Ride print that Joey purchased a long time ago. I framed it with a $4 poster frame from Target. Below that we have my chicken-wire Ikea hacked cabinet with the painted baskets that I adorned for our previous mudroom. The baskets hold sunscreen, bug spray, and other outdoor must-haves so we can just grab-and-go when swimming.

A little view from beyond the breakfast nook (You can catch a glimpse of the dining room… I’ll have another post for that)….

And don’t even get me started on that fluorescent light.  It will be so very gone.  One day.

Moving onto the foyer, we started with this…

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Which now looks like this…

I’m not convinced that that art will stay which is why I haven’t hung it yet.  I’m still marinating on that.

The other direction…

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I’ve simply added a vase with sticks and another awesome painting by Mac (that hallway leads to the kitchen)…

Here’s the view of the painting from further down the hallway… \

I’m still at a loss for what to do with the wall that’s directly across from the front door (this pic is from before we moved in)…

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It’ll come to me eventually, I’m sure.

The next two rooms I have done absolutely NOTHING to decor-wise. They both currently boast the same scuffed-up, flesh-colored paint that’s just BEGGING for a change and ZERO style.  But, in the interest of keepin’ it real, I’m showing you guys anyways.  I figure, every room has to start somewhere.  Both spaces have had carpets replaced and new windows installed.  So, they’ve got that going for them.  Which is nice.

The first bedroom looked like this…

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And currently looks like this (brace yourself)…

Pretty bad, right?   This is the room where the pipe burst.   You can see the sheetrock work that was done behind the bed.    This room holds a haphazard bed, my beloved desk chair and every wall art piece that I own that has yet to find a home (they’re all unceremoniously leaning against the wall next to the door). It’s kind of a glorified storage room/office right now. I have a bunch of work to do here. Like, a lot.  I’m still deciding how I wanna proceed in this space.

The other bedroom started off here…

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And now looks like this….

Again, blank slate. A flesh-toned blank slate that mocks me every time I walk past. This room is going to be painted a similar tone as the rest of the house. A nice, light grey. Since we plan to make this a secondary entertainment space I thought it’d be nice to extend that common-area color into this room as well.  Then, curtains, art, TV will be hung, etc.  Again, I’ve got my work cut out for me here. Lots to do.

Ill show y’all the hall bath and mudroom soon. And once I repaint the master bath AGAIN (finally), I’ll update you on that as well.  Oh yeah, and the dining space has had some changes… and Lucas’s room.  OMG.  You guys.   I’m so behind.  I’ll get you up to speed soon.  🙂