Long time no blog…

WOW.  It’s been a LONG time since I last updated this.  I have to say, I got really into reading other people’s blogs but have completely neglected to update my own.  Owning a house and doing renovations take a lot of time- I admire all those bloggers out there who can find the time to renovate AND take photos of the entire process.  I usually forget until after we’re done!  At least I try to get a before and after picture.  So an early new year’s resolution for myself- blog more!  I love sharing what we’ve done to the house, and a blog seems to be a great outlet for that.  So I’m starting off with an update of ALL that we’ve done since we moved in to our house in April, 2010.

  • Removed/limbed several trees in the backyard
  • Put up a fence (~500 linear feet total- sides are wood privacy, back is chain link)
  • Replaced appliances- since April we’ve put in a new stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave and washer/dryer.  It’s amazing what you’ll tolerate in a rental but can’t stand in your own home.  Everything was old (some 21 years old!) and got recycled.
  • Installed a new heating/cooling system- this was also 21 years old and about to kick the bucket
  • Painted EVERY room in the house except one (we’re thinking this might one day be a nursery, so we’re saving the painting until we’re ready for that…right now the cats are the only ones enjoying that room and they don’t seem to care about the color).  We should have bought stock in painters tape!  This was a lot of work but it freshened up everything really nicely.
  • Replaced light fixtures inside and out
  • Replaced outlets, switches and covers (from almond to white) and door hardware (from brass to brushed nickle).  Let me tell you- that’s probably the cheapest, easiest way to update your house.  It makes quite a difference!
  • Replaced bathroom countertops in both bathrooms (ummm, can you say fugly white laminate that was peeling up from the plywood underneath??  shudder…)
  • Replaced the downstairs bathroom floor.  This was an adventure- we discovered part of the subfloor was rotten and so out it went.  Peeling up laminate flooring is a job and a half…let’s just say we won’t be doing that again- any other new flooring goes right over the top!

Phew- I think that’s it for everything that we’ve done so far.   We’ve got a list a mile long still to complete, but the painting/renovating frenzy has died down a bit.  It’s really starting to come together and look like a home.  Next up we have plans for new kitchen countertops (um yeah, fugly white laminate in there too) and maybe some new flooring?  We also need to stain our new fence, re-finish the deck, get our garden started, etc etc etc.  The list of things to do never ends!

For now I’ll leave you with some before and afters of the house, because everyone loves a good before and after photo shoot!   Enjoy…

Kitchen when we moved in- old stove, fridge, dishwasher, microwave and light fixtures

Dining room, adjacent to the kitchen.  Old owner’s furnishings and paint

Kitchen as it looks today (except microwave and dishwasher are now updated as well).  New light fixtures, paint and appliances.

Dining room- we flipped the light fixture and changed the paint.  There are now curtains up as well

Office before- just off the dining room

Office after- new paint only.  This room needs a new ceiling fan as well, but we’ll get there eventually.

Downstairs guest bedroom before (Jack and Jill bathroom in between guest room and office- this was the bathroom with the rotten floor.  No finished pics of that yet…)

Downstairs guest room after (this is technically the master bedroom but we put the master upstairs).  I also have a vinyl graphic up in this room- I’m a big fan of the vinyl graphics and will try to do a post on that soon

Upstairs bedroom which we are using as a master bedroom

Upstairs master after

Upstairs bathroom before

Upstairs bathroom after- new paint and counter tops.

Laundry room before

Laundry room after- notice the vinyl graphic.  Love it!

Living room before (as seen from front door)

Living room again, looking in from kitchen

Living room after (see the coffee table??)…I have a better after photo somewhere that has pictures on the wall and the chairs in a little different position…

Living room after- SO much better!  Hard to see in this photo, but the coffee table has new decorations and the door pulls are now brushed nickle instead of brass (remembering WAY back to my 2nd post…)

Thanks for reading and again, I’ll be trying to update this more often!

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