Wednesday, January 15, 2014

seeing how far we've come

We always have an up-to-date list of what we've accomplished so far on the blog, but sometimes it's fun to take a look and compare the pictures of the original house (at move in) with our new and improved look in each room. The first picture of each "series" is the original, pre-move-in look and anything that follows is what we have done to the house! It's exciting to see it put together this way and really see what the differences are - let me tell you, paint is our best friend - i've said it before but it is amazing what a little paint can do!

Front Yard:
  • Move house numbers to other side of door
  • Re-do porch and walkway
  • Re-landscape - Sod front yard
  • Move mailbox
  • Install flag and hang it
  • Repaint the exterior of the house
  • Repaint front door
  • Repaint shutters
Back Yard:
  • Dig out old garden beds
  • Weed existing garden beds
  • Remove white rocks
  • Move hydrangea bushes away from house and to the back yard
  • Decided what to do with shed - tear down and rebuild
  • Install raised garden beds
  • Plant vegetable garden 
  • Re-finish swing
  • Change fabric on swing and bistro set seats
Living Room:
  • Change out curtain rods
  • Hang new curtains
  • New rug
  • Paint living room / choose color
  • Create walkway between living room and dining room
  • Replace baseboards
  • Hang art
  • Paint inside of front door
  • Add lighting
Dining Room:
  • Change out curtain rods
  • Hang new curtains
  • New rug
  • Re-upholster dining room chairs / choose fabric
  • Hang art
  • Organize closet for more storage
  • Change closet door to be a glass "china cabinet"
  • Paint dining room / choose color
  • Baseboards
  • Choose and hang light fixture
  • Hang art
  • Change the coat closet from a rod to hooks
  • Change the shelves in the linen closet - real wood instead of pressed wood
  • Paint the ceiling / choose color
  • Take down original shelving behind toilet
  • Hang new shelves and decorate
  • Hang Shower Curtain
  • Re-attach fallen tiles in shower/tub
  • Add hooks for towels and robes
  • Organize closet behind door with baskets
  • Replace sink pedastal with vanity style
  • Replace fixtures / toilet paper holder / towel bar
Spare Room / Den:
  • Paint den above chair rail / choose color 
  • Change out curtain rods
  • Hang new curtains
  • New rug
  • Arrange collage wall
  • Hang art
  • Add hanging bar to the inside of closet / maximize storage
  • Paint jars and cubby
  • Build butcher block table
  • Install new cooktop
  • Hang pot-rack
  • Install new hood
  • Tile behind cooktop
  • Hang art
  • Paint underside of cupboards 
  • Add shelf above cooktop
  • Add knobs to cupboards
Finished Basement:
  • Replace carpet in basement
  • Remove carpet from stairs and re-trim
  • Paint basement / choose color
  • Complete ductwork that connects to living room vent
Laundry Room / Unfinished Basement: 
  • Clean existing shelves
  • Build laundry organization
  • Create shelves for Rob's tools / work bench
Upstairs / Bedroom:
  • Strip the carpet from the stairs
  • Refinish stairs with a pallet wood look
  • Hang curtains
  • Organize closet
  • Replace carpet upstairs
  • Hang art
  • paint ceiling
  • paint walls
  • new bedding
  • create a bed platform

Thanks for keeping up with us!

Until next time,


  1. Wow!! You have been busy. It's looking lovely and you still have lots on your list. Good job to both of you!

    1. Thank you, Irma! We have been having a lot of fun working on the house and can't wait to cross more things off the list :)

  2. This is so adult! Wow! Congratulations!