Our house: we moved into our house in May 2013.  It was built in 1997 and needs lots of updating!  So we are taking one little project at a time.

Below are completed projects where I took before/after pics. Most were done on a small budget or in a short time frame.

My favorite part of the house is the screened-in porch!



Changes since moving in:
-Painting baseboards and doors white
-New carpet
-New fan
-New rug
-New furniture

PROJECT: Master Bedroom New Furniture & Rug (Dec 2013)
BEFORE (MLS listing) 

I don't have a pic of our bedroom right when we moved in, but here is the latest.  We put our bed on the window wall instead of the side like the previous owners. We painted, replaced the fan, got new furniture and a rug.

July 2018: Since doing away with cable and switching over to the Roku stick, we were no longer tied to the location of a cable box!  We moved the TV to the wall directly opposite the bed.  More pics coming soon.

Changes since moving in:
-Painting cabinets
-Painting trim white
-New rug
-Coming Fall 2018: Stacking W&D, new cabinet

PROJECT: Gel Stain Laundry Room Cabinets

BEFORE (from MLS listing)

I used the Gel Stain on these cabinets as well. This room is the first room we enter from the garage, so we're in it sometimes multiple times a day.  It seems to be the room that gets the dirtiest too, and it is very small.  It forces me to keep up on all the laundry so there are not baskets and piles cluttering up the floor and the top of the washer and dryer!  

(UPDATE JULY 2018: We have removed the utility sink shown in this picture.We are preparing to stack the washer and dryer, relocate those cabinets to the garage, and add a nice shelving unit or cabinets to store backpacks, shoes, etc.  This is the room that I honestly hate the most in our home.  It does not work as it is.  Our plan is to finish the project before the kids return to school on August 15th!

Changes since moving in:
-Hanging the TV onto the brick
-Adding fabric to builtins
-New wood floors
-New furniture
-Painting trim, builtins, wainscoting white

PROJECT: Hanging the TV over the mantle and adding fabric to the built-ins (April 2014)

The entire project is HERE!

JUNE 2018 
after completing white trim/moulding project:

Changes since moving in:
-Gel staining cabinets
-New countertops
-New backsplash
-Removing the coffin light
-Staining the floor dark
-Painting moulding, doors white
-Gel staining window seat 

PROJECT: Kitchen (May 2014)
Kitchen  - May 2014 - I'm working on gel staining the cabinets and we have our countertops picked out and scheduled for installation on 5/9!  I can't wait to post pics of the befores and afters!! :)
UPDATE 5/15/14: The kitchen is very close to being completed!!!! Tomorrow (fingers crossed) I will have all the cabinets finished and hung back up.  The countertops are installed.  The coffin light is down.  We just need the backsplash and new lights (may be done by next weekend??!!!).
UPDATE 6/4/14: The kitchen backsplash is getting finished this weekend...woohoo!!!  We decided not to put a light in place of the coffin light, so we'll need to patch and paint the ceiling.
UPDATE 10/20/15: Floors were refinished to a dark stain.

BEFORE (MLS Listing)

And the Befores that I took in April of 2014 right before we started the cabinet/counters project:


At this point, I was still staining many of the cabinet doors.

There's an end in sight!!! The ugly light over the island is gone!!!!





Changes since moving in:
-Adding new wood floors
-Coffee station
-Painting baseboards and doors white
-New window treatments
-Painting chandelier

PROJECT: Dining Room (October 2015, March 2017)
When we first moved in, we used it as a playroom for the kids!  At some point (hopefully sooner than later), we will paint the trim and moldings white.  But for now, the oak will have to do!

October 2015 new floors!

Winter 2017 
I was tired of looking at that old brass chandelier, so I painted it teal with some chalk paint.  I made the zebra cord cover as well.  These curtains were in our living room, but I recently got new ones and decided to move them to here in the dining room.  The dark red paint had to go, so I slapped on some gray that we had left over from our bathroom at our previous house.  The rest of the wall still needs a fresh coat of paint, but I'm not in any hurry at the moment!!

My little home cafe! ☕️
It's definitely not anything fancy like you see on Pinterest, but I love coming here every morning (and afternoon if I need another kick of caffeine!!)!

JUNE 2018:

Changes since moving in:
-Adding new hardwood floors

July 2018

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