We got an amazing deal because the house was sort of run down and in need of major updating when we purchased it. We were confident that it was all simple stuff and that we would have it ready to move in within a month. Yeh right. Ha!
We spent almost every waking moment doing intense renovating that including working every weekend from sun up to sun down, plus weeknights after work. Then the insurance company gave us a nasty notice that said that they were going to drop us since they don't insure vacant homes. So we kicked it in gear, got most of the major renovations done and managed to move in almost two months after closing.
That was at the beginning of August and I still have sooooo much that I still want to do!
First up is the living room transformation.
The first thing the hubby did the day after we closed was paint that old rust colored door white and replaced the brass hardware with satin nickel.
The second thing we did was remove every square inch of popcorn ceiling throughout the house. (You can read all about that here).
The whole house was painted in a banana yellow, and I chose Polished Smokey Pearl by Glidden for most of the walls throughout the house and just a plain can of white in an eggshell finish for the baseboards, doors and staircase.
I painted that oak step on the landing white and I also covered up the brass on the fireplace with some Rustoleum high heat paint and painted the oak handles white.
I still want to add some board and batten in the living room and maybe replace the tile in the foyer and fireplace surround.
Next is the kitchen transformation.
This is probably our biggest transformation, and it was realatively simple!
I used Rustoleum Countertop Transformations and Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations. These kits are seriously amazing! I chose the Espresso color for the cabinets and the Desert Sand color for the countertops. (You can read about the Countertops in this post here).
We also got all new appliances, replaced the sink/faucet and got rid of the "tanning bed" fluorescent light and replaced it with a stylish track light.
Then we have our guest bathroom transformation:
It was finely decorated with a frilly 90s brass light fixture, an old fashioned builder chrome faucet and the same ugly oak cabinets and white laminate countertops as the kitchen.
It has a skylight so it gets a ton of natural light, which is awesome. We replaced the hardware and faucet and also added crown molding to the mirror (you can read more about that project here).
I had some left over from the Rustoleum kits so I used them in both this bathroom and our master suite one. Even after using the Espresso to paint our dining table and chairs, I still have left-overs!
I'm thinking about adding some wainscoting or board and batten in here for added interest.
Our master bathroom recieved the same updates as the guest bathroom.
This one needs something for added interest too, oooooh maybe a planked wall??
Not much was done to the bedrooms other than paint and adding/replacing ceiling fans but here are some before and after photos just for fun.
The master bedroom--
My baby boy's room--
My step daughter's room--
There you have it peeps! I wish I would have taken some more before pictures--these were just the ones from the real estate listing. It's so much fun to look at the changes and it's an amazing feeling seeing what a difference all of our hard work has made.
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