Wednesday, June 6, 2018

First Look at our New Fixer Uppper!

Hello everyone and happy hump day!   Soooo it's official...

We closed on our new home! It still feels somewhat surreal that it's actually ours. After months of analyzing the listing photos and making plans, it still feels super strange to actually walk through the door!

But now that it is ours, I finally get share the much awaited pictures with you guys and talk about the big plans that I have! It's been incredibly hard to hold off for over a month and I've been itching to talk about it so bad! So let's get to it!

Welcome to our new fixer upper...

Don't mind the ladder, the hubby took this picture during the inspection and I have yet to get a new one! 

One of the first things that we will be doing is new exterior paint. I am still undecided on the color, but I'm thinking a light greige would tie in nicely with the color of the brick and roof.

We signed on Thursday afternoon and didn't waste much time before starting on our first update which was installing a new doorknob on Friday night!

It was a great starting point to really make it feel like ours and that's also the first thing we did after closing on our last house so it seemed fitting.

It was the first of MANY much needed updates as you will see in a second.

On Saturday morning we headed over to get started on project "bye-bye popcorn," but before doing so I ran around and snapped a few before pictures to share with you all.

Just inside the entry is the front room.  I can already tell that this is going to be my favorite room in the house because of the beautiful light that comes in through the bay window and the vaulted ceiling.

I will be trading out the green wall paint for something more neutral and will add some board and batten.  The carpet will also be replaced with the same Pergo flooring that we put in our old home.

This is the view from the other side of this room as you walk in the front door.

The morning sunlight that pours into the kitchen/dining area is stunning and I can already envision how wonderful my wood orb chandelier will look in front of the back door. Which by the way will eventually be French doors!  If you look up you have a good view of the loft area which will be the playroom.

To the left of the dining area is the living room.  This is the space that our family will be spending the most time in and I have huge plans for this room.  After new paint and flooring I want to add built-ins on either side of the fireplace and give the fireplace a little makeover.

We will be knocking that half wall out to create one continuous open space.  I would also like to add a wood beam on the ceiling between the kitchen and dining room. That idea actually came from the seller when she mentioned that she always envisioned some type of archway there to separate the kitchen from the rest of the space.

Speaking of the kitchen here it is in all its glory...

It may be stuck in the 90s but I can totally invision the perfect farmhouse kitchen.  White cabinets, quartz countertops, subway tile backsplash, farmhouse sink, wood hood vent...the list is long but I can't wait to see it come together!

We will also have a main floor bathroom and laundry room which will be a first for us! I plan to add an awesome little barn door between the laundry room and bathroom.

Ok let's head upstairs!

I really like how the bottom steps extend out, but it's made figuring out what to do with them a real challenge.  With our current home we just capped the steps with laminate in the same color as the floors but since they don't make bull-nose ones that isn't an option.

I was hoping to find real wood underneath that I could stain to match the floors, but was sadly disappointed to find plywood.  Womp womp.  The only thing that I can think of at this point is to rebuild the treads ourselves out of pine boards which sounds like a ton of work but may be the only option if I want hard surface stairs.

To the right of the stairs is our master bedroom which is slightly larger than our old one.

Anthony always complained that we didn't have room for a bench at the end of the bed in our room and cursed at it almost daily every time he stubbed his toe on it.  I'm happy that there's plenty of room for one in this room and I won't have to hear about that anymore haha.

Our master bathroom needs a lot of help though.  Like a lot, a lot.

Besides the obvious fact that it's carpeted (yikes!) there's a lot of changes needed in here.

We are finally going to have a double vanity, but I'm not loving how the counter extends behind the toilet. So instead of painting it I actually want to save up and get a brand new one one day.

The shower is really old so we are tossing around the idea of getting rid of the tub and just creating one large walk in shower along this wall. If we do that we will add one of those overhead rain shower heads which would be super dreamy!

The bathroom in the hall will be the boys' and I'm kind of stumped on what I want this space to look like.  I'm sure that it will come to me eventually though.

The boys' bedrooms are slightly bigger which will be nice for them as they grow.  They are really excited to help pick out their paint colors.  I'm sure they'll try to talk me into neon green and bright blue, but hopefully I can persuade them to go with lighter shades!

When I went to photograph Lucas' room I caught him licking yogurt off of the floor.  Oh the joys of raising little boys haha...

Although the bamboo flooring in his room is really nice, I want all of the rooms to have matching Pergo floors so it will need to be pulled up eventually.

Besides having a pretty front room the next thing I am most excited for is the playroom.  The loft overlooks the main level so I can keep an eye on them and it even has a nice built in bookcase that will be perfect for their toys.

Tristan is pretty stinking excited about this space too and refers to it as his "toyroom."

Our buyers offered us a post-closing occupancy agreement so we still have a couple of weeks in our current home before we move into this one. It's good because we knew that we wanted to remove the popcorn ceilings prior to moving our stuff in because we know from experience just how messy it can get!

Anthony was super excited to start scraping (not..) but he patiently waited while I flew around the house to get my before pictures.  When I was finished this is how I found him.

The little power nap served him well because he powered through our room and Tristan's on Saturday and then wrapped up most of the other rooms on Sunday. I helped with the dining room but for the most part was responsible for cleaning it up off the floor which is about as equally fun!

We'll be working on re-texturing, priming and painting this week and will start hauling our stuff over on Father's day weekend. Don't worry I've already promised Anthony a giant breakfast with lots of bacon to make up for it!

I'm a weird mixture of excited and nervous for this next journey in our lives but I am so excited to share all of the steps along the way here on the blog.

I hope you all have a great rest of the week and if we're lucky I'll be back next weekend to show off the new ceilings!

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  1. I am so very happy for you and your lovely family! :D I can visualize all that you have planned and am looking forward to seeing how everything progresses. I love the beam idea in the kitchen area and the loft is going to be so much fun for the boys. My son loves the loft / overlook are in our home and has tossed many things from it and had paper airplane contest. LOL! Gotta see how gravity works. ;)

    Our last home (built in 1999) had carpet in the bathroom. This should just be a standard thing NOT to do. My husband and I eventually tore it out and replaced the shower 90's brass frame that had mold in certain sections - yuck.

    Anyway, thank you for the house tour and I wish all of you much happiness and fun, decorating in your new home. :)


    1. Thank you so much Julie! That's awesome to hear that your son loved your loft, our boys have already discovered the magic of tossing things over haha! I agree about carpet in the bathroom I think it's one of the strangest things ever and it's going to feel so rewarding when we tear it out! Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Congratulations on your new home Angela. If it is going to be anything like your old one, I know that it will be beautiful and full of farmhouse charm. Looking forward to all the updates, and try not to wear that husband of yours out! ;)

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