Well, it has been about a year since we moved into our house. So much has happened, including a lot of DIY projects and renovations. I thought I would put together a post to recap some of our greatest achievements and look at some before and after moments. So let’s walk down memory lane….
How could I not start with the flooring in this post? When we bought the house, the carpet was in horrible condition and was saturated with unpleasant smells, stains, and other such forms of disrepair. It was pretty bad, and I’m pretty sure there’s no way I would have moved into this house without the carpet being changed first. And in the kitchen, the vinyl wasn’t doing much better. Changing out the flooring really improved the look (and smell!) of the house. Here’s a few before and after shots!
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ve seen my closet renovation. I’m sad to say I didn’t get a good before picture, but I made up for it with my after shots. After going a few months without a closet, I was so ready to be able to unpack everything and hang it up. And Tim did such a great job with the whole project. We took down the flimsy plastic shelving that was poorly hung, and replaced it with sturdy pine boards and rods, both improving the look and the functionality of the space. See the full post here.
Popcorn Finish (Removal)
Call me crazy, but one of the first projects I decided I wanted to tackle was removing the popcorn finish from my ceilings. Whenever I tell people what I’m doing, I’m pretty sure they look at me and wonder what planet I’m from. So let me explain: the ceilings in my house have never, never, been painted. While this is good for removing the popcorn it also means that almost-20-year-old ceilings have never been painted. And possibly never cleaned. The ceilings had taken on an aged, dirty look finished with cobwebs, cigarette smoke stains, and other such “lovely” touches. And the popcorn finish wasn’t exactly perfect either. So needless to say, I felt that the ceiling needed a lot more than a little paint to fix its problems. While we’re still working our way through this project, we’ve managed to accomplish a lot, including finishing our living room vaulted ceiling. And what a difference it makes! I cannot wait to paint the walls in this room. Want to see more? Check out more posts on this project here and here.
When it comes to paint, our house is an atrocity. Not necessarily because of the paint colors themselves, but because of how they were applied. Let’s just say that whoever painted this house probably didn’t have any experience and didn’t put much effort into it. Thankfully, Tim knows how to paint and the house is slowly looking better. The house has been one big painting adventure. So far doors, ceilings, closets, and trim have been painted, but there’s still so much to do, including the most important part: the walls!
We’ve by no means neglected the outside of our house either. When we found some cute lights at a discounted price, we realized how badly we needed to replace our outdoor lights on the house. They were dirty and mismatched and had recently stopped working altogether. Putting up the new lights was not only practical, but also pretty.
The more I look at Pinterest, the more I realize I have a really long list of things I want to do to the house. One of my more recent endeavors was to paint the shutters. I could not believe the difference it made. Our shutters had become so washed out by the sun that they were hardly acting as an accent. They were almost just blending into the house itself. Using some spray paint we already had, the shutters got revitalized a rich shade of burgundy and now act as a pop of color on the front of our house. See the full project here.
For most people, a mailbox is nothing more than a functional item. For me, my mailbox is a way to accent my house and make people say, “Wow!” Rather than buy a new one, I decided to fix up what we had and save a little money in the process. After staining the post, painting the mailbox, and adding some new numbers, our mailbox is showcase ready. Full post on what we did here.
I hope you enjoyed seeing just a few of our renovations we’ve managed to do over the past year. There are so many more project planned for this house and I cannot wait to show you what’s next.