It’s Show and Tell Tuesday with Andrea at Momfessionals where she is inspiring everyone to give a home tour! I seriously cannot wait to see everyone’s post and maybe be inspired by some great ideas.
So we have lived in our house for 13 years and so far I have failed to complete any one room 100%! Since the house itself isn’t anything too exciting or out of the ordinary I thought I would take a little walk down memory lane and show the changes we have made.
Keep in mind our house was built in 1994 and when we moved in the entire house was white with lots of wallpaper. White walls, white carpet (even in the master bathroom), white cabinets, really light flooring and there was wallpaper in kitchen and both bathrooms. The carpet was definitely the first to go and the wallpaper was second on my list. We didn’t really have the money for lots of upgrades right away so I settled for a fresh coat of paint and we moved in.
Here is the kitchen as it was when we moved in. The tile was the very first thing we did and I was so smart to pick tile that matched the wallpaper (not). I told you guys, so much white!!
Keep in mind this was pre-Pinterest and Fixer Upper! It was quite the transformation and I was ecstatic when it was completed. Over time I quickly realized that dark granite is so beautiful when it is clean and shiny but little kids have little greasy fingerprints and if you are OCD maybe black is NOT the thing for you!
Another view before which shows the fabulous box light in the middle. In hindsight I would have dropped the bar down to counter level and squared things off.
The corner fire place, bookcase and wall of windows has just challenged my non spacial mind.
Quite the improvement don’t you think?
I have always loved the box window and thankfully we have lots of storage.
Enough about this little house today! If you are considering a new to you house that will need a few upgrades here are a few things I learned.
- Do as much as you can BEFORE moving in! Painting full rooms and especially woodwork and cabinetry is a huge mess and honestly the chance you will do it once actually living in the space is not high.
- Buy a house you can be comfortable with but is still comfortable to your pocketbook as well. Even though we could not do a ton of renovating immediately, buying a home in a lower price range has allowed us to still enjoy life outside of our house and save some money for larger renovations over time.
- Do not rush into a renovation. Think through every angle and look at other houses as much as you can to really get an idea of what works and will function well. Ask other people whose houses you love what they love and don’t love about the features in their home.
- Remember it is not necessarily the way your house looks that is the most important it is the people you share it with!! There are times I have been so concerned with keeping the house clean and orderly that I have passed on actually living in it with my family! Invite friends for dinner and don’t worry that the safety pin is holding the chair together.
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