I thought I would do a run down of all the projects we did in our old house (well, not ALL the projects, but all the big one’s or one that I consider important)
We repainted the front of the house and replaced the garage door
(Keep in mind this before picture is about six years before we redid it so it looks WAY better (not that it looks that great) here then it did before the re-do, six years in the hot sun will do a LOT of damage.)
This is one of those bang–for-your-buck, I-wish-I-did-this-years-ago projects. The repainting took me about an hour and a half and the garage door was WAY cheaper that we thought it would be and it make the house look SOOOOOO much better. The picture just doesn’t do justice to how much better this make the front of the house look.
Talk about a different space!
I think the only thing that is the same in this room is the ceiling fan, and that is only because we didn’t live there quite long enough for me to get to it
If I had to pick a favorite thing out of the things we did in this room it would have to be the floors (but that encompasses many rooms so I get to pick another) so I would pick the paint. We HATED the Apache White that was the color of the WHOLE HOUSE when we got married. We had finally replaced it everywhere but in our closet when we decided to move and rent out the house. I LOVE the red that we picked. It was fun, bright and was a great offset to the dark floors and furniture we have.
On the floors I have some advise for you. If you buy a laminate from somewhere (like IKEA) and when you are installing it you find it is softer then you hoped or you are thinking, man, I really wish that this had a higher gloss to it, I would really recommend you do what I did right before we turned it over to renters. We babied our bamboo floors. We are realistic and know that no one else will, so I got one gallon of minwax high gloss wood floor sealer/protector and spent about two and a half hours applying it. The floors shine like a soldier boots and are just as hard as they are. If we ever need to add another coat we just buff it with a fine gain sandpaper and put on another coat and it will renew the shine and reharden it up. I wish that we had done this the day we installed the floor. Oh well, live and learn.
Also, a word to the wise, if you buy wood floors as dark as we did, be prepared to dust mop them daily to get rid of the dusty foot prints from people coming in and out.
I know it’s a night and day shots, but that’s also the difference in what we (Read Husband) did.
The old fence got a lot worse and eventually fell down. The grass was actually really great at one point, I took this picture after we had not been living there for a while so we were not watering it every day. We did have a wonderful neighbor who kept it alive for us though! (Thanks Jen!) The little garden we had was fun. We had nuclear jalapeno’s, crazy tomato plan that lasted for two years and produced more tomatoes then I can count (which it’s killing me I can’t find a picture of!), among other things. It’s amazing what you can get out of a little garden. The yard shade was great. It’s what made it possible for us to have a yard.
We also had our little sandbox. I have a love hate relationship with that sandbox.
I loved that my kids had it to play in. Pretty much the rest was hate. We always had sand in our bed, no matter how hard I tried to get it off my kids before they came inside. It was just too close to the back door. There was always sand EVERYWHERE. Which was awesome with my aforementioned dark floors.
The back yard itself was wonderful because the way our house was it was shaded thought most of the day, which is great. Once we had done some of these things the back yard (when it wasn’t too hot) was like another room for us.
I think that this was the first thing that we did to the house after we got married.
We redid this closet. The space on the right can actually be used as a desk and had a drawer set (which we took with us).
You can’t see it very well in this shot but there is a set of shelves over the doors. My mom’s idea. Most of the changes in this room came with us. Lots of decorations, lots of toys, lots of kid stuff.
The best thing that Husband ever did, and again I don’t know why we waited so long to do it was this.
I know it seems a small thing but floor lamps and children DO NOT MIX!
The Master is next
I know, your thinking, Jenny, it’s not any different, you painted the trim white and changed the carpet, I thought you said you hated that paint color and replaced it everywhere. I did! But then I did again. I repainted it with the help of my wonderfully helpful sister-in-law (Thanks Amber!) because I didn’t know how into Purple, light blue and grey renters would be. Plus the paint was flat and it needed some SERIOUS touch-up. So much so that it was just easier to just repaint the whole thing and call it a day. And it just so happened that we still had a TON of that hideous color in our garage. I will give it props for one thing, that is some good paint. The can said Wal-Mart but it only took 1 1/2 coats to cover my seriously dark purple. I was really impressed. Next time I buy paint I’m going to try getting it from Wal-Mart and see how it goes. Also, I learned from that experience, unless you are painting something you have no way of EVER EVER EVER touching, don’t paint in flat.
Speaking of purple, here are some pictures of it when it did have the purple wall.
One thing that Husband also did that if you are looking carefully you will notice is that the ceiling fan in this room has a chain and plugs into an outlet. Husband fixed that. That was a wonderful day to be able to look up and no more chain!
We also did some stuff in the bathrooms like
This and This!
Sorry, no before shots on these. We had your standard faucet and your standard teeny tiny tri-fold wooden old and falling apart medicine cabinets. We saw these on sale at IKEA (my favorite store) and we bought one set for our bathroom and another set that goes along the whole wall of the other bathroom. It made an AMAZING difference. Event though they are bigger then the old ones it made the space feel bigger and doubled the storage. in the bathrooms.
And last, but not least.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, I really think it is here. Wow, the old kitchen almost makes me depressed.
Here are some more shots of the new kitchen to brighten me back up.
The thing that I learned the most from the kitchen re-do is that taking just a doorway out can have a HUGE impact on a room. You can see from the before and after shots the wall that was taken out and the pass-through that was also added. Just taking that wall out and being able to move the fridge over a few feet made a HUGE difference in the functionality of the kitchen it was quite astonishing.
So, I guess that’s it. We did a lot of stuff to that house in the eight and a half years we lived there. A lot of memories of living there. A happy start to a marriage, three babies came home there, life has rolled on. I’m happy that we have completed all of the thing we wanted to do with it. That bring a sense of completion with it that very fulfilling. I’m also happy that we still own it so that we can continue to care for it has been so important to us.
That’s not to say I’m not excited to live in a bigger place. I AM! I will show you how that’s going soon.
So what is your favorite thing we did?
What has been the favorite thing you have done to YOUR house?
What lesson’s have you learned in your DIY? I’d rather learn from you then the hard way like I did on some of my projects.