OUR CURRENT 1950′S RANCH HOUSE

Welcome to our house tour!

Before we get into the before and after pictures, here are a few things that may better help you understand our home:

- A quick walk-through of our ranch as we purchased it, no changes made.

- Two floorplans. One of how we bought the home, and a second detailing our intentions (some of them already fulfilled).

- If you’re looking for as many possible details on a specific room, check out the “Categories” section in the sidebar where you can find posts divided by room!

Let’s get started!

FRONT YARD:

Our first year in our new home, we put the majority of our focus into the interior spaces. Now, we shifting our attention outdoors.

Before:

Two large trees flanking the driveway once blocked the view of most of the home. By removing the trees, switching out the exterior lighting, and replacing the mailbox, we’ve already enhanced the appeal a bit just with small updates. We’re in the midst of a few larger updates this summer, including replacing the existing garage header and porch column, painting the entire exterior in a more modern color scheme, building new shutters and flower boxes for the windows, refacing the driveway, and giving the landscaping a complete overhaul. And eventually, we’d even love to extend the tiny porch outwards and down the home, for something of more practical use.

Progress:

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FRONT PORCH:

Before:

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We also did a quick front porch update by replacing the front doorDIYing a wall planter, and sprucing up the accessories. We later added a railing to give the porch a cozier feel, and refinished the ceiling in pallet wood.

Progress:

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 LIVING ROOM:

As we head inside, just a heads up, we replaced the flooring (more on that decision) and interior doors throughout the entire home. It’s an obvious change in each room, so I won’t mention it again.

Before:

The interior of the home had really great bones. It was instantly updated with a few coats of wall paint (Ben Moore’s Gray Husky) and a nice white on the trim, baseboards, and cove ceilings. We also painted the interior side of the door, added window treatments, and purchased a large yellow rug to ground the space.

On the adjacent wall we DIYed a $20 plank wall made from recycled pallet boards, transformed a thrift store dresser into a media console, and DIYed two inexpensive large prints for artwork.

KITCHEN:

What haven’t we change in the kitchen? A room once filled with linoleum tile flooring, outdated oak cabinets, a single ceiling fan light, and the home’s original appliances.

Before:

We removed the walls separating the kitchen from both the living and dining rooms, updated the electric and plumbing, replaced all the upper and lower cabinets, and DIYed a butcher block island.

Progress:

We updated to stainless steel appliances, soapstone countertops, and installed a subway tile backsplash. We also added recessed lighting, pendants, and under-cabinet lighting throughout.

Before:

We customized several cabinets, including the undermounting of Ikea’s Domsjo Sink.

Progress:

And transformed a blank wall beside the refrigerator into a floor to ceiling chalkboard wall.

Eventually, we finished off the space with crown molding, replaced the glass in the cabinets with a see-through alternative and painted the insides yellow. See how we organized the interiors of the cabinets here, here, here, and here. There’s still some tweaking to be done, like creating a designated area for cook books.

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 Learn exactly where we purchased everything and how we did it all on a budget of just 10K!

DINING ROOM:

This space started off as a typical dining room, not many (if any) changes had been made since the home was built. We were really craving a space that felt comfortable and cozy to enjoy dinners as a family.

Before:

To better accommodate our DIYed dining table, we enlarged the opening leading into the addition and added a symmetrical wall on the opposite side. These walls frame out the banquette seat that we built and upholstered and the lower cabinets. We also added crown molding, replaced baseboards, hung some sentimental map art, and updated the ceiling light over the dining table.

Progress:

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There’s still some work to be done in here, but it’s quite a bit more completed than most rooms. We’re planning to frame out the doorway to the addition (after the addition is completed) and replace the dining chairs and rug eventually.

OFFICE:

With the construction of the addition, I’ll have a more permanent office space, but for now it resides on the outer wall of the living room.

Before:

Progress:

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We added a white parson’s desk from our previous home, a new desk chair, gave a file cabinet a makeover, and DIYed a large canvas artwork.

BEDROOM HALLWAY:

This hallway is just off the dining room and leads to three bedrooms and the guest/kid’s bathroom. We had really great bones to begin with in this space, but we made a few minor upgrades to take it to the next level!

Before:

Compared to a lot of other similar ranch homes in our area, this hallway was pretty roomy, with a wider than usual width. It had gorgeous cove ceilings with a nice, slim trim piece but it just needed a few quick fixes!

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We gave everything a fresh coat of paint, replaced the standard door trim with craftsman style moldings, installed new solid core three panel doors, updated the ceiling light, swapped out that obnoxious door bell, built a growth chart for the kiddos (not pictured), and like the rest of the home, brought in some new flooring.

After:

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We’d still love to do something with the blank wall leading to the space, maybe an art wall, wall treatment, who knows?

GUEST/ KID’S BATH:

Another complete overhaul in the guest bath. Every aspect of the bathroom was done by us and the help of family and friends. All on a budget of just $1,500!

Before:

We painted the walls with Ben Moore’s Hale Navy, replaced the flooring with a white hex tiles, installed a new bathtub and toilet, made custom burlap art, and my dad DIYed a bath vanity that I later stenciled.

Progress:

 We also replaced the existing light fixtures, DIYed a wooden mirror, installed a white subway tile bath surround, and added horizontal planking to the walls.

The small linen closet also received a quick refresh, by removing the closet doors and adding molding to the once basic shelves.

And a complete list of where we purchased everything.

ZOEY’S BEDROOM:

This room got a fresh coat of paint on the walls (Ben Moore’s Gray Husky) and coral on the ceiling. We’re slowly working away at furnishing and decorating it.

Before:

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Progress:

We started the transformation by drawing up a plan.

Along the way, we’ve purchased a new bed and DIY’ed a wood bedrailmade new-sew curtainsgave the closet a mini-makeoverpainted an Ikea chest in an ombre effectpurchased a new rug, and DIY’ed a play kitchen.

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(ignore the christmas tree above – this pic was taken during the holidays)

We also made a collage wall of fun art.

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DIY’ed a tufted headboard.

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And built a play tent!

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We still need to add crown molding, complete the closet transformation, add toy storage, and eventually make this a room for two (Lizzy will move-in about six months from now).

LIZZY’S BEDROOM:

Another blank slate- we replaced the flooring, baseboard, removed the dated, bi-fold closet doors and gave the room a fresh coat of paint (Ben Moore’s Gray Husky).

Before:

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With the girls being so close in age (16 moths apart) we decided to save some major $$ and hand-down the majority of Zoey’s nursery to Lizzy. That being said, we still wanted Lizzy to have a few pieces of her very own, so we added things like a DIY’ed mobile, personalized art, and craigslisted rattan chair.

Check out this post for sources on everything.

After:

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We’re still hoping to add crown molding in this room, but because we’re planning to have the girls share Zoey’s room in the near future, we won’t be making any major changes until then!

MORE COMING SOON!

60 thoughts on “OUR CURRENT 1950′S RANCH HOUSE

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  2. Natalie Korreckt

    I found your home off of younghouselove’s House Crashing. I just wanted to stop in and tell you how beautiful your home is and let you know that I’m now a follower!! I’ll just say that your whole house is lovely; I especially enjoyed your kitchen remodel and the bath vanity that your dad made!

    Thanks for sharing,

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  3. Angelo

    Your house is amazing! We’ve been looking online for ideas to renovate a house we’re buying and finding your site has been inspirational. We absolutely LOVE your taste in pretty much everything. I will certainly be following this blog closely to see all your new home updates! In the meantime, can I ask where your fabulous dining room table came from? Was that a DIY project?
    Thanks again for this site. It is great!

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  4. Liz

    Your house is beautiful! You’ve given me a lot of ideas for our first home that we just moved into this month! Just wondering, did you paint your windows black or were they already like that? I really love the look, but all my windows are white.

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Thanks, Liz!

      The windows are actually a dark, dark brown (hard to tell in photos) and were that color originally. We’re contemplating painting them a true black in the future though :)

      xo,
      Jessie

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  5. Rita

    You are quite the inspiration. I just recently subscribed to your blog, as I live in 1950s ranch house in the valley, just north of Los Angeles. My husband & I have never stopped working on our house since we purchased it 13 years ago! We tore up all the carpet, refinished the wood floors and repainted before we even moved in. I love your kitchen. Ours is a much smaller galley, but we took it down to the studs, too.It took about 6 weeks to redo and we lived in the house during the reno – and fought like cats & dogs! I can’t imagine not having a kitchen with small children in the family. You are brave!

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Thanks so much, Rita! Yes, renovating definitely takes a toll on everyone. Luckily, we were able to live with in-laws while most of the early remodeling took place. No kitchen + two little ones, might have just pushed us all over the edge, haha.

      xo,
      Jessie

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  6. TheBlogging Mama

    I LOVE the front door (and the kitchen and the pallet wall and…) I would love to paint my front door which sits at the end of a boring hallway. My husbands too worried about having to repaint it when we (eventually) move though. But that really adds a nice visual interest to the room!

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  7. Emily R.

    I just stumbled upon your blog via iheartorganizing, and I’m AMAZED!! The transformations are phenomenal! I can already tell I’m going to be spending waaay too much time getting all kinds of home improvement ideas from you. Thanks for the inspiration! (though my husband may not be quite as enthused) ;)

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  8. coral

    oh wow, I found you from I heart organizing, and now I’m following you too! I literally spend 2 hours today playing on ikea’s kitchen planner using the same sink, cabinets, handles and appliances as you. I was even eyeing the tollix stools too! I have a similar layout as your old kitchen and just couldnt make it work. Now you’ve inspired me to blow out the walls for an open concept to make it all fit great.

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  9. Kristine

    I came over from I Heart Organizing and I’m so glad I did! Beautiful home… and in my area!! I’m around cincinnati too :) My family is currently looking for a new home so I’ll hopefully take on some renovating myself!

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  10. valerie

    SO enjoying your blog! (found it through iheartorganizing). LOVE your front door. We have a standard, basic door but it needs to be replaced and I have always loved doors like this. Does it ever bother you that you don’t have a storm door so you could open the door to let more light in in the spring/summer? just curious.

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Honestly, it does bother me a little bit not having a storm door. I’m just a sucker for natural light and a cool breeze. On the flip side, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cursed at storm doors trying to hold it open while juggling kids, grocery, bag, etc. Haha. We’ll have to see which force is stronger this spring :)

      Jessie

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  11. Tabitha is Inspired By Giving

    Love your whole house design!! It really is similar to mine and my husbands taste! I have a question, is your couch from IKEA? My husband and I are on the lookout for a new couch and I really like that one. If it is from IKEA, do you like it? How has it held up for you?

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Yep! It’s the Kivik sofa + chaise from Ikea. We love it, going on 3ish years with a TON of use. It’s still holding up really well, we’ve just made sure to rotate the cushions often. Otherwise, it can start to look a little sad. Hope that helps!

      xo,
      Jessie

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  12. christinedes

    I just LOVE your blog! If I could I would buy your house! You are so inspiring!! I did you little animal frame, for my two boys, but with some large dinosaurs and they love it. Thanks for the idea!!

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  13. Jennifer

    Where did you find the navy blue chevron pillows and the solid yellow pillows? Love all the colors and patterns!

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Thanks, Jennifer!

      The chevron pillows were from an Etsy seller a few years ago. I’m sure a simple search there will turn up countless similar versions. And the yellow pillows are from Pottery Barn, again, several years ago. Hope that helps!

      xo,
      Jessie

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  15. Emily

    Your house is absolutely beautiful! The colors and aesthetic are so lovely! Your home is how I imagine my dream home looking. Great job :) You and your husband are very talented!

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  16. Brittany

    I see that you placed your couch at an angle that could really work in my own home. Question about it – does it make the room feel smaller, or hinder the walking space at all? I might just try this layout!

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Well, our entire living room is temporary (just waiting to have a living space in the new addition) but it works for now. We wouldn’t keep the furniture this way for an extended period of time, because yes, the walking space is a little tight in some areas.. and I’m not very found on seeing the back of the couch when you first enter the home. But like I said, it gets the job done for now. I think it really just depends on your specific space and furniture. Hope that helps!

      xo,
      Jessie

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  17. Alexis

    I stumbled upon your blog looking for DIY inspiration (even though I have never DIY’ed anything lol) and I am just blown away by all the before and after pics. You are incredibly talented! My family and I just bought our first “big kid house” and I am having a really hard time figuring out how to decorate. Was wondering if you can share how you approach furnishing/decorating a room?

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Awe, thank you Alexis! That’s a great question, maybe I can come up with a post to better answer :)

      xo,
      Jessie

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  18. Patrick Gray

    I am so happy to find your blog as we just purchased the worst house in the best neighborhood as they say you should. It happens to be a 1951 cape and we have decided to bring back its 50′s charm. Your blog pics have provided lots of ideas. We are leaving a 1920 stone four square that is quite ecclectic and wanted a totally different look. The renovation start on July 31st. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Glad you could find some inspiration through us! Good luck with the reno :)

      xo,
      Jessie

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  19. kim

    I absolutely love your sectional couch – where is it from? I’ve been looking for one similar to that and have been unsuccessful in my hunt.
    and your house is adorable – I love the reclaimed wood ceiling on the front porch along with the buckets of flowers.

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Ohhh, tricky question. I guess we’re officially east siders now, but my entire family is west siders.. although, some have made their way to the east and KY.. We’re kind of all over the place, within a 20 mi radius haha :)

      xo,
      Jessie

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  20. alison

    omg Gorgeous! That front door before/after is amazing and woah your kitchen! I also love the way you did the dining seating. Okay, I loved everything.

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  23. Katie

    Look at that kitchen!! The before and after shot is an amazing transformation! I will be taking some tips from you! I found this giveaway today, I couldn’t believe the prize! It would sure add some color to my kitchen! Sarabella Giveaway

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  24. jaja

    Hi, I love your makeovers! They’re so inspiring. Can you tell me where the yellow pillows in your living room are from? Were those DIY or purchased? I’m looking for a solid mustard cover for my pillows.

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  25. Elena

    Love your kitchen!! Can you tell me are white kitchens high maintenance? I really want to update my kitchen, but alot of people are telling me that they are high maintenance. But I love how they look!!! Thanks.

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  26. lesismore

    just took the “house tour” and I’m curious if now that you’re finding your true style, you have any regrets about the more permanent design choices? two stand-outs for me are the front door (did you keep it tucked away somewhere?) and the floors. I assume they were beyond repair if you replaced them. just loved some of the vintage details the home came with. I’m excited to see where your new style takes you and plan to follow you as you figure it out!

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  27. Isabel Guerra

    What an AMAZING and beautiful decorating job you’ve done with your home. The kitchen is my favorite- and I love the vanity your dad built in your bathroom! Thanks for sharing.

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  28. stephanie

    Love the pallet boards on your wall… Question. How were they hung ,did it take you long to place them and where can i find the recycled boards i’m in the hawthorne,ca area

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  29. Lisharyanti 'Lizz' Limaran

    i really love your home.. I’m from Indonesia, and about to open a little resto with my friend. i really look after your blog for ideas..
    keep posting please, we really love it n love the way you describe the steps..
    tq

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