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!
Our first year in our new home, we put the majority of our focus into the interior spaces. Now, we shifting our attention outdoors.
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 enhanced the appeal a bit just with small updates.
The following summer we took on some larger updates, including replacing the existing garage header and porch column, painting the entire exterior in a more modern color scheme, resealing the driveway, building flower boxes (not yet pictured) and giving the landscaping a complete overhaul. Eventually, we’d love to build new shutters and even extend the tiny porch outwards and down the home, for something of more practical use.
We also did a quick front porch update by replacing the front door, DIYing 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.
As we head inside, just a heads up, we replaced the flooring (more on that decision), swapped out the interior doors, and installed craftsman-style trim throughout the entire home. It’s an obvious change in each room, but I may not mention it with every space.
Now, finally, it’s the gorgeous space that it is now. We lightened up the walls with grasscloth wallpaper treatment, painted the interior side of the door yellow, and refinished a modular shelving unit.
Streamlined and beautiful, yet storage and function for days.
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 (Custom White to match Ikea’s Adel Cabinets).
For the first few years we worked with a few pieces from our previous home, before finally committing to a complete makeover. Which brings us here!
Most of the pieces in this room are fairly neutral, but we brought in a bright aqua sofa that totally steals the show! A few hints of yellow and pink throughout add just enough energy. We recovered a few vintage foot stools with new blankets, and gave a Craigslist side table a new look with paint and faux marble contact paper. More details and sources for the items in this room can be found in this post.
On the adjacent wall we DIY’ed a $20 plank wall made from recycled pallet boards, built a blanket ladder from 1×4’s and galvanized pipe, and updated an Ikea media console with mid-century legs.
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.
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.
We customized several cabinets, including the undermounting of Ikea’s Domsjo Sink.
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.
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.
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, switched out the dining chairs, and updated the ceiling light over the dining table.
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 rug eventually.
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!
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!
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.
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:
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.
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 + LIZZY’S BEDROOM:
As our family has grown and our needs have changed, this is one of those rooms that has evolved right along with us.
Progress (Phase One):
The closet received a full makeover, all DIY’ed with big-box store pieces, like Ikea drawers and Closetmaid cubbies for toy storage!
Things really started to come together after making a collage wall of fun art, DIY’ing a tufted headboard, and building a play tent, however, baby number three left us sort of scrambling to now make this a room for two!
Progress (Phase Two):
We’ve since moved on to phase two of this space, and Lizzy has officially moved in to share the room. With a second bed and double the clothes and toys, we came up with a fun new plan and the girls, being a bit older now, really took the lead this time!
We soften up the walls with a subtle mint (Sherwin Williams’ Lighter Mint) and DIY’ed a pair of hot pink headboards. We repurposed the previous dresser and brought in a Craigslist campaign dresser instead to double as a shared nightstand.
A once cramped and undervalued corner is now a floor to ceiling bookcase, and a plank ceiling is in the works! We still have a ways to go in here, like installing crown molding, trimming out the windows, bringing in a ceiling fan, and hanging some art, but it’s coming right along!
Another blank slate- we replaced the flooring, baseboards, removed the dated, bi-fold closet doors. What was originally a nursery for Lizzy, quickly transformed into a nursery for baby brother Ryan.
As always, we drew up some plans and got to work! We installed horizontal wood planking on the walls, painted the ceiling in a minty shade, and installed crown molding and trim around the windows and doors.
We brought in a Craigslist dresser (with a fresh coat of paint and a fun overlay on the top drawers), a thrifted teal plycraft chair, and Zoey’s original crib. We made a leather pennant banner, a trio of dreamcatchers, and several other wall art pieces.
This closet received the same customization as the girls’ room, packed full of toy and clothes storage, and we DIY’ed an industrial bookcase for even more storage!
MORE COMING SOON!