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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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 A room once filled with linoleum tile flooring, outdated oak cabinets, a single ceiling fan light, and the home’s original appliances.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, 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 dining chairs and rug eventually.
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.
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.
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.
We started the transformation by drawing up a plan.
Along the way, we’ve purchased a new bed and DIY’ed a wood bedrail, made new-sew curtains, gave the closet a mini-makeover, painted an Ikea chest in an ombre effect, purchased a new rug, and DIY’ed a play kitchen.
(ignore the christmas tree above – this pic was taken during the holidays)
We also made a collage wall of fun art.
DIY’ed a tufted headboard.
And built a play tent!
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).
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).
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.
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!