It has been a while since I have done a house update! We have lived in our house almost a year now and we have made a LOT of changes! I don’t think the previous owners would recognize it if they saw it. Not that that was our goal, but it is certainly nice to put our own stamp on the place. We are so happy with our little cottage and I wanted to share some before and after pics, just to remind us of how far we have come and all that we have accomplished! First some pics of the home when we first saw it:
On the outside there haven’t been too many changes…yet. I am planning on painting those brown garage doors a prettier, lighter color, but that will have to wait until the weather is a little more predictable. I can’t have unexpected rainstorms ruining my paint job!
On the inside almost everything has changed! We have removed nearly ALL the wallpaper in the entire house. That was a HUGE job because there was wallpaper everywhere…I kid you not!
The hallway looks so much brighter with a new front door, fresh paint, and new stairs ( just installed last weekend by my amazingly talented husband!)
The living room looks super sunny with the new yellow paint and all the heavy draperies removed from the windows…I do love to let the sunshine in!
The kitchen got a facelift with new paint on the walls and cabinets, plus a new light floor to cover the dark brown that was there.( Remember when I remade this table into this beauty??)
Our family room is a bit of a dark hole, with no windows and only one single door, but the yellow paint on the walls, and the white painted bricks help it look brighter. The mantle we added…it was a super simple project and relatively cheap too. We sure love having a real wood burning fireplace in there!
I started dreaming about redoing the sunporch as soon as we bought the house, and I think the first paint I bought was for this space! I just love the way it looks and we enjoy it daily. I had never experienced an enclosed sunporch before, but now that we have one I don’t think I could be without one!
Upstairs underwent quite a transformation too, ofcourse, with the completion of the attic space, which then became my quilt room. This space is my haven. I love it in here, especially now that we have air and heat ;). ( And in a pinch it makes for a pretty sweet spot for guests to stay overnight!)
Last, but not least, our basement has been completely transformed too and is now a great bedroom, bathroom, and laundry room space, while still allowing us to have storage.
My Peter Rabbit garden is doing really well…a little surprising really, considering how little sunlight it gets. My veggie plants are all doing pretty well, and my little wildflowers are looking so good! There is still lots of work to be done in here, but I’m happy with all that I’ve accomplished so far!
So, are we done?? Not by a long shot! But the house is comfy and cozy and everyone has a place to call their own. All the other stuff will come along eventually. In the meanwhile we enjoy our little cottage home just as is. After all, it’s its inhabitants that make it a home…and I have to admit, the quilts don’t hurt either ;).
Until next time~happy creating!