Aaaand We’re Home.

We moved to Marysville the second week of July, signed on the new house and got to work right away.  My summer was spent making trips to Lowe’s, getting very acquainted with the people at the paint desk, and painting until I thought my arms might fall off.  So today, I am sharing with you some of the before and after pictures of our new home.  We still have plenty to do, but oh the progress we’ve made!  I had fun looking through the “before” pictures just to see how far we’ve come in less than 2 months.

The first thing we did when we got the keys to the house was take up a corner of the (ugly, stinky, dog-stained) carpet.  As you can imagine, we were thrilled to find beautiful hardwood underneath!  We were less thrilled with the bazillion staples that held the carpet down!

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Trying to pull up all those staples was not a fun way to spend the day, but it had to be done!

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21-New House 042 The next item of business was choosing a paint color.  That was hard!  I knew I wanted something in the gray family, but there are lots and lots of greys!  We did a bit of trial and error until we were happy with one.

14-New House 032 My sister.  You guys.  She worked like an ox for days.  She was my faithful little painter and my much needed cheer and morale boost.  She put in a lot of hours!  Somehow, we found plenty to talk about while we worked. . .

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One of the more major projects we took on was a slight revision to the kitchen layout.  When we bought the house the fridge and pantry were in a weird position.  It might be tricky to tell from this picture, but when the fridge was opened, it nearly hit the counter top across from it. 

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It seemed to us that it would make a lot more sense if the fridge and the pantry could swap places.  We thought that would be easy.  BAHAHAHAHAHA!

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Thanks to the skilled (and free) labor of some very dear friends, the job got done.  But it was no easy task!

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We were so thrilled with the hardwood floor we discovered throughout the downstairs that we decided to see if our luck would hold out and reveal beautiful hardwood upstairs!  Um, NOPE.

24-New House 049 Instead of beautiful hardwood, we found some very nasty floors, and a very large hole:

25-New House 051 Once again, our friends came to the rescue and helped us patch and repair the floor then prep it for paint.

We did a lot of work, it’s true.  But, we had some fun while we were at it!  My in-laws were here for a day, my mom came and unpacked my kitchen, I caught up with some of my best friends over a can of paint, and before we knew it, the house started coming together and feeling like a home.  Enjoy the befores and afters!

Entryway Before:

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This sweet little cabinet was just waiting for me at a local antique shop! Perfect for extra storage in a smallish bathroom.


Living Room Before:

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And After:

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Dining Room Before:

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And After:

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I framed my grandma’s handwritten recipes. A sweet way to honor my heritage and our shared love for the kitchen!

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Another find from the antique store! This cabinet is perfect as a coffee bar. . .I store coffee supplies and mugs and a few other things. Plus, I like to have a place to display my handsome rooster.


Kitchen Before:

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And After:

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We finally got the refrigerator and the pantry swapped and the floor plan makes much more sense now!

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Some of my favorite transformations happened upstairs.  First Ellie’s room before:

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My mom is sewing some curtains to put on the top of the closet to disguise some of the mess!

Bryn and Lydia are sharing a room.  They weren’t very happy about that at first, but they are enjoying it now.  The before:

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I took one step into their room and this is what I found. I decided I didn’t want to go any further! HA!

And finally, the master bedroom.  It was so very ugly (so much sponge paint!  Also, remember the floor?) Here is the before:

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Art work waiting to be hung

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Whew!  That’s a lot of pictures!  Believe it or not, I edited out a bunch more.  I think I’ll do another post just on all the furniture that I painted. . .but that’s another story!  I think it’s safe to say I’ll be taking a break from the painting for a while.  Thanks for visiting our new home. . .the coffee is always on, so stop by sometime!

8 thoughts on “Aaaand We’re Home.”

  1. Hey Vicki,
    Thanks for the tour! Your home is beautiful! I have always admired your house from the outside, and now I’ve seen the inside. I read your blog on Thailand, and like others said, “God directed you in the way He wanted you to go!” End of that story!

    And I’m glad He brought you and Conrad and your daughters to Marysville. We love you guys and are so happy you are here. You are putting out so many positive vibes to all of us! I’m not a good “dropper-inner”, but I’d love to chat with you over a cup of coffee. Hope we are able to connect one of these days. And I will end this with another “happy birthday!” And WELCOME HOME!

  2. I love the pictures! It’s a beautiful home! All you work is well worth the effort. I’m so glad after a few years of transition you finally have somewhere to put your rooster. 😀 -Kristin

  3. Hello Conrad and Vicki,
    I love hearing about your lives and how God is directing your steps. You did a fantastic job on your house. It looks homey and welcoming! Keep using it for God’s glory! Blessings!

  4. Whow!!! I love your house. It sounds like you and your family have come to the right place and with the help of new friends and family and your own perserverance you can take on the world. Your house is just lovely. I would love to see it and you all and we are very happy for you that things are working out so well. God does move in mysterious ways and it is always for the best. Love, from the faraway cousin. Marye

  5. So very beautiful. The hard work seems endless at times but you end up with such beautiful creations it makes it all worth it.
    Love it all!

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