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!
Trying to pull up all those staples was not a fun way to spend the day, but it had to be done!
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.
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. . .
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.
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!
Thanks to the skilled (and free) labor of some very dear friends, the job got done. But it was no easy task!
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.
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!
Living Room Before:
Dining Room Before:
Some of my favorite transformations happened upstairs. First Ellie’s room before:
Bryn and Lydia are sharing a room. They weren’t very happy about that at first, but they are enjoying it now. The before:
And finally, the master bedroom. It was so very ugly (so much sponge paint! Also, remember the floor?) Here is the before:
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!