Today’s post is a fun one because I’m taking a little stroll down memory lane to see how our fixer upper has been transformed since we moved in two years ago. You guys, SO much has changed in two years ago (you can check out this post to read the crazy story of our journey here) so I thought it would be fun to look back at how things were when we first moved in. I actually did a little digging and I was able to find the listing photos of our home that show how everything looked when the previous owners lived here. And holy cow, I was shocked to see how different the same house can look! I can’t believe all the changes that have taken place in just two years. Nearly every room in our home has undergone some kind of transformation, well aside from the laundry room and basement bathroom–but we won’t talk about those! And I even have rooms I’m currently working on that you guys haven’t seen yet, like our mudroom and the kids’ bathroom. There’s still so much left to do, but today I want to focus on what has been done and celebrate the progress we’ve made so far. I have a ton of before and after photos to share with you guys, so I’m going to break this into two separate posts. Today is part one and it’s all about the transformation of the exterior of our home, the front room, living room, kitchen and breakfast nook. Let’s get started!
It’s a weird looking house, right? I’m not a fan of the exterior at all, especially from the front, but we make it work. Here’s how it looks now:
We painted the house last fall and of course I had to go with a shade of white. You guys were actually a part of that process too, because I asked for your opinions on which paint color we should go with in this post. We ended up going with Oyster White by Sherwin Williams and I loooooove it!
This is the first room you see when you walk into our home.
You can see how I painted the fireplace white in this post. It was actually way easier than I thought it would be, the whole thing can be done in one afternoon!
We also built this simple entryway space with beadboard, trim and a few hooks. This is still one of the easiest projects we have ever done but it totally transformed this empty spot. You can see how we did it in this post.
This room is so much brighter now! And that DIY reading nook we built is still my favorite thing everrrrrrrr. See how we did it in this post.
That passthrough we put in the wall between our living room and kitchen was one of the most challenging projects we’ve taken on since moving in, but boy was it worth it. I loooooooove this view! Check out this post to see how we did it.
Kitchen + Breakfast Nook:
This space has undergone big changes lately. Between the planked walls in the breakfast nook, new appliances, and the passthrough in the kitchen, this area is so much brighter and more open. And it’s not finished yet! We are actually working on a couple of other big changes in here, so stay tuned.
Isn’t it crazy how the same house can look so different? This little fixer upper has seen a lot of changes over these last two years and it’s been so much fun to watch things evolve. And I know it sounds nuts, but I always say that moving here unleashed something inside of me that was just waiting to come out. I’ve been an avid DIY-er and furniture painter for years, but it wasn’t until moving here that I really felt this overwhelming need to create our home. Does that make any sense at all? Looking back now I was stifled by our previous two homes, both of which were foreclosures. I was unable to make them what I wanted and I felt limited by the things I didn’t like, so I put little effort into either of them–which was really foolish of me. But when we came here it was like I was finally able to run wild with my creative side and bring my vision for our home to life. I really just fell in love with the process of making it ours. It’s been such a crazy journey so far and I can’t wait to take on our next project!
Thanks so much for dropping in today my friends and following along on our fixer upper journey. Stay tuned for part two–I have many more before and after photos to share!