If you’ve followed along on the blog for a while or read our home tour you’ll recognize these before photos but today is the official “after” post. It was fun putting this post together and seeing how much has changed… and brainstorming about things we’ll do differently with the next house. We moved in on February 1, 2010 on a winter that was clearly a lot more mild than the one we just had… if it was this winter the snow would have been (literally) halfway up the front door.
We chopped down the bushes almost immediately because we weren’t getting any light into the front of the house. Then after about three years one of the porch pillars just fell off one day because of rot. It confirmed our decision to put a porch on the house and we started the porch with Boyd Builders in November of 2013. We cut down that crab apple tree one day after hating it for years, no matter what we did it always looked so scraggly and out of place.
Five years later the outside of the house looks how we envisioned it would after installing replacement windows and one new construction in the center of the house with Coastal Windows & Exteriors, putting on a front porch and giving our door a makeover.
Rocking chairs | Pillows: Home Goods
We added pea stone over our existing very beat up driveway pavement for a more coastal and charming feel and then dug up some awful grass in the backyard to create a patio.
Dress: LL Bean, from consignment sale | Wreath: HERE
When you come in the front door the stairs are directly in front of you. If you go to the left you’ll get to our living room. If you go to the right you’ll get to the kitchen. Normally we have kitchen chairs… but they are at the flip staging it so we have the most random ugly mixture of chairs we are using now, hence them not being in the photo.
Table: Craigslist | Bar Stools: Marshalls (Similar HERE)
Coral and Seaglass: Christmas Tree Shops | Rope Cloche: Swank by Design | Mirror: Savers thrift store | Dresser: refinished from the side of the road | Lamp: Home Goods | Cheese Board: Birch Lane | Sugar and Creamer Set: Swank by Design
When we moved into the house the kitchen looked like this:
Looking back I wish I’d taken some good photos from the other angles but the range, which was from the 1950s, took about half an hour to boil water. It was hard to cook anything because we had no idea how long it would take. We didn’t just buy a new range because AJ’s splurge for the kitchen was to do a separate five burner cook top and wall oven (my splurge was the marble).
The stairway has seen a lot of changes… we ripped up the old rug and painted the stair treads white and then added two Rugs USA jute runners HERE.
This space came out pretty much exactly as I envisioned it. The orb turned chandelier makes such a great statement and the runner makes the space so homey but my favorite part of this area are the two framed outfits that were Drew’s and Elle’s when they were teeny tiny (you can read about that HERE). Because we don’t have a linen closet we just throw our dirty laundry in this basket here.
Have I ever shown you this view before? I’m standing in the door to the master bedroom taking this shot. Our upstairs hallway is actually more of a landing. It’s tiny. To the left is Drew’s room, the middle door is Elle’s and the right is obviously the bathroom.
Let’s head into the bathroom first since it’s the first thing you see from the top of the stairs It really only changed cosmetically with new fixtures, flooring, etc. The layout stayed exactly the same. Here is what it looked like before:
The curtains are actually just fabric from Joann’s. I didn’t even hem them or anything because I didn’t know how I’d be using them in the new house.
Pedestal Sink and Toilet: Home Depot | Mirror and Toilet Paper Holder: Home Goods | Wire Basket: Pottery Barn
After seeing Young House Love’s penny tile backsplash I loved it and we did that for our tub.
Let’s move into Drew’s room. When we moved into the house it had wallpaper depicting scenes from the 1800s. It was quirky and interesting but it wasn’t our style so we painted over it and the red linoleum floor.
The room is very small but it’s worked pretty well for Elle… although she’s starting to outgrow it as she quickly is collecting dolls, books and clothes.
A few of the Miss Rumphis prints are framed here. Rarely are the hooks ever this empty, we almost always leave our bath towels here to dry because we have no room in the bathroom for everyone’s towels.
The last spot on the tour is the master bedroom… when we moved in it was without a doubt the scariest room of the house. I’m sure the previous owner would say the same because she just used it as storage. Picture a linoleum floor in yellow. Yellow walls. Yellow trim. And then picture all of it dirty. This photo sort of does it justice.