We moved into this house about three and a half years ago. We have made a lot of progress but still have some big areas to renovate. Consider my “in progress” tour a tour through the seasons. 🙂 I can’t wait to show you more as the house moves forward.
BEFORE: THE EXTERIOR
The painting has started! White and navy exterior, here we come! It’s definitely brightened up the house and given it more of the beachy yet classic look I was striving for.
Body of house: Ultra Pure White (Behr) | Shutters and Doors: Club Navy (Behr Marquee)
We found this kids playhouse on Freecycle… it’s been worth every minute AJ spent assembling it!
BEFORE: MUDROOM / ADDITION
Let me introduce you to our home through the mudroom door you see down the stairs. When you come in you see a big open area, a built in desk, a huge coat closet, the door to the garage and a mini closet. There is no lack of storage in this home (let’s hope we don’t come close to accumulating the amount of stuff needed to fill it. :))
From the mudroom stairs you can walk down into the addition that was added around 1980. It is an incredibly long and somewhat skinny space that has incredible sunlight thanks to skylights and the entire back wall that is filled with sliders.
Let’s go up a step into the kitchen. I’m not sure when the kitchen was added, because it protrudes into the addition. The home is from 1966 and the kitchen feels like it could have been done sometime in the 1970s. I can’t praise the former owners enough, they took incredible care of their home. The cabinets might not be new but they are in excellent condition. They have the most incredible built in system that I’ve seen in a kitchen of this age. This is the kitchen on move in day.
IN PROGRESS: KITCHEN
We are currently working on the kitchen and are waiting on our fridge and bar stools, lighting, trim work (including the range hood and island) and paint but it’s definitely different than it was before.
SOURCES (some sources are affiliate links at no additional cost to you):
Range: ILVE (it’s gorgeous and I’ll have a full review for you once we get it hooked up!)
Sink (it’s amazing… love love love, definitely lives up to it’s 4.5 stars, at least two weeks in;)
Faucet (SO quality and heavy weight for being so affordable!): https://rstyle.me/n/
Cabinets: Building Supplies Outlet – Peabody (we worked with Jessica Bush and I LOVED her!)
Counters: North Shore Marble & Granite, Inc.
Finish Work: Boyd Builders
Footed Bowl Pottery Barn (on sale!!! We got ours 10 years ago for our wedding and I still use it daily… and it’s under $40 on sale!) https://rstyle.me/n/
From the kitchen you walk into the entryway hallway that has the broom closet, the basement door and the half bath. You’ll see some after photos of this space around July 1. It’s currently been primed, the door has been replaced and art work is in progress!
(this is what it looks like now minus the runner… I’m just brainstorming a more navy-ish runner)
BEFORE: HALF BATHROOM
The wallpaper in the half bath is so unique, I’m not even sure how to describe it other than it’s an Asian Toile.
IN PROGRESS: THE HALF BATH
We replaced everything in here except for the overhead light and the mirror. We are still looking for the perfect items for those spaces. In the long run I’d love to see some wallpaper in here.
BEFORE: THE OFFICE
Also off the kitchen is the area they used as the dining room and what we will use as an office so we can comfortably have real estate clients over and shut the door.
IN PROGRESS: THE OFFICE
Chairs | Sources: Desk and Dresser: Second hand (similar dresser and lamp) | Rug | Painting of House… and a how to guide to create your own
BEFORE: THE DINING ROOM
From there let’s walk into the area the former owners used as the living room and that we are going to use as a dining room. For the past few years I’ve been dreaming of a dining room table that can seat 12. The other reason I wanted to use this room as a dining room is because of the fireplace. Can’t you just picture a fire roaring while you have Thanksgiving dinner?
AFTER: THE DINING ROOM
BEFORE: THE LIVING ROOM
From there you move into the family room. The there are four skylights so the light during the day is incredible. The walls and trim were a light pink. I hope you can see it in these photos but there are panels on the long wall, each of those offers additional storage. This has been fantastic for the kids toys!
The other side of the room has two amazing window seats with fabric that matches the wallpaper and pillows. The built-ins are currently sitting mostly empty but I’m so excited to start fooling around with different ideas I have for them. The two love seats you see below were also a gift from the former owners.
IN PROGRESS: THE LIVING ROOM
BEFORE: THE PLAYROOM
The entire downstairs of our first house was double the size of the pink room so it’s no surprise we were so thrilled when the owners wanted to leave some furniture to help us furnish what would have been bare rooms. There is one more space downstairs I haven’t show you yet. The other side of the back addition is the area we are planning on using for a kids playroom so that we can easily watch them when we are in the kitchen.
IN PROGRESS: THE PLAYROOM
Let’s move upstairs. One of my favorite parts of this house is that as a general rule the owner used the most neutral paint colors (the only exception is the pink family room). Everything else is some form of sage or tan. While we figure out what colors go best with our furniture these colors are amazing and don’t clash with anything we have.
BEFORE: THE MASTER BEDROOM
This is the room AJ and I are in because we rented out the master suite above the garage.
IN PROGRESS: THE NURSERY / GUEST BEDROOM
Photos coming soon!
BEFORE: UPSTAIRS HALLWAY
Let’s walk down the hall to Drew’s room where I’m standing to take the photo below.
After photos coming soon!
BEFORE: DREW’S ROOM
He chose this room primarily because there was a soccer ball in it when we looked at the house. 🙂 This bedroom is in the back of the house.
IN PROGRESS: DREW’S ROOM
BEFORE: ELLE’S ROOM
We gave Elle the bedroom in the front of the house next to Drew. She has a very small walk in closet that leads to the attic.
IN PROGRESS: ELLE’S ROOM
IN PROGRESS: FOURTH BEDROOM
AJ and I are currently sleeping in here because the master is separated from the rest of the bedrooms by a hallway so we wouldn’t be able to easily hear the kids in the middle of the night.
BEFORE: UPSTAIRS BATH
The bathroom is almost directly across from our bedroom door:
IN PROGRESS: UPSTAIRS BATH
We have updated half the bath with a new vanity, toilet and some new tiles (new photos coming soon of the actual tile, not our temporary marble peel and stick tiles!). This space might be one of my favorite design changes, the new tile makes the space!
We had a tenant in here for about a year and a half after we bought the home (we didn’t need all the space with just two kids) but when she left and we had the babies we put our guest bed in here and a crib for whatever baby is waking up the earliest or in the middle of the night so they’d be a little separate from the other kids. It’s mix matched furniture in here for now. I moved up the living room chairs to see what size wise we’d need at the end of our queen bed (I’m thinking a settee would be the best option).
We plan to replace the closet doors with six-panel doors, paint the walls white and replace the rug with hardwood eventually to match the rest of the house. You’ll notice the nightstands are actually the ones from the fourth bedroom.
BEFORE: Master Bath
Master Bath: In Progress
Okay, actually nothing has happened in the master bath yet except that I mapped out exactly what I want it to look like and did a full budget breakdown so that AJ and I would be on the same page about the costs and general look of the space. You can read the full post HERE about all our plans!