Hey y'all! How have ya been? I've decided to come out of hibernation! The weather, trying to find a house in a different state, having a house on the market, packing, moving, and unpacking took up most of my time. Hopefully you'll be seeing a lot more of me.
Today I'm sharing some before and after pictures from our Ohio house. Maybe I'm biased but it looks like a totally different house.
Keep in mind that we weren't there for long and it's far from "finished"... the pics are from the listings.
The front door opens into the living room...
The dining room...
We gave the kitchen a facelift...just in time to move. Seriously. We "finished" the day we put the house on the market. I wish I had gotten better pictures. The day we put it on the market was the same day we left to go home for Christmas. When we got back, it was sold!
We added cabinets to the left wall and where the refrigerator was on the right wall. The cabinets are Project Source Unfinished Cabinets from Lowe's painted in BM Dove White.
After much debate, we chose the Ikea numerar birch countertop. We Eric stained it with 2 coats of minwax dark walnut stain and then sealed it with 3 coats of Waterlox. The backsplash is actually thermoplastic made to look like old tin. It was pretty easy to put up- as in you can cut it with scissors and put up with adhesive.
We widened the door to the dining room and exposed the brick! I love exposed brick...I hate exposing it. It is a PAIN! The trim is also painted BM White Dove and the walls are SW Frostwork Silvermist.
Last, but not least, we added a deck! I love the southern cross detail! We were only able to use it for a few months before we froze!
Well, that's our Ohio house tour! Many of the projects were never completed...
I recently wrote a post on making our new house a home. You can read it here. I still have every intention to do so! To do that, quickly, I have to use what I've got. Let's be real, I can't go out next week and buy everything I want to decorate our house. I want to live in this house, and then see what I want to do with different rooms. But no matter what, I'm going to make it feel like home.
The first room I'm going to tackle is the den. I feel like we'll spend most of our time in there so I want us to be able to enjoy it right away. I've done my best to incoroporate Eric's "style" birds and hide into this space. After all, it's his house too!
Instead of coming up with a master plan, I've come up with a few phases. Sure, these may change along the way, but I think I have a pretty good starting point. We already have a lot of these pieces which will make it easier to accomplish soon. .
I know that I want the walls painted white...
actually, all of the rooms will be white.
(Eric's favorite board)
Both of these boards are considered phase one. The only difference is the cow hide rug (which we already have).
Eric likes the 2nd one better, I like the 1st.
(My favorite board)
In Phase Two, I want to get a Persian rug and a new coffee table.
I planned the room around this coffee table. Even though it's not in Phase One, I wanted to plan. That's why you see green throughout the rooms on P1! Remember, I want to make it feel like a home starting with what we already have. If you plan, you can reach your long term goal, step by step.
To give you (and Eric) an idea of the furniture layout, I've placed a few items in a picture. Thank you, Photoshop:)