"Before and After" pictures are just some of my favorites! They can be so inspiring and fun to see the dramatic change, since some things take time and by the end of a project, one might not appreciate all their effort because they forgot how much work and change they created to get the end result. This house was built in the 50's and the original owner/builder of the house had lived here until we bought it. So it was...outdated. Very well cared for, but outdated. And we didn't have much of a budget to just pour tons of money in at once. So thankfully, we could slowly start changing things as our budget and time would allow.
The best tool in our endeavors, was paint. Paint is relatively inexpensive, pretty accessible, and has the potential for a dramatic impact! I will share two examples of my two favorite rooms in the house in this post. Our kitchen. And our laundry/playroom.
Check it out!
We took all the wallpaper down, instant update for sure! Brett spent some time painting the cabinets (with a special paint intended for cabinets, so it is super durable. Food that gets splattered and dripped on them, can easily be wiped off without chipping or peeling the paint). We also replaced the cabinet hardware (we ordered it off of overstock, it was the cheapest option for the brushed nickel knobs and pulls we wanted, since we could order them in bulk). We replaced the sink and faucet and painted the walls, and changed out the outlet panel fronts for new ones. That's all we did! Paint and a few small replacements literally took decades off of this kitchen! The major appliances (stove, oven, dishwasher, etc.), flooring, cabinets, etc. are all the same. It is so bright and light and I love the end result!
Now, if we were living here long-term, here are a few things I would have loved to add/change about this room in the future: paint or change the kitchen door leading to the garage (maybe a darker charcoal gray for some contrast), add a backsplash (maybe subway tile), change the countertops to either butcher block or cement and extend the bar out more for a more comfortable "bar stool" situation. I also planned on having Brett build me a few shelves and add a little open shelving near the "dining area", and also have him build a corner breakfast nook underneath this corner window. But for only having lived here for 10 months on a tight remodeling budget, I think we did a pretty good job in a room that can cost thousands upon thousands of dollars to renovate!
The laundry room/playroom:
Hope you enjoyed taking a peek into this house and some of the work we did on it. Even though we didn't live here very long, we will have fond memories of our short time here!