Eric and I bought our house in 2010 and moved in on Eric’s 30th birthday. Although we have been in our home for three years, we have tackled changes in our house slowly.
Welcome to our home! This is the first thing you see when you walk in our front door.
We have made a few changes to this room over the past couple of years. The biggest change is the wallpaper! Isn’t it pretty?
Rewind to January 2011 and the living room looked like this:
By July 2012, the living room looked like this:
We painted the walls Gray Beard (by Olympic). I cannot express how happy I am with this transformation. I find myself stepping back to admire the living room on a daily basis.
We have tackled a few projects in the dining room. First off, the walls have been painted Gray Beard. Second, I have added pompoms above the table. One day, we will add a real chandelier but for now the pompoms work. Finally, I recovered the chairs.
The kitchen is a room we have yet to tackle.
Main Floor Bathroom
One of my least favourite rooms in our house is the main floor bathroom. To date, we have not touched this room.
Master Bedroom (Upstairs)
The master bedroom is one room where we have done some work. Like the other rooms in our house, I would not consider it complete. The first project we tackled was building our own DIY upholstered bed frame.
Next we painted the walls a hue called Shower of Spring. From here it was time for night stands. I made over a couple of cheap RAST dressers from IKEA. New bedding, and a little artwork was the next step. The artwork are pages from Uppercase Magazine.
I really love this room. I love the slanted ceilings and how it is bright and sunny all day long. Here is a view from the door. This is another room that I have not touched since we moved in.
Here are the before photos of your upstairs bathroom. To date, this room has had no work done to it.
When we first moved in, our outdoor space was a hot mess that we tackled almost immediately after moving in. We spent that first summer, ripping out dead grass, laying sod and patio stones. We also dug a trench to bury an electrical outlet. If you can believe it, there was a long electrical line running overground from the garage to the middle of nowhere.
By the end of September 2010, We had a functional backyard! Hello patio, goodbye massive weeds! When the grass was first installed, it looked amazing! It was actually, that green! No photoshop needed!
July 2013 we finally re-shingled the garage roof. We decided to pay a contractor to complete this project. While it sucks to spend thousands of dollars on such a boring project, we now have peace of mind that our garage is not going to leak. Worth every penny!
As you can see, it was a crucial update! It may not be a fancy or fun upgrade, but it was 100% necessary!
While we have made tons of progress, there is lots of work left to complete in our back yard. Over the next few years we hope to:
- Buy patio furniture
- Fix up and paint the fence
- Fill the planter against the garage with low maintenance perennials
- Put new siding on the garage
- Lay a gravel path around the raised garden beds and down the side of the garage.
- Touch up the paint on the house where the pergola once was
- Paint the back Door
- Add a screen door to promote air flow in the summer