Monday, January 14, 2013

Updated House Tour!

As of now, we have been living in our home for just over 7 months!
(It is also just over 7 months since finding out we were pregnant... I took the pregnancy test the day we moved in to determine whether or not I could go into our new hot tub :)

Anyway, I thought it is about time that I do an updated house tour. We have done a lot of smaller projects and things are really starting to shape up around here. Most of our rooms are still "in progress".

Some of the things you will see on here are things I have already blogged about. Feel free to browse!

Front of House
When we moved in, the garage and doors were painted an outdated reddish brown.
We repainted the doors/garage in a more modern neutral. We have also done a bit of pruning and removing of some plants in the front. It is looking much nicer!

The Main Floor
1. Front Hallway
Unfortunately the only "before" picture we have of the hallway was taken during our initial house tours before buying the house. As you can see... the hallway was painted the same yellow as the rest of the house. 

Since moving in we repainted in a dark teal and we love how it turned out! It helps to balance out all of the other neutral colours we have chosen.

2. Living/Dining Room
We have made quite a few changes to this room. When we first moved in, we didn't even have proper furniture for the room, so we simply put in some existing furniture for the time being while we awaited our new couch and chairs.

Since then, we have made quite a few changes:
- We repainted the walls in a lighter and more neutral colour
- We replaced the window coverings with white curtains (The front window had heavy, dusty yellow drapes)
- We purchased a new couch and chairs and a new carpet
- We scored a cheap and large teak coffee table on Kijiji!

And we finally found some nice throw pillows for the couch to add colour and pull a few things together. We still want to add more art to the walls and a few more accessories.

3. Sitting Room
The same ol' yellow. The same heavy yellow drapes. At least the previous owners were consistent ?


We have made quite a few changes to this room, including:
- Repainting in a neutral grey
- Replacing the drapes with white curtains
- Replacing the light fixture (originally a heavy, ugly fan)
- Adding a couple of big bookshelves




4. The Kitchen
The kitchen is the room in the house that I have the most issues with. It is u-g-l-y! However, we looked into cabinet refacing, and it was so expensive it just isn't worth it right now. Instead, we simply freshened it up with new paint. It looks much more inviting!



1. The office

 The office has now been turned into the spare bedroom, since our spare bedroom has turned into a nursery :)
We have repainted the walls using leftover paint from our sitting room downstairs (why not?!) and simply removed the heavy yellow drapes. It looks much better! Although it could still use some sprucing up with accessories.

2. The main bathroom
A great example of the "special" tile that was a part of our house when we bought it. I painted the tile and Joe took down the sliding brownish glass door over the tub and the awkward hanging cupboard. We replaced it with an extra-long, fun shower curtain. I also replaced the light fixture covers to make it match a little nicer.


3. The spare bedroom
This room is currently being converted into our nursery! Here is the before.

We replaced the curtains, repainted the walls, and have been slowly aquiring some baby things to fill the room. Only 2 (or so) weeks to go until this room gets some use! We  have quite a bit of work to do in here still, as it is still really an empty palette, ready to be decorated according to our baby! We also plan on repainting and refinishing some of the furniture...all of which we bought off of Kijiji!

4. The Master Bedroom
When we moved in, the master bedroom matched the rest of the house in colour. Since then, we repainted a light blue and changed the window coverings. We still need to add some artwork and maybe a few colourful throw pillows to add interest. 

5. The Ensuite bathroom
We decided we wanted to take down the wall cupboard and replace the pedestal sink with a vanity that has storage underneath. We thought this would be a small project, but it ended up being much more challenging than we originally thought! Mostly because I attempted to do the plumbing myself with zero experience. Needless to say, I learned a lot through trial and error, and am pretty impressed that I did it! And we are really happy with the result... it is a much better use of the space. 


The Basement

We have pretty much left the basement as-is so far. I think this will be the last part of the house we tackle, since it is the part of the house we use the least. 

Main area
Spare bedroom...aka storage room
The "Fun House" is still the same...Yikes!

Laundry Room
The Backyard

We haven't needed to do too much in the backyard. However, we did choose to rip out the awful fountain (it just wasn't my style!) and re-seeded that part of the lawn. It looks much better!

After taking out the fountain and adding seed
It is fun to look back at all of the progress we have made. It's exciting to think about the changes we still have to make!

1 comment:

  1. Whew! A lot of work, but well worth it! Now take a break and relax- your last chance before baby comes!