I almost stopped myself from writing this post.
You see, we’ve been in our 1990’s home almost 4 years, and we’ve been working on room makeovers almost constantly. When you are DIY’ers and on a budget, things move pretty slow.
I wanted to document the changes in one place, but as I scrolled through my collection of before and after images, I felt a tinge of shame creep in. Thoughts that said, “Whoa! What was I thinking?” or “Oh man. I used to think that image was great”. Or how about, “I’m so much better at styling and photography now, I better not resurface some of these images or I might loose followers.”
Seriously. I just thought all that.
But then something inside of me shook off the demons from my shoulders, I sat up straight, and realized what I was seeing was called . . . growth.
And I realized, that probably a year from now, I might look back and think, “Whoa! What was I thinking?” or “Oh man. I used to think that image was great.”
And all I can hope is that I will remember that teeny tiny word, that holds ginormous possibilities.
So, right now, I’d like to take you through the complete before and after of every space in our home which we’ve fixed up or made over. What I hope you will see is the slow growth, change, and refining of my style, skills, and abilities. What I hope you will take away is that we all start at the beginning and we all have the ability to grow. I am so very excited to see what more I can add to all this in the coming years, and where this blogging and home makeover adventure takes us.
Most importantly, thanks for being a part of it. I couldn’t do it without you!
(Feel free to click on the title of each room, to take you directly to the reveal post where I keep all the sources and details of each space makeover, plus get more pictures of each space).
I’ll begin with the most recent makeovers and work down from there.
*The project where I learned that you should never neglect your outdoor spaces. We love to hang out and relax here!
*This is my happy place. The difference of the before and after is my favorite transformation, and this was probably the project that took the most work too!
*This space was the first one we tackled after we moved in, because it is the main living area, and because it was so dark! It has undergone many changes and makeovers as I’ve tried to get it just right. I’m certain I’m not finished quite yet, but here it is today.
*Among all the bedrooms in the house, we waited last to do the master bedroom. BIG MISTAKE! Having this escape and enjoying your own space is a sanity savor.
*I don’t have a before for this space, but it was just bare before. I’ve enjoyed making it more welcoming through the seasons.
*The heart of the home, but the most expensive to fix up. We were stuck on this space for a loooong time! It’s the most challenging spot in the home for me because there is no direct natural light so it always feels dark. I did my best to lighten it up a bit!
*Here is where I sit and do all my behind the scenes work. I’d love a large office, but for now this space in the kitchen is working just fine.
*This space is awkward for me. My husband made a super large table that I love so much, but it is too big for the space. I can’t seem to part with it, but I still haven’t figured out how to love our dining room as much as I would like. But for now, it is still better than what it was! I have very limited images of it because I don’t really love it!
*It may be a small space, but I still have fun changing things around from time to time. My husbands custom made super slim entry table comes in pretty handy.
*Just off the garage, this place is the dumping ground. It’s a dark hole, but I needed it to be a lot more functional and pretty than it was. Yikes!
*This space makes everyone laugh, but it truly is working just fine! We turned our master bedroom closet into our son’s nursery when he was born, out of necessity. It was really a nightmare as a closet anyway. We only intended him to be there for at most a year. He is 2 1/2 now, and still in his little closet. Things need to change people!
*We needed to make the most of this small bedroom for 2 girls, and we managed to do that by building two small beds that lined up against the wall. It freed up a lot of playing space for them! It’s changed and adapted a bit as they’ve grown, and it’s just about ready for more changing. I’ll always think of it as the sweetest little girls room. These before images are sort of in-the-process images, but hopefully you get the idea.
*This room was meant to be a formal living room. We were in need of another bedroom and not another living room, so it became my oldest daughters bedroom. It is small and cozy, but still one of my favorite spaces in the home.
That completes every space we’ve managed to refresh or fix up. You might think we must be done, but we have another bathroom that needs rescuing, and the bedroom situation definitely needs to be adjusted. We have a whole basement that has a large family room, craft room, sun room, bathroom and 2 bedrooms that we haven’t even touched (except to throw our junk in). Needless to say – there is still lots to be done!
But that is half the fun, right?
Thanks for taking the before and after tour of my house! I hope to keep adding on to it!
Did you see a favorite space above, or which space do you think had the best transformation?
I’d love to hear!