We bought our home in the summer of 2009 when we fell in love with its charm. Ever since then we've been making slow but steady progress to update it and remove the hunting lodge vibe (which my husband was okay with, anyone surprised?). Working on the house is a big job and we're taking it a bit at a time... here's how it looks right this very moment:
Our front yard is coming along slowly but surely; we've added lots of plants, removed a few sick trees and given our lamp post a whimsical makeover.
The living room was the very first room we tackled, even before we moved in. We took out the wood stove and the paneling, put new sheetrock and new carpet in, then added some built-in shelves and new trim.
Oh, and in the fall of 2012 I started knocking holes in walls. Just 'cause. Stick with me, I swear I've got a plan...
We don't spend a lot of time in our basement (another space that needs some love in the future), but the open basement stairwell leading from the kitchen was in dire need of a makeover. I thought maybe if I gave the steps a fun makeover, painted the walls, added a new light fixture and some trim, I'd like going downstairs to do laundry a little bit more. It didn't work, and laundry is still the bane of my existence... but it was worth a try!
Our 1960's home lacks a master bathroom. Oy. This means our upstairs bathroom has gotten lots of undivided attention since I wanted it to be fabulous for me but also great for guests. We added a built-in nook with glass shelves, replaced lighting and mirrors, installed a mosaic tile backsplash, and painted the vanity. The result is a brand new room!
The master bedroom is a work in progress, but it's come a long way. New lighting, paint and some furniture, plus a barnwood hanging and a couple hacked IKEA nightstands has made a big difference. And I'm sure one day I'll add baseboard!
My boys' bedroom got a makeover in early 2012. Many of the projects that went into it were DIY, including the bunkbed, desk, curtains, lighting, desk area and wall art.