Thursday, May 21, 2015

Vanessa's Home Tour 2015: Before & After


A little over 2 years ago my husband and I took a complete leap of faith and put an offer on this house. We knew the chances of the sale going through were next to none since we were purchasing it with a VA loan and this house had to be passed by a VA inspector. There was missing trim, light fixtures hanging by wires, missing vent covers, and it was just plain gross! Long story short, we got the house! Even our realtor said, "God must really want you to have this house!" And I believe He did!




We renovated the majority of the house within the first 6 months (with a TON of help from both our families). Now all we have left is repainting the entry and hallway and I can officially say we are done!

I just ordered these gorgeous pendants off eBay. I so wanted matching chairs for around the table but didn't have enough...until I remembered I had a bunch of these vintage folding chairs! They're wood and metal and I SO LOVED how simple they looked around the table!
















We did almost all the work ourselves with exception of hiring a professional to stain our floors. I don't know the exact numbers but I'm pretty confident that we have renovated the house in under $20K. That includes all new wiring, plumbing, fixtures, flooring...everything! 



My amazing husband did EVERYTHING! He even had some pretty amazing ideas of his own! God so knew what kind of man to give me!

Kitchen Wall Color: Benjamin MooreRegal Select, Color: #OC-37 "Glacier White" in Pearl finish. 





The house is located in one of the best spots in town! The houses around us were some of the first built in the town. In normal circumstances, we would have never been able to afford a house in this part of town. But God does some incredible things and He provided a house that we could transform into my DREAM home. 


I am dying to repaint this room a brighter white! It won't be long...




The sunroom was one of the last for us to re-do. We used it to store...junk. It only took us 2 day's to re-do it and I couldn't believe how gorgeous it turned out!




This room used to be two separate rooms before we tore out the wall to make it all one. 

 This is the wall that came out.

This was a built-in loft bed and cupboard that we tore out as well. 










A more recent renovated room is my laundry/mud room. This used to be the mud room, and a bathroom and a stairway to the basement. We covered the stairs to the basement and put them back where we think they originally were under the staircase going to the upstairs. 


The walls are Benjamin Moore, Regal Select, "Glacier White" (#OC-37) in Pearl Finish. The Floors are Benjamin Moore, Porch and Floor paint in "Black Knight" (#2136-10) in the gloss finish.

My husband built the base for the sink and installed all the copper piping and faucets himself. It was all created from supplies found at Lowes. 
What is now Eli's room used to be an upstairs kitchen. Did I mention the house was divided into 3 apartments when we bought it? 

I posted a tutorial on how I made the leather dresser handles and the light shade here


The upstairs bath was designed more by my husband than me. The copper piping was installed, again, by my husband. Faucets and the shower head I found on eBay. 





I posted my bedroom makeover not that long ago. You can see the original post here.



And last, but not least is the girls' room. We'll be painting the floors in here next. I can't wait!! I LOVE my painted floors! Once my little one is out of her crib we'll have to squeeze two beds in here.  That will take some imagination. But I can't wait!





The paint on the wardrobe is a Sherwin Williams color called "Tidewater". It's the same paint I used on my dining room table as well. 




Sheesh! That was long! This really is a dream home of ours and we are so excited to have it almost done! Of course we will constantly re-design rooms which I expect to do forever. That IS the fun part!

xo--
Vanessa
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