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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53 comments:

  1. Gosh, I love your house! Each and every shot I'm going to be pinning on my own personal board. We just put our house on the market this week and are transitioning to a little place by the sea. It's so good to be here with you in this season.

    Love it. Grateful to be here with you, Vanessa ...

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    1. I forgot to tell you that I'm sharing your house on my sidebar ...

      ;-}

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    2. Thank you so much! That is so sweet of you to share our post! Hope you have fun with your new project!

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  2. I was so excited to see your post this morning. I absolutely adore your home! Every room is so sweet and cozy and I could move right in! Since I'm being greedy this morning, I'd love to see your other bathrooms (since the one you showed was divine) and the nursery. I am amazed by your before and afters - your vision is outstanding. Thanks so much for this peek inside your lovely home.

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    1. Well...the downstairs bathroom was one of the first rooms we remodeled. Well paint started coming off the walls, kids drew on the walls, I kept trying to put cute things up and then I didn't like them so there are huge holes all over it...so right now it's just plain ugly! The floor boards warped so we'll be doing a makeover in it soon. I don't have a nursery...the crib is in the "girls' room" you just don't see it cause it's against the opposite wall. I didn't put time into decorating that wall cause soon the dresser will replace the crib and another bed will go in the middle. So...I hope it won't be long before I can share the other couple of areas that are needing help.
      xo--Vanessa

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    2. Thank you for your reply. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything. :-)

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  3. I've been following your instagram account for a while, and I'm always amazed by the pictures you post. So I was truly excited when I found out that you are going to post a house tour on your blog. This is simply just beautiful. And how everything turned out good, and even your hubby did such a great job! I'm just blown away. Thank you for sharing these personal informations. :)
    Big hugs from Hungary!

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  4. i love EVERY LITTLE DETAIL Vanessa. thanks for sharing & offering inspiration!

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  5. It is SO beautiful and peaceful! We purchased our home almost a year ago and every room feels like hard work. great job!!

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  6. Oh my goodness!! I love every inch of your home. It's all so incredibly beautiful.You and your hubby did an amazing job.

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  7. Girl, I love, love, love your style! Thanks for sharing. You have inspired me. Erin in Tennessee

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  8. Wow, your home is just lovely! Everything about it is an inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing it! How old is the house? It looks like a very old house that you have rescued and filled with beauty and love. I really appreciate that.

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  9. amazing! I pinned most of them ;)

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  10. LOVED what you have done with your home. Your labor of love is so beautiful.

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  11. I normally don't comment on posts but I was so impressed with your home and how beautiful it all is I wanted to let you know. Inspirational!

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting! It really means a lot to us!
      xo--
      Vanessa

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  12. I enjoyed every photo! What a beautiful makeover! Your house must be so happy. The copperwork is especially creative and are like works of art. Nice job, both of you.

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  13. really fantastic, beautiful, congrats! very inspiring ♥ ♥

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  14. Beautiful - you make white and simple look glowing and soft and textural and warm and cozy. You have great vision, not to mention the abilities (you and your husband) to see it through.

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  15. What a beautiful home. Your vision for the kitchen and the after photo is stunning. Love every room. Functional and pretty, but not full of stuff. Well done on the renovation!

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  16. Gorgeous home Vanessa! In the kitchen did you build new cabinets or purchase or hang vintage ones? So lovely. Where do you live?

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    1. Hi Holly! The wood cabinet is an antique, as well as the white one with cubby drawers that looks like a built-in. We are in the Flathead Valley in Montana.

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  17. So, so perfect! Please tell me about your kitchen floors! And the cabinets. Do they have a finish?

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    1. Hi Sandy! The kitchen floors are fir and we painted them with an oil-based porch and floor paint in gloss. The cabinet was sanded and then I only used Briwax in "light brown" on it to finish it.

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  18. Your home is beautiful!!!

    Carolyn

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  19. Just simply magnificent!! I so want a farmhouse style home and to downsize. This is just perfect and you have an incredible eye.

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    1. Thank you so much Kim! Simplifying is so hard to do but so rewarding once you can do it!

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  20. So enjoyed this fabulous home tour....We currently live in a large home and we have a piece of property that we are contemplating building a small cottage/farmhouse on...you are certainly inspiring me!....Beautiful home!!!...Hopping over from Top This Top That!

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  21. You have such an incredibly gorgeous home, and what a stunning transformation! I had no idea you would have "before" pictures like that! It makes me excited to (hopefully soon) get a fixer upper to start working on...knowing that it could hopefully turn out this beautiful. I so admire your style. :)

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  22. Simply stunning!!! I do kind of wish I could start all over again with mine now! Well done for your vision and hard work xx

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  23. Love your house - everything is so inviting and calm! We are updating our 115yr old house that has wood walls - similar to your laundry/mud room and I was curious what kind of paint prep you did for the wood and doors and trim, etc. There are so many cracks and crevices and nicks and dings but your mudroom still looks like it turned out fresh and clean:) Did you have to deal with lead paint at all??

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  24. It's gorgeous! Swooning like crazy over here. And your photography - top notch! So inspiring!

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  25. I follow many people and admire many homes of those I do, but your home and the way you mix old and new, and add salvage pieces into your design is just impeccable..GORGEOUS transformation..
    Karen~

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  26. I also replied on Instagram...but I absolutely love what you have done. You have a great eye for design! I find neutrals very serene, although my biege walls are starting to look dinghy. You have inspired me to go to white, it is so clean looking! We are empty nesters and getting rid of way too much stuff! that we accumulated over the years. I love that you have just the right amount, so everything really stands out! Love the assymetrical grouping over the piano too. Enjoy your dream home because it is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you so much!! I'm excited for you now...getting rid of stuff is very exciting for me! I think I find it therapeutic! ;-)

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  27. Darn... wish I could go back and edit my bad grammar from my post. That's what happens when I comment before my morning coffee! :)

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  28. Please tell me where the laundry room light fixture is from ? Is it vintage? I could keep looking back at the photos all day !! Charming !!

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    1. The light in the laundry area is from shadesoflight.com and the one above the back door is from ebay although I couldn't find it on there recently but found one just like it on either rejuvinations.com or bellacore.com

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  29. Beautiful, just beautiful, every single room *sigh*

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  30. Just about the most beautiful home I think I have ever seen! What beauty and inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

    Vanessa

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  31. Where did you find the round, crocheted-looking rug in the bathroom? Thanks!

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  32. How did your husband build the sink base for the laundry tub? I have 1 of those double concrete sinks, too. But the metal base is rusting away. I love mine--so happy you saved it and did not dump for one of those little puny plastic things.

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  33. Love this! Especially love the milk glass pendants over the dining table. We have a similar situation with on off-set table, so I need something with a swag that's not too puny. Did you have to get the two pendants wired into one ceiling fixture?

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  34. Your dream house is my dream house. You and your husband did an incredible job....wow...wait...I need to pick my jaw up off of the floor! Absolutely gorgeous!!!

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  36. I'm a little late to this post (found via pinterest) but can you share where you found your concrete utility sink? I'm looking for something like it! Thanks in advance!

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  38. Gorg!! Where is you pr daughters light fixture from? Xo!

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  39. Lovely photos! In a couple of your bathroom pics I see 2 kinda fancy glass decanters side by side. We have one just like the one on left. I've always been curious as to its origin. Do you know what type they are or who made them? Thanks!

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  40. Lovely photos! In a couple of your bathroom pics I see 2 kinda fancy glass decanters side by side. We have one just like the one on left. I've always been curious as to its origin. Do you know what type they are or who made them? Thanks!

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