Wednesday, August 17, 2011

House Tour: A Before and After nearly six years in the making

We did it! We sold our house!
What a journey it has been. When we were getting the house ready, I figured I'd blog about all the projects once they were done, then I was so busy cleaning and keeping the house looking nice while it was on the market that I didn't.
I also got quite discouraged while we on the market. Getting an offer, then having the buyer back out was also pretty discouraging. But we did a lot better than a lot of the people trying to sell in our neighborhood. I think all the work we did made a big difference.
So did having good pictures in our listing. Our realtor hired a photographer and all the after pictures here are her work.

Without further ado, here is part one of the house tour, the main floor.

All of the before pictures were taken way back in 2005 when we were barely starting to move stuff in. Yeah, we bought in 2005, and yes we did lose $$.
The kitchen is the first thing you see in this house.

I blogged about painting the kitchen cabinets here and about the flooring here and here.
I wrote about the fake board and batten here and the trimmed out ledge (up the stairs) here.

I couldn't find a good before picture of this part of the kitchen. We used to have a big book case here that was always overflowing with junk and looking terrible.
We made the table with a butcher block countertop and four adjustable table legs all from Ikea. The light shade, the wall cabinet and many of the accessories inside it are also from Ikea. The barstools are from

The dining room beforeand after
The chandelier, bench, table, and chair covers are from Ikea. The chandelier shades are from All of the floor mats are from LLBean.

The living room, before we moved in any furniture

way after
The curtain rod, drapes, and lamp are from Ikea. The sheers and the art is from JCPenny. The print pillows were on clearance at Target. The brown pillows are pillow covers made from napkins. The plastic film on the window panes of the door and the laminate flooring are both from

*edited to add- for those interested in the paint color, it is Soft Yellow from Glidden (we bought it a few years back, so I don't know if it's still called that).

Next up: Part 2- The upper floor

part 3-basement and backyard

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  1. makes me want to redecorate! Amazing job!!

  2. Wow! This looks amazing!!!! You guys did great!