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House Tour

Note: Most of these pictures are “before” pictures – stay tuned for “during” and “after” photos!

Here’s the exterior of our home in the country as we saw it when we bought it!

As you pull in the driveway, you can check out a little brick path to the sunporch/rear of the house.

And, from the West side of the house, you can see both the sun porch and the shed.

We brightened up our drab Entrance/Hallway

…with a fresh coat of paint, pictures, and brightly-colored accents.  We also removed the carpet on the stairs and added a picture collage.

The Living Room was outdated with old, faded valences, and a white and off-white paint combo.

We re-painted it and added our own furniture and pictures.  Eventually, we’ll replace the old carpet with wood floors and hang curtains.

The office was originally a dark, wooden man cave. 

Not for long, though!  With a new coat of paint and removal of the old dark green curtains, our office is a lighter and brighter place to blog!

Our dining room was dark and dated with a floral wallpaper and dark wood wainscotting and trim.

After removing wallpaper and painting the room, the dining room is transformed into a calmer, more elegant space to eat and entertain!  Painting the old brassy chandelier black and swapping out glass shades for fabric ones updated the look of the room.

When we bought the house, our kitchen was a functional place to prepare meals, but it was not too pretty.  Between the chandelier that could take out anyone taller than 5’7″ and the oodles of floral printed wallpaper, she was in need of a serious makeover.

Removing the wallpaper and giving the walls a new coat of light green paint really brightened up the room.  A new ceiling-hugging light was installed for the safety of our tall guests, and its 5 spotlights provide much-needed light to all areas of the kitchen.  We replaced the old, dirty white knobs with stainless steel knobs and painted the old two-toned cabinets a bright white.

The 3-season sun porch is an awesome and very colorful place to hang out.  We plan to replace the carpet with tile, paint, and add new lighting and curtains to create a calm, cool space where the main focus of the room becomes the view of the lush forest surrounding our home.

Our tiny 1/2 Bath had CARPET ON THE WALLS (certainly a crime against humanity).  Gross.

Much better now.  Yes?

Our full bath was one of our first projects in our new home.  The walls, trim, and ceiling were covered in pink floral paper and again, there was CARPET ON THE WALLS (was this a trend I was unaware of?).  We ripped it all out and started over…

We chose white and black tile and light grey paint for a classic look.  Replacing the old, bulky cabinets with open shelving and a wall-mounted sink opened up the room, and still provides function.

Our master bedroom featured a faded wall color, shelving that made the ceiling feel lower, and outdated curtains and floral border.

We pulled down the border and shelves and painted the walls a newer, deeper, and not-at-all-faded blue.  With the addition of curtains, pictures, and new furniture, this room is much more relaxing.  We hope to someday add a master bath, hardwood floors, and new lighting to this space (gotta dream big, right?).

Our 2nd Bedroom/Craft Room was a faded green color (there were brighter green spots where the previous owners had pictures)…

Just pulling down the old curtains and staging our own furniture has made a pretty big difference in this room!  We’ll be working more to paint/stage this room in the future, but for now, it’s a good-enough-while-we-work-on-other-things place to work on crafty projects!

3rd (Guest) Bedroom

Another work-in-progress, the guest room is comfy (and, for now, sparsely furnished).

Basement Den (before)

Basement Workout Room (before)

Laundry Room

Attached Shed

16 Comments leave one →
  1. japortma permalink
    July 28, 2009 6:35 pm

    Thats it I am moving in!!!! I will take the cool green room!! 🙂

  2. October 16, 2009 10:50 am

    It looks like you picked a great house! I love the changes you’ve made so far (especially in the bathroom) and I can’t wait to see what you’ve done with the rest!

  3. October 16, 2009 11:51 am


    I just found you via Mrs. Limestone ~ Michigan eh?? Where abouts? I happen to be on “sabbatical” here while my husband and I figure out our next step!

    I look forward to exploring your blog!
    ABC Dragoo

    • October 19, 2009 6:04 pm

      Hi! I’ve actually been reading your posts on EAD living – welcome! We’re near Kalamazoo, and I am also on sabbatical. If you’re close, we should go grab coffee sometime! I’m always looking for new Michigan friends…

  4. October 17, 2009 6:24 am

    I love the after shots!
    So fun to make things yours…

  5. Debe permalink
    October 18, 2009 11:20 pm

    Would love to know where you found your hex tile? Looked all over and all I got was, what kind??? Love what you did! Came to you from Mrs. Limestone. Will follow to see what you do next!

    • October 19, 2009 6:38 pm

      We actually bought our hex tile at Tile Mart – I think it was $5-6/square foot. I think Home Depot and Lowes also sell ceramic hex tiles, but you have to order them online – neither place stocks them in store.

  6. Mrs Schmank permalink
    November 6, 2009 2:56 pm

    Jen, Am so happy for you. Cannot believe this – your home is beautiful, love it, but YOU, in your wedding gown – lovely, glamorous and radiant ! My very best wishes to
    you and husband and also those two darling dogs. Have finally found you on this machine and so disappointed to not get together while you were here in town recently. Please do let me know when you return. Now sit back and enjoy your lovely home and catch a glimpse of Fall Color with those falling leaves from surrounding trees. You have a most beautiful spot IN THE COUNTRY. I did press some colorful leaves and plan to frame them to grace our walls in our family room. Rather effective as I was inspired to do this after seeing this recently in Door County.
    Again, am so happy to “find” you, Jen.

  7. January 19, 2010 1:02 pm

    You have got to list the paint colors you used – they are awesome!


  8. July 20, 2010 12:14 pm

    I just found your blog from your comment on That Wife Blog. I’m in love with your house. You guys have done a wonderful job so far. I can’t wait to read more 🙂

  9. July 28, 2010 2:22 pm

    What a cool home! Love the sun porch in the back. Oh and all those trees in the backyard, I’m so jealous!!!

  10. Elizabeth Hoppe permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:18 pm

    Just saw your bathroom renovation on I also used white and black hex tile in my bathroom. I also used charcoal grout. I also had a grey film! I used a water and muriatic acid solution (wear gloves, and don’t let it get near hardwood floors or wood furniture) and it took care of about 95% of the problem. I then went back with the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser thing and scrubbed it down by hand, which took care of the rest of the problem. I still periodically clean it with the magic eraser after mopping, when the tile looks dingy. It is so porous, it takes on more grit than sealed tile, so the Magic Eraser really helps. I think your bathroom looks great!

  11. Lisa permalink
    February 23, 2011 5:10 pm

    This is AMAZING!!! I loved these pics. Even the pics of how it was before totally recall a bygone era and are so neat to see. I’m envious of your life Jen! This is gorgeous!

  12. June 8, 2011 2:00 pm

    Love the dinning table!


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