September 3, 2013 in Building and Repurposing
Welp, it’s official – my house is for sale… and with any luck, in a few weeks my house will be sold. I’m cautiously optimistic and hoping everything goes through. We already had one buyer hiccup, but that’s been ironed out and things are moving forward again. Keep your fingers crossed please!
In the meantime, I thought I’d kick off my Back To Blogging posts with a short photo tour. You’ll see some familiar projects and some others that are brand spanking new. Tutorials to follow of course!
Without further ado, here’s a look at my little abode. Fair warning – some of these photos are a bit grainy because my realtor snapped them. Isn’t it funny how some people think to take photos from angles you’d never imagined?
My front porch got a minor facelift – freshly painted grey and I built new stairs. Yep. Me. All by myself! I wanted to ask for more than once, but I pushed through and was SUPER proud when it was all said and done. I’ll give you a run-down on the good, the bad and the ugly in the coming weeks.
When you come through my sunny yellow front door, you step right into the living room. I’ve always loved the high ceilings and skylights!
You’ve seen this room many times of course. (Maybe because it’s my favorite?)
Here’s a look back into the living room, taken while standing in the dining space:
Former Projects Pictured: Water Street Driftwood Sign
That lovely neutral Mexican blanket was one of my tourist snags while vacationing in Cabo earlier this year. I adore it! (…and yes, I was the crazy girl buying a blanket on a 95 degree day!)
Walking through the living room, you’ll find yourself in my now very sparse dining area. For most of my time in this house, I had built-in banquette seating that was only 99% finished. I never blogged about it because I fell into the bad habit of using it as-is and never TOTALLY finished the project. DIY Blogger FAIL. J Now that it’s gone, I wish I had more chairs. That banquette was GREAT storage though!
This picture is snapped from waaaay back in the corner behind the table. No really… I couldn’t have sucked any further into the corner! That butcher block island has been a savior and much-loved extra counter space in my living room. I love that I can pull up a stool and work on crafty projects while having a front-row seat to the TV in the living room.
I’ll definitely miss the high ceilings and open floorplan in this house. For a little cottage-style house, it sure does feel big… to me!
Standing here, looking into the kitchen… now turn 180 degrees and walk forward and you’ll find yourself looking at the doorways into both bedrooms. The third closed door goes down to the basement. First, the master bedroom:
This is a room I never showed enough! There are several tutorials to come!
I’ll also miss the walk-in closets. What a handy little house!
This modest master bath got a recent facelift thanks to my awesome Mom and sister, Christy! Don’t know what I’d do without those gals! I’d probably still be twiddling my thumbs trying to decide which project to tackle first so I could get my house on the market!
The guest room doesn’t really look like a guest room these days. It’s actually morphed into my project space! Would you believe that door on the right is ALSO a walk-in closet!? Man! There’s another large closet in this room that doubles as an optional main-floor laundry space, but I opted to use it for a home office for the first year when I actually had a guest bed in this room… and eventually it became craft overflow (we all have those spaces, right? RIGHT?!)
I’ll spare you the details of my basement. It’s a partially finished space that I barely made a dent in. My greatest contribution to the basement was painting the red ceiling white. Yep… mind-blowing, huh?
Previous Projects Pictured: Wine Bottle Tiki Torches
Stepping outside, you head through my gate and into the privacy-fenced backyard. Clearly I’m not good at growing grass… (Hangs head in shame) In my defense, my dogs were also anti-grass… they did their best to run hard and fast and beat every blade down.
I’m proud to say I built that raised cedar garden bed… and three years it’s still standing strong! Sadly I didn’t plant anything this year. I had some herbs come back on their own, but I didn’t want to baby a garden knowing I’d be moving in the peak harvest time. (Is that selfish?)
This great awning is what keeps my basement bone dry in a storm. Love! My awesome Dad set the posts and built the roof. Then I started tackling the railing after he left. Turns out 2 hands might not be enough… I also enlisted the help of my right foot… but was still dropping screws. Big Guy to the rescue! He was nice enough to brave one of the hottest days of the summer and sweat-through some DIY. (I pay him in cold beverages!)
That building you see in the background is my AWESOME shed. It’s huge people. REALLY huge. It has French doors and is fully insulated. I always wanted to deck it out Better Homes and Gardens style and make an amazing outdoor oasis… but well… my house didn’t come with a money tree. As a first time homeowner, I can definitely say you buy a house with dreams of amazing renovations… and then you realize those things cost money. #grownupproblems
So that’s my house – not perfect, but perfectly me! I can’t wait to show you some projects in the coming weeks… and hopefully celebrate on my closing date!