Our Home Tour: The Progress with Before and Afters

Don’t you love a good before and after? Looking at before and after photos of room makeovers is really what got me into interior design. It’s a powerful thing isn’t it? To see a space transformed is to see what could be in your own home and in your own life. It allows you to see possibilities and it inspires you to make changes.

That was one of my favorite things about house shopping. Just imagining all the possibilities in each home. The first time we looked at this house I saw so much potential. It was exciting to make plans and talk about what we wanted to do with each room. It still is.

We’ve made a lot of changes since moving in almost two years ago but sometimes I forget how far we’ve come. While I wouldn’t say that these spaces are “finished” we have made a ton of progress. So anytime I feel like we’re stuck I just go back and look at all the before and afters we’ve created so far.


The Kitchen











What I love most about the kitchen is that we didn’t do any major renovations. We did purchase new light fixtures and we recently purchased new appliances. Other than that it was all done with paint, stain, Instant Granite and a few late nights.

It was a big job and it tested my patience y’all. But it was so worth it. At some point I’m planning to add a backsplash and update the cabinet knobs.



The Laundry Room






The laundry room has probably seen the biggest changes. After removing wallpaper, the old vinyl flooring, and lots of duck decor we had new tile installed. I painted the room and the cabinets and my husband did a great job installing the framing around the inset.

Even though it isn’t quite finished it has come a long way. I still have to paint baseboards and kickplates. Also, I’m playing around with some accessories for the shelves and we’re working on some doors to cover the inset, since this room is also a bathroom.


The Guest Room








The guest room might be my favorite room in the house. It was my entry for the One Room Challenge in Fall of 2016 and I’m not sure how but I actually finished it in six weeks. This space is a combination of DIY’s, thrift store finds and a few small new purchases.

It’s the one room in the house I would actually call finished.


The Dining Space



You might notice the end chairs here are different from what’s pictured in another photo of this area. That’s because I’ve been playing around with different types of chairs to go with the ghost chairs but I finally decided on these tufted linen chairs.

Everything in this space (with the exception of the chairs I just mentioned, the artwork, and light fixture) we brought with us from our old home.

The Living Room








An open floor plan was something that was really important to us. We wanted to be able to have people over without worrying about having enough space and seating for everyone. Since we moved into this home we’ve had more people over than all the years we lived in our last house. It makes me so happy that we’ve created so many memories here already.

The next big project we’re planning is new flooring downstairs. Which means I get to update our bedroom. So ready for that one. Can’t wait to rip that old carpet out of the bedroom! That’s coming up in a few weeks so come back to see it how it goes!

While there are many other spaces we haven’t been able to update yet I’m so thankful for what we’ve been able to do so far.


By stephaniemkent@yahoo.com

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  • Sheryll $ Critters.

    May 6, 2017 at 4:15 am

    I wish my house looked even half as great. I seem to be getting no where.

    1. stephaniemkent@yahoo.com

      May 30, 2017 at 12:58 am

      Hi Sheryll! I feel that way most of the time. You have to remember, most bloggers only share the pretty parts of their homes. I have lots of projects that I feel like I will never have the time or money to get to, and parts of the house I would never post pictures of. Lol. So I just focus on the things that are doable. I’ll get to the rest of it one day. :)

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