When Ben and I bought our first home in April 2011, it was by far the biggest financial decision we have ever made together the whole journey of renovating, painting and so many sleepless nights has been one of the most rewarding things we have done. After six full months of renovating while living at my amazing parents house we moved into our home in October 2011 and have loved every minute since. Naturally with any home, your to-do list is pages and pages long but there is honestly nothing more exciting than knowing that there is always something to do, something to improve or completely redo and of course creating a gorgeous garden! We are so proud of our home, we hope that you like what we have done – I promise there will be a lot more before and after photos to come!
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Our home started off a mushy yellow with a burt red trim – very attractive. But after a lot of painting we have toned down the colors and have also started the wonderful but never ended task of creating a beautiful garden!
By far the biggest transformation in our home has been the kitchen, lounge and dining room area. By taking down the two walls that divided the area into three very small pokey rooms, taking out the very outdated kitchen hidden in the back left corner and installing our gorgeous french doors. We have created a beautiful open flow to our home, there is nothing better than being able to see into our backyard and watch Kora run around!
Our kitchen is without a doubt the heart of our home, and my favorite room – you probably already knew that though! Nothing makes me happier than pottering in our kitchen cooking and baking delicious goodies and having friends and family over. I am still complete blown away by how much it has changed and how effective white is!
Our laundry took so long to get finished, we went for months with out a sink or any where to put things. It was just a lonely room with a washing machine and dryer. It is now such a lovely and bright room – in the future the washing machine and dryer will be moved behind the wall on the right so that it’s even more spacious and we can have better access to our sweet little round laundry tub.
By far one of the easiest DIY projects of our house – painting the end our our hallway from white to blue I love the bright punch of color. It is also so much nicer than tired yellow and old wooden doors. Ben and I (with a lot of help from family) repainted the whole inside and outside of our house from yellow to white – by far the best decision we have ever made. I love love love white!
We have so many projects that need to be done outside, but here is one that is actually finished. It was so good to say goodbye to the worn burnt red deck and hello to a lovely soft grey non-skid grey deck. I highly recommend painting a deck if you don’t like the color, be sure to get the non-skid paint, it’s a little hard to paint with and your brush will get very heavy, but it is a life saver on rainy days!
I hope that you enjoy looking at our before and after photos, even though it has been really hard at times we have LOVED renovating our home and would do it again in a heart beat. I promise there will be a lot more before and after photos to come… we still have the deck to finish, the bathroom to redo, start gardening and build a veggie garden and of course decorate our bedrooms – right now there really isn’t very much in them. If you have any before and after photos you would like to share, I would love to see them!. x
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