Last night was a stormy night here in Omaha. Every time a storm rolls through our neighborhood I cringe a little and cross my fingers. You see, four years ago we were in the process of buying this house, and lighting struck not once but twice. Not literally, but we had two trees fall on our house in the month between the time we made the offer on the house and the time we closed on the house June 30th. We completely lost one large tree in the front of the house, and a large limb from the tree in back.
On closing day, we had holes in the roof and garage along with damaged gutters, but we didn’t back out. This house was a find, and we were willing to put up with the months of contractors and repairs to bring it back to the condition it was in when we first fell in love with it.
In honor of our upcoming Four Year Housiversary (yep, that’s what I’m calling it), I’d like to share a before and after house tour with all of you. Welcome to the Housiversary Home Tour!
Disclaimer: Some of you may be in the following “Before” pictures unwillingly, but due to the lack of before pictures and my lack of foresight for taking them, you have been included.
We’ll begin from the outside. Here we are with family and friends on Moving Day 2008. You can see the tree damage to the corner gutter by the garage.
And here is a straight-on shot courtesy of the Douglas County Assessor’s website 2010.
We’ve made a few improvements outside, most notably the gutter and roof repairs, a fence around the backyard, some landscaping around the bushes and a new garage door. There is still a lot on our to-do list out here.
Next we’ll move inside. The entryway has probably seen the most paint of any room in the house. This is the entryway before (along with my wonderful family). It was yellow like the living room.
I didn’t care for the yellow and I wanted to go bold with such a small space to make a lasting first impression, so I went with something a little more me…teal! In the background of this picture from our wedding brunch you can see a glimpse of the teal.
When the living room color evolved again so did the entryway. First I tried a deep medium gray in semi-gloss, and added some coat hooks found at Lowes.
It still seemed too segmented from the living room, so what better than some bold horizontal stripes of the living room color to help with the flow of the space. Add a mirror and you’ve got yourself a spruced up entryway.
The next stop on the tour is the living room. As pictured in the previous before photos, it was yellow like the entryway. Just look past the hungry movers and you’ll get an idea of what we started with (I warned you the before photos were questionable).
Living Room Before
When the entryway turned teal, the living room went light gray-blue. Here’s our bare bones hand-me-down furniture filled living room on the day of our wedding brunch (about one year in).
Living Room During
Later that year we were able to afford adult furniture and brought in the piano from my parent’s house.
Living Room During
There was something not quite right with the blue. It was well, too blue. So the walls went gray, and I am much more pleased with the subtle neutral backdrop.
Living Room Now
From the living room we will turn to the dining room. One thing we loved about the space was the open archway between the two spaces.
Dining Room Before
One thing we didn’t love so much…the red walls, so I opted for a mossy green instead.
Dining Room Now
From here we’ll move into the kitchen. Most of you are familiar with the boring beige before…
as well as the progress we’ve made so far. One update is the recently refinished butcher block counter top, but I’ll spare you the boring details (three coats of butcher block oil and finish with sanding in between).
We’ll take a quick trip downstairs before touring the rest of the house. The basement was one thing that sealed the deal for us. It is very difficult to find a large, finished basement with normal ceilings and a gorgeous bathroom in this old of a house. Like the majority of the house, it was also beige.
The bathroom is one of only two spaces in our house that has come away unscathed from my painting obsession. Don’t worry…it’s on the list! Here is what our basement currently looks like after some paint and curtains.
Let’s head on back upstairs for the rest of the tour. The hallway is next on the list which was beige. I do not have a before photo so you’ll just have to use your imagination.
Let’s step on into our master bedroom. It too was, you guessed it, beige.
Master Bedroom Before
With the addition of stripes, some curtains and a closet makeover this is our bedroom in its current state.
Master Bedroom Now
And on to the bathroom! This room hasn’t changed too much. The big change was a fresh coat of paint to cover the same boring beige color. I hung the extra-long shower curtain made from IKEA curtains high above the arch to accentuate the architectural detail. We also have a laundry chute to the basement, another deal-sealer of the house! Again, no before pictures here so just imagine it with lots of beige and ugly mini blinds.
Main Bathroom Now
The next stop before heading upstairs is the guest bedroom/office. Need I say it? Beige.
Guest Bedroom Before
Last year we tackled the makeover of this bedroom on the cheap with a lot of DIY projects. Here is where our guests can crash now.
Guest Bedroom Now
Heading upstairs we will stop at the only completely neglected room in the house. It’s kind of ironic, because this room totally sold me the first time we walked through. I thought it was charming and could be turned into a really unique space. Maybe it still can, but here it stands collecting more and more things as time goes on. I’ll call it the “library” since that is my intent with the space.
Library Before, During and Now
And the final stop…what I always dreamed I would have in my dream home…my craft room. It started out a little uninspiring.
Craft Room Before
With the help of a little color and some organization this space is now somewhere I can enjoy hanging out and getting my craft on.
Craft Room Now
I wanted to share this post to show everyone that it takes time (years) to decorate a house. Rather than having “Before and After” photos, I opted for “Before and Now”. I feel our rooms are ever-evolving, and to the dismay of my husband, never quite complete. As you may remember from this post, I still have a lot of plans for our home.
So here ends the Housiversary Home Tour. I can truly say I love the house even more today than the day we first stepped foot in it. It has been a labor of love, and I have had so much fun making it our own. I can’t wait to see how it continues to transform over the next year!