Three Months In

Dude, we’ve been here over three months! On one hand it feels like we’ve lived here forever, and on the other hand it feels like we just moved in last week (wasn’t it last week?!). We’re definitely surprised by how much we’ve knocked out since moving in (new flooring upstairs, a bunch of exterior upgrades, a half bathroom and a foyer facelift, some fresh paint in the bedroom, and a freshly lofted sunroom) yet some of the completely untouched rooms have us itching to bounce around to them soon. But enough chatter, let’s get to the photos. Here’s a time capsule of how our house looks three months in:

– The Front –

We’ve had some dangerous trees removed, replaced the old leaky roof, got a new coat of paint on the repaired siding/trim, and painted the front door a happy color. The yard is still spotty and weed-riddled – and we’d love to add some garden beds and more plantings to make things feel less bare, so we have a lot more to do out there.

Here’s a before just for fun (we thought we’d toss those in for areas that have changed the most).

– The Portico –

We removed the old slatted screen door and painted the cream-colored sidelights white (like the trim) along with painting the door. We’d still love to get a bigger doormat, a new light fixture, and add interest to the flat triangle of plywood on the front (we think framing it out with chunkier molding might help).

– The Garage –

The side of the house’s siding got repaired and repainted, and we’d like to paint the cream garage doors a darker color – either charcoal like the roof or black like the shutters.

– The Foyer –

We took down the dark wooden doors that blocked access to the kitchen, removed the wallpaper, painted all of that formerly blue trim white, and updated the walls with a fresh coat of paint. Then we hung a new light fixture and some art. We still have the staircase railing to redo (the spindles are blue)… not to mention some old carpeting on the stairs that we hope to replace with a fresh new runner. We’re also thinking about painting a subtle color on the ceiling in here.

Here’s a foyer before shot for old time’s sake.

– The Half Bathroom –

In here we’ve stripped the wallpaper, painted the walls and the trim along with hanging a new mirror, primed & painted the vanity, and hung a secondhand light and some art as well as upgrading the faucet. We’re planning a more intense makeover down the line once we save our pennies (maybe with some grasscloth wallpaper or a tiled accent wall?) but we liked that we could make a few cheap upgrades for the meantime.

Here’s a half bathroom before shot.

– The Dining Room –

The dining room is still full of blue trim and wallpaper galore. All we’ve done is drag in our furniture, but we’d love to update everything from the walls and light fixture to those built-ins in each corner.

– The Living Room –

So far we’ve primed and painted the walls and whitewashed the brick fireplace. We loved our first house’s den after all the brick, wood paneling, and trim was painted – and this room reminds us so much of that space – so next on the agenda is to paint all of the wood trim a glossy white. Coffering the ceilings and adding a soft blue tone up there is on our wish-list too.

It’s far from finished, but it feels a lot more like home than the salmon pink living room that we started with.

– The Office –

We’ve really only plopped some furniture down in here and organized our bookcase, but we’re planning to paint the blue trim, and we’d love to add some built-ins and maybe even a floating desk. Perhaps something like this?

– The Kitchen –

Before doing any major kitchen or bathroom gut-jobs, we like to live in a house for at least a year – just to see how we use a space instead of rushing into anything. We’re definitely taking notes about how we use this room and what’s in the way in the hopes of a makeover that’s open and bright along with being a lot more functional.

– The Master Bedroom –

All of the rooms upstairs had old threadbare carpeting so in the bedroom we painted the cream doors/trim, laid hardwoods right before we moved in, and later painted the walls. We can’t wait to add some built-ins behind the bed (we think it’ll make those windows look centered), hang some window treatments, and shuffle some furniture around along with hanging art.

Here’s a before shot from back when we bought the house.

– The Master Bathroom –

We haven’t done a thing to the sink nook, but we did take down the old glass shower doors and then we hung a nice high shower curtain in the bathroom to make it feel less closed in. Eventually we’d love to do a huge remodel to combine the sink nook and the rest of the bathroom for a more spacious and less chopped-up feeling with a double sink instead of a single sink in each space, separated by a wall.

– The Master Closet –

Our closet is now packed with stuff and in desperate need of some organization. We’d love to add some built-in drawers and shelves to pack it with function and that old carpet has got to go! We’re planning to carry the tile from the bathroom reno in there so the whole “off-the-master-bedroom wing” has seamless flooring and feels less choppy.

-Upstairs Hallway –

We ripped up the old carpeting, painted all the blue doors/trim, and laid new hardwood floors in a mad dash before moving day. Still need to paint those blue spokes on the bannister along with the walls and ceiling in the hallway.

This is one of the areas that has come the furthest so far, so here’s the before.

– Clara’s Room –

We painted all of the blue trim in here and then we laid new hardwood floors and moved in Clara’s furniture from the last house. We can’t wait to paint the walls, get an overhead light fixture, and hang some art. We also have a feeling that a few things in here will get tweaked and shifted around, so it’ll be fun to see where everything lands. We’re still in that switching-stuff-around phase for sure…

Clara’s bedroom originally had old carpeting like the master, but this before photo was taken after we ripped it up.

– Spare Room / Possible Someday Nursery –

We painted all the mauve trim and then we laid new hardwood floors. After that not much has happened – we just plopped down a few random objects in here and called it a day. We’re not planning to do anything in here until we’re sure how we’ll use this room (so if we have a baby on the way, it may jump onto the to-do list at that point – but for now it’ll just stay like this).

This room started out with more old carpeting and pink trim and doors.

– The Guest Bedroom / Craft Room –

Once again we painted the trim and laid new hardwood floors and then just dragged our furniture in here.  We did hang the curtains from our last house’s dining room in here, just to make it feel a little more finished, but we still have to paint those stripey walls and figure out some long-term furniture things.

Here’s the before.

– The Hall Bathroom –

So far we’ve only hung some faux wood blinds for privacy and dragged in some bright accessories to happy things up. We also hung the shower curtain nice and high, which helps to cover up some of the broken shower tile.

– Laundry Nook –

The blue trim is now white and the old carpet is hardwood flooring but that’s as far as we’ve gotten. We’re saving up for some new appliances and down the line we’d love to add cabinetry to the nook and maybe even bring in some sort of frosted doors to block the sound (and then maybe even add a tiled accent wall in the back?).

– The Sunroom –

Since moving in, we’ve stripped the old carpet away and we’ve taken down the old broken doors to create an indoor-outdoor space that no longer fogs up and seals us off from the deck. We also lofted the ceiling and got some electrical work done (more on that soon!) and we can’t wait to add light blue beadboard on the ceiling and tile the floor to create a room with this vibe. Maybe even with an outdoor fireplace…

Here’s the before shot from when we moved in.

– The Back Deck –

We got the dangerous tree outta there (we thought it was charming and sweet but the inspector and an arborist friend of ours said it had to go) and got the siding/trim painted. Then we patched the hole left by the tree and stripped and re-stained the deck.

It was in rough shape when we bought the house, so it’s really nice to have reclaimed such a great outdoor space.

So there you go. We’ve stopped doing monthly recaps (woops, we fell off that train when we moved) but it’s definitely nice to have posts like this to freeze time for a second and capture exactly how crazy (and exciting) it was after 90 or so days of getting settled. Do you guys ever snap photos or write blog posts or make Flickr albums to remind you how your house looked at a certain moment in time? Our House Tour page is always getting updated with new “progress” photos, so posts like these are the ones that we look back at and say “holy cow, remember that?”


  1. says

    Big changes! It all looks so good. As far as the lawn I’d like to recommend Weed and Feed. It completely resurrected my lawn. There were so many weeds I thought I’d have to burn it all down and start over but the weed and feed killed them all and made my grass grow again. It was a miracle.

    • says

      Looking good guys.

      The updated picture of the front exterior makes it so home-y looking now. I don’t know what the rest of the homes look like around you guys, but I bet the neighbors are happy to see that transformation.

      I clicked on your ‘House Tour’ section and noticed something… Have the two of you noticed it too? All three pictures have some similarities (but of course they are different homes). The color? Yes. The shape? Yes. Look closely, every single one looks the same. Start from the 1st then to the 2nd then to the 3rd (but don’t put too much thought into it, just look). It started off as a small bungalow, then to a stretched bungalow, then a little more pulling and stretching and voila you’ve got that second story and garage added…. Windows still in their bungalow spots..

      I dunno, I’m just that person that notices these things….


      Your Canadian Fan,

    • says

      Thanks Devon! We’ve heard people rave about Weed & Feed, and always thank them for their recommendation, but because Burger’s out there sniffing around we haven’t fertilized for years and have never chemically killed weeds. We just pick weeds by hand or embrace them as “flair” in the yard – haha! Although when we seed this fall we anticipate digging out (or aerating) a lot of stuff to try to get a nice base to start with. Should be interesting!


    • says

      Whew, glad to hear it. I didn’t want to get on my high horse about chemical versus organic lawn care (I think everyone can get on board with not putting extra chemicals in our water supplies), but chemical herbicides and chemical fertilizers are both bad news.

  2. says

    the house looks amazing and I cant believe how much you have done in such a short time! what is even more amazing is that you bought such a crazy gorg house with the funds from a job, created by your dreams!

  3. Jill says

    Are you planning on leaving the old sunroom open?
    We are enclosing (we need more square feet) a beautiful screened porch.
    Just wondering…..

    • says

      Yup, we’re planning to keep it open like a covered porch since it’s nice not to be blocked off from the deck and we will have two fans in there to cut down on bugs (at least in our last two houses, running fans kept mosquitoes out of the sunroom even when the doors were all thrown open).


  4. says

    I love these posts. I cant believe its only been 3 months.. and then i’m like, wait.. they surprised us a few days ago when they bought this house.. wait, that was like 9 months ago. whatever.. it looks great. cant wait to see more!

  5. Claire says

    Gosh you guys have turned this house around quickly! It looks amazing where you’ve updated the spaces. The foyer alone looks like it’s been brought up to date by centuries actually. The before shot now looks like something I’d see in a 18th century tavern in Williamsburg! lol

  6. Brenda says

    Wow, you’ve done so much! And it’s so weird how in the before and after pictures of the front of the house the yard looks to be very different depths. I thought the house was a lot closer to the street from looking at the shots after the trees were taken down.

    • says

      You’re so right about the depth thing! Never noticed that until now. I wonder if we add more plantings and beds out front again if it’ll restore some depth? I also think the angle of the pics might have something to do with it. So funny!


    • Mia B says

      I thought the exact same thing – with all the trees it looked further back from the street with a deeper lawn, but the after the house looks closer to the street with a shallower lawn. I kept scrolling back and forth, and looking closer, I wonder if it has to do with camera lenses … the before pic may have been taken from a car on a real estate drive by (I know I’ve done plenty of those!), maybe with a cell phone (looks like you can almost see the side mirror?) which typically have a very wide lens and the other one might have been taken with a camera with an longer focal length lens, like a dSLR. Distance is compressed differently depending on your lens length.

    • says

      Oh yeah it could have been the camera too! One was our good camera (the before one, actually) and the now one was just snapped with my cell phone while coming back from a walk!


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