During my last post, I got to looking at “before” pictures of our house and property and it’s pretty fun seeing what we’ve changed and updated. As we looked at some pictures, Jen turned to me and asked, “We bought that place?” Now, mind you, these are comments based on perspective. We saw potential in this house the first time we walked through it and have been slowly chipping away at projects to improve and update it. We had to make some of the changes immediately due to pet … uh … residue. I really don’t like cats, especially ones who do their business all over the house and who have owners who don’t seem to care. That would describe our previous owners.
Anyway, I snapped a few photos today in an attempt to replicate some of the pictures we took the day we looked at the house for the first time (July 2012). This is just a smattering of some of the projects (kitchen, basement bathroom, family room) and doesn’t include a few other rooms we’ve dramatically altered. Nor does it include any of the yard. More to come at a later date.
Kitchen: The changes in the kitchen included a raised ceiling, all new lighting, new faucet, an over-the-range microwave, paint, molding, blinds, and gel staining all our oak cabinets to a dark, java color. Oh, and all new flooring (12″ x 24″ tile). Speaking of lighting, I’ve added or updated 17 recessed can lights in this house, all that use LED bulbs. Most were purchased with a $20/rebate per light from Rocky Mountain Power. The two pendant lights in the kitchen are also LED bulbs.
Family Room: The changes here were minor; new paint, molding, drapes, stain the mantle, and new carpet. In the process of painting, Jen fell in love with the “Repose Gray” color from Sherwin Williams and we painted a lot of the house that way. With white large-ish molding (5.25″ tall) throughout now, it gives the house a much more updated look.
Entryway: We frosted the window in the front door, tore out the old flooring, and put in engineered hardwood. We also stained the oak balusters the same java color as the kitchen cabinets.
Basement bathroom: This was a major project, but I don’t have a lot of good before pictures. It’s a pretty small bathroom and hard to take pictures in that confined space. We gutted this room down to studs and rebuilt it. New flooring, window, toilet, vanity, mirror, entirely new tile shower, paint, vent fan/light, light fixture, and molding. Despite its small size, it took me a year to actually complete this project, mostly because I had to learn how to do some of this stuff, in particular build a shower pan and do some new plumbing.
These additional pictures show the bathroom, but without any before photos.