Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Our one year before and after house tour!

Well hello! I've been hard at work on our dining area and I can't wait to show you that later this week!  I was hoping to have it finished up for this post (because it's a fun one), but I have a few more details to work out. 

We just hit a full year that we've been in our new house!! It's been SO fun and we fall more in love the longer we're here. We are still pinching ourselves that this is our home. 

You know how much I love befores and afters, so this post is all about those! I'll share how the room looked before we moved in (if I have that shot), how it looked after I got it set up, and then how it looks now. 

Hope you enjoy the tour! I'm not including every room, but these are some of my favorites. :) I'll link to the big projects in each space under the photos for each room. 

I didn't change anything in the foyer except for the wall. All of this: 
Dresser in foyer with lamps

Stayed the same -- the wall was the only change. 

But what a change it was!:


Simple trim on wall for $15

I never think I could do all white walls and then I do something like this and think...maybe? ;) This is already a bright spot but this lightened it even more. The simple detail on the wall makes all the difference! 


The office hasn't seen many changes either, but the two that I added make it feel more finished to me. Here's how it looked for weeks after we moved in: 
Dumping ground after move

It was my dumping ground. ;) 

Last time I showed you the space it looked like this: 
World market wood desk

I went with a cheap light to save money -- I knew I'd find something I liked later. 

Since then I've added a light and I found a chair after months of looking. It's a rolling seat from HomeGoods and I love it!:
Floating wood desk in middle of office

I have BIG plans for this room (I plan to add these built ins on the back wall) but it's already bright, pretty and functional. 


The powder room looked like this when we moved in: 
Powder room vanity with shelf and drawers

I gave you a tour of this little room later, but from this angle it doesn't look like I did much 😂:
Wood floors in bathroom

I found a pretty round mirror and added a few accessories. It wasn't much but it felt great to have one room pulled together! :) 

This was the first full room makeover in our home and it was only about eight months in. Thinking back I realize that's pretty good! 

This finished space really felt like ME...like I was making this house ours. (Even though we've felt at home from day one.)
Powder room redo with board and batten and wallpaper

It's hard to tell but that dark blue is actually pretty navy and gold wallpaper. I love it!!


I've added a few additions in our basement family room:
Lazboy large sectional

It was already a cozy spot but I was able to move some stuff around and added one of my favorite pieces to that back wall. I also did a huge gallery wall on the stairs:
Family room in basement with large sectional

Gallery wall that goes down the stairs

What you don't see here is the finished wall on the landing. Here's how it looked when I started: 
How to hang a stained wood wall

And here it is now with the warm wood planks!:
Warm wood planked shiplap wall with frames


I've completed a few simple projects in the kitchen as well. Here's how it looked right before moving in:
gray and white kitchen with white subway tile

What you can't tell there is the butcher block was not finished. 

I later stained and protected that and added the open shelves:
Warming up white kitchen with wood tones

And most recently added some detail to the end of the island for super cheap!:
How to dress up a kitchen island

I still have bigger plans in here that I told you about last week...and a smaller project that I think will make a big difference. :) 


Our mud/laundry combo is one of my favorite rooms in the house. It's huge!! Here's how it looked before we moved in:
Combo mud and laundry room with built ins

Shortly after, I was just so happy to have all of the boxes cleaned up!:
Faux 12x24 marble tile in laundry

Folding table in laundry room

I later painted the back door, had electrical run for a sconce and added my huge chalkboard: 
HUGE DIY chalkboard in mud room

I dressed up the built ins a bit:
Board and batten cubbies in mud room

Added some lights I found at the Ballard Designs outlet store:
Laundry and mud room combination in white and gray

And did a simple project to hide the kitty litter from sight: 
Hiding the cat litter with DIY skirt

I have bigger plans in this room as well...I'm still formulating exactly how I want it to work/look.


The family room has gotten most of the attention since we moved in a year ago. This is what we started with:
Large round chandelier tall ceilings

This space is why we fell in love with the house! It's so big and spacious and is truly a great room that opens up to our eating area and kitchen. We love it!

At first I didn't think I wanted built ins next to the fireplace. I know, I know. I don't know who I was. 😂 The months before our move were incredibly stressful and busy, so I was probably just blocking out anything DIY:
Tall fireplace in family room

Now it's a cozier spot with built ins, an accent wall and pretty accessories: 
How to make a large room feel cozy

This is how the other side used to look: 
Transitional stairs in white and stain

And here it is after some inexpensive DIY photo ledges: 
DIY picture ledges under stairs

This room is definitely the heart of our home and I'm thrilled that it's so cozy for such a large and tall space. This is probably my favorite room in the house: 
Dark accent wall on fireplace (cyberspace)


And finally, the dining area, which I like to call the morning room because it is FULL of light first thing in the morning. When we moved in I used what we had from the old house (we bought very little for this house): 
Long five light chandelier

I later found a console I loved at a friend's shop that holds all of our serving dishes. My husband HATED our old table (and he rarely cares) so we found this table at a local store in Indy: 
Wood "x" dining table with chairs

I shared my plan for this space last week and I'm almost done. I added something to the list and I can't wait to show you later this week!


There you go -- this is just a bit of what I've accomplished in a year! I haven't included the smaller projects and all of the organizing. I'm thrilled with all I've done, especially considering the back injury I had late last year/early this year. It took months to heal and I'm so thankful to have my body back!

If you have questions about anything please let me know! Can't wait to see what the next year brings. :) 

4 comments:

  1. You've made such amazing changes and progress in just one year - I can't believe you DIYed everything too! You're my role model!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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  2. congrats! you have done such an amazing job to create such a beautiful home.

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  3. Awesome Transformation,Sarah! The To-do chalkboard looks really beautiful and I like the basement room. Adding few pillows with quotes on it and including family pictures is making such a homey impact to the room. I'm in love with it. It feels like home :)

    Ramya Srinivas @ Jubilee Residences

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  4. I can’t believe it’s only been a year! I have been a long time follower and love your blog so much. Thank you for sharing all your projects and tips! Your new home is simply stunning.

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