Two year before and after house tour

October 22, 2019

Hello there! I was away at a blogging conference last week and I came home energized to tackle a bunch of projects both in the house and on the blog. I'm excited to get to work!

But first, our two year anniversary in this house! It was just a few days ago and I can't let it pass by without a before and after recap from the past couple of years.

I LOVE these posts because I see how I've made this house our home and can see proof that I'm a lot more productive than I feel at times.

I hope you love before and after photos as much as I do! It's so much fun to look back. This time I'm using TRUE before shots -- taken before we moved in. Keep in mind the before pics look much bigger because there's nothing in them. :) I'll talk about what I completed in each space and link to the big projects as well.

Let's start our tour in the foyer -- here's how it looked before we moved in:
foyer with craftsman door

And here's that space now: 
large foyer with craftsman door and windows

Simple board and batten accent wall

I painted the ceiling a pretty blue (I love to paint ceilings!), changed out the light fixture (that one went to the pantry) and completed these projects: 

Our powder room was the first room I tackled after moving in, and I haven't changed one thing about it since: 
Light gray vanity powder room

If your basics are in good shape you can make a big difference with a little elbow grease!:

Dark navy wallpaper with white board and batten

The big stuff stayed the same in here -- additions like a wall treatment, the mirror and wallpaper helped to transform the room: 

This is one of my favorite projects ever! Here's a before of my office
Office built in before and after

A new light and DIY bookcases made a big difference!: 
DIY green bookcases in office

DIY built in bookcases made with cabinets

Our family room is another favorite. This is the room that made us fall in LOVE with this house: 
Two story great room with fireplace

Two story family room with navy fireplace

Two story fireplace in family room open stairs

Grid pattern on fireplace wall

Our kitchen hasn't undergone any huge projects, but the little ones have made a big difference. Here's how it looked before we moved in: 
White kitchen butcher block counter island

And this view now: 
White kitchen light gray island with butcher block counters

How to hang kitchen shelves for heavy weight

I don't think any of these projects cost more than $100: 

Our morning room has undergone the most dramatic transformation:
Morning room with lots of windows

Morning/dining room with dark walls and built in window seat

Built in bookcases and window seat with lights

I LOOOOVE the custom touches I've added in here!
Our master bedroom is slowly but surely becoming a cozy cocoon of a space and I love it! Big updates are happening in here this week -- check out my stories on Instagram to follow along! 

Master with large windows

Bedroom with dark gray wood beam tray ceiling

Tray ceiling bedroom before

How to hang art around TV

The wood beams and dark tray ceiling have made a huge difference in here. I just love it. 

Our basement hasn't seen as quite as much DIY action, but I've still accomplished a lot down here. Here's a before: 
Open basement family room

Here's that back corner now: 
Large sectional sofa family room

Board game storage kid space

Our mud/laundry room is one of my favorite rooms in the house because it's so big and spacious. It looked great before:
Mud/laundry combo marble tile

But I've had a lot of fun adding my own touches to it! 
Laundry and mud room combo light gray shiplap

Folding table laundry room

How to paint black interior doors
And last but not least, our backyard looked like this when we moved in: 
Dark gray craftsman house

And this summer we were able to add a large patio with a DIY fire pit. We absolutely LOVE it!!: 
Dark gray Craftsman house patio fire pit

There are some rooms I didn't share because the projects aren't as dramatic -- but this shows how different the house looks in just two years. I can't wait to see what happens in the next year! :) 

Did you miss any projects I shared here? 

Keep in mind house projects are my JOB and my passion, so things happen at a quicker pace around here. It's been an absolute blast and I've had so much fun sharing it with you! We still pinch ourselves every day that we get to call this house our home. 

Want to see more of the in between? You can see the one year tour here as well as the 18 month tour here

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  1. I can't believe you've already been there two years...I also can't believe all that you have accomplished in two years! Wow! So many beautiful spaces. I just love the wall treatments on the fireplace and the dining area wall. So beautiful!

  2. Such a big difference. I love all of the changes and improvements you've made to your house. It's beautiful! ❤️✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  3. WOW! You both have done a fabulous job - on an already nearly perfect home to give it your true personal touch! Well done! ♥♥♥ your gorgeous home inside and out!

  4. Beautiful! Question, are your ceilings knock down texture? I wasn’t sure if I could paint mine!

    1. You can paint any ceiling! If you have a textured ceiling you'll just want to use a thicker nap roller. :)

  5. You're truly talented, Sarah! Your home is stunning.

  6. Is there a link/source for paint colors?

  7. People seem to think there is some kind of law that ceilings must be painted white. Love that your use other colors sometimes.

  8. Seriously? AHHHHH-mazing!
    I know you say it is your job - most people don't accomplish near what you have.
    Love it all!

  9. Your house is just gorgeous. I love all your DIY projects. All the updates make the house that much more beautiful. And your backyard space is my favorite. Wow! what a transformation.

  10. Beautiful work! And I was pleasantly surprised by how warm and inviting the ceiling paint looks! Very inspiring.

    xoKaelen |

  11. It kinda kills me to see all that beautiful carpeting ripped out. I hope some of it is able to be donated and it just isn't hitting the landfill!

    1. We are using most of it in our storage room in the basement. It was no longer beautiful carpet.

  12. Oh my word Sarah!! It looks truly spectacular! Just like a model home. I'm a long-time follower of your blog. I absolutely love it. And give yourself a break, you have done a ton of work into years!


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