I'd love to share a few "before and after" shots with you, but we're not quite to the "after" part yet. We're getting closer, but our home is definitely still in the "during" stage. So, here are a few "before and during" shots for all of you that keep asking how it's going. I promise that I'll VERY HAPPILY post some "after" shots as soon as we get to that point!
The picture on the left is from last summer, so we're looking forward to the trees and bushes filling in the front of the house, but black shutters made a huge difference! They were a surprise from Jer...he knows me well!
The Dining Room:
This room is still very "in process," but we have big plans for it in the next few weeks. Under that green carpet there are beautiful hardwood floors that we can't wait to see!
A Guest Bedroom:
This room is one of our closest to being ready for it's "after" shot. It still needs a few finishing touches, but it's looking great.
And this is our most exciting room yet! In the last month we've removed a couple of walls, torn out a very unattractive floor, changed the layout of the overall space, installed recessed lighting (and under-the-cabinet lights), moved the cabinets up about 5 inches, and removed a bulkhead. Over the weekend though, we got our BEAUTIFUL granite countertop! This was another surprise from Jer. I picked it out weeks ago, but a complication occured (or so I thought), so we had settled on something else. Jer, because he is the sweetest husband ever, secretely made the original choice a reality, and I was very happy, and very surprised, to see them installed on Friday afternoon. We're hoping to have our floor and bacsplash installed this week.
So, it's coming along, and it gets more encouraging every day. We're looking forward to really calling it home as the "during" stage gradually begins to look a little more like the "after" we've been dreaming of!
Well, we've "owned" our new house for 5 days now...
Like what we've done with the place?
We've taken down 3 walls-to open up the entry, family room, kitchen, and dining room, removed a very stubborn kitchen floor (thank you Allen and James for your hard work!), thrown some 40-year-old avocado green carpet out the front windows, moved a toliet to the back porch (I don't think the neighbors have noticed it yet...they're still waving and being very friendly), and removed about 10,000 leaves from the backyard. I told Jer that while I KNOW it's going to be wonderful when it's all done, it's a strange thing to see your house look worse and worse every day that you own it! Keep checking back though...it's gotta get better soon! Right, Allen?! :)