Our House One Year Later

This summer we passed the “one year” mark since we moved in – whoa!

Which means… I’ve been intending to write this post for the last 4 months.

But summer doesn’t really count as time, since I’m morally obligated to run to the sunshine’s every beck and call. Especially here in New England. It only lasts for a few months. This is not an apology for my overdueness. Just a statement. So there it is.

In some ways it still feels like we just moved in. In others ways (especially looking at the photos!) I can’t believe it’s been so short a time! I thought I’d take you on a tour of our house – as it when we looked at it in March 2011, and as it is now-ish.

To avoid making this epically long, this post will just be the first floor.)

Hallway

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This photo of the hallway is from the MLS. In the hallway we’ve repainted everything and replaced some of the trim. And the door! Also, you can see that there was a radiator BEHIND the front door (isn’t that weird?)! We ripped that out immediately!

Our plan here is to add molding and board and batten.

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One Year Later


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DesignLively - DIY Renovation Cottage


The biggest change in the hallway is that our coat closet seems to have disappeared! We took that space and added it to the kitchen for our recessed fridge.

Powder Room

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This is a tiny little room that we completely gutted.

We ripped out EVERYTHING. We moved the toilet and installed new drywall, new molding and a new tile floor, as well as a new sink/vanity. Now I need to order some window treatments forΒ  that room – because hellooooo neighbor.

One Year Later

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Living Room

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This room is my favorite. Because it required the least work!

We tore out the old brass fireplace doors and one of the radiators. Besides that, this room only needed some paint!

One Year Later

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Can you see why I’m excited to move our television into the other room?

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Why yes, those are new couches! Green and gray stripes.

Sunroom

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You just saw this room. There was nothing about this room we wanted to rescue. So it all went bye-bye.

The future of this room has yet to be written.

One Year Later

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Dining Room

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This room was the FIRST thing I worked on when we got our keys to the house. I ripped down this wallpaper within the first 10 minutes! We painted and added beadboard wallpaper. We also painted all the cabinetry and ordered new custom cabinet doors – which still are not all attached. Someday soon!

One Year Later

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DesignLively - DIY Renovation Cottage

Kitchen

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DesignLively - DIY Renovation Cottage


The kitchen. Oh, the kitchen.

We de-wallpapered, painted walls and cabinets, installed new custom cabinet doors, a sink and a granite countertop. All of our appliances are new (sadly only a stove came with the house, and that died). We refinished a raw wood sideboard and kitchen island. both from The Mill Store.

We gutted the pantry and installed new shelving and an in-pantry microwave. Last, but not least, we ripped open the wall and made a cubby for the fridge.

We have some detail work left in this room, but all the work has been totally worth it!

Front Porch

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One Year Later

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Notice we also moved our huge rhody bush.

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DesignLively - DIY Renovation Cottage

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I can’t wait to enjoy our new porch next summer.

We rebuilt the exterior structure of the porch and gave everything a fresh coat of paint. We ripped out the ceiling fan and existing ceiling, and replaced it with a new beadboard ceiling, molding and a new light. Our new front door is now a lucky shade of green. (We don’t miss that ghetto padlock. Not. at. all.)

Stairwell

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One Year Later

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I will leave you with our stairwell and the promise of giving a 1 year later update to the 2nd floor. Before spring. I promise.

In our stairwell we tore up the old runner, removed the handrail and re-painted the treads and the walls.

It’s hard to believe so much of the last year of our life seems to fit so neatly in one little post. 365 days can go a longggg way.

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  1. admin says:

    Wow!! I love seeing all the befores and afters altogether like that! You guys should be proud. It looks so awesome (everything)!!!!

    Still can’t get over that kitchen wallpaper by the way… What were they thinking? πŸ˜‰

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