Three Renovation Years Later: Downstairs Before and After

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It’s CRAZY that we’ve been working on this house for over three years now! It only seems like yesterday that we got the keys to the house – and immediately tore out the built-in bench in the old sunroom, and starting ripping down the wallpaper in the dining room. Every few months, when certain projects get too overwhelming to even think about, I look back at the photos I took when we first bought the house and I realize just how much we’ve gotten done.

 

Yes, there’s TONS left to do, but let’s celebrate just how much we’ve gotten done in the last 3 years:

Porch:

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Hallway:

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Bathroom:
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Kitchen:

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Dining Room:

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Why yes, we still haven’t put up the rest of the dining room cabinet doors… three years later…
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Living Room:
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Sunroom:

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Deck:

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I’ve mentioned a few times that we resided the house – it was a HUGE improvement. In the picture below you can see how bad the old shingles were.
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Yard:
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We inherited an overgrown mess – I’m happy to say it’s finally been cleaned up!
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And that doesn’t even account for the massive amounts of yard projects, dirt-moving, re-siding, new driveways, plantings, trans-planting, digging, and grading we’ve done outside. I’d love to share it with you, but I don’t really like to share too many outdoor pics online. (That pesky internet safety issue.) You’ll just have to take my word for it.

I would never have been able (or wanted to) tackle this house without my handy husband. Everything would be clean, painted, and surfaced fixed, but nothing would be truly fixed. Renovations truly are like being on a roller coaster, and I’ve had more than one plumber / plasterer / etc tell us this is a great way to ruin our marriage, but we’ve had our share of fun (as well as not-fun).

Since this post is already epically long, I’ll share the upstairs next week.

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5 comments

  1. Jenn says:

    It’s beautiful! You guys have done SO much! And I love how you styled the bookshelves in the living room – is there a post about that?

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