As we recently announced, we’re selling our house! With that being said, we are going on a hiatus until we get into another house full of fun DIY and home improvement projects to blog about!
So, to wrap things up (for now) here is a look back on all the work we did on our first house! It was a wild ride for sure, but we learned so much; almost too much! We accomplished so many things we never could have imagined to be necessary or possible, but we did it! This experience has been priceless, to say the least, and has equipped us with the know-how to make great decisions when buying our second home.
A Look Back on Our First House
When we purchased the house in September 2011, it was brown and dingy. That’s the best way to describe it. Check out the original listing photos from when we bought the house:
We 100% re-finished our entire kitchen all by ourselves and it was mega cost effective!
We replaced every single door in our house and eliminated all things brown and dirty from the home. We went from brown, dingy luan to crisp, white 6-panel doors, giving the whole house a fresh, modern look.
We removed all carpet and refinished the original hardwood floors.
We removed some crappy, goofy awnings, painted and replaced all of our shutters, freshened up the front door with a new paint color, and gave the roof a good scrubbing, completely transforming the outside appearance of our house; talk about curb appeal (if we don’t say so ourselves)!
We had a ton of much-needed plumbing work done. Less glamorous, but oh-so-important.
We raised a barn, Amish-paradise style. Just kidding, but we did build a shed ourselves which we still feel is quite impressive…at least for us!
We earned our green thumbs
And we painted…
And painted some more…
It took us awhile to warm up to this house and to get it how we wanted it. But in the end, we will truly miss it. It’s hard to leave all of this great work behind, but we are moving on and moving up! Time for bigger and better. And we can’t wait.
Thank you to all of our super-devoted readers, the one-time readers and those who would occasionally stop by. We will always be posting on Instagram and Facebook, so you can keep in touch with us there. We look forward to connecting with everyone here on the blog again just as soon as we get into house #2. Until then!