Sunday, 1 April 2012

Making This House A Home

 

As some of you may or may not know, we are currently in the process of selling our home. We have decided to move into a different neighbourhood where I can focus on expanding my daycare. This process, as those of you know that have sold a home before, is not wonderful. We have been on the market for not quite two weeks and have had a few handful of people come through. As I sit writing this post, it is currently 4 a.m. and I can't sleep. We had three groups come through the house yesterday, spanning over the entire afternoon, and I am curious to know feedback. Not only was it not fun trucking the kidlets all over town for 5 hours, they wanted to be no where but home yesterday. It was a rainy, stay-in-your-pajamas kind of day. Anyhoo, we got some errands done, got to see family and Daddy got to leave work a little early, all turned out just fine.

I think the most stressful part of all of this is coming to grips that I have kidlets and I can't have this house perfect on 30 minutes notice, as well as scheduling to be out of the house when you have all these kidlets to entertain. So far we have done library runs, mall runs, good ol' car drives, watching movies in the car, and of course the park. Small can of worms here I know.

So anyways, in all this in and out of the house, I thought I would share with you our past three years of making this house a home. Honestly, if I could transport this home somewhere else, I would. I love it! There is a lot of 'Blood, sweat and tears' that has gone into this house and it is an experience I will always treasure. My biggest THANK YOU, goes to my parents and in-laws for all the fixing, babysitting, advice and saving the day that has occurred over the last three years. I'm not quite sure where we would be without them.

Here is how we made this house a home...

Before


First up, the fireplace. This is the scene we walked into when we bought this house. It had some kind of desert theme on the wall as a mural and your good ol' brown fireplace. Not our style at all. So we changed it!










After



First I needed to get rid of the mural so I painted the whole wall a rust orange that I picked up from the trees on the far left side. Then I painted the brick a crisp white, threw in our decor and viola! New fireplace!









Carpet and railings





Next we pulled up all the carpet from the stairs, living room and dining room, as well as taking down all the ugly metal railings that ran through the whole house.








Staining the floors





My hubby and Dad sanded the floors and put a darker stain down that was more modern than the orange colour stain from when the house was originally built.






This is the final look of our living room...





As I said before, we removed all the old metal railings from the staircases, this is what they looked like before...










And this is now...
Once the railings were removed, we placed square wood posts and painted them all white. I painted the treads of the stairs brown to match the wood floors and the rest was finished in the same clean white.






I don't have very good before and after pictures for the rest of the house, but I have my afters so here they are...




This is our main bathroom. We painted an earthy green on the walls, painted the cabinets a deep brown and refinished the floors. Updating was done to the faucet and sink, mirror and light fixture.



This is our kitchen, another huge project on our list. In here we painted the walls a butter yellow colour, replaced the counter tops and floors as well as all the hardware.





For the back splash I opted for bead board, painted in a high gloss white. There was nothing here before aside from a large plastic medicine cabinet. It was hideous!












Since we didn't have the cupboard space to spare to install a dishwasher, we went with a portable one. The tops of portable dishwashers are never pretty, so when we ordered the counters, we placed an order of the same material for our dishwasher top. It gives the illusion that it is built in as well as offering more counter space.














This is the other end of the kitchen. We have our desk and Mother Board, which can be seen here. And we have a TV hutch that was reconfigured by my father in law to be our pantry and house our microwave. This piece was actually built by his father. I made the valances and added our decor. Another room done!






Next room in the house is the dining room. The floors were redone in this area as well. We changed the lighting fixture, it was a fan, is it just me or is that not gross flying above where you eat? Yuk! Made another valance and added our gallery wall and lastly our furniture.



This is the last room in our house that I haven't previously blogged about, which if you didn't see can be seen here. This is our master, not much done here but a new paint and decor. This room is getting another makeover in the new home, not quiet done yet :)


HOME Is Where Our Story Begins




Last stop on the tour, our foyer. We continued the rust colour down from the living room and my dad put up some moulding that I painted and used as our welcome mural. A little paint, a shelf and some nik-naks, a quote and we're done!

If I am being completely honest, I think the most stress comes from all of this is fear. The unknown. Will it sell, will we have to take it off the market, will we get to build the house that I thought would only ever exist in my dreams? This all occurs as a fight in my head, the other side says "Why are you so worried, there are much bigger fish to fry than this!, at least you have a home"...then the guilt sets in. Really it's just a hot mess going on in there. I guess that's what us over thinkers get ourselves into. And just in case you were wondering, I am not going to say anything about me being an analyzing Virgo, not one peep ;)

Hope you enjoyed our tour! On to bigger and better things right?

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44 comments:

  1. Wow! So much hard work put into the house but such beautiful outcomes :) It looks fantastic and I love the welcome mural in the foyer. We have the original "orange/yellowish" wood flooring in our livingroom still. But I told hubby we won't change it until kids are a little older and I don't have to worry about it getting wrecked haha. I know ALL about stress selling a home, especially with young kids. We were in our last home 5 years and it took a while to sell and Emma was a baby. Not fun! Then we bought this house, been in here 2 years this summer and will likely sell in the near future lol. Fun times...but it will work out for you, hang in there. Your house looks great, so I'm sure it will sell quickly ;)

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    1. Thanks Brandi. I think this will be our last move for a long time. We are building our dream home after this one and I am ready to settle. We have spent to much time moving that's for sure! Good luck with your future move ;)

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  2. It looks gorgeous with all the updates you made! Good luck with the sale!

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  3. You guys have a done a beautiful job! I hope you're able to sell quickly!
    Shiloh
    everydaygameplan.net

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    1. Thank you so much Shiloh. It will be said to pass it off, but on to bigger and better things.

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  4. bravo on all the transformation!

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  6. I can relate to all your house selling struggles as well as we are in the same boat! Thanks for sharinmg. It's nice to know we are not alone!
    On another note, I would love if you came by my Creative Inspiration linky party happening NOW to link it up!
    I would love to have you there!
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    1. Thank you so much Stacey!! All linked up and following! Thanks for the invite, I'll be back ;)

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    2. Ps. What day do you host your link party so I can add it to my list?? Thanks

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  7. I love the transformations! Thanks for stopping by Show Me What you Got Tuesday's @ ODH http://ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com/2012/04/show-me-what-you-got-linky-party-8.html

    Mrs. Delightful
    www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  8. Looks like you've spent a lot of time getting your house the way you wanted it. I would be sad to move. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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    1. It will be sad, but a new project awaits. We are hoping to build, if this thing sells in time. Fingers crossed! Thanks so much Rachel!

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  9. You are going to be featured this week on Show Me What You Got Tuesday's @ ODH (www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com) http://ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com/search/label/Linky%20Party

    Thanks for stopping by & Linking up!

    Mrs. Delightful
    www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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    1. YAYYYYYYYY!!!! Thank you so much! You have made my day! This was a labour of love so it is even more special to be featured for this HUGE project!! *hugs*

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  10. WOW! Great changes. that living room looks amazing. Love the colors.

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  11. Wow. Having gone through a move just barely, I feel for you! :) The whole selling/buying process is beyond stressful! I hope it's a success! Gorgeous transformations, by the way!! You really did make your house a home! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy! XO

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    1. Thanks Alison! It is very nice to know that others have gone through this as well. We have decided to stop showings during the day, it is too hard with a daycare. That alone has lifted a HUGE stress! See ya next week!!

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  12. You did such an amazing job! Good luck with selling it. I think buyers would appreciate all the work that you did to it. You should leave framed pictures of the before for them so they can truly appreciate the house. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays!

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  13. You made some beautiful changes! Makes you want to stay I bet!
    I am so glad you came by to link up to the party at Embracing Change!
    Please come back this week again! I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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    1. Thank you so much Stacey! A piece of my heart will be left in this home but it is time to move on up ;)

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