You may have already checked out this post where I posted photos of the house we purchased back in May … if not, its ok, I’ll be re-posting the photos here along with the afters. Before I go further, I have to give my husband the credit he is due … the house that we live in is 100% due to his hard work. He has done ALL of the work on the house himself. With the exception of things we had to have professionals for (installing the A/C and siding) he has done it all. The painting and decorating was mostly my domain, though he helped a lot with that too. We both LOVE our home now and comment often how happy we are here. There are still quite a few things we (he) has left to do, but when you see the “before” you can truly appreciate how far we’ve come!
Here is the front and exterior of the house when we first purchased it. Most of the work we still have to do is on the exterior (in my opinion) … I want to paint all the white trim a creamy color and we have to do landscaping. I think that will make a world of difference. I also want to get some shutters. The exterior was damaged from Gustave, so we had to replace some siding and have all the trimwork done.
I’ll start with how we usually enter the home and go from there. We haven’t really done too much to the guestroom, so we’ll skip that. The laundry room isn’t much to see, so we’ll skip that too. Here is Hayden’s room before:
And here is Hayden’s dinosaur room after:
Next is the guest bath:
Here is the After:
Across the hall is Emelyn’s Room:
And the after:
Now we’ll just travel down the hallway, towards the living room – it still needs to be painted:
Here’s the living room before:
And the after … we got a new sofa but the living room till needs to be painted … you can see the paint swatches on the walls in some of the photos:
See my canvases on the floor, all ready to be hung above the fireplace? I just need to paint!
Here is the foyer before:
Here’s the after, with our hutch that I’m so very proud of … it belonged to Wade’s Gigi and he got it when she passed away. I recently cleaned it up and repainted the inside, filling it with frames and antique cameras:
Some of the frames are still empty because I’m filling it up with photos of our parents and grandparents from their childhood and I’m still waiting on some. The cameras belong to Wade’s dad and my grandpa:
That’s a photo of my grandparents in the background … I also have one of my grandpa as a baby where he looks like Emelyn and one of my mom and her sisters when they were kids:
Book bundles similar to these can be seen throughout the Pottery Barn and Ballard catalogs; I just made some by getting some old paperbacks from goodwill and tying them with twine:
Next is the dining room which we turned into the kids’ playroom:
And here’s the playroom after. We took the kids’ bookcases that Wade made out of their rooms and put them in here. The couch is from my studio and we got a flat screen TV for the space so we could hook up the Xbox and DVD player:
Love this sign I got on clearnance at Hobby Lobby:
Then there’s the kitchen, which we tore out and completely redid:
And here’s the kitchen after … Wade and I love this room. We still have to do the backsplash and crown molding, but its one of my favorite rooms. We turned the pass through into a bar area:
We tend to love fleur de lis … we have them all over the house.
And finally, there’s the master bedroom and bath … here’s the bedroom before:
And after … still have to re-do the crown molding and paint the tray ceiling:
And the master bath, before:
This room needed A LOT of work .. we closed in the closet so that instead of bi-fold doors, there is just one door. Wade tiled the floor and around the tub and we replaced the vanity with a much nicer one. I just love it!
There’s a separate room for the toilet and shower:
I choose all the decor for this room when our trip to Paris was still planned :-(
Again with the fleur de lis :-)
And that concludes the tour of our house, as it stand right now! Like I mentioned, there is still plenty of work to be done and there are things that Wade has done that I didn’t post … just recently, he fenced in the backyard (I helped with that project and wound up with a hurt wrist for 2 weeks!) … as well as a big new deck that he built. I will be sure to post more pics as we finish up more projects but we are so happy here in Houma in our new home and I hope you enjoyed the tour!
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