Before and After at our House

We had family in town this weekend and I didn’t have time to get many pictures taken for the week ahead.  I have been wanting to share our home when we first moved in and the transformation of what it looks like now.

I started pulling the pictures and had so much fun looking at the changes over the years.  This post comes at a perfect time as we are heading into year 8 at our home… Hope you enjoy the before and afters!

*UPDATE: I recently added newer after pictures to this post because much has changed even from this original post last year. I hope you enjoy and I tried my best to catch similar angles of the before photos =).



Here is our sweet little kitchen before and here is the…



We painted the cabinets, tore down a small wall, changed the laminate floors to wood. This kitchen has gone through a couple updates including new countertops. I shared more about that here.



We also moved our heater, added addtional cabinetry and open shelving. We moved our island into this open space too when we first moved in.




Here is a view looking into the dining room. Where we removed the french doors and also installed hardwood flooring.  We made this sunroom into a well used living space.



(Sign from Between You and Me Signs)



Here is a look of our living room before we changed it.



This is the most recent look into this favorite space of ours. Along with new hardwoods when moving in, our sunroom has recieved a couple coats of new paint through the years.


Another look into our dining room.


We moved a large table into here with lots of seating.  We also installed a chandalier to brighten the space. After several years of living here we added corner curtains throughout the room to soften the light and add texture.



Now this space is complete with bright neutrals and accent chairs.


This was our guest room/family room/office.  This room just need a new coat of paint with some appropriately sized furniture.




This DIY Sofa Bed is the perfect addition to the space due to its versatility.


Last but not least, is our bedroom.



We basically painted over everything. Now the room is full of texture and is much more comfortable to us.


I loved walking through memory lane here with you and enjoyed reminiscing all the sweat and tears we put into this precious home of ours.  It has come a long way and has a ways to go; but I have loved the journey and valued the lessons in making a house a home.  None of this happened over night and also happened with a lot of work.  Styles have changed and so have budgets.  It is possible to make the updates seen above with less money, tighter restrictions and lots of patience.  It can happen with a little creativity and thinking outside the box. Don’t be afraid to see the potential in something that needs a little (or a lot – lol) of love.  Have a great week all!

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  1. I am always amazed at how some people have the ability to envision a totally new space. You removed walls and doors, added new flooring and paint and created a wonderful home. Your decor and style are just beautiful. You decorate in a style that is so welcoming and peaceful – something I am striving for in my own home. I have gotten so much inspiration from your blog -but it is nice to see what you started with – definitely gives me hope!!!

    1. Liz thank you very much. I truly appreciate you stopping by and letting me know what you think. Your compliment warms my heart and makes me so happy to hear that our sweet little place is an encouragement. Hope the rest of your week is wonderful.

  2. Oh, Annie – you turned a plain Jane house into a gorgeous home! I’ve loved your home from the first day I saw it, and this make me appreciate all your hard work and vision even more. Beautifully done!

    1. Kathleen you are such a sweet friend and the compliment means so much! Thank you – I really appreciate you stopping by.

  3. It was so fun and inspiring to see the before pics of what you started with (because where you ended up is amazing!). Your home is one of my favorites in blogland/IG – I could move right in and not change a thing! Just beautiful Annie!

    1. Randi that is such a compliment coming from you! Thank you so much and for taking the time to stop by. Have a wonderful day ~

    1. Jamie thank you so much – that is such a compliment coming from you as I think you are just so very talented. Hope you know how much I appreciate your support.

  4. Beautiful!! It’s amazing how white paint can visually exapand a room and make it look so much larger! I love the wood floors! Well done!

  5. Hi, I can’t find your tutorial on how you did your pendant in your kitchen.
    thank you.

  6. Can I ask were you purchased your curtains in the front room? Trying to find the just right white curtain and these look lovely! Your home is simply beautiful! 🙂

  7. How refreshing to see your makeovers. Your home is lovely. There’s just something about small rooms. They feel so cozy and comfortable. I really like your rug in the dining room. Where did you find it? Thanks for the tour.

  8. I don’t think it’s a good idea to put wooden floor in the kitchen. It looks good when it’s new, but after water gets on it, it will ruin faster than anything. I have a water damaged wooden floor when I bought my house.

  9. Wow! Fantastic results. I love the lamp you chose for the kitchen. I have a 1920s house and I think I might be a good addition. Could you please tell me where you found it? Thanks!

  10. Hi- what a beautiful job- congratulations! If you are open to sharing, do you know where the I could get something like that counter/island/table in your pictures (the piece that is white with a marble top, herbs and the copper tray on top, and stools next to it)? Any advice would be wonderful and greatly appreciate. Thank you

  11. I am curious about the marble top island as it looks like there is a join in the marble where the bottom wood stops. Is there a hinge so you can put the extended piece down for space or no?

  12. Just. Beautiful. Lovely. Would have never guessed that is how it looked. You have an eye for style and simplicity. Now you need to come to my house with your eye. Wink wink. You have a gift.

  13. I love your guest/family room. I’m interested in doing an accent wall in my living room like the wall in your guest/family room what material did you use?

  14. Wow. I just found your blog and I love it. Your style is wonderful. Thank you for posting so many photos.

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