Turning our House into a Home

I thought I’d give you all a quick update on what’s going on in my world right now.  A couple weeks ago my husband and I bought a new house.  It is a “fixer-upper” as they say and we are quite overwhelmed with the projects we have gotten ourselves into.  Below are some pictures of our new house in progress along with some of the projects we are working to complete.  Stay tuned to see some before and after pictures and lots of DIY tips!

Let’s hope, for our sake, that the after pictures are in the not-s0-distant future!

For starters, our oak floors will be refinished and the entire house will get a new coat of paint.

Our kitchen will get a face lift: new flooring, counter tops and freshly painted cabinets.

Carpet was removed from almost every room revealing some pretty awesome wood floors in some rooms!

Other rooms revealed some pretty ugly stains that will need to be taken care of.

The exterior will also need a lot of work!  New roof, new landscaping and lots and lots of paint.

It is an understatement to say that we are looking forward to the day when we will be able to sit back and enjoy our new home.  Unfortunately, I am not sure that day is in the near future.  We’ll just take it one step at a time!

What’s the next project on your list?



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6 responses to “Turning our House into a Home

  1. Penny Hauge

    Anne the house looks amazing! Love the floors and the archways. My house was a fixer-upper too and now I am so pleased with the progress.

    The kitchen is the one room I have left. I was wondering what is the best type of paint to use on kitchen cabinets? Are you changing the hardware too?

    Thanks! Penny

    • Anne

      Thanks Penny! We used a high quality latex Benjamin Moore Pearl White and applied it with a paint sprayer. It covered beautifully and looks great. I have also heard that oil based paints work well. We wanted to replace the hardware but had hinges that we were unable to replace, so the hardware was just spray painted with a brushed silver finish. I was amazed at how well it turned out.

      In July I will post a step by step along with the pictures to show how we did the cabinets…I just need to get the rest of the kitchen finished!!

  2. Hi Anne,

    Congrats on the new house… fabulous photos of the before stage! Can’t wait to see the afters. I blog for Apartment Therapy, so if you want to make a splash in the interior design blog world, let me know! Also… here’s some fabulous inspiration, encouragement, consolation, etc: http://www.younghouselove.com/

    Good luck to you!
    ~ Liz

  3. nancy luedke

    Congrats, Anne! Where did you buy? Tyler and I just bought a place on Melrose Ave (off 76th, a block away from Tosa East). It, too, is in desperate need of a facelift. We’ll have to trade stories!

  4. Anne!!!! Congratulations! I’ve been meaning to email you for ages…saw the Outpost cover (hooray!) then heard about your new house- you must be EXHAUSTED….the place is amazing, I can’t wait to see the “afters”…I can’t even keep up with documenting (much less Snapfishing) our own slow progress…the baby (or full on toddler as they now are!) kinda slows things down a bit, as I’m sure you’ll agree 🙂 Anyway, good luck, don’t drive yourselves crazy and take good care- love the blog, proud of you!
    xoxoxoxo claire

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