I watch a lot of home remodeling shows, too many I’m sure. I love those shows about house flippers, home staging etc.
I get a kick out of all the shows that go over what you should do to sell your house and what home buyers are looking for. Of course everyone wants a house that is move in ready with perfect colors and finishes. But after making 4 moves in 5 years and purchasing a house with every move, let me tell you, no such animal exists.
I recently came across some photos that my husband took of our house here in Hampton. He took these photos when we were house shopping. He was here starting his new job and I was still back in Cincinnati selling our house.
These photos have the decor and furnishings of the previous owner. I will let them speak for themselves. I tried to take the same views of the exterior and interior so you can compare the "before" to my after.
We have a large house, 3 floors and a finished room over the garage (FROG). We still need to get the shutters painted, I have picked out a dark blue for them and aubergine for the door. That project is slated for summer 2008.
These before and after aren’t so dramatic but wait till you see the inside.
Here is the dining room "before".
The dining room "after". I have stripped so much wallpaper between all the houses that we have had. I hate wallpaper!
Family room next to the kitchen. Ugh.
I painted everthing in this room, ceilings, brick and built ins.
This room is now our guest room/office. I blogged here about stripping this wallpaper.
The guest room "after".
The master bedroom. Yes, that is a towel hanging in the window as a curtain.
Master bedroom, "after". Real window coverings.
Front hallway looking towards front door. This house is full of moldings. Wainscoting, thick crown molding, thick chair rail. Every inch of it was painted this tired, blue. Miles and miles of blue! I have repainted all of it. All of it. White. Clean white.
Not quite the same view, but look at all my pretty white trim and doors. (the doors were blue too)
This is the third floor room that I have turned into my sewing studio.
Ta da! I really need to update this photo. I have this room crammed with inspiration all over the walls now. Hey, it’s my room and I can do what ever I want!
I’ve saved the best for last. This is the former owner and his dog Champ. Champ owned this backyard. Obviously.
I’m very excited because in just a few short weeks the backyard will be transformed even more. We are having a beautiful stone paver patio put in, right here where the chairs are. I will be sure to do lots of before and after shots of that. I can’t wait for it.
Looking back on all the work I have done in this house so far has just exhausted me, I’m off to bed.