Outside – Before

Last weekend, partly in an attempt to battle the cold temperatures inside our house (as I mentioned, our furnace is busted, but we’ll be getting a new one installed next week), partly because our yard is bare and it needed it, but mostly because Tim’s mom bought us a joint birthday present of some rocking plants, we took on some major yardwork. I had been meaning to post some pictures of the yard so we would have a starting point (we have Thoughts on what to do on the outside of the house) to show y’all, but I kept putting off doing it. Saturday, with a carful of shrubs and trees from the nursery (seriously, pictures in the next post), I darted around snapping a few before shots. I’ll follow up tomorrow with the results of a long weekend’s worth of plant-picking and plant-planting.

Okay, this photo is actually one Tim snagged right as work commenced on our sidewalk (thus the pile of bricks in the foreground). Cheerful, tiny front yard, with not a lot to it.

More pictures inside!


Living Room – Before

Okay, this has been a bonkers week. Trying to get back into the routine of things is always hard. My parents are coming for the weekend to cheer on some Buckeyes, so I took advantage of the clean house to snap some photos for another house tour post. Welcome to our living room!

I continue to be deeply grateful that we took pictures of the house empty before we moved in. The idea for the blog came along later, but Tim was always interested in documenting our progress on the house, so we photographed a lot of stuff along the way. (Also, I rushed in getting pictures this morning, so the pre-moving pictures really tell you about the space, while the others kind of show how our stuff fits in the space. I might retake those pics in better light when I have more time.)

Anyway, the empty picture here reminds me that for a hot minute, before we started looking at how to configure the space, we had planned on using this door as the entrance to our home. As I mentioned in the dining room tour post, when we got furniture into the space, we realized we wanted to use the entire length of this wall and not leave the clearance for the door. You’ll also notice the scraggy blinds on the window. The house had previously been used as two apartments, so there were a few “rental chic” touches like cheap blinds around that we had to get rid of. The previous owner did redo all of the carpeting in preparation for selling the house, which has been nice to live with in the meantime, but I am eager to rip it up and have lovely hardwood floors again.

There’s a wall missing inside! We are not fussed by living with exposed plumbing for over a year!

Front Bedroom – Before

As I mentioned, our next major project is going to be the front bedroom. We’re going to do some major stuff in the back bedroom, making it into a master suite, but it’ll be one of the last projects we get to, probably even after the kitchen remodel. For the time being, the back bedroom is also our tool room, so having a renovated front bedroom where we can completely get away from all reno stuff will be a lovely little haven. We’ll probably get started on this project when the weather cools off a little, but let’s take a look at what the room looks like these days!

The door on the left leads to the hallway (and is directly opposite the upstairs bathroom door), while the door on the right is to the tiniest closet ever. Seriously, it is 9″ deep, you can’t even put a crossbar with hangers in there.

The rest of the front bedroom is inside. It is a white box with crappy plaster. Really.

Dining Room – Before

Okay, after all of the projects and cooking and general life stuff, let’s get back to talking about our home! Next up on the house tour is the dining room, which you got a little bit of a peek at when I wrote about our awesome dining room table and how it came to live with us. Other than putting in furniture and hanging the cross-stitch, we haven’t done anything to this room yet.

The door configuration to our house throws people a little. As you walk up the front porch, you’d expect the door directly in front of you to be the entrance to the house and we had intended to use it as such for awhile. (In fact, the little bronze lion got installed on that door at first, and then moved over many months later.) After getting our furniture into the space, it became clear that we’d be able to better utilize the space in front of the door into the living room for seating, so we started using the door to the dining room as the main entrance. It’s always fun to confuse door-to-door types by coming to the door they don’t expect to be opened. That transom above the door is functional and I love it. Most of our windows are low enough to the ground that there’s no way we can leave them unlocked/open overnight or when we’re gone during the day, so on warm days the transoms are awesome to get a little air circulating throughout the house.

A decorative fireplace and Tim’s interpretation of a chandelier inside!

Downstairs Bathroom – Before

In lieu of updating you on the weekend (because we worked on non-house projects all weekend, some of which we can share next week), I thought I’d continue our house tour. The next project we’re going to take on is the downstairs bathroom, and I’ve got some before and current pictures to show you what is there and what we’re going to change. For the record, we’re mostly planning on ripping out a few things in the first wave of renovation downstairs (though we can’t decide how much of the plaster should come down) and installing a platform and laundry, but leaving most of the bathroom alone until we start work on the kitchen. That way we can deal with getting the floor level and all of the tile and be in the same frame of mind about decorative details since the downstairs bathroom and kitchen are so connected.

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