The past few months have been an absolute whirlwind. The last weekend of February we were able to put an offer on what we will call a “cute-from-the-outside farmhouse.” We looked at this house and could see great potential in it. We made an offer significantly lower than the list price and they accepted our offer within two days. March was the longest month of our lives. If we were not Pinterest-ing all the projects and ideas we wanted to work on, we were at Menards, Home Depot, or Lowes comparing prices and understanding and adapting to the other persons likes and dislikes. Most things we naturally agreed on making it very simple to decide on materials and styles. At last… 20 visits to home improvement stores later we got the keys to the house on April 11th. Immediately after closing, we showed up to the house ready for demo.
Let’s jump right into why we initially thought the houses only beauty was found on the outside.
The previous home owners replaced all the windows, the siding, and roofing all pretty recently. They spent a lot of time on the exterior. If you explored the 12 acres it sits on, you could see why it was a priority. The beauty that surrounds the home is unreal. Since this photo was taken we have had amazing things blooming all around the house.
Let’s make our way right over to the before and after pictures of the interior. My mind is still blown at this transformation. Lucas and I worked really hard to make this happen, with very little help. We do owe a big thanks to my father-in-law for a couple days of some serious dry wall mudding, Grandpa Webb for teaching and helping with electrical, and both of our dads for loaning us countless tools in the process.
It “only” took removing paneling, finishing drywall, removing dropped tile, pulling 1,000 staples, removing water damage, sanding, more sanding, trimming windows, evening the floor with underlayment, figuring out how to lay vinyl plank flooring, building things, replacing appliances, adding new outlets and switches, installing can lights and completely new light fixtures… okay we did a lot but wow we were ambitious. I am sure I didn’t even list half the projects. The transformation is not over yet, but after working tirelessly for 3 weeks we were ready to start focusing on the outside of our homestead. We will be coming back to our inside projects in the near future. Specifically, the upstairs… where an awkward two bedrooms that take you back to the 70s will turn into a master suite and a slightly smaller second bedroom updated to match the rest of the house.
Lucas did an amazing job proving how handy he truly is by making all the logistics of the remodel work. I impressed myself with the aesthetics.
My favorite transformations are two of the biggest focal points of the house. I was excited to take on the kitchen cabinets. As nostalgic as the green cabinets were, they had to go. This project had the most steps but with the end result in mind I didn’t want to rush it and was able to stay motivated. Lucas built the boxes above the cabinets and hung the crown molding to make our low kitchen ceiling appear taller. My second favorite transformation is the gigantic staircase to the tiny loft area. My father-in-law made my vision possible with this one by replacing a section of the railing with a wall. The extra railing was awkward, while a wall highlighted the 12 foot ceiling in the entry way. Additionally, the staircase needed to be brightened. I will say sanding an entire staircase and then painting it three times while Luke was at work was not my idea of a good time. However, since this is the first thing you see when you walk in, I’m surely glad I spent a lot of time on it.
Our fixer upper was worth the time and energy, a comfortable home is the world! Moving into the “after” from our 600 square ft. rental was a dream come true. We went from no space for a dining table or guests, to being able to host as many people as we want. We are excited to share our hard work with you and would love to hear your feedback! If you are interested in how we did certain projects in this transformation go to our contact page and let us know! Then look for a post categorized as “Works For Me” and Lucas will share “our” how and what we learned in the process.