guys.... we now live in a home with two working bathrooms! we bought this house in april... it's february and we can finally announce that every room is remodeled... // can I get an amen? // we ended this process with a serious bang (and not in a good way) to be honest, the master bathroom tested us so much that there was a serious discussion to demolish the whole thing and make a super awesome walk-in closet. oh the master bathroom... the most issues per square foot.
a few months ago we were contacted by stephanie paula photography to do a lifestyle photo shoot in our home. i love meeting passionate women with great talent and even greater hearts, stephanie is just that. she made the photo shoot fun and relaxed (and didn't look at us crazy when we wanted to take photos of us eating chipotle). i'm so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with her, plus her photos came out amazing!
our sweet little home has two bathrooms.......however, we've only renovated one. the master bathroom currently sits with the door shut so i'm not reminded of all the work that still needs to be done. seriously, the master bathroom has been demolished and that's about it. no plumbing, no shower, no toilet, no sink....ummmm no drywall. so to all those couples on hgtv's house hunter who are disgusted with having to share one sink or *gasp* one bathroom.... let me reassure you, it can be done. and peacefully.... for the most part.
it's hard to see in this photo, but josh did a great job putting in all the subway tile in the shower. also please disregard the pan-am crank window..... it adds character, right? ha!
october marks 6 months as homeowners and 4 months living here. we joke about selling it to pay sallie mae so she'll stop harassing me (student loans.... anyone else?) but honestly we have many more memories to make in this home before we leave it.
i found some time today to post photos of our home. you know... outside of listening to Ryan Adams sing "out of the woods" <<can we just give an emoji hand clap to the entire remake of the 1989 album??>> for over a month our kitchen and den have been fully "renovated"... but not totally decorated. that changed this past saturday when a trip to trader joes turned into a west elm visit/ fitting a large kitchen island into josh's mini cooper... sidenote: if i could go back in time i would have taken a series of photos of the amount of furniture and decor we managed to carry in the back of that mini... fairly impressive. below are before and after photos of our "den" and kitchen.
in case anyone was wondering.... yes, we're still renovating our home. when you're a home owner are you ever fully finished renovating? and does every homeowner get overly excited about new rain gutters... no? just us? this past weekend we finished our entry way and dining room. if you're still interested in this little blog and our home pictures are below :)
still to come... kitchen, office, bedroom, bathroom(s), and the den.
this post is a long time coming.. josh and i have lived in our home for a few weeks now and even though we still need to renovate the master bathroom and the den our space is livable and i'm sorta in love.
the living room is quickly becoming one of my favorite rooms.. along with the kitchen, guest bathroom, bedroom.. our house is turning into a home and that's a pretty awesome feeling.
we are still looking for a new t.v. stand and coffee table (any ideas??) we plan to move the current coffee table to the den once that's finished.
buying a fixer upper isn't for everyone, i get that. but i cant imagine our life without this house. the journey of becoming first time homebuyers and getting a little messy to make this our home has been an experience we will never forget. now onto finishing the rest of the home and maybe one day the backyard ;)
our once yellow bathroom is finished and ready for some decorating. josh tiled the entire bathtub area, which is crazy impressive to me. this bathroom was the first to take a sludge hammer and took about 6 weeks to complete. we even put in a door last week which makes things a bit less awkward for everyone.
yay for one fully functioning bathroom. not photographed is a sweet ladder shelf from urban outfitters ... coming soon.
josh's office and the master bedroom were the rooms that needed the least amount of work. other than installing the doors these rooms are ready to be decorated, which is a pretty great feeling.
although not the most exciting project in our house, it's nice to have rooms that are move in ready... which hopefully in a few weeks we will be moving in :)
when josh and i bought this house six weeks ago we realized that not everyone is as excited as we are about a fixer upper. when friends and family would stop by to see the house you could almost see the look of concern in their eyes, with good reason //that look was in our eyes too// i felt i needed to prep visitors and defend our sweet peggy... she slowly is turning into the house we hoped she would be. we haven't moved in yet, but now have an opporating toilet... so im feeling optimistic on this holiday weekend.
our kitchen is not the same since buying the house, which is good because it was in rough shape.
i had three requests for the kitchen. an apron sink + subway tiles + granite countertops. it still needs work before it's done, but i'm already in love with this room.
//top cabinet paint is benjamin moore-super white. bottom cabinet paint is benjamin moore-october mist//apron sink if from ikea//
we have been home owners for a month now... and there's a great chance we are reaching a "are we done yet?" point in the renovations. the answer is a solid no, but here's what we've been working on.
we changed the paint, floors, and light fixtures, with the exception of the original dining room fixture we plan to keep. we used a "marshmallow" white for the walls so we can mix up colors + prints in the decor //bonus: with the walls white it's harder to see all my mistakes on the trim work//
not totally finished yet, but progress none the less.
the yellow bathroom was the first to be demolished. we needed to get to the cooper pipes in the wall that divides both bathrooms to replace it. it isn't finished yet, but the yellow tub is no more :)
no trips to the e.r. yet... more updates to come soon.
there was once a time i claimed i would never buy a house in florida, so naturally in april josh and i bought our first house here and i realized i may make plans, but god's plan will prevail. the house we bought is the definition of a fixer upper which happens to be what we could afford in the neighborhood we wanted to live in. when josh and i drove up on the gravel driveway the first time i knew this house would be home. it felt right. maybe its my love for seeing the underdog win, or making something old shine again, either way all i saw in this house was potential.
our budget to complete the entire house is roughly around the budget an hgtv show has to complete one bathroom. we are blessed to have friends who are lending their hands and youtube channels teaching us the rest.