Let's start with the biggest room- the Living and Dining area.
The biggest change in this space was the fireplace which was a huge hulking blob of brown when we moved in. It took FOREVER to paint because the rocks just slurped up the primer and paint, but once it was finished, the room vastly improved and brightened up. The space hasn't been arranged as below for quite some time, but I suppose I haven't photographed the entire room since we've rearranged!
The dining area had dark wood shelving overhead and the beam was wooden as well. We removed the shelving, painted the beam, and updated the light fixture to open up the space and give it a modern feel.
The kitchen was awful when we moved in. Cabinets: brown. Countertops: brown. Walls: brown wood paneling. Carpet (yes. carpet.) brown. And the washing machine was in there too. I sanded, primed and painted the cabinets and added hardware. We purchased new countertops (laminate), tiled the backsplash, purchased new matching appliances, and tiled the floor. Then we painted that disgusting wood paneling with a bright, cheery blue to bring the whole look together.
The bedrooms in this house are all about the same size. They all had cornflower blue carpet originally, and after tearing up the carpet, we discovered that the beautiful wood floors from the main living space continued throughout the house, but they were COVERED with splatters of paint. A hefty chunk of change later, the floors had been restored to their original glory. After that, we just added the same cheery white and grey to the walls, replaced light fixtures, added window treatments, and tossed a few babies into the mix!
Guest Room (before. Later turned into Vesper's nursery)
The hall bathroom was quite a project. It was pretty gross. I tried to give it a mini-make-over soon after moving in, but not even a coat of beige and white paint could really make the disgusting "rock-shaped" tile with brown grout and wood paneling look any better. It was bad, folks. Real bad. And to make matters more disgusting, I removed the sliding shower doors to find years (decades, ya'll) of dirt, grim, and hair that had collected under the fixture. Did you just puke? I did. LUCKILY, my handy husband eventually tore out everything and started from scratch. I didn't get to help with this renovation because I was big and pregnant, but when it was done, I was so so happy with my new luxurious hall bathroom in which I could bathe our newborn baby girl!
So here's to beginnings... and new beginnings.