The house we just bought is lovely. It’s not exactly a character home, nor as charming as I would have hoped, but it has great potential. Our last house was the same type of layout, so I was super hesitant to walk through this one. Moving into the same type of home as before – how boring! There are so many more interesting homes out there. However, Matt is pretty persistent and he convinced me with his eagerness to go check it out. I kind of hate to admit it – but he was right! Once we walked through it I was tickled pink with it.
It has good bones, and lots of room to grow into. The finishes throughout this home are nice as well. It isn’t something that we would feel like we need to re-do to either a) correct what was wrongly done, or b) suit our tastes more.
Even though it’s a bi-level/raised bungalow/raised ranch, the entrance is a pretty good size. The banister and spindles are perfect, as is the front door. The stairs are even wide enough for two people to walk up side by side, if they really wanted to ;). It’s also nice that the side window is there to let in more natural light.
Rustic looking “hand scraped” hardwood floors are throughout the upper level, and an unfinished basement is the perfect clean slate for a decorator at heart wife and a carpenter husband team 😉 .
There’s already been several trips made to Home Depot, Lowes and many decisions have been decided regarding renos (which is great, seeing as how Matt can sometimes take a little while to “commit” to an idea) 🙂 . We have our “to-do” list made and we’re thrilled to start projects together! I look forward to sharing DIY tutorials on my blog! Some of the inspiration for this new home consists of:
– Repainting shutters (to freshen them up. Colour still TBD). 🙂
– Planting both perennials and annuals (front gardens and planters for deck).
– Painting walls (throughout main floor)
We prefer neutral, earthy tones:
– New light fixture in front entryway
– Table, shelf or bench for entry (on opposite wall of closet).
Eventually could turn that IKEA table to this (DIY card catalog):
– DIY end tables (pallets)
– Installing a fan (they currently have a ceiling fan in their upstairs bath – kinda strange).
– Painting bathroom trim (it’s blue like the walls – blech!)
Still a little unsure of how I feel about the bowl sinks they have in there, but love that we’ll have the double vanity.
This will be our new kitchen:
– New range fan (theirs is white, and we’d want it to match our stainless steel appliances that we already have).
– New dishwasher (we plan to sell theirs along with their white fridge and stove so everything matches!)
Can we just take a moment to celebrate the fact that I’ll have a dishwasher once again?!! And a DOUBLE sink!! (Our first house had 1 & 1/2 sinks, and this rental on base has ONE sink and does NOT have a dishwasher). I miss the dishwasher for sure…
– Finishing backsplash behind stove (was left blank for some reason)
– Repainting kitchen island (antique white)
The kitchen cabinetry has a cherry finish, but painting the island with white chalk paint is a good compromise to my LOVE for antique white cabinetry, Matt’s distaste to painting cabinets, and my dislike of cherry cabinets. (This way, the painting of the cabinetry is minimal!)
This gives an idea of the cherry with the white island.
The island we have has this cool feature where the garbage and recycling are on a slide out drawer!
– Finding décor for top of kitchen cupboards and for corner shelf on end cabinet
I love the vintage pieces! 😀
There’s a shelf like this added to the end of one of our cabinets by the window.
– Adding some art to our current coffee station
Our coffee/tea station will be set up at the one end of the kitchen, and I’m looking forward to it having a more permanent residence 😉 . Pinterest has cute coffee printables and chalkboard art that will make it complete! (I just might be a tad obsessed with chalkboard art!) 🙂
– Adding a sliding barn door to conceal laundry room (it’s the first room you see as you head downstairs into the unfinished basement)
SO psyched to have this!! 😀
The master is a good size, as is the closet. We still would like to attempt to make our headboard, though not entirely sure if we want to make it with old barn wood, OR if a more elegant, upholstered/fabric one would go better. Time will tell 🙂 . We have espresso coloured furniture, but got some pieces used, and others at IKEA. I’d like to replace the hardware on the dresser and night tables so they all match. I hope to decorate with lace, mercury glass and candles, making it kind of a vintage/rustic/romantic space ❤ .
So, the basement is unfinished, but is framed and ready to go! The family room and bathroom are our first priorities, and we’ll likely drywall/mud/tape every room at right off the hop. Once completed, assuming time allows (before we move again), we move on to finish the other rooms.
– Create accent textured wall (wood pallet)
– Carpet throughout basement (Something neutral, thinking maybe a berber).
– Pot lights (LED)
– Wood beams on ceiling (another feature that I am SO excited for!)
– Gas fireplace insert with stacked stone and a rustic mantle ❤
We like the stone that has a mix of greys and browns.
– Purchasing a sectional (maybe in a dark grey!)
– DIY sofa table (to go behind the sectional)
– DIY Industrial shelving (for some books and board games)
– Vintage media/games room décor (a lot of this stuff is DIY and seems fairly easy!)
…complete with a snack station!! We’re both pretty big movie buffs, and it will be a great space to relax, have friends over, play games and just hang out.
Maybe hang this by the snacks – I know Michaels has a bunch of them 😉
The bathroom is already roughed in and ready for fixtures, which is cool. We both really like spa-like bathroom décor. Since there won’t be a linen closet in there, either a wood cabinet and some shelving will be great for storage.
We found a vanity that we both love, that comes with the countertop and sink as well. I love the open shelving on the bottom of it – perfect for storing rolled towels or baskets of accessories.
We’re thinking of going with oil rubbed bronze fixtures, tile flooring and a shower with an acrylic/fibreglass base (easier to clean when you don’t have a tiled floor/grout). We also want to put a nook inside for shampoo/soap.
We haven’t yet decided on the accent tile, or the tile/layout for the floor, but there’s still time for that 😉 .
I will decorate the laundry room just as I had intended to before. Beauty and function with vintage touches throughout.
It’s GREAT that these two rooms are separate. More storage space, for sure! We don’t have a garage, so all Matt’s tools and our camping gear would be kept neatly in here.
(4th) Bedroom – Guest Room:
I’m pretty set (unbeknownst to Matt) on having a travel themed guest room. It’s super cute and so easy to find home décor for. Pictures for inspiration for that room are here. Because it’s in a basement, I’d want to keep the curtains long on the windows just to give it the illusion of a long window, when they’re closed.
I’m sure ideas will change, and renos will get done bit by bit as time and money allows. Things happen in life, and sometimes other stuff comes up and needs to take priority, so we need to be flexible! It’s just great to get the ideas flowin’ and to shop around for deals and get quotes. We are SO READY to get in there and start making it our own! The only downfall to this property is the closing date that came with it!! We unfortunately don’t take possession until early JULY. They are also military, and so we needed to stick with that date. So, until then we will have fun shopping, planning and idea bouncing! And all the DIY projects we do end up completing, I’ll be sure to share! 😉