It has been a long week. We have had a fair amount of showings for the house. Can I just say, it’s exhausting getting the house ready before every showing! Making sure everything is “just so” with two little boys in the house can be trying. But I’m praising Jesus that people are coming through!
So I promised more before and after pictures. Well, here they are! This is the office space before (when we bought the house-the one on the left) and during is on the right. We used that table for games and small dinners for a few years (I personally have a love-love relationship with pub height tables!) It’s actually my dad’s. He and his wife didn’t have the space for it so we held it for them while they renovated their house. It is now in their storage since the stager recommended we take it out.
Here is the after: (photograph by Courtney Miller Photography). When we had the home stager come through there were a lot of things we agreed on, but a few we disagreed on. One was taking down the giant chalkboard. She wanted us to and we didn’t want to. The good news is almost everyone that has come through has commented on how much the like it. So I guess we were right. She also suggested setting up the office somewhere else but we felt it worked best in this nook.
If you are curious about how to make the chalkboard, go here. The desk is from Ethan Allen and was my grandmothers. The filing cabinet was from Brenda, my dad’s wife. The computer is on a sewing desk that we found on Craigslist about five years ago.
Now for the kitchen! This is perhaps one of the biggest transformations in the house (after the living room). Before is on the left and after is on the right. (Pictures on the right by Courtney Miller Photography)
So when we bought the house it had a dishwasher and microwave. The stove mysteriously disappeared at some point…See the light fixture in the opening? That disappeared too.
Here’s a larger after photo (Courtney Miller Photography):
We bought the house because it had good bones. We knew we could make it work for us. We also knew it was going to take A LOT of work. First thing to go was that awful avocado poop green. And no, your eyes do not deceive you, that is a darker shade of the same green sponged onto the wall over the lighter green. Yes, it was THAT ugly.
We painted the cabinets (total pain) and we painted the walls. We changed out all of the hardware. We had to get a fridge (an awesome deal that was totally God!) and a stove (a good deal but not great). It turned out the dishwasher leaked so we ended up replacing it (we found it on Craigslist still under warranty for a little under 1/3 of the cost new). The garbage disposal sucked and had to be replaced (also found new on Craigslist for a deal). The microwave died after 8 months in the house so we replaced it (and then replaced it again when the one we bought died a year later…they just don’t make things like they used to!- scratch and dent at Lowes. Love that place!)
Before we bought the house we figured the space lent itself to an island, so we made one out of 3 metal shelving units we already had on hand from before. I found the butcher block top on Craigslist for $40. That was totally a God thing too! I found it the day I was looking for it and it was EXACTLY the size we needed! The island has been great. It adds storage (since we only have 4 drawers!) as well as more counter space.
Getting the house ready to sell, we installed new countertops and a backsplash. We also installed a new sink (yet another Craigslist find) and a new faucet. When we bought the house the old sink had a leak Greg had to plug.
Well, I guess that’s it. The best part of it all? It was done debt free! We paid cash for everything and God just provided it all. Thank you Jesus! Now…for someone to buy it…
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