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Happy 5 Year House-iversary! Check out these before and afters (including the kitchen!)

I cannot believe it’s been more than five years since we bought our Old House. I just can’t believe it. We lived there for five years and two months before life threw us a major curve ball in the form of an irresistible job offer in Seattle, so it’s currently rented out to a nice family. But we still love it and we DIY’ed the heck out of it, so here are the photos of our Old House, before and after.

I’ve been putting off this post because, to be honest, we didn’t get as much done as I thought we would in the first five years. But we did a lot of other fun and cool stuff in the past five years, so I’m accepting that I let a lot of things continue to drive me crazy in this house while we put our time and money towards other things (like getting married, adopting and fostering dogs, going on a safari in Africa, a two week tour through India, more trips to the Caribbean than I can count. Okay, maybe we did a lot in five years).

The changes to the front of the home are subtle but impactful. We pulled out the old shrubs and the orange mulch. We MAJORLY trimmed that tree. I painted the door, removed the storm door, and painted the columns. No more “House with the purple door” on pizza delivery notes.

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On to the the entry-way.

In this space, we removed the chair rail, painted the wood trim,painted the stair spindles, painted the walls (twice), replaced the carpet, removed that awful orange tile and replaced with LVP. That’s also a new light fixture in case you didn’t notice. It’s the beautiful and affordable drum light from West Elm in the Natural color.

Before:

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After:

Entryway

On to the family room.

We put some serious work in on this room. We tore out the rough wood paneling (that smelled!) and the ratty carpet. We painted the built ins and changed out the hardware. We removed the old gold fireplace cover and attempted to paint it. It didn’t turn out, so we replaced it. We skim coating all the walls twice to remove the rough texture on the top half. We tore out the ceiling beams and patched and painted. We hung new trim around all the doors. This room also got new LVP.

Before:

Family Room

After:

Family Room

Now the dining room.

We’ve painted this room four times. Four. I might have mentioned this, but every time I let Brian pick a paint color, we end up repainting. (Love you, babe!) We also painted all the dark wood trim white, replaced the light fixture, and this room also got new LVP.

Before:

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After:

Dining Room

 

 

And the room I’ve been avoiding: The Kitchen. You know that I’ve got some major plans from this post: https://bennettsandco.com/2019/06/15/updating-a-70s-kitchen/  When we found out we were moving to Seattle, we had to kick it into gear to make this kitchen a little better for the sake of renting it so we threw in some paneling, painted it green (noticing a theme? I LOVE green.), replaced those linoleum floors, which…remember how I complained about layers and layers of wallpaper in the kitchen? Yeah they did that with the linoleum too. Woof. Anyway, here’s the quick $1,000 kitchen renovation results.

Before:

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After:

Kitchen again

 

The master bedroom has had a couple of face lifts and our August home improvement budget is going towards new furniture in here. Read more here: https://bennettsandco.com/2019/06/22/master-bedroom-mood-board/

Before:

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After:

Master Bath

 

 

I somehow don’t have photos but we also completely refinished the basement. It was a BEAST of a job and we did it all ourselves. We ripped out some old acoustic drop ceiling tiles and the rails for them. We ripped out some really old green and brown industrial carpet that I’m guessing had been in the house for 30 years. We ripped out the chair rail. We removed the fluorescent lighting. Then we started from scratch to pull the room back together. After using adhesive remover to smooth out the concrete floors, we installed new LVP from Floor & Decor. We skim coated the walls to cover where the chair rail used to be. We bought a paint sprayer and painted the ceiling black. We installed new baseboards (this was harder than it sounds) and new lighting. We painted all the doors and trim white. We painted the walls Benjamin Moore November Rain. We painted the stairs with porch paint. We installed a new hand rail on the stairs also.

We’re so happy with how this space turned out and I’ll be writing a full post about how we completed each step and the total cost to turn this room from stinky fluorescent light basement to the nicest room in the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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