We had a dream. A house in the country with a little land and hopefully a fishing pond. We found our dream house. When we sent pictures to our families, they were not necessarily impressed with our dream. The house was a government foreclosure and there were some serious cosmetic issues. Don't believe me, look at the before pictures. But, underneath it all, we knew the house had good bones. That it could be beautiful again. It's a journey though. It hasn't gotten done over night and it's still not done. Our house may never look like it came out of a magazine, but we love it.
This page is constantly under construction as we continue to make changes to the house.
The front of the house (east side)
There is a door into the front hallway just to the right of the garage. There is also a door into the kitchen just to the right of the bay window. Definite charm. Sidewalk was in "rehab condition"
Garage door painted. Shutters painted. Sidewalk, still needs rehabbing...
New landscaping. New paver walk way.
The side of the garage (south side of house)
There is a huge flower bed here filled with yucca plants and river rock. There was also a huge dead cactus that we chopped out. FYI: cactus do not live well in Missouri.
Everything's been painted, the landscaping still needs a little love.
The back of the house (west side)
If you're paying attention, all the shutters are not the same color. It's ridiculous. Sadly this has not changed yet. It's on the list though.
A fresh coat of paint and it's so much prettier. We still need to tame those bushes a bit, but still, so much prettier.
The north side of the house.
More oddly colored shutters. There is also a patio under the top deck. The boards that look out of place on the deck are closing off that side of the deck because a pool used to set there.
Paint, stain, some new pavers to expand the patio and it's a whole new house from this side.
Interior: Main Floor
We just walked in the door by the bay window. Oh boy. This was the first room we saw. Orange-red painted paneling, curling linoleum, and a hole in the wall.
Darker red walls. Pretty new floor. And a custom painted kitchen table. There are chairs too...
It didn't get any better. Ugly, dirty wood cabinets. Pink formica counter tops and back splash, brown worn out cast iron sink. The faucet was nice though. And there is a stove and built in microwave. Think of the potential! We did live with this for a few months though. And hosted a party with those counters still in tact.
The cabinets have all been painted black, hardware was moved to a new more normal location. We got a fridge & dishwasher. A new black acrylic sink was installed. And we replaced those hideous counter tops with new black Formica and added a brushed nickle faux tin back splash.
Man, those floors make a huge difference. They're so shiny, I just like to stare at them.
So it has good bones. It's huge. And we love the vaulted ceilings. You can tell I was ready to get to work with my vacuum and ladder. Also paneling. Lots and lots of paneling.
Paint, new furniture, it's getting so much better!
From here you can see into the hallway. You can also check out one of two barnwood doors. My mom still hates these.
The fireplace end of the room. Check out those movie theater style lights. Oh, BTW, they plug in.
Man, oh man. More new furniture. Ugly doors have been removed. Built ins and mantle got a new coat of paint. And most importantly, those crazy light fixtures have been replaced!
Front door. It got a coat of turquoise paint on a total whim. And I love it. No before picture. I don't know what happened, just imagine a door that was previously a dark brown stain and completely scratched up. I'd say the turquoise is an improvement.
From here you can see the front door, it's missing part of its trim. You can also check out that main wall that is red and tan crackle pain. And you get a nice view of some paneling. Oh boy.
We've added some art and an entry way table to drop keys and sunglasses on. I have plans of replacing our old thermostat with a new one and then putting a frame around it for a little fun.
That's the bathroom door you see on the left, the linen closet you see at the end of the hall, the master bedroom and the office are on the right side of the hall. Pretty pretty paneling.
The tan hall. Very very tan. It was just too tan.
I spent months debating on the right color to switch it up. We finally settled on this airy turquoise. I think it was the perfect choice. And we added a gallery wall to cover up the non-functioning attic fan switch.
The parade of changes we made on one wall. Originally I thought it would be fun to leave the stripes from the paneling. And I hung up some homemade art. Then I decided it was way too tan so I remade my art with a turquoise background but the same basic flour. And then I decided the stripes I had to go. I hated the stripes so I painstakingly painted them all tan. Finally the top of the walls got painted that pretty pretty blue. And I moved our wedding picture in the floating flame over. Turns out I over estimated on the amount of space I had for my gallery wall.
This was actually one of my favorite rooms. I love that green tub! The blue paint does nothing for it, but I love the green tub. It was my inspiration. BTW, that sticker is still in our shower over a year later.
We painted the walls grey. In my head, I think of it as elephant grey. And we decorated with grey and green to tie in our green tub.
A coat of grey paint and some green and grey accessories made a world of difference!
This is the vanity. No idea why the doors look totally different. Or why there is only one door knob. Weird.
The vanity got a fresh coat of paint. We put on new green knobs that match the tub.
The upper cabinet. There is only one door. So strange. That is also a kitchen light fixture you can see hanging down. C'mon now.
That crazy lone door got ripped off. I painted the inside of the cabinet the same color as the walls. And the green baskets are for some nice hidden storage and the grey drawers hide my make up.
We put in a new sink and faucet, ripped out the weird extra mirrors and framed out the remaining mirror.
Nothing terrible. The walls are just blah. Nothing a good coat of paint can't fix.
Paint, office stuff. Nothing too exciting.
It's kind of blurry but there was nothing terrible about it. The ceiling fan was ugly. Otherwise it just needed an new coat of paint.
Better, but still not quite right. That black comforter makes an already small room feel even smaller.
White comforter. Custom pillows. New art. Much better!
This isn't a true before, I had already painted the shelf. It had been the same color as the mirror was.
Some bright turquoise paint for that beachy vibe we love. *We really do put away our cleaning supplies. I don't know what my problem is.
This room was so ugly! Bright red paint and blue poster paint. Sheesh.
These people sure loved their faux finishes. A sponge painted wall and paneling.
New appliances. Pink paint. A zebra print curtain. Trim got painted a crisp white. And we installed shelves over both the washer and dryer.
Basement Living Room
Yes, that's exactly as ugly as it looks. There had been a wood burning stove at some point and they stuffed a dirty rag in the hole. They also bricked in the fire place very badly. And more paneling.
Super ugly and built out of paneling. When we had our home inspection water came shooting out of the wall above the sink. It was terrifying. We got the water cut off and also cut off the gas to the stove.
The walls got painted green. I painted the bar a glossy white (to cover up the paneling.... yes, the bar is made out of paneling)
A close up of the bar top before and after. The green tile is not my favorite but painting the walls green definitely helps. And the white bar made the room so much lighter.
What has to be the world's smalles ceiling fan. The fixture itself got painted silver. And the fan blades got a nice coat of dark grey spray paint. And now it looks brand new.
We fondly refer to this as the Tupac room. It was red with black spray paint. Specifically Tupac spray painted on the walls. This was one of the ugliest rooms.
Another view of this super attractive room. With a very low hanging ceiling fan.
Three coats of Kilz. And some black and gold stripes for a little Mizzou pride. We still need to add baseboards.
This picture does not do it justice. When we bought the house the walls were bright blue and the ceiling was light blue. It was quite amazing. The floor was also just bare concrete.
My sweet husband did three coats of Kilz in here as well, on both the walls and the ceiling. And we painted the same kind of stripes as the bedroom but in red and yellow for a little Chiefs pizzazz. We also put down black adhesive tiles. Probably not great for the long haul but it served the immediate flooring problem.
Red and yellow towels top off the Chiefs decor.