So excited to finally show off the finished house renovation

Back during the last week of January we started a big project to renovate our house. Because living in chaos is not easy, we decided to go big and get it all over with at once.

With the exception of the den, half bath and laundry room on the lower level we got the whole house painted and had all new floors installed. At the same time, they replaced many ceiling fans and lights, switched out all the outlets and switches to match white face plates and had the electric and cable updated. Along the way they did some extra little things like labeling our electrical box (because if you are messing with all the electricity, it’s a good time to get this done).

Today, it is officially finished. To be clear, we weren’t living in a constant state of upheaval, but rather timing things with our regular contractor, the carpet installation and then the weather.

Anyway, here are the befores, the durings and the afters.  It’s amazing how our little split entry seems so much more open and modern with these updates.

Here is the old kitchen.  Take note of the hideous linoleum floor. The whole room used to go with this hunter green and mauve theme. (Remember those old counter tops?)


I was never a fan of the blue lights and the weird thing on the ceiling at it’s base.  Turns out it hid a hole in the ceiling, presumably from an old fixture.

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Here’s the old living room and hallway covered in carpet that had seen much better days.

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The entry and stairs were my least favorite.  That green tile in the entry wasn’t the worst but it was the only green tile in the entire house.  And since the cats frequently run up and down the stairs chasing each other and to get water and other things downstairs, they were always such a pain to clean.

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We got rid of all the carpets in the bedrooms and had the walls painted, except in the guestroom which stayed green.


For about two weeks, our house was in a constant state of disarray.  Both our refrigerator and stove spent time in the living room.


When they started on the kitchen tile, they discovered an old floor underneath.


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While the tile was being finished, they started tearing out the carpet and laying down the new hickory floors.


I think they turned out great. I also like the new light green paint color in the living room.

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Here’s the hallway.  You can see the new light in the hall as well.


Here’s the view of the two new floors from the kitchen.


Check out the new light in the kitchen.


We got this white wool area rug for the living room.

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And then after a break for a couple weeks, we moved everything from the three bedrooms into the kitchen and living room.

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We had new light gray carpets installed in the three rooms.

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At this point, it was the end of February. Because of the cold weather, our contractor decided to wait on working on updating the entryway and stairs.  The new stair treads had to get multiple polyurethane coats and he didn’t think they’d dry fast enough.  Then they were working on some other jobs.  Finally, near the end of May, they started the stairs.

On the first day, they finished with the last of the hardwood in the entry and took out all the carpet.

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And then today, it was finally finished after a brief pause because there was a missing tread!

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It feels good to be finished.


Bathroom Update

Our bathroom renovation is finally complete!

We live in a 1.5 bathroom house and the main bath was out of date, crowded and in need of an overhaul. We used Bartley Builders for the project and cannot be more pleased with the results.

Here is what it looked like before.

It was a lot of cream and brass and horrible floors that were peeling up around the sink.

002 (3)The sink was very low, especially for Mike.

003 (3)The light fixture on the ceiling was hideous and the fan was old and noisy.

009 (3)The light above the sink was pretty terrible too.

010 (3) 011 (3)The shower was the worst.  The plumbing had some problems and would never quite come out strong enough up top.  The bath fitter was some weird color and the tub was pretty shallow and would never have accommodated a bath.

016 (4) 017 (4)More hideous brass.

019 (3)Doug and Aaron were over every day for two weeks working on this project.

First they started tearing everything out.

012 (2)I guess we’re lucky that we didn’t have to live with that lovely flooring for the last seven years.  Nice of the previous owners to just cover it up.

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001 (2)They found some plumbing issues with the shower that they worked on.

003 (2)This tub is bigger and deeper than the old but takes up a bit less space.

004 (2)They were kind enough to make it so that we could still shower each day since it’s our only one in the house.

007 (2)The job site foremen did a great job inspecting the work.

009 (2) Then they started tiling the floor. 012 (3)Next it was time to tile the shower.013 (3) 014 (3)The original decorative tile we selected turned out to be brittle and hard to work with due to the variations in size but we made a last minute switch to this tile.

016 (3) 017 (3) 018 (2)Then they painted a very light gray color on the wall and started installing all the new fixtures.

019 (2)The new sink and vanity are taller and more narrow giving more space to move in the room.021 (2)This is our water efficient toilet.022 (2)The shower head is up higher to accommodate Mike’s height.023 (2) 026 (2) 028I love this light over the sink but it’s been challenging to find bulbs that fit it.010There’s a new fan and overhead light.011

And glass shower doors that make the room seem even bigger.002 004

And this is the entire room. 006 Here’s a side by side comparison.  Before and AfterIt’s amazing how much bigger and lighter our bathroom seems. I am so glad we were able to do this. We intentionally chose the white, gray and black colors so any linens can match. And now we just need to find bright colored towels and bathmats that will look best in this room.