Our new house will be lovely one day, emphasis on will. We are still in the first stages of fixing it up. We are ripping out ceilings and floors, adding a new roof and gutters, and getting all of the utilities finally on and running. Most of our contractors’ work is done, but we still have a ton of wall patching, repairs, cleaning, tiling, plumbing, and painting to do.
These pictures capture the beginning steps of our house renovation. The house is pretty messy and, yes, the walls are actually that slight shade of yellow (hopefully not for long). We can’t wait until we can share more of our progress as we take this house from a neglected mess to a happy, comfortable space. Enjoy!
Our house with the new roof and gutters. We will be getting rid of the overgrown bushes and landscaping as soon as the weather warms up.
The best feature in the house at the moment, our gorgeous front doors – original to the house since 1920.
The back door to our addition. There was a broken screen door on here before that we removed the first day after we closed on the house.
The Front Rooms
The inside of our front doors. You can see that someone went a little crazy with a blue marker.
The view from our downstairs turret room. I can’t wait to put our Christmas tree here next year.
This is the entry room into our house, complete with the old coal-burning fireplace. You can also see our stairs which are accessible from the front room and the kitchen in the back of the house.
The Dining Room
A view of the front room from our dining room.
Here you can see the back entrance to our dining room. It leads into our back addition.
Here is another angle of the back of our dining room. You can see the side entrance to the butler’s pantry hallway where you can access the kitchen and the stairs to the basement.
You can see the dining room entrance to the right and the kitchen bar to the left in this photo of our back addition room.
Another angle of our addition. We will be adding drywall to the ceiling, painting the paneling, and tiling the floor.
A view from across the kitchen bar. We will eventually paint all of the paneling and the cabinets. We will also change out the avocado green countertops.
A close up of our knotty pine paneling. This will eventually be painted.
The view of our kitchen from our back door, and yes, it is a mess.
Our kitchen, covered in plastic because of lead paint abatement.
This is NOT glass in this cabinet. It is plastic with puffy paint designs. You can’t make this stuff up.
Another view of our less-than-lovely kitchen.
Here’s another view of the corner (plastic glass) cabinet.
You can see the funny little flower decals on the backsplash and the entry into the butler’s pantry hallway that leads to the dining room.
Our kitchen leads to a hallway where you can access the side stairway and a small half bath.
The Half Bath
The hallway and our half bath as viewed from the landing on our staircase.
The front access to our stairs. There are two landings, one at the middle where the side stairs connect, and one at the top where you turn to access the top floors.
Another view of the two access points for the stairway.
Our upstairs hallway that accesses all four bedrooms and our upstairs bathroom.
The top of our stairway. The odd storage cabinet to the left of the stairs is actually blocking an old entrance to the stairway to the attic. We can’t wait to open it up and restore the stairway!
Our upstairs turret room.
The view of our upstairs hallway from the turret room.
An abandoned figurine that was sitting in the window sill when we purchased the house.
Our upstairs bathroom will be one of the first rooms that we completely transform before moving in.
Our bathroom tub surround with red tape holding it to the wall. We will completely replace it with ceiling to tub tile.
We’ve got enough lights for a Broadway dressing room in our bathroom.
Well, that’s it. I hope you enjoyed the tour. Check back in a couple of months for a, hopefully, much prettier house tour as we make some much-needed progress.
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