We don’t just have three bedrooms and a bathroom (duh); here’s the rest of the house: before and after!
Living room and small dining area/mini office – there’s a fourth (non-conforming – no closet) bedroom off this area that we’re using as a dining room, but if we were to use it as a bedroom (or something else), this little spot where my grandpa’s roll-top desk is sitting would be our dining area. It’s been like a mini office for me; I sometimes sit here and use the laptop or work on mailings (the most official way to say “put return address labels and stamps on things”). One of the first things we thought about doing, I think the very first time we even saw the inside of the house, was knocking down that wall the desk is now up against to open up the whole space. Someday!
This is the room I think it’s most fun to look at because of the before photos – in the house’s listing, there were several iterations of how it used to look (1 / 2 and 1 / 2 / 3). It’s so interesting to see how others have laid out furniture in this space. It’s kind of a funky space; Nat still feels like we need more seating…
Kitchen – not a lot done here yet, obviously. Of course we’d like new counter tops and ~back splash~ and maybe cupboards, too. SOMEDAY, lol. I was pretty bummed about having a galley kitchen, but we’ve been cooking a ton lately (got Home Chef last month!) and it’s been working out really well! One grand idea is to knock out the top half of the wall behind the fridge and oven so that that area is more of a peninsula and you can see out to the living room (OPEN! CONCEPT!).
One thing we did do was replace the light fixture, which came to be called the “Harry Potter light” when we were marathon watching all of the HP movies and wanted to be in the dark save for some ~moody lighting~. I kind of miss the super red light it gave off. Not the fact that it looked like a lava lamp. (I should take a picture of all the fixtures/hardware we removed throughout the house in the first days there. It’s a huge bucket’s worth!)
Fourth bedroom/dining room – This room looks so different, as you can see! We pulled up the carpet to find… I can’t remember if it’s vinyl or linoleum. Our house was built in ’64, so I think it’s vinyl. Anyway, it was the worst color, and we couldn’t think about flooring options at the time (the hardwood throughout the house needs to be refinished, so when that happens we’ll probably add hardwood flooring in this room) so I insisted we paint it – white. It felt like everyone was telling me not to! Blog posts like this one gave me the confidence it would be an okay temporary solution. So far, it’s great!
We spent a few weeks searching for wall-to-wall shelving before deciding to just customize IKEA’s IVAR unit. Our last house had such sweet built-ins, which we appreciated after having them in our first rental house. We have a lot of little “knick knacks.” I love the way everything looks here. One of the cabinets below holds board games and the other ones have yet to be filled up! There’s more art in here now, too 😊
Second bathroom (laundry room) – This is off the dining room, and from here there’s access to the garage. This is a weird space. It definitely wasn’t a bathroom originally. But we were adamant about buying a house with (three bedrooms and) two bathrooms since this is a long-term commitment for us (I originally wanted to buy one house and live in it for the entirety of my life, but since this isn’t my “dream house” [but it had everything we wanted and amazingly WE COULD AFFORD IT] our mortgage loan officer was able to convince me that it’s okay to just live here for… 5-7 years) and we did not want to add a bathroom ourselves. The grand plan here is to make this space two rooms – a little bathroom and a laundry room/mud room – essentially having the shower and the laundry trade places. For now, it’s the wonky second bathroom and place where my incredibly expensive washer and dryer live! 😜
Backyard – just because I happened to have a few photos that work as before-and-afters. We had done virtually nothing to the yard at this point, but isn’t it nuts to see what a difference four months makes?! The yard is huge and lovely and private and not lawn-type grass (the best part, tbh). When my dad gets in to town a week from today (!), he’s going to help us with some landscaping and fencing, and give me insight about keeping pigeons.
Part 1 here, in case you missed it!