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Home Renovations – Before & After Pics

Wow, it’s been a couple of days since I’ve posted! In case you’ve wondered where I’ve disappeared to, it’s off into the depths of prepping our house to sell it – which is not fun, I’ve learned, even before actually listing it. It’s been a lot of work getting it ready.

The bulk of our work has been in the master bathroom. It was in a STATE when we bought it, complete with:

  • CARPET. Why, people, why?
  • Peeling floral wallpaper.
  • Rusted sink.
  • Vanity falling apart, painted white but with dusty rose pink spots showing through various scratches.
  • OLD toilet that shall not be discussed any further. Yes, it was gross.
  • NO outlet, aside from one on the light fixture up high above the mirror held with clips to the wall.

Now that we’re done with it, we’ve put in:

  • Travertine floors – love them!
  • New free-standing vanity with granite counter & undermounted sink.
  • Wall outlet near vanity.
  • New light fixture.
  • Painted walls and new wainscoting.
  • New toilet.
  • Crown molding.
  • New shelf and towel racks.

I painted, but Brian did the bulk of the work. I am really happy with how it turned out (and thankful for a handy husband)!

Before:

After:

A while back we redid our hall bath, too. It was (yeehaw) Texas themed, and also had carpet. Brian installed a slate floor and backsplash, new counter, hardware, and new sink. And we definitely painted over the navy walls.

Before:

After:

I’m also proud of what we’ve done to the outside of the house – when we bought it the trim didn’t match the garage doors and it drove me nuts. I think a fresh coat (well, 3-5 coats) of white paint and some black shutters made a nice update, don’t you? We also removed some chunky forest green house numbers from the garage (photoshopped out of the picture below) and added a more modern take with brushed nickel numbers on a red board that matches the red of our front door.

Before:

After:

So anyway, there’s my excuse for being MIA lately, and for – yet again – falling behind with my daily photos! We still have a few projects left to do – it’ll be time to hit up the home improvement stores again! I even found a 10% off + free shipping coupon from Home Depot. Gotta love saving money! Once our projects are done, it’ll just be a matter of maintaining a clean house. That is sure to be a breeze with two little boys, right?

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  • J @ IHeart-Motherhood February 2, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Nice work! It looks great! :)

    • Christi February 3, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Thank you!! SO glad to be finished with it. :D

  • Samantha Bedgood February 2, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I absolutely love it! Great job guys.

    • Christi February 3, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Thanks Sam! :)

  • Xenia February 2, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Wow, Christi, it all looks amazing! I’m highly impressed… and also jealous that your husband can do so much handy stuff himself. We did a bunch of remodeling recently but it was all due to bringing people in to do it for us! :)

    • Christi February 3, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Thanks, Xenia! I seriously had no clue about his skills until after we bought our house.

      Have you posted pics of your remodeling? I wanna see!

  • Bethany February 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Great job Christi and Brian! Good luck with selling your house!

    • Christi February 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Thanks, Bethany!

  • Chris February 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Sheesh! And I thought our bathrooms were bad with one being avocado and one mauve, and no outlets besides those in the light fixtures. At least we didn’t have carpet! Great renos!

    • Christi February 3, 2012 at 11:29 am

      Haha! I don’t know, Chris – we might have been tied for awful bathrooms!

  • Aline February 3, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Definitely much better and worth the effort.

    • Christi February 3, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Thanks Aline! It’s definitely rewarding to look at the differences after all the work.

  • Amber February 3, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Beautiful! Job well done :)

    • Christi February 3, 2012 at 11:27 am

      Thanks Amber! :)

  • Christin February 3, 2012 at 9:27 am

    WOW!! You guys have been busy! I know ‘pre-listing’ stuff is NEVER fun, but you guys have done great and I wish you a speedy sale!

    • Christi February 3, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Thanks, Christin! You’re a pro at this by now, aren’t you? I should’ve been asking you for some advice! :)

  • D Schmidt February 3, 2012 at 10:19 am

    It looks wonderful, well done you!

    • Christi February 3, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Thanks so much, D!! :)

  • Nathan February 3, 2012 at 10:51 am

    PLEASE tell me you still have that Texas cowboy boot. That thing is awesome!!!

    • Christi February 3, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Sadly, no. We’ll be on the lookout for something like it, and if we ever find one we’ll send it your way. Gotta represent, right? :D

  • Chemese February 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I’m very impressed

    • Christi February 4, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Thanks, Chemese :D

  • Amanda February 6, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I know you know this already but the hall bathroom updates are still my FAVORITE! Yay for renovations! :D