The Before

So, I may have posted a few teensy sneak peeks of the new house on my Instagram account over the last two days...did you see them?? Things are finally (finally) starting to come together, and while we aren't completely done with construction, we are making major moves toward making this nightmare a home.

It might just be time for a reveal or two, so I thought we should take a moment to pour one out for the original house in all of it's glory. If you're drinking the good wine, don't pour one out, I'll do it for you as I'm slumming it with Two Buck Chuck.

Behold, the house that screamed "buy me! I'll be a fun project!"
the front door and it's gorgeous pillar enclosures

paneling is fancy

and so is a 3/4 brick side wall next to a fireplace!

I didn't know it at the time, but those widows are actually about two inches different in height. 

the....dining room?
and kitchen
and more paneling!

please note the custom wood spindles on the paneled wall that serves no purpose.

our dream kitchen

the family room complete with metallic lava lamp wallpaper

and an Austin Powers bar! 

some sort of built in for some sort of television...and two different doors to two different "storage" areas

the hall bath....
you could sit on the toilet and touch both the sink and the shower with your knees.

our future Master Bedroom Suite...
lots of magic to be had here

our babe's future abode

not pictured: our bathroom, the guest room and the super weird shape of the hallway. 

Seriously, I look at these photos and think
"what the eff were we thinking"

Think we were able to turn it around? 


  1. I had no clue you had such a renovation to tackle! Now I'm really excited to see the reveals!

  2. Your sneak peaks are gorgeous! These are some serious "befores" I think you might need your hgtv show! Can't wait to see more!

  3. Go big or go home. And you went...gigantic. I love it. And am already obviously swooning over the reno. 10 pats on the back (and bottles of wine), mama. Cheers!!!

  4. Yes, yes I do think you were able to turn it around! ;) Can't wait to see all the "after" photos!!

  5. I honestly can't even wait to see the final reveal!!! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

  6. "here's the story of a lovely lady..." Can't wait to see this gem all dolled up and pretty!

  7. I honestly don't think I would have recognized your house if I had seen these beauties first...such a difference! xoxo

  8. Wow!! You guys are seriously brave for undertaking that! Can't wait to see the big reveal!

  9. wowzahhhh cant wait to see the after :) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  10. Can't wait to see the after! I applaud you for taking on all that paneling!'

  11. That kitchen made me cry.

  12. Holy....something. Can't wait to see the AFTERS. I applaud you for buying this. I have no vision. I just look at that and see a bunch of crazy. But WHOA. I know you've got it all under control, and it will be FAB!

  13. Haha, I LOVE that you took this on!!!!


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