Our House

Welcome to our "nest"

We purchased our "forever" home on a quiet cul-de-sac in the town we both grew up in, in June 2007.  It has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms plus a full finished basement and an inground pool.  We have been hard at work updating the house and making it "ours" since we moved in.  So far we are absolutely love our neighborhood, and our how our house is shaping up. 

Our Home, Before and After


Seasonal Decor


Dad's House




I know, I know.. you are jealous of our wallpaper and formica cabinets.





























We will eventially totally reno the kitchen, for now the color is Benjamin Moore Terra Cotta Red. 














Stars from Home Goods. 











New light and kitchen table.














































I was going to take down the paneling, but there was foil and red velvet wallpaper underneath, so I opted to just paint it.



Color is Benjamin Moore Barley.











New mirror, light, and ledge from Lowes.
















The vanity is so small and shallow that the faucet had to be mounted sideways.












The vanity was too small to replace without going custom, so I just repainted it and got new hardware.


















Hunter green.  Seriously?  I mean if you want to make a brick wall look awful, hunter green is the way to go.  And could there be anymore plants in there?



















Wall color is Olympic Toasted Almond color matched by Banjamin Moore.

Still need bigger/more appropriate pic(s) over the fireplace.   

The table in between the 2 chairs is way too high, we just haven't found a better one yet. 










































DIY flower project. 













Family Tree from RedEnvelope.com















We got our new couch from Raymour & Flanigan.  It really makes the room look much larger.  Now we need a new coffee table and rug.











Again with the hunter green.  This room is attached to the living room.












Wall color is also Olympic Toasted Almond color matched by Benjamin Moore.

We still need a new light.  Haven't found anything we like yet.








Dining room chairs originally had white cushions, I recovered them after coffee was spilled all over them.














We got custom honey-comb shades in the bay window.  Silk panels from JC Penney.  Pillar candles from Kohls.








Pottery Barn wine shelves.           



















Not only is that seafoam green, but it is textured wallpaper too!






























Walls are Benjamin Moore, Bar Harbor Beige painted right over the textured wallpaper. Wall unit is Behr Ultra Pure White and background is Behr High Gloss Chocolate. 

The top black panels house dead speakers.  I covered the panels (which had been maroon) with a black t-shirt that I cut and stapled.

I spray painted all the hardware on the cabinets silver. 

Laundry room is through opened door with access to garage.







All the furniture in here is second hand.  The couch is totally NMS but his parents gave it to us, and free works!















This is actually a Brookstone Massage Chair.  The funky pillow makes the chair more comfy to sit on when not being massaged.

Pottery Barn glass vases on the wall.


































The closet is located off of the living room.  It is actually in the back of the garage. 










 We completely ripped apart the closet.  Built up the floor, sheetrocked, closed up that door to the deck, and ripped out all the warped shelves.





























No before pics... it was just plain white.  We painted Olympic Toasted Almond and added molding.













Our beautiful console table we searched far and wide for... from Bombay Company.











































Fazzinos that are hanging in the hallway.  I bought this one for DH when he graduated the academy.  The other one we bought as a wedding gift to ourselves on our honeyoon in Hawaii.














































New 6 panel doors that are now throughout the entire house.













Oil rubbed bronze hardware on all the doors.









 We never would have thought to put a fan here, but the previous owners had one-- so we just replaced it with a newer one.  It really circulates the air around the house!










































Want to get wooden window treatments in here or plantation shutters.  Also want to change the color again, to green, and get a new countertop, sink and faucet.
























































More textured wallpaper.




























Took off wallpaper and sanded down walls.  Repainted.  Added new molding, and pulled up carpeting (and a few hundred carpet staples).


Pictures above bed are shots from our honeymoon in Hawaii.























































































Repainted with BM Bar Harbor beige.  Added molding, pulled out carpet, and redid the wood floor. 


Furniture from JCPenney.com. 














Need a new fan, and window treatments.  This will eventually be a child's room, so we haven't hung anything up. 















































No, your eyes do not deceive you.  That is brown plaid shag carpeting and of course textured wallpaper.  The best part is that when we removed the carpet, the floor underneath was moist and the carpet pad crumbled all over us. 








Took out the disguisting carpet, took down the wallpaper, sanded and repainted walls, and had floors redone. 
















Beware!  There really are no words to describe the before state of this bedroom.  Under that wallpaper was yet another layer of wallpaper, the foil kind that is impossible to get down.  Also notice that the upper molding is gray and the lower molding is wood colored.  There were also no overhead lights.


















Removed 2 layers of wallpaper, sanded walls and repainted.  Got a new fan.  Had recessed lights installed.













































Color is Olympic Silver Spoon


Bedding is White Damask from LNT, Gray Silk Window Panels from Target, Mirrors from Home Goods, pillows DIY.












































DIY pillow slipcovers that I made.  I plan to make more so I can change them throughout the year.











































Sanded, primed, and painted the formica vanity.  Tiled the top.  Added new hardware, a new sink and facuet, new vanity, new light, and new towel bar. 








































Steps leading down to the basement.











Before pictures with our stuff. 
























Repainted BM Gray Whisp color matched by Valspar.















1/2 of DH's car collection at the bottom of the stairs.  We are in the process of installing accent lighting at the top of the shelves.











Painted over the paneling.  Replaced the carpet, and dropped ceiling and added recessed lighting. 







Cabinet is covering the electrical panel.


 I literally spent almost a year trying to figure out how to cover the panel, but still leave it accessible.  I somehow had a revelation that if we cut the back out of an Ikea bookcase, it would fit perfectly!  Though this isn't much... I am pretty impressed.







The other side of the basement.  The rest of the ceiling panels (we have yet to install) are sitting on top of the bar and the table and chairs came from a friend and will eventually be repainted.





Back room in the basement which still has the original paneling, ceiling, and carpet.  Not sure what to do back here.--maybe an office/craft room one day.  There is also an unfinished area behind this.





































































*All before pictures are with seller's things*

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After



Powder Room Before

Powder Room After


Living Room Before

Living Room After


Dining Room Before

Dining Room After


Family Room Before

Family Room After


Closet Before 


Closet After



Front Hall After 
























 Upstairs Landing After


Hall Bathroom Before


Hall Bathroom After


Guest Bedroom Before

Guest Bedroom After


Office Before

Office After




















Extra Bedroom/ Future Nursery Before

Extra Bedroom/ Future Nursery After



Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom After

New Bedroom Color 9/08



Master Bathroom Before

 Master Bathroom After


Basement Before


Basement After






Projects Completed since June 2007:

  • Cut down 15 trees around the pool
  • Pulled down wallpaper and repainted every room in the house including the basement. (DIY)
  • Pulled out carpet from all bedrooms. (DIY)
  • Tiled vanity in the master bathroom and added new hardware. (DIY)
  • Installed new light, sink, faucet, and vanity mirror in master bathroom. (DIY)
  • Installed new light fixture in kitchen. (DIY)
  • Reconfigured husband's master bedroom closet and added new shelving. (DIY)
  • Had crown molding installed in 3 rooms and hallways.
  • Had the electrical service upgraded and high hats installed in all upstairs bedrooms.
  • Had all wood floors in the house refinished.
  • Had custom blinds installed in kitchen and dining room.
  • Repainted the stair risers and spindles. (DIY)
  • Repainted the wall unit in the family room, and spray painted the hardware. (DIY)
  • Had new carpet in basement installed.
  • Replaced all ceiling tiles in basement ceiling and added a new circuit and recessed lighting. (DIY)
  • Replaced all doors, hinges, and knobs in house. (DIY)
  • Replaced every electrical outlet and receptacle in house. (DIY)
  • Ripped apart and rebuilt pantry closet, built a floor, sheetrocked, and installed new shelving. (DIY)
  • Re-plaster, re-tile, and re-cope pool.

 To Do List:

  • Rip out and replace landscaping in front and back. (Spring 2009)
  • Fence in the rest of the property. (Spring 2009)
  • Replace all closet doors. (Summer 2009)
  • Convert front bedroom into nursery. (Fall 2009)
  • Take down wall in between kitchen and family room.  (Summer 2009)
  • Redo kitchen and expand into family room.  (Summer 2009)