1 Year Anniversary House Tour

We blinked and *poof*, it’s officially been 1 year in this house! Time flies when you’re having fun… except when you’re breaking your neck painting every wall, door, and piece of crown molding… but mainly having fun. ๐Ÿ˜‰

After living in a brand new builder grade house for 3 years (you can tour that one here), Robert, Olivia, and I moved into our 57 year-old brick colonial in April of 2017.

This is how we celebrated on our very first night:

 

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It’s been quite a leap of faith and really wasn’t our original plan. (If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans, right? Ha!)  But we are loving the adventures in our “new” fixer upper place.

So I thought it would be fun to share all of the transformation this house has seen so far in just 1 year. Robert’s not a contractor, I’m certainly not a school-trained designer, but we have a whole lot of determination that has paid off in these past 12 months.

(And if you want to know about any of the sources, you can click on the items in the gallery below each room.)

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Exterior Front

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

We gave our brick a limewashed makeover in November/December and shared all about it the process in this post.

Brick color: Romabio Bianco White | Shutter color: Behr Cracked Pepper  |Trim color: Behr Ultra Pure White

Foyer

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

We went the neutral route with paint and hung a simple black and white gallery wall up the staircase (that isn’t quite finished). I found this Victorian chest for cheap on Craigslist and cleaned up the marble top. For the light fixture, we faked the look of a pricey one with spray paint and Rub n Buff.

Wall color: Benjamin Moore Classic Gray | Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White | Door color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

Dining Room

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

The dining room isn’t quiiiiite finished, but it’s very close. My favorite part, by far, is this $100 carved dining table that we built a retrofitted oak table top for. My mom and I hung up the mirror gallery wall together, and I love how it now bounces the natural light around the entire space.

Wall color: Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal | Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White

Breakfast Nook

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

We still have big plans to totally gut this space one day and change the floor plan a bit, but for now, we stuck to cosmetic fixes. This spot gets no natural light, so we bright the outdoors in by using a lantern light, a wall planter made out of an antique banister, and French bistro chairs.

Wall color: Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee | Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White | Door color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

Laundry Room

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

This was the room that accidentally became a makeover. When we first moved in, we discovered this spot of the house was really the command center. It has to serve as our pantry, mudroom, and laundry room all in one. So we pulled as much function out of it as we could. The vintage laundry photo art and vinyl floor tiles were easy fixes to hide eyesores like the cable box and existing yellowed floor.

Wall color: Sherwin Williams Slate Tile | Trim/Ceiling color: Benjamin Moore Simply White | Door color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

Living Room

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

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This was the very first room painted the day we moved in, and I still would not change a single thing about the white walls and black doors. It’s the room that made me fall in love with this house. We limewashed the brick fireplace, built a window seat to hide our television electronics, and hung up cheap botanical prints in a grid to balance out the space.

Wall color: Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee | Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White | Door color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

Powder Room

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

Our powder room gave us our first “Ha! Gotchya!” fixer upper moment. Our tile floor ended up costing us double what we had budgeted because we discovered is used to be a concrete porch! Yaaaaaay drama! But we could not be happier with this beaut. We saved the budget by using porcelain tiles that look like marble, painted the existing vanity to look like weathered wood, painted the existing mirror frame, and hung inexpensive wallpaper. I love the city-meets-country look that came together here.

Bead board color: Benjamin Moore Hollingsworth Green | Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White | Door color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

Playroom

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

We crossed this room right off of the Resolutions list after New Year’s. Olivia’s playroom desperately needed storage and function, so we made built-ins from IKEA bookcases and fashioned a reading nook out of an old armoire. Olivia has a ball in here, and she now knows how to organize it herself. Well, she knows how, but I wouldn’t say she likes organizing it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wall color: Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee | Built-In color: Sherwin Williams Tree Swallow | Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White | Door color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

Guest Bathroom

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

This bathroom was really just a quick, inexpensive fix. It needs a gut job at some point, but to brighten it up without spending a hefty chunk, we painted the sink/countertop and tub/shower using a Rustoleum Refinishing Kit. (P.S. It’s held up beautifully.)

The rest was just paint and accessories. And the tile grout got a quick perk.

Wall color: Magnolia Home Weekend | Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White | Cabinet color: Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray | Door color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

Olivia’s Bedroom (Progress)

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We just started on Olivia’s bedroom, but the progress so far has been really fun. The furniture in here is next to be addressed on the to-do list (that’s just a mattress there on the floor).

Wall color: Behr My Sweetheart | Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White | Wallpaper

Master Bedroom

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

We jumped into this room without an actual plan, just a bunch of furniture that we found on clearance in a local home shop. There are still some things left on the agenda here, but it’s been a great calming escape.

Wall color: Benjamin Moore Moonshine | Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White | Door color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

Back Porch

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

We’ve sorta kinda started on the back porch, but we hope to do a lot more out here in the coming months now that the weather is warming up. We painted the ceiling “haint blue” for some Southern tradition and put up these white and wood outdoor fans. Eventually, we’d love to replace the mini fridge with an electric outdoor fireplace.

Brick color: Romabio Bianco White | Ceiling color: Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue | Trim color: Behr Ultra Pure White | Door color: Behr Cracked Pepper

As for the rest of the house…

Rooms still untouched:

Kitchen

(Except for adding a cover-up on the backsplash, but that’s really it.)

Robert’s Office

Robert said HE is going to design this one, and the dude has a million and one ideas.

The Nursery

Once we find out if this little one due in October is a he or a she, we’ll be painting and decorating our booties off in here really soon.

Master Bathroom

This is the one room I probably won’t even bother with a Phase 1 makeover (like we did with our guest bathroom). Robert and I have SO many great ideas for best utilizing this small-ish master bathroom, but it’s going to require a full gut job, knocking out drywall, and moving around plumbing. No easy feat, but it’ll be very worth it once we’re ready to tackle it financially (and physically).

My Office

This room that sits right beside our front door has really become a dumping ground until we can get around to making it my office. We plan to put in double French doors to seal it off from the rest of the house and install a closet or two so that one day, if we eventually put the house on the market, it will count as another bedroom and increase our home’s value.

So that’s where we are! I had no idea this time last year that this house could possibly come this far. It’s already so much more than I imagined.

A house tour of a 1960 colonial 1 year after improvements with room makeover before and afters. #housetour #hometour #diyhome #homeimprovement #diy #diyblogger #budgetdecorating #beforeafter

Credit: Bailey Smith Photography

At the speed we’re going, this house will be totally finished by this time next year. Ha! Kidding. (We have way bigger renovation plans for that to happen.)

But I am amazed how much we have accomplished in 12 months with ya know… life mixed in. I have a feeling this next little one being born in the fall will slow us down quite a bit in the next year, but I’m so glad this place feels like home now where our little family can grow and thrive.

If you don’t already, take pictures of the rooms in your home, even if you consider it the ugliest room on the planet. It’s incredible and so empowering to look back and see just how far you’ve come.

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44 Comments

  1. It seems like you just told us about the new house, I can’t believe it’s been a year already! I’ve really enjoyed seeing your vision come alive. The exterior of your home just takes my breath away, I love it so much! Can’t wait to see the rest.

  2. Lauren~

    You have done an amazing job of turning your “house” into a gorgeous and beautiful “home”. Love the before and after pictures too. They truly document the decorating journey and projects you and your husband have tackled over the past year.

    While I LOVE it all, my favorite, is hands down the reading armoire that you put together for Olivia. LOVE….LOVE….LOVE it!!!!!! It speaks volumes of your love for her and will surely foster her love of books and reading.

    What else can I say, except I LOVE it!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for sharing.

    Deb ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. WOW!!! You and your husband are incredible. Look at all you have accomplished! Its all beautiful! I love how you do it all together (you and your hubs), how you do it economically, and how you share it with colors, sources, etc. Yours truly is one of my top few favorite homes/blogs. Thank you for sharing, and inspiring me.

  4. Every room looks perfect. You have given me a lot of ideas for our new home. Thanks for sharing your vision!

  5. You and hubby have so much to be proud of! I have loved every single room, Lauren. I cannot wait to see what you will do in the future…and to hear if you’re having a boy or girl. Exciting, memorable times!

  6. Absolutely stunning! Youโ€™ve really honored the house by keeping things classy and honoring the period after it is modeled. This home inspires me for our future home. Well done yโ€™all!

  7. Lauren, I love your ideas and makeovers! Thanks for posting the before and afters. I really enjoy following you and seeing the progress you are making along with your hubby. It really looks like a home and not just a house!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have to ask about the windows you painted black. Did you use the same Benjamin Moore Wrought iron paint you used on the doors? Are your windows wood or metal that you painted? I live in FL and they are metal and I’m wondering if I can paint the metal and I just need to prime them first and paint with regular latex paint. I would love to try painting the doors black to see how they look.
    Thanks and keep up the GREAT work!! …and please continue to share ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Great job! We bought a house 5 months ago and I became overwhelmed decorating so I quit… You’re inspiring me to get back on the wagon and get our house finished!

    1. Congratulations! I know the feeling and felt the exact same way when we moved in. I try to focus on only one room at a time, starting with the room we spend the most time in (so for us it was the living room first). It makes it less overwhelming. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I cannot believe how much you’ve accomplished in one year! It look amazing. And that has to be the cutest play room in all the land. Every room is stunning. Can hardly wait to see the new nursery!

  10. I love your home! Just beautiful!! One question: Do the black doors stand up to traffic? I mean, do they get chipped easy? I’m so wanting to do this to all my doors!!!

    1. The one that’s an actual door (the rest are really windows) has gotten scratched on one of the grids because our dogs like to scratch at it when they have to go outside. Drives me crazy, but other than their abuse to it, it’s held up perfectly to us humans. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Beautiful!!! Iโ€™ve been thinking of painting my interior doors black, now Iโ€™m eeally inspired. Any tips on where to find replacement hinges and knobs at a great price? Love the color you chose for the guest bath and the simple trim on the shower curtain. Canโ€™t waiit to see what you do with the porch!

    1. Thanks! We’re excited to get going further on that porch too. I haven’t had much luck finding a less pricey place for hinges/knobs other than just purchasing at Lowe’s and Home Depot. But I just found some glass knobs recently on Build.com for pretty inexpensive at $16 each that I’m really tempted to use throughout our house to replace all of our existing mismatched knobs. Maybe try there?

  12. Wow! Looking at this makes me tired for you guys!! (kidding). Y’all have done so much and it looks amazing! I jotted down some of your paint colors b/c I’m still deciding on the perfect neutral for when we are ready to paint our living room. I love your idea of taking pictures to be able to look back on as we make progress. Inspiration like that is always good!

  13. Happy Anniversary! Your home is beautiful. Your family should be so proud of the amazing transformations. I’ve enjoyed following your journey with your fixer upper. My husband and I are in the process of transforming our house to home & it gives me hope that it all comes together. Thank you again! ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. What amazing progress Lauren (& Robert)! The dining room and living room are some of my favorite updates. I can’t wait to see how you both make the little ones rooms perfect for them!

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