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. 😉

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. 😉

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. Hi Mary! Thank you! I believe the door is actually original to the house built in 1960. I haven’t been able to find a source for them but you could try checking architectural salvage yards, local classifieds, and eBay.

  1. The refresh of your upstairs hall is great and shows what the right paint color and some creativity can do. What an ingenious idea on the light sconce and thermostat cover. You turned a dark and dingy area that featured an eyesore front and center into a delightful, airy space that looks twice twice the size.
    also thanks so much for including the complete house tour showing the befores, afters and things to come. What you and your husband have accomplished in just a year is truly amazing! I fell in love with your house when you first posted pictures just after you purchased it and the design and color choices you have made are absolutely beautiful. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with remaining rooms awaiting your special touch. I also love the way the lime wash treatment turned out on the exterior (also on the fireplace) as now the exterior reflects the interior for a cohesive whole, updating everything in a classic way that is fresh yet honors the history of the home.

  2. Your home looks like it should be on TV. You have done a great job. I love the bench in your entry way but the one you listed is different. Where did you get it or where can I find one like it. You are a great decorator. Miss your calling.

    1. Thanks, Cynthia! The bench was an antique find on Craigslist. I’ve never seen one just like it anywhere since then. But I linked the only one even slightly close to it that was available online.

  3. You have done a beautiful job on your renovations. I enjoyed looking at all the photos today. Very classic and inviting!

  4. Inspiring! Love what you have accomplished in such a short period of time! I always look forward to your posts!

  5. I saved this post just to look at all the rooms at once. My brain does not connect dots well so it was fun to see that the entry does connect to your house. The kitchen does connect to the spacious living area. Etc!! I’ve always felt you’ve done so very very much on your home and I’m so proud of all you’ve done! I like the details like the blue on your back porch ceiling that I’d never noticed. All the painting and papering you’ve done. I like how you’ve used rugs to add interest to each room. What a beautiful home. I do not have a favorite. But the map over the fireplace is really fun! The laundry room bifold door made such a difference in your kitchen area!! All your doors. Swoon!!! Best to you and your family.

  6. Your house is absolutely beautiful!!! I really love the lime wash on the red brick. I’m wanting to do that myself. I want to ask about your front door. Does it have windows in it? Its beautiful! I was going to also ask when you were going to add to the family, but you just answered my question. OCTOBER! Yay for yall!!

  7. Wow! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home! I love seeing the tour and even tho I’ve been following you since before you bought this house, the past year really did fly by! Thank you for sharing the rooms you haven’t done yet too. I’m excited to see all the ways you’ll continue to transform this house into your home!

  8. You have done an amazing job Lauren and I love that you have stayed true to the houses roots. Cannot wait to see what you do with the nursery!

  9. Wow!! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful photos! You have done a wonderful job in recreating all those rooms. Well done! God bless you and your family.

  10. Beautiful. I love the way each room feels different but there is a continuity. You done did good. :>))))

  11. Such a beautiful home with so much character and style. I live here in Palm Springs, California and homes here are just plain drywall and windows. No character or charming details like in older homes. It is hard to add style to a home that has no style to begin with. Paint, flooring, window coverings and accessories can do only so much! Love your style and grace.

  12. Seeing all the changes in one post just makes me love your home more than I already did. So, so pretty and tasteful and cozy! Can’t wait to see what you do next….

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