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Our House: Before & After

Two and a half years ago, we bought this house with the intentions of making it ours and thats exactly what we did. With a lot of hard working hours put into this beauty, it has come out exactly the way we wanted! Take a tour through our diamond in the rough with the before (when we bought this house) photos and the after photos.

The Front: (please ignore the fact that the before photo was taken in the summertime and the after was taken in the dead of winter)



When you walk in the front door:



The Living/Family Room:



The Dining Room:



The Kitchen:



The Kitchen:



The Kitchen:



The Bedroom/Office:



The Bedroom/Nursery:



The Master Bedroom:



The Guest Bedroom:



The Bathroom:



The Backyard: (please ignore the fact that the before photo was taken in the summertime and the after was taken in the dead of winter)



The Patio: (please ignore the fact that the before photo was taken in the summertime and the after was taken in the dead of winter)




Kitchen Remodel – The Finale

The kitchen is Done! Finished! Complete! and I’m so excited to finally be posting these photos for you! We started this project in November, right after we moved in and what an adventure. If you haven’t seen the work-in-progress posts, check them out here for part 1 and here for part 2! I couldn’t be more proud of the work Nick has done and doing 98% of the work himself! A HUGE thank you and shout out to Bryan Murray, Alex Stewart & George Stewart for helping install the cabinets, Ray Broker for helping Nick with the handles and microwave install and Chris Luebbers for working on the electrical.

Anyway… I’ll let the photos speak for themselves! Oh and be sure to check out the end of the post for the before & afters! What a difference!

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The Icing on the Cake

Finally, we got our light in for the kitchen – the finishing touch to our Kitchen Remodel! Now I can officially take the finale photos and post! Hurray! My wonderful husband installed it today while I was at work and literally when I walked in the kitchen, my heart stopped! It is absolutely beautiful.

{this photo does NOT do it any justice!}



The Last 7 Days – Bathroom Remodel: Part 1

Well, what started as a small project of replacing “big blue” our 1950’s porcelain blue toilet, with a new one… turned into gutting and remodeling our entire bathroom. Here was our week:

Sunday – Mission: Replace toilet

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Here’s what we found {EWWW GROSS!}:

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The floor was rotted through, the flange was rusted and breaking and there were definitely signs of mold so its a good thing we decided to do this BEFORE the baby comes!

Here’s a few photos of the rest of the bathroom:

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Then Nick really started ripping stuff out:

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Tuesday – Our electrician came out and helped us put in some new electrical. I’m so excited to have some light in this bathroom, plus a fan!

Wednesday – Nicks brother Alex came out and helped him take out the tub and pick up the new tub at good ‘ol Home Depot:

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Thursday – The plumber came and updated the shower plumbing, tub drain and the toilet nastiness. Nick helped him install the new tub. Also, Nick put in insulation on the exterior wall {the only insulation in the entire house} and installed the pre-made inset boxes in the shower.

Friday/Monday – The drywall guys came out and started putting stuff back together including Durock cement board in the shower.

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Also, while all of this was being done, we managed to pick out the floor tile, shower tile and accent glass tile for the shower, insets and backsplash. As well as the shower and sink fixtures, paint color, light fixtures and mirror. Here’s the plan:

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Wall Sconces  |  Mirror  |  Sink  | Faucet  |  Paint Color  |  Bead Board/Trim  |  Toilet  |  Glass Tile  |  Wall Tile  |  Shower/Tub Fixture  |  Floor Tile


Whew! What a whirlwind! Stay tuned for the next steps and we will see how it works out!


Kitchen Remodel – Part 2

Nick and his friend Bryan {who is a home-remodel expert}, installed the cabinets:

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The countertop installer came to measure once all of the cabinets were in place and level. Then it was 2 weeks until installation. We definitely liked the lighter – gray granite. We found this granite at The Granite Source in Centennial called “White Cashmere” and our sink is a single basin made of black granite composite:

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Then finally, it was installed:

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The hot water dispenser is a MUST. My mom has had one for years and I’ve always wanted one. Since we have a cold water dispenser on the fridge, we didn’t need both, but they make those also! Everything was installed JUST before Thanksgiving! Thank goodness for having our kitchen finally functional!

While my mom and her boyfriend Ray were in town visiting for the holiday, Nick and Ray installed the chrome handles on the cabinets:

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Then they installed the microwave:

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We decided to take a few months off of working on the kitchen and rest. I also wanted to find the perfect backsplash and I knew this could take some time. We went back to The Tile Shop and found a long subway tile in marble that originally we wanted to install in a herringbone pattern as displayed in their shop:

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Isn’t it amazing? Well after much contemplation on how to actually install this pattern, we decided to nix the herringbone and just go with a classic subway look. I love the herringbone, but theres something just so timeless about the subway and I’m really happy with it:

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We also replaced the tiles in the window sill with a custom wood one:

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Now… with this wall! Ugh! It had 50’s wallpaper, then a layer of paint, then 70’s wallpaper. Talk about a nightmare! Nick wanted to just take the wall down and put up new drywall and honestly, that probably would have been much easier. Instead, we both spent hours scraping wallpaper and sanding to get the wall as flat as possible. It actually turned out pretty good!

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To be continued…



Kitchen Remodel – Part 1

Since we moved in on Nov. 2nd, our kitchen has been the main project of our house. Thank goodness it’s finally done!! The worst thing is living without a kitchen for however many months, and being forced to eat out or do your dishes in the bathroom sink. Everything is unorganized and the construction leaves your house a disaster! This is what we got to go through:

Here is a recap on how it looked before we moved in:

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First, we opened the doorway:

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Then Nick Demo’d the rest:

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We ran into a little problem when we ripped out the dishwasher. For whatever reason, when they re-modeled the kitchen in the 70’s, they tiled the dishwasher in, so it wouldn’t just roll out of its cubby. We then figured out why when Nick pulled up on the dishwasher to get it out of its spot, the water was connected only by a copper pipe and the pipe pulled right out of its joint in the floor, causing the water to flood down to our basement. Talk about five minutes of PANIC and chaos!! Lesson of that day: Turn off the water whenever doing ANYTHING in your kitchen or bathrooms before you get started, you never know how things are connected!


Next: Replacing the drywall {Nick has done this before!}:

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In the meantime, our cabinets arrived:

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Everything is fully demo’d and we had a few drywall guys come in to patch/mud the wall:

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Next: Tile the floor. We originally picked out something light-colored, until I had the vision of a dark floor against the white cabinets and we came across this beautiful ceramic tile called Titanium Negro in the 12×24 size. I absolutely LOVE the metallic finish!

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Here’s how it came out:

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To be continued…