“Life is like a book. Some chapters are sad, some are happy, and some are exciting. But if you never turn the page, you will never know what the next chapter has in store for you.”
Many of you have been asking “what’s going on?”after seeing some hints on Facebook and Instagram. I wanted to wait until everything was official before making the announcement, and now it’s time to let you know that we have sold our home and we’re moving back South!
For a little over a year, hubby and I have felt such a strong pull to be closer to our children. Life goes so quickly, and we feel like we are missing out on so much. For many months we’ve prayed about moving closer to our children, feeling like that was where we were supposed to be. We’ve prayed that if this was God’s plan, He would open the doors for us to walk through, and He has! While we are going to miss this home that we’ve poured so much of our time and energy into, we are so excited about this new chapter and all of the wonderful possibilities!
As we’ve been packing up each room, I’ve been taking my own “walk down memory lane”, remembering the before and after’s of each room. I thought it would be fun to take a look back with you and reminisce about where we started with our vintage beauty.
This has turned into a long post, so I hope you will bear with me!
The first room we tackled in our 1970’s time warp was the kitchen and breakfast room.
Here’s a few before and after pictures showing what it looked like when we bought the home.
We took down walls, removed the tile and installed wood floors, planked the popcorn ceiling, installed new appliances, Carrara marble countertops, a farmhouse sink, and painted everything!
From start to finish, it took us approximately eight months to finish the kitchen and breakfast room, doing all of the work ourselves.
Now for the “after” photos. This is what the kitchen and breakfast room looks like today.
It’s quite a change, don’t you think?
Here’s the after of the breakfast room:
To see more details from the kitchen transformation, click HERE.
After renovating the kitchen, the rest of the rooms seemed like a piece of cake!
Next on the list was the family room.
We added built in bookcases, replaced the old carpet with hardwood floors, painted the fireplace, and scraped the popcorn ceiling.
Here’s the after:
To see more of the family room transformation, click HERE.
After the family room renovation, we started renovating the formal dining room. In here, we were dealing with flocked avocado green wallpaper and the ever present popcorn ceiling. However, it had great bones. The original things that I loved about the room were the brick wall with the arched doorway, the built in china cabinet, the original wood parquet floors, the beautiful arched stained glass window, and the original French chandelier.
Here’s the “before”.
And now the “after”.
The master bedroom was next in line, and it took us quite awhile to finish it.
There was pink shag carpet, pink foil wallpaper, and of course, the popcorn ceiling.
The master bedroom is such a large room which I love, and I was so glad when the transformation was finally completed!
Don’t you think the “after” is so much better?!?
The foyer with it’s grand curved staircase is what made me fall in love with this house.
It’s such a beautiful space, and I couldn’t wait to transform it.
The two story walls were wallpapered in old wallpaper, old carpet on the stairs, and the original green tile on the floor. It was a bit daunting, but we tackled it, one project at a time.
This is what it looked like originally.
This is what it looks like now after the renovation was complete.
After the foyer was finished, we started on the study. I love this space so much. It has paneled walls, and the original parquet floors, beautiful built in bookcases, amazing mullioned windows, and a gorgeous French chandelier that is original to the home.
Here’s the before.
This is what the study looks like today.
The formal living room was a pretty simple makeover. It always amazes me at the transformation one can achieve with just paint and new flooring.
And the way it is today:
We finally got around to renovating the first floor guest room. After we stripped the old wallpaper, we wrote blessings on the walls and floor before we painted and installed flooring.
Here’s the after:
The last two rooms we renovated were the laundry room and the powder room.
Here’s the before of the laundry room:
And here’s the after:
I love this sweet little powder room just off of the kitchen and laundry room. It was so much fun to renovate and I’m obsessed with the wallpaper!
And the after:
There’s still a bedroom and a couple of bathrooms that we didn’t get to. But I know the new owners will probably renovate those and put their own mark on the home. I pray that they will love this home as much as we have.
I want to thank all of you that kept us in your prayers as we struggled with this decision. We feel at peace that we have made the right one, and while it’s a little bittersweet to leave our home, we are excited about this new chapter. It will be so much decorating a new space and searching for new furniture and treasures to fill it!
Most importantly, our blog and shop won’t be going anywhere!
We have plans for lots of new projects that we’ll be sharing with all of you, and bringing lots of new vintage treasures to our online shop!
I hope you will follow along!
We would love to hear from you!