Welcome to My House Tour
This will be part fun house and part house of horrors. Enter at your own risk.
Our house is mostly DIY and all the work has been done by my husband and I with a shoestring budget. And, our shoestring is thin and short and frayed on the ends.
We’re not remodeling professionals and we don’t even have cable, so HGTV does me no good.
I don’t think I’ve ever participated in one of these Home Tour parties before, mainly because my house is a hot mess. The fact that I’m not particularly talented when it comes to decorating combined with our shoestring budget makes for a mostly DIY home.
Although we still have a random toilet bowl harbored in a closet upstairs, this place has come a long way from our walk-through.
Every time I get frustrated with an incomplete project or something being less than perfect in my house, I just think of the days spent scraping thirty-two layers of wallpaper off the living room walls and I feel better.
When we purchased our home, our kitchen was mostly an empty room. The few cabinets existing were rotted out from the inside due to years of leaky pipes. It was gross.
There was one little strip of counterspace and that was it. I can live with very little counterspace if I must, but we really wanted to create a warm and inviting kitchen. Someplace where I could be happy while I’m cooking, because cooking isn’t my favorite job.
I am a big fan of open shelving, so we sacrificed the one window due to awkward spacing and went with an entire wall of open shelving. The cabinets were free on Craigslist. My husband made new doors and we even made our own butcher-block countertop for around $100.
Four years later and I am still in love with my countertops.
My latest kitchen addition is a hanging pot rack. I was so unsure about splurging for a pot rack (about $40 at Walmart.com), but I love it. It’s extremely useful and easy to use. I’m so glad I bought one!
When we bought our house, our living room had a drop ceiling, paneling, a nasty green rug, and about thirty-two layers of wallpaper lurking behind the paneling. For a time, I thought I would never be able to remove all the wallpaper, but it was well worth the work.
My husband built the bookshelves on either side of the mantel. We’re big readers and I love having deep shelves to store all our books.
We were blessed to be able to buy some comfortable furniture at a flood sale a few years ago. I can’t say I’m happy there was a flood, but I am blessed to have our furniture.
Last year, I painted our sign and filled up lots of space on our empty white wall.
Because we had so much work to do in the home, we painted the entire house white. It was easy and required very little thought. Now, I’m beginning to long for some color.
I started painting in the hallway.
I not only love this color – Valspar paint in Herb Cornucopia, but I adore the gallery wall filled with my children’s art.
My daughter’s room is really the first bedroom we have finished. We’re terribly slow at home renovation, but eventually, we get it all done.
I spray painted a free table, made some flowers from tissue paper, and updated the fabric.
I hung bedsheets behind the printed fabric for curtains in the room. This allows for more privacy and also lots of color.
The lamp shade is homemade with scraps of leftover fabric.
Her room is crazy bright and happy, just like her!
Our dining room is far from complete. We need flooring and the wall needs repair. The woodstove surround also needs some beautification.
I did hang a pallet on the wall and call it art. That was fun and a few months later, I still like it!
So that’s our home!
Thank you for taking this tour with me.
The links below will show the entire projects we did with more information and photos. If you are interested in anything particular, you will probably find DIY instructions in the links.
Now, if you’re really brave and you need a few good laughs to begin your weekend,
read about our wild ride in a tiny Maine town. (make sure you scroll down and start at post #1)
Now that was a remodel!
We had devil dogs and a real estate agent who asked us to do the unthinkable.