Hey friends! As you know, we’ve been planning for the last six months to get our house on the market and move closer to my husband’s work.
Most of those months were just spent waiting for the right time due to other life circumstances, but I took advantage of the wait to wrap up projects around the house so when we were finally ready to list, we would also be ready to pack up and go!
- Finally tackling the kitchen walls that had been sitting wallpaper-free but bare for over a year
- Finishing painting various rooms and touching up paint
- Switching out a few light fixtures and curtains
- Replacing our splintery wooden toilet seats with new white ones (because for some reason, for the last three years we tolerated the risk every time we sat down, but God forbid someone else get a splinter in their butt!)
- Packing away some of my bolder art choices (like Lady Margaret)
- Toning down some of my maximalist decorating tendencies
- Fixing up the front garden beds
- And having the exterior of our home completely repainted (and not, sadly, “Barbie Dream House” pink)
In fact, so much has slowly changed around here the last few months that I decided to share an “Open House Home Tour” for you guys so you could virtually walk around and see the way we “staged” our home for sale. For full “before” and “afters”, visit my Home Tour tab up there at the top of the blog!
I almost never take photos with the lights on, but I wanted you to experience the cozy vibe of certain rooms in our house, like the living room right when you walk inside…
If you open my recent Living Room Tour post in another tab, you can play a game of “Spot the Difference.” The biggest changes were switching out the curtains and pulling the fiddle leaf fig into a different room to help open up the space.
- Curtains: Ikea Lenda
The room off to the right in the shot above is the house’s original dining room. Even though we didn’t use it that way ourselves, we set it back up as a dining room for house showings.
The kitchen has come a looooong way! You might remember that I had grand remodeling plans and I would have loved to have the time and budget to tackle them, but I will say that a new wall color, a few new appliances, and smooth ceilings made a miraculous difference!
Who remembers the decoupaged brown wallpaper that was there before?
And here’s how it stands at present:
- New wall color: Sherwin Williams “Silver Strand”
- Chandelier painting from my sweet friend Becky of Sketchy Styles
- Light fixture: Hampton Bay (similar)
And the second living area, which you might remember we had turned into my favorite room of the house, the dining room. In order to show its original purpose, I set up a little seating area, switched out the low-hanging chandelier, and left the rest of the space wide-open.
- Curtains: Ikea Lenda
- Light fixture: Hampton Bay Semi-Flush Faux Alabaster Nutmeg (who names these products?!)
And an area I don’t think I’ve ever shared here on the blog… Here’s our little laundry room area. Oh how I love those colorful curtains – they’re originally from World Market, but I found them brand new at a thrift store!
And the door to the left goes to the downstairs powder room, which is extremely hard to photograph, but a pretty cute little space!
Once you head up the stairs, this guest bedroom is right at the top. It’s quite a bit less colorful than the last time I shared it – I was going for light, peaceful and serene.
Notice, I even swapped out lamps from when I shared this needlepoint pillow for Thrift Score Thursday a few weeks ago.
Absolutely nothing changed from the master bedroom tour I recently shared…
But here’s my best attempt at a “realty” shot, so you get a feel for what it’s really like to step into the room…
Down the hall is our office. It really hasn’t changed all that much since I last shared it. Sharp-eyed readers will notice this room is staged with some of our dining room chairs and I switched out the shelves full of Bryan’s beer bottle collection with some fun & colorful vintage records.
And that about wraps this little home tour up, my friends! There is a fourth bedroom tucked away, but we never got around to any kind of transformation, so it won’t be appearing in photos here on the blog.
But seriously – it’s such a strange, strange feeling, knowing that this is one of the last times I’ll ever capture pictures of this, our first house.
When you reduce it down to a little virtual tour, it might not seem like much, but I assure you there’s so much blood, sweat and tears in these walls, it’s practically a bio-hazard… (And yes, that’s a joke. I just felt that I needed to clarify.)
As I was thinking through every last little detail to get our house ready to go on the market (from choosing coordinating kitchen towels to scrubbing bathroom grout with a toothbrush), I decided that I had to pick a fun and motivational quote for the chalkboard garage door.
I couldn’t think of anything off the top of my head, so I figured I would do a quick Google search and pick the first corny but heart warming quote that I came across. Wouldn’t you know, this little gem stopped me in my tracks:
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
— Arthur Ash
And it was just such a perfect summation of everything we’ve done in this house and everything we want our life to be and everything we hope for the next family that ends up living here!
So that has been the story of our first home here on Newberry Street. You can catch up on plot lines and plot twists and chapter headings here on our full-fledged Home Tour page.
But the dust jacket blurb is: we started where we were, we used what we had, we did what we could… and we’re excited to begin all over again somewhere else soon!