Even if you’re on a tight budget never let money stop you from having style. I love taking ordinary objects and re-purposing them. I have so much fun looking through magazines and seeing beautiful designs with high price tags and then creating my version on a minimal budget. I also enjoy painting, photography, paper crafts, gardening, and cooking among other things, and I want to use my blog to express these interests.
These were all accentual. Far from cute or pretty, LOL Here is a photo of the house when we bought it.
I have a Clematis planted below the lamppost,
that is why I have chicken wire wrapped around it:)
We love living in the country,
and we thought that having a tire swing
for our granddaughters, would be a special treat:)
After: enjoying our new windows.
My Art Barn was not even on the property. We purchased it and had it moved onto our little acre:)
It is a wonderful place to spread out my projects and just have fun.
I can just lock the door and come back to a project whenever the mood hits me.
I love everything about my creative space:)
Anytime you feel like sipping sun-tea on the front porch, sewing or working on a project together, or swinging on an old fashioned tire swing, come on over . . . if I know you're coming, I'll even bake a cake.
~~~~~*****~~~~~ P.S. It was April 3 last year when we got the keys to our little home and started all of these projects. I hadn't realized just how much work we had done, until putting these before and after posts together. Now, I get tired just looking through them, LOL.
This is our bathroom when we first got the keys to the house.
It was a mess and had to be fixed and in working order
before we could move in.
This photo was after a week of scrubbing the tub,
it took me about two weeks to get it clean.
Also, when we pulled the walls down behind the tub
we found black mold waiting on us.
The fun began :)
This is the only before photo
that I have of the kitchen.
It was from the real estate photos. It was also covered in dark brown paneling.
After: I ran out of trim above the cabinets,
and I keep forgetting to buy another piece to finish it, LOL Funny me :)
We still have work that we want to do in the kitchen,
but it is okay for now.
Out in the well house I have a new faucet and a range hood still in the boxes.
We want to replace the counter tops
and raise them up a couple of inches.
I'm short (5'4") and they are short for me.
We also want to add a new sink.
On to the mudroom.
Same dark paneling :)
After: I was fortunate to find two new white interior doors at Habitat for Humanity for 3.25 each. We used them to cover the water heater :)
Our mud room ceiling is only 7 feet tall. All that I can think of for a light fixture is a light blub, or my tall hubby might bump his head. Does anyone have any suggestions?
This is the light that was in the house, but when it burnt out, I couldn't replace it . . . maybe I wouldn't want to anyway, LOL.
Thanks for visiting. My next before and after will be photos of the things that we have been doing outside.
We feel very blessed to be living in the country. We are just outside of town and still close to everything, but instead of being in a tight neighborhood with houses a few feet from each other, we now have room to stretch. Also, instead of other homes across the street as a view, we now have an alfalfa field.
We are so happy that we made this move :)
Please leave a comment, to let me know what you think, and share any ideas that you may have.