Friday, August 23, 2013

Home Tour: Before and After

Welcome to our beach bungalow. Bungalow sounds better than shack. We recently had an appraiser come over and his remark on the 1 bedroom 2 bathroom setup was "weird". Whatever. It's ours and we love it. 

Turning this small house into our home has been quite the project, which we actually appreciate since HGTV is our favorite channel (House Hunters is where it's at, am I right?). If we had a kid it would probably have to sleep in the garage, though. The only reason I even mention having kids while living in this house is because if we had it our way, we would never move. 

I used to have a home tour up about half a year ago, but we changed so much that I ended up taking it down. But honestly, we're likely to continue to change this space (specifically kitchen cabinets turned to white...see if you agree...) and that's kind of how it goes; you grow and change and your house comes a long with you. 

You will find all the before pictures at the bottom. 

{living room and sitting area}
prior to 2015
2015 updates

You can see most of our house standing in this one corner of the kitchen. There's the  bedroom and the 2 bathrooms down that little hallway you can barely see on the right. I will get to that. I think that little hutch is my favorite piece of furniture in our whole house. The reason is that Scott made it all by hand. I showed Scott pictures of distressed china cabinets on Pinterest and we discussed sizing and colors and what would go in it. He made many sketches. He cut many pieces of wood and used many nails. We bought the wrong blue at first (too blue) and then decided to use it as a kind of a base coat. We wanted it to look weathered and old anyways, so we let some of the base coat show through subtly. To give it the distressed look, I painted it kind of patchy and crappy, leaving the wood exposed on some of the edges and so on until it looked like something that might have floated in from the ocean or found in an old abandoned lighthouse (that would be cool).

{kitchen}

This makeover was pretty huge (see below), but really I want to give it a makeover again. We think the cabinets would go with the house better if they were white and had different handles. Scott thinks he can do it himself, which will help cut down the cost a lot. Stayed tuned. Once I get something in my head there's no turning back! 
Done as of November 22nd, 2013. The night before we had 20 people over. We did some of the remodeling ourselves. Read more about it here, if you're interested.

{living room}
 

We finally got some of our wedding pictures printed two years later. My favorite one is at the center, surrounded by some of our other favorite moments from the past few years together. I wouldn't dare hammer a nail in to the wainscoting covering the wall behind the couch, so those frames are up with the Command damage free hooks. I really hope the pictures don't fall on our heads when we're watching tv. 

That cabinet pictured is really a buffet (from Ikea), but it was exactly what we needed to hide our TV gear and display our belongings. We love to fill our house with things we find that bring back good memories from our trips and journeys. Don't look too closely, those wooden sand piper figures don't have noses. I've knocked both of them over many times by accident and broke them pretty much beyond repair. Oh well.

Did you know you can get used books like these for pennies at your local library or a used book store? I didn't, my mom told me. I tried to get titles that were beachy when possible.

The next picture with the book is of our coffee table, handed down from my parents, like most of our furniture. The coasters pictured were the inspiration for the whole house, believe it or not. I kept them with me at all times as we searched for this and that. The picture of the shelves is a new addition. Scott and I painted some pictures and decided to make literal book shelves modeled after something I saw on Pinterest to display them.

{guest bathroom}

{bedroom}

We put in new windows, painted an accent wall and scattered our things around. We were lucky to get many of the items seen here as wedding gifts from our registry. The cushions on the bench at the end of the bed used to be gray, but I decided to sew cloth napkins we got as wedding gifts onto them so they would match the pillow on the bed, but if I were to flip them over, you'd see some pretty shoddy sewing (you can actually see the blue stitches if you look closely.. beige thread would have been better...). The dresser and two of the night stands used to be dark wood, but we pained them white this past spring to lighten up the room and make it feel more spacious. The shell on the window sill is my Michelle Shell. I found it the day I found out my cousin had cancer. I like having it with me so I can think about her and how unique and beautiful and resilient she is.

 {master bathroom}


Lots of work done in here too. "We" basically rebuilt the shower and replaced the whole sink area. It used to be an extra closet and made this room really dark (and weird). The seahorse handles guard our washer and dryer and Scott made that mirror out of driftwood we found at Rincon beach in Santa Barbara.  

The cabinet above the toilet is from Bed Bath and Beyond, but we changed out the handles to make it more unique. Some of our cabinet handles in this room are borderline "too beachy" (I'm really not too into "themey" stuff, although our house might be themey and I don't even know it), but a.) we got them for free because my parent's didn't want them and b.) I love animals and they're pretty cute. 
The floor is made out of this coral/shell stuff we love. It is kinda hard to clean, so I just don't clean it (joking. mostly.)
{nursery}
{backyard}
2015 updates
More on our backyard makeover can be found here and our backyard expansion project can be found here.

::BEFORE:::

{living room}

{kitchen}
{bedroom}
{bathroom}
{nursery}

{backyard}




Well, that's all for now. Hope you found this interesting, helpful, or something. 

Do you have any house projects in your life? 


40 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness everything looks so so good. I TOTALLY understand how challenging a renovation can be, and you did an incredible job. Your home def looks cozy and beachy :)
    P.S. LOVE your bathroom renovation!

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  2. LOVE! so helpful!

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  3. I love the colors you choose! It makes me want to move right in :-)

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  4. I love your master bath mirror! So pretty. I just found your blog today and I think we're going to be friends. I love surfing and the ocean but I live in the Canadian prairies so hopefully I can live vicariously through you! : ) I learned to surf in Byron Bay, Australia. Miss it soooo much.

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  5. You have one beautiful home lady... it's perfect!

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  6. WOW! I love what you did with your house!! I love coral and sea inspired decor. It's lovely! I just found your blog and love it! I'm a new follower and I've got your button on my blog!

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  7. Wow... great job. I especially love your bathroom. Love the beachy feel throughout.

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  8. I found your story on howdidwemeet.com, and ended up on here. Congratulations on everything in your life! Your home is beautiful, and you and Scott are so lucky!

    Good luck with everything!

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  9. Devon, it's beautiful, really beautiful. I am so impressed with the lovely home you've created. It's so "you", and I love the light and space and all of your carefully chosen furniture and decorations. Honestly, there is nothing that isn't gorgeous. The living area with the wood burner and the big double doors to outside is wonderful, I think I would spend hours there if it was mine! And just so you know, babies are really quite small, they fit nicely in the middle of a double bed and they don't need as much stuff as the advertisers would have you believe;) Thanks for the tour, it's been very inspirational. Hope you have a good weekend.

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  10. Ahhh I am OBSESSED w/ your house! Looks absolutely gorgeous. I love love love the beach theme!

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  11. i absolutely love your house! i came across your page from jenni's, and you should ignore whoever called it "weird." i think it's charming, and it looks like a place that someone could actually live. the problem i have with many of the homes on house hunters (i'm obsessed, too) or pinterest is that they never feel "live-able." they're beautiful, but sometimes very cold. you did a wonderful job... your backyard is probably my favorite part. xx britt @gypsythatiam.blogspot.com

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  12. I've always thought your home was beautiful, Devon, but I never realised how much you had actually done to it - the before photos were a great addition to this post! Your backyard is still my favourite backyard EVER! I wish you and Scott many happy years here! xx

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  13. Everything looks so beautiful, beachy & homey - you did a great job!

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  14. WOW! I can't believe the before and after pictures. You created something absolutely beautiful! I love your house and all your decorations. It seems so fresh and airy. My favorite part is the driftwood mirror Scott built in your bathroom. That is so cool and unique! Your backyard is so beautiful, too! House Hunters has served you guys well:) We love that show, too. Rehab Addict has become a new obsession. Beautiful space! Thanks for sharing:)

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  15. Beautiful! Yes, the cabinets would look great white! And it's true , babies /kids don't need a lot. Room outside to run around and a cozy place to sleep. Our first house was 800 sq feet. My daughter at one point slept on a bouldering crash pad in our room! Eventually we did over a shed and attached it to the house so we moved into that as our "master" . One bedroom, two bathrooms! that would be perfect for me!! That's not weird at all! Great pics and I'm glad that you shared them. Very inspiring! Happy friday~

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    1. hey kel, I don't know if you'll see this, but thanks so much for the sweet words! The bouldering crash pad baby bed made me laugh out loud! Awesome.

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  16. I LOVE your house. Your backyard really inspires me!!!!! Actually it all inspires me but I want to come party in your backyard.

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  17. This is amazing. I love the before and after pictures. Your house is decorated beautifully -- I can almost smell the ocean air!
    xx Abby | a geek tragedy

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  18. Fabulous job! I've been curious about the rest of your adorable cottage ever since I saw your backyard and some glimpses of the rest :). It's all so serene and cozy. Jimbo and I are in a cottage that was left furnished for us, so I haven't really been able to give it my personal touch...but we spend a lot of time daydreaming about our next place! Your homemade hutch is going on my pinterest board - looks like a fun challenge for us!

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  19. your house is beautiful.. and i want to share a beer with you and cheers- because our house looked pretty much just like yours before, too... and the work that it takes?! ugh.. so i want to cheers ya, and maybe stay over and eat some haggos tacos, too (;

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  20. Love your beach bungalow, it looks so warm and inviting!

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  21. I can't believe all the work you guys have done! I wouldn't ever want to leave either. It's so cute! I especially love the master bath!! And I think white cabinets in the kitchen would look fantastic.

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  22. Umm...wow. I was blown away, your house looks like such a cozy, relaxing place. And then after I saw your before shots, I was even more impressed. You guys really transformed the place!

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  23. Oh I Absolutley love your ack garden pictures, so pretty!
    I'm not sure we would get much use of that here in the UK, we don't get anywhere near as much sunshine! :)

    Love a new reader, Justine. Cashmere Times

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  24. Wow! I cannot believe how much you guys have done. It really looks amazing and so creative. I think we discussed your future baby sleeping in the bathtub...soooo...all good there ;)

    Miss ya!
    Em

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  25. Holy crap, girl. You made that place AMAZING. I kid you not, I am moving in. I'll sleep in the garage.

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  26. Your home is beauutifullll, I can't believe you were able to see this end vision from the before pictures. This post came at a perfect time as I've just bought my first home last week and it is a serious do-er up-er!

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    1. so glad to hear it! and thank you!

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  27. i love it. i love how beachy it feels. and that mirror is AWESOME.

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  28. Wow! I would definitely move in here. Georgeous place! Thank you for sharing.

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  29. Ahhhh Devon I love your house. Really, really great job, you guys :)

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  30. One day, when I have a house, I'm going to use yours as my inspiration and I'll blog all about it :) It is right up my beachy alley and I can't even tell you just how much I LOVE what you guys have done. The house has come a long way and all the personal touches make it even more awesome!

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  31. You and Scott did an INCREDIBLE job. WOW!

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  32. Your house looks amazing! So cozy. Do you remember what the blue paint color is in your dining/living space? Would love to paint my accent wall that shade!

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    1. It's from Frazee paint and it's called "Misty Morn" :)

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  34. Amazing transformation! I love it! Maybe one day i'll make a similar makeover as well :)

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