House Tour: Our New House

It’s been a weekend of non-stop moving, but I finally stole a few minutes last night to put together an almost-complete house tour. There’s a lot of blabber below, so for the moment I’m going to shut it and let you get going.

Main Floor

Foyer (Missing!)

Houses tend to have front doors, and thankfully this one does, too. It’s connected to a foyer with the staircase to the second floor and a set of french doors that open into the dining room. But, you won’t see any of that in this tour (you can, however, spy it a little bit of it here). In the chaos, I failed to get any pictures of this space, and now it is filled with all manner of odds and ends we haven’t found places for yet (in my line of sight are: two area rugs, several stacks of art, a box fan, a storage container filled with tools and supplies) so the chaos has only increased. All I can really tell you about this space is: Coming Soon.

Dining Room
This picture is post-floor refinishing. The floor boards had too many dings and scratches to look good with a lighter stain, so we ended up going with a mid-tone pretty close to what they looked like before. EXCEPT, the finish is now much more even and much, much shinier. Last time, we used a satin polyurethane, but this time we used a semi-gloss finish, and it’s even better. If I ever refinish another set of floors (not anytime soon, please, but maybe someday!) I would go with a full out high gloss finish. The shine is so dramatic! Love it.

Planned updates:

  • Refinish floors
  • Paint
  • Replace trim
  • New light fixture

Living Room

One of my favorite things about the house is how you can see directly through from the front porch out the back yard. Looking forward (in the photo above), you can see the front dining room; looking back (in the photo below), you can see through the kitchen and sun room out to the back porch. So that’s a little bit of orientation for you. Also, the doorway in the left of the photo below goes into bedroom 1 (below).IMG_5845

Planned updates:

  • Refinish floors
  • Paint
  • Replace trim
  • Replace light fixture

The camera is doing a lot of the work in making the kitchen look good here. It’s a decently functional space but is clearly begging for a refresh. I’ll go more into our kitchen plans in a separate post, but the basic idea is short term–paint everything; long term–replace everything.

Sun room
This room almost sold me on the house all by itself because WINDOWS WINDOWS WINDOWS. Enough said.

Bedroom 1
Nothing fancy here, but it’s a large bedroom on the main floor with an attached bathroom. No complaints.

Planned updates:

  • Refinish floors
  • Paint
  • Paint trim
  • Replace doors (You can’t see them, but they are cheap hollow-core doors. We want to replace them with older, more period appropriate styles)
  • Replace light fixture (Got a futuristic ceiling fan happening right now)

Bathroom 1
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There’s a lot to love here (STORAGE) but also a lot that I personally don’t like, including the floors. An old bungalow needs a good hex tile; it’s just a universal law. Who am I to argue with that?

Planned updates:

  • Remove bead board (According to me; I haven’t convinced Justin of this yet. It’s nothing against bead board, but I have some issues with the installation here.)
  • Paint
  • Replace flooring
  • Replace doors

Second Floor

Bedroom 2
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This spare upstairs bedroom is my current lowest priority. It’s fine, and really–it is a legitimate spare room. We’re not even sure what’s going to be in it right now, so better to wait to discover its purpose before investing any time/money in updates.

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This upstairs bedroom has a lot of recesses and angles, but it’s big and separate from the main living space, so we plan to use this as our bedroom. The dual closets are super duper, and tray ceilings really makes the space feel open.

Planned updates:

  • Paint
  • Replace door (Really all the doors in the house need to be replaced.)

Those are my only firm plans at the moment, but I have some other ideas I’m tossing around. I don’t dig the trim color with the carpet color, so something needs to happen there, as well as with the closet doors, and probably the ceiling fan. A ceiling fan is practical for a bedroom, but it needs to be a little less ’90s.

Bathroom 2
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I stole these photos from the real estate listing, but the previous owner left almost everything pictured, so it’s not too far off. The white/off white/yellow color combo happening here makes my eyeballs twitch a little bit, but everything is clean and the storage is triple what was in our last bathroom, so that is a MAJOR win.

Planned updates:

  • Paint
  • Paint cabinets
  • New counter top (eventually)
  • Replace flooring
  • Replace door

I’m excited for all the projects we have ahead of us, but for now I really just want to be completely moved out of our old house. And to sleep for three days. And to win a lifetime’s supply of Blue Bell ice cream. Just the necessities.

Happy Monday, friends!

PS – I’m working on updating our house tour at the old house, but if you’ve never seen any of the preliminary befores/afters, you can check them out here.


14 thoughts on “House Tour: Our New House

  1. I can definitely see why you fell in love with this house. It looks like a beautiful layout and I would have been sold on that room with all the windows too. I’m so excited to see your updates – I think I’ve said it before, but I’m living vicariously through your home renos!

    The floor really does look great too. Although now that I see the colour and wall colour, I think you’re right to repaint over that orange and add a little bit more pop.

    Hope moving isn’t too stressful and you’re finding some time to relax in there!

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket


    • Thanks, Kathryn! I do think the layout is unusual (in a good way) for an old house–they can be very choppy and segmented. I hope you will get a little vicarious enjoyment through my projects now, and hopefully a little real-time avoidance of troublesome mistakes later. Or even better, maybe we’ll do everything perfectly, and then you will know exactly what to do, too!

      I’m glad you see what I mean about the orange. I did not want to totally crush you and your vicarious marmalade dreams, lol. I’ve got one orange wall half primed with white paint, and it looks like total crazy town. I’ll be excited to show you when it’s finished, though!

      Hope your week is off to a fantastic start!


  2. Thanks for sharing photos of Your New House, Congratulations!

    I have a 1927 bungalow & like how the previous owner stayed true to the original kitchen design (sans appliances). *Are the cabinets original or made to look that way? (especially in the sun room)

    Great job on the floors! Makes all the difference in older homes 😉 Well done! Looking forward to sharing your progress. Have Fun! ❤


    • Thank you so much! Your house sounds wonderful–just my era and style! 🙂 The cabinet bases are old, but I think they are not original. They were installed on top of the flooring, which is also not original, so I think they were put in by an intermediate owner along the way. The cabinet faces I believe are a pretty recent addition–maybe even in the last 10-15 years–but they have been painted to appear older.

      I appreciate your kind words about the floors! Even though we stained them the same color, it makes a surprising difference. Really freshens the place up! We are STILL unpacking, but I’m very excited to get going on other projects and being able to update you all on the progress! Have a lovely weekend!


  3. i love love love love love the sun room. i am so envious of it.
    and i kinda love your master bedroom blue horizontal stripe paint job. correction, the blue i could do without, but the horizontal stripe thing. i dig.


    • Thank you! I have to admit the house convinced me about 90% on the basis of the sun room. Add high ceilings, and that’s about 94% of it. I also agree that the stripes in different finishes is clever, even if the blue is kind of like WOAH.


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  5. Great house tour, I like the room with lot of windows and light. House looks decent, but I can see you have plans to renovate things. Must be on it now, I did see the Kitchen and sun room renovated before in a later blog of yours. Your enthusiasm is nice, your really a energetic person.


    • Thank you so much, Maria! It’s a great old house with so much potential. Like you said, it looked decent when we bought it. It was also staged well, and all the realtors (the seller’s and ours) insisted it was turn-key. Obviously we thought a little differently. 🙂 We are working on it room by room now. We did just finish the kitchen; the sun room still needs a little work (I hid the unfinished parts in the other blog posts, lol). We still have quite a ways to go, but we definitely enjoy working on the place!


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