9.3.10

Before & After DIY Room Remodel

Okay, here they are... some nasty pictures along with some pretty nice ones. This room has come a long way and I'm so happy to now have an art room where I can create without anything getting in the way. I'm no longer taking up the kitchen table! Yippee!

Before I get to the photos I want to share that my husband and I have been redoing this old house from bottom to top for the last 2 and a half years. (My dad was a huge help on gutting out the basement and completely starting over!) We still have a little ways to go but we're getting there slowly... not so easy with a busy toddler under foot if you know what I mean! I debated about sharing the before pictures, and hubby said, "your not going to show the world our ugly house are you?", but you know what, I am. This is why... some people said we should have burned the place down and started over... yes it would have probably been easier and sure we had moments where we wondered why in the world did we move into this house. Most people would have never thought about buying it because it looked like a disaster and they wouldn't want to do the work, but when you don't have a load of cash laying around you... or at least I, look at things in a whole new way. I look at the not so pretty things and wonder how I can make it into something amazing. So I'm hoping to at least inspire someone with these photos... to look past what you first see... to look at the possibilities of what could be and to use your imagination. Now even though we have done a lot of work to this house it is far from perfect, but you know what, its the quirks of an old house that gives it character and a charm you won't find in a new one. So here it is before and afters before I moved furniture in:

{before}

{after}

{Yikes! Nasty water leak had been fixed years before but never cleaned up.}

{before-in progress}

{after}

{Another nasty before!}

{after}

{before-in progress}

{after}

{before}

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Now this room is my favorite in the house, when I'm in it, I don't want to leave... I do have all of my art stuff/furniture in it now but it isn't decorated yet. Our hard work + a small amount of money = a beautiful room! Hope you enjoyed the photos! I'll be sharing the kitchen redo once my husband finishes the upper kitchen cabinets!

2 comments:

French Revelation said...

It's good to see someone else is just as crazy to do up a house like my husband and I. I love renovating and I think you get more out of your home by doing this. You've done a great job so far.

Jodi Ulschmid said...

Thanks! You definitely learn to appreciate everything a lot more. It is such a high when you finally get to the after stage too!