Our House Anniversary

Two years ago today we moved into our house! We actually bought it at the end of June but it needed some work done before we could actually move in.

The top photo was taken right after we made an offer on it, and the one below it was taken just a few months ago. A lot has changed in our little house so I thought I would post a few before and after shots.

Before we planted the front garden it was taken over by ivy! The previous owners had an obsession with it I think..
 Two years later this fence is completely covered and the ivy is growing out of control! We’ll be taking in down next spring because I’m pretty sure it would engulf our entire house if we leave it for too long..
Our house came with this neat old stove! Unfortunately it was really messed up so we had to get rid of it.  Not really sure why we ended up painting the walls in here but now they’re a bright yellow that we mildly regret!

 One day we are going to completely remodel the kitchen.  One day…..’

(PS that’s Cloud as as little girl right after she moved in!)


See more dining room makeover photos here.

Our bedroom before. What is with that light fixture? When I first saw it I thought for sure someone screwed a tiny lamp to the ceiling. Haha.


This is the second bedroom. It is completely blue. The walls are blue, the ceiling is blue, the trim is blue, the doors are blue, the windows are blue… Blue.

 The living room with the terrible stripe.

Looking much better after many Ikea trips later! More photos on the living room makeover here.

This was our backyard last year, lots of random junk laying around and no vegetable garden!

This year it’s looking nice with a new little shade garden!

Those Iris’ were the first thing I ever planted at the house. 🙂
The creepy attic! We also have a creepy basement but I’ve never taken a picture of it. In fact, the first year we lived here we didn’t go down there once, or even open the door. I was kind of afraid to look down there after we had left it alone for so long. Like I expected some giant monster thing had grown and taken over the entire basement. (I have a wild imagination)

This is the door to the attic. We don’t know why it’s pink. This was after my mom had been trying to paint over it all day, the pink just keeps eating through any paint we put on top! I think they must have tried to strip it but left the paint stripper on or something..
This is me going crazy trying to vacuum up all the plaster dust. I couldn’t wait for the house to stop being a construction zone.

 We had lots of help form our parents to help get things done. Every room had major cracks in the walls that needed to be fixed and  we ended up re-painting every single room. It was a lot of work and after two months of that, I was so ready to move in!
Moving day! Goodbye cute old stove and disgusting fridge!




We spent the first night in our house trying to finish painting the kitchen. 
It’s still hard to believe we actually bought a house, we both assumed we’d live in an apartment for years before even thinking about a house. But one day we saw a cute house for sale and were looking at pictures of it online, still no intention of buying a house anytime soon, and the Realtor contacted us and before we knew it we were making an offer on this one! I love our little house and I love seeing how far it has come in the past few years. For the first few months we barely had any furniture and it just didn’t feel home-y at all. It certainly does now though!

Our living room- Before and after!

We finally got our living room finished!  (Well except for hanging a few pictures) I thought I would share a few photos of how far its come since we first moved in.

This is how it looked when we first moved in. Anytime we’d have guests over they would look at that stripe and say something along the lines of “Oh.. That’s a very… unique.. design!” Then we would hastily tell them we didn’t put it there and would be painting over it. The thing that gets me is those colors that they chose.. Maybe its just me, but I just feel like that is the most bizarre color combination I have ever seen.  Also, you can’t tell from these photos, but the main wall color wasn’t white, it was this very light pinkish peach color. It was actually kind of sickening to look at. 
All that furniture was hand-me downs and I’m pretty sure my dad found that side table in the trash, and insisted we take it because it was a good quality table. (The cats broke a leg off a few months later!)


And here’s what it looks like now! We always knew we wanted a bookshelf wall, and Ikea is great for designing bookshelves and entertainment systems. We’re pretty big Ikea fans actually.. We pretty much live in an Ikea showroom. But you know what? I don’t even care!  Ikea showrooms are awesome!




 
Here is the other side of the room after we rearranged a little bit, and painted over the skin colored walls..


And here it is now!  I looove that shag rug so much. It’s so comfy.

Here is the other side of the living room. We are planning on hanging a bunch of pictures on that empty wall. And that painting my husband did will eventually go in our dining room.


 
Here are some in progress shots and my preposterous representation of a TV.

I am sooo excited to finally have my dream living room! It took a long time to get it all fixed up. It had a messed up popcorn ceiling with water damage, plenty of cracks in the walls and I was embarrassed to let people see it. We used to never spend any time in there, and now we basically live in there. (Haha! get it?!) Ehhhh.