In late summer 2015, we moved from our 1940 fixer-upper colonial in the city into a “new” 1994 home on an acre+ in the Texas hill country. It has been a new kind of DIY adventure, but we are loving it. Taking one space (and one day) at a time, we are working to make this house a warm, inviting, functional, and beautiful home for our family.
I tried to link to projects in each space (most of which have source lists included), but if you have any specific source questions, you can always shop the house here.
entryway (in progress)
As you can see, the biggest change here was the new floors we put in (throughout the downstairs) before we moved. I also built a shoe box (to look like an antique firewood box), gave a clock a makeover, and added a rug. I’m still dreaming up the perfect giant chandelier for this space. The entire downstairs is painted Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams.
living room before
living room (in progress)
This room has been updated in stages. Stage 1: mostly furniture and paint (other than the new floors). We also gave the fireplace a facelift, made these mantels, and added these diy wood curtain rods. In fall of 2016, we completed stage 2: a new fireplace and bookcases. The entire downstairs is painted Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams.
dining room before
dining room (finished… for now)
The main staple here is my great grandmother’s dining set that I refinished. Otherwise, paint and a new chandelier gave this space all it needs… for now. The entire downstairs is painted Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams.
kitchen/breakfast area before
kitchen/breakfast area (after)
We completed our major kitchen renovation in the fall of 2016. The island (a birthday present from Mr. Pax) and my diy planked table finish off the space. The entire downstairs is painted Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams.
family room before
family room (in progress)
This room was also affected by the renovations of fall 2016. The new fireplace and bookcases we put in the living room are double sided, so here is the family room side of things. The rest of the room is awaiting my redecorating decisions now that we have a new layout. The entire downstairs is painted Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams.
powder room before
powder room (finished… for now)
You can see the full reveal of this room here. I still may some day replace the tile (which is generic, off white ceramic tile and the only part of the downstairs flooring we didn’t replace). I am really happy with the rustic chic look, though, and it works great as our pool room, too, with our diy rustic towel rack. The walls are Cameo White by Behr, and the wainscoting is Behr IronGate.
master bedroom (in progress – no before pics, sorry!)
We replaced the flooring in the entire upstairs, as well. I also painted the space with my favorite white paint, refinished an antique dresser, and added this diy lettered sign… and then waited for more inspiration to strike. To be honest, I’m liking the space and simplicity right now. Maybe it is finished… Only time will tell. The walls are Cameo White by Behr.
office (in progress)
This is one of those projects that got started… barely… and then got put on the back burner. But I’m hoping to return to it soon. The walls are Secret Society by Behr.
girl’s nursery before
girl’s nursery (after)
This room also has been through stages. Stage 1: anchor the room with the diy stenciled wall. Her current furniture included the farmhouse dresser that came from my grandmother’s attic (and received a makeover) and the crib I got for free (and also received a makeover, naturally) with my diy pleated crib skirt. And we can’t forget the faux oxidized plant stand turned side table. When she turned 2, though, we transitioned her to a big girl bed (and the trundle bed we chose has been amazing!) and rearranged a bit. The walls are Cameo White by Behr with a stencil in a custom color.
the reading room (finished – no before pics, sorry!)
This little closet off my boys’ room (which is next on the list for a makeover!) was one of our first projects to tackle. A diy bookcase and some fun accents turned this empty closet into a special reading and adventure space for my kids. We love it! The walls are Cameo White by Behr.
the backyard before
the backyard (in progress)
Ok, I realize that the views, pool, and landscaping are still amazing in the before. You can see why we landed on this home. 😉 But utilizing the space well takes some serious planning. Our industrial spool tables are a great budget option (read: free!), affordable outdoor cushions make a big difference, and our full entertaining area makeover really made this the perfect spot to enjoy all year long.
We still have a laundry room, guest room, and the boys’ room left to tackle… Not to mention the exterior of the house (for which my ideas are starting to form) and the new nursery for baby #4 that’s due May 2017. Follow along below to keep up with the progress!
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