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 got 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. We actually have plans in the works to build bookcases (which requires a new fireplace)… Hopefully we can get that done soon. 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 (in progress)
We have grand plans for the kitchen involving painting the cabinets and replacing the countertops and backsplash with something that is more our style… But in the meantime, we’ve simply added this beautiful island (a birthday present from Mr. Pax) and brought my diy planked table into the breakfast area. The entire downstairs is painted Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams.
family room before
family room (in progress)
This room is waiting on those bookcases to be built so we actually have somewhere to put the television other than on a bench in front of the window. In the meantime, my craigslist armoire is in the corner with much of the furniture from our previous living room. 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.
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 (in progress)
I say “in progress” only because my daughter is now ready to transition out of her crib and into a twin bed… So transitions are coming soon. But her current room is anchored by the diy stenciled wall. Her current furniture includes 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. 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 aforementioned living room and kitchen plans. Follow along below to keep up with the progress!
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