Take a Tour of this Historical Home that gets a modern update and the progress over the last two years.
We’ve been in this house for 2 years now. I’m honestly not sure if it feels like it’s been forever or just a few months. Remodeling a historical home that’s over 150 years old seems to do that to a person! ;)
But let’s look on the bright side and take a tour of the progress over the last two years:
Historical Home Exterior Before
The exterior of our house was in pretty rough shape. The first thing we did was all new siding, new windows, and a new roof. I haven’t done a full reveal on this yet because we are still wrapping up some of the details, but here’s a before and you can follow along on IG to check out some peeks of of the after!
Dining Room Before and After
This space is still a work in progress. I’d like a new table and chairs that better suit our current style, but it’s tremendously better than it was! You can see the full reveal here.
Family Room Before and After
When we first moved in I couldn’t quite decide on where I wanted the living room and dining room. It felt like it made more sense to have the dining room closer to the kitchen (which is where the fireplace is), but ultimately we put it at the front of the house, which I really enjoy. It’s so nice to have the option to have meals away from the kitchen, it’s oddly more relaxing that way! You can see how I’ve decorated the living room for a few different seasons:
Modern Rustic Kitchen Before and After
The first thing people always say when they see the before of our kitchen is that it wasn’t that bad. And I’m here to tell you photographs can be deceiving because that kitchen was NASTY! The cabinets where coated in something sticky. This house was a rental to young college kids so I’m pretty sure it was just years of alcohol being spilled everywhere. Since we are a family of 5 with young kids a new kitchen was a must have! Get all the details on our kitchen here!
Small Bathroom Before and After
This bathroom was a challenge. It had obviously been remodeled (very poorly) at some point. But the toilet was less than an inch away from that bathtub (which leaked) and I can’t even begin to describe that vanity that was essentially built out of tile in the weirdest way possible. We had a feeling there was damage behind the walls because of the leaking. It’s a good thing we trusted our gut because when we gutted this space we definitely found mold behind the walls! I think it turned out much better and even though it’s the tiniest little room it feels enormously bigger! See the Full Transformation here!
Small Master Bedroom Before and After
Even though this house has around 3000 square feet of living space, many of the bedrooms and bathrooms are quite small. Technically there’s no master bedroom and no en suite, but we use the downstairs bedroom as ours and so it’s called the Master Bedroom. With very specific furniture selections we were able to make this room feel amazingly airy though and I couldn’t love it more! We completed this room as part of the one room Challenge, so you can start at this post and click through at the bottom of each post to see the whole progress!
Tween Pink and Gold Bedroom Before and After
My daughter’s room was the first bedroom that saw a makeover! It was in pretty rough shape (ok, the whole house was in rough shape), and we had to get our kids in their rooms asap because we were all sleeping in the living room for a few weeks. This was another one room Challenge. You can see the full reveal here and check out the progress at the bottom of that post.
Historical Home Bathroom Before and After
This bathroom is the most historical aspect of this house. So much of it was stripped down and so we knew we wanted to keep this bathtub and sink. The flooring was replaced and we decided not to mess with that so we didn’t risk damaging those pieces. I added some wall treatment, fresh paint, and new tile in the shower and it totally transformed this space, see the post here!
Complete Bathroom Renovation
This bathroom was a challenge for SURE! It had some many plumbing issues we ended up hiring out almost everything! My husband did the shower tile and we installed the fixtures, but other than that it was beyond our level of skill. It’s also so hard to photograph because it’s pitch black in there… but one day I’ll work on getting better pictures! See the Full Reveal!
Kitchenette Before and After
It’s quite possible this kitchenette upstairs was the WORST spot in the house. I’m fairly certain it hadn’t been cleaned in about a decade. It was another gut job in this house! We took out all plaster and everything! See the full reveal here!
Historical Home Renovation Journey
Overall this whole house has been a journey. I think one of my biggest struggles and regrets to this house was not planning out the design in full before starting. I took it room by room, which there’s nothing wrong with that! But I think as somebody who’s full time job is to constantly be DIYing and decorating my style changed a little throughout the last 2 years and it’s reflected. I’m trying not to let that get me down though because it’s amazing what changes you can make with accessories! Make sure you’re following along on Instagram for behind the scene peeks at what I’m working on next!