We were just going to remove the popcorn ceilings before moving in.
On January 10th, 2014 we purchased our current home. We had been living with Andrew's parents for over a year and while that gave us so many opportunities to travel and save, it was time for us to find a home of our own again. We were trying to stick to a budget, but we also weren't willing to sacrifice on location like we had for our first house. After months of searching, we finally accepted that we weren't going to be able to afford a home in our ideal neighborhood and decided to look at houses for rent. We had passed the house more times than I can count without a second glance. It was ugly, y'all. After exhausting every other option, we scheduled a time to walk through the ugly rent house on the corner.
It still needed a lot of work inside but, it had been modestly "updated". We were standing in the living room talking with the couple that was renting the house when I mentioned that we had been looking to buy in the neighborhood, but weren't able to find anything in our price range. Almost simultaneously they said they would be willing to sell and blurted out prices! We verbally accepted right there in the living room and later that night we signed a purchase agreement!
As soon as all of the paperwork was signed and the keys had been handed over we made a plan to start removing the popcorn ceilings. For anyone who has done this, I know you feel my pain! The renovation quickly snowballed from that point on. All of the mucky wet ceiling gunk covered the cheap laminate flooring and started making it bubble. It was difficult to clean and at that point I was already pushing for new floors. The former owners were apparently big fans of the color yellow, so every room got fresh paint. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that we removed a giant load bearing wall between the kitchen and living room! That meant reconfiguring the layout of the kitchen. We closed in a window, built a pantry in its place, discovered significant termite damage behind the sheetrock (if we hadn't done all of the renovations we may have never known), widened the doorway between the kitchen and dining room, replaced 75% of the lighting, moved the master bathroom wall back two feet, gutted it completely, and replaced the front doors. I'm sure there are a few things that I left out! I'm thinking some of these might need their own posts down the road! We did everything on our own with the help of family and friends. After over three and a half years we still have some projects to finish up and things we would like to do, but I thought it would be fun to share some before and after pictures of the progress!
It's still full of craigslist finds and hand me downs, but it feels like HOME.
Kitchen: before (left) and after (right)
Front Entry: before (left) and after (right)
Back entry: before (left) and after (right)
Front Bedroom: before (left) and after (right)
Half Bathroom: before (left) and right (after)
Living Room: before (left) and right (after)