One Year Later

I can’t believe it’s been a little over a year since we bought this house, and today marks the one year anniversary of this blog. The house will be a work in progress for a while, but I’m amazed at how much we did this year! It’s more than we planned originally. Let’s take a little photo walk down memory lane, shall we?

Remember this? We tore these walls right down (and why is there a tarp over the doorway? Oh yeah, Crazy Dan the tenant was setting off a bug bomb… no big deal)!

Main living/dining space

God, look at all that gross flooring. Gross cabinets! Wood paneling in the living room! No door to the back yard!


Kitchen full of mystery pipes when everything else had been removed and cleared out.

No more kitchen!

IKEA cabinet assembly begins!

Kitchen from dining room

Annnnnnndd done. I can’t express how much we LOVE this kitchen! I love that several people can cook at once together, I love that people can sit at the counter while I’m doing things in there, and I love how bright and open it is.

Full kitchen

And just one more view: old (gah! the hole in the ceiling!)…


…and new!


Here’s the dining room – new flooring, new front window/door, new pendant. But this was the nicest-looking room in the house in the beginning and structurally it’s pretty similar. Hopefully some day we’ll get a chance to try to strip the paint off the fireplace – or if that plan fails, we’ll paint it.

Front room of main house


The first and smallest bedroom, just off the kitchen, is our official guest bedroom (also known as “Mom and Don’s room”). It’s gotten quite a bit of use this year. Here it is in its original state:

Bedroom #1

And with the new flooring, new furniture, fresh paint, new window, new ceiling fan and lighting, now it’s a bright and lovely little oasis.


Oh man, remember this crazy bathroom? Green glitter wallpaper? 17 towel bars and a toilet phone? I just can’t even. Now it’s just simple and fresh.

Hall bathroom_MG_2388.jpg

This bathroom is now a hallway!

Secret door! (other side)New hallway

See, we’re definitely not done everywhere. As you can tell, this new path to the master bedroom needs baseboard and moulding, the door needs to be painted, and so on. The light in this space is really pretty, and we’re planning on doing a gallery wall with a lot of our photos. Can’t wait, but one of those projects that just hasn’t happened yet!


Old wood paneling! And this is when there were two windows with no door. The worst part of this room was the flooring. Two layers of disgusting maroon commercial carpet, and underneath that a mess of assembled carpet pad remnants, and underneath that, a fifty year old vinyl floor. Good times.

Family room

Now there’s a door to the yard (hey, seventh time’s the charm, Jeld-wen) and it’s freshened up with new windows, new flooring, and new drywall and paint.


Living to Dining/Kitchen

We still need art in this room, but hey, it looks a lot better than when we bought it!


The front of the house before had wires hanging every which way (all old phone and cable lines, so we were able to just get rid of them), broken double sliders as a front door, janky brick, and single-pane windows that didn’t open.

Front of house

The new house is mostly wire-free, and has beautiful and functional new glazing. Still janky brick though! Got to leave some projects for the future.


What a wild ride this year has been. But Kyle and I say to each other every couple of days “I love this house.” It really has been a labor of love and we’re so happy here, and couldn’t imagine a better place to be starting our family. Stay tuned for the master bathroom reveal tomorrow for one last big transition!

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  1. Emily February 7th, 2013

    I have the same sofa (different fabric)! great minds!
    I need to get out to phoenix sometime soon and see this fantastic house in person. It looks fantastic!

  2. Angela February 7th, 2013

    Yeah you do! Love that couch 🙂

  3. Barb February 8th, 2013

    May I hire you come help us (GQ’s mom and dad) figure out our kitchen re-do? Seriously….

  4. Angela February 8th, 2013

    Haha, something tells me your son might be pretty good at that too!

  5. Anndrea April 7th, 2013

    I just came across your blog. My husband and I are in the middle of kitchen planning our kitchen reno!!! I can’t wait! I was wondering what color stain did you use on your counter tops or did you just seal it with a clear coat? I love the color! Thanks! 🙂

  6. Angela April 7th, 2013

    Hi Andrea, good luck with your reno! Our counters are just clear coated, they’re the oak butcher block from IKEA. There’s actually a whole post on the process here, if you want to know more:

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