Our First Home Renovation

Welcome to our first home renovation! Renovating this home was filled with our blood, sweat, and tears. Justin and his Dad did most of the renovating and I did all the designing. Renovating and working on a home is definitely challenging yet so rewarding when each project is complete. I have learned so much about the design and renovation process from this home, and can’t wait to get my hands on another home soon! Below I laid out the all the before and afters of this project!

Front of Home

For the front /outside of the home we painted the exterior a cement grey color, and painted the door, railing and soffit black for a nice contrast. We changed the outdoor light fixture and added plenty of flower pots to the front entrance. These easy upgrades really made the house look clean, modern and gave it some much needed curb appeal!

Dining Room Area

We had an odd space between the living room and kitchen that was too small for a traditional dining room, so I opted to make a space that could be used for eating or sitting. I styled this marble table here with classic wing back chairs like these here. This created a space that we could enjoy coffee, and meals together yet also function as a nice space to sit and do some work or read a book. In addition, we removed the popcorn ceiling and painted the stairs and staircase, using black for the tops and a crisp white for the risers.


The Original Kitchen

During Renovations

After The Renovation

Complete New Kitchen

The Kitchen was our biggest project and a complete gut! I designed the kitchen and Justin and his Dad did all the work! We love to cook and spend time in the kitchen so function as well as the ascetic of the kitchen were super important to me! When designing the layout I opted for banks of drawers in all lower cabinets versus cabinet doors. This was game changing, I never lost a pot or pan to the back of cupboard and it really amped up functional storage space in the kitchen.

Living Room

*This was where the fireplace was I ripped it off the wall and added built in bookshelves.

Our Entryway and living room were a shared space so we created lots of built storage to hide our shoes, hats, gloves etc.. When we moved in, there was a super ugly fake brick fireplace on the wall. It was the first thing I pulled out and I had Justin make this built-in bookshelf. This bookshelf is an Ikea billy bookshelf, for which he created a base, and trimmed it into the wall to create a custom look that was extremely affordable. In addition, we swapped out all of the flooring with new, updated LVT flooring which, again, was super affordable and provided the clean aesthetic we were going for.

Powder/Laundry Room

Our half bath and laundry were combined. I just kept this room clean and simple and added as much storage as possible to this room to store all our household essentials. We laid new flooring in this room upgraded the washer and dryer, and purchased a new sink. I purchased a moveable island like this here to create us a space to fold laundry at.


Before Renovation

*Took this cabinet out and found a whole wall that could be removed for extra storage.

During Renovation

After Renovation

The Bathroom was another complete and total gut! We laid new tile for the floors and shower, put in a new tub and new toilet as well. This bathroom was fairly small so I chose a floating vanity with drawers for more storage space. When doing this Renovation we found out that we could open up a wall and Justin added custom built in open shelving which was great to store towels and other bathroom essentials.



When we first planted to new backyard


The backyard was super sad when we arrived there was a large dying tree in the yard and no landscaping. We had the tree removed, added a small patio and Justin dug out some flower beds where I planted boxwoods, roses and Russian sage.

Sources For Home Reno

Flooring – Floor and Decor LVT by nucore (here is a similar color to ours)

Paint – BM Stonington Gray – We did this color throughout the entire home.


Front Hall Storage

Kitchen Cabinets


Bathroom Vanity

Bathroom Fixtures