foyer with craftsman door

Hello there! I was away at a blogging conference last week and I came home energized to tackle a bunch of projects both in the house and on the blog. I’m excited to get to work!

But first, our two year anniversary in this house! It was just a few days ago and I can’t let it pass by without a before and after recap from the past couple of years.

I LOVE these posts because I see how I’ve made this house our home and can see proof that I’m a lot more productive than I feel at times.

I hope you love before and after photos as much as I do! It’s so much fun to look back. This time I’m using TRUE before shots — taken before we moved in. Keep in mind the before pics look much bigger because there’s nothing in them. 🙂 I’ll talk about what I completed in each space and link to the big projects as well.

Let’s start our tour in the foyer — here’s how it looked before we moved in:

foyer with craftsman door
And here’s that space now: 
large foyer with craftsman door and windows
Simple board and batten accent wall
I painted the ceiling a pretty blue (I love to paint ceilings!), changed out the light fixture (that one went to the pantry) and completed these projects: 
  • $15 board and batten wall
  • DIY chunky door trim around front door and passage into great room 

Our powder room was the first room I tackled after moving in, and I haven’t changed one thing about it since: 
Light gray vanity powder room
If your basics are in good shape you can make a big difference with a little elbow grease!:
Dark navy wallpaper with white board and batten
The big stuff stayed the same in here — additions like a wall treatment, the mirror and wallpaper helped to transform the room: 
  • How to hang peel and stick wallpaper 
  • Board and batten tutorial

This is one of my favorite projects ever! Here’s a before of my office: 
Office built in before and after
A new light and DIY bookcases made a big difference!: 
DIY green bookcases in office
DIY built in bookcases made with cabinets
Our family room is another favorite. This is the room that made us fall in LOVE with this house: 
Two story great room with fireplace
Two story family room with navy fireplace
Two story fireplace in family room open stairs
Grid pattern on fireplace wall
  • DIY built ins by fireplace 
  • Grid pattern on fireplace wall
  • Make a oversized coffee table for less
  • DIY picture ledges on stair wall 
  • Affordable drapes and hardware for large windows 

Our kitchen hasn’t undergone any huge projects, but the little ones have made a big difference. Here’s how it looked before we moved in: 
White kitchen butcher block counter island
And this view now: 
White kitchen light gray island with butcher block counters
How to hang kitchen shelves for heavy weight
I don’t think any of these projects cost more than $100: 
  • Stain and protect butcher block counters
  • Extend chunky sides of island 
  • DIY cabinet feet
  • How to hang kitchen shelving
  • Upgrade ends of builder grade cabinets  
  • DIY platter and cutting board storage on side of fridge (not pictured) 
  • How to add light rails to cabinets to hide under cabinet lighting

Our morning room has undergone the most dramatic transformation:

Morning room with lots of windows
Morning/dining room with dark walls and built in window seat
Built in bookcases and window seat with lights
I LOOOOVE the custom touches I’ve added in here!
  • Painting the dramatic wall color
  • Adding the window seat 
  • DIY bookcases on window seat
  • DIY squares on wall with trim
Our master bedroom is slowly but surely becoming a cozy cocoon of a space and I love it! Big updates are happening in here this week — check out my stories on Instagram to follow along! 

Master with large windows
Bedroom with dark gray wood beam tray ceiling
Tray ceiling bedroom before
How to hang art around TV
The wood beams and dark tray ceiling have made a huge difference in here. I just love it. 
Our basement hasn’t seen as quite as much DIY action, but I’ve still accomplished a lot down here. Here’s a before: 
Open basement family room
Here’s that back corner now: 
Large sectional sofa family room
I added game storage and fun kid shelves as well: 
Board game storage kid space
Check out the wood wall on the stair landing and the gallery wall down the stairs here. 

Our mud/laundry room is one of my favorite rooms in the house because it’s so big and spacious. It looked great before:

Mud/laundry combo marble tile
But I’ve had a lot of fun adding my own touches to it! 
Laundry and mud room combo light gray shiplap
Folding table laundry room

How to paint black interior doors
  • Big chalkboard how-to
  • Painting interior doors black 
  • Planked gray wall 
  • No sew bench cushion
And last but not least, our backyard looked like this when we moved in: 
Dark gray craftsman house
And this summer we were able to add a large patio with a DIY fire pit. We absolutely LOVE it!!: 
Dark gray Craftsman house patio fire pit
There are some rooms I didn’t share because the projects aren’t as dramatic — but this shows how different the house looks in just two years. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next year! 🙂 
Did you miss any projects I shared here? 
Keep in mind house projects are my JOB and my passion, so things happen at a quicker pace around here. It’s been an absolute blast and I’ve had so much fun sharing it with you! We still pinch ourselves every day that we get to call this house our home. 
Want to see more of the in between? You can see the one year tour here as well as the 18 month tour here. 

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