Thursday, May 26, 2011

In Memory of... the Big, Blue House.

After a comment left on my facebook (thanks, Shannon!) and a talk with my husband, I thought it'd be fun to take a trip down memory lane to my very first "stage" job-- our old house.
I first discovered this house by noticing a lock box on its door one day while driving by. I hurriedly made it home to check the listing on the internet (something I do religiously as a hobby). Lo and behold, it was a foreclosure, and only $86,000 in a neighborhood where the average home was about $200,000. Score!  I called the agent, saw the house the next day, and put a bid on it that night (without my husband even seeing it). We were in a bidding war with two other perspective buyers, but we won! Thus began the gruesome year and a half revival of a neglected home. I've never spent so many {painstaking} hours pulling up staples in my life!  Here are some before and after pictures.
243 Maple Avenue
The day we bought her. 
Kitchen Before
Hello Sunshine!

Kitchen After
Repainted the Cabinets,
 Replaced Laminate Counter tops with Wooden Butcher block from Ikea
Built a Table with leftover Counter tops.
Master Bath Before
Master Bath After
Converted a small bedroom into a much-needed
bigger bathroom.
Fireplace unit runs off gel fuel
and instantly makes any space warm and inviting.
Complete with Slate Tiles,
His and Hers Vanities,
And a Slate Walk-in Shower (not pictured).

Living Room Before 
Living Room After
Indigo Paint and Refinished Floors.
Master Bedroom Before
Master After
Ripped up carpet, laid new floor, new paint,
and added ventles fire logs.

The Den Before

The Den After
Ripped up carpet, refinished existing floor, and new paint.

Guest Bedroom Before

Guest Bedroom After
These walls may or may not have been painted three times
 before deciding upon a color scheme I was happy with:)

There were three more rooms, two other bathrooms and a third floor laundry room that were also remodeled (we even found a second staircase behind a wall). All in all, we had a decent first experience remodeling a house from head to toe, our marriage survived all the drama, and I learned a thing or two while we were at it. We sold the house two years after we bought it.
Three main things that I believe contributed to the sale of our house:
1. Location, Location, Location
2. Modern Upgrades= Move-in Ready
3. Proper Staging to enhance each room's unique features


  1. I drive by there every day on my way to and from work! I always wondered what it looked like inside. Gorgeous job!

  2. That's a fun street to drive down, isn't it? Thanks for the compliment!

  3. After the upgrading, did you profit from selling it?



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