Wednesday, April 4, 2018

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: New Home Tour {Before}

Happy Wednesday, friends! I feel like I've been keeping the biggest secret for over a month and now there's such a relief now that it's out of the bag. We kept it a little close to the vest since we didn't want to jinx anything until it was officially ours, so thanks for understanding. 

Regarding the house situation, we found "our house" in mid-Feburary. It went on the market on a Thursday, we went to see it Friday, and by Friday evening we had put an offer on it -- and it was accepted. So, we quickly put our former house on the market in late February and sold it in 24 hours and we were signing the contract in about 36 hours. We had a lot of showings, multiple offers {thank the Lord for that!} and were able to select from those offers, which was a huge blessing. Another huge blessing is that our buyer has been amazing and has allowed us to lease back {for free!!!} until this Saturday. Honestly, the Lord's provision throughout this whole process has been so evident. 

So, as I mentioned above, we are moving this weekend, which just so happens to be my birthday. What a birthday present, right?! We are so thrilled with our beautiful new home and are so thankful for it. But, we are doing some things to make it "ours." A lot of it is cosmetic, but the biggest change will be the complete gut job we're doing to the master bathroom. I can't wait to share with y'all the progress and after pictures when this is all eventually done. (Also, these pictures are pulled from Redfin with all the seller's d├ęcor, so apologies for the quality.) 

\\ Front of the house 
+ Other than some cosmetic things to the landscaping and changing out the carriage lights to different ones, we aren't making many changes here. 

\\ Entryway 
+ We are replacing the carpet (which is on the stairs and all upstairs, save for the bathrooms) and staining the bannister a dark walnut. I actually liked the majority of the paint colors the seller used, so I don't have to change that much paint, which is great! We are also ultimately changing out all the bronze hardware throughout the house to brushed nickel. 

\\ Dining room 
+ We are only changing the light fixture out in this room 

\\ Study 
+ Whew, lots going on in here. Since there aren't any can lights in this room, we are replacing the ceiling fan (because #Texas) with a more updated, clean one and will also have a lot less in this room than the seller. ;) 

\\ Living room 
+ We are replacing that ceiling fan with a more updated, clean-looking "hugger" ceiling fan (because again, #Texas); having the built-ins to the left of the fireplace match the ones on the right, and our ultimate goal far down the road would be pane-less windows and plantation shutters -- but again, that's a long way away. 

\\ Kitchen 
+ We are having our carpenter extend our cabinets to the ceiling and add us another set of cabinets (almost to where the gray hutch the seller's have on the wall) that will house a built-in microwave and wine fridge. There is currently no microwave in this house! (What?!) We are also replacing that light fixture over the breakfast table and completely removing the light fixture above the sink and replacing it with a can light, as well as replacing all the hardware from bronze to brushed nickel. Our ultimate goal down the road (like 10 years down the road) is to replace the granite and knock down the wall over the cooktop that separates the kitchen and living room to make it more open concept. 

\\ Master bedroom
We aren't doing much in here other than adding crown moulding, replacing the ceiling fan and adding different draperies/hardware. 

\\ Master bathroom 
+ Okay, this is where the big job is going to be. We are: replacing the flooring; removing the shower and tub and replacing it with a seamless shower with subway tile (that will go up higher than the faux marble currently there) and a separate soaking tub; removing the vanity and replacing it with a custom vanity with quartz, undermount oval sinks, and two framed mirrors; replacing the light fixtures and the hardware, and replacing the toilet; and you can't see the closet here, but they only had two hanging racks total in the closet (yikes) so we are adding more racks, built-in shoe shelves and storage shelves, as well as a center island with drawers and a pocket door on the closet (it currently has an extra-wide opening with no doors on it at all). 

\\ Guest bathroom 
+ We are painting this room, replacing the flooring, adding quartz to the countertops (with oval undermount sinks), a new toilet, a white framed mirror, and replacing all the hardware from bronze to brushed nickel. Our ultimate 5-10+ year goal in here would be to replace the faux-marble with subway tile, add a new shower door, and do plantation shutters on that little window. 

\\ Boys' bathroom: 
+ We are painting these rooms all one color, replacing the flooring, adding quartz countertops and oval undercount sinks, adding white framed mirrors and replacing the hardware from bronze to brushed nickel. Their tub is a "tub fitter" (all one piece of plastic) and the shower head is coming straight out of the drywall, so we are replacing that with a regular bathtub and adding subway tile with dark grout that goes to the ceiling (and of course, a new shower head that comes out of the tile). Our ultimate goal in here would be to remove the traditional door that separates the vanities from the lavatory, and add a pocket door (if space allows), but that's far down the road. 

Other places not pictured that we're doing work to is our laundry room (currently a beautiful shade of lime green) -- that will be painted and we are adding a pocket door there instead of the traditional door. The room is so small and you actually have to shut the door so you can do laundry -- no thank you! We're also painting the boys' bedrooms and the guest bedroom, as well as doing some work on the hall bath (replacing flooring, removing the pedestal sink and replacing it with a vanity, replacing the toilet and updating all the fixtures). 

So, I'm excited y'all are going on this journey with us and can't wait to share with you our progress! :) 

Linking up with Jessi and Jenn 



  1. Congrats! It is so awesome that you get to customize so much in your new house. Buying a house where you don't have to change most of the wall paint is a huge plus. In our last house, I made Jesse help me paint every single room. So one of the things Jesse wanted on the list when we were in the market to buy a new house was a house that had paint that we weren't changing anytime soon. Even though I would've liked to change the paint in the girls' rooms, it is a neutral beige color, so we left it- or at least for now.

  2. Congratulations! This is going to sound SO weird, but what are you doing with the old bronze hardware? If I covered shipping, would you be willing to mail me a bunch of bronze doorknobs!? I'm so sorry that's such an odd request, but I figured I would ask!

  3. Congratulations! What a beautiful house! I can't wait to see all of what you guys do to it! I especially love the kitchen! Gray and white are my favorite colors in a house so you guys definitely have a great base to start with!

  4. Gorgeous home! Glad everything went smoothly in the buying/selling process! Can't wait to see pictures of all the updating and decorating :)

  5. Brittany!!!!! Its perfect for y'all! I LOVE all the windows and natural light! These are most definitely my fav posts and I cannot wait to see more once y'all get in there! Congrats again!

  6. You know how much I love this.

  7. So exciting for all these changes! I can't wait to see how it completely transforms the house! Seriously loving all your tours on instastories and I was totally eyeing your new closet because I'm dying to do ours lol

  8. I've loved your snaps this week and cannot wait to keep up with the progress!

  9. Ahhh I've loved watching your house progress on Instagram and can't wait to see how it all turns out!! Happy Birthday indeed!!

  10. Beautiful new home! Congrats!!

  11. This house is just gorgeous! I have enjoyed watching your IG stories of your updates already. I know you guys will make so many great memories here!

  12. The house looks beautiful!! And I can't wait to see the renovations!

  13. Congratulations! The home is gorgeous and I can't wait to see how the renovations enhance it.

  14. This house is gorgeous as is but I’m loving the updates you’re doing! It’s going to be amazing!! Congrats! Totally understand on the secret.. we’ve been there! ;)


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