Ivy House Before and After

Welcome to our first home! I recently realized that I never created a good before and after post of our first home. We have so many wonderful memories in this home, most prominent is being pregnant for the first time and bringing home Thomas from the hospital and celebrating so many of his firsts at this house.

This is also the house where we really started DIYing, making mistakes and learning what we liked in our home.

I found this old video of us going through the house during the home inspection and giving a mini tour. It is so fun to see us walking through our first home and talk about what we like/dislike!

EXTERIOR BEFORE:

We pulled off all of the ivy (it is terrible for brick if it is not managed properly) and was a place for little critters to hang out, yuck. We also did a complete landscape overhaul and painted the weather picket fence a clean white.

EXTERIOR AFTER:

Our grass was not looking so hot in these photos since it was the end of a hot summer and we decided to move on a whim.

LIVING ROOM BEFORE:

This living room was drab and boring. We wanted to warm it up and make it feel like a cozy cottage.

LIVING ROOM AFTER:

We painted the walls a warm yellow (Clam Chowder to be exact), added a ceiling fan and painted the fireplace white.

KITCHEN BEFORE:

We honestly didn’t do anything to the kitchen except clean it up and declutter the counters for resale.

KITCHEN AFTER:

MASTER BEDROOM BEFORE:

The master bedroom had odd, wavy walls that needed to be replaced.

MASTER BEDROOM AFTER:

We replaced the wavy walls with drywall and painted the room a cool blue.

NURSERY BEFORE:

The nursery was dark and also had odd walls with wood trim holding it in place.

NURSERY AFTER:

We replaced the walls with drywall and painted them a sandy cream color.

BASEMENT BEFORE:

The basement was dingy and uninviting when we first bought the house but we were grateful for the extra living space.

BASEMENT AFTER:

We replaced the carpeting, painted every square inch of the space and created designated areas so that each room worked for us. In the picture below you can see the little family room we created and the personal office for Chris to use.

BASEMENT BEDROOM BEFORE:

Like the rest of the basement, this bedroom was dingy and uninviting.

BASEMENT BEDROOM AFTER:

New carpet and paint really can do wonders! This was a great little guest room for us while we lived in the home.

BACK PORCH BEFORE:

This back porch was a mess. There was major drainage issues when it rained and the low roofline made it really dark.

BACK PORCH AFTER:

This was the biggest reno we did at this house. We essentially added an outdoor living room to the house. It was our favorite space in the house and I am so happy with how it turned out!

BACK PATIO BEFORE:

This space was overgrown and unused.

BACK PATIO AFTER:

We tore out the weeds and created a beautiful flagstone patio for outdoor eating. Chris created the rose garden for me on my first Mothers Day. We also built a picket fence separating the side yard from the backyard to keep the dogs in a confined area.

GARAGE BEFORE:

You couldn’t even see the garage when we first moved into the house! While I do love greenery, the already old garage was getting destroyed by the ivy creeping into every crevice.

GARAGE AFTER:

There is nothing special about this garage, but it is clean and maintained without the ivy and was a TON of work to get it to this point.

Thank you for taking a tour of our first home, it’s so fun to walk down memory lane!