Before and after... Our house

Michael brought Blake to the movies this afternoon.
Dad and Stink time. Which they will be getting even more of tomorrow when Michael accompanies Blake to his star day at school. 2.5 hours with twelve 3 and 4 year olds. Have fun Dad.
Anywho while they were gone and Lo was sleeping I decided I would Google our address. Up came all the pictures that were on the Internet when the previous owners had listed it.
God this house was awful.
Then I looked around at how different it looks now and at a very regular pace immediately got up and cleaned the whole thing the main floor.

Here are some of the before and afters.....

Which reminds me, when I told Michael I was gonna post this he said "finally you are going to write about me". Don't I write about him all the time????? Just checking.

OK here we go! These are just the rooms that there were pictures of when our house was listed. We have actually done way more than just these pictures. But this is a good start....

First up.... Kitchen.


hello hot mess. When I look at this picture I think a few things. double stoves are the shit. We did end up selling it when we got new appliances but it was good while it lasted. I also think I would like to punch someone when I see that dishwasher. When we saw the house we knew that the appliances were old and that we would get new eventually. What we didn't know was that that dishwasher was a mold hotel. It was beyond disgusting. Also important to note, if you see something sketchy at the final walk through (like a non working mold holder of a dishwasher) there is pretty much nothing you can do about it. Or maybe you can and our home inspector/realtor just didn't feel like helping us. Just like she promised she was going to bring us a carbon monoxide detector at our closing... a year and a half later I am still waiting for her...
Besides the dishwasher, my mother in law spent HOURS (like 8) cleaning all the kitchen cabinets and the walls because everything was so filthy.


And from the same angle as the before picture (pretend my window looks clean)

I love this kitchen now. We got new appliances, Michael ripped down cabinets over the peninsula, used a Rustoleum cabinet kit to refinish all the cabinets, the wainscoting around the peninsula and refinished my hutch. And we still have paint left over. We chose the Quilter's white on the light color kit. We originally bought 2 large box kits but ended up returning one. We are both really happy with the outcome.

Next up master bedroom


This bedroom was...err.... special. The ceiling was covered in those mats you bring to the beach with you. Like 20 of them. The walls were texturized and in an awful light green (and green is my favorite color) There were spider webs EVERYWHERE.


A few things to note. I don't know why my curtains look so weird in these pictures. They are usually much better looking. Second, our tray table end stands. We were going to get nice ones and I am sure one day we might but for now they hold our crap and we are happy. Our master is actually really small so the bed is on one wall and opposite is the TV on Michael's dresser and a closet. That's it.
Also check this out...

Everyone should do one of these for the wedding. We had this in lieu of  a guest book. People wrote well wishes and inappropriate messages that are now hanging on our bedroom wall. (I miss my wedding... ) Up closer you ask?

OK that was fun.... Now the living room.


The carpets throughout the entire house were pretty disgusting. If you look close in this picture you can see a giant pink stain in front of that curio cabinet. Both times we looked at this house I feel that that spot was strategically covered. I remember walking in to our new house on moving day and wanting to cry. It was so filthy.


Wanna hear something awesome??? We are I am picking out new living room furniture this weekend!!! Yippee!!! Any color ideas??? Anyone???

Oh hey Boo...See how filthy and stained that ottoman is?? Microfiber is bullshit. You cant clean anything out of it at all. Seriously, water stains it.

Last room. Master bath



much better....

Michael is so handy... Thanks big guy. You're the best.


  1. Wow! Every room looks great. Have fun furniture shopping. We're going next month..I hate microfiber too!

  2. love your house! it looks amazing! you did a great job on it!

  3. I hate microfiber! We had it but the dogs ruined it. We went to leather, much easier to clean!

  4. thanks guys!!! Im def no interior designer but I thought the changes warranted a post of their own lol...

    Erica I was thinking leather too but I dont know if I want to invest in such nice furniture with two lunatic kids...

    Lesley what are you thinking of getting????

  5. I think you should have shouted out Alisha for her efforts with Old Brick on the furniture..

    A Joel Forgea rant quote about his hatred of Microfiber would have fit nicely as well...

    just sayin'

  6. you have done amazing things with your home! aren't the transformation pictures so wonderful!? we closed on our house at the end of October and were fortunate enough to make the big changes before moving in - which also included ripping up all the nasty carpet! I love the changes you have made =)

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