Since purchasing our first home was what inspired me to document our reno through Instagram, I figured I’d use my first blog post to share our home buying and reno story. Here it goes!
My husband Peyton and I bought our first home in August 2018 after a year-long search to find something we both loved. Our wish list’s were very different:
I love houses with old charm and was instantly drawn to all the older homes we looked at especially the 1900s Farmhouses, which were few and far between in the areas we were searching. Admittedly, most of them needed a lot of work, but that part was exciting to me. Peyton gravitated toward the move-in ready houses. Needless to say, we didn’t agree on most of the houses we looked at but hey – marriage is all about compromise, right? We knew the “one” would come along eventually 🙂
As our house search continued, we put in a few offers – lost two due to the competitive real estate market, backed out of one due to structural issues, and ultimately came across our current house in July – Offer #4 which checked most of our boxes.
My first impression of the house was I liked it and thought it had potential, but I had a vision for how I really wanted it to look on the interior so that I could grow to love it. Born was our renovation project –Turn our city house in a “farmhouse” !
We bought all the materials on our own, and chose to hire a handy man for the majority of the work instead of contracting out in order to save money. I have the benefit of an incredibly handy dad who can pretty much build/make anything, so he helped to build and install our awesome ceiling beams and continues to bring all my crazy project ideas to life. We also hired an amazing local woodworker for some of the kitchen work (breakfast bar countertop, reclaimed floating shelves, and window front cabinet doors.)
Here is a list of what we’ve done so far and some progress pics throughout the reno:
- Shiplapped walls and painted them white
- Opened wall into dining area, and added new framing
- Refinished hardwoods and stained darker
- Installed new fan
- Added recessed lighting
- Built and installed ceiling beams
- Removed tile floors, and extended hardwoods into kitchen
- Shiplapped walls and painted white
- Painted cabinets white
- Added subway tile backsplash
- Added new hardware
- Added Farm Sink
- New Appliances – range and dishwasher
- Replaced 4 cabinet doors with new window pane doors
- Replaced counter tops with white quartz
- Replaced breakfast bar counter top with butcher block
- Removed corner shelf, and added reclaimed wood floating shelves
- Installed new ceiling pendant light in place of fan
Overall, we really love how everything turned out and look forward to many more projects and sharing design inspiration along the way as we continue to turn our first house into a home♡ Thanks for following along!