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A renovated brick rancher!
Two years ago, Grunt Labor and I purchased a 1960s brick rancher. Was it our dream home? Negative. Was it in our dream neighborhood? Abso-freakin-lutley. And as they say, location is everything. We had lived in a brand-spankin-new home, but we just weren’t the strict neighborhood association type and it just didn’t feel like home. Plus, it was on the other side of town, away from both our jobs. So, when we found this house at our price-point (did I mention it was a foreclosure?) in a neighborhood we loved, we jumped on it. Of course, there was another offer on it as soon as we put ours in, but we got it!
When my mother-in-law saw it, she cried. And not tears of joy, people. Bless her, she was so worried we were leaving our brand new house for a piece of crap. And she had a completely valid point. When we bought the house, the electricity and water was cut off, we really had no clue what all would have to be done. Not to mention all the updates we wanted to do. However, the water and electricity worked (besides some outlet updates), and there weren’t too many other surprises. So, enough of an intro, here’s the good stuff!
The entry table recently got a coat of white paint and gold detailing with Rub ‘N Buff. Its always fun to see people’s reaction to the Stag head. Most always ask if I killed it.
The kitchen got a makeover including new tile, counter-tops and a custom built island thanks to Grunt Labor. We kept the original cabinets, but gave them a coat of paint and new hardware.
Be sure to check out my “Its all in the Details Kitchen Tour” for more kitchen goodness.
And read about how we built the kitchen island here.
Our kitchen, living room, and dining room is one big open space. It used to be three separate rooms, but was just too confining, so a few walls had to go.
The table and chairs were my great aunt’s, which I revived with paint and love. The corner corner liquor cabinet was once my great grandmother’s china cabinet. I know, she is giving me an earful in Heaven right now.
If you have followed me for a while, you may have noticed that I have hardly every shown you any photos of my living room, with the exception of my gallery wall and grain sack striped bookcase. That’s because this room, ok, every room actually, but really this room, is a work in progress. I’m not a fan of my couch at all, but I do love my two new modern wingback chairs from IKEA.
The buffet turned media center came with the dining room table from my great aunt. It too got a coat of paint.
The white chairs were Craigslist finds that got a makeover, as well as the coffee table.
And don’t miss the 20+ living room ideas here for more inspiration!
After being in our home for nearly two years, the master bedroom was finally completed in March.
Monograms and I have an unending love. If you ask this southern girl, monograms are a classic.
The two pieces of furniture you will never find me painting is my dresser and chest of drawers in our master bedroom. They were my great uncle’s and have a beautiful finish that has held up beautifully for the last 50 years. Hopefully, they have 50 more. I did touch up the hardware with some Rub ‘N Buff though.
I carved out a reading nook in the corner of our bedroom with a chair from Costco and DIY corbel shelving.
I made the wall art in the bedroom with PicMonkey and frugal graphics from Etsy.
Grunt Labor and I have separate bathrooms. Its the key to a happy marriage. I promise.
Baby girl’s nursery has a vintage feel. I combined thrift store finds and items from my childhood as well as Grunt Labor’s to use in her room.
The screened-in porch got an overhaul this spring and it is my new happy place.
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