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(WAY) Throw-Back Thursday: Our Home in the 70’s See the Before & After 40 Years Later!

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Last September we bought our 1960’s rambler from the original owners’ son, who also happens to be our next-door neighbor. It’s been so fun to live next to people who love and know our house! As we’ve been working on projects we’ve texted them with questions about why things are a certain way or how they were originally. We’ve also enjoyed getting to show them the updates we make to the house. It really is a joy!

One day when we were over at their house, they presented us with some real treasures… photos of our home from 1978! We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw the green shag carpeting, the floral green drapes, and all the old-school furniture (including an organ!).

So today I thought it would be fun to show you a little before and after… with 40 years in between!

The Living Room

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Things have changed a bit around here, haven’t they? If you are interested in seeing some of the progress, here’s what our living room looked like when we closed on the house, here’s how it looked like shortly after we moved in, and here’s how it looked after we finished our basement and did a little redesign.

The Dining Room

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Both the wood panelling and the old chandelier made it to 2016, before we had something to say about them! 😉 Before moving in we painted and hung a new fixture, as you can see here (we’ve since swapped out the fixture for something less spotlight-y).

I am so glad to have these photos—these memories of a time come and gone in this precious first home of ours!

A $75 Budget Bathroom Transformation See the Before & After of our Dramatic Black Bathroom!

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If you’re looking to do a budget bathroom renovation, then I’ve got the perfect post for you today! Or if you’re just here to see a black bathroom, I’ve got you covered there too. 😉

A couple of weekends ago we painted our bathroom black. When I tell people that we did this, they always reply with shock and awe that we would paint walls black! Sure, it was a risk, but it was a risk that paid off—BIG TIME. So without further ado, here’s the before & after!

Before

Here’s the before of our bathroom… pretty boring, neutral, and 60’s-looking. There wasn’t anything inherently wrong with it, it just wasn’t exciting. No matter what I put on the walls or counter, it felt flat and dull.

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After

And here’s the after! A million times better, right?? It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do! Of course, we also installed a new light fixture and hung that amazing round shelf, but the paint alone made such a huge difference!

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I love all the little details that make a space! Candles, plants, and art all help to pull this room together. Pro hostess tip: light a candle in the bathroom before you have people over. Not only does it add a nice ambience, but it also masks any smells that guests might be embarrassed by. 😉

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And let’s take one more look, shall we? This just goes to show that you don’t always need to completely gut a space to make drastic improvements. Sometimes all you need is a coat of paint and a few new accessories!

Budget Breakdown:

Paint: $10 for 1 quart from Home Depot (Deep Onyx, Glidden)
Shelf: This one, got for $10 at Goodwill
Light Fixture: $50, Menards
Hola Framed Art: $3 at Salvation Army
Total Cost: $73

Living Room Re-Design Reveal See the Before & After of Our Living Room

It’s finally time for our new living room re-design reveal!!! I’ve been looking forward to this for quite some time (the re-design, more than the reveal… but I guess both are exciting!). Now, you may be thinking, “Heather, didn’t you guys just move into that house last Fall? Why in the world would you need a complete re-design already??”

If you saw the post where I shared the plans for our living room, then you know that we’ve been working on re-finishing our basement family room, which greatly affects our upstairs living room design since much of the furniture would be moving downstairs. Well, we finished our basement a couple weeks ago, so both rooms got a complete overhaul.

Before & Process

To give a quick recap, here’s what our living room looked like shortly after we moved in, here’s how we rearranged it shortly after that, here’s what it looked like around Christmastime, and. here’s what it looked like most recently,

And here is the mood board I created and shared a couple weeks ago, along with a digital rendering I created before I was able to actually move furniture around:

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After

And without further ado… here’s how it is today! Pretty close to the mood board and rendering, I’d say! We’re SO happy with it!

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Living Room Re-Design Reveal | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

Our big goal with finishing the basement family room was to move our TV down there. For us, this served three purposes: 1) getting the big black rectangle out of sight when you first walk into our home, 2) making it easier to watch TV when it’s light out (it was across from our big front windows), and 3) hopefully making it so we spent more time conversing and reading rather than watching TV.

I’m happy to say that all three of those goals were met in this move! We’ve watched far less TV in the past week or two, and the times that we do watch it feel more special and intentional. And now that we have a room upstairs that doesn’t have a TV, we spend more time reading and just hanging out in there. Win-win!

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Living Room Re-Design Reveal | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

We really love what’s going on in here! It feels so cozy, yet also airy and open. We still have ample seating, even with the extra couch gone. I shared quite a few of the sources as well as similar items in the planning post, so check that out if you’re curious! Otherwise, comment if you have any questions of where things are from or anything else!

I can’t wait to share the finished basement space with you! All that’s left is to put in baseboards and trim, as well as hang artwork… so you can look forward to that post in the following weeks/months (depending on how productive we are!). 🙂

What do you think of our new living room? Here it is one last time…

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Douglas Digs: Living Room Design Plan Embracing the Domino Effect of Re-finishing our Basement

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Today I’m excited to share with you our upstairs living room design plan. When we moved into our house last September, the basement had a large finished room, complete with sparkly popcorn ceilings, wood paneling, and bare bulbs. Not exactly the most welcoming (or cute!) place to hang out.

The past couple months we’ve been working on re-finishing it—mainly scraping the ceilings and replacing the wood paneling with drywall. And we’re finally getting close to finishing! So I can finally do more than just dream of designing that big family room… which also means I get to make some changes to our upstairs living room!

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I’m fully embracing the fact that our newly finished basement will have a domino effect on our living room. You see, our TV is currently in our living room, and that will be moving downstairs (along with the large console it’s on and the comfy sofas and coffee table). So we’ll be lacking in furniture upstairs, but do you think I was dismayed by this thought?! Absolutely not! 🙂

I’ve spent the last few months researching to find the very best furniture replacement situation for our living room, as well as working hard selling stuff on Craigslist so we’d have money for said furniture. And this past week we finally pulled the trigger on the couch and chair I decided on from IKEA.

And I LOVE them! Even though our living room is slightly squished now since we’ve got the new furniture as well as the stuff that will be moving downstairs, I can tell it’s going to be good. So I pulled together this design board to show you what our living room will look like hopefully in the next month or so. Obviously, once everything is moved to its proper place, I’ll be giving you a proper tour of the new spaces, but until then, you’ll just have to imagine it.

If you’re curious, here’s the sofa, the chair, and the artwork. Everything else is stuff that we already own, and most of it is thrifted. I’ve rounded up similar items under the “Get the look” section below!

Design Plan

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I’m excited to finish these projects since it feels like we’ve been in limbo for so long! I’m also excited for the TV to move downstairs for two reasons. 1) In the hopes that we’ll watch it less if it’s not right in front of our face all the time and 2) when we do watch it, it won’t be right across from a giant window that causes major glare issues. Win-win! And of course getting to pick out a few new pieces and rearrange everything is a bonus too. 🙂

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How to Create a Brighter & More Spacious Kitchen with Open Shelving See the Before & After of Our Updated Kitchen

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Happy Monday!!! Today I want to share with you how we updated our kitchen in just two weekends, using removable wallpaper and open shelving. When we moved in we knew that we’d want to do some work on our kitchen eventually, but it’s not quite in the budget for us to do a whole overhaul right now (counters, backsplash, cabinets, appliances, etc). So we decided to make an update that has a lot of impact, but didn’t take very long or cost very much. This will hold us over until we have a whole kitchen renovation in the budget… it seriously makes the kitchen a much brighter, happier place to work!

Below I’ve included a couple before/after shots side by side (CRAZY, RIGHT?!), followed by some process shots and how-to ramblings… so if you aren’t interested in that kind of stuff, scroll down for ALL the beautiful after photos!

Before & After

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Here’s a view looking into the kitchen from our dining room. When we bought the house there was a cabinet hanging down over the peninsula that we tore out right away—for obvious reasons!

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And then in this view you can see the whole wall better. The before photo here was after we tore down the overhanging cabinet.

The Process

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Step One: Demolition

Take down the cabinets! We had a couple friends come over to help out, but besides needing some more brawn, this was a pretty simple step. After removing the trim and shelves from the cabinets, we unscrewed and applied force when necessary to take the cabinets down. Brian also did some electrical work with the light above the sink prior to taking the cabinets down.

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Step Two: Repair & Prime

Spackle and sand any holes, clean any mold or residue, and prime! As you may have noticed in the previous photo, we actually had a couple mold spots on our ceiling under the cabinets. It revealed a larger problem of lack of insulation up there, so Brian put some insulation in the attic above the spot, then we cleaned everything up and applied a couple coats of Kilz primer to the wall and ceiling, then applied a coat of ceiling paint.

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Step Three: Apply Wallpaper

We chose to go with a removable peel-n-stick wallpaper for our wall, both to add interest, and to hide any imperfections in the wall. The gold speckled wallpaper is from Target and we ended up going with two rolls. We have lots leftover, but because of needing to match up the pattern, you’ll need more than you think. This stuff goes on like a giant sticker and can be repositioned quite a bit (trust us!). We followed the instructions on the package and are super happy with the results!

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Step Four: Install Shelving

Lastly, we installed our shelves! We bought simple black L brackets and white shelves from Home Depot… we were really trying to do this project on a tight budget! But I also like the simplicity in the shelving we picked out since it really lets the wallpaper and dishes shine. As you can see in the above photo, we installed our first shelf directly above our backsplash, so we just drilled it in with long screws. On the drywall, we used toggle bolts to secure our shelves (don’t want our dishes crashing to the ground in the middle of the night!).

Introducing Our Bright & Spacious Kitchen

Alright, so now on to the good stuff! 😉 Here’s what our kitchen looks like now!

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On the longer shelves to the right of our sink are our everyday plates and bowls, along with some serving bowls, favorite recipe books, and other decor. I love leaning cutting and serving boards up against the backsplash since they don’t take much space, but add a little something to the counter. The Kitchenaid we received as a wedding present sits at the ready, in hopes that it will entice me to bake and cook more! 🙂

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We installed this new faucet a month or two ago, and it’s one of my favorite upgrades we’ve made to the house. If you look at the before photos above you can see the old faucet was short and, well, old! This tall one makes dish-washing and pot-filling so much easier, and we love having the sprayer attached to the head of the faucet.

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Here’s the other side of the kitchen—still filled with lots of wood cabinets… for now! 😉

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On the shelves to the left of the sink are our glasses. We opted for two shelves instead of three on this side to give a bit more breathing room, and allow space for some artwork. I like that the two sides aren’t exactly identical.

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I am obsessed with Mrs. Meyer’s soap, and my current favorite is “Iowa Pine!” It straight up smells like a Christmas tree and makes me so happy every time I wash my hands! The little dishes scrubbers are from Grove Co. and I love how I can keep them out since they’re so cute!

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And here’s the whole view again! I’m really loving the drastic improvement, and although it did take some time, I feel like it was relatively easy for how big of a change it brought to the space. Thanks so much for taking the time to read! It’s so fun to get to share our adventure in homeownership with you. Would you ever consider tearing down some cabinets in favor of open shelving?

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The Douglas Digs After: Living Room See our Mid-Century Eclectic Living Room!

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Good morning, friends! Today I am so thrilled to get to share our living room with you! If you didn’t get a chance to see the before photos, be sure and go back to look at those, since this space has gotten quite the punch of personality since we moved in. I would describe this room as definitely channeling the mid-century vibe of the house… as one friend put it, “it embodies everything good about the 70’s.” Ha! It also has a pretty heavy dose of eclectic coziness… lots of pattern and texture going on, with a limited color palette.

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Right when we closed we scraped off the sparkly popcorn ceiling, gave everything a couple coats of white paint, then added furniture and accessories! Most everything in this room is thrifted or from Ikea or Target… but really mostly just thrifted. 🙂 What can I say? Girl loves a good find! We got the old record console at a thrift store for $6 this summer, and the green couch was a $40 Craigslist find! (We’ve since washed all the cushion covers and torn the skirt off.)

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One of my favorite features of the living room is this photo ledge from Ikea. It’s so much simpler than a gallery wall, but has the same effect. I kept mine extra simple with black and white photos and prints but gave it variety with differing frames.

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When I style bookshelves, I like to incorporate both books and accessories. Try stacking your books vertically as well lining them up on the shelf. It’s also a good rule of thumb to stagger accessories, like plants and other similar items like pottery or baskets.

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Bookshelves are the perfect place to display special memories, family heirlooms, and other meaningful decor. There’s the vintage camera that my grandparents just gave me, the driftwood from a family vacation up North, the vase of old dominoes from a weekend away, and so many other special pieces live on these shelves!

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I love incorporating texture and pattern through my textiles. You can have 2–3 different patterns on your couch, and they should be varied sizes and colors (like my large-scale colorful pillow with my small-scale gray pillow!). A room does well with about 3–5 different patterns.

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And one more look at the whole thing. 🙂 We’re so happy with how our living room turned out! It’s bright and happy, while still being calming. I love the cozy vibes it gives off, and love having a group of friends gathered here.

Thanks for reading, friends, and for following the whole #douglasdigs journey! It’s been such a blast!

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Our First Month of Homeownership 3 Lessons We've Learned as New Homeowners

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Saturday marked one month of homeownership, and my goodness, what a ride it’s been! We’ve learned many lessons along the way that I’m excited to share with you today. If you never got a chance to read about how we became homeowners in the first place, it’s a pretty good story. Just a few months ago I would have never imagined that I’d be sitting in a house that we owned, writing about owning it for a month! Life can go so differently than imagined, with both good surprises and bad. (This one was definitely a good one!) 😉

So to celebrate being homeowners for a whole month, I thought I’d share with you 3 things we’ve learned from the experience.

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1. Most home projects normally take longer and are more complicated than we originally think they will be.

We are chronic underestimate-ers when it comes to the length of projects. I think we really learned this last spring when we made our own coffee table, but it’s been reaffirmed as homeowners. What we think will take an hour ends up taking four hours. When we think we’ll be eating dinner at a decent time it somehow ends up being 8pm. Basically, we’ve just decided in the past few days that we should pretty much always double our estimations of how long something will take, and then be pleasantly surprised if it doesn’t take that long. Has anyone else struggled with this?

2. We don’t necessarily work well together, but we do work well next to each other.

Something that we’ve learned (again, that coffee table was pretty eye-opening), is that we don’t necessarily work very well on projects together. We do, however, work well when we’re working on separate things in the same vicinity. This is something that I’d like to work on, but I’m also a realist and know that maybe it’s just not the best for our personalities to be working on the same thing. We just have too strong of opinions on how things should be done and let me tell ya, they are very different opinions 90% of the time!

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3. There are going to be surprises and things that go wrong, but that just gives us an opportunity to learn something new.

In the past month we’ve had a few things crop up that we weren’t expecting, but it’s always led to us learning a new skill. For example, a week or so ago our kitchen sink got clogged. Like clogged where there is no easy solution except to take the whole thing apart. Brian has never done any plumbing before, but after multiple trips to Home Depot (getting lots of advice from the pros as well as lots of tools and piping), he was ready to go! Not only did he unclog our sink, but he also re-plumbed all new pipe, since what was down there was old and pretty gunky. Then a few days later he installed a new faucet that we had. The clogged sink actually helped him learn some plumbing so that he had a better idea what he was doing when it came to installing a faucet.

Homeownership has definitely been a lot more work than I thought it would be… but also more rewarding than I ever imagined. It’s so much fun to see those changes that we were never able to do as renters—painting walls, new lighting, tearing out cabinets, hanging our own blinds, and more! We’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way… and I’m sure that we’ll just continue to learn as we continue to grow as homeowners!

 

The Douglas Digs Before: Living Room See the blank canvas we started with!

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Hello there! Today I’m excited to share with you the before photos of our living room! Although the living room didn’t undergo as drastic of a change as the dining and kitchen (before here, after here), it certainly is one of my favorite spaces in the house and did receive quite a facelift! Things to notice? The really attractive ceiling fan, the sparkly popcorn ceilings (it’s faint, but if you look closely you can tell), the old window tracks, and the sort of “blah” paint color.

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Here’s a view from the front door looking in. The large picture window in this room give it great natural light, which is a nice change from the darker living room in our last place! Another thing that we really love about this house are the beautiful wood floors throughout. The living room, hallway, and three bedrooms boast this original wood floor and that was a major selling point for us, as we’ve gotten used to and fallen in love with wood flooring in our homes!

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The little shelf by the door is a bookshelf on the side of the living room, which provides some nice extra storage, and provides the perfect place to set your keys, mail, and anything else that you happen to be carrying into the house. We did consider taking it out, but as you’ll see in the after photos, we’ve decided to keep it (for the time-being anyway).

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So there you have it! The photos of our living room on closing day. Nothing too exciting, as it started out as a pretty blank canvas, but I’m still excited for you to see all the after photos to see how we took this space from very unexciting to cozy and completely reflecting our style! Have a good Tuesday, friends, and thanks for stopping by!

The Douglas Digs After: Kitchen & Dining

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Hooray for a new week! I am so excited to show you the “after” of our kitchen and dining spaces. And I use the term “after” very loosely, as we’ve only lived here two weeks and there’s still tons we plan to do… so let’s call this more of an in-between, shall we? 🙂 But I did want to share it here with you all because it has gone through quite the transformation in the past few weeks! We closed on a Thursday in late September and spent the following few days doing tons of projects, then moved in on a Sunday. Since then we’ve added small touches here and there, and are really happy with how things are for now. If you didn’t see the before photos, you have to check them out… the change is kind of crazy for how mainly aesthetic the changes were (rather than structural).

Here’s a little reminder:
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This is our dining room! It’s right off the kitchen, to the right if you’re standing at the front door looking in. As I mentioned in the before post, an actual dining room was pretty important to us since we have this 8-foot table and love entertaining and having groups of people in. So although this isn’t it’s own room with 4 walls, it has 2 1/2 walls, which is good enough for me!

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We have this awesome built-in in one corner that provides great extra storage as well as a spot to play around with my #shelfie skills. Since we don’t have a great spot for our bar cart in this house, I decided to use an old orange box to set up a little bar corner, and then my cookbooks and other decor grace the rest of the shelves. There used to be glass sliding doors over the shelves, but we took those down ASAP. The shelves are so much more modern and accessible now!

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So what exactly did we do in this room? Well, we freed it from it’s 60’s glamour by painting the wood panelling white, scraping the sparkly popcorn ceilings, and replacing the old chandelier with a new Ikea light. These changes made all the difference in the world and really brought the room into the 21st century! I really love how bright this space is now!

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This is the view from the dining room looking into the kitchen. If you remember from the before photos, there used to be a cabinet hanging down over that peninsula. The day we took it down the 5 people in the house all “oohed” and “ahhed” at the difference it made! It totally opened up the space and made it feel so much larger. And now the eye-line from one dining space to the next is completely open.

Here’s a little reminder:

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Remember when I said that plants in kitchens are my favorite?? And also how trays can be used in every room??

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Down at the other end of the kitchen is our breakfast nook. Right when I saw this space I knew it needed some corner benches and a cute round table! I just love how cozy this space is and it’s much nicer to sit here when it’s just one or two of us, rather than being at the huge empty table in the dining room.

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So what did we do in the kitchen and breakfast nook? We painted it the soothing light aloe color, spray painted the kitchen light black and replaced the old ceiling fan in the nook, and of course decorated and added window treatments and furniture. Things that we look forward to doing? We have a beautiful tall faucet waiting to be installed, and I plan to replace the outdated hardware soon. Longer-term updates would be possibly painting the cabinets (although they’re in such great shape we might keep them as is… ideas??), and further down the road replacing the countertop and backsplash to something a bit more modern.

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Sources:
Dining room:
Paint: Kilz primer and Glidden Premium Pure White
Table: Pier One
Rug: Thrift Store
Pendant Light: Ikea
Chairs: Thrifted (white from Ikea)
Blinds: Home Depot

Kitchen:
Paint: Glidden Premium Frosted Mint
Table: Ikea
Corner benches: Craigslist
Nook Rug: Ikea
Sink Rug: Aldi
Ceiling Light: Ikea
Pillows: Ikea & Home Goods
Trash Can: Target

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The Douglas Digs Before: Kitchen & Dining

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Happy Monday! We’ve now been moved into our new home (the #douglasdigs) for a week, and are feeling very at home. Yesterday we did our last big hurrah by finishing the painting (yay! I never want to see a paintbrush again!), clearing out our garage (yay for parking in the garage!), and hanging up most of our window treatments (yay for not living in a fish bowl!). So now, it’s mainly just little updates and fixes here and there, along with quite a few boxes that still need unpacking.

Today I wanted to share with you some before photos of the kitchen and dining area. I was going to edit them and make everything all presentable, but then I figured, “Hey! They’re before pictures! They aren’t supposed to be presentable!” Plus, that way when you see the after photos it will be more dramatic. 😉

So, above is the view of the kitchen from the back patio door. It’s definitely very ’60’s and something we’d like to update at some point down the road, but for now we made some minor-seeming changes that actually made a pretty big impact.

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This is the kitchen nook. We’d really love to put some bench seating in here with a little table… just enough for 2–4 people, since our dining table is huge and feels a little weird to sit at by yourself for breakfast. I love that we have two designated spaces for eating! That was actually a pretty big selling point for us. We looked at so many homes that didn’t have any separate dining space, which is kind of a deal-breaker since we have an 8-foot table that we enjoy filling with guests!

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And here’s the kitchen from the other side… the kitchen nook is back there at the other end. This photo is taken standing in the dining room. This view is SO different now and I can’t wait to show it to you!

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And here’s the dining room! Look at all that lovely wood paneling! 😉 And PLEASE notice that sparkly popcorn ceiling! Take a good long look because you won’t be seeing it anymore after this post! This room really got the overhaul during our quick 3 day renovations before moving in and now looks so much brighter and modern. There are built-in shelves and drawers on one wall that are great (and have also gotten a bit of a face-lift), and the best part? Our 8-foot table fits perfectly!

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And lastly, here’s a view of the dining room from the front entrance. You can see a little peek of our living room… which will be up next! I hope to show you after photos of these spaces in the next month or so… we’ve done so much but have a few more things to do before the big reveal. In the meantime I’m sharing lots of photos on Instagram, so you can get some glimpses of the new spaces there!

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We are so in love with this house! My dad asked yesterday what our favorite part was and we said everything! We really do love how it has all come together and I can’t wait to show you photos that are brought into the present a bit. 🙂 Feel free to ask any questions in the comments, and have a wonderful, productive Monday. Thanks for stopping by!

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