House Tour: Where We Started

Since we moved in, I realize that I haven’t shared a room by room tour of the new place. Many of these first shots are from our walk through, so the furniture belongs to the previous owners.

Our home is a 1971 two bedroom, two bath, ranch style home. It has 1120 square feet, and has an open living and dining room. When we bought it, it had carpet throughout, except for the hall, kitchen and two bathrooms. We tore the carpet out the day we got our keys 🙂 and had the floors redone before we moved in.

So let’s get started!

The Entry Hall

Here’s the view as you enter the front door. The tile is original to the house. This closet door was broken, and we’ve replaced the track to fix it. We have very little in the hall now, but we have dreams of doing board and batten in the hallway, along with a little place for coats and bags:

Hall from the front door. Living room is to the right. Door to garage is on the left (down the hall).

Here’s the view from the other end of the hall, staring at the front door:

Hallway facing front door, standing with the kitcen behind me. Closet on the left.


The kitchen is just off the end of the front hall. It has brown, updated cabinets (we think they were updated around 2006), and white tile counters and backsplash. The stove and dish washer are white, and they were part of the sale. So, we purchased a new white refrigerator. Here’s a picture from the walk through. In the next few months we want to paint the cabinets white and grey:

kitchen and cabinets.

And on the other side of the kitchen is a large space where we’ve placed our hutch. Please excuse the mess, we had just moved in when this shot was taken. This side of the kitchen has now been repainted, and has new curtains, along with a desk (which I’ll share soon):

Unpainted: kitchen and hutch

 Living room

The living room is just to the right when you come in the front door. This is our “stuff,” (again messy), we’d just bought the shag rug, and Zoom is busy dumping blocks out. The dining room is to the left of this photo; there’s no division, its just a big open space.

Living room

Zoom’s room

The second bedroom in this house is the same size that Zoom’s room was in our last place. It started out a light brown, and had a huge, heavy curtain rod.  The closet doors were broken. The hardwood floors in this room were in great shape. This photo gives you a good idea of the color that is now throughout the house. We’ve fixed the closet, hung new curtains, and put down a rug. I want to paint a tree like the one Zoom had in his previous room.

Z's room

Master Bedroom

This room started out mint green, and the bathroom walls were the same color, just less shiny. Here’s the color. It’s a bit too intense for my taste:


We painted the room a flat icy grey, and the bathroom now is a lighter grey. We just got a new rug for this room, which I’ll share soon. Here’s the master now.


 And here’s a recent shot of the bath, we also bought the little shelf above the toilet for just $20. Once I started in this room I couldn’t stop; I really wanted a bathroom I could enjoy spending time in, so I invested in a few fixtures and fittings. For example, I now have frameless shower doors! They look beautiful, I’m so pleased I took the leap.

guest bathroom 015

Hall Bath

The hall bath started as a dark periwinkle blue. It’s a little room, with no windows, and it was claustrophobic when it was painted in a dark color. We painted it a light sage green, and have updated the light fixture, and the medicine cabinet.  We hung towel bars; there was not a single one in the house. Now I like to stop and smile about how pretty this room is as I walk by it.


The yard

We sit on a cul-de-sac, so we have a large lot, and the shape is a bit like a piece of pie. Here’s one side of the yard. This was taken at our walk through. This last weekend we re-seeded this side of the lawn, hoping we’ll get it to grow in better for the next year.

Backyard from just outside the kitchen slider

The rest of the lawn is huge. We’ve planted quite a few bushes and plants in the yard, along with some ground cover. It’s a slow work in progress.

Backyard from the side gate (which leads to the front yard).

Hope you enjoyed the tour! 🙂

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  • Lori Poppinga
    November 8, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    How fun! A new to you home is always so much fun to decorate and make your own!

  • Paula
    November 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Thanks Lori, we are having a lot of fun making changes. 🙂 I’m glad you stopped by!

  • Liz
    November 15, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Love the changes that you have made so far! There’s nothing like making a home your own.

  • crafts4aubree
    January 3, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Hi Paula! Popping by from Gingers blog! You had me at “moved across the San Francisco Bay” bc I too live in the Bay and anything you can do to pretty up the drab order homes in this area, I am all for because we have been house hunting and brand new model homes are completely out of our budget…and honestly the older homes that are, can be a bit disheartening. seeing this post, gives me hope and is inspiring to see the transformation. I will definitely be back to see your masterpiece in progress and hopefully get new inspiration for our new home. Happy New Year to you and your family and congrats on your new home! All the best, Leilani YT:Crafts4Aubree

  • crafts4aubree
    January 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Paula! Just popping by from Ginger’s blog! You had me at, “we moved accross the San Francisco Bay”. I too live here, and have been for about 12 years. Just starting my family and fiance being the breadwinner, finding a home in this area has been pretty disheartening since our current 1 income budget takes us out of the brand new model homes category and cements us in the drab older fixer-upper category. Seeing this post gives me much more hope and inspiration to making our future old (but new to us) future home something special. I really truly look forward to seeing your progress on making your house a home. Despite having a background in design, having a baby and providing a safe and comfortable home for her is so important to me and thought anything but brand new, never before lived in was the only way to go…but you really have me a jolt to be able to live within our means and put work into it, so thank you! Happy New Year to you and your family, and congrats on the new home! All the best, Leilani