Monday, March 13, 2017

Two Years Later...Upstairs Tour

Back when we first moved in to this house, I did a downstairs photo tour of what it looked like on move in day.  I promised an upstairs tour, but somehow I never got around to it.  So for fun, here it is, better late than never.  I also want to start posting some after pictures, and lets face it, afters are no fun without a before. :)

Here we go.  Upstairs hallway.  The door at the end of the hall is a large, walk-in closet.  Since this home does not have a dedicated master bedroom, there is no room with his and hers closets.  This large one became mine.  Slightly inconvenient, but it is right next to our room, so not a huge deal.

This is the main bathroom.  All seven of us share this one because no one wants to use the full bath in the basement because it is cold down there.  It is plenty large enough and does the job.

 This bedroom gets amazing light in the morning.  The ceiling fan is dated and when we ripped out the carpet we found that the wood floor had lots of water stains.  But it is a charming, sunny room.  One of the pleasant surprises about this house is the large closets in the bedrooms.  That is not a common characteristic of old homes.

 I love the little built-in vanity.

This little bedroom was in the roughest shape.  As you can see, the wallpaper was coming off, so on move in day I started grabbing strips of it and tearing it off.

When I pulled the paper in this corner above the register, the plaster started coming down with it.

This bedroom gets nice morning sunlight too.  When we removed the carpet we found that the floor in here was pretty rough as well.

 The final bedroom already had the carpet removed.  Being on the front of the house, we decided to take this one as the master.

And there you have it!  There's the upstairs.  Now I can start sharing the after posts!

We have been in this house for almost 2 1/2 years now.  It is a very slow process of making this place ours.  We are doing the work ourselves and not going into any debt to do it.  That means projects get done as we have the time and extra cash to do them.  Of course, this being an old house, we always discover more that needs to be done than what we anticipated.  But I love this house.  I know some people think I'm crazy to be in love with such a big project, but I truly enjoy it.  Sure, it would be nice if a pile of money fell into my lap so I could do some of the big projects that I'm dreaming up, but I do enjoy the challenge of making my home beautiful on a shoestring budget.