Our House: Before & After, Room by Room

Welcome to our home! 
Three years ago, our house looked like this.

The LiveLoveDIY House Tour: Shows how to transform a 1970's house with tips anyone can use!
 

And now it looks like this.

The LiveLoveDIY House Tour: Shows how to transform a 1970's house with tips anyone can use!




And that pretty much sums it up.
To see a list of projects that go with each room, go here.

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31 comments:

  1. I love all the changes you've done to your home so far. Everything looks so fresh and beautiful. The painted wood is just lovely--especially in your master bedroom. I look forward to seeing your future projects.

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  2. Thank you! Thank you! It's been so much hard work, but has been SO worth it! :)

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  3. LOVE your kitchen cupboards - what kind/color paint did you use for the outside? We are getting ready to tackle our hideous 70's cupboards and would love them to look like yours!!!!

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  4. Thanks so much! I wish I could tell you but it was actually a custom color that we had matched to the color of a blanket I liked! haha! It's basically just a white with a hint of ivory.

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  5. I looooove your home! I just bought a home (it closes in 3 days so I hope you get this in the next couple of days!) and I've been looking for the perfect beige. I love the ones you have. I have a question....you said that you used Behr Sandstone Cliff in your Master Bedroom and in your office you said just Sandstone. Are these 2 different colors? I know Behr has Sandstone Cliff and Sandstone Cove, but did you use one just called Sandstone in your office? Thanks so much!!

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  6. You're home is so bright and inviting. I absolutely love your clean, fresh take on home decor. So glad I discovered you today thru Redhead and Can Decorate! Have a beautiful weekend.

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  7. It's so bright, lovely, and sweet!! Gorgeous!

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  8. Your home is so PERFECT! How is it possible to have such a clean, white home? I am astounded. Where is all your STUFF? :)

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  9. You have such a beautiful home!!

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  10. Wow! Your house is AMAZING :) I love how you just knew it was the one and you couldn't leave it. Big improvement!

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  11. Virginia, first, I love, love, love your blog. I've spent the majority of my free time this week falling in love with all your rooms, nodding my head at all the times you did something and then changed your mind and did something else instead--it just cracks me up because I do the exact same thing. I cannot leave anything alone too long without fussing with it. I bought a 1938 bunglow last year and I could totally relate to how you knew your house was your house.I walked in, saw the thick wooden baseboards and the plaster walls and the huge windows that let in tons of light and even the ugly ivy wallpaper and thought "mine!". Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with all of us--you've got a faithful reader in me. Once I get more projects finished and underway, I'll be sharing via a blog as well. :)

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    1. Well, that is just about one of the sweetest comments I've ever received! Thank you for telling me that! That truly means so much. And thanks for nodding along with me when I can't ever make up my mind! <3

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  12. This is my first time to your website. Wow! What a beautiful transformation!!!! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us! We live in a house with wooden trims all over, and I kept saying that when we move to the next house, I want a house with white trims. And, we keep staying here longer than we expected. And, I see your website! Wow...why not make the changes in our current home!!! Question...what did you do with your wooden doors? Did you paint them white? Or did you replace them with modern looking doors (with panels)? Not sure if it would look funny if I use the current doors and paint them white? What do you think? Thanks so much again for sharing your knowledge and pictures of before and after! Beautiful work!!

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    1. Thank you so much!! Yes, I just painted our existing doors white. They aren't as beautiful as modern looking doors, but they definitely look better than they did before the paint. I say go for it! xo

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  13. The old version of your house is so much like my house now! I have been dreaming of painting all the trim and woodwork in white but I thought that with my skill level I shouldn't even dare come close to a can of paint :) Your pics and tips got me very motivated though and I am at least going to try with a first small project. As I told my husband, ready or not, here I come! Thanks for the inspiration. I will share results after.

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    1. That's so awesome! You'll be amazed at how much you can do! xo

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  14. Hi there from New Zealand! I have been reading some other DIY home renovation blogs recently and seriously yours is the absolute best! Inspirational, beautiful, easy to find your way around - just gorgeous! And even though some of the products you recommend are "foreign" to us Downunder, I am sure I will be able to find a suitable alternative. Please keep blogging! Just love it...

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  15. I just stopped by for some tips on painting furniture but ended up with a much needed pep talk. NOW: live in the now. You're a doll. And I love your style :)

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    1. Thank you Ashleigh!! You're a doll as well! xo

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  16. Hi Virginia. I stumbled across your blog whilst looking for ideas to paint bedroom furniture. I am from Liverpool, England.
    WOW Girl, your house is amazing and I am totally in awe of both you and Jesse. I have been transfixed for the past hour or so as to what you have achieved. BTW I am usually so critical of other peoples houses an we scousers are renowned or our our sense of style> I have come across some uber stylish houses and a lot of my close friends/family have gorgeous homes. HOWEVER, you have a beautiful home and it is an, absolute credit to you. Well done and keep going and inspiring the rest of us. xxxx

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much! That's so sweet of you to say. So happy to have you as a reader! xo

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  17. Hi! I absolutely love your home! Its so fresh and bright. I was wondering, what color is your upholstered headboard? I have been looking for one, but I cant decide if white or "oatmeal' is the way to go. Which is more versatile?

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  18. Virginia, I love so much about your blog: lots of photos, step-by-step instructions and small details to name a few. I am simply blown away by how you've managed to share so much very helpful info with the same passion and energy you've put into your beautiful home. Some of the most helpful as well as entertaining posts are about your mistakes. It's a rare blog that can teach and make one laugh at the same time. You've inspired me and made me believe I can eventually have the haven I envision if I just stick with it. I'll be back! Thank you! Donna

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  19. Hi! Just wanted to say I have just found this site and love it! I recently bought my first flat and have been getting really disheartened and I can't afford to finish furnishing it and feel like I'll never get there. Your site has completly inspired me and I've made my first purchase of an old piece that will become new today! Charity shops beware, I will evenutally have a chest of drawers in my bedrooms! Your trim tutorial is also going to save me loads of £'s. Thank you! Sarah

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  20. Your transformation is beautiful! Both of our before pictures of our homes share a lot of similarities. I love the white wall choice and chandeliers added to the rooms. Creates such a peaceful and stunning look!

    Coordinately Yours,

    Julie

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  21. Hi Virgina! First of all... I'm a huuuuuge fan of you. You inspire me so much. I love love love that you share your artistic soul with us. Thank you so much. I really apreciate and value your passion, your efforts and your kindness.
    I have a question for you: Do you think that I can paint my living room in 2 different colors and layout? I already have a dark grey wall that I did recently (which I love) and I would love to paint the other wall in stripes (like you have in your Guest Bedroom). I would love to use a brighter color who opens even more my living room... and of course matches with the dark grey color that I already have.

    What do you think? Open for ideas and suggestions.

    Hugs, Giselle (from Switzerland)

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  22. Beautiful transformation! I would LOVE to paint our ugly, outdated oak cabinets in our master bath. Can you give me any tips on how to paint oak cabinetry as my dear husband is convinced it cannot be done with pleasing results ; )

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  23. Wow! I stumbled across your blog by accident and I glad I did. And my name is Virginia too! Although everyone calls me Ginger. Oh well

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment!! I do the hammer dance every time I read one.

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