Welcome to our home!
This house has been quite the journey. When we moved in, our little brick ranch had one foot still firmly planted in 1973 and the other stuck somewhere in the mid-nineties.
Updating all of this on a tiny budget, doing one little project at a time has been a huge undertaking. And even though there is always another project waiting to be done, I’m thrilled with how our home has become our happy place.
Every room in this house is filled with inexpensive DIY projects and upcycled thrift scores that I hope will inspire you as you create your own happy place.
Below each picture, I have linked to as many shopping sources and DIY tutorials as possible. Since our house is filled with secondhand treasures, it isn’t possible for me to share links to many of the exact items we own, but I have tried to link to something similar when possible.
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Come on in! For a long time, our foyer was the ugliest room in our whole house, but a colorful wood wall and other personal touches completely brought it to life! You can see more of our entryway here.
My kids call this room the library because of the wall of built-in bookshelves I added. I’m a big reader, so I love the idea of a home library. Plus it sounds so fancy! Our library is full of color and almost everything in here is either a killer yard sale find or a DIY project. (That blue velvet sofa was actually free!)
Our dining room is separated from the library by a small half wall. The table is most often covered in legos and crayons, but as our kids get older, we’re working on eating more family dinners here as well.
This kitchen has come such a long way from the dated beige room it used to be. I was able to completely transform this entire room for less than $1000 including ‘new’ appliances. Now it’s a space I love to be in. You can see the awful before pictures and read more about the whole transformation here.
This is the room where we spend most of our time; it holds our only TV and most of the kids’ toys and it gets lots of use! Painting the fireplace blue was a little risky but it made such a huge difference in making this space feel cozy and welcoming.
Our hall bathroom was another room that was still stuck a few decades in the past. I did most of the work on this room myself from tiling the shower to installing the dresser vanity to adding the board and batten walls. And while it was very time-consuming, it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I’d imagined.
I recently gave our master bedroom a major refresh using for less than $50 using things we already owned along with a bit of DIY. Over the years I’ve made three different DIY headboards for this room, but this curvy wood plank headboard is by far my favorite. You can see more details and photos of this space here.
Our tiny master bathroom was incredibly outdated but I was able to give it a major refresh for only $100. There are DIY touches all over this tiny room but the herringbone wood wall, the painted vanity, and the vintage mirror made the biggest difference.
Boys’ Shared Room
My 4 and 7 year old sons share this bedroom and it is full of so many fun details from the mountain mural headboards to the vintage globe collection. Kids rooms are definitely the most fun to decorate!
The nursery is currently my 2.5 year old’s bedroom. I know he will be ready for a big boy room soon but for now we’re still enjoying this sweet space. You can see all of the details and more photos here.
Screened In Porch
And finally, my favorite room in our entire house – the screened in porch. This is the most amazing space for relaxing and enjoying the fresh air without all the bugs. I built a lot of the furniture out here and it really made me fall in love with woodworking.
Thanks so much for visiting our home! I hope you’ll follow along here as I continue to make this house our home one step at a time.
In the meantime, if you love DIY and thrifty decorating as much as I do, I’d love for you to pin this tour to Pinterest!