Ann Arbor House

We moved into our 1940’s bungalow in October of 2012. We’ve been busy fixing it up since the minute we’ve stepped foot in this joint and we’re loving making our house feel a little bit more like home. See our progress on the house so far, below:

Foyer | Before

The foyer was one of my favorite things about the house when we bought it. Perfect place to greet friends and family as they come to visit.

Entry Before and After

Foyer | Progress

Notice anything different? The floors are a wee bit darker in the after, eh? Other than staining the floors, painting and popping up some art work – the entry is pretty much the same.

Minwax Dark Walnut

Flowers in Foyer

Spindle Leg Foyer Table

Art in Entry

Dining Room | Before

Dining Room Before and After

Dining Room | Progress

Sisal Rug in Dining Room

Kitchen | Before

Faux finished walls and a painted vine just wasn’t our cup o’ tea. After about a year in the house, we decided to do a total gut job of the kitchen, getting new appliances, new cabinetry and new counters.

Kitchen Before and After

Kitchen | After

We are absolutely loving our white and bright kitchen post reno! We decided to install a herringbone tile backsplash along with silestone lagoon quartz counters. This room is probably the most transformed of all our spaces (so far) in our house and we absolutely adore it!

Kitchen After

Persian Rug in Kitchen

Silestone Lagoon Counters

Living Room | Before

The living room was a bit more fuddy dutty than our taste when we moved in. Flowers and damask drapes, we wanted to lighten things up a bit and improve the flow in the room.

Living Room Before and After

Living Room | After

The biggest changes in this space so far are the new hardwood floors, which we refinished throughout the house. We also painted the fireplace and got a new HUGE 9×12 rug for the space. Still on the to-do list, add window treatments, get art work and add a coffee table.

Large Jute Rug in Living Room

Master Bedroom | Before

I mean, look at the pictures, need I say more? I like oreo cookies, but in my belly, and not on my wall πŸ™‚ I guess what I’m saying is that this room was just a little too taste specific for us. We like a quite and serene place to lay our head each night.

Master Bedroom Before and After

Convert to Office | AfterΒ 

With the attic conversion complete, we were able to leave our tiny downstairs bedroom, and turn it into an office! Much more spacious!

Small Home Office

Poof for Seating

How to Accesorize Bookcase

Downstairs Bathroom | Before

Bathroom Before and After

Downstairs Bathroom | After

Bathroom After

Traditional Marble Bathroom

Guest Room | Before

Guest Bedroom Before

Guest Room | After

Cozy Guest Bedoom

Attic | Before

Attic Conversion

Attic | After

Our biggest project to date, this one was a legit amount of work! πŸ˜€ Can’t beat the before and after though – so much better than our tiny room we were chilling in before!

Converting Attic into Bedroom

Converting Attic to Master Suite

Master Suite in Attic

Adding Built-in to Knee Wall

We also added a 1/2 bath up here as well!

Herringbone Tile Floor

Installing Toilet against knee wall

Staging Bathroom for Sale

Stay up to date with our current renovations! Follow along with the fun!

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38 thoughts on “Ann Arbor House

  1. Door envy!!!! So the house was pretty much done when you moved in? SO lovely. We moved into a 1900 fixer upper in 2010 and yikes! It was a foreclosure full of used condoms and nastiness. You can catch our house adventures on my blog if ever you need encouragement.

    1. I know, aren’t they gorg! One of the must haves on my new house list was solid wood doors, and I got em’! The house has really good bones, but a lot of it was really taste specific and outdated when we moved in, so we’ve been changing it up to meet our needs.

      Here is a post on how the Master looked when we moved in, for reference: – I should put together a before slide as well, so y’all can see some of the ca-raziness that was going on in this house πŸ™‚

  2. thanks for dropping by my blog! So fun to follow someone else that is going through the same process…can’t wait to see more! Your house is darling!

    xo, Rachel

    1. Thanks, Rachel! I know, I agree! It is very fun to see others at the same point in the process. Y’all are a little bit ahead of us (we are just about to sand down and refinish the floors) so it’s nice to see the light at the end of the tunnel, too!

  3. I love it! I am always so happy to come along a blogger and their home reno’s πŸ˜‰ it looks so good! I love your kitchen!
    xo kaara

  4. I just found your blog while cruisisng the internet looking for kitchen pictures. We liked the look you have created. Can you please tell me more about your cabinets. Are they painted, laminate, thermofoil? How are they holding up?

    Thanks for the help.

    1. Definitely! We purchased painted wood cabinets from Lowes, and in complete honesty, we were in the house with the new cabinets, less than a year before we moved out. When they were delivered, they were put in our garage for some reason instead of the house, which lead to some issues with the paint cracking on the backs of a few of them. They have a lifetime warranty on that though, so we got new doors at no cost. We’re currently remodeling a home where we are using Martha Stewart Purestyle, which is a high end thermofoil. We were told that it should deal with humidity better, so we opted to go this route over paint. Hope that helps!

  5. Hi Mary,
    Love what you’ve done. Can you share what color stain you used on the wood floors? Also, it looks like you did lots of painting- did you do the trim yourselves? What colors did you use on your trim, in the kitchen and in the attic? And what is that carpet in your attic? Using your house as inspiration πŸ™‚

    Remodeling in Boston

    1. Hi Jennifer! Absolutely! The stain color is Dark Walnut (Minwax) throughout the house. All the trim is Benjamin Moore, Simply White and the carpet is Martha Stewart Winterthur pattern from Home Depot in Potter’s Clay. Hope that helps!

  6. My favorite thing you have shown is the herringbone marble tile. It’s gorgeous and friendly at the same time. I hope that makes sense to you. It’s very creative. Thanks for the great idea!

  7. Your home is so gorgeous! It’s totally unrecognizable! I especially love the bath reno with the herringbone tile. I’m showing that to my Mom because her bathroom has such a similar layout and size, and she’s about to embark on a reno of her own. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. we have a love/hate relationship with our home and are now beginning some updates. my hubby is NOT handy but we cannot afford to hire out so we will do a little at a time and diy it as we learn more via sites like yours about what we like, don’t like, have $$ for, etc. some needs are definitely screaming for attention louder than others so they dictate the order of projects, but some fun will get thrown in there too (like the new colorful bathroom hand towels i had to buy today.) currently replacing old windows with a friend who “does windows” for a living….total Godsend! but it is making us realize how badly we need to paint wood trim as replacement windows are white vinyl. now HOW do we do that. we’ll start taking pictures soon. (shouldve done that first.) love all of your painted trim. so clean and fresh looking. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  9. Hi, Thanks for posting your projects. I have a house with an attic very similar to yours and have been wanting to add a master bedroom up there. I would be doing most of it myself except the plumbing and electrical. My attic is completely UN renovated so I am starting from scratch including figuring how to how and where to construct the stairs. Right now I only have a pull down ladder. What is the square footage of the first floor of this house? Mine is only 790 square feet! I noticed on another entry that you were going to add a full bath. Why did you only install a half bath? I would love your advice! Thanks, Suzie

  10. Love the neutral palette throughout. It lends to a very classic beauty that anyone would enjoy and is also still modern. Could you please list your paint colors.

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