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Prepare To Have Your Mind Blown…

I have news! Those of you who follow me on Twitter may have already heard, but in the last week and a half we accomplished 3 things:

  1. We put the house on the market…
  2. We received a full-priced offer…
  3. We went under contract!

Crazy, right? We weren’t actually planning to sell until next spring, we were just going to put it on the market for 2 months as a sort of test to see what kind of feedback we got. Considering that the people who made the offer were the very first to see the house, I’d say that’s pretty good feedback 🙂

Here comes the mind-blowing part: Check out these before & after shots. We did all the work ourselves (I was the designer, Jason the manual labor, ha ha)… I wont bore you with the entire house, 100% of which is remodeled, I’ll just share a few of my favorite spots.


The Kitchen: BEFORE

The house was built in 1978 and never really updated before we bought it (unless you consider adding a new layer of wallpaper every year “updating”). It was in good condition but really dated.  Highlights of the kitchen (before) included appliances that barely worked and wallpaper everywhere, even over the outlet covers… PS- these pictures were taken during the inspection, so the millions of pieces of furniture and dusty tchochkes? Belonged to the previous owner… Just wanted to make that crystal clear 🙂

Kitchen: BEFORE

Kitchen: BEFORE


The Kitchen: AFTER

Brand new everything! We reconfigured the layout to give us more space, and actually pushed the peninsula out about 8 inches farther than it had been and added the breakfast bar.  The kitchen opens into the family room and that same stone facade is on our fireplace too, to tie the rooms together.

This is where the TWV? magic happens!

Kitchen: AFTER

Kitchen: AFTER

Kitchen: AFTER


The Powder Room: BEFORE

Remember in A Christmas Story when the dad says “He looks like a pink nightmare”? This room was a wallpapered nightmare! If you had any questions about the age of the woman we bought the house from, I think this picture tells you she was, umm… not young.  And yes, that was some sort of podium with a book on it. In front of the toilet. Klassy.

Powder Room: BEFORE


The Powder Room: AFTER

I think this proves that in small spaces, less is more. Especially when you’re talking about flowered wallpaper. Don’t you just love vessel sinks?

Powder Room: AFTER



Backyard: BEFORE

Look at this ugly dried out backyard… doesn’t look like a very nice place to hang out, does it?

Backyard: BEFORE


Backyard: AFTER

This was the most expensive project of the house, I think… And the only one that we contracted out. They dug into the hill and installed those stone walls, and we put sod everywhere. Jason put in the fence to keep the puppy dogs safe! The back deck/backyard is my favorite place to be. Look how private it is! The hill behind is part of our property, and is protected by covenants so nothing can ever be built up there.

Backyard: AFTER

Backyard: AFTER

These little guys love to hangout back there too!

Ok, those were just a few of my favorites… and now all I can think about is how much I’m going to miss this house!

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  • RubyShooZ September 26, 2012, 5:37 am

    Beautiful doll! Good luck to you in finding a new place that you love. You’ve done a helluva good job in your remodeling projects. I wish we could do the same.

  • Heather September 26, 2012, 6:54 am

    So amazing Barb – you and Jason did an outstanding Job!!!! OUr relationship is very much the same, I design and he executes – Thank Goodness for Super Handymen right!

    Love, love the KItchen and the stone- such an amazing space 🙂

  • Food and Loathing in the Steel City September 26, 2012, 7:02 am

    Yep. Mind=blown. I have mad kitchen jealousy.

  • veggie4ayear September 26, 2012, 7:39 am

    Beautiful job! I would love to have that kitchen!

  • Sarah September 26, 2012, 7:42 am

    Funny is we have the same sink setup in our 3rd bathroom, which is a small powder room – that we completely remodeled. It is a nice looking one indeed!

  • Vegan Thyme (Kelly) September 26, 2012, 10:26 am

    Okay, I would have bid on the house, too!

  • gail September 26, 2012, 11:02 am

    well, no wonder it sold so quickly – it looks absolutely amazing! good for you guys! are you staying local? if we need any home improvement jobs done, can we call you, lol? 😉

    • Barb September 26, 2012, 11:04 am

      Thanks! We’re moving north, so we’ll be in a new veg group 🙁 And no, we’re not accepting any new work, LOL

      • gail September 26, 2012, 3:12 pm

        I’m really interested to know who your realtor is – we may be putting our house on the market next year. good luck w/your move!

  • Kristy September 26, 2012, 12:03 pm

    Congratulations! And I am so impressed with all the work you and Jason did- that kitchen is amazing! And the backyard too! 🙂

  • Bianca-Vegan Crunk September 26, 2012, 2:18 pm

    WOW! That is, like, fit for HGTV!!! I would love to do that to my house that I just bought. It was built in 2003, but it could still use an upgrade. Damn. Good job!!!

  • Susan Robinson September 26, 2012, 3:30 pm

    Are you sure you want to move? That house is lovely! Good luck on your house hunting. I’m sure you will find one that you can begin to love as well.

  • Bex @ Vegan Sparkles September 26, 2012, 10:22 pm

    BAMBI lives in your backyard??? 🙂
    Wow, you guys have done an amazing job! It looks absolutely gorgeous. A huge congrats on the sale and onwards and upwards to the next adventure! xx

  • Sophie33 September 27, 2012, 2:35 am

    Congrats on selling your lovely home! I am glad that you reached your target price! That’s sublime news!

    You also did a great job renovating your old house! It looks superb, even the lovely wooden decking outside!

  • Somer September 27, 2012, 9:48 am

    Oh Barb! You’ve put so much love into that house! No wonder it went for full price! Good luck on your home search! Can’t wait to see what gem you find!

  • Richa September 27, 2012, 11:52 am

    awesome! congratulations.. that is some great work you guys put in:) my husband is in software but is picking up some handymean skills now.. i am hoping those will be helpful when i throw some design updates his way:)

  • Asian Vegan Eats October 8, 2012, 11:33 pm

    What a transformation. Just amazing!! Congrats!

  • Christine October 30, 2012, 2:32 pm

    WOW!! What a beautiful job! I would have purchased the house on the very first visit too! Beautiful dream home! Congratulations!

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