Hello there! I hope you had a wonderful and safe holiday weekend! I’m ready to get back into some DIY projects after a few weeks of slower summer days.
I’ve got one in the works, but I was reminded of one of my favorite room makeovers ever yesterday that I shared on Instagram. We lived at our old home for 14 years, which gave me a lot of time to make over spaces (sometimes a couple times). 😉
I thought it would be fun to gather my top five room makeovers to share with you! I made over pretty much every room in that house, but I’m only sharing the BIG redos that I did mostly or all myself. (I’ve done a ton in our new house already, but we’ve only been here 2.5 years so these makeovers are more involved and dramatic.) You know how much I love a big before and after!
Loft craft room/office
First up, our loft started out as a play room for our son. I remember my readers loving those long picture shelves I hung (on a very tall ladder!):
You’ll notice a definite trend of dark to light in these makeovers. I was a huge fan of reds and golds 12-15 years ago.
This is that same view after this space got a makeover from top to bottom:
I planked and painted the walls, built the wall of craft storage with kitchen cabinets
, built the big chalkboard and that desk as well.
The other side of the room got the same light and bright treatment — this is it before:
And this is that space after all of the new trim and art:
This ended up being my office, but that huge double desk made it so my husband could work here often, as well as our son. We used this spot a LOT!
Mud room makeover
Ohhh this is a good one!! I HATED our mud room/laundry combo. I mean, loathed. I took this “real life” photo to share how it was always such a mess:
As much as I tried, getting our shoes, outdoor gear and laundry necessities organized well just wasn’t happening in this spot.
When we started finishing our basement I decided to move the laundry room down there. BEST IDEA EVER. I installed beadboard around the whole space and built the upper and lower storage:
I went out of my comfort zone with some brighter colors in here for a couple years, but this soothing blue/gray and white combo was where I ended up.
Having this open space when walking into the house was a game changer for us:
Complete kitchen redo
My biggest room redo ever was our kitchen. It got a bunch of updates over the years, but about five years ago I decided it was time to completely redo the space. I worked SO dang hard on it!
Here’s an early look at the bay window area that used to have a door to the deck:
And this is how it looked after we moved the door and then had a window seat put in:
Moving the table made all the difference in here. It opened up things tremendously and let me extend the island a ton.
Here’s the dark kitchen before:
And after all of the changes I made…taking down a wall of cabinets, building up the remaining to the ceiling, extending the island to house the microwave, painting them all with a sprayer and tons more:
I’m not sure I’ve ever worked so hard on a room in my life! It took almost a year from start to finish, but I did most of it myself and paid for it all in cash (as we do with all of our projects).
Modern farmhouse bathroom makeover
OK, this next one may be a tie for the hardest I’ve ever worked…it’s hard to say. This bathroom was a fraction of the size and didn’t have as many huge projects…but tiling. Whew! It’s hard stuff.
I always hated that separation in our son’s bathroom and my plan from early on was always to take the wall down:
I know some families with multiple kids really like the separate spaces, but we didn’t need that.
And I think you’ll agree that opening it up was worth it!:
Tiling those floors was HARD work. And tiling the wall behind the vanity wasn’t too bad, but grouting it was horrible. Not going to sugar coat that one. 😉
But it was SO worth it! I built and stained the vanity and did all of the trim and painting as well:
One of my biggest pet peeves in homes (especially my own) is wasted space. We used our dining room maybe twice a year:
A few years after moving in, I started to develop an idea to change up this space into something that was still pretty, but something we’d actually use.
One day I started the dining room turned library transformation and never looked back!:
Moving our laundry room to the basement, moving the back door in the kitchen and getting rid of our dining space were the three best things I did in that house!
The bottom storage was SO useful — I used it for all of our serving and entertaining supplies. But most importantly, we actually used this room SO much more!:
You can see all of the steps to this huge wall of built ins in this post. I did this same exact build again in my office in our new house! (But it was much faster and easier this time.)
I preach this all the time, but my favorite makeovers all involved making changes that made the spaces work best for OUR family. I know the family that lives there now appreciates them too!
Unless you know you’ll be moving soon, I encourage you to make your home the way it serves you and your family best. Don’t be afraid to make big changes! 🙂
Have you repeated any of these big changes/makeovers in your home?
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