Over the past year and a half, my friend Amanda has been working on renovating their new (to them) family home. When they purchased the 1970’s home back in the Fall of 2015, Judd and Amanda fell in love with the layout of the home as well as the property that surrounded it. They knew they would want to update it to fit their family’s style and needs though. Slowly but surely, Amanda and Judd have been working on transforming the space to a light and bright living space for their family of five. I have some great “before and afters” of the space for you today as well as an interview with Amanda about her experience with this process.
The Listing Photos
To give you an idea of what it looked like when it was for sale, I pulled these images from the real estate listing. You can tell the house was spacious, well-taken care of, and had well-made finishes. It was just time for some updates.
Before the Reno Began
A little while after Amanda and her family moved in, I came by to check out their new digs. I brought my camera with me so we could document the beginning of the journey. Here’s what it looked like when they moved in. This is also a testament why I never take pictures of homes with the lights on.
During that first year or so of living in the house, they tackled some of the really big projects – removing all of the wallpaper, painting all of the walls, and refinishing the wood floors. This past year, Amanda has focused on furnishing and decorating the main living space.
Since she knows how much I enjoy anything to do with styling and decor, she brought me along for the ride on this phase. The process has been so much fun. Pinning stuff like maniacs. Debating finishes, lighting, fabrics. Styling the built-in shelves in the corner. Photoshopping furniture contenders to see which looked best. This is my idea of a good time, people. Don’t laugh.
A year later, I think the room looks light years better! There are still a few pieces Amanda is looking for, like a buffet or console next to the dining area. But all in all, she is practically there. I’m so excited to share the “afters” and an interview with Amanda with you today!
Before and After: Amanda’s Light and Bright Living Space
As a bonus, there is one other “Before and After” from this house I want to show you today. The kitchen eat-in nook. Judd and Amanda will be renovating the kitchen in a couple of years, but the dining space in there has had quite the transformation already.
Here it is in the listing photo:
Here it is shortly after they moved in:
And here it is now:
What testament to the power of paint and lighting, right? The table, rug and chairs are exactly the same.
Thank you for taking me along on this journey, Amanda. And for sharing what this experience has been like for you. I feel like we both have learned so much along the way. I cannot wait to see the next phase!
What are your thoughts of living in a home as you renovate? Could you do it? Amanda certainly is showing it can be done and the benefits to doing so!
“After” Photography: Ale Cretul