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When we bought our first fixer-upper, we had no idea that we’d be selling it only 3.5 years later.  Alex and I both envisioned Kennedy going to elementary school while still in this house and even middle school.  She didn’t even make it to preschool!

When Suwanee real estate started taking off we began serious talks about what we thought we could sell the house for.  We decided to do one more renovation before selling in order to maximize our profit potential —  we added a closet to the finished space in the attic making it a 4th bedroom, then finished an unfinished, doored-off space in the attic making it a 5th bedroom.  We went from a 3 bedroom house to a 5 bedroom house in a matter of 2 weeks and it paid off.

I realize I left our guest bathroom hanging in limbo when I stopped blogging and there were other rooms I never really even talked about, so I thought I’d share what our house looked like just before we moved for those who read this blog that aren’t my friends and family.  I forget that there’s a handful of y’all out there 😉

So, here you go!


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LIVING ROOM – we forgot to move the baby gate from the fireplace.  oops!  and the only reason our gallery wall isn’t up is because we wanted to “de-personalize the space” for potential buyers.  That dingy picture, hung too high I might add, just looked puny and sad up there above the couch.  I was embarrassed to leave it like that for showings but we just didn’t have anymore time, energy, or money to do anything about it. Obviously it didn’t really matter.  
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HALF BATH – this room was the first room I did any updating to whatsoever, and it was the room I did the least to.  Nothing changed except for paint, beadboard wallpaper, and crown moulding.  Obviously I would’ve loved to do more there eventually, but hey…we moved:)


ALEX’S OFFICE –  this is technically the dining room, but we used it as an office since the table in our kitchen could seat 10 if we needed it to.


LAUNDRY ROOM / PANTRY – I was actually kind of sad that I never got around to finishing this space.  I planned on adding full walls of subway tile with contrasting grout like in the kitchen, paining the cabinets and adding a countertop above the washer and dryer.  It would’ve looked so good!!!  Maybe I should tell the new home owners my plans for their space.  haha.  


SCREENED PORCH – another unfinished space, but it was functionally wonderful as it was.

FOYER – I can’t believe I waited so long to paint the stairs and railing.  It looks so much better than before!  I enjoyed my DIY runner while it lasted, but you get what you pay for.  They wore down over time and began to get loose and dangerous to walk on, and I was just sick of re-stapling all of the time.  Once I removed the runner and painted the risers I was thrilled with the outcome.  I only got to enjoy it looking like that for 2-3 weeks though.  Bannisters are a PAIN to paint!  I would be perfectly fine to never paint a single one ever again. 

MASTER BEDROOM – I did NOTHING to this room except a neutral coat of paint when we first moved in.  In our new house I hope to focus on our master bedroom sooner than later to make our bedroom an oasis for us to retreat to. lb7831b45-m10o

MASTER BATHROOM – dang, that was one awesome bathroom.  She’s missed.  Hands down my favorite renovation of that house!


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KENNEDY’S NURSERY – I was never settled with this room either.  Do you sense a theme of my lack of contentment?  This room needed large art above the crib to break up the busy-ness of the stencil, and the print above the lamp…it’s high because there was a nail there and I just threw it up there one day and never bothered to hang it properly. Lazy much, Emily?!  When this room was featured on Apartment Therapy the comments were polarizing — it was great love or great loathe.  It didn’t bother me too much, though, because I’m aware it’s not a style for everyone.  It was fun to be recognized regardless.   lb7831b45-m16o

GUEST BEDROOM – yet another untouched room.  We painted until we ran out of paint…yes, that means there’s one wall that needs a 2nd coat and I never got around to it.  Sorry new homeowners! We also repaired the ceiling where someone before us must have stepped through the ceiling from the attic.  Other than that, it just housed our old bedroom set and was functional as a guest bedroom for when family came into town.  lb7831b45-m17o

GUEST BATHROOM – I wish I had better pictures of this bathroom!  It was a less expensive update but made it look much more expensive than the dated bathroom that was there before. Then vanity just got a coat of paint and new hardware, the countertop stayed but adding a new faucet made an enormous difference.  There’s a really cute and eclectic vanity light that you can’t see in the picture (sorry! blame Alex-jk jk), new super cheap tile floors, a new tub and tile to the ceiling.  I wish I had better pictures! lb7831b45-m18o lb7831b45-m19o

ATTIC – aka bedrooms 4 & 5.  The paneled area was what was finished when we moved in.  I couldn’t paint the paneling because it was laminate and the chances of it bowing were too much of a risk when we were looking to update for selling purposes only. New carpet and a closet made this space functional as a bedroom. 
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ATTIC BEDROOM #2 – this space was completely unfinished.  I kid you not when I say that I didn’t realize this space was even up there!  There’s a door at the top of the stairs that leads to this room and I’d only opened it once or twice, and for some reason my memory told me it was just a closet-sized space.  But no…this was a great size room and will be such a cute bedroom for a teen or guest bedroom, or perhaps an office?  I don’t know what the new homeowners plan to do with this space, but it was fun to see it go from nothing to something, adding a full 3rd floor to our house.  lb7831b45-m22o

Well that’s all there is to the house.  We put a lot of love, blood, sweat, and tears into that house making it the perfect home for us, and I sincerely hope the new homeowners are enjoying it as their first home.

I’m hoping that for Christmas I will get a beautiful water color painting of the house to hang in our new house.   This etsy artist does such a great job!  (Oh no!!!!  Her shop is temporarily closed.  Hopefully she’ll open again!)  Here’s one of her pieces:


Or here’s another etsy shop that does them, and with really affordable prices too!


Well, that’s it.  My official farewell to home #1.  You will always be cherished.  Here’s to moving on to home #2 and creating new memories!

I just got back from a wonderful vacation with my whole family to Cape San Blas in Florida. I sure do miss sitting on the hammock on the deck listening to the ocean!  Although, I don’t miss Kennedy’s terrible sleep schedule while we were down there.

Anywho, I’m home and back to work. I finally narrowed down my paint choice for the vanity: Sherwin Williams Georgian Bay. I just put the first coat on…and quickly remembered that the first coat is always a little scary when using colorful paint.


It’s still wet in this picture.  When it dries it’s a calmer blue; not quite as bright.  You can see some of the primer through the blue too because I chose to do thin coats.  I’ve read over and over that that’s the way to go when painting wood.

After reading several bloggers rave about Sherwin Williams ProClassic paint I chose to go that route too with this vanity.  Mandy from Vintage Revivals used it on a chest of drawers and it looks flawless.  I know that using oil-based paint is the preferred method for cabinetry, but with a little baby in the house I just can’t deal with those kinds of fumes.  I’m using the ProClassic Latex paint in a satin finish & will give you my full review after I’m finished.  I hope I have great things to say about it!!!

I’m going to buy the same knobs and pulls I have in my kitchen since I love them so much and they’re the perfect aged brass look I’m going for.

I’m dying inside a little over the fact that I can’t get a new countertop anytime soon. Is this where I insert the #firstworldproblems??? I just have to remind myself to keep moving forward with what I’ve got and make it work!

Alright, time to get back to work.  Wish me luck!



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Alright, we started with this:

We’re currently like this:
Here’s what I plan on doing:

SKIM COAT THE WALLS:    I really screwed up here.  I started peeling off wallpaper that had been primed over and royally ripped in to the sheetrock all over the place.  Go me!  I researched and researched how to skim coat walls and the consensus was that it’s not an easy job to perfect.  I envisioned myself spending hours upon hours, days upon days, only to be frustrated at my less than perfect job.  So what did I do?  I reached out on my neighborhood’s facebook page to see if there was a handyman near by that could do the job.  Thankfully I got a response right away and met a new neighbor in the process!  He’s sending someone over next week to do the job.  It will take 3 days of sanding, mudding, drying, etc. and $200.  Worth every penny!

PAINT THE VANITY & add brass hardware:  some shade of navy blue or gray/blue.  Here are my inspiration pics.

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PAINT THE WALLS: I’m thinking of going with the same color as our master bathroom. It’s a very light neutral, but not white.  Even with the same paint color and the same shower tiles, the two bathrooms are very different, so I’m not worried about them looking the same.


KEEP THE MIRROR: Getting a new mirror just isn’t in the budget right now so I’m going to make do with what I have.  I may frame it out, but I’ve seen so many framed out mirrors that look cheap so I’m a little concerned about going that route. I think if it’s done right it can look great, I just need to figure out what doing it “right” actually means for me.

COUNTERTOP: Gulp. I’m keeping the gold, cultured marble countertop.  Hopefully somewhere down the road we can save some cash to replace it with a carrera marble top, but for now I’m going to rock the 80’s countertop and make it work!

NEW LIGHT:  Is there really an explanation needed for this?

SHELF OVER THE TOILET:  Again, no explanation needed.

SHOWER CURTAIN:  Make a curtain-like shower curtain.

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 Down the road, along with the new vanity top, I want to do some board and batten in there, but that’s just going to have to come later.

This bathroom will be the bathroom that guests use when they come to stay with us, but it’s also going to be our kid’s bathroom so my goal is to make it light and crisp feeling, but add enough color so it doesn’t fancy or sterile.  I’m thinking the blue/gray vanity will do just that.