Since returning to work full-time last year, I rarely find time to stop by the boards. I'm home sick today so thought I would check in and share a couple of before and after pics of our vacation (and possible retirement home) that we bought last year. We paid the POs $500 for the contents of the house including the furniture and appliances. This was a great deal for us and saved us from having to buy all new, or used, when we moved in. Over the past year, we have made some purchases, but mostly out of necessity since we are on a very tight budget. The work we have done is primarily repainting, which is very budget friendly.
This is the living room. We removed the border and repainted, cleaned the carpet and hung new WTs. Since the house has only two bedrooms and I have a big family, we also purchased a sleeper sofa and chair for our younger guests.
Apr 23, 2013, 10:18 AM
This before & after photo shows the bathroom. Again we removed the border and repainted. We probably spent the most money in here. The water is supplied by a well and has a high iron content. The POs failure to install a water treatment system caused iron stains in the sink. The faucet and trap were corroded, so we also replaced them. We also installed a new medicine cabinet and painted it to match the vanity. The light fixture and toilet seat are also new. I learned in the process that if you have a toilet in any American Standard color, you can purchase replacement seats in the fashion colors online from Home Depot.
Apr 23, 2013, 10:20 AM
Here is a close-up of the vanity before and after. Its amazing (at least to me) how a couple of coats of paint and new hardware transformed the vanity.
Apr 23, 2013, 10:24 AM
And lastly, this is the master bedroom. We painted and installed new WTs. Although we didn't intend to replace the carpets so soon, the first time we vacuumed, the carpeting fell apart, so we had no choice but to replace it both bedrooms. We still need the correct rods and the curtains have to be rehung in here. After we find some wall decor, we will reposition the bed. Almost forgot - we found these candlestick lamps in different rooms of the house. DH painted them and we added new shades and they are perfectly serviceable. Same story with the night tables, except we haven't decided yet if/what color to paint them.
Apr 23, 2013, 11:23 AM
Wow, everything looks great! Glad you are back.
Apr 23, 2013, 11:27 AM
Congratulations on your vacation/retirement home!
Love the changes you've made so far, paint is a miracle worker. It looks fresh and beachy, a perfect gathering place.
Apr 23, 2013, 11:32 AM
Great pic's. Thanks for sharing.
Apr 23, 2013, 11:48 AM
I'm glad you shared your updates with us. It's amazing the difference that fresh paint and some re-styling did.
Apr 23, 2013, 12:59 PM
Oldhouselover, sorry you are home sick today, but very glad you shared your before and after photos. Like all that you have done.
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Apr 23, 2013, 01:39 PM
Wow, Oldhouseluvr! What a great example of how decluttering, simplifying, and new paint can make a world of difference. Great job!
Apr 23, 2013, 01:40 PM
OHL, these are some of my favorite types of threads....before and afters! It really is amazing what a big difference small changes can make. Of course, all of your changes weren't that small but they definitely made a huge difference.
I hope you're enjoying your vacation home and feel better soon.
Thank you all! Feeling well enough to return to work tomorrow. I would much rather hang out here.
Apr 23, 2013, 07:59 PM
Nice clean up and organizing job! Place looks fresh! Sorry you were not feeling good today, I see you have recovered! Thanks for sharing!
Apr 23, 2013, 08:02 PM
Love your updates! Always glad to hear from you and to know what you are currently working on.
Apr 23, 2013, 08:19 PM
Fabulous OHL. What a great transformation. I want to move to the shore, what a treat that would be. Don't go back to work, it's more fun here.
Apr 23, 2013, 09:06 PM
Nice job. I love the shore, I'm coming to visit!
Apr 23, 2013, 10:50 PM
wow...I DID remember this project and wow, the place is looking great. I too am a huge fan of the power of paint. I generally don't fret if a paintable surface is initially the wrong color. Thanks for sharing, welcome back and get well.
Apr 24, 2013, 12:07 PM
Very nice redo! Everything looks fresh and comfy!
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Apr 25, 2013, 08:03 AM
Apr 25, 2013, 09:35 AM
It's looks really good. It's amazing what paint can do
Apr 25, 2013, 11:55 PM
Amazing progress! It is all looking very fresh and shore-like!!
Glad you are feeling better. Candy
Apr 26, 2013, 10:29 AM
Fun to see the difference in the before and afters. Love what a bucket of paint does for refreshing everything!
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May 08, 2013, 01:07 AM
yum-o! add a couple of air mattress, for the overflow...you've made wonderful changes...
May 10, 2013, 09:30 PM
Nice, simple updates!
May 11, 2013, 06:31 PM
out on a limb
glad this got bumped up - beautiful changes!!! Yes, it is amazing the changes that can happen w/ a simple coat of paint!!!
May 13, 2013, 05:09 AM
You have done a great job and as per my opinion regular changing in home decoration will make your home more beautiful.How much you have spent for all changings?This message has been edited. Last edited by: Simon Rex,