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I had totally forgotten about these pictures that we took
when we looked at our house for the first time.
Those were the days before blogging so I didn't take a lot of pictures
but I'm glad I have these.

I thought it would be fun to show the changes we have made in 7 years.
I tried to take current photos from the same angle as the old ones.
So the before photos show the furniture and decor of the
previous owners. 

The old dining area was pretty large so fortunately it gave us enough space to
expand the kitchen and still have plenty of room for an eating area.
I remember how whenever we opened the dishwasher door it hit against the
hardware on the cabinets.

The old cabinets had been painted white but it wasn't the greatest paint job.
I did think the little shelves on the sides of the cabinets were cute, though.

With water damage and poor function, we decided to gut
the kitchen and start over.

The sink was relocated as well.

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This area is to the right of our dining area.
It was previously used as a small living room and as you can see,
we use it for our computer desk and as a sort of mudroom area.
The door to the garage is just to the left of the coat hooks.
in reality, it's the area where everyone dumps there stuff when they come home  : (
There wasn't access to the backyard other than going through the garage so
 we replaced the large window with sliding glass doors.

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I think our living/family room looks so different with just cosmetic changes.

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This full bath was off of the hallway leading to the master bedroom.
It is now our powder room, entered from the foyer area.

It's so rewarding to look at these pictures and see all that we've done.
It can get discouraging when we think about all of the things we would still like to do

I'll have more to show you of the master bedroom, bathroom and the
 second floor in another post.
i know you can't wait - ha ha!

Thanks A Bunch For Visiting!
- joining -


  1. I LOVE the changes you've made in your home. It's always a lot of work but so worth it. We are in the process of trying to finish up unfinished projects that were started and had to stop when life got in the way. Your home inspires me and encourages me not to get discouraged!

  2. What a beautiful kitchen makeover! I'm always drawn to the kitchens, for the kitchen is my workspace for all sorts of things.

  3. Wow! The before & after pictures are amazing! You have made so many improvements and created such a beautiful and cozy home. I could just move right in! : )

    Looking forward to the second floor tour!

  4. I LOVE all the beautiful changes you've made JoAnne...looks like a whole different house! Can't wait to see more of your before and afters!

  5. Beautiful changes! I love especially what you did with your kitchen!

  6. I just love before and after photos. You've accomplished so much and everything looks great. Fun!

  7. One of the perks of having a blog is being able to look back at photos and see what we've done. Love your changes and love how you extended in to the dinning area, can never have to much space in our kitchens working area. The work is hard, but so worth it once it's over. Love your kitchen!

  8. Wow! You did an amazing job at getting the house to work better for you and especially at makng it a harmonious home!

  9. I like all the changes you made. It truly looks like a different home.

  10. we are in middle of redecorating as well what you did looks great and is inspiring that we can get it done as well
    come see us at

  11. Great changes that you made in your home over the years. Love your kitchen and your living room! Your sofas look so cozy with all the pillows.

  12. What a big difference! I especially loved what you did to open up your kitchen/dinette. I love your home, the warm simplicity is perfect:)

  13. Such a welcoming and comfortable home you have created. Lots of hard work.

  14. Wow! What a huge transformation! Your kitchen is amazing and I love that you put wood flooring in the bathroom. So pretty!

  15. An amazing well done "after". It is very stylish and looks like a place your family and guests can really enjoy. Visiting from Amazing Monday today. Linda

  16. It is just amazing the changes that were made in just seven short years! Bravo!

    Have a beautiful day!

  17. Everything is so pretty!! I seriously need to do some updating in our home and your story has inspired me. :)


  18. Hi Jo Anne, I love the style and colors of your home! So soft and serene~~~You have done a beautiful renovation! Your blog inspires me~~~Blessings~~~Roxie

  19. You made some really nice changes. I especially love the enlarged kitchen. Seems there are only large kitchens in the new homes that are being built. It's nice if you have have the space and creative ideas to make it bigger. Love your cabinets! I like what you did with the family room area, too. Everything looks fresh and casual and pretty!! Looking forward to Part 2!

    Jane x


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