The Transformation of Our Fixer Upper: Part 2

Who’s ready for more before and after pictures of our 1980’s fixer upper?! Meeeeeee! And hopefully you are too because today I’m sharing part two of the transformation of our fixer upper. If you saw part one in last week’s post, you know this place has come a loooong way since we moved here back in July of 2015. Some rooms have gone through huge renovations, like our master bathroom which you’ll see today. And then other rooms have only undergone a few minor changes. But overall the entire house has a completely different vibe and style two years later. And I think what I really love most about about comparing these before and after photos is that it shows how the same house can look so insanely different with a few changes in decor and design. It’s so cool to see how it’s really the little details that can drastically change the feel of any room. Today I’m sharing the changes in our dining room, master bathroom, bedroom, and basement. We have a lot to get to, so let’s do this thang.

Dining Room

After:

Farmhouse style dining room decor and design.

The dining room is a great example of how a few simple updates can change the vibe of the entire room. We simply changed out the light fixture and also added beadboard to the walls. That’s it, nothing crazy in here. But those two changes, combined with a different decor style, make this room look so different.

Modern Farmhouse Dining Room. Farmhouse style aprons and apron rack. Farmhouse style dining room

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Master Bathroom

This master bathroom renovation was definitely the biggest project we’ve taken on since we moved into this home. The whole thing took us a little over six months and we gutted this entire bathroom all the way down to the subfloor. Here’s how it looks now:

Farmhouse style bathroom makeover. Old dressers used as bathroom vanities.

Farmhouse style bathroom makeover. Old dressers used as bathroom vanities.

Here’s a progress shot of the old jetted bathtub being removed. I was sooooooo happy to see that thing go!

And here’s the after:

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Master Bedroom Bedroom:

Our master bedroom simply got updated with a planked wall–which was a super simple and easy project! Combined with the lighter colored furniture and decor, the whole room is much brighter now:

Farmhouse style master bedroom

Farmhouse style master bedroom

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Basement + Playroom

Our basement really hasn’t been changed all that much, other than the playroom area. However, we did put in brand new carpet, which was really nice. I mean, there’s really nothing better than brand new carpet, right? Right. Here’s a shot of my favorite spot in the basement:

Farmhouse style living room decor

Farmhouse style decor in living room

Now onto the playroom area. We did a really fun makeover in the playroom earlier this year and it was honestly one of my favorite projects we have done. I loooooove this space and it’s so fun for the kids. Let’s start with their indoor playhouse–check out how this empty alcove looked before:

And after with the playhouse cover my father-in-law built for us (see that post here):

Indoor playhouse for kids. Great idea!

Isn’t that cool? I’m so jealous my kiddos get to play in there. Now here’s the playroom before we started the makeover:

And here is the after:

Modern Farmhouse Playroom. Adorable farmhouse style decor in kid's playroom. Modern Farmhouse Playroom. Adorable farmhouse style decor in kid's playroom.

Modern Farmhouse Playroom. Adorable farmhouse style decor in kid's playroom.

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We’ve put a lot of work into this house and it’s definitely been a labor of love over these past two years. And I’ll be honest, living in an older, outdated home has been a real challenge at times. It’s easy to get discouraged, but looking at these pictures just makes me more excited about the things we still have to do. Call me crazy, but I actually enjoy the renovation process. Little by little we are making it ours. We have lots of rooms that still need work, like our laundry room and mudroom, but it will happen eventually. For now it’s just awesome to soak in all that we have done and how far we’ve come these last two years. Working on this fixer upper with my little wolfpack is really so much fun and I just feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to share our adventure with all of you lovely folks.

Thank you for being here on the blog everyday and supporting my crazy antics. You guys seriously rock!

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The Comments

  • Jill LaVine
    August 2, 2017

    Wow. wow. wow. Love what you have done. I have the spring to the crib my brothers and I slept in and I have wondered what to do with it!!!

    • Sarah
      > Jill LaVine
      August 2, 2017

      Thanks Jill! I spray painted this crib spring black and it makes a great decor piece. Definitely give it a try with yours!

  • Cheryl Sanders
    August 2, 2017

    Love all the white. Clean and bright. Cute home!

  • Rhonda
    August 2, 2017

    Just gorgeous~ I do love your style! So bright and relaxing too. Especially love the master bath and how cute is that play area downstairs!

    • Sarah
      > Rhonda
      August 2, 2017

      That playroom is so fun, right?! I’m jealous of my kids–ha! Thank you so much for dropping by today Rhonda 🙂

  • Natalia
    August 2, 2017

    So love you style!
    One question: where did you get those wire hangings baskets for your bathroom. Searching for similar one for a long time and no success.

    • Sarah
      > Natalia
      August 2, 2017

      Hi Natalia! I actually got those wire baskets from Hobby Lobby.

  • Brandi Little
    August 2, 2017

    I am just so in love with your home!! You’ve done such a great job. Love it!

    • Sarah
      > Brandi Little
      August 2, 2017

      Thank you so much Brandi, I really appreciate that!

  • April
    August 2, 2017

    That play room is INSPIRED! And now I’m inspired! Great job!

    • Sarah
      > April
      August 2, 2017

      Yay! So glad it inspired you April!

  • Helen
    August 2, 2017

    Oh my goodness, you should be soooo proud! All that light and beautiful styling makes every room fabulous! That dining room…..so good! I started following you when your father-in-law made the playhouse for your kiddies……..fantastic use of space!x

    • Sarah
      > Helen
      August 2, 2017

      Oh wow Helen, you’ve been around for a while then! I first shared that playhouse not long after I started blogging. Thanks for sticking around for so long! xoxo

  • Faith
    August 2, 2017

    Amazing transformation!! Dark and dreary became light and bright! Great job!! Love all of it!

    • Sarah
      > Faith
      August 2, 2017

      Kinda crazy to see how a few changes can change the entire vibe of a room, right?? Thanks for dropping by Faith!

  • Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    August 2, 2017

    Oh wow, such a difference. Everything looks amazing.

    • Sarah
      > Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
      August 2, 2017

      Thanks Marty! Hope you are doing well 🙂

  • Angela @ Simply Beautiful By Angela
    August 2, 2017

    Your playroom is so cute! That tee-pee is without a doubt the coolest one I have ever seen 🙂

    • Sarah
      > Angela @ Simply Beautiful By Angela
      August 2, 2017

      Thanks Angela, I love that tee-pee too!

  • Sheila Nokes
    August 2, 2017

    I really like your style and I want to recreate your dining room at my house. The dining room is in the front of my house with one window. It is dark in there due to awning over entry way. I have it painted sage green with burgundy and sage area rug over the hardwoods I put in when we bought the house. All the woodwork is golden oak and I really do not want to change it. do you have any suggestions?

    • Sarah
      > Sheila Nokes
      August 2, 2017

      Hi Sheila! You might consider painting the walls a lighter color to brighten things up a bit. This will also make the room feel bigger too. And if you don’t need the sage green area rug, you might try taking it out of the room and see if that helps to brighten things up a bit more.

      • Sheila Nokes
        > Sarah
        August 3, 2017

        thanks Sarah, we will do that and I am venturing into chalk paint for my corner china cabinet. will try taking rug out or getting a lighter color one. love your blog.

  • Brenda
    August 2, 2017

    Your home is just so darn cute and cozy, it’s always a joy to see your rooms and all the amazing changes! I get inspired every time I read one of your post and SO…I’m painting an antique phone desk and chair today that was my grandmother’s and has sat in my basement for probably 40 years! I know, that’s a heck of a long time and can’t wait to give it new life.

    • Sarah
      > Brenda
      August 2, 2017

      Oh goodness Brenda, 40 years?! It’s definitely time to get that desk and chair out of your basement! Good luck with your painting and be sure to send along a photo when you’re done! 🙂

  • Betty in Ar.ington
    August 2, 2017

    How light, airy and spontaneous!

  • Pam
    August 2, 2017

    Amazing what the right paint color can do to open a space and warm the home…..then all the decor oh my!!

  • Lorri Rauscher
    August 2, 2017

    Your home is lovely, fresh looking and so relaxing looking. You are truly blessed that you and hubby can work together with a goal in mind. I love the playroom you have made for your children.They are very lucky to have such an area to play and learn. Love your blog..such a busy mom you are Take care 😊

  • Vanessa
    August 3, 2017

    I love all the updates and changes! You did an absolutely amazing job!! You’re one of my favs! 😘

  • Susan
    August 3, 2017

    Wow! Beautiful transformation! I bet your little ones love their play area! I wish now I had taken before and after pictures of some of our changes in our home!

  • Jessica
    August 3, 2017

    Love every room!! What color do you have on your dining room walls?

  • Kelly Mahan
    August 7, 2017

    Wow, these before and after pics are almost unbelivable! Thank you for sharing the pics, they’re very inspiring!!

  • Carole
    August 19, 2017

    Is that bathroom flooring wood, or ceramic tile?

    I’d kill for a bathroom that large. Seriously. lol

    • Sarah
      > Carole
      August 20, 2017

      It’s actually a tile that’s meant to look like wood!

  • Kari
    August 26, 2017

    Hi Sarah!
    I love following your blog and Instagram so much! I was wondering if I could ask you a question? I noticed in the before pics that your master bedroom and bathroom have the natural wood honey colored doors and trim. My house was built circa 1992 and the ENTIRE house has that color trim with doors to match. I’ve lived with it for 2+ years since we moved in and now I can’t take it anymore because it just looks so orangey to me! Do you have any tips for the steps you took to paint yours white? Did you sand and use primer first? How many coats of white did you have to use? Also, did you paint the doors or replace them? With my doors being solid wood I feel like it would be a sin to replace them with white hollow ones. I’m feeling nervous about this project and would love your advice! Thanks Sarah! ~Kari~

    • Sarah
      > Kari
      August 26, 2017

      That’s a great question Kari! Painting doors and trim is a big job, but the payoff is worth it. I didn’t do any sanding. I just used KILZ primer to start, then followed it up with two coats of oil based paint. It’s fairly simply, but very time consuming. I might do a whole blog post about this actually!

      • Kari
        > Sarah
        August 26, 2017

        Thank you so much for the info, Sarah!! I would LOVE to see a blog post on this subject!! 🙂