We took this 1950s ranch home from moody brown to modern but livable with a ton of sweat equity.  We lived in this blessing of a house from January 2014 until June 2016. 

*Check this post out to see the entire before tour!

Front Of House: The Before



Living Room

When we moved it is was BROWN TOWN and an oddly spaced out living room. The back of the metal door was even brown.

(Phase 1)



  • Get couch
  • Coffee and side tables
  • TV stand
  • Install TV in wall-- no wires!
  • Area rug
  • Paint living room
  • Crown Molding
  • Bench or small hutch (in the gray) right by door
  • Remove the bi-fold closet doors and turn space into more of a mudroom? Or just get better doors?

Dining Room

Another brown space right off of the living room.

From where the couch is now in the living room back towards the dining room. The door on the left leads to the kitchen.
From where the couch is now in the living room back towards the dining room. The door on the left leads to the kitchen.

Phase 1




The hallway was brown (of course) and had a thermostat from 1987-ish.

We're so happy with our Nest thermostat and would eventually love to get some board and batten in there!


  • Paint
  • Install Nest
  • Hang a few pictures
  • Crown molding
  • A proper runner
  • Board and Batten
  • Light fixture in the ceiling in hallway?

Treana Office/First Bedroom

My office had brown paint and gray-ish wainscoting.

Phase 1


Master Bedroom


Phase 1:

From door looking right
From door looking right



Gym/Third Bedroom/Eventual Nursery

This room was the worst offender with the dark brown...

Before having a baby, we painted this room Hale Navy. We kept it blue except for one wall which we painted Cloud White to lighten the space up a tad.

Phase 1: Gym Area

From door straight ahead into room.
From door straight ahead into room.

After: Nursery

  • Paint
  • Dump gym stuff in there
  • Dump wedding stuff in there
  • Dump tools in there (been super good at dumping)
  • Crown molding
  • Convert to nursery!

Upstairs Bathroom


Kitchen Before this thing had fruit, red counters, and more brown.

Phase 1: Clearly the biggest transformation by far.


  • Paint
  • Refinish the countertops with Rustoleum product: DONE!
  • Remove the tile (that part DONE) and install new backsplash.
  • Paint the kitchen cabinets
  • Swap out that awful kitchen box light: Recessed lights
  • Paint the ceiling in the kitchen
  • Crown molding
  • Granite
  • Update backsplash
  • French Door Fridge
  • Organize the cabinets with pull-outs
  • Install soft-closes on all the cabinets
  • Change tile to either other tile or hardwoods to match rest of first floor

Basement: Guest Room

And now it looks identical to the guest room in our old rental house.

  • Change light fixture
  • Update curtains
  • Update bedding
  • Side tables to match

LB Office- Basement LB has always been in charge of this space... even when it looked like this:


  • Get rid of drop ceiling
  • Better storage systems for tools and stuff in his office
  • Perhaps make 5th conforming bedroom, especially if we combine the two rooms upstairs for master suite.

Bathroom Downstairs: Before




  • Gut the bathroom down here: it is clearly built with drywall and not cement board… and actually tile or use a fully enclosed, pre-fab’d shower stall
  • Perhaps expand the size of the shower
  • Close off with sliding barn door(?) the little storage nook at the back of the bathroom

Basement Living Room and Kitchen When we moved in, we figured out that our second kitchen and living area down here were ideal for our old living room set.

Basement Living Before
Basement Living Before

Phase 1

From guest room door out to living room.
From guest room door out to living room.



Basement Kitchen and Dining Area


Basement Kitchen
Basement Kitchen



Laundry Room: Before


Laundry Room: After

We completely re-did this nook after our old washer and dryer crapped out. We stenciled the back wall, painted, swapped in a new light, and hung upper cabinets. 





  • The main goal here is to plant stuff without killing it. Keep up on our gardening progress here.
  • Dream garden plans can be found here
  • Wood Fence! Without a doubt a must do.
  • A Tuff Shed
  • Get rid of rock borders and make more raised beds.
  • Take out sidewalk and do something/anything else.