House 1: Tour + Sources

On this page, you will find all the information about my first home. Before and after photos, links to all the DIY projects and products used.

This home was three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1650 square feet. It was purchased in 2008 for $133,500, and as you can see, it was far from perfect. For eight years we lived in it, slowly renovated it on a tiny budget, and scraped our pennies to pay it off as soon as possible. In 2016 we sold it for $210,500.

Kitchen + Dining Room


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Boys Cowboy Bedroom

bedroom before

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Southwestern Guest Room


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house with large front porch
DIY home remodel




Laundry Room



Boy’s Bathroom

bathroom remodel before

Living Room

Living room after
semi open kitchen
A living room filled with furniture and a book shelf


hallway makeover - before
hallway makeover - after

Master Bedroom

master bedroom before
simple bedroom makeover

Master Bathroom

small bathroom budget remodel
small bathroom budget remodel - after
dresser as vanity

Keep in mind that these are just before and after pictures….my house never looked this good all at once in real life. Most of the time we lived here was spent in the messy middle, with multiple unfinished rooms all in different stages, tools everywhere, general day to day chaos and clutter, and my four young sons keeping things interesting. The messy middle is what this blog is about! Here is a random sampling of messy middle photos …

kids are messy

A messy bed in a room

boy mom


teaching kids DIY

teaching kids DIY

hide the mess

Also, If you want to get a better feel for the layout, here is a video I shot the day we sold our house –


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