Our one year house-a-versary was YESTERDAY! PEOPLE! I’m just amazed at what Jake and I have been able to accomplish in the last year. And yes, I could have easily titled this “our first year of homeownership, but how blah is that? Thought I would spice it up for you on this Friday! At the end I shared some photos of the progression of main rooms fix ups (and even then still a work in progress!). It’s so cool to see it all collectively!
I knew moving into our home that I wanted to ditch the
So I got intentional with what we put in our home. We started with having all our moving boxes in the shop and then would slowly bring boxes in little by little. That way, I was really choosy about what I was carrying in, and also the walk from the shop to the house was reason enough to not have to make continuous trips! Not kidding… that’s the honest truth! (its ok, im laughing at how lazy that made me sound as I typed it out..)
Gosh, it’s crazy to think of all the projects that we have done in just a year. And this is all why I started documenting here on my blog and Instagram. It’s kind of like a public visual journal in a way! And what an experience moving into a manufactured home has been...there are a handful (and then some) reasons why I’ve had my moments in this first year of fixin’ up of struggle and navigating the Do’s and Dont’s.
So much painting, (which in theory always sounds like a good idea, until you start having to paint over all the rooms.. they all had hideous colors.) That whole kitchen update we did, DIY concrete countertops, updating the kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets, mirrors, shelves, floors…It goes on and on! And you better believe I’m giving myself a little pat on the back with one of my hands as I type this out!
My game plan was to focus on what I can fix up and bigger pieces I can repurpose to save money and just make it look better. Im going to post some before (the listing photos) and after at the end so sit tight!
I do have to admit though, I think because we’ve been focusing so much on home improvement things. It’s given me less time to.. shall we call it “collect” thrift store goods!
Another thing that I took to heart when decorating and filtering through the keep and do are pile; “does this have a purpose in our home, and if not, does this make me happy and sentimental? Would I notice it if it was gone?” Made such a huge difference! I’ve gotten handfuls of comments from friends and followers on my Instagram complimenting me on my “simplistic” decor and style. And I LOVE IT! Because it was a big goal and to feel like I achieved it and people are noticing feels so amazing!
Anyways, to sum it up — it’s been a great year and I can’t wait for the following years to come! Thanks for sticking around pal!
Now, scroll below and admire some before and after shots of the home! Let me know what you think in the comments!
Exterior Before + After
we replaced the dishwasher, did concrete countertops, ripped out that cabinet, added a coffee bar, some open shelving, and completely redid the cabinet with chicken wire inserts.