Welcome to our 1966 rancher in Greensboro, North Carolina. Our family of five moved into our home in January of 2019, and we’ve been slowly working on making this house ours. While I always admire the people who can move into a home, and have it totally “finished” to their standards in a few short months, that’s not my style. While sometimes I know immediately what I want to do in a room, other times, it takes a little while for a space to speak to me, so I wait. I do my best to create a home that is budget friendly, using thrifted finds, and sustainable whenever possible. Here you will find all of the spaces we’ve worked on, including their most recent renditions. If you’d like to see the entire home and what it looked like back when we toured it, you can find that here. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy our home. We’re glad you are here! (This blog uses affiliate links and I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.)
Our budget porch makeover was one of the most cost effective and impactful changes we’ve made to this house. We replaced and painted the door, painted the paneling, added a modern lantern and house numbers, and new planters. You can find all of the details here.
Just behind our entry sits our kitchen, meaning one of the first things people see when they walk in is our sink. That’s why I wanted to really have it make a statement, and found the most show-stopping sink.
While we did not DIY this kitchen, I created the design and worked with a local contractor to make it a reality. The final product is a balance of budget elements, such as stock cabinetry from Cabinets To Go, and splurges, like our appliances (over which I have zero regrets- they were worth it!)
The pantry wall is not the most exciting, but it’s super functional and operates as our command center. Originally we planned to knock this wall down and open up to the living room, but opted for pantry space, and I am so glad we did. Plus, we have a toddler who enjoys running circles around this wall.
When we renovated the kitchen, we opened up the wall into the dining room so that instead of separate spaces, we have a large eat in kitchen. While the work was being done, we had our contractor build a banquette and updated the dining room as well during the One Room Challenge in the Fall of 2019.
In this space we added the banquette and cushion, a new table, a wall mural, and moved our lighting over. Would you believe that chandelier was less than $75? It seems to be sold out now, but I was thrilled with that price. You can read all about the dining room here.
The living room sits between the dining area and entry. This room is one that sat relatively untouched after moving in because I could not decide on a wall color or what to do. This past winter, I finally made the decision and we painted it a pale warm pink.
We also created a little office space which was intended for me, but once the corona virus hit, it became an overachieving work horse for the entire family. Adding this corner desk area has been so helpful.
Before we move down the hallway to the bedrooms, let’s take a peek at the actual hallway. Last spring, I had a crazy idea for a mural one day, and just went for it. I am so glad I did! This DIY black and white rainbow mural is one of my most popular projects to date.The first room off the hallway is the bathroom that my youngest two children share. I would love to totally gut it one day, but that’s not currently in the budget, so for now I’ve made some super simple budget friendly fixes, like new hardware, paint, textiles, fixtures, lighting, and mirror. You can read all about it here.
The last bedroom upstairs is our master. We’ve made a few small updates to this space along the way, such as painting the walls black, then adding a color block wall, and most recently we added this beautiful fan.
One of the reasons I wanted black walls in this space was to mask the television. I created a gallery wall around it using art that I had on hand. My thrifted dresser is one of my all time favorite thrifted finds.
My husband’s dresser sits on a wall between our closet and the bathroom door.
Just as in our hall bathroom, I would love to totally rip this all our one day and make it beautiful, but for the moment I’ve worked on a tight budget to create a functional bathroom that is better than it was before. Painting these walls green and replacing fixtures and hardware with affordable finds was a game changer. You can read all about it here.
Let’s head downstairs now to the family room. We have not done a thing in this space yet other than add furniture, but I hope we will be attacking it soon. It has the ability to be a great hangout for our family once its done.
Just off this space is my oldest teen son’s bedroom which we worked on this winter.
Just like in my daughter’s space, inexpensive track shelving is the MVP! It still needs some new window treatments, but our son is thrilled to have a mancave, as he calls it.
Sawyer also has his own bathroom, but it’s nowhere near ready to show you yet.
The last space I want to share is our outdoor patio space.
We added string light poles using wood and concrete, and now we have great mood lighting back here. It was an easy weekend project that made such a difference; you can read about here. Other than that, we furnished it with things we already had, and some new decor as well. Now we have a cozy space to hang out on the beautiful warm nights. One of these days, I would love to add a fire pit.
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