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The Farmhouse - Renovation Story

Updated: Mar 28, 2021

Many people, including myself, love home renovation television shows. Furthermore, many people, including myself, don’t really know how to do home renovations. But with the advent of YouTube and a plethora of articles online about home makeovers, it becomes easier to become a DIY guru.


One such example is my HGTV-loving sister and her husband. Their first home was a MAJOR fixer upper and, as you can see below, they really made it shine. With a little elbow grease, some YouTube tutorials, and advice from those that have done it before, you can make an old home new again.


Here are a few of the projects they took on and some tips on how you can do them yourself.


EXTERIOR

Nothing can change the look of a home faster than a fresh coat of paint, which one of the first project they tackled to brighten up their home. They chose a white paint and a teal blue for a original 70s door which completely changed the look in the best way.


There are a few steps to painting the exterior of the home, but I think it is worth it to have your home build curb appeal. Before tackling this project, be sure to do your research and follow right process to ensure it can withstand the elements.


Another great way to freshen up your home is by accessorizing. The subtle additions of the wood shudders and flower box that they built were under $100 and added so much to the front of their home.


Farm House After
Renovated Farm House in Kent County
Before Image of Farm House
Renovated Farm House Kent County

GARAGE

As I have written before, replacing a garage door is a great way to increase the value of your home. You get almost all of the money you spend back in your pocket on closing day -- pretty good deal. This couple decided to repaint the exterior and the install the garage doors completely on their own and did an incredible job doing so.


If you decide to go the DIY route, make sure you don't do this by yourself -- garage doors are very heavy. Here are some tips if you decide to go the DIY route. If you rather have your garage stools installed by a company, this typically costs around $3,000.


KITCHEN

The cohesion of the floors makes all the difference in the kitchen. Previously, there was tile in the kitchen and carpet in the dining room, making it a dreary and dark room.


Having one floor type makes the space look bigger and helps the home flow better. If you're ready to put in the work, installing faux wood floors can be both affordable and provide dreamy results. See how the kitchen is transformed with new light flooring paired with a complete new paint job in the kitchen, including the cabinet doors.


Do you see the Chip and Joanna inspiration? This kitchen looks like it was pulled straight from their show.


DINING ROOM

One thing I love about their redone dining room is the table that they made by hand. It is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to add something truly unique to your home.


In addition to their beautiful wood table, they board and battened their dining room walls. This subtle design can bring incredible charm to any space and can created in any which way you desire.



LIVING ROOM

Everyone loves a cozy living room and they were able to achieve that with some new carpet and wall paint. Carpet has been out of style for a few years but it is making a comeback due to it being more comforting and better for children to play on. Here are some things to think about before you try to replace the carpet on your own.



BATHROOM

The bathroom was another large project. From the wallpaper to the outdated sink and fixtures, this space needed some work.


Removing unwanted wallpaper can be a chore, but can serve you well in the long run. They chose another light blue to brighten up the space. They also removed the old vanity and replaced it with a new one. This not only modernize the bathroom but also created more space. You can also see that they removed all grab bars, added new fixtures, and cute decor throughout.



BACKYARD

One of my most favorite renovation they tackled was transforming their old chicken coop into a hangout paradise. There are many items bought and built to make this a great place to hangout, but the most notable items were the bar and table they made out of wood pallets. This beautiful outdoor space was named "The Coop" -- spot the sign in the after picture.

I hope this inspires you as much as it inspired me! As always, feel free to reach out and ask about anything you have read about or for all your home buying and selling needs.


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