OUR HOME'S BEFORE PHOTOS


We’ve come a long way in the four years we’ve lived in our home. What once was an array of blue paneled walls and $3 blinds, has turned into a minimal space that we pour so much time, energy, and love into. You can’t tell from This Minimal House’s home, or even blog page, but we literally started from the bottom. Gutted rooms down to the studs, worked until 4 am for an ungodly amount of nights. Tarped, taped, scrubbed, scraped, stripped, sanded tirelessly until we made a monumental step forward.

A fun story, in case you’re a new reader here, when we purchased our home, Scot hadn’t even seen it yet! He was at work, and I was out and about looking at houses with our amazing realtor all morning. This house was the last stop of the morning, and five minutes after looking at it I called Scot at work and claimed, “THIS IS IT! THIS IS THE ONE! OUR HOME!”. Needless to say, he didn’t IMMEDIATELY see the same potential I saw, I’m pretty sure his body just started to ache thinking about what was about to begin on this DIY journey. Can you blame him though? That was 5 inch thick wood paneling after all.

So today I want to show you where it all began! The original rooms in our home prior to moving in, so you can grasp just how much progress we’ve made so far in our home. We are so thankful for everyone that takes the time to read our space, and we hope every post encourages you to step out of your comfort zone and tackle something, even the smallest of projects.

While this is a for profit blog, we do everything ourselves. Nothing has been given to us, and we use our hard earned money in every single space. We save where we need to, then get to work. We hope this is relatable to our audience. We strive to be real, honest, and authentic (if you haven’t checked out our almost DIY fireplace fail, then stop what you’re doing and check it out now). Some projects and spaces cost us a little more money, but we’re very conscious about what we put into our home because at the end of the day it’s not about the items you possess, it’s about family and being together. You can also read more about our passion of minimalism in our Journey to Minimalism post here.

Are your eyes ready for this? Enjoy! :)

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FIREPLACE UPDATE + THE NEXT STEP IN THIS DIY


If there ever was a project that I could take back and start all over on, it would hands down be our fireplace. MAN. What a pain in the ass this entire thing has been, not to mention a painful amount of money that has gone into the trial and error of do it yourself projects. When you have a certain vision for a space in your home, and you don’t receive immediate results it can be a huge bummer. HOWEVER, I believe that we are making waves, and this will all pan out perfectly…even if it almost gave us gray hair and tested our patience along the way.

To back things up a bit, here’s what we started with.

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It’s hard to tell the true beauty and potential of that fireplace because of the glamorous blue stained paneling, but work with us here, don’t get distracted. ;) HA!

Our fireplace stayed like this for about two years until I decided to paint it white in an attempt to make it more aesthetically pleasing, like those cream colored pull down blinds. Needless to say the white painted brick fireplace just screamed everything that we’re not into, farmhouse, so it really messed with the surrounding decor as we were torn to work around the fireplace.

This year we said enough is enough. This space is our dining room, and as you can see we’re not working with much, so we needed to brainstorm. The most practical thing on our list? Remove the brick fireplace hearth of course. This might raise a white flag for some because even we didn’t know what we were getting into. Was there anything behind said brick hearth? If we ripped it out would our house crumble (kidding, kind of)? Would we be exposing some old house funk buried beneath the pretty aesthetic that would harm our insides?

Basically we dove in head first, because #YOLO. Here’s a photo of our brick hearth removal, and if you missed that post and want to check it out you can do that HERE.

REMOVING FIREPLACE HEARTH

As you can see we gained so much walking space. The plan was to create a flush with the hardwoods hearth. TODAY. Today we have gone through three different brands of materials, and tools. To be honest, I have been feeling incredibly down about the direction this project has taken, HOWEVER, I’m also an optimist and believe there is power in positive thoughts.

Want to see it in it’s current state? Imperfections and ALL? Ha! Here’s what we’re working with. Be kind.

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I plan on replacing our current antlers with something a little more European down the road when we’re closer to a “finished” space. For now I hung it up to make me feel better about the entire project. As you can see from a distance the products we used were not only not matching/uniform in color, but they’re also ‘rough’ as we found out PRETTY fast that we’re not in fact professionals when it comes to this sort of thing. BUT that’s what makes you better at DIY projects, experience. We’ve gathered enough experience from this project to redo 15 more fireplaces. KIDDING, Scot. KIDDING.

Here’s a close up of the roughness I’m referring to.

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SO there is a positive when it comes to the current status of the wall. It’s unique. The original vision was a tad closer to a concrete surround, but we wanted to save on cost and labor, hints that #diylife. Another positive is that it can be ‘fixed’ per-say. The game plan and next step in this DIY is to grind the wall down to create a smoother surface. Another area that didn’t work too well with gravity was the inside of the fireplace. Exhibit A.

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Jesus. Shield your eyes. Insert the black out sunglasses they give you after having your eyes dilated. I’m pretty sure someone rocking those could’ve done a cleaner job. HOWEVER, I’m going to give us a break on this because having four children, our DIY’s take place in the wee hours of the morning after long days soooo giving us all the grace. This area will be fixed with the smoother, too so it won’t be this horrendous.

We also had a wood burning fireplace insert quoted and that came in just under $8k. Talk about a huge blow to our final vision, but we definitely cannot justify forking out that much money when we’re currently renovating our basement.

Here are a few more photos for your enjoyment.

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The door to the left will also be getting replaced with not only a more modern door, but also a more energy efficient one because #oldhouse.

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We threw the wood holder together a few weeks ago with a few scraps we had laying around. It, along with the antlers, also makes me love this project that has taken us down the black rabbit hole of DIY doom.

So that’s it! Our fireplace update, and what we plan to do next. Smoothing out the walls is coming up, and fingers crossed it produces a finish that makes all of this hard work pay off. Thanks for stopping by and reading, and welcoming our DIY ‘fail’ with open arms. We’re not all perfect, and we don’t claim to be professionals, but we sure as hell know what not to do next time. ;)

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6 TIPS ON HOW YOU CAN HAVE A SUCCESSFUL MINIMAL CHRISTMAS WITH CHILDREN


I grew up walking into a toy store on Christmas morning. No seriously, everything we could ever want or imagine sat there in front of our eyes. I definitely never lacked a huge celebration at Christmas thanks to my parents! They went above and beyond, and made our childhood absolutely magical. While those memories are so amazing to look back on, I now understand as a parent, of four no less, not only how expensive Christmas, or any holiday for that matter can be, but how quickly the excitement wears off after all the money comes off…I mean wrapping paper. ;)

The first Christmas we had with our oldest was hands down the most modest Christmas we’ve ever celebrated as parents. Granted we weren’t making nearly as much as we are making now. Gone are the hamburger helper days, but here are the days where we put a stop to consumerism and entitled children. That last sentence seems so harsh, but when you see second graders walking around with Iphones…you’ll do anything in your power to run in the opposite direction.

Today I’m going to share a few tips with you when it comes to celebrating a minimal Christmas when you have children. These tips will eliminate ALL of the stress and pressure you feel during the holiday season to buy the latest and greatest. They will help you ease into a minimal Christmas if you’re still struggling with how to approach it to begin with. If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet (high five to all the type b moms rocking it out there), then you’ll definitely want to utilize these tips!

TIP #1: SOMETHING THEY WANT

Having a minimal Christmas doesn’t equal deprivation. Kids are going to want things, but it’s important to really look at WHY they want something and how much that item/product will improve life/get used. Ask your children to pick one MAIN thing they want for Christmas. Next throw some follow up questions in there. Do you want this because a friend has it/mentioned it? Did you see this on TV? Will you take care of this item (because this will most likely be the most expensive thing on your Christmas shopping list)?

TIP #2: SOMETHING THEY NEED

This might seem like a boring tip, however it’s so nice to have something that you’re in need of. Do you children play sports? Could they benefit from a new pair of shoes/cleats? If your child has a hobby, could they use more materials like new paintbrushes or watercolors?

TIP #3: SOMETHING TO WEAR

We have dress code, so our ‘something to wear’ isn’t as exciting as it would be if you child didn’t have dress code at their school, however something to wear is a great way to knock out gifts across the board. I know personally, my children love great lounging comfy clothes! They love a good and sweat pant combo to wear around the house. Plus, socks. Do anyone else’s children sometimes run around outside in their socks ruining their soles? No just mine? ;)

TIP #4: SOMETHING TO READ

I love this one because our oldest are finally at an age where they’re finding book series that they’re really interested in. There are so many options for this minimal shopping tip. My children love getting mail, so you could look into a book/magazine subscription that they’re interested in! That will give them something to look forward to and excitement to finish their current read. You could also sign them up for library cards and take them on a date to the library a few times a week to replenish their stash.

TIP #5: SOMETHING TO DO

You’ve probably seen this tip all over, but it’s always always my favorite minimal Christmas shopping tip. Speaking from personal experience, having four children you really have to divide your time, making sure you spend one on one with each one. They deserve that time, and buying ‘something to do’ is a great way to make sure those dates happen. A few things you can do for this tip would be to buy a movie ticket gift card for a movie night, or a day date to a local museum or amusement park.

TIP #5: SOMETHING FOR “ME”

Incorporating personal keepsakes every year is a a great way to look back on all the memories. A great way to incorporate this tip could be in the form of a Christmas ornament that you can put on the tree every year, or a photo album of each years Christmas you could display on a table or shelf.

TIP #6: SOMETHING FOR FAMILY

This one, like the ‘something to do’ tip is top favorite for Scot and I. We have a DIY credenza hanging in our family room and it’s filled with family games. We are obsessed with playing family games instead of sitting around watching tv in the evenings. It’s a great way to connect with your children and talk about life, and their day. Undivided attention for everyone while spending time together.

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CREATE A MINIMAL CHRISTMAS WITH THESE FREE DECOR IDEAS


If you visit your local stores often, you know that they got started on their Christmas displays before we even trick or treated for candy on Halloween. It doesn’t seem as crazy as you think when you think about how much consumerism plays into the preparation. Aisles upon aisles of the newest ornaments and design lines tempting you to purchase an abundance of Christmas decor you’ll have to store in a short month.

Today I wanted to touch base on how you can create a festive, decorated home, not only on a budget, but by using simple items in and around your home. The best part? If you plan accordingly, you won’t have to store a thing! Can we all give a collective amen for not having an insane amount of storage containers in our attic…basement, or hallway closet. Just say no.

Some of my favorite decor items are free, and they come from the greatest selection you could stumble upon. It’s not a local big box store, it’s nature. Walk around outside, if you don’t have an immense selection to choose from, venture to your local park. Want to see all the magical ways I decorate for the upcoming holidays, leaving all the stress behind me for another day. Below you’ll find my Top Five Favorite Minimal Christmas Decor ideas for FREE.

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This is such a classic look and requires minimal effort, as well as minimal materials. Collect some pine clippings and insert them into a beautiful glass container. You can do this in containers you already have laying around your home, or it can be thrifted glass bottles. Remember to check out your local thrift stores, and utilize the half off deals.

This look would be an impeccable tablescape, with a few lined up down the table.

Continuing on with our pine tree clippings, tackle this thirty second minimal Christmas garland. I love this one from Almost Makes Perfect. You can check out her post here. This garland would be a great spot for a room that’s missing the Christmas touch. My favorite part about this minimal garland is that it’s a perfect way to incorporate your children into decorating, while enjoying some time together.

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Do you have a gifted vase laying around the house? Awesome! Take a small clipping off of a pine tree and throw it in that bad boy. I am obsessing over these colors. You can recreate this look easily by spraying whatever container you have with matte black spray paint. One and done.

Speaking of pine trees, since we’re already utilizing the clippings, why not incorporate the pine cones while we’re at it. Simple string a few pine cones on some twine and elegantly lay it over a mantel. This would also be a great table centerpiece. Make sure you soak your pine cones to eliminate bugs (spiders), from making their way into your home.

Last but not least, twigs. Twigs, sticks, branches, whatever you can find around your home or local wooded area, can easily be turned into something beautiful. I love this diy twig wreath. You can view a video tutorial to create your own here. This would be perfect on an interior or exterior door!

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ROUND DINING ROOM TABLE INSPIRATION


Now that our fireplace transformation is in it’s final stages of being complete, I’ve been diving into the dining room design. When it comes to tables, there are endless possibilities. Today, however, I’m going to be sharing a few of my favorite round dining room tables.

Living in a long rectangle ranch, we have a lot of long lines. Although I love the idea of a longer rectangle table because of guest accommodation, I think it would be a nice change to break up the lines with a round table. Here’s a look at my top round table favorites.

I love the size of this round table. I’m also obsessed with the finish of the table, but would be concerned about how it would handle our orange poly floors. A rug underneath would break up the two stains, and this finish would look absolutely breathtaking next to our modern fireplace.

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The base of this round dining room table is giving me all the feels. It works perfectly with these chairs, allowing them to be pushed in and not looking cluttered. I would be concerned about how close a taller individual could get to the table, though.

Now THIS round table is what I’m talking about. I am obsessed with how wide this base is, along with allowing plenty of leg room underneath the table. This kind of round table could hands down easily seat all six of us without feeling crowded.

This oval dining room table top is so incredibly beautiful, seats six, and I am loving how big and spacious the chairs feel matched with it. This would be a great way to pull in our kitchen counters, as well as sit nicely next to modern fireplace.

What would you do? Would you throw a round/oval table in a long rectangular room to break up the lines, or would you stick to a longer rectangular table? Would love for you to chime in! What do you have in your own home? Drop a comment below!

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OUR FARMHOUSE TO MODERN FIREPLACE TRANSFORMATION UPDATE


**First I want to preface this post with YES the update photos I posted in this post have been altered to better fit our finalized after vision. Sanding down our hardwood floors to remove the orange polly is at the top of our list. This edit helps us visual the two next to one another. Do not fear, they’re still the same ole’ horrendous orange color like the pre-brick hearth removal below.

Wow! October was insane. It might have seemed like we fell off the face of the planet, but really we we’re just working like crazy behind the scenes and had to put a few posts on the back burner.

Today, however, we’re here to share a fireplace update. If you recall, we started this fireplace transformation because the painted brick fireplace was completely clashing with the modern vision we had for it, and the rest of the house. The first step we took was removing the fireplace’s brick hearth. You can see behind the scenes, photos, and an awesome time lapse video of that process on this post.

Here’s the fireplace before we began working on it.

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It looked completely different once the brick hearth was removed, as you can see below.

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We’re not going to share the products we’re using for this transformation just yet. The project isn’t quite finished, so we want to make sure we’re covering all bases so you can avoid some of the issues/kinks we’ve had to work out during this process. I will say though, it’s going to be such a magical final reveal! The plan is to complete the final coat tonight before starting on the storage extension.

Here is what our fireplace currently looks like.

FARMHOUSE TO MODERN FIREPLACE
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As you can see, the hearth has been poured, and roughly 1.5 layers have been completed on the face of the fireplace. You’ll notice the right side is a tad darker than the left side, that’s a kink we’re working on for you when we do the final reveal. This project has for sure been a learning curve.

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I cannot even believe how much it adds to this space. Not only did it free up an insane amount of room getting rid of that brick hearth, but it also fits perfectly with our vision for the final look of our dining room.

Here is a close up of the fireplace texture. We are still undecided on the final finish, so we’ll keep you posted, however, I am l-o-v-i-n-g it!

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HOW TO TRANSFORM YOUR FIREPLACE FROM FARMHOUSE TO MODERN

That’s it for now when it comes to the farmhouse to modern fireplace makeover! However, so many changes have taken place around here since the beginning of October! We broke it down into a bullet list for ease:

  • We added a ‘Join the lifestyle’ newsletter to every page on This Minimal House. Insert your email to receive blog post/diy projects and all the things. No spam, just staying in the know.

  • We added a Brands/Readers/Let’s work together page. This is where you’ll be able to contact us if you’re a small business/brand that is looking for product reviews/collabs! We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

  • You can now send us products for review to be featured on This Minimal House. Our address is P.O BOX 118 Suwanee, Ga 30024!

  • Our blog posts are now all combined on this page for your reading enjoyment.

  • And don’t forget to join the other 137k+ that are viewing our current pins on Pinterest and follow us HERE.

  • Last but not least Instagram, because we’re about to make sure that space doesn’t get the cold shoulder this month. We’d love for you guys to follow us there, too! CLICK HERE.

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OUR FIREPLACE, AND THE GRAND PLANS WE HAVE FOR IT


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Look at that sad, distraught fireplace. If I’m being honest, it was part of what sold me when we we’re looking for homes. We had never had an actual fireplace before, and this gigantic original brick fireplace was all.the.goals. However, as much as I still love the idea of it, I struggle with this corner of our home. It just simply does not fit our aesthetic. It would be perfect in a home that embraced all the farmhouse staple pieces, like this painted brick fireplace, however it’s time we move forward and continue to make our space a space we love.

Today I wanted to break down the grand plans for this fireplace, but first let’s take a stroll down fireplace memory lane.

This is the original brick fireplace as is. This is what I saw when I was shown the house on day 1. The entire exterior of our home is the same color as these bricks, including the entire interior of our garage. While it’s a sore subject for some, I wasn’t sad to see the colors go. So naturally we did what everyone was doing four years ago…we painted it. It’s been white, dark charcoal, light gray…this bad boy is sporting roughly 5 coats of paint.

Here’s the fireplace after we painted it white.

If you can’t tell by the photo, our home definitely went through the never ending ship lap craze. Faux ship lap everywhere, and I’m not sad to be parting ways with this trend.

Here’s another photo from our refresh project list post.

As you can see, it eventually progressed into an aesthetically pleasing fireplace, however I just still wasn’t loving it. That brings us to this fireplace post today. I am going to share our project bullet list with you first, then I’m going to share photos that are stirring up all kinds of visual inspiration for this fireplace makeover.

PROJECT FIREPLACE BULLET LIST:

  • Removing the DIY mantel- CHECK

  • Remove brick hearth

  • Tile existing brick

  • Build/install lower modern hearth

  • Install fireplace insert

That list is pretty straight forward, and this project will be considerably easy considering the circumstances.

Want to see what’s inspiring us? Head over to our Pinterest and check out of fireplace board.


MASTER BATHROOM REMODEL INSPIRATION


Our latest bathroom remodel has sent us into full throttle project mode. We have the itch to start our ‘master bathroom’, and today we wanted to share what’s inspiring us with this upcoming project! I say ‘master bathroom’ because our bathroom is actually significantly smaller than our children’s bathroom. Our favorite aesthetic is more on the modern side when it comes to design. In fact we created a Pinterest board specifically for this project. You guys can check that out here. This post is going to be broken down into all the materials we need for this bathroom remodel. We’ll be touching base on the following: floor/wall tile, sink, faucet, shower door, and paint colors.

There are a few things we’re going to slightly alter for this bathroom remodel. One we want to veer towards a more dramatic and darker tile. We are loving the look of black hexagons. Similar to this one we found. The plan would also be to use a darker grout, as opposed to this one we used in the guest bathroom. We’re leaning towards a unique tile job, so we can’t wait to rack our brains and share our rough sketches with you during this bathroom remodel process.

Since we love all things modern, we we’re looking for a bathroom sink that would specifically fit a small bathroom as a space saver. We love the rectangle look of this sink from The Bath Outlet. If you haven’t heard of The Bath Outlet we highly recommend checking them out here. They’re also having a summer sale where everything is 50% off! A few other things we we’re obsessed with on their website was this faucet, and this shower head. One thing we love about the Scarabeo sink, besides it’s overall aesthetic, is that it’s a no hole, which will allow for a wall mounted faucet.

When we moved in our shower had a sliding door similar to this one. While it was a great space saver, we found it to be extremely difficult to properly clean the track. We we’rent impressed with how dirty it always felt, regardless of all the tactics we tried cleaning wise. A frame less fixed shower door would be perfect in our small bathroom. Not only with the curbless shower entry, but also for the modern look we’re going for.

Since our sink will be no hole, it will require a wall mounted sink faucet. We are obsessed with the waterfall faucets. They’re sleek, modern, and you can never go wrong with matte black. We love the small details on this one. This faucet sink will be the perfect combo in our small bathroom renovation. They will set the tone for the remainder of the design.

Since we are leaning towards a darker tile, and working with a small space, we plan on keeping the paint colors on the lighter side. I’m not going to say we’re committing to white, although it is a huge contender, however I do think it would be fun to incorporate a soft muted pastel into our small bathroom renovation. A touch of color would be wonderful with the matte black!

The plan is to begin our master bathroom remodel this week. We plan on documenting this in video and blog post form! Would you guys be interested in seeing behind the scenes video footage? It would be documentation of removing our current vanity, as well as our shower insert. Let us know in the comments below! As always thank you for stopping by and reading This Minimal House. Your readership means so much to us.

Looking forward to popping in this week with updates! Be sure to follow us on Instagram where we share shorter behind the scenes clips on our Instagram stories!

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WALL TAPESTRY FAVORITES


As much as we love clean lines, we also have a love of organic pieces, like a beautiful wall tapestry. There are endless possibilities when it comes to a wall tapestry. They can be handmade using vintage fabric you might have on hand. You can cut/measure or do a rough rectangle shape, or a block design to display on your wall. You can find them at stores like this one from Urban Outfitters (and this one),Overstock, Society6, and even find some beautiful ones on Amazon. This one is our favorite, and it’s under $15! Today we wanted to share a few of our favorite wall tapestries with you guys!

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We also wanted to share a few of our favorite Pinterest finds on our new board. You can check that out, and pin a few to your boards HERE. Thank you for stopping by and checking out five of our favorite wall tapestries for your home! We are picking out tile this weekend for an upcoming renovation! We’re so excited to share more details with you!

FIVE WALL TAPESTRIES THAT WILL TRANSFORM ANY SPACE IN YOUR HOME!
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ADD TEXTURE + CONTRAST TO YOUR WHITE KITCHEN WITH THESE ITEMS


ADD COLOR + CONTRAST TO YOUR WHITE KITCHEN WITH THESE BEAUTIFUL, HAND SELECTED MODERN PIECES.

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Our kitchen is currently white. White tile, white paint, off white cabinets. There’s so much potential when it comes to color and contrast, and that’s why today we’re sharing our favorite, hand selected modern inspired pieces to do just that to your own kitchen. These pieces are great accents to any counter space and floor. It will turn your starchy space, into a vibrant one instantly. We plan on incorporating almost all of these into our kitchen to add some character, and we hope you love our picks just as much!

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OUR FIVE FAVORITE ROOM TRANSFORMATIONS ROUND UP


MY TOP FIVE FAVORITE AMAZING ROOM TRANSFORMATIONS

We made it to FRIDAY, friends! If you can’t tell I’m a HUGE fan of room transformations. If you’ve never fully redone a space all the way down to the studs and sub floor, it can be hard to recognize, and FULLY appreciate just what went into that room. Planning, trial and error, more planning, decisions, materials, time, energy…the list goes on. Don’t get me wrong though, smaller upgrades are JUST as big, especially if you don’t consider yourself a “Do it yourself connoisseur!” There was a time where adding a coat of paint to a room was my biggest accomplishment, and over the years I just kept adding to the vision as my knowledge grew.

The most recent favorite room transformation of ours is the guest bathroom that we revealed this week. It began 7 months ago, and has just now hit the 100% finished mark, and that is so exciting to type out. Here’s a side by side of the finished bathroom.

Bathroom before modern transformation
AMAZING small bathroom transformation!!

If you’re a new follower than you probably don’t know that our FIRST gigtantic room transformation was our kitchen. We completely redid the entire thing, and no it’s not 100% finished, however the photographs show just how tedious the entire process was. I’m not going to lie to you, it was the most intimidating DIY we’ve done yet, simply because we were working with a 1963 kitchen. Want to see all the grimy, gross, and puke worthy photos? Check out our Kitchen Gut here.

Which brings us to this post. I scoured the internets, aka Pinterest, (if you’re not following us and love our style you can do so here), and I picked my five favorite room transformations! These rooms are seriously so impressive, guys. I’m stoked to be exposing them to new eyes that may not have seen them yet! So get ready for major emoji heart eyes! I really encourage you to leave some love below in the comments, as well as the spaces that I’m sharing! It’s such a great feeling when your hard work is seen, and I know the love will be appreciated! Here are my top five favorite room transformations below! Let’s do this.

First up this entryway before and after.

ENTRYWAY BEFORE
ENTRYWAY AFTER

I am absolutely loving the clean lines, and light modern upgrade to this entryway. Kristina from Kristinalynne took those awkwardly placed doors, and turned them into practical, organized storage! Don’t mind me, just over here slow clapping. Follow along with her latest talent on Instagram here!

Think that entryway is impressive, because duh it is, check out this next space. Just look at this laundry room transformation.

MY TOP FIVE FAVORITE ROOM TRANSFORMATIONS
AFTER LAUNDRY ROOM transformation

I feel like every parent can appreciate a beautiful space to do laundry. It kinda makes the task itself seem a TAD bit more enjoyable, right? Regardless of laundry motivation, I would bring all my laundry over to Bre’s house from Brepurposed, and I might never leave ;). This space is just one of many that she’s transformed! Check out her insta feed here.

A frames all currently all the craze right now, and this transformation had me at the word Scandinavian. Kara blew my mind away, and I know she’ll blow yours away too. Look at this room transformation.

TOP FIVE FAVORITE ROOM TRANSFORMATIONS
TOP FIVE FAVORITE ROOM TRANSFORMATIONS

Don’t stop at these two photos though, stop by and check out ALL the transformation photos on her space HERE, and did you know you can RENT this on AirBNB. So awesome! Follow her a-frame insta feed here.

Next up a dated space upgraded with a modern rustic twist. I love when people have the vision for a space, that would most likely be scoffed at and turned down by the majority. This space is an example of that vision coming to life. One word: Potential. Check it out.

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MY TOP FIVE FAVORITE ROOM TRANSFORMATIONS ROUND UP!

I love that Kisha didn’t turn away from this project. Check out the rest of her before and after transformations HERE. Also check out what she’s been up to on Instagram here. Keep inspiring us all, girl!

Last but certainly NOT least two of my favorite bloggers who keep it real 24-7. From their interior style, to their newest adventure with their clothing line, Propertee, they are huge inspirations to continue working our your home and making it your own. As parents and DIY’ers ourselves, they are hands down two of the most relateable individuals in the blogging world. Did I mention that 10% of all their net profits from Propertee are going towards charities…Read more about that here.

Look at one of their many room transformations that I love, their closet.

TOP FIVE FAVORITE ROOM TRANSFORMATIONS
TOP FIVE FAVORITE ROOM TRANSFORMATIONS

If you aren’t a blogger, and don’t already follow Chris and Julia on Instagram, do yourself a favor and go check out their feed HERE. View the rest of their closet and the whole process and after photos HERE.

We’re these rooms not absolutely MAGICAL? So much incredible talent in the online DIY world! I hope I introduced a few new faces for you to follow. I know their spaces and amazing room transformations will leave you inspired, just like they’ve left us! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading our five favorite room transformations! We’re so thankful for your readership!

OUR TOP FIVE FAVORITE ROOM TRANSFORMATIONS ROUND UP
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MODERN FANS THAT COST LESS THAN $100


FIVE MODERN CEILING FANS UNDER $100

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Ceiling fans are almost instantly the focal point of a bedroom. They can DRASTICALLY change the overall aesthetic of a room. I founded up five of my favorite modern ceiling fans for under $100! You can’t beat this price. I’m excited to replace our current ceiling fans with a few of these! Happy Shopping!

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading our little space today. I hope it leaves you inspired to tackle your own home improvements. This ceiling fan round up is great for a budget friendly upgrade!

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BATHROOM UPDATE + PAINTED BATHROOM CEILING VS SLATTED?


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Before we discuss our bathroom ceilings, can I just say how freaking excited I am to FINALLY be sharing a bathroom update with you guys?? It's been a long time coming, but like I've mentioned in previous posts, it's an impossible space to photograph. Please don't judge these update photos either as the bathroom is not finished, and they're iphone shots. 

We decided to renovate our bathroom for several reasons, the most important one was the simple fact that it was being used by three boys. If you have boys I don't even need to elaborate on urine...or where it actually ends up. I'm here to let you know though, that this bathroom renovation has completely transformed the odor we could NEVER seem to get rid of. Praise. Moving on. Here's a before photo of our bathroom.

THIS MINIMAL HOUSE BLOG BEFORE PHOTO
THIS MINIMAL HOUSE BLOG BEFORE PHOTO

It was a very standard, generic renovation by the previous owner's family. It was practical and served it's purpose as a bathroom should. However, there were a few key factors that led us to finally jump in. The drywall next to the toilet, as mentioned before, with three boys was disgusting. Don't even get me started on the fact that there's a vent next to the toilet either. The tub insert wasn't adhered to the wall correctly so we had leakage issues. Not shown is a huge cabinet to the left of the sink, which was so deep and took up so much room in this tiny space.

Here's an iphone shot of the tall cabinet. 

BATHROOM CABINET THIS MINIMAL HOUSE

Said leakage problems below tub shown here...weak stomachs beware.

BATHROOM TUB LEAKAGE THIS MINIMAL HOUSE

SO! I'm sure you're like ok let's get to what the bathroom currently looks like already! Here it is in it's current state!

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BATHROOM UPDATE THIS MINIMAL HOUSE BLOG

I also love progress photos so here's a slideshow, and a few more bathroom progress photos here.

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BATHROOM UPDATE THIS MINIMAL HOUSE BLOG

The tile drastically transformed this space. It was the game changer it needed all along. However, with this update are a few design decisions we're currently in the middle of and that's whether we should paint the bathroom ceiling, or if we should slat it. This decision came to the surface specifically because of the drywall above the tub. We have four splashing children, and no matter how many coats of paint or kilz this ceiling sees it's always splotchy. Here's a darkened photo so you can see the spots. (Ignore the lack of crown molding as we we're waiting until we decided the ceilings finish).

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So as you can see we have some pretty prominent water spots on our bathroom ceiling. They're not only an eye sore, but it just doesn't seem sanitary to have damaged drywall above a shower. Here's a better shot of the bathroom ceiling. The only thing currently on it is our bathroom fan, which I would love to conceal a little more depending on what we do with the ceiling.

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ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT! So since we FINALLY touched base on the current state of our bathroom renovation, let's discuss the two options on the table for our bathroom ceiling. Paint vs Slat.

Both of these options can offer two completely different looks. I also want to keep in mind the fact that our ceilings are lower, and the bathroom itself is small. Let's start off with painted ceilings. Here are a few of my favorites.

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So obviously, if you couldn't guess from the inspiration photos, IF we choose to paint the bathroom ceiling, it's going to be black. This is a great way to conceal the water spots, and most importantly add some contrast into the starchy bathroom. Plus it will make the new light fixtures pop. 

Now moving on to my slat inspiration photos. 

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SLAT BATHROOM CEILING THIS MINIMAL HOUSE

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Seriously how amazing are those slat ceilings? It's going to be such a TOUGH decision. We want to know what YOU would do! Would you paint your ceiling? Or would you slat it! Drop a comment! 

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading today! We are so extremely appreciative of your readership and suport!

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MODERN FINDS UNDER $50

We're about to start our family room design, so today I thought I'd share a few modern finds that could easily be incorporated into any home! Living a minimal lifestyle allows for fewer pieces to bring a room together, but that doesn't necessarily mean you have to drain your bank account for that end result. All of these modern finds are under $50 and almost all of them are Prime as well! Can't beat it.

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