Friday, June 21, 2024

Our Chicago Residence Renovation – 4 Years In


Our Chicago residence renovation started 4 years in the past. Again then, it was simply us two and this massive ol’ home that wanted tons of labor. We have been looking forward to a mission and boy, what a mission it has been!

casey and finn bought a house
Might 2019

Little did we all know, our lives have been going to vary dramatically and really rapidly!

Our front porch
Might 2020

The week we moved into our residence (in August 2019), I discovered I used to be pregnant with Rory. This was the most effective information of our lives and we have been so excited to lastly welcome a child into our household. Right here she is (above), just some weeks previous!

Our 2 year home anniversary
Might 2021

Quick ahead one other 12 months, and I’m unexpectedly pregnant with our second youngster. As you all know, this was an enormous shock to us, nevertheless it was the most effective blessing we may have ever acquired.

Our three year home anniversary
Might 2022

And right here we’re, final 12 months, with our full household of 4. What began as an enormous home for simply us two, rapidly changed into a house stuffed with two youngsters and an amazing quantity of pleasure.

Our Chicago home renovation
Might 2023

Immediately, now we have two toddlers working round our very full home. And (am I even going to say this?) our home is just about DONE. Yep, it took us an excellent 4 years to work on each single area, however as you’ll quickly see, I’m nearly out of huge initiatives!

Chicago Residence Renovation

Rory mopping the porch. Too humorous!

Yearly, I have a good time my “residence anniversary” right here on the weblog, showcasing how a lot this home has modified since we first purchased it. It’s been enjoyable to see the evolution of our residence and the way far it has are available in a brief span of time. You possibly can learn these residence anniversary posts proper right here.

I believe it’s actually essential to emphasize that creating a house you like takes time, in addition to cash and vitality. This didn’t occur in a single day. My full-time job is engaged on our residence and it has nonetheless taken us 4 years to finish, so don’t base your house’s timeline off of ours. Go gradual and have enjoyable with it!

Our Residence’s Paint Shade Palette

Our home's paint color palette

Earlier than we get to the tour, I wish to share our residence’s paint colours. You’ll find particulars about every colour in this weblog submit too.

The Yard

Backyard shot before
Backyard shot after
Backyard of our Finn Fixer Upper
Our Chicago home renovation and backyard tour
Our garage before
Our Chicago backyard one year later
Our deck before
Our new deck in our backyard makeover reveal
Our rotting fence
Our backyard makeover reveal
Our backyard at night

All Sources & Tutorials // Lanterns // Photo voltaic Lights // DIY Tabletop Fireplace Bowl // Tiki Torches // String Lights // Storage Door Shade, Benjamin Moore “Blue Observe” // Pavers (colour “Greyed Nickel”) // Composite Decking (colour “Pecan”) // Black Modern Railings // Outside Eating Desk & Chairs // Outside Sonos Audio system // Outside Sconces // Lounge Chairs // Facet Desk // Planters  // Outside TV // Chaise // Sectional // Espresso Desk // Palm Print Pillows // Striped Pillows // Storage Field

In the course of the summer season of 2021, we gutted our yard and created a wholly totally different outside area. It was fairly the mission and we realized a lot alongside the way in which. Whereas it was an expensive renovation (you’ll be able to learn extra in regards to the price range right here), it was properly price it as a result of we use this area usually! The youngsters write with chalk on the patio; they sit on these massive steps and eat their snacks within the solar; they usually run throughout the aspect yard taking part in soccer and t-ball. After bedtime, Finn and I usually come out right here for a cocktail or to observe a present on our outside TV. It’s actually magical at evening and you may see all of it lit up proper right here.

One among my massive renovation regrets was utilizing sand in between the pavers, so final fall I changed it with polymeric sand. It was an enormous mission, however I’m blissful to report that it nonetheless appears to be like good, even after a tough winter. I’m blissful I acquired that finished!

Future Plans: A couple of of our vegetation and bushes have died and we wish to change a number of the landscaping across the yard. I’ll be sure you share when that occurs this summer season! Plus, our storage wants plenty of TLC and organizing!

The Dwelling Room

casey and finn in the living room before
Our organic modern living room
Before photos of our finn Fixer upper
My best throw pillow tips
Before of our living room and old oak hardwood floors
Our organic modern living room style

Paint Colours: Benjamin Moore “Ballet White” (partitions), “Merely White” (trim), “Tricorn Black” (again of the entrance door) // Flooring Particulars // Inexperienced Curtains // Brass Curtain Rod {Hardware} // Material Rod Connector // 9×12 Rug (Olive/Charcoal) // Couch // Grey Chairs // Black Eating Chairs // TV Sideboard // Fake Olive Tree // Tree Basket // Entry Console // Glass Facet Desk // Wooden Bowl (comparable) // Blanket Basket // Gold Shadow Field // Colourful Sofa Pillow // Trendy Planter // Eating Tray // Customized Frames // White Vase // Marble Facet Desk // Fake Purple Tulips // Fake Cherry Blossoms // Grey Throw Blanket

The lounge acquired essentially the most consideration once we first purchased our home. We eliminated two partitions and added a metal beam to help your complete second degree. It was fairly a course of and value an extra $25,000. You possibly can learn your complete saga proper right here.

We now have new flooring, new home windows, and quite a lot of lovely furnishings that feels excellent for our household. We spend plenty of time in right here, taking part in on the ground, doing puzzles, and watching films proper right here on the sofa. This weblog submit dives deep into the evolution of our lounge over the previous 4 years.

Future Plans: I’ve thought of constructing out an electrical hearth to switch the entryway console, however haven’t made any concrete plans for this massive mission. It’s a sometime concept…

The First Flooring Lavatory

First floor bathroom before
My best tips to create a cohesive home color palette
Bathroom after
DIY wood wall treatment in the bathroom

Paint Shade: Sherwin Williams HGTV Residence “Clary Sage” // Black Faucet // Brass Self-importance Gentle // Flushmount Fixture // Towel Hook // Rest room Paper Roll Holder // Bathe Curtain // Towels // DIY Wooden Wall // Wooden Mirror // Cleaning soap Dispenser // Cloe Tile // Bathe Trim Bundle

Our little rest room, which sits in between the lounge and kitchen, acquired a refresh once we first moved in. We changed the ground tile and put in this attractive cream tile within the bathe, together with matte black fixtures. I DIY’ed a wooden wall of molding for our towel hooks and it makes the area really feel extra high-end.

Future Plans: None.

The Kitchen

Family photo before kitchen renovation
Remember scale and proportion when choosing lighting for your space
Our kitchen before renovation
Our kitchen reveal
Empty side of the kitchen
Our kitchen renovation reveal
An honest review of my Castlery dining room table

Paint Shade: Benjamin Moore “Ballet White” & customized colour from this weblog submit // Kitchen Reveal // Funds Breakdown // Eating Room Reveal // SOURCES

Within the fall of 2020, we renovated your complete kitchen and it turned out fantastically. We utterly modified up the structure. We eliminated a window, constructed a breakfast nook, and added a complete bar space to the opposite aspect of the room. You possibly can examine your complete course of in this weblog submit, together with all the sources for the area. This weblog submit shares a price range breakdown for this whole renovation mission.

Future Plans: None

The Stairwell

The staircase makeover -before
OUr staircase makeover before and after
Our upstairs hallway before
Our upstairs hallway after
The staircase makeover before
My new stairwell accent wall

Benjamin Moore’s “Merely White” (satin) and “Ballet White” (eggshell) // Stair Runner Tutorial // Metallic Railing Design // Stairwell Accent WQall Tutorial // Chandelier // Hallway Gallery Wall // Child Gate 

Our stairwell has advanced just a few occasions over the previous 4 years. After we first moved in, we changed the outdated wooden railing, stained the steps, and painted the risers. I then DIY’ed a stair runner to make the steps a bit safer for our household. This previous winter, I added the stairwell accent wall and wow, it was fairly a mission! You possibly can learn extra about your complete evolution of our stairwell proper right here.

Future Plans: The stair runner has seen higher days and I wish to change it with a extra sturdy rug.

Our Laundry Room – Earlier than & After

Paint Shade: Benjamin Moore “Ballet White” // Trim Shade: Benjamin Moore “Merely White” // Washer // Dryer // Pedestals // Flooring Tile // Inexperienced Tile // Wooden Counter on Home equipment // Buther Block // Drying Rack // Cupboards // Gold Pulls // Gold Handles // Hampers // Rug // Window Therapy (Shade: Quince) // Wall Artwork 1 // Wall Artwork 2

We ended up stealing just a few toes from the hallway to make our laundry room bigger. This allowed us to add an enormous wall of storage for our cleansing provides and hampers. I added inexperienced tile over our washer and dryer, together with butcher block counter tops throughout. This room sees quite a lot of motion round right here!

Future Plans: None.

The Foremost Bed room

Master bedroom before
My favorite room transformations including my main bedroom
Our bedroom before
Our new closets in our main bedroom
Master bedroom windows before
Our main bedroom transformation

Wall Shade: Benjamin Moore “Boothbay Grey” // Trim Shade: Benjamin Moore “Merely White” // Bamboo Shades // Dresser (Restoration {Hardware} Outlet) // Door Knobs  // Nightstands (Classic from Megmade) // 9×12 Rug (in pure/sand) // Cream Mattress (Zuma White) //  Wallpaper // Rug Pad // Mattress // Grey Velvet Curtains // Curtain Rods (with European Gold Rub ‘n Buff) // White Quilt // Sheets // Cream Mattress Blanket // Bench (Article not bought)  //  Massive White Vase // Brass Sconces // Body TV // Marble Tray // Marble Image Body // Planter // Fake Jade Plant // Flower Artwork

Oh, how I like our serene bed room. It actually is the most effective place to calm down after an extended day. The very first thing we did was take out the wall between the 2 closets to make one massive one for our customized IKEA setup. Then, just a few years later, I wallpapered the ceiling and painted the partitions a pale blue. You possibly can learn extra about this whole transformation right here.

Future Plans: None.

The Foremost Lavatory

Before master bathroom at finn fixer upper
My new black and gold marble bathroom
Removing the bathtub
Main bathroom after
our old bathroom
The tile in our black and gold marble bathroom

Benjamin Moore “Rockport Grey” (decrease wall) // Benjamin Moore “Ballet White” higher wall // Bathe Wall Tile with “Bone” grout // Bathe Flooring Tile with “Delorean grey” grout // Marble Flooring Tile with “Mist” grout // Bathe {Hardware} // Wooden Stool // Black Hooks // Favourite White Towels // Sconces // Black Self-importance // Gold Taps // Sink Drain // Rest room // Rest room Lever //  Trash Can // Black Body // Wallpaper // Match Striker // Black Marble Canister // Black Tray // Q-Tip Storage // Cleaning soap Dispenser // Linen Cupboard // White Rug // Linen Cupboard Pulls // Linen Cupboard Knobs // Baskets

Final 12 months, we utterly gutted our important rest room to create a structure that works a lot better for our life-style with a big bathe and customized linen closet that I made myself. It was so enjoyable to remodel this area into the toilet of our desires. I shared your complete price range breakdown for this mission proper right here, and you may see the total reveal on this weblog submit.

Future Plans: None.

The Children’ Lavatory

Our new skirted toilet in the kids bathroom reveal

Paint Shade: Benjamin Moore “Boothbay Grey” // Sources & Tutorials

We tackled this rest room final 12 months and it has been a gamechanger for our household. That is the right area for our youngsters to wash and prepare for the day forward. I really like the brilliant colours and deep bathtub. It began as an outdated beige field and I did a budget-friendly part one makeover after residing with it for over a 12 months. We then determined to intestine it and it’s now fairly good for our household. You possibly can discover all the particulars proper right here.

Future Plans: None.

Ellis’ Room

Guest bedroom before
Ellis' nursery reveal
Our nursery before
Ellis' nursery reveal
Our guest bedroom
Ellis' nursery reveal

Wall Shade, Benjamin Moore “Tarrytown Inexperienced” // Sources & Tutorials

This was our beforehand uncared for visitor room till our candy Ellis joined the household. I like the moody inexperienced partitions and the image body molding I added to make it look a bit extra high-end. He loves his area and it’s the coziest room in the home. You’ll find all the sources for this area proper right here.

Future Plans: We are going to proceed to tweak issues as Ellis grows, nevertheless it’s largely finished!

My Residence Workplace

Old doors in office
Room transformations - our home office
Our office before the renovation
My favorite room transformations
Our home office space

 Wall Shade: Benjamin Moore “Ballet White” // Trim Shade: Valspar “Merely White” // Constructed-In Shade: Valspar “Chimney Smoke” // Constructed-in decor sources on this weblog submit // Drawer {Hardware} // Cupboard {Hardware} // Chandelier // Wall Mural // Futon // Rug // Desk // Workplace Chair // Fake Fiddle Leaf // Basket for Fiddle // Gold Planter

We completed this workplace in March 2020, proper when everybody was immediately working from residence 24/7. I’m relieved we acquired this area finished once we did as a result of it has served as an workplace for each my husband and me over the previous few years. Finn has since moved his workplace to our basement, so now this area is all mine!

The DIY built-ins have been by far the largest mission we did to this room, and possibly the largest mission we’ve finished…ever. They took many weekends to finish, however I’m nonetheless so rattling pleased with them.

Future Plans: None, besides to arrange the cupboards and closet a bit higher.

Rory’s Room

Before photos of our new house
Sharing our home's paint colors
Extra bedroom in our Finn Fixer upper
Our baby girl's nursery
My favorite room transformations - pink and green nursery

Wall Shade: Valspar “Heat Fog” // Chair Rail Shade: Customized (method in this weblog submit) // Gentle Fixture // Classic Rug // Crib // Mattress // Mattress Pad Cowl // Wooden Dresser // Desk Lamp (spray painted this colour) // Marble Facet Desk // Wooden Body // Personalised Ultrasound // Household Sew // Wallpaper // Cupboard Knobs // Simple Observe White Wooden Closet Equipment // Bow Hook // Bow Holder // Window Therapies by City Workroom

The sweetest room for my candy little lady. From the wallpapered closet, to the DIY chair rail, and the customized built-ins, it actually turned out so fantastically. We haven’t modified a lot since I debuted it in 2020. I’ve simply tweaked organizational programs, like her dresser, as she has grown.

Future Plans: Rory nonetheless loves her crib, so we haven’t moved her as much as an enormous lady mattress simply but. However, I believe her days in a crib are numbered. Cue all the mother tears!

The Basement

Kenneth basement before
Our basement transformation 6 month sin
Our basement transformation

Wall Shade, Clare Paint “Greige” in eggshell // Door & Trim Colours, Benjamin Moore “Merely White” in a satin end // Carpet by Dreamweaver in colour “Gold Rush // Wallpaper // E-book Ledges // Bench Cushion in “Renaissance Heritage Leaf” // Coloring Desk // Dollhouse // Crimson Bench Pillow // Couch // Leather-based Ottoman // TV Stand // Rug (navy/multi) // Throw Blanket // Finn’s Desk // Workplace Console // Workplace Chair // Internet Cam //  Screens // Monitor Mount // Clip on Gentle // Wi-fi Keyboard & Mouse // Finn’s Sand Timer // Marble Bookends // Closet Storage

Nicely, this area undoubtedly took a distinct flip over this previous 12 months. I had massive plans to make beauty upgrades to this degree of our residence, however then your complete area flooded with sewage water final September. This meant that we needed to take away all the carpet and drywall and begin recent. We ended up re-finishing part of our storage room to create space for Finn’s workplace. Ultimately, it turned out higher than we may have ever hoped. You possibly can learn your complete story proper right here.

Future Plans: I nonetheless wish to hold a gallery wall and work on some organizational programs for the closets and youngsters’ toys.

The Basement Lavatory

Our new dark green bathroom in our basement

Paint Colours: Darkish Inexperienced (customized colour present in this weblog submit), Valspar’s “Clay Angel” (higher partitions and ceiling) // Penny Tile with “Ivory” grout // Self-importance // Rest room // Gold Faucet // Rest room Paper Holder // Sconces // Towel Ring // Hand Towel // Wooden Mirror // Turkish rug from this vendor // Wooden Stool (comparable) // Cleaning soap Dispenser // Black Marble Tray // Candle Hurricane // Rest room Tank Basket // Gold Body // Artwork in Gold Body // Matte Black Rest room Deal with // Overhead Gentle Fixture // Bud Vase // Image Body

Welcome to my most up-to-date mission! When our basement flooded final fall, I made a decision to tear out this rest room myself and construct it again all by myself. I did the demo, tiled the flooring, added the beadboard, and painted all of it a stunning darkish inexperienced. I’m completely in love with the completed product and couldn’t be prouder of this area. You possibly can see the full reveal proper right here.

Future Plans: None.

Our chicago home renovation makeover before and after tour

Wow, that was a hefty submit. As you’ll be able to see, so much has modified round right here over the previous 4 years. This Chicago residence renovation has been an enormous one and we’ve actually loved each step of this journey. What’s subsequent for the Finn household? I’m not completely certain, however I’m excited to see the place life takes us subsequent.



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