The Hubs and I bought our first house, a foreclosure, on April 15, 2011 with the help of our good friend and Realtor Scott Neal . We sold the home in September of 2013 to make the big move to Georgia. It was a TON of work, but it was a labor of love. Looking back, I can’t even believe we did all that…
Check it out the before and afters….
The front of the house before:
Ew. The day we closed on it, I drove straight to the house and kicked down that hideous handrail. Sorry old folks. I would have loved to get rid of the tiered yard but was told several times that it would negatively impact the foundation. Boo.
The living area before:
The carpet was nasty. Well, more like ass-ty. It smelled like piss, not to mention it was crazy-hideous.
Living area after:
I tore down and built a new mantle, scrubbed off the smoke stains on the brick fireplace, we repainted the entire house with Behr’s Sculptor’s Clay, put tile in the living area and Allure Plank Vinyl flooring throughout most of the house. That stuff is awesome. Looks just like wood but doesn’t scratch and scuff near as easily.
Here’s a wider shot. I love my paint chip art. The quote is from this scene in one of my favorite movies ever. Poor Jefe.
The dining room before:
Sorry for the super tiny pic, it’s from the original listing.
Dining area after:
We also added a tiny door for our fat basset hound friend Howard.
Another shot of the dining room before:
This is my favorite part!
The kitchen before:
We added french doors to the laundry room, sanded and restained the cabinets, added crown molding, new appliances, granite counter tops and flooring.
I made that bench cushion from 2 burlap coffee bags that I picked up in Canton for a buck each!
We also closed in the garage to make room for another living area and an office/craft room.
Living room side after:
That Goodfellas painting back there was the first painting I ever did.
Craft room side after:
Guest bathroom before:
I don’t know what was up with the weird counter, but it drove me crazy. I agreed to leave it but then tore it out one day while Hubs was at work. Then he had no choice. 🙂
After I tore out the weird counter top, I replaced it with one I found at a local surplus store for $90 bucks.
Here are some side by side before and afters:
Whew! Buying a foreclosure is a ton of work, but the possibilities are almost endless. You can do whatever you want and create your own perfect home. Now, if I can just get the Georgia home how I want it, I’ll be able to rest.
Whaddya think? Have you taken on a foreclosure or a crazy pee-smell home reno project? Would you do it again?