When I bought my house, it could have been used for the picture in the dictionary to define the term “fixer upper.”  It was just over 30 years old when I bought it in 2007, but it hadn’t known much love in its life.

Here’s what it looked like when I bought it:

Home tour before photo
BEFORE: My house, built in 1985, was neglected and rundown when I bought it.

Unfortunately, after spending every penny I had to buy my house, the housing market started to tumble.  My home value was plummeting, even while I was trying to make improvements.

So, I had to be thrifty.  I did as many projects myself as I could.  And I came up with ideas for updates I could do without spending a ton of money.

A few years later, the exterior looked like this:

House tour after
AFTER: The exterior has been transformed. See the thrifty updates I made inside as well.

Home Tour

Come along and see how the interior changed as well.  I don’t have them all written up yet, but here are the transformations so far.


When I bought my house, it had the original kitchen from 1985.  Kitchen remodels are expensive!  So, I did some clever repurposing and some super thrifty updates to create a whole new look.  See more.

Living Room

The living room used to have pink carpet, drapes shredded by cats, an ugly fireplace hearth, and an awkward layout.  With some creative re-imagining, it is now a beautiful contemporary space.  See more.

Bedroom Closet

As someone who enjoys wearing pretty clothes, I needed more efficient storage space.  I created a custom closet system with some DIY creativity and a tiny budget.  See more.

The Backyard

From overgrown shrubs and a rotting deck, to a beautiful outdoor living space.  Some serious DIY effort produced a gravel patio with pergolas, a swing, eating areas, and a fire pit.  See more.

Stay tuned for more coming soon!


Den before

Home Office

  • Damaged blinds
  • Filthy walls
  • Odd shaped room

Stay tuned to see the updates!

Master bedroom before

Master Bedroom

  • More pink carpet!
  • Pink blinds and puffy window valence
  • Another ugly fireplace

Stay tuned to see the updates!

Spare Bedroom Before

Spare Bedroom

  • Peach walls
  • Peach blinds
  • Wallpaper border with geese and bears

Stay tuned to see the updates!

Full Bath Before

Full Bathroom

  • Blue faux marble tub surround
  • Stained vinyl floor
  • Awkwardly placed medicine cabinet

Stay tuned to see the updates!