Our Home: Two Years of Projects Later

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This spring we passed the two year mark of living in our current home. Last year I wrote a post about all the projects and updates we had done in the first year, that is HERE. I think it is always important, especially when you feel like you have a never-ending list of home-related projects, to look back at everything you actually have accomplished.

Going way back to where we started, you can see our home as it was when we moved in here in this post: Our New Home: The Befores .

door open painted

One of my very first projects was to update our front door with new black paint and with a pop of red paint {see it HERE}. This spring this project was featured in Country Woman magazine as an easy way to add color to your home!

Here is our hallway and living room when we moved in. We’ve added decor in the foyer, painted the living room {color: BM classic gray}, but my very favorite project in the whole house are the DIY bookshelves we built in the living room.

living room
Posts on how we built the bookshelves from IKEA bookcases are HERE, HERE and HERE.


How to build a faux wall of built-in bookcases using IKEA billy bookshelves to create beautiful shelving. Full tutorial and how to do it in this post.



Across the hall is our dining room, I am actually making some tweaks in this room this week {because I just got the most gorgeous curtains, I’ll show you those soon!}.


dining room


You can see all the updates in our dining room in this post HERE and HERE.



Nuetral Dining Room Decor

In the Dining Room I painted the room {new color is BM Moonshine}, added a rug, new chandelier, curtains {several reiterations and soon to change again} and added decor, you can find sources at the end of this post for all my spaces if you are interested.

Moving into the rear of our home, here we have our family room and kitchen area. Below you can see the space as it was when we moved in…

family room pic   kitchen-makeover-living-room


You can see more of our living/family room HERE.  My favorite project in here was updating the dark brick fireplace HERE. I also refreshed our TV console HERE. Over the last few weeks I have been refreshing the decor in this room and adding pops of navy blue for a fun summery feel, you can see that here.


Under the stairs I put up a gallery wall in the hallway, more on that space is HERE.


Then I added new lampshades, a small touch with a big impact.


Moving into the kitchen area, we turned the hallway coat closet into a mini-mudroom, see how we did it HERE.  I always get asked how this space works for us and I promise I love it, even without the doors. It is so much less cluttered, and while it is probably not picture-perfect most days, the hooks and baskets do a great job of keeping things organized, I have never missed the doors!

Hall closet turned into a "mudroom" | 11 Magnolia Lane

Last summer, I went back to work on this space to make it more fun and  updated it with stripes and new accessories.

Closet turned mudroom | 11 Magnolia Lane

Our breakfast room is right off our kitchen, you can see more about it HERE. I shared HERE  about my favorite paint color, SW Rhinestone, we used it in our kitchen and breakfast room. The beautiful roman shades soften the windows, I sometimes debate adding curtains in here but I really like the open feel.


Another of my favorite house projects to date is the DIY Open Shelving that we added to the niche in our kitchen, see all about it HERE. This project was fun because Christy and I did it together last winter; they still make me happy each day, not to mention they are fun to style with different seasonal accents.

Tutorial for easy DIY open shelving | 11 Magnolia Lane

Now for our kitchen makeover–our biggest project to date!


You can see what the plan was for our kitchen HERE, then we added the marble backsplash HERE and all about the cabinet painting progress HERE, and finally drumroll…here is the final reveal!  I can’t say how much I love the lighter, brighter space.




Another project that I am very proud of is our DIY Under-Counter Shelves. You can see all about how we did them HERE, this was actually an IKEA hack which made it a fairly simple project.


Last fall I tackled our small first floor powder room as part of the One Room Challenge, see more HERE. I used temporary wallpaper, added a new faucet and some decor, it is much nicer for our guests now.

Easy updates to a builder grade small powder room. Add temporary wallpaper, spray paint a mirror and build in a shelf. Huge impact for small $..

Moving upstairs, here you can see our master bedroom when we moved in. One of the selling points of the house was that the sunroom off the space made a perfect quiet spot for my home office.

master bedroom


I just showed off the new pretty bedding from HomeGoods I found recently. I still plan to paint in here and make some other updates, that is still a to-do list item.



Soon after we moved in, I updated the sitting room into my home office during a One Room Challenge, see my full office makeover HERE.


console in office

{see the console makeover HERE}

Then, last winter I gave the space a whole other update, this time adding pink and black and white stripes for a “Kate Spade Inspired” space, you can see all about it HERE. This is where I work everyday and it is by far my ‘happy’ space in the home.




This spring we tackled our master bathroom, which had sat for two years in need of some serious help. Our first project {and most challenging} was to remove the huge builder mirror. The space is so much more polished now! I still have some decor updates to do in here but it has come a long way from where we started.


Here is the updated space, so much better now, see all about it HERE.


You may have seen my daughter’s room when I first decorated in pink & gold, all about that makeover is HERE. I still love how the room looked like this, but we recently added twin beds which necessitated some other updates.


Here is how the room looks now, the aqua beds and the new bedding gave it a new fun look. All about the bedding is HERE and the full room reveal HERE.


We have also made some other smaller updates in other spaces in our home. Our traditional guest room is here.


And you can see how we updated the adjacent guest bathroom HERE.


I added some decor touches to our deck last fall to make an outdoor living space, completely on a budget. You can see that HERE.

fall deck decor2

I may even be forgetting some projects but looking back on all that I realize how far we have come in two years. Currently, I am working on the living room and dining room updates I mentioned and next up for a refresh is my oldest son’s room–at his request. My laundry room is also in dire need {it is bad ya’ll!} but I have big plans for that space so that is still in the saving and dreaming stage :). I am also considering tackling our basement for the Fall One Room Challenge to make it our ‘teen hang out’ since it has really become our kids’ space, if I am up for all that remains to be seen!

I give credit to getting this far in our home by approaching it in a {semi!} organized fashion and recommend our Whole House Home Decor Planner if you haven’t already tried it. It’s a great way to keep your home projects organized while making systematic progress toward a pulled-together home. I’ll be back with a  follow-up post on ways to feel less overwhelmed at the thought of making a whole house worth of updates later this week.

You also might want to check out this post on 10 easy DIY’s you can do in a weekend if you are looking for some projects you can do on a smaller scale.

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mirror | oversized shell | gold chair {vintage store} | lamp {similar}

basket, table, glass jar-HomeGoods | pillow


console table | lamps {DIY shade here} | baskets, candles, decor-HomeGoods | garden stool-Michaels

Kitchen Shelves

Print-Dear Lillie | Bowls, candles, pitcher-HomeGoods | Glass Jars


Corbels  | Tiered Stand  | Bowls/Decor


Dog Food Bin, Bin for Shoes–HomeGoods | Recycling bin–purchase HERE, tutorial HERE | Rattan Baskets–HERE | Vinyl Monograms–HERE | Pool bag–HERE  {similar} | Hunter boots–HERE | Pillows–HERE {pillow vendor: LookHereJane, comes up frequently}

Dining Room

Chandelier {similar, I have 9 light version} |  Rug  | Chair Covers


Gold Bench-Target {sold out} | B&W Pillows-IKEA | Gray Greek Key Pillow | Rug–Ballard Designs

Guest Bath

Shower Curtain

Home Office

Console & Chair–auction find, more here. Chair fabric here | Desk, Lamp, Vase, Tray, Box, Pillow on Chair–HomeGoods |  Curtains–Wayfair  | Gold Clipboards | Pink storage box, file container, files, drawer organizers–The Container Store  | Gold Shelves, wall shelves, print–IKEA | Day Designer Planner


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Easy updates in a builder-basic home including paint colors and affordable DIY projects


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  1. Oh my word, you have been so busy and everything is stunning. I love it all.

  2. WOW! Totally awesome list of accomplishments Friend.

    • Thanks Julie! Looking back I am feeling like we have done a ton 🙂 Of course there is always more to do! Have a great day 🙂


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