Tales of a Tract Home: Getting the Keys and Closing

I'm happy to announce that we have closed on our home and took possession of the keys yesterday. I'm excited to make this home our own. I thought you'd like to see a few of the "before" photos of our place. Below are the photos with some thoughts on how I can make it mine.

The faux finish on the walls MUST go. Lighter colors and new flooring. New lighting as well.

New flooring. New lighting. and eventually painting the cabinets white. Yep. Seriously.

Go with lighter colors. Take out the bathtub steps and enclose the very exposed toilet.

This one made me laugh. Eggplant paint colors on the wall (and ceiling). Again, lighter colors, but the rest of the bathroom looks great.

Remove ALL of the brown carpet. Yuck. And then paint over this sunny wall. I don't mind the neutral tan, however.

These are just a few photos of what the home looked like previously. Would you believe it used to have a salon and tanning bed in the basement at one point? I love seeing how one person transforms it to fit their personal style.

While I'm feeling overwhelmed at the thought of moving again, it's going to be an amazing experience. Looking forward to making it more "ours" over the next few years.


  1. If your going to paint then leave the carpet in till your done then remove it will save time on the drop cloths have fun and I agree on painting out the kitchen I love white ones too so bright and cheerful

  2. Oh Jen, so happy for you and can't wait to see what you'll do to it. It has so much potential.

  3. It is a wonderful home. I am happy it is yours now! You will have a lot of fun making it your own.

  4. Yeah! A house to call home!
    Its a great house Jen! It will look more so when you make it your own with all the changes you had planned. I am sure it will feel like home when you make the changes.

  5. Congratulations! Looks like it has great curb appeal and good bones! Can't wait to see the transformation of how you make it your own. :)

  6. Congratulations it looks a great place and will be beautiful when you put your own stamp on it.

  7. Congrats! My husband was so overwhelmed after we moved to our first house he said he was going to never move. That was more than 20 years ago.

  8. Congratulations!! I'm sure that you and the family will have many happy times there! Have fun making it your own! We moved two and a half years ago and we are still decorating some things.

  9. Finally, you’ve got the keys of your new house. This must’ve been one of the happiest day of your life! Now you are done with all the stress of house hunting. Have fun with turning your new house into your dream home! I hope you will still share the renovation process with us!

    Leonard George @ RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside


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