Intro to My First Place

When I first found this diamond in the rough I insisted that I did NOT want to become a homeowner. My mom persisted that I should really consider this short sale townhouse. She won…It was kind of hot a mess when I first took the keys in hand, but after years of watching HGTV I was very excited. THEN reality set in, and I realized just how much work it is to “update” a home. Of course typical Cassie style I had about a million and sixty-two things going on at once.

Just to give you an idea, here is a list of things we have done in the last two years (I purchased this townhouse in December 2010): bought the townhouse, met the love of my life after sifting through the uh..nonkeepers, went back to school, finished a degree, got engaged, planned a wedding, planned a honeymoon, got married, transitioned into a new role at work, remodeled the townhouse, sold it, and bought our current home. Did I mention I am a mom… What a blur.

Yep makes me want to take a deep breath sit on my buns and relax for about 15 minutes 😉 Now you know why I have such a coffee addiction!

So my plan is to show you room by room what we started with, and what we ended up with. Keep in mind I bought this home, because it was a great investment. Our updates were not extreme, fancy, or custom. We knew we didn’t want to over do it, or it would just eat up the profit. We ended up selling it for $20,000 more than what I purchased the home for. Of course we had realtor fees, update cost, but we still made a great profit!

First room on the list, the heart of every home…..The kitchen.

Lets point out some of the great features in this kitchen..

Those shelves used to have bifold doors (yep pretty sure I took them down during my first trip in the house, you could not open the doors simultaneously with the fridge or stove.)

Not to mention those shelves were a little on the uuuuuugly, awkward side

The custom light fixtures ie the previous owners spray painted the brass fixtures with fake silver spray paint

The walls were very dark

Those miniblinds….Ugh after living in apartments in college I HATE plastic miniblinds

I added tons of clutter just to polish off the ugly 😉

Here is the After

Total Cost: $118

Decor (curtains, rug, mirror): $50

Majority of decor we already had: FREE

Paint: $20

Door hinges: $20

Light fixtures: 2/$10

Shelf backing: $18

Some close ups…be prepared!

Thanks for reading!

God Bless


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