Hello my friends!! I am super excited for this Field Trip Friday with Design Dreams by Anne. You will love, love, love her home tour! So without any further adieu let’s get started!!
Hi! I’m Anne from DesignDreams by Anne. Welcome to my home!
Three years ago, almost to the day, I bought a 1930s fixer-upper cottage. I was recently separated and wanted a project to focus on to help me pass the time. When I first moved in, I had thought I would be handling mostly cosmetic changes – I was wrong…
The longer I lived in the house, the more I realized there was much more to be dealt with than what appeared on the surface and it would be costly to deal with. I took to scrounging materials, picking up roadside items, dumpster diving, yard sale’ing, horse-trading and swapping all sorts of things to get the look I wanted. Instead of hiring contractors, I invested in a starter set of power tools and took on the projects myself. It’s been a lot of work and a lot of fun, too. The satisfaction of having done it all myself and on a small budget is HUGE. Here is my journey.
First up was my kitchen. It needed a big overhaul so I used the Home Depot “12 Months No Interest” plan and bought cabinets, counters, sink, faucet, plumbing materials and lights and I got to work. I also placed my sideboard in the kitchen and put a shelf over it for some free additional storage space. This is an Ikea sideboard that I painted with a home made paint to give it an antique look.
I added a shelf desk and painted some grain sack stripes on it to dress it up.
Every room in the house has been painted in either tan or off-white. I buckled down and painted all the ugly orange wood trim in the house. It looks amazing now! I’ve also painted most of the furniture so it all coordinates better. Painting it was the best idea, the furniture went from looking old and tired to fresh and new again.
For a dining room hutch, I bought a 2nd hand Baker’s Rack for $25 and gave it a makeover. I added wood shelves and a new wood top and stained/painted the whole thing.
Then I refinished my dining room table to match the new industrial style that I’m falling in love with:
I gave my master bathroom a makeover based on a table cloth I found in a clearance bin (gotta love those clearance bins!!!) I used the tablecloth as a shower curtain. I have a fabric liner as well, but the tablecloth is indoor/outdoor fabric – perfect for a bathroom!!
I’m still working on finding ways to brighten my kitchen and I plan to add a window over my laundry tub and widen the opening into my dining room, but mostly the big projects indoors are done! Hooray! Next year’s focus will be on landscaping, decks and patios.
Hope you enjoyed the tour. I have lots more photos and how-to details on my blog – come over and visit some time! For more photos on the room tours, click on the links: