before the before pics.

Here it is. Don’t let the pretty exterior fool you. Here’s the entryway and then oh man LOOK AT THAT LIVING ROOM.


Oh, check the family room. It has a fireplace which will be great for lighting all that wood paneling on fire.

The dining room has potential… to be a library. We’re making this room a cozy library.

Have you had enough of the ’80’s yet? No? GOOD BECAUSE THERE’S MORE. Let’s go upstairs.

Master bedroom (attached bathroom and walk-in closet not pictured):

You thought we were kidding about the carpeting, but no. No.


Bedroom 1 (what will be the boys’ room):

It has a huge walk-in closet to the right there, so that’s nice, despite the blood-red carpet THAT JOINS AVOCADO GREEN CARPET. *breathes into a paper bag*

Then there’s what will be Maya’s room, and a guest room.

And finally, where we’ll wash off all the tears after a month of removing wallpaper, the upstairs bathroom.


  1. Andi says:

    That is seriously an amazing project — and wow. You’re not kidding. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a home so incredibly outdated. There’s not ONE SINGLE ROOM that’s been updated in the past 20 years!!

  2. Brian says:

    Wow. That wallpaper is amazing. And how can someone live with that much crap on their walls?

    Other than that and the carpet, it looks like it’ll be pretty damn awesome.

  3. donna says:

    Holy cow. You guys have good eyes to see the potential through all that clutter and ugly carpet and wallpaper. It will be amazing. Can’t wait to see more.

    • bri says:

      thankfully, a family full of contractors means I can look past that crap and see the skeleton. also thankfully, a family full of contractors means free renovations. (HI DAD!)

  4. Rita says:

    Um…yeaaa..I just hope that with all that wallpaper you don’t find..MOAR Wallpaper like me and my father did when he was renovating his house (built in 1920s’)..which only led to another round of wallpaper, then paint, then..um I believe we counted 5 coats of wallpaper/paint mix (yes they just PAINTED OVER THE WALLPAPER) before we found the plaster walls.
    This is going to be a project for sure, but seriously so excited! For both of you and the kids!

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