I thought it might be interesting to some of you to show you pic’s of our new home here on our little homestead. We bought it Feb ’08 as a foreclosure. It is a 2200 sq. ft. modular, and it came on a little piece of land. It was severely trashed when we got it. The whole place was splattered with mud, grease from a motorcycle, and who knows what else from ceiling to floor (literally)! And the smell was horrible! It wreaked of wet dog and cigarette smoke. There were holes in the doors, walls, and cabinets. The bathrooms and kitchen were beyond disgusting. And windows were broken. We all had to thoroughly sanitize our hands every time we visited the house. Little Jada nicknamed it “The Dirty House”.

It was definitely a “fixer-upper”. But, after a thorough inspection telling us that the home was in really good shape other than the cosmetic problems (it was only 7 yrs. old), and lots of negotiating with Fanny Mae, our offer was accepted. We quickly moved the home onto our own land before the owners could come back and do more damage (which did happen once during negotiations). Our cost to purchase the home was about $22,000, after selling the piece of land it had been on. Not bad, huh!

I wish that was all we had in the home, but of course we had to spend more moving and setting it up, and remodeling it. We still came out way cheaper than if we had bought any other house this size. And I pinched pennies in every way I could during the remodel, buying most of our materials from a salvage yard.

It took 8 months of mostly do-it-ourselves work before it was ready for us to move into. My dad and I spent countless hours and many, many late nights painting and doing trim work. It felt like we’d never be done! But, finally the big day arrived, and now that we’ve settled in, we couldn’t be happier. It’s quite an improvement from a single wide trailer! The Lord has truly rewarded our patience.

It isn’t a grand, gorgeous home (though you couldn’t tell my kids anything different), but we are proud of it. So, just for fun, here are the “Before” and “After” pictures 🙂

Front Entry/Dining area

Before:

dining room before

Filthy carpets. Mud splattered walls. Dark and dingy.

After:

Dining Room

Much better!!

I found the chandelier at a yard sale for $20 (shades and all!), and the dining table and four chairs for $50!

Living Room

Before:

Living Room Before

Notice how NASTY it was?! Evidently the previous owners let a couple of big dogs run in and out throughout the home and they tracked red mud everywhere. It was even splattered all over the walls! Along with who knows what else. Yuck! And that strange platform built underneath the windows… what was up with that?

After:


Living Room


Living Room After

Much better, right?! Yes, I painted those walls. And my dad pulled out that hideous platform thingy. But we did hire a professional to do the laminate floors. I wasn’t about to try to mess that up!

We bought the sofa and loveseat second hand for $200. I LOVE the large wall art piece I found to go behind the couch at a yard sale for $17!! Score! And the coffee table is a new addition, for $30.

Fireplace

Before:

Fireplace Before

After:


Fireplace After

Just needed a little paint. We’ve added a woodstove to better heat the house. The chest of drawers on the right side of the fireplace was Jerry’s grandpa’s, and it fit perfectly in that little nook!

Bar Area into Kitchen

Before:


After:


Kitchen Bar After

I searched for months and months for affordable bar stools that would look just right in this space. I was finally able to snag these off of Craigslist for $11 a piece. An awesome deal!!

Kitchen

Before:

Kitchen Before


Kitchen Before

That floral wallpaper had to go. Not to mention the ugly fluorescent lighting!

After:


Kitchen After

Not too much to change, other than a paint job and new light fixtures. We did replace the dishwasher with one I found on Craigslist for $50, and the stove with the one from our previous home. Oh, and a white, extremely heavy cast iron sink that someone was just going to donate that I was able to snag for free to replace the old one (which had a hole in it). Notice we’re still missing a drawer or two… we’ll fix that someday!

Family Room (across from kitchen)

Before:


Family room before

After:

Playroom After


Playroom After

Obviously I made it into the kids playroom. I love that it’s right across from the kitchen, so I can always see what they are doing. This is where we do some of our homeschooling as well. If you’d like to see it in more detail, check out my post on decorating a playroom on a budget.

 

Xia’s Nursery

Before:


Bedroom Before

Just plain dirty white walls and filthy green carpet.

After:


Here’s baby Xia’s nursery. The twin bed I found for $30, and sold the metal twin frame I used to have there for $20, so really it was a $10 investment. The crib was given to us (our church was remodeling the daycare and let me have one of the cribs they were replacing), the changing table was bought second hand for us, and the crib bedding was like $30 off of Craigslist 🙂


Boys Room

Before:

All I can say is “Blah”!

After:

Boys Room After

diy boys bedroom

My dad and I put up the chair rail and new baseboards (He cut; I nailed, caulked, and painted). I absolutely LOVE how this room turned out. You can read about how I decorated this room on a zero dollar budget here.

Jada’s Room

Before:

Jada's room before

Nasty, nasty, nasty!

After:

Jada's Room After

Jada's Room After

If you couldn’t tell by all of the girlyness, this is Jada’s room. I bought this new bed for her for $30, mattress and all! I had Jerry cut out her name in wooden letters, and I painted them to match her bedding. And that cool green armoire in the corner… some friends found it on their neighbor’s curb!

Girls Ceiling Fan

The ceiling fan I just adore. I had been eyeing it for months, and one day I went into Lowes to look for other things, and I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw the exact same fan on clearance for $40! I was so excited, and scooped it up immediately!

I free-hand painted butterflies and flowers around the boarder. It took me forever, but I love the outcome!

handpainted butterflies girls bedroom

hand painted butterfly girls room

handpainted flower girls room

Jada loves her new room. She tells everyone it’s “gorgeous”! I’m so glad she loves it.

Guest Bathroom

Before:


Guest bath before

Who puts carpet in bathrooms anyways?

After:


Guest Bath After

I thought this light sage green would look great with my beige and white dragonfly shower curtain. I’m kinda wishing I’d gone with a different vinyl flooring though, oh well…

Master Bedroom

Before:


Master Bedroom Before

See how nasty it was?! Obviously the carpet had to go! Lucky for you this blog doesn’t come with “smell-o-vision”… yuck!!

After:




Clean, new carpet. We pulled the strips off the walls, filled the holes, and painted them a nice neutral shade. Add some new trim, a fan, and it’s set!

Master Bath

Before:

Master Bath Before

Check out the purple floral wall paper!


Master Bath Before

It had potential…

After:


Master Bath After

Much better. Though I still need a new mirror to hang there on the wall.


Master Bath After

Nothing major. Just some new vinyl flooring, and paint on the walls. (Not to mention some elbow grease!)

Laundry/Mud Room

Before (Well, kinda. We’d painted the walls already):

laundry room before

After:

Laundry Room After

Laundry Room After

 

Looks good now, but it didn’t start out nice and organized. Check out the Before and After pics on my Zero Dollar Laundry Room Makeover.

Office

And here’s the office. It was just like all of the other rooms before- dirty, white walls with nasty green carpet. We replaced the solid white doors with french doors to open up the space into the main living area.

So, there you have it, our new home. Everything that we have in it has either been given to us, or bought super cheap second-hand. Just about all of the furniture has been given to us. We make due with what we have, and we feel very blessed to have all that we do.

I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in the future for our little home on the homestead! Thanks for stopping by!