The Willow House Before & After

I’m sharing a full, side by side tour of The Willow House before and after our remodel. It’s such a great makeover and it’s hard to believe where we first started!

Even though we sold our Willow House and it’s in the hands of a new owner, I wanted to share all of the before and after views of the house. It deserves it.

This house was in really, really rough shape when we bought it. Most of our family thought we were crazy to take on such a huge project, but the potential was always there and I couldn’t help but want to bring this house back to life.

Every time we finished a room in the house, it felt like a monumental moment. We lived there for three years and even though the house was officially finished right before we sold it, enjoying each and every space we finished was such a wonderful feeling!

The Willow House Before & After

The exterior

We started on the exterior first. We painted the entire house, brick and all, replaced the roof, the soffit and fascia, the windows, garage doors, back patio, put in a new sprinkler system, garden boxes and all new landscaping.

We also added a pergola to the front of the house and it completely transformed our tri-level home.

Before:

A picture of the exterior of our home when we first bought the house.

After:

A picture of the front of our house when it was finished.

Before:

A picture of the back of the house when we bought it.

After:

A picture of the back of the house when we finished it.

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The Entry Way

With this space being the first room you saw when you walked in the house, we knew we wanted to add plenty of our personality. Not only did it get fresh paint on the walls, new flooring, doors and lighting, but we also bought a new console table and hung new artwork.

Before:

A picture of our entry way when we bought the house.

After:

A picture of our finished entry.

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The Living Room

This space always felt like the first room in the house to be finished. We needed a place to rest without projects staring us in the face. New paint, flooring and windows with larger trim made the biggest difference, but we also scrapped all of the popcorn ceilings throughout the entire house.

Before:

A picture of the living room when we bought the house.

After:

A picture of our finished living room

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The Dining Room

Our dining room may have been small, but I maximized the space by adding a tall cabinet to the corner. We also installed vertical planking to the walls, added a new light fixture and switched out the dining room table many times until it finally felt right!

Before:

A picture of the dining room when we bought the house.

After:

A picture of our dining room after our remodel.

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The Kitchen

Our lovely kitchen was one of a several rooms in the house that received a full remodel. We had our work cut out for us in this space. We completely demo’ed out the space, added new sub-flooring, a new window, new flooring, paint and vertical planking. Then we added in new cabinets, laminate countertops and backsplash, new appliances, light fixtures and more!

I loved this sweet little kitchen and how much personality it had! See the full room reveal here!

Before:

A picture of the kitchen when we bought the house.

After:

A picture of our kitchen remodeled.

Before:

A picture of the kitchen when we bought the house.

After:

A picture of our finished kitchen remodel.

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The Downstairs Living Room

This room was by far the most budget friendly makeover we did in the entire house. Painting the brick fireplace made a huge difference, but then we also added new trim work around the fireplace, installed vertical paneling behind the built in shelves, added new lighting and suddenly, this was a completely different space.

You can see the full fireplace reveal here.

Before:

A picture of the downstairs living room when we bought the house.

After:

A picture of the downstairs living room after it was finished.

Before:

A picture of the downstairs living room when we bought the house.

After:

A picture of the living room after it was finished.

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The Downstairs Bathroom:

We completely reworked the downstairs bathroom. What once started as a tiny powder bathroom turned into a much larger full sized bathroom with a shower. We worked hard to embrace all the ductwork running throughout this room and it created so much character. The ledge under the window was one of my favorite elements in the bathroom, as well as the custom made vanity.

You can see the full reveal here.

Before:

A picture of the downstairs bathroom when we bought the house.

After:

A picture of our finished downstairs bathroom.

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The Stairs

Giving our stairs a makeover was one of the most transforming projects we did! We installed new stair treads and risers, as well as a new handrail.

Before:

A picture of the stairs when we bought the house.

After:

A picture of our finished stairs.

The Hallway

Yes, even our hallway got a makeover! Not only with new flooring and paint, but we also moved the attic access to the end of the hall, removed the swamp cooler access when we installed the new HVAC system and we installed new lighting.

You can see the full reveal here.

Before:

A picture of the hallways when we bought the house.

After:

A picture of the hallway after we remodeled it

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Ania’s Nursery

All of the upstairs bedrooms were easy to update with new carpet, paint and trim, but we put a little bit more time into Ania’s nursery by installing moulding on her walls. Her room was so sweet and fit her so well.

You can see the full reveal here.

Before:

A picture of Ania's nursery when we bought the house.

After:

A picture showing Ania's nursery reveal.

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The Guest Bedroom

Never before seen on the blog, but this teal room transformed very easily with new paint, carpet, trim and closet doors.

Before:

A picture of the guest room when we bought the house.

After:

A picture of our guest bedroom after we remodeled the house.

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The Master Bedroom

Our master bedroom came such a long way! We removed the old carpet, installed full size wardrobes, new carpet, new paint and new lighting! We even made a new headboard for the room and painted new nightstands.

You can see more here.

Before:

A picture of the master bedroom when we bought the house.

After:

A picture of our finished master bedroom.

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The Master Bathroom:

This bathroom was one of my very favorite makeovers in the entire house. We completely demo’ed this room down to the studs and started over. And even though this wasn’t a very large bathroom, it felt so much larger than it actually was.

You can see the full reveal here.

Before:

A picture of the master bathroom when we bought the house.

After:

A picture of our finished master bathroom shower.

Before:

A picture of the master bathroom when we bought the house.

After:

A picture of our finished master bathroom vanity area.

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There are a few spaces I didn’t get final pictures of, like our upstairs hall bathroom and our laundry room. I’m kicking myself over it. Like every other space in this house, they were a dramatic makeover.

This house came a long way, and it was honestly such a fun experience giving it a complete transformation. Of course, there were hard times, frustrating time and times we didn’t want to do another project… but we always knew what our end goal was and we loved seeing the final transformation too much to stop.

I hope you enjoyed seeing all of the before and after pictures too!

12 Comments

  1. You did an absolutely amazing job on that house and made it a lovely home! Wishing you a happy and healthy new year full of love and laughter. And lots of luck with your new home!

    1. Thank you so much, Deb! We came a long way in this home and it was fun to write this post and see just how much the house changed! Happy new year to you as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. You guys did a lovely job! I love your style. We are currently renovating a home that also needed a lot of love and seeing your finished product helps me see the light at the end of the tunnel! Thanks for sharing the full tour.

    1. Thank you so much, Ali! We love looking back and seeing how much the house changed, so be sure to take pictures of your remodel, even if they’re just for yourself. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I am truly so impressed. Not only did your breathe life into that home you gave it such character. Changing the floors throughout made such an initial impression on me. The new owners must have been thrilled.

    And to be honest after the exterior shot I couldnโ€™t help thinking how excited your neighbors must have been!

    1. Thank you, Colleen! I love all the character we added and how drastic this remodel turned out to be. The new owners are very excited about the house and we’re so glad! And you’re right… our neighbors were very grateful we gave the house such a big remodel! Onto the next big adventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. It has been so fun to watch the transformation over the past years. The new owners have purchased a really nice home and lot. Best of luck in your new endeavor-building a home from the ground up!

    1. Thank you so much, Laura! We enjoyed watching the transformation unfold too! The new owners love the home and I’m excited they do! Now onto our next adventure… it’s a big one! ๐Ÿ™‚

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