It’s hard to believe on the 15th of May, we will begin our sixth month of living in Tampa. We moved here from Northern California in December. After spending about two months of that time with our house torn up due to our remodel, we feel like we are finally home in our house. It has a lot of mixed styles, but leans toward a Coastal vibe.
Never one to rest in this house with status quo, this week we received a quote from our all-star contractor, Chris Robinson of Tampa Home Pro, to have our bathrooms remodeled! Can’t wait to see those redone as well!
But, before that work begins, it’s fun to look back at what our house was prior to our remodel. We knew from the minute that we walked i the open house, we would remodel the living room and kitchen. The first video was before we painted anything and includes the entry way, living room and kitchen. The second video was #DemoDay.
Instead of describing the this and that of each room, I’ll just say we had all new flooring put in downstairs, and new carpet upstairs. We also had every wall and ceiling painted! We tore out three walls, added a closet in the living room, and totally updated the kitchen with new cabinets, flooring, an island and more.
Drum roll please!
The front of the house the day we closed followed by a photo of the house present day!
The before of the entry way.
The after of the entry way.
The before of the living room.
The after of the living room.
The before of the kitchen.
The after of the kitchen.
The before of the kitchen nook.
The after of the kitchen nook.
The before and after the kitchen hutch. We bought it for $75 off Craigslist and painted it with French Linen Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
The before of the formal dining room.
This room was going to be an office, but we are turning it to a bar room of sorts. We need to find a couple of cool patterned wing chairs and a little table. It will be a great in between room when we have dinner parties!
The before of what was the formal living room.
The after, which is now a dining room. We are going to have a chandelier added soon.
The before of Nick’s office.
The after of Nick’s office. Yes, I will be painting the chair’s legs!
The before of the master bedroom.
The after of the master bedroom.
The before of the second bedroom.
The after of the second bedroom.
The before of the third bedroom.
The after of the third bedroom.
The before of the fourth bedroom.
The after of the fourth bedroom. This room is also a work in progress.
The before of the pool area.
The after of the pool area.
Because I love fresh flowers and plants – a few extra photos!
Our house always seems to be a work in progress, but it’s made great strides. I have to thank Nancy and Doug Wood, of the Wood Team, for helping us find this amazing team! And also a huge shout out to Chris Robinson, our contractor with Tampa Home Pro!
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Why Travel, Cooking and DIY? A creative type, I have always loved painting and decorating as a hobby. Upcycling is a real passion. My mom was a Home Ec teacher when we were growing up. I learned a lot from her and because I love hosting get-togethers, I had to step up my game in the kitchen as well. And lastly, my love of travel comes from my Grandma Schmitt.
An Illinois native, I worked in the White House Communications Agency early in my career (President Reagan), prior to returning to Illinois State University to finish my undergraduate and Master's. After a couple of post-graduate internships (minor league baseball and Big Ten Conference), I then worked in college athletics full-time for more than 22 years -- first at the University of South Carolina for 15 years and then at Santa Clara University for the last seven years. We moved to Tampa, Florida in Dec., 2016 after spending 8.5 years in Northern California.