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Our 400 sqft home (Before and After)

Chad and I were married around 18 or 19 years old (shocker I know). We couldn't afford a whole heck of a lot being teenagers and what not and since we hadn't lived on our own yet, looking for a place to live together felt like a daunting task. We had peeked at a few different places but nothing was really in our price range or wasn't what we really wanted.
My father in law had mentioned that he knew of someone who's grandma's house might be vacant. One of those things where you would never know about this place unless you had a friend of a friend of a friend type of thing. We found out that it was available and decided to take a peek at it. 
The moment I walked in I knew I hated it. 
Wood panelling coming from all directions and ceiling tiles like a class room. Brown, brown, brown. 
Tiny easy bake oven that couldn't fit a cookie sheet horizontally.
No air conditioning.
I was pretty sure I wasn't going to come back to this place but after a talk with Chad about how reasonable the price was and how his dad and him could fix it up to be really cute, I could see I wasn't going to win the argument and we were moving in. Here is a video I took of the place the first time I walked in. Sorry for the terrible video quality. Im not the best videographer. 

The house had wood panelling but behind it was good ol dry wall. So we took it all down (along with the ceiling tiles) and my father in law textured the whole thing. We painted it a grayish white to make it feel more open and less dark and dingy.

Over the next 6 years of living here we have slowly accomplished more little tasks to make it more homey. We painted over the kitchen cabinets and added pulls to them. We took down the massive cabinet to the right and chad replaced it with floating shelves. 
We added pendant lights from Ikea and painted the back wall an accent color to make the house feel a little less like a box. 
For the floors the boys covered over the laminate with laminate wood flooring that fits together like a puzzle piece. It actually looks pretty legit. 
 

We purchased a sectional with the perfect dimensions to help section off the living room from the kitchen. 

We purchased a sectional with the perfect dimensions to help section off the living room from the kitchen. 

Oddly enough I'm not one for pictures on the wall..... so Chad made me some honey comb shelves and I drew the bee to balance the wall out a bit more.  

One day Chads parents were taking a walk on the beach and saw a huge piece of already milled wood floating in the water. They drug it onto shore and brought it home to us and we turned it into our kitchen bar. 

Aces room is very small. He shares it with the washing machine and dryer which we have curtained off. When he outgrew his crib we decided to put him into a twin bed but there wasn't much room for a head board and what not so we bought a piece of plywood and attached hair pin legs to it. 

Chad made our footboard and the top flips open. Inside is a TV that can slide up and stand so we can watch tv in bed. (we are so lazy) and theres some room in there for our extra bed linens. 

Chad made our footboard and the top flips open. Inside is a TV that can slide up and stand so we can watch tv in bed. (we are so lazy) and theres some room in there for our extra bed linens. 

Since our room can only fit our bed we decided to add some wood to the wall to give our room a little more dimension. 

Since our room can only fit our bed we decided to add some wood to the wall to give our room a little more dimension. 

This dresser we bought off craigslist and it was originally bright red with kids stickers all over it. Chad sanded it down, painted it black and added wood tapered legs to the bottom. The knobs are from Ikea.

This dresser we bought off craigslist and it was originally bright red with kids stickers all over it. Chad sanded it down, painted it black and added wood tapered legs to the bottom. The knobs are from Ikea.

We replaced the closet doors with curtains to make it look a little less confined. 

We replaced the closet doors with curtains to make it look a little less confined. 

My brother in law tiled our bathtub and Chad tiled the bathroom floor with left over tile from my brother in law.

My brother in law tiled our bathtub and Chad tiled the bathroom floor with left over tile from my brother in law.

Our bathroom has little cabinet space to put anything so Chad knocked out this wall and added these two little cabinets to put towels and medicine.

Our bathroom has little cabinet space to put anything so Chad knocked out this wall and added these two little cabinets to put towels and medicine.

We are sad to leave this place behind and the memories it holds for us. We have been here since the beginning of our marriage and watched Ace grow up in this house. But we are ready to see what other adventures are in store for us. 

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