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Home Makeover From A Non-Diyer

Searching for a home is an exciting yet tedious process. You scroll through photos, hope that you are one of the first people to walk through the home and you fall in love with it much like how you fall in love with a human. You picture the future, your life there, the possibilities, and it’s heartbreaking when you put in an offer and it doesn’t get accepted. But, that’s not how this story ends. We put a bid in, we wrote a letter and we were chosen!

We live in charming Clintonville, Ohio and picked a home on a beautiful tree-lined street. We aren’t DIYers. Not for lack of trying, but for lack of time. We decided with this home we were going to try and fix it up ourselves. I think we did one hell of a job. Special thanks to both of our parents as we couldn’t have done it without them. Especially, Teddy’s step-dad Scott. He is a regular handyman around the house. We both learned so much.

We decided to start with the first floor. Mainly, because that is where we would be entertaining guests. Let me take you on a little tour of our home.

Family Room Before:

As you notice, there was a cream ragging done on the walls. The doors were painted cream and there were a ton of brown undertones. The fireplace was wood burning and basically a cement block. The TV is placed on the left wall which really enclosed the room.

Family Room After:

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We chose Nebulous White for the walls. We wanted something bright and airy to open up the space. It has a faint tint of blue that you may be able to see from the photos. For the trim and doors, we chose Ceiling Bright White which provided a nice contrast against the light blue. We also hung the TV above the fireplace which really opened up the living area. Most of the furniture was used from previous spaces or family. It all came together pretty cohesively. Next project will be reupholster the chairs!

Fireplace before:

Fireplace after:


The fireplace was by far our biggest project. We tiled over the cement hearth with a bianco herringbone tile from floor and decor. For the fireplace face, we used a Carrara White Honed Marble tile also from floor and decor. The mantel was an AMAZING find. We were lucky enough to stumble across the Columbus Architectural Salvage. They have a warehouse full of antique merchandise! Mantels, doors, doorknobs, signs, clocks, you name it they probably have it.

Floor before:


The house had original hardwood flooring that we really wanted to keep, however, it had been refinished so many times that it was impossible for us to refinish and stain. We opted for new flooring from Rite Rug, which we were able to get an amazing deal through Teddy’s dad. We chose Hickory Candy Apple from Armstrong. It turned out so beautiful.

We decided to tear out the carpeting on the steps and underneath we found original hardwood floors. So we refinished and stained slightly darker than the downstairs hardwood flooring.




candy apple armstrong hardwood

The dining room was our next project. It was originally green and the previous owners had a round table underneath the beautiful chandelier.

Dining room before:

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Dining Room After:

dining room

dining room


We are just in the beginning phases of the dining room, but I wanted something a little brighter! So we went with Spun Sugar which turned out to be a pop of pink. The table we purchased from Arhaus Loft on sale! It was such a steal. Instead of spending a couple thousand dollars, we were able to get the table for $650.00 and patch up any scratches. It looks good as new. The rug was from eBay and something we had used at our last apartment. It works perfectly for now. The botanical prints on the wall are from Everything But The House. They are 17th and 18th century hand painted botanical prints.

botanical print

My favorite room in the house is the sunroom. I really let my imagination run wild. Here is what it looked like before:



Here is the sunroom after:







I went with a southwestern/boho theme. The cactuses and butterfly prints are my favorite touches. The butterfly prints also came from Everything But The House and are over 100 years old. I think it looks like butterflies are flying all over the room. The letter board is my fav. Do you get the references to Stranger Things?

I hope you enjoyed seeing before and after photos of our little place. We enjoyed the process, but are so happy the downstairs is starting to become complete. We look forward to swamping out furniture and adding artwork.


Ashley Rector (Drellishak), founder of Harness Magazine

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