Our Country Home Renovation

My husband and I bought our first home in Paradise Valley, Montana about two years ago. The home was built in the early 1900s and has undergone many half-finished, DIY projects. The three bedrooms upstairs contained make-shift closets, half way installed old carpet, cracks in the walls, and tacky old wallpaper. Between two of the bedrooms was a creepy closet that had walk way of sorts to get from room to room.

Unfortunately, I didn't document the restoration process from day one and have no documentation of the original rooms. These photos give some what of an idea of the restoration, but by no means give the full effect of the transition these rooms have undergone.

With help from our family and friends, a lot of patience, and constant thrifting we have nearly completed our upstairs renovation. Because of the crafty and caring people in our lives we were able to construct these rooms without hiring out and with an incredibly low budget.

On many occasions friends got conned into crawling up in the attic insulation, painting walls on a hot day, or sanding floors until their faces were covered in sawdust. I owe y'all beers for life. 

Cracks in the walls were patched, new walls were built, plumbing and electricity was ran all with the help of our talented friends.

Cracks in the walls were patched, new walls were built, plumbing and electricity was ran all with the help of our talented friends.

The first step in the home restoration was demolition. The closets were torn up and carpets were ripped out. The connected bedrooms were re-framed and a bathroom was to take the place of one of the rooms.

One of the many things my husband's pops taught him how to do was lay tile. He did a near perfect job, if I do say so myself.

We found all of our appliances on Craiglist and at the Habitat for Humanity. A nice, rich person in Big Sky sold us the pedestal sink and clawfoot tub for less than $300.

The only thing we needed to do to restore the tub was to paint the underside. It was a hunter green color, but we decided to go with a classic white.

The only thing we needed to do to restore the tub was to paint the underside. It was a hunter green color, but we decided to go with a classic white.

All of the furniture upstairs is re-purposed or vintage. The little antique bathroom dresser was restored to it's original beauty by Greg's parents.

All of the furniture upstairs is re-purposed or vintage. The little antique bathroom dresser was restored to it's original beauty by Greg's parents.

The original base boards were sanded and repainted to keep some of the original character of the home.

The original base boards were sanded and repainted to keep some of the original character of the home.

 A look at the future bedroom after the carpets and walls were town down.

 A look at the future bedroom after the carpets and walls were town down.

AND NOW!

The original hard wood floors were sanded and restored.

The original hard wood floors were sanded and restored.

We took out the creepy closet and added one that is simple and clean.

We took out the creepy closet and added one that is simple and clean.

We choose a glass paned door into the bathroom for good light.

We choose a glass paned door into the bathroom for good light.

It pays to have a lovingly family, crafty in-laws, a plumber pal, a carpenter bestie, an electrician buddy, and a jack-of-all trades husband. Thank you all for helping us make this happen. xoxoxo