2 Years in 1925 {Exterior Before & After}

It's already been two years since we moved to our 1925 house.
Top-to-Bottom: December 2013, Fall 2014, Summer 2015
We actually did a lot more around the house than I would have predicted. All we have left to do is repair the spa heater, paint the laundry room, and take care of the front landscaping before we can say we're "done" - famous last words I'm sure. 

2015 Updates
January
-Replaced bare bulb in master closet with low profile LED fixture

February
-Bought/planted pansies in froggy outdoor planter for Christmas
-Indoor planter with succulent for Valentine’s day
-Updated master bedroom windows with white 2” wood blinds
-Caulk sealed master bedroom windows
Upstairs Bathroom Improvements:
-Removed upstairs medicine cabinet and patched drywall hole behind cabinet
-Painted walls Granite Gray, and beadboard and trim Marshmallow White
-Updated bulbs to LED and bought new toilet seat
-Hung new bathroom mirror

March
-Shortened master bathroom blinds to custom length
-Repainted interior of front and back door interior trim white and tan
-Painted master bedroom Crisp Linen White
-Updated master bedroom, hall, and living/dining areas with coordinating dark metal switch plates
-Replanted front porch planters with small conifers and sweet potato vine 2 green/2 purple
-Moved larger black planter to back porch and re-potted bush
-Replaced bedroom and living room lamps with LED bulbs
-Bought a few new living room and bedroom accessories from Nebraska Furniture Mart
-Started getting quotes for exterior painting project
-Removed and returned dead plants from front beds
-New plants for backyard containers-4 Boston ferns, 2 white begonias, herbs: lavender, Italian oregano, garden sage, lemon thyme, purple basil, sweet basil, banana pepper
-New plants for backyard shady beds-8 coral bells in plum pudding, Thai basil, lemon balm, purple basil, peppermint for fence baskets, 3 sweet viburnum bushes for pool fence (where the hollies died last year), Mexican lavender, rosemary prostrate, and 2 bushes by side fence hedge

April
-Bought a beach painting from Antique Company Mall for master bedroom
-Bought large modern painting from a Denton artist at the Loophole for living room
-Bought painting of Yellowstone from McKinney Arts in Bloom for master bedroom
-Weeding/yard maintenance/front-side bed cleanup
-Pool motor replacement and leak repairs after it stopped working while we were out of town

May
-Lots of rain and general pool/yard maintenance
-Bought new pool skimmer baskets and net
-Updated kitchen island light fixtures to hanging glass mini chandeliers from Lowe's with LED bulbs
-Painted inside of front and back door white and beige
-Painted master bathroom trim white
-Bought/assembled 2 bookshelves from Nebraska Furniture Mart for Matt’s office
-Bought larger master bedroom fan, relocated the existing master fan to replace broken fan in Matt’s office
-Planted 2 bushes in shady year corner
-Removed dead fringe flower from front bed and gardenia from side bed
-Added 22 bags of mulch to back side yard and front left bed

June
-Had foundation professional inspected, all is in tip-top shape
-Bought 3 new kitchen floor mats
-New sago palm and orchid for indoors
-Cleaned pool filter grids
-Bought pool chemicals for next year
-Started exterior renovation project on June 22nd-had all siding removed and rotten trim/windows repaired

July
Exterior Renovation:
-All new Hardie siding downstairs and on garage
-All new 4-color paint scheme on house and garage-Retreat Green on downstairs lap siding, Sporting Green on upstair shake siding, Dover White on all trim/brackets/rafters, Red Barn on windows and doors, new coat of Antique Tin gray on porch
-Had gutters professional installed upstairs and downstairs
-Bathroom window glass repair
-Removed, cleaned, and rehung all outdoor awnings on 4 windows, back door, and back porch
-Bought/installed new outdoor light fixtures - 3 mission lights for front back door with dusk to dawn LEDs, 2 zinc barn lights for deck, LED bulb/auto sensor for existing garage fixture
-Bought/assembled new standing mailbox and coco doormat for front porch
-Bought outdoor umbrella and umbrella stand from Academy

August
-Lawn mower repair
-Replaced kitchen garbage disposal
-Had neighbor's dead tree limb over the pool professionally removed

September
-Bought new lawn mower
-Bought new pool brushes
-Trimmed trees over garage
-Bought/installed magnetic lock for outdoor iron fence
-Re-hung dining chandelier with less chain
-Replaced and installed over-the-range microwave in kitchen (harder than you'd think!)

October
-Leaf collection/fall yard maintenance

November
-Leaf collection/fall yard maintenance
-Bought new pool leaf bags and tail scrubbers
-Changed front light bulbs and garage bulb to auto-sensor outdoor lights
-Repaired bedroom doorknob lock
-Replaced hall bathroom pocket door handle/lock
-Upstairs bathroom toilet repair
Guest Room Improvements:
-Patched holes and painted upstairs bedroom Crisp Linen White
-Replaced cream circuits and switches with white
-Replaced broken closet light with LED fixture
-Bought new gray sheets, bed skirt, and coverlet bedding
-Deep cleaned ceiling fan and bought new chain pulls
-Rearranged furniture, added new vintage desert painting from Antique Company Mall
-Bought/filled door draft stoppers from Etsy for 2 attic doors

December

-Bought flag art for Matt's office from Antique Company Mall
-Bought a 2nd leather couch from Weir’s for our anniversary present
-Rearranged furniture and art in living room and den
-Leaf collection/prepped yard for winter
-Repaired freezer ice maker
-Cleaned pool filter grids

Clearly having a 90-year-old house is labor-intensive (and 1/3 of the stuff on the list above was unplanned) but despite the work we love our old house more than ever, thank goodness! And yes, Matt did almost everything on this list. I did the shopping.

This time last year.

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