Our Before / After Home Tour 2015

Before/ After Home Tour

Last year when we were away at the beach I started to write my first post about moving to our house.  Well, we are back at the beach and it’s hard to believe another year has gone by. Welcome to our before/ after home tour!  Two years ago we fell in love with this old farmhouse with big rooms, lots of fireplaces, and a big yard down the end of a long lane (aka our driveway :). We have been slowly remodeling every inch of this house since and it’s amazing to think about how much we have accomplished already since we moved in. Warning: Most of my before pictures were taken right after we moved in and look very messy:).

Our Front

Here’s what the front of our old farmhouse looked like soon after we moved in.

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Here’s what it looks like now, with a new window added to the front and some new landscaping. We also painted and added grids to most of the windows.

Our Patriotic Front Porch

Our Foyer /Entryway

When we moved in our foyer had broken bi-fold doors in the closet and taupe trim.

Our Entryway/ FoyerWe painted all the trim white, changed the doors from bi-fold to hinged, changed out the door hardware to oil rubbed bronze and added an old door coat rack to help coral some coats and bags.
Summer Home Tour - 2015


Our Powder Room:

This room looked pretty dingy with tan paint and a wallpaper border (already taken sown before this pic), red laminate counter tops and brass knobs.

Powder Room Reveal Part I

We painted the trim and cabinets white, made a fabric shade, changed out the hardware, added a DIY wood counter top and put in a new sink and faucet. To see how we did it, click here.

Summer Home Tour - 2015

Powder Room Reveal - DIY - Wood Counter Tops using Shellac

Our Living Room:

The fireplace wall and all the trim was dark green and all the recessed lights were black. The room felt very dark.

before living room

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We painted all the trim white and the walls a cool white tan and spray painted the recessed lights white. We added a large bookcase to the one wall that we found on the side of the road.

Summer Home Tour - 2015

Spring Mantel

Spring Mantel

Summer Home Tour - 2015

Living Room Reveal: Our New Bookcase

Our Family Room:

The fireplace and the trim was painted red also making the room very dark.

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We kept the red on the doors and window but painted the fireplace and some of the trim white. I added a gallery wall to make it feel more like our home.

Our Family Room

Our Family Room - Gallery Wall

Our Dining Room:

I am not sure why I only have a picture with laundry in it but this room had some ugly wallpaper in it.


This room was majorly updated with some bold paint.

Summer Home Tour - 2015

Summer Home Tour - 2015

I absolutely love decorating our farmhouse table Jason refinished. Below is our table from Christmas last year.

Our Christmas Table

Our Kitchen:

kitchen before

We have big plans for the kitchen and haven’t done too much yet, just added some new appliances, a new kitchen faucet, and a new pantry.

One Year Blogiversary

One Year Blogiversary

Our Laundry Room:

laundry before

We completely gutted this room all the way down to the floor boards. To read about how we did it, click here.


Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom Reveal PartII

We added two large closets to either side of the fireplace, put in new wide pine floors and painted. Click here to read more of what we did.

Master Bedroom Reveal

Master Bedroom Reveal

Tucker’s Room

From Closet to Kids Bedroom

Tucker’s Room was the original master bedroom closet. We completely transformed this room. Built in bunk beds, a new window, window seat and bookcases and a pallet barn door.

Tucker's red desk

Closet to Boys Bedrrom: Final Reveal

Girl’s Room



Pink wall paint, white trim and a newly redone four poster bed really changed this little girl’s room.

Our Girl's Room - Part II - Four Poster Bed Red


Since moving in we fenced in our whole yard to keep our kids and dog safe from the road. In the front we added a privacy fence.


A post and rail fence along the back

DIY: Cedar post rail fence

Added some square lattice for privacy

DIY: Lattice Fence for Privacy

Decorated with a lot of Craigslist finds.

Summer Home Tour - 2015

We took down a ton of trees to open up the center of the yard for lawn games and grass.

Summer Home Tour - 2015

Added a mailbox to store our garden tools and planted a ton of trees, shrubs, and flowers.

My Shady Mailbox Garden - For Storing My Garden Tools

And added a stone patio fire pit and wooden beam benches.

DIY : Stone Patio Fire Pit & Beam Benches

Our dream for this house is…to pull in the driveway and have life outside stop, a home where our kids have the freedom to kick off their shoes and just run and play and get dirty. Or, in my boys case, go missing outside with a good book in their hands:). We want our house to feel open to our friends and family to come by anytime and just hang out and relax. So if this is your first time here, welcome to Lehman lane…the process might be a little ugly, messy, and crazy along the way but we can’t wait to show you all what we envision for it. And in the end we know that our house will turn into our home:)!  Please know that I read and appreciate all of your comments and would love to hear from you!


Don’t forget to pin our Before/ After Home Tour !!!

We have lived in our olf farmhouse for 2 years and have slowly been fixing it up room by room. Come check out our home tour to see our progress so far!

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Suburban Split Tour

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  1. Amazing!
    Your house is so beautiful! Every room is so lovely and tasteful. I love each choice that you made, it really looks like a “home”.
    You must be exhausted after all that work!

    1. Hi Karen, Your comments about our home are incredibly sweet. We are definitely looking forward for things to slow down here but have a lot more planned to do:). Thank you so much for visiting I appreciate your stopping by so much! I hope you have a great week. Take care, Tara

  2. Tara,

    Your farmhouse is so beautiful! I can’t beleive Tucker’s bedroom was originally the master closet! It’s such an awesome ro with the built in beds! J love everything about your house! You guys have done an amazing job!


    1. Hi Cat! Thanks so much for your sweet comments about my house! Tucker’s room has certainly come a long way:). Hope you have a great week, take care, Tara

    1. Thanks so much April! Some rooms take longer than others and living rooms are very important. Our master bedroom took a whole year to finish:). I hope you have a great week and take care, Tara

  3. Your transformation is beautiful! I can see it has been much hard work but oh so rewarding! Have a wonderful day. Lynn

  4. I just came across your blog and had to comment on the home tour – your home is so lovely and charming! The exterior transformation, especially, is stunning. Will definitely be returning to see more updates!

  5. Well I have to let you know that we bought a fixer upper a little over a year ago – and I was going to do a post like this – and now I can’t – I just can’t because you’ve put me to shame lol
    I can’t believe the amount of work you have done in 1 year – it’s a gorgeous home – that entry way OMG that entry way !
    Stunning home tour – thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Hi Suzan, Thanks so much for your incredibly sweet comments about our home! It was a huge feeling of accomplishment to see all we have done in the past year. I would encourage you to do a before and after post too:). I hope you have a great week. Take care, Tara

    1. Hi Sarah, Thank you so much for stopping and checking out my home tour! I appreciate your sweet comments so much!. I hope you have a great week. Take care, Tara

  6. Your farmhouse is gorgeous! I love the doors and the wide plank floors. I also love your boys room with the built in bunk beds and the little girls room with the pink walls and the green four poster bed. You have great style! My dream is to purchase a farm house with lots of land…a little hard to come by in the Boston area. I am going to follow your blog.

    1. Hi Allyson thank you so much for taking the time to check everything out and for your sweet comments about my home tour! Best wishes that you will find your dream farmhouse. Thank you for following along. I hope you are having a great week. Take care, Tara

  7. Your home is absolutely lovely, Tara and I cant help but share it at our party tomorrow! You have done a ton of upgrading and its beautiful! So cozy and feels like home! I think one of my favorite parts of all of it is your yard… so much room to have fun and relax! Thanks so much for sharing with us!! xo

    1. Kendra, thank you so much. It is incredibly sweet of you to include my home tour! I will be right over to check it out and link up with your turn to shine!!! Take care, Tara

    1. Hi Kristin! Thank you so much for stopping by to see our home and for your sweet comments! I think your house is beautiful so I truly appreciate everything you wrote:). Take care, Tara

  8. Wow your home is spectacular! Such a beauty! I love all the changes you made to it…and that fireplace in the master! This truly is like my dream home!

    1. Hi Deb! I am completely familiar with your blog (I follow you on instagram:)and am honored you had sweet things to say about my home:). Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and comment. I hope you have a fun holiday weekend planned, take care, Tara

  9. I love this transformation. You have done what I could only dream of doing. If I could be 20yrs younger ( and drag my husband along with me ) I would be doing the same. This is so great. I found you from a link on Hometalk where you added the window when you were transforming a closet into a room for your son. Awesome!

  10. Sounds like this will be a wonderful place to grow up in, inside and out!!! I love the transformations you have made and wait to see more.
    God bless you as you renovate and raise your family!

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and for your sweet comments Dianne! Our farmhouse has definitely been a labor of love. God bless you and take care!

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