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I'M A HIKER ENTHUSIAST, WIFE, AVID THILL-SEEKER, DOG-MOM AND BELIEVER IN BLAZING YOUR OWN PATH. I'D RATHER BE OUTDOORS EXPLORING A NEW (UNCHARTED) TRAIL, THAN GOING OUT FOR DRINKS DOWNTOWN. I'VE BEEN SKY-DIVING, SCUBA-DIVING, BUNGEE-JUMPING AND HAVE SWAM WITH SHARKS. I'VE TRAVELED TO SEVERAL COUNTRIES, BEEN ALL OVER THE U.S. AND HAVE PHOTOGRAPHED WEDDINGS THROUGHOUT EACH OF THOSE RAD PLACES. MY BUCKET LIST IS FOREVER GROWING; BEING ADDED TO EACH TIME I CROSS SOMETHING OFF. 







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Our First Home | The Complete House Renovation | St. Louis Wedding Photographer

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As you may remember, this past Fall my husband and I bought our first house! It felt like a super long process of looking at a million houses, making lots of offers, feeling discouraged and then finding the perfect one when we weren’t expecting it (major thanks to our realtor Jessica Krieger for being so awesome through our whole process!). Matt and I lived the apartment life together for several years – needless to say, we are SO happy to finally be in a place that we can not only call home,  but also to have been able to transform it so drastically in such a short period of time. A lot of people warned us that re-doing a house would cause lots of arguments over flooring, paint colors, decor and more, but I have to say – we really enjoyed the process. From the beginning of September to the end of October we spent every bit of our free time ripping out flooring (we pulled out all of our carpet the first night we had keys, ha!), pulling out staples (thousands of them, no joke!), painting, cutting wood and way, way more. So many of our friends and family were such a huge help in the process! They brought meals, stayed late to help finish projects, lended trucks, tons of their free time and company. Though it was a fun process for us, I have to say that I am super glad to not be staying up until 4:00am cutting and placing flooring or painting the trim (sorry, neighbors!). Lots of pizza was ate and little to no sleep was our reality for all of September and October. Looking back at these pictures, I still can’t believe all of the work that we did in such a short period of time!

Here’s the list of our main(ish) projects:

– Painted the entire interior (including all of the window sills and inside of the closets!)
– Painted the entire exterior
– Painted the stair rail
– Painted the bathroom mirror-frame
– Painted our night stands (from black, to white. It took 6 coats!)
– Ripped off the baseboards, painted them and re-attached
– Ripped out liner in the inside of the kitchen cabinets, painted the inside and laid contact paper
– Ripped up flooring in living room, kitchen, hallway and stairwell (my hands legit went numb over pulling out so many staples)
– Re finished/stained/painted the stairs
– Placed carpet at the bottom of the stairs
– Cut/laid/installed upstairs laminate flooring (THIS WAS AWFUL)
– Replaced kitchen and bathroom cabinet knobs
– Installed ceiling fan/light combo in living room
– Replaced light fixture in master bedroom with a ceiling fan
– Swapped light fixture in the office and bedroom
– Fixed the master toilet
– Installed new shower curtain rod
– Ripped out several bushes in the front yard
– Majorly trimmed up the front tree and back pine trees
– Built a fire pit
– Built a work bench in the garage
– Installed a peep-hole

Phew, that was an insane few months but so, so worth it. Check out some of the fun ‘in progress’ pictures and then the full before and after images!

Cheers!

Allison

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    August 7th, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    […] remodeled hardware and so much more (to see the full renovation list and before/after pictures, click here!). All of that being said, our house is so near and dear to us! Many of you know that we are now […]

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