House Tour

Welcome to 12 Oaks! We moved into our 1960’s home with accompanying 5 acre property October 2012. A “short sale” that sat abandoned for a couple of years, we have had our work cut out for us. Here is a tour of our home showing how far we’ve come.
Here we go, starting with the driveway which was just gravel and so overgrown.

Here is the same view now:

The front of the house was in need of some major TLC. Overgrown weeds, old broken windows, chipped paint, etc., etc.

Front Oaks Exterior Before

After A TON of work including a new roof, windows, landscaping, door, and paint, here she is now:


Moving to the back of the house and pool, we had this mess:

12 Oaks Before 387

And now after a deck, pergola, small addition (left side of the pergola), pool fence, garbage enclosure, landscaping, etc. (More on the backyard transformation here.)


Here was the entryway/stairs when we bought it:

12 Oaks Before 156

And now after removing the closet, putting in french doors to the now playroom, new hardwood floors, stain, paint, etc.:

See more about our stair and entryway makeover here.

Here was the living room when we bought it, which was closed off from the kitchen:

Living Room on Closing Day

And now its all one big open space with barn wood beams, new built-ins, and more:


Here was the kitchen before:


And here it is now after a full gut and kitchen remodel:img_6052

This was the dining room before:

12 Oaks Before 137

And now after opening it up to the kitchen, installing french doors to the deck, new stain, paint, wainscoting, lighting, etc.:

There was a weird den on the other side of the stairs:

We turned it into a fun & functional playroom:

right corner good

And built a mudroom on the other side of the playroom off of the garage:


There used to be a powder room/laundry room combo on the first floor:

We incorporated that space into the kitchen and walk-in pantry:

And then built a separate powder room and laundry room as part of the addition:

Moving upstairs, we have the old guest bathroom:

Pink bathroom before

Which turned into what I affectionately call the “Pinterest bathroom,” after it got really popular on there, ha! (See more after pictures/sources of the bathroom here.)


This was what our master bedroom looked like when we bought it:

And here it is now:

Connected to our master is the upstairs part of the addition which includes a new walk-in closet and master bathroom:

There was another Sharapova bedroom when we bought it:

Spare Bed 1 Before

This turned into our nursery:


Another upstairs bedroom before:

Is now our daughter’s “big girl” room:

The former master bathroom, which is now a guest bathroom, looked like this when we bought it:

Master Bathroom

And here is the renovated guest bath now:


Lastly, here is our current guest room, which admittedly is a catch-all for old furniture. I will re-do it hopefully soon.

Whew! I’m super proud of all we’ve been able to accomplish at our home over the past 5+ years, not to mention the 3 flips/income property houses we also renovated during that time, plus welcoming 2 amazing kiddos!

There’s still plenty left on our to-do list, particularly on the outside/pool area, the garage, basement, and maybe even building a barn.

Thanks for following along on our journey!











11 Responses to “House Tour”

  1. Tavi February 17, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    Hi! I’ve been peeking at your blog once a week since l saw your amazing bathroom on Pintrest a while back. Your house is coming right along & looking wonderful! I am curious to know the name of the gray paint color downstairs (entry, dining, kitchen) also the color you used in your master bedroom. I’m having a terrible time choosing a gray for my main floor, too blue or too purple & Rever Peuter looks too brown in my house. Anywho, if you get a minute please let me know your gray!
    Have a great week!

  2. Amy Russell March 18, 2014 at 6:52 am #

    Hi there. We are using your guest bathroom redo as a model for our girls bathroom. Love it!! You had listed that you purchased your sconce lights at HD. I have searched online and in the store for them. No luck. Any more detail you could give would be helpful Thanks in advance.

    • 12oaksblog March 18, 2014 at 7:43 am #

      Thanks! I should update the post they were actually from Lowe’s. Hope you can find them.

  3. Michelle G April 1, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    This is a crazy question, but what program did you use to do your home plan layout? I feel like that would help us as we go along in our renovation, but can’t seem to find one that I like. Thanks! Lovely home and wonderful job on the renovation by the way! Feel free to visit ours (and be glad you’re done – haha) at

    Thank you,

    • 12oaksblog April 1, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

      Thanks Michelle! We used Good luck in your renos, and I wish we were done!

      • Michelle G April 1, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

        Thanks so much! True – I don’t think you’re ever really done with a home! That’s a good thing I suppose! I sure will be glad not to see daylight through my walls though!

  4. sherri May 10, 2015 at 7:47 am #

    hi love the bathroom sink, where did you purchase that? also your head board and foot board ( the white one)

  5. Tilesbay December 20, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

    Awesome post. I love the bathroom.
    Thanks for sharing this with us. 🙂


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