I am Sherry from Savvy Apron. My husband and I purchased a total fixer upper at the lake.
Our fear was that this house really would end up costing us more than a “ready to move in” home would. Because of that, we decided to do all the work ourselves, and we had no experience in home remodeling. We told ourselves to remember that this is a summer home, and it does not have to look like something out of a magazine. This was a place for our family to have fun and make wonderful memories. We did hire someone to do the electrical, sheet rock, and place Hardie board on the house.
To stay under budget most everything in the house is purchased second hand. Most of the items came from Craigslist, thrift stores, or we made it ourselves. The only thing I can think of that is new is the TV, rock sink, pillows, letters on the wall, and we had the mattresses. Because of doing all the work ourselves and finding almost everything at the thrift store including brand new kitchen sink, new faucets, even the new kitchen bead board back splash, we came way under budget. We even found the brand new high end, soft close kitchen cabinets from a Facebook trading site. We also saved a ton of money by staining our concrete floors ourselves. The total cost for staining the floors throughout entire house was under $600.
We put up a new wall in the kitchen, and we add galvanized metal under the bar. I love the way the floors turned out.
Living Space Before
Living Space After
We removed the wall on the left side of the fireplace for a more open feel.
We removed the window because it was next to the carport. We moved the toilet to make the bathroom accessible. We purchased the rock sink from a salvage store and installed it on a thrift store cabinet.
Master Bedroom Before
Master Bedroom After
For more pictures and details, please see original blog post here.