Fullerton Fixer Upper – The Beginning

Home Sweet… Disaster!

Sometimes I look back and seriously wonder what we were thinking when we bought our first house. I think I was a mixture of desperation to own a home after being outbid so many times, thinking it would be fun to fix it up ourselves, and really only seeing a house with a huge yard and a pool. This house, where to start… it was built in the 1940’s, it was all painted peach, with a huge ugly fence that seemed like a barricade to the outside world, overgrown weeds all over, a dirty pool and the most outdated interior I had ever seen covered in wood paneling.

House: Before
House: Before
House: After
House: After

The beginning was fun, it was demo time, and we couldn’t wait to tear it apart. We started with the fence and the courtyard. It all had to go, having nothing was better than the disaster it was. Next we tore out all the dirty dated carpet and hired a crew to install a beautiful and modern grey stained concrete floor. This right away was a huge improvement and inspired us to move towards a mid century modern feel for the home. My husband tore things down all around us and I started to get nervous, it took some motivating (because of course tearing it apart is most of the fun) but we finally started to put things back together here and there.

Living Room: Before
Living Room: Before
Concrete Floors
Concrete Floors
Living Room: After
Living Room: After
Living Room: Before
Living Room: Before
Living Room: After
Living Room: After

The living room went from feeling like a dingy cave, to an open airy modern space. We replaced all the dated wood paneling with new drywall, polished concrete floors, new door and window trim and of course my husbands pride and joy… a 70 inch TV. We had our broken down pool cleaned up and converted to salt water, fixed up the grass complete with a custom horseshoe pit built by my dear husband and added palm trees. Next we turned our huge covered patio into an extension of our living room. I couldn’t find a patio table quite big enough for the entertaining I had planned, so my dear husband and brother built me one from scratch. I found a DIY farmhouse table on Pinterest and had them build it large enough to seat 10 comfortably, we added some rustic chairs from Lowes and it was perfect! Only it didn’t quite fill this massive patio we had. The other half turned into our lounge space. We added an outdoor rug (also from Lowes) and some comfy outdoor sofas we could lounge on and watch football on our new outdoor TV. I hung some really inexpensive Ikea curtains, and we finally had that tropical backyard oasis I dreamt of.

Backyard: Before
Backyard: Before
Backyard: After
Backyard: After
Backyard: After
Backyard: After
Backyard: After
Backyard: After
Backyard: After with Horseshoes
Backyard: After with Horseshoes

Having the living room and backyard looking good was a great start so we decided to take some time off from renovating and enjoy our backyard oasis for the summer, the rest of the house would have to wait.

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