Our Old VA Home

Hi friends,
My husband, Steve, and I married back in 2005. We purchased this sweet brick cape cod house in Annandale, Virginia then quickly set about making it our own with painting and renovations (big and small). Luckily, we found out that we have very similar taste and love talking design/decorating plans together. Steve and his dad did a majority of the work themselves:

What we did to the front of the house:
  • Added the black shutters
  • Painted the front door blue (used to be red which was fun too)
  • Added new mailbox
  • Took down rotted wood structure around planting area and put in stacked stone pavers
  • Replaced soffits

What we did to the back of the house:
  • Added a new larger deck
  • Added French doors off of dining room onto deck
  • Added landscaping around the brick patio
  • Added several trees and plants
  • Added rock pit for fire pit
  • Replaced chain link fence with tall wooden privacy fence

What we did to the kitchen:
  • Completely gutted it closing off two doorways (one to deck and one to basement)
  • New Ikea cabinets (Steve designed the layout)
  • Recycled old kitchen cabinets to laundry room in basement
  • New granite countertops
  • Added new lights (all on dimmers): recessed lights in ceiling, lights in glass cabinets, lights under cabinets,  pendant light over sink
  • Added new stainless steel appliances
  • Added new recylced linen flooring
  • Added new backsplash: white beadboard and blue glass tiles
  • Painted blue

What we did to the main floor bathroom:
  • Added new tile floor
  • Added new beadboard to walls
  • Replaced sink and cabinet below
  • Added new light
  • Painted Silver Sage (from Restoration Hardware)

What we did to the basement:
  • Added new carpeting
  • Painted entire basement
  • Tore down ceiling and added wood to ceiling
  • Added recessed lights
  • Added old kitchen cabinets to laundry room
  • Added new Ikea countertops to laundry room
  • Purchased new washer and dryer
  • Replaced door leading outside from basement

What we did to the rest of the house:

  • Painted every room
  • Changed out ceiling light fixtures in all rooms including dining room
  • Added beadboard in master bedroom
  • Added french doors to dining room
  • Changed out sconces in living room

Thanks for checking out our Virginia home. We had many fond memories living there over 5 years. Now we're having fun making our North Carolina home our own. You can check out our progress under my tab 'Tour My Home'. It's always changing.
Take care friends,