Hey there! So…some of you may recall how I felt about our house when we bought it. I often referred to it as “the big beige box.” Our home is a builder-grade house circa the 1970s, and had been freshened up by its previous owner in that it had been given a coat of beige paint in every single room. The carpeting had also been replaced with builder-grade beige. On the one hand, we were grateful that we had a blank slate with which to start; however, it had absolutely no soul. We loved the neighborhood, though, so we figured we would add character over time.
I’m happy to report that we have been steadily working towards that goal, and the outside in particular has vastly improved. New siding and shutters, a new concrete driveway, and new landscaping have really changed the way we feel about our home when we drive up to it. The inside, too, has changed. Most notably, we have removed a wall between our dining room and kitchen and are working on completely remodeling that space. One beige wall and one brass light fixture at a time, we are trying to add some class to our home.
Here are 10 things you can do (some of these are on our list) to add some class to your builder-grade home.
Home Made Modern
A Charming Nest
Picture frame molding (Crazy Wonderful)
Chair rail and wainscoting wallpaper (Home Made Modern)
Board and batten (Ana White)
The Idea Room
This Old House
Beneath My Heart
Make It & Love It
Sand and Sisal via Serenity Now
So there you have it! We’ve tackled a few of these projects like framing our builder-grade mirror and painting some stock oak cabinetry. Although we have a long way to go in transforming our beige box, we’re really happy with what we’ve done so far. It takes time…and since we feel this is our “forever home,” we’re exercising our patience and enjoying the journey, one set of before and after pictures at a time.