Here are a few of the before and afters that we've tackled so far on our teeny-tiny budget:
When we bought our home, we knew one of the first things we wanted to do was to rip out the wall dividing the tiny living room from the itty bitty office to create a living/dining space. Unfortunately, the fact that it was old plaster and load-bearing put a damper on our sledgehammer-wielding wishes, but we soon remedied that with a tax credit and a general contractor. (You can see more posts about the dining room here.)
Dining Room Before:
(With seller's furniture)
Formerly used as a living room, this space was so small that a settee was the biggest piece of furniture in the space. The wall behind the settee divided the space from the even smaller office (soon to become the living room):
Living Room Before:
Complete with drop ceiling, fluorescent lighting, stained beige carpet, dingy walls that hadn't seen paint in decades, the cheapest door you've ever seen (it didn't even close!), and a drop ceiling - the office was a doozy. Sorry, I don't have a photo of the drop ceiling in all its glory - only partially removed.
Dining Room After:
The nursery previously belonged to a ten-year-old boy who apparently loved orange, sports borders, and using really sticky adhesive pads to attach billions of bulletin boards to his walls.
Sorry, I don't have any photos pre-border and bulletin board removal. But I think you get the idea.
We added beadboard, replaced the vinyl floors with hardwood, painted, and added trim.
The previous owner used this space as a dining room, but we found a formal dining space didn't work with our lifestyle. Since it's become a sitting room/office/play space.
(with seller's furniture)
After (in progress):
We ripped out ugly old stained carpeting, found green asbestos tile, and covered over it with new wood flooring. We gave the walls a fresh coat of white paint and are planning to install new lighting and create a wooden headboard:
The main bathroom was a mess of dirty old vinyl flooring, a peeling bathtub surround (probably the cheapest fiberglass you could find - it was practically cardboard), and an animal print bathtub border.
After (still in progress):
(Sorry no befores)