Before & After, DIY PROJECT, Home DIY

This Summer, Apartment Therapy came to do a video shoot at my home (check out the story HERE! and the Video Tour HERE) so I wanted to get every nook and cranny of the house looking it’s best! I made a giant list, and finished all those little things I vowed to do “someday”. For those that are new around here, I “flipped” this house a few Summers ago for a pilot on HGTV. I bought this rundown 125-year-old mess for $24,000 and we fully gutted and rebuild in 4 months. I fell in love with the house, so decided to keep it, and have been making it my own with DIY projects! Since it was looking all shiny for the video shoot, I snapped pics of every room to share with you all in one place with credits and shopping links to the items still available. Welcome to I Spy Abode, hope you like the transformation!


KITCHEN & DINING AREA The kitchen started off as the grossest place in the house…think cockroaches and electrical fires….Once we got it all cleaned out, the design gave me all sorts of headaches, the sloped ceiling made upper cabinets difficult and I kept moving around the fridge because I did not want it to be a focal point. In the end, I got rid of all the uppers for more windows on the back wall, then added open-concept shelving, with a bunch of lower cabinets and a pantry around the fridge for storage. I am so happy with the final look, it’s such a beautiful view from the front to the back of the house. I originally designed the kitchen to have butcher block countertops, but my cabinet guy got me a deal on this snowy quartz, which meant a lot of white in the kitchen. To warm it up, I added wood cutting boards, and the raw wood shelves that I love styling with my vintage finds. We opened up the wall between the dining room and kitchen to create an open concept space, letting you see the kitchen from everywhere on the lower level.  The modern fixtures and DIY dining table made with the reclaim wood beams from the house, mixed with the warmth of a rug and organic vase create an inviting dining space where I have potluck dinner with friends! Check out more details & photos in the kitchen before & after post here.

Rejuvenation Copper Carson 12″ Wall Sconce
The Tile Shop 2″ Matte White Hexagon Tiles
Kohler Matte Black Purist faucet
Kohler Cairn double bowl sink
GlideRite Hardware Classic Cabinet Bin Pull
Cosmas Flat Black Cabinet Hardware Round Mushroom Knob
CR Light Edison Style Industrial Vintage Creative Pendant Lamp
Cali Bamboo Hardwood flooring-Vintage Moonlight
Minted Leaf in Green Art
Schlage Century Single Cylinder Handleset and Latitude Lever
Snow Quartz Countertop
World Market Extra Large Acacia Wood Paddle Cutting Board
West Elm Pink/Copper Vase
Door painted in Behr Black Evergreen
RugsUSA Berta Native Symbols Rug
Marshall’s stools
World Market White Textured Stoneware Bowls
World Market Stone Gray Mugs
Target Utensil Canister
Chermex Coffeemaker
Better Homes and Gardens Copper Hammered Mule Mug
Hearth & Hand Green Stoneware Pitcher
Vintage Copper canisters
Thrifted Pineapple

Novogratz Chromeo 5-light Pendant
Target Outdoor Chairs
Custom Table
Newgate Cookhouse Clock
Southern Enterprises Elliot Midcentury Modern Bar Cart
World Market Flatweave Jute Kilim Malika Area Rug
Anthropologie Vase (old)

CRAFT ROOM: This room off the dining room has sliding barndoors that open up to the craft room! This is a space were I can store all my supplies and great creative, then slide the doors shut and hide the mess, ha! I love the cork board wall for hanging all my inspiration and creating moodboards for the next space I am designing.
Rejuvenation Cedar & Moss 8″ Semi-Flush Light
Target Monet Sheer Linen Pleated Cabana Stripe Curtain Panel
Plankwise Noir Stickable Wall Wood
Sauder Craft Pro Series
Quartet Cork Tiles 12×12”


LIVING ROOM & ENTRYWAY: The living room and entryway started out full of wood paneling and dingy carpet which needed to go immediately. We were able to get rid of the drop ceilings (yes plural ceilings) and raise them to 10+ft which makes the room seem so much bigger. Since there was no character to preserve in the house, I wanted to have a built in on the wall to add some interest. The floor-to-ceiling custom shelving unit displays my favorite tchotchkes. Since I used a lot of white, I really used the decor items to bring in the warmth and character to each room. I have always loved thrifting, so adding those unique pieces throughout makes it feel very much like my home. Check out more details and photos in the living room before & after post here and a livingroom update here!

Custom Coffee Table
Article Nirvana Dakota Tan Sofa
Article Pendula light
Article Tana Wood Stool
World Market Woven Basket
RugsUSA Jubilee Solid Braided Indoor/Outdoor
Hobby Lobby Blanket
Pillows – Mix of Target, Mudcloth, Marshall’s
Items on Shelves: Mix of World Market, West Elm, Amazon and Vintage
Bull Print by Amy Carroll for Minted

Plankwise Midcentury White Stickable Wall Wood
Home Goods Mirror
Baxton Studio Nelson Wooden Bench
Vintage Rug

DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM: I picked out this sink before I had a space for it and it found the perfect home in the downstairs bathroom, it’s the coolest, right?!  I originally wanted to use a bold tile design, but because of time and cost, I ended up using more traditional subway tile and hexagons, then brought in a bold design with removable wallpaper and DIY board and batten walls. The $7 thrifted hexagon mirror mimic the floor tile perfectly while the wood brings warmth to the room. Read about all the guest bathroom makeover here.

Kohler Brockway Sink
Behr Statuesque Wall Paint
Schlage Bowery Knob
Naturally Dyed Cotton TurkishTowels
Article Tana Wood Stool
Clear Barcelona Glass Vase
Target Soft Iron Wall Hooks
Society 6 “Bath” Framed Art Print – Walnut frame
Society 6 “Spring” Framed Art Print – Walnut frame
Vintage Mirror
IKEA Step Stool (paint with Chalkboard Paint- Devine Dollar)  
Target Garbage Can
Wayfair Barn Light
Chasing Paper Wallpaper – Botany in Tangerine/Ivory
10″ Silver Hexagon T
World Market Hand Soap
DIY Cedar Mat  
Kohler Cimarron Toilet
Kohler Levity Shower door
Target Towel
DIY Hanging Planter

MASTER BATHROOM & OFFICE SPACE: You will not find a lot of houses this size having a bedroom this big! I went a little overboard, but I like my room to be a place I can retreat to at the end of the day. This space was originally two rooms, but after demo, I reconfigured to forgo a walk-in closet to maximize the space. Instead, I went with big his & hers closets which, as a bonus, acts as a sound buffer between the bedrooms.  Then I made the nook into a little workspace for late night photo editing and blogging. I wanted the room to be an oasis, so I stayed with a black and white color palette with a few pops of color and pattern. The art above my bed is by my favorite photographer Amy Carroll, I have her art all over my home, I love that it feels like Wisconsin, but with a modern twist. Read about all the details on how this master bedroom oasis came to be here.

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West Elm Mobile Chandelier – Grand
Minted Art – Jane Gallagher
Sinus Square Stitched Platform Bed
Lazarette Barn Light
World Market Water Hyacinth Bench
World Market Boho Kilim Rug
Vintage Vase
Allen + Roth Frosted Maple Wood Laminate
The Citizenry Bedspread – Similar Blanket

World Market Desk
Jenny’s Print Shop Art Poppies and Hyacinth in Shutterfly Canvas in Walnut Frame
Vintage Frame
Target Rug
West Elm Chair (old)
Hobby Lobby Ladder
World Market Vase (old)
Antlers (from a local shop)
Target Chunky Knit Wool Woven Rug

When we reconfigured the upstairs, I decided to create a landing and have the bathroom open to both the bedrooms instead of making an en suite for the master bedroom. The plan for the space was black & white with pops of gold and greenery. Our tile budget was tight, so instead of more statement patterned tile,  I picked a classic oversized subway tile and laid out in a crosshatch pattern with a dark grout for a graphic impact. The clawfoot tub was a splurge, but what else can cure the Wisconsin mid-winter chill? I originally wanted a double vanity, but we ended up carving out a corner of the bathroom so the washer and dryer could be on the second floor. Even though we lost a few feet in the bathroom, everyone who saw the house loved the second floor laundry (behind the “no admittance” door. See more details in the blog post here and updated bathroom here!

Kohler Vox Rectangle Sink
Iron Works Bathtub
Purist cross faucet
Purist cross bath handle
Purist tissue holder
Purist towel ring
Purist Bath spout
Contemporary Round rainhead
Cimarron toilet
Target Wood stump (no longer in stores)
Square mirror
DIY Wooden Ladder
DIY Bath Board
Tile Shop 2″x2″ Matte hexagon tile + 3″x6″subway tile
Langley Street 2 Light Wall Sconce
Amazon hanging planter
Matte Black canisters
Thrifted “No Admittance” laundry door 

GUEST ROOM: This cozy, woodsy guest room acted as a guinea pig for my DIY wall treatment ventures in this house. I constructed the board and batten wall after a shiplap fail and love how it turned out especially painted this beautiful shade of green, HostaLeaf. Check out the tutorial for the board and batten DIY here. I love how this DIY barnwood picture ledge acts as a platform for me to experiment with styling my favorite items as my taste and the seasons change. Read all about the DIY picture ledge here.

Wall Color BEHR Hostaleaf
Rejuvenation Pillow
Hobby Lobby Throw
Brooklinen Twill Charcoal stripe sheets/pillow
Target Comforter
Target dish
Old Target Table
Similar Wayfair Bed
World Market Sconce
Vintage books
Amazon alarm clock
Target Vase
Amazon Copper outlet plates
DIY Target Dresser 
Target Globe

West Elm Candle
H&M Home Vase
Amazon Wall hooks
Target hanging frame
Colleen O’Connor landscape art
Amazon light switch
Schalge door handle
Similar World Market Mirror
Society 6 Art Reflection in Walnut Frame

BACKYARD: This backyard was my biggest DIY undertaking, and whew it was exhausting. My family pitched in and we leveled and sodded the yard. My house is almost touching the houses on both sides of it, so I put up a privacy screen and fence around the backyard to create a little oasis in the city, after we stained the fence and deck in was time to decorate! I wanted a big couch for everyone to hang out on, so combined two to create this sectional. Every Friday in the summer, the park down the street plays live jazz, and me, Griff and friends sit on the backyard couch, BBQ and sip wine. See the full reveal in the blog post here.

Self Watering Rustic Planter Box
Palm City Patio Conversation Set
Door painted HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Desert Lake
Schlage Century Adjustable Matte Black Entry Door Exterior Handle
Allen + Roth White Ceramic Planter
Safavieh Stellar Casual Black/White Pouf Ottoman
Bond Liquid Propane Fire Table
Patio Life 9.24-in Black Steel Flower Pot Mounting Ring
Millennium Lighting
Target Outdoor Rug Black & Whit stripe
Stonehedge Solid Color Waterproofing Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer
The exterior of the house got an upgrade with a metal roof, vinyl board and batten siding and covering the old porch in cedar. I just love that I was able to take the eyesore on the street and turn it into a cute little home with curb appeal!




Let me know if you have any other questions in the comments!!! And thanks for visiting my home!! xx jenni




  1. Jeannie Wallace says:

    Wow!! Amazingly fabulous. I am beyond thoroughly impressed and so excited and inspired. Thank you for sharing your lovely home.

  2. Michelle says:

    I am sooo jealous, this house really looks like a dream come true now! Awesome work!

  3. pat sendelbach says:

    Wow a lot of hard work really was worth it1

  4. Kat says:

    Honestly, this house is such a dream! You have done such a fantastic job. You have just a great eye for design, an aesthetic that is just relaxing and really easy on the eyes ?.

  5. Allie says:

    I am in love with every room! You have such an eye for design and I am always so inspired by what you do. Now I have the urge to redo every room in my house!

    1. Jenni says:

      YES! Once you start, it’s hard to stop!

  6. Jessica Brigham says:

    Jenni, this is AMAZING!!!! What beautiful vision for this once forgotten old home. I can’t get over the guest room with the hostaleaf board + batten. ? You killed it, girl!!!!! ????

    1. Jenni says:

      Thanks Jessica! That room is so cozy with the deep green wall, sometimes I sleep there instead of the master, ha!

  7. anne says:

    wow. can I move in?

  8. Kaitlyn Twist says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! So inspiring. Do you have a source for the white sofa? Thanks!

    1. Jenni says:

      The light grey one is from West Elm!

  9. alyson says:

    GIRL. SO obsessed with your entire reno… like every single detail. I might have an offensive number of tabs open right now thanks to this. You’re amazing and so talented!! XO


    1. Jenni says:

      Awww Thanks Alyson!!! You are THE BEST!

  10. Yuffieh says:

    This is amazing! I love it! I dream of flipping a home it just makes it so much more personal when you build everything! Too bad I can’t find a house for such a deal where I’m located! Hopefully I can in a few years!

  11. Ron Dobson says:

    Awesome! Nice job!

    Tell me about the cabinets you put in! I’m looking at getting mine changed to white like yours (or like the white ones here: https://www.nhance.com/lowcountry/).

    I love it!

  12. Karen says:

    I don’t often comment on the [many] blog posts I read. But I was more than compelled to come and tell you how blown away I am by your work on this renovation! ‘Extensive’ is a word that does not come close to fitting the bill here. The fact that it turned out so amazingly stellar is only overshadowed by what you had to start with. I will just end with, “WOW.”

  13. Artificial Sinew Manufacturer says:

    This house looks so beautiful. It is looking such a creative blog and you are explained your blog in details. Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic photos of your beautiful house.

  14. Grace says:

    Marvelous, thanks for sharing this, Jenni! This website provides valuable facts to us, keep it up.


  15. Kristina Krille says:

    what a beautiful home!

  16. emily says:

    What a beautiful home!!! Would you mind revealing what is the white paint you used on your exterior? thanks!

    1. Jenni says:

      It’s a “board and batten vinyl that came in white!

  17. Kacey says:

    I love your home! I just bought my very first house and I cannot wait to make it so warm and cozy!



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