Old House: The Empty House Tour

Hello sweet Friends!

I hope you and your loved ones are all safe from the devastating floods Harvey has caused. I’ll be keeping those affected by it in my prayers!

We had a busy weekend around here, and I am just putting the finishing touches on my first completed space in our new house.

Here’s a hint:

It’s our guest bath downstairs!

It is just about complete and I’m hoping to have it done and photographed to share soon. It will feel so nice to have one room completely finished!

Last week as we were finishing prepping the old house for the market, I took photos, and today I thought I’d share some of them. It officially went on the market on Saturday.

I had really hoped to keep it staged for selling, but we didn’t want to start off in our new house with only half of our furniture, so it is pretty much empty.  I personally can imagine myself easier in a space that is empty, how about you? I know they say staged homes sell better though.

Here is the outside:

You can see from this street view how close we were to our neighbors. Living so close to the beach was worth it, but having a pool now, we really haven’t missed it.

Now I will miss watching all my plant babies come up in the Spring.

My Hubby did all the stonework on this house…

My Hubby and I got married right there in that courtyard! I shared some photos from it HERE.

Our empty dining room…

So sad, huh?

My hubby had added that textured wall color to all the downstairs walls just before I moved in. (I sold my house after we got engaged since it was more market ready.) With the dining room being two stories, I never did change it, but I wasn’t in love with it at all. I just worked with it.

It was small, but one of my favorite spaces…

Dining Room Evolution from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

The Evolution of my Thrifty Dining Room

And the doors…

My perfect backdrop…

Blue and white bedside table redo from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I also was not in love with the wood trim either, but it was a compromise with the hubby. I am really happy to have all bright white trim in my new house!

I tried to brighten this space with paint where I could, like the kitchen…

 How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets the Right Way

We kind of miss that huge island.

Adding Farmhouse Charm to the Kitchen from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

5 Ways to Add Farmhouse Charm to the Kitchen

The Living room…

Faux Coffered Ceiling / New Hardwood Floors {& total chaos}

It really would have been nice to keep the living room staged especially while we were selling it, just to give an idea of furniture placement.

It was such a bright and sunny space with our huge sectional that I slipcovered:

Sectional Slipcover Reveal

A small peek at our downstairs bath…

And upstairs…

This was Brennan’s room. I never did paint that trim like I wanted to, but it is a nice bright space.

The boys’ bath:

I really should have painted that striped wall.

I did repaint Jack’s room but I haven’t been back with my camera to take pictures.

The master…

I only got this side of the room since there was a pile of cords and stuff on the left side.

Remember this tribute to me and my hubby I did above our bed?

How to Hang a Gallery Wall

Our patio off the master:

I don’t think I ever shared that outdoor space before. I loved being able to just step outside in the mornings to get a feel for the weather before getting dressed.

A peek at my closet I built…

I gave all the built-ins a fresh coat of paint.

I had that thing packed!

Master Closet Makeover by Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

How a Girl Built her Closet

Our master bath was a total redo:


That was one of my very first posts! See the full makeover HERE.

We didn’t have a huge back yard, but we did have a nice sized deck…

Sew Easy Outdoor Cushion Covers

Brennan called this his treehouse. Wish we could have taken it with us!

I built this little granite stone patio on the side of our house out of granite landscaping stones from our old landscaping…

Recycled Granite Patio

I also built that gate. See how HERE.

Some of the outdoor space starts to look a little sad this time of year with nothing blooming, and my hubby cut my hydrangeas way back before most of them had a chance to bloom. Then extreme heat hit and they never really recovered. This was the first year I didn’t have a ton of them.

You can see how full they get (and why Hubby took the clippers to them) in this picture from last Summer:

We’ll leave it at that pretty picture. 🙂

And that wraps up the empty house tour. Hoping we don’t sit on it for too long!

While I tried to make the most of this house, it was definitely a compromise for me. The hubby has given me full reign on the new house and I am loving every minute!

I also want to mention that we have a winner of the Craft Junk Giveaway! Congratulations to Marthaia! She received her goodie box this weekend. Thanks to everyone who entered. I should have enough craft junk to do another giveaway in the late Fall. 🙂



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  1. Once again, you are amazing! So many projects you tackled so successfully. Good luck, hope it sells quickly!

  2. I loved getting one more peek at your old home. I hope that someone will quickly fall in love with it and make an offer.

    • I wasn’t going to share the empty house photos, but it was fun for me too to see the older photos of my decorated spaces with the empty room photos. We are listing it ourselves to start so we will are hoping that works out! XOXO

  3. Karen Kelly says

    Wishing you many happy years of memory making in your new home, it can be a little sad walking away from a home that obviously has so many great memories????Love your blog! You are giving me strength as we work towards finding a new home for our retirement years, after raising our family in our current home for 28 years,yup, saying goodbye to our pool that provided great times????

    • Thank you so much, Karen! It is bittersweet for sure, and I can’t imagine walking away from a home that you’ve lived in for 28 years, but sometimes change is necessary. We just need to embrace it the best we can! Good luck on your search! XO

  4. Rebecca - Knoxville,TN says

    Sweet trip down memory lane! It’s beautiful. Some family is going to Love that house.

  5. It’s such a pretty house with a beautiful yard! Hoping it sells for you quickly!

    I always wonder what I will miss in the city house but I can’t wait to move to the farm full time! (I’m thinking it will be all my windows)!

    • Thank you, Cecilia! I hope it sells quickly too! I was surprised at some of the things I missed, but there were definitely things I do not miss at all ha ha! XOXO

  6. Thanks for sharing. It’s one thing to see a house empty but when you see pictures of a empty room and then see the same room what it looked like with the furniture in it, it’s like you see the life that it was breathing. You can tell you put a lot of love into it the old home and I’m sure you will do the same to the new one.

    • You are so right, Sheila…a room’s décor really brings it to life. Thank you, I did try to love the old house the best I could. I am really enjoying getting into the decorating in our new home now! XOXO

  7. What a lovely house! It’s too bad we can’t put bits and pieces together from past homes. Hope it sells soon! It’s a seller’s market here in Indiana.

    • Thank you, Donna! Wouldn’t that be great if you could bring parts of your old home with you? I’d love to bring my old neighbors with me if I could! It is supposed to be a seller’s market here too, so we’ll see how it goes! XOXO

  8. Your old home is amazing, Christy, and I’m sure the new one will too.

    • Thank you, Larissa! It is a bit sad seeing it empty now, but hopefully a new family will be able to envision themselves there better! XOXO

  9. Beautiful home someone will be lucky

  10. You are such a talented woman! I am sure your family really appreciate everything that you do to make your home totally amazing! I am in awe! God Bless you! I can’t help but follow everything that you post. THank you.

    • Aww thank you so much, Joan. I truly appreciate your super kind comment, and I am thrilled to have you following along with me!! Now whether my family appreciates all I do? I am pretty sure they do, but I love that they just let me do my thing! 🙂 XOXO

  11. Beez Loffi says

    My husband and I are in our 70’s so we are down sizing. Moved to Texas in Dec. 7 miles from Round Top. If you love Antiquing this is the place to be Spring and Fall for the Antique Festival!
    We’re in the middle of renovating and painting. I do love your style and you’ve given me many ideas.

    • Thank you, Beez! I have heard that Round Top is fantastic…maybe I’ll get the chance to visit it one day! Best of luck with your renovations! XO

  12. Julie Briones says

    Thanks for sharing. I’m really excited to see what you do with the new place. The glimpse of the shower curtain made me sigh. 😉

    • I enjoyed this last look as a good bye of sorts…now onto new projects! My bathroom is complete, just looking for a couple of décor items! Can’t wait to share! XOXO

  13. You can always leave a ‘scrapbook’ on the kitchen counter so that potential buyers could see how you arranged your furniture and to give them ideas. You have such beautiful photographs of how it looked that I can’t help but think it would be a boon to selling the house.

    • That is a great idea, Pam! It would give buyers an idea of what they could do with it! Thank you! 🙂

  14. Good bye old house ;( she was beauty…with all your talents.
    I think Pam above me has a GREAT idea. Good luck with the sell. Pray!!!!
    I made a deal with your hubby…chop those hydrangeas way down soooooo
    It will be easier for me to sneak over and get them!!!!
    God Bless!!!
    *Be sure to leave a picture of those hydrangeas….that seal the deal!!!

    • Thanks, Addie! We will miss her for sure, especially the hydrangeas!! I’m thinking I really need to leave the pictures as well…anything to get it sold! 🙂

  15. Christy, I have loved seeing your posts. I am sitting here, in Houston, with Coastguard, Army and National Guard Helicopters flying over, and your “empty house” post was a nice relief! Can’t wait to see the touches you put on your new house :)))

    • Bless your heart, Annette, thank you! I hope you and those you love are safe. We have been watching and praying for ya’ll down there! We have been through many hurricanes here on the east coast, but nothing that compares to what Houston has seen from this storm. Glad I could provide some small relief! Stay safe! XOXO

  16. Marcia Stansberry says

    Cannot wait to see the new house, I bet it will gorgeous!

  17. Beautiful place,,, Congrats on the new home…Thanks for the g/a,,,really enjoy my new stash…..

  18. Beautiful home. I could never leave such a beautiful place

    • Thank you, Leah! We loved that home for sure, but we really needed more space. Hoping this home will be just as beautiful some day. 🙂