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Foreclosure to Home: Year Three Update

September 21, 2015 Sarah Coggins
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Hard to believe a third year has passed in the “foreclosure house.” Our list of completed projects is smaller than the previous two years, but still pretty large in scale and budget. Probably the biggest impact items were the new roof, backsplash tile in the kitchen, and pink paint on the walls of Elise’s new room. Here’s a look a the full list of projects we tackled this year:


New roof. The old shingles were in bad shape and literally starting to fall off (several did after the roofing contractor and inspector were up there!). We chose to replace the old basic three-tab with a new brownish toned architectural style. Amazing the impact this simple change has made in curb appeal besides giving our home much needed protection from the elements!

Resurfaced the deck. Eventually we’d like to replace the deck with a screened in porch, but that’s not in the budget so we chose to clean & resurface it to protect the existing structure. The difference was amazing. It looks totally new and for a tiny, tiny fraction of the cost of replacing it.

Deck Resurface Before & After #foreclosuretohome

Had the entire house power washed and gutters cleaned. This is an annual project and well worth the expense vs DIY.


Built & hung a new custom coat rack.

Updated the decor.

Created a DIY wood sign.


Replaced the microwave.

Painted the base cabinets and replaced the drawer pulls.

Added tip out┬átrays behind the “drawer” panels in front of the sink.

Replaced the light fixture over the table.

Installed shelving over the desk.

Hired contractors to tile the backsplash.

Kitchen Tile Backsplash

Coat Closet

Installed 2nd shelf and reorganized.


Installed a gate at the top of the stairs. Thankfully the house had one at the bottom when we purchased it, but the top was wide open so we added a gate to allow for our daughter to move safely around the 2nd floor without concern for her falling down the stairs. The area is not square at all so I searched for a while before finding this gate by KidCo which can mount at the top of stairs and at an angle. Since we couldn’t align it and hit studs, we added painted 1x4s (screwed into studs) and then attached the gate.

KidCo Angle Mount Safetyway Gate

Daughter’s Room

This was formerly the craft room/office. I painted the walls pink.

Removed the TV and phone connections (there was a triple phone jack! Hello, 1998, your dated technology is calling.) and covered with new blank plates.

#ForeclosureToHome Triple PhoneJack

Installed curtain rods and hung new curtains (well, borrowed from the master bedroom until I can find some I like!).

Master Bathroom

Cleaned out the old caulk in the shower and add new.

Find our past updates here: Year One Update | Year Two Update


  • Allison September 28, 2015 at 7:50 am
    I can not believe how much you've done! Wish I were closer so I could see it with my own two eyes.
    • Sarah Coggins October 5, 2015 at 11:06 am
      Some days I feel like we haven't accomplished much, then I look at these lists and remember what this house really looked like! We stay busy. ;) But it is fun and I am enjoying making this house "ours." We'll have to get you back for a visit especially now that I have a real guest room again. It's still has boxes piled along 2 walls, but there is a bed and TV! I'll finish it eventually ...

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