Thursday, December 30, 2010

Favorite House Projects of 2010

If you're new to this blog, welcome to our home!  We started Welcome Sunshine Home in May 2010 and it's been a fun hobby for Jake and me to share outside of our full-time office jobs.  If you're a faithful reader, I hope you don't mind me gushing about our house.  Again.

In August 2005, Jake and I bought this 1892 colonial in southern Maine.  Our home has five good sized bedrooms, great closet and storage spaces, lovely moldings, and ONE bathroom.  Sigh  Gotta love the charm of older homes, right ?  :)  When we purchased it, every single square foot was screaming for TLC after surviving many years of rental abuse and neglect (chain smokers + absentee landlord = lots of damage).  We've used up gallons and gallons of paint, repaired broken windows, done painstaking wallpaper removal, removed nasty carpeting, overhauled the kitchen, updated the bathroom, and on and on and on.  So many projects that I can't even remember them.  All done before we became bloggers so we didn't think to capture 'before' shots of the house's pitiful original condition.

Ok, let's move on to my three favorite house projects of 2010...



We bought a king size bed then decided to move from the house's master bedroom (it has a walk-in closet but no bathroom) into one of our guest rooms.  Here's the guest room...        

Former guest room BEFORE (crummy cell phone photo from 2007)

New guest room AFTER (different room in our house)

My absolute favorite!  Inexpensive, functional, and pretty.  Thank you, Jake! :)

awkward third floor half wall

Wicked!  You can't see me but I'm behind the camera doing a happy dance.

Honorable Mentions
Our Living Room and Dining Room.  I appreciate their versatility and love how they've stood the test of time.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this peek into our home.  :)  Now, I'm off to see what everyone else picked!

The Lettered Cottage

The DIY Show OffBest of Tickled Pink at 504 Main


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Very very nice! I really like these pictures and I'm sure the place feels great.

I'm new to your site and I found you through a blog hop link. Would you fancy to follow me back?

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment] are an awesome decorator! Come do my house!

Found you on The Baby Bottom Line and following you. Can't wait to see what other awesome stuff you have for me!

Datssocute said... [Reply to comment]

I love your house!! I am now following you. Hope you'll come by and check out my blog. Have a Happy New Year! BJ

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I just love your home!! Your front porch is beautiful! I'm envious. I never would have thought of putting curtains up on the front porch. When we build our dream front porch, I'm going to have to copy that idea! :)
Hope you are having a wonderful week.

Apron Senorita said... [Reply to comment]


girl, you are creative.

Happy New Year!!

Yoli :)
Apron Senorita

Brandi said... [Reply to comment]

WOW! You have a beautiful home! I love your front porch!

HBrummett said... [Reply to comment]

OH I LOVE IT!!! Your home is beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us at Traveling Through Thursday! I am already following you. Also I am starting a blog directory. Check out this post and email me if you are interested. ALSO Happy New Year! Hope you have a safe and happy weekend!

Shannon said... [Reply to comment]

I am in LOVE with your house!!!!!!!! :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I love your porch!!Wish I had a pretty porch like that instead of a little stoop! The ceiling in your living room is neat too!

Green Door Girl said... [Reply to comment]

I posted on the actual porch post as well, but I love it and it is so funny I saw your wrapping and ribbon wall organization on another link up and didn't get to post (work or something distracted me) so it was meant to be that I come back and comment on it! I love it - I have the materials to do a wall paper holder and ummm have had them for 5+ months and have yet to do it! Hopefully it will make the 2011 list! :) Thanks again!

Debra @ Life in a 320 square foot home said... [Reply to comment]

Oooohhhh, it is BLUE! I Love blue porches - I think we have similar tastes :) Thank you for the lovely comment - I appreciate it! I am following your blog now, can't wait to see what you do!



Deb said... [Reply to comment]

You have such a beautiful home Alison...especially love your porch! ~Deb~

My Cottage Charm said... [Reply to comment]

Hey Alison! Thanks for visiting my blog and taking time to comment, it's much appreciated!
Your home is lovely and I can tell you've put in many hours of love. :) I did a wrapping station this year if you'd like to see's under the favorite projects tab on my blog. I only had space behind my utility room door, so I had to get industrious! :)
Hope you have a wonderful New Year!
Missy :)

The Splendiferous Life said... [Reply to comment]

Love your makeovers...I am doing that right now hop over to my blog to see my before pics.
I am your newest follower from Meet me monday blog..I am having a contest hop on over to my blog...thank you


Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Your home is beautiful!

Now following from

We list all of the baby daily deals in real-time. Would love a follow back!

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, your house is lovely! I love the ceiling in your living room. And I can't believe you have a gift wrapping room--just like Candy Spelling! :D

I'm a new follower from Making Friends Monday. I would love it if you'd follow me back!

Emily {Frilly Details} said... [Reply to comment]

Oh wow, your home is gorgeous!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

It all looks wonderful! Love the changes you have done. Husband and I like the older homes too, but you hit on the one reason we didn't buy one, 1 bathroom. We are just too used to modern homes that have more than one. We also bought a house that needed A LOT of tlc 3 (almost 4) years ago. We have spent the last several years making lots of renovations as well. I didn't have a personal (non book) blog then, so didn't blog much about it, but I think I will now! Thanks for the idea.

curlie girlie said... [Reply to comment]

Your house is beautiful - you've really done a lot. I especially love the front porch!
I'm your newest follower from Welcome Wednesday - come follow me too! :)

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Hi found you on Thursday's Friends blog hop and am now following.
I want your porch!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Hi! I'm over from the blog hop! I love your rooms and your tree is just beautiful!!! I love it! I'm your newest follower. You can follow me back at! Thanks!! :)

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Wow. Everything looks great. Thanks for linking to FFF and CCC. and
Happy New Year!

ashleynichole said... [Reply to comment]

Your house is beautiful! I hope you'll follow back.

Michelle said... [Reply to comment]

What a charming home. I love it.

Annie (Lady M) x said... [Reply to comment]

I am doing this ‘Boost my blog Friday′ that I saw over at Design It Chics blog and I am now following you! This is such a cool idea isn’t it?! Love your blog by the way - those before and after pictures are an inspiration.... now where did I put my paintbrush?!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Hi! I'm your newest follower! Come check out my blog at: I hope you'll subscribe to my blog too!

Have a great day!

Colie's Kitchen said... [Reply to comment]

Hi this is Nicole from Colie’s Kitchen. I am a regular follower who really enjoys reading your blog. I just wanted to stop by and say hi. I hope all is going well. Have a great weekend.

Autumn Blues Reviews said... [Reply to comment]

Such a beautiful home and I am jealous of your porch. I have always wanted a porch like yours. I found you on the Let's give it away blog hop. Stop over when you get a chance and join my blog.

Alliejean said... [Reply to comment]

What a beautiful home! Im your newest GFC follower from Following Friday! I would love it if you could follow me also

Peters said... [Reply to comment]

I am a new follower through the Friday blog hop. I love your house pictures. I look forward to viewing your blog. Stop by and follow me too please.

HALLELUJAHS BY HOLLY said... [Reply to comment]

Your newest follower via Bee Friendly Friday, and I love your blog! Such a sweet and colorful home. How lovely. Would love for you to follow me if you'd like!

Blessings to you,

Shah Wharton said... [Reply to comment]

Hello - I'm following from the hop - From Shah, at


Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Love the porch. Thanks for linking to FFF. Have a Fabulous Day. and

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