Our First Home

In 2013, a year after Andy and I started dating, we purchased our first house together in a hidden neighborhood called Underwood Hills in West Midtown Atlanta, Georgia. This house sits on a large (for Atlanta) fenced in lot at the end of a dead end street smack dab in the middle of this sought after neighborhood. With a wide open floor plan containing three bedrooms and two full baths, this house was our perfect home. Andy also had his large man cave down in the basement with plenty of room for his vast collection of tools and the storage shelving he installed. Buying this house in Atlanta proper was a stretch for newly employed salaries, but Andy and I made it work – and with hard work and a lot of DIY, we managed to turn this house into our perfect home.


When we first moved in the front yard was over grown with bushes and English Ivy and in desperate need of some love and care. The house needed some touch ups and a little extra curb appeal.

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Front Porch

The front door received a makeover with a fresh new paint job and brand new hardware. Andy built a beautiful custom planter to match the shutters and really make the front porch pop.

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Living Room


The living room was old fashion and out dated, so I quickly took advantage of the good bones and brought it up to date. I started by painting the beautiful working wooden fireplace mantle a crisp white to bring it into the 21st century. Andy built a gorgeous custom coffee table to fit the space perfectly. With a mixture of new and used furniture, Andy and I made the most of the open space to create a comfortable and stylish living area!

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Guest Bathroom

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The full guest bathroom was definitely one of the biggest cosmetic makeovers we tackled. It’s amazing how far a couple of cans of paint can really go in making a room look completely brand new. First we toned down the dark walls by painting it all a clean light neutral color. Next I tackled the hideous black and yellow vanity by painting the the body of the vanity Nantucket blue. I then used Epoxy paint to finish off the vanity with a matte white finish. What a huge transformation!


Dining Area

In the dining area, I centered my table and chairs to bring a bit of separation to the open floor plan. I added a picture collage to break up the monotonous wall and add some hominess.




The kitchen was also outdated and ungainly and just plain blah. We started to add to the utility of the kitchen by building an awesome silverware drawer that would fit all of our utensils much better than a plastic slide in. We added a beautiful custom backsplash to the kitchen to add a more fashionable look and updated the kitchen by removing the cracked and dated siding and painting the kitchen a light neutral shade to match the new back splash.

We took out the random bistro style table that was never used and added a custom kitchen shelf that Andy built to fit the space perfectly, adding extra storage and appeal. Finally, we replaced the old faucet with a much taller, modern faucet with a retractable sprayer.

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Smaller Guest Bedroom


While living here, we took advantage of the third and smallest bedroom by using is as Andy’s extra large closet and our office. I added a beautiful closet set to really utilize the large closet space. To showcase the fact that it is an actual bedroom, we have now added a twin bed and bedside table. Hopefully, someone will take advantage of this room as the perfect nursery!

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Master Bedroom

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The master bedroom was a dull darkish grey color, so I immediately painted it a serene pale ocean blue when we moved in. With very tall vaulted ceilings, this master bedroom fit our new king size bed perfectly under the plantation shutters. We added smaller bedside tables on either side and had plenty of room left over for Woody’s bed next to ours 🙂

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Master Bathroom

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The master bathroom got a complete renovation. Andy and I could not stand the stained and cracked white tiles, linoleum countertops, and the old plastic jetted bath tub. First we got rid of the crappy “vanity” lights that were cheap plastic LED track lights that never worked. We added a huge and luminous ceiling light that illuminates the bathroom perfectly.

Next, Andy and I demoed then entire space, leaving the original vanity in place. The contractors leveled the floor, adding new plywood and cement sub floor. We laid gorgeous ivory natural travertine tile that was a huge upgrade from the original cracked white tiles. We also bought a brand new Kohler deep soaking 60″ tub – heaven – and surrounded it with white subways tiles and a matching ivory travertine tile border. Finally, we finished the brand new master bathroom with beautiful quartz countertops from Home Depot and travertine backsplash. What a transformation!

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Back Deck

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The back deck was originally painted the same greyish green that our house is painted; however, the paint was fading and the wood was rotting in several places. We replaced all of the handrails and rotting planks with new decking and then painted the entire deck in a natural dark brown solid deck stain. We took out the old bench that was no longer in code and replaced the entire back wall of warped and rotting fiber boards with new hardiplank! The back of our house is basically brand new and looks fantastic.

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Basement / Mancave

Andy spent a ton of time over the last few years adding to the partially finished basement to make it a perfect mancave! He added tons of storage and shelving, and a huge work desk built into the foundation of the house itself. This basement really added a ton of storage and utility to this house and made Andy a very happy guy.

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Back Yard

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The back yard was a mess of dying grass and English ivy with a random wooden planter smack dab in the middle of the yard when we moved in. I spent over a month killing the invasive ivy where we then leveled the ground a bit more and added a wooden retaining wall that feeds into the existing wooden bed in the middle of the yard. We planted all new grass and added native azaleas and hydrangeas to the new raised garden. The colors are just to die for in the spring! 


All in all, Andy and I have poured our hearts and souls (and blood and sweat) into this house to make it our perfect home. On April 30, 2016, Andy and I married down in Amelia Island Plantation and started a new chapter in our lives. With this new chapter, we are saying goodbye to Atlanta and to our first home together that we poured so much love into over the last three years.

So it is with heavy hearts that Andy and I announce that our Renos With Whiskey house is for sale. For more information please contact Adrienne Hardesty with Chapman Hall Realtors or visit the zillow link. 

While Andy and I hate to say goodbye to our perfect home and amazing neighborhood and neighbors, it is time for us to start our next chapter in Athens. Thank you all for following us and stayed tuned in for the next chapter of Renos With Whiskey!




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