Jenny Keller, a Seattle area blogger and author, bought this 1937 farmhouse in 2012 after an outrageously long search. She and her husband looked at every single home for sale across six different cities. But even after she and her family found the home, there was plenty of work to be done. Keller spent 10 months redoing both the exterior and interior of the farmhouse. 
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Here's what it looked like before:And here's what it looks like now. Keller added a wrap-around porch and new windows. She also nixed the sage green paint job in favor of a fresher gray color that makes the white trim pop. Inside, the double-height entrance  is clean, neutral and inviting. Before, when you opened the door, it nearly hit the staircase. So contractors actually had to remove the front of the home and extend it out further to create the entryway. In the living room, Keller added large windows and vaulted the ceiling to create a light-filled, beautiful space. She also decided to create an open layout throughout the first floor. "Our previous home had many separate rooms," she explains on her blog.  "It was hard to entertain." Now, the kitchen, dining room and family room all occupy one big space that encourages relaxation and hanging out. Keller completely gutted the kitchen, removing a wall that separated it from the dining room. She then added a big new island where her family can gather, plus a gorgeous Williams Sonoma stove. Upstairs, Keller also vaulted her bedroom ceiling. She adding a sliding barn door made from old fence boards she found on the property. "It’s one of my favorite things in our home!" she says.

She also turned the original master bath into a walk-in closet. Neutral paint and ample lighting make the room serene, soft and relaxing. The master bath received beautiful hexagonal marble floor tile and an old-fashioned bathtub. The contractor who did the floor also added a recycled barnwood frame around the big mirror over the sinks. The space between her two kids' bedrooms was turned into a fun play space. Keller got rid of the dark wood trim around the windows and the old carpet. New dark wood floors complement the neutral paint color, while recessed can lights in the ceiling keeps the area bright. Even though the renovation was exhausting and stressful, it was worth it. "I look around sometimes and can’t believe I get to live here," Keller writes.