I tell you, this is how I pictured this kitchen when we first walked into our home almost seven years ago and I’m just tickled when I look over at the space.
BEFORE | Dining Room
AFTER | Dining Room
BEFORE | Bedroom
When I have trouble with decorating a room, I don’t ignore it. I don’t shut the door and focus on rooms I do like. Instead, I decorate and redecorate and redecorate to the point of ridiculousness until I get it right. The best example of that is my bedroom. (My husband says I need a picture of him pulling his hair out somewhere in this post, but I never took one of those…) This is what it looked like when we moved in…
AFTER | Bedroom
BEFORE | Family Room
We ripped out the fireplace a little over a year ago and I’ve been waiting to rip out this carpet since the day we moved in. After 6 1/2 years of living in this house, we finally ripped out the carpet and replaced it with 4 3/4″ wide Heritage Hickory (a floating engineered hardwood floor) by Virginia Mill Works.
AFTER | Family Room
we finally ripped out the carpet and replaced it with 4 3/4″ wide Heritage Hickory (a floating engineered hardwood floor) by Virginia Mill Works. The color on the walls is Glass Slipper by Benjamin Moore. I love this color. It’s a soft blue, but it’s still sort of neutral. I set up a desk in the corner for my computer. (Surprisingly, that French chair is very comfortable.)
BEFORE | Home Office
When we first moved into our house, this was probably the worst room in the house…well, the half bath was really bad, too… Let’s just say I was not in love with this house when we bought it, but we were on a tight budget and I saw the most potential in this place. This room was the kitchen in the 1940′s part of the house, but became redundant once the addition and modern kitchen was added onto the back of the house a few years before we purchased it. Most of the kitchen was removed and what was left was layers of linoleum, plywood patches, a refrigerator with a carpet of dog hair underneath, a gas pipe sticking up out of the floor where the oven used to be and an old ironing board cabinet (behind the fridge.) The room also had four doorways…one to the new kitchen, one to the basement, one to the hallway and stairwell and one to the dining room. I think the previous owners were at a total loss as to what to do with this room. I had some ideas, but even I was a little baffled.
AFTER | Home Office
My mom later bought me new lighting fixtures and my husband built a radiator cover for the heater in the corner. A couple of years later, my parents and husband chipped in to get me the hardwood floors for my birthday. We bought unfinished oak floors to match the rest of the house and then we installed and refinished them ourselves.
BEFORE | Living Room
AFTER | Living Room
BEFORE | Half Bath
The renovation that wouldn’t end has finally come to an end. As I was looking back over the pictures to prepare this post, I realize it’s taken a YEAR to get this 4′ x 8′ space finish. In our defense, we’ve had a pretty busy year and the half bathroom was just not a priority. We did hear some grumblings from the teenagers that frequent our home, because they had to hoof it up the steps to use the facilities, but other than that, it didn’t inconvenience anyone.
AFTER | Half Bath
The mosaic tiles were installed sometime in MayIn November, my mom and I installed the bead board, trim, new light and hung the (free) antique mirror. We finally finished it all up a couple of weeks ago and here it is… (You’ll have to forgive the pictures. There is zero natural light in there.)
BEFORE | Guest Bedroom
AFTER | Guest Bedroom
BEFORE | Work Office
AFTER | Work Office
Check out some of my posts written about my work office!