Well… Are you ready for the finished reveal!?! It has been a busy 3 weeks in our household. We moved into the new house on 11/12. Before move in we spent several days cleaning and getting rid of construction dust. After we moved in, there were still a million little things that needed to be done. Lights needed to be hung, baseboards caulked and painted, bathroom fixtures hung… not to mention I had to unpack and get the house decorated! And all of this before Thanksgiving. You see, I invited around 20 people over to Thanksgiving… back in August… so the house just had to be done. Why didn’t we just cancel, you ask?! Because that’s just not how I work… Haha. A little pressure is amazing for getting things done sometimes.
ANYWAY. So yes. There was a lot to finish. But amazingly, we finished most of our checklist. Now, we just have a few things to accomplish and a lot more time… which is NICE. I am SO happy with how things turned out.
So without further ado here are a few before and after pictures for you. The new one’s were taken on my cell phone… so no judging. Haha.
Entry Way/Dining Room
We had to rip up the hardwood floors in the dining (left) and reinstall new ones… because the old floors were only in the dining room. There was no way to match them. So as much as it pained me we pulled them up and installed new. We opted to go with a smooth wood as the hand-scraped look is starting to go out of style. We repainted everything you see. New front door which was a roller coaster ride of emotions to get done and new staircase.
The formal living room (right) is on the other side of the front door. We replaced the stone fireplace surround with carrera, pulled up the carpet and repainted everything. In this house, for some reason they had a tan paint on the walls and an almost peach for the trim. You can’t tell in the pictures… but EVERY surface had to be painted.
The family room (left) is off the dining room, so when you come through the front door, you can see all the way through back to this room. Prior to reno, the family room was paneled in a light oak with green tile floor and a carpet insert. I hated the lighting and the colors. We carried the hardwood floors throughout the entire bottom floor of the house, and painted the paneling in a light gray with white trim. We removed the large built in china cabinet to declutter the space and make it feel larger. The fireplace was re-tiled in a white quartz. The wet bar and bar in the kitchen were accented with stacked stone. All the light fixtures were replaced with more contemporary style lighting.
The room that took the most work was the kitchen (right). The two before pictures, show the light oak cabinets (Same color as the paneling in the family) and brown granite counter and backsplash. The accent lighting was gold, and the ceiling lights were dropped fluorescent lights. We dropped the bar around the sink to open the kitchen to the family room. I can’t stand being stuck in the kitchen when we have guests and not being able to see what is going on. This simple change makes it feel much more open. We painted all of the cabinets in a bright white; got rid of the dropped fluorescent lights and added can lights. I chose a beautiful white quartz counter for a white on white look. In the kitchen we put down a beautiful gray tile that meets perfectly with the wood so there isn’t a transition piece. We ran gas from the laundry room into the kitchen so we could have a gas range, we replaced the double ovens because they were little 24″ ovens and didn’t fit the cabinet size or our family needs. We put in pendant lighting with edison bulbs that gives the room a more modern feel. The backsplash is a gray glass tile pattern that accents the floors. And we went with a white quartzite stacked stone around the base of the bar to give it a more finished look. A modern single basin deep 14 inch sink and contemporary fixtures update the space beautifully.
The staircase (left) got quite a makeover as well. We ripped out the carpet, replaced the treads and risers with wood. Redid the trim surround. Refinished the banister and replaced the ballusters with a beautiful ash gray finished iron spindle. We also painted the risers white to match the trim and stained the treads dark to match the floor. I love the effect. It just makes the entry way feel so much grander.
There are still plenty of rooms to show you, but we are still finishing minor touches on some of them. I will do a big reveal when we are finished with everything. Also, can I say, that having professional photos taken makes a huge difference? When I’m done staging I’ll be having those taken as well and post them so you can see the difference! This house has been so much fun to redesign.
I am simply in love.