Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Project House "Afters"...The Living Room and Dining Room

The living room and dining room were two of my favorite rooms in the house.  They had original wood floors and gorgeous trim.  They just needed a TON of cosmetic changes.  Besides the dirt and dust that you can see in the picture, the rooms smelled like thousands of cats lived in them.

And the afters...

The Living Room

The Dining Room

The changes to the living room of the Project House are:

  • The original hardwood floors were refinished beautifully and stained Dark Walnut. Todd of Eagle Hardwoods did an AMAZING job.
  • Our painter, Ryan Atnip of Alpha Painting, painted all of the trim crisp white and all of the walls (including the ceilings) Sherwin William's "Agreeable Gray".  If you are local, Ryan does a fantastic job!  This paint color is my new favorite greige.
  • The ancient window air conditioning units were removed and new central air was added to the main floor.
  • The DIRTY, dusty ceiling fan in the living room was replaced with (another) ReStore find that I painted to match the antique brass fixture in the dining room.  
  • Outlets that weren't up to code were replaced by our electrician, Mike Harlen. He and his team are wonderful, work fast, and were super sweet to my kids...a big plus in the momma's book!

Tomorrow's post...the kitchen.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Project House "Afters"...Exterior and Back Porch

Do you watch "Fixer Upper" on HGTV?  One of my favorite things about the show, besides the awesome Chip and JoJo, is the fact that they ALWAYS remind the family of what the house looked like before the renovation...then show them the "after".  I'm going to show you the "before" along with the "afters" just makes it THAT much better!

Here's a little reminder at what the front of the Project House looked like before...

Here is the after...

The changes to the front elevation of the house are:
  • We removed the metal railings and had our contractor add a beautiful new wood railing around the whole porch, which was then painted white.
  • The lone maroon shutter was replaced with crisp black shutters, found for a steal at Habitat for Humanity Restore.
  • I painted the previously-maroon door black and cut out vinyl address numbers (to take the place of the awful plaque hanging on the column).
  • The rickety mailbox was removed and a sweet black, metal mailbox was added next to the door.  I just think it adds to the cottagey charm!
  • Our electrician moved the light source from the center of the porch to above the door.  He wired in a vintage lantern that I found - another ReStore score!
  • Lastly, the overgrown ivy was removed and new black mulch was added.
The back porch was one of my FAVORITE rooms to redo...probably because it changed the most.  Here's what it started out looking like:

This room was SCARY. It was so dirty and neglected, but I knew it had potential.  Here are the "after" shots.

The changes to the back porch of the house are:
  • We removed the shower and added a "step up" laundry room, complete with a half bath...which includes a utility tub!  I'd love to have a sink in my laundry room!
  • The whole porch was painted WHITE!  I love how the paneling looks painted crisp, clean white.
  • The yucky back door was replaced with a sturdy door with some panel detail...another awesome ReStore find.
  • The concrete was painted with Valspar's Porch and Floor Paint (in City Storm).
Can you believe the difference in that room?  Amazing.  Tomorrow's post will be all about the living room and dining room!

The Project House "afters"....

After 3 months of renovation, the Project House is on the market!  It turned out just as beautiful as I imagined.  Here are a few of the "after" pictures, taken by my excellent photographer friend Emily (of Moments Captured by Emily).

I am posting a few photos today and have posts scheduled all week of each room with details!  Enjoy!  

If you are looking for a sweet, Craftsman-style house in southwest Missouri, this one would be perfect for you!

The front elevation of the house


Master Bedroom

Master Bathroom

Living Room


Dining Room

Newly-added Laundry Room and Half-Bathroom

"Bonus" room at the top of the stairs

A view of the stairs from the top

Entry - view from the stairs

More pics this week!!

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