After buying the house in April/May of 2009, tearing it down to joists and studs and rebuilding over the past year-and-a-half, we finally have a home I feel proud of! Thanks for listening to all the whining, venting and obsessing in the meantime :) I appreciate the support and opinions!
I'm going to post before, during and after shots of most of the rooms so this is going to be long! Haha :)
The front room. Note the spectacular shag carpet. Behind that red wall we found mold and leaking washer pipes. Also, under the front door threshold the sill plate and joists were rotted and the previous owner had scabbed together a crappy support to cover the fact that the foundation was essentially crumbling. Awesome.
After. I love it. This is more a "sitting" room than a "living" room but it's a great room to read a book or listen to the radio in.
Christmas decor - tree in the background
The dining area/kitchen was not an open space when we first purchased the house. It was closed off, joined only by a small doorway. Oddly, the kitchen was semi-opened up to the family room in the back. So confusing. This area was relatively free from damage, though we did replace a few of the joists under the kitchen.
The kitchen now. I designed the entire thing :) Pretty proud of that fact. I painted, distressed, stained and sealed the cabinets. I designed the shelving and my uncle built them. The kitchen is just really a reflection of my tastes and while I know it's not for everyone, Abe and I really love it! The only thing I'm not satisfied with is the sink. We'll be replacing it with the single bowl farmhouse sink from IKEA sometime this year.
LOVE my island. We rehabbed it after "rescuing" it from the porch of an abandon house. I found the basket in the back room of a dusty old antique shop and paid $5 for it! Heck of a deal. It holds a lot of pottery and G's bath stuff.
You can't see much of it, but Abe and I salvaged an antique door. I rubbed a little paint/antiquing glaze on it, some chalkboard paint and now we have a large message board in our kitchen.
Our little dining area. It's plain and simple but I like it. Also, my nephew Coop is sitting there :) such a cutie.
The family room is one of the biggest transformations in terms of style and comfort. We also had to replace joists in this room. We also tore down all the paneling and replaced it with drywall. We found a carpenter ant infestation behind the paneling - just another thing we had to deal with. We LOVE this room now. I wish I had more/better after pics. I'll have to take more during the day :)
Now, the coziest room in the house:
The half bath was sick sick sick. Nasty, shag carpeting. Stained, disgusting toilet. The smallest/lowest vanity sink I've ever seen. Gross.
After, we have a nice, cute little powder room. Just wanted to mention the nest on the back of the toilet wasn't my idea - my mom's. Haha. She's a nut. I pick my battles.
This picture just shows the new floors we've put in. Eventually, we'll put this tile in the full bath as well... once we decide to tackle that project. Yikes. May be a year or two.
I'm just going to show "afters" for the rest of the rooms. The office and the nursery had to get all new joists. The master bedroom was one of only two rooms in the house that did not have structural damage underneath!
I bought our bedding from Ebay, Tuesday Morning and got one pillow and two shams from Pottery Barn. It is all Ralph Lauren and Pottery Barn bedding. Fancy, fancy. Haha. I love our bed.
G's room is one of my favorite rooms. It's so happy!
And finally, my office. I love my little workspace. It's the smallest room in the house but I don't mind :) My desk is an old table that was once used outside as a potting bench. I modified a few things and stapled some IKEA curtains to the inside of the trim and voila - cute desk that hides the computer tower and most of the electrical junk. Not too shabby. The gallery wall is far from complete/perfect but I like it thus far.
That's our little house! It took a TON of work but we love our cozy home. Kudos to you if you made it through this entire post. Haha.