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We found the ugliest home on the block, but on the best lot and in early 2008 we started the process of making it ours. We liked the overall layout of the home and all the light that floods in, things that are hard to change about a house. Our theory is choose a home for the things you can’t change and change what you can. Before we get to the ugly (I hope the previous owners aren’t reading this…nahh…I doubt it) here’s our living room after a lot of hard work. (Find a source list at the end of the post)
Now let’s take a peek at how things looked when we bought the house. Lots of green carpet, mauve tile and floral wallpaper. It was a mess!! So much so that the first time my step-mom saw the house her reaction was sweet…something along the lines of “you and Matt sure have a vision very few people have” which was her nice way of saying “what have you guys gotten yourself into??”. I don’t blame her!
That green carpet was everywhere! Even in the master bathroom.
Mauve tile in the entry now gone! We did (more like Matt but I took on every task I could) did 99% of the work in this house.
There’s the mauve tile again! We don’t have photos before we started tearing the place up but I’m sure you get the idea. Drop ceiling in the kitchen and the square window for….ordering your food? Classic 80’s.
There’s that dingy floral wallpaper and lovely fluorescent light.
Oh look! More of that green carpet. And it was brand new!
Let’s get to the ‘afters’!
We made the window bigger, added the wood floors throughout the house, replaced all the doors, added rounded corners on every. single. corner. of the house, added new baseboards, replaced all the lights….am I missing anything? We pretty much gutted the place.
We added an additional room onto the house as well as this wide hallway. Light from the three kids’ rooms floods the hallway with natural light. I wanted it to be simple and calming.
We removed the wall to open up the space, removed the drop ceiling pushing the ductwork back, painted the cabinets, replaced the tile floors, added new appliances, and puck lights. We replaced and moved the dining room light.
The girls’ room doesn’t typically look like this but boy do I love it when it does!!!!
This was a ton of work and just when you think you’re done, you decide to repaint the whole house or change out the lights or add different furniture. But I love the look of classic interiors because then the bulk of the work is done. Paint color trends might change but wood floors are timeless.
Floors- Lumbar Liquidators
End Table- Family Thrift Center painted Annie Sloan French Linen
Sofa Table- Target
Original Cow Painting- Deann Hebert
Romans 12:12 Handcrafted Wood Sign- Aedriel for House of Belonging
Sofa- Bassett Furniture slipcovered with Ballard Designs Vintage Vogue Slipcover Twill Super White
Club Chair- Ballard Designs Vintage Vogue Slipcovered Twill Super White
Throw Pillows- Pottery Barn
Fireplace Screen- Custom made by Gate-It Access Systems
Drapes- Pottery Barn Cameron Cotton Drape
Dining Table- World Market (no longer available)
Dining Chairs- Pottery Barn Isabella White
Chair Covers- Pottery Barn Ticking Stripe
Arm Chairs- Craigslist painted white covered in P Kaufmann Buffalo Check
Chandelier- Ballard Designs LAUREL 8 LT RECTANGULAR CHANDELIER DARK IRON (no longer available)
Mirror- Target painted Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (mixed in with some acrylic paint…so color unknown)
Rug- Decor Steals
Wood Tray- Decor Steals
Counters- Concrete covered in Cohills New Canvas Concrete Overlay in white
Stove- Costco NXR Stainless Steel Pro Gas Range
Bread Box- Farmhouse Wares
Sink and Faucet- Kraus Single Basin Sink Lowes
Salt & Pepper Shakers- Aedriel Originals
Bread Board & Stoneware Bread Pan- Homegoods
Bed & Nightstands- World Market
Euro Shams- Pottery Barn Flagstone Grey Channel Quilt
Lumbar Pillow- Pottery Barn Flagtsone Grey Velvet
Arm Chair- Joss & Main (also spotted on Amazon and Homegoods)
Wicker End table- Target
‘A Life That’s Good’ Throw Pillow- For the Home at Aedriel.com
Sconces- Pottery Barn Celeste Single (no longer available)
Walls- Dunn Edwards Crystal Haze
Trim and Doors- Dunn Edwards Pure White