Thursday, August 30, 2012

kitchen: before and after

i know i've already shared some before and after shots of the kitchen, but i never could quite capture it as well as the photographer did and as we close the chapter on this house, it's fun to look back and see how far we've come.

rewind 4 1/2 years ago, and this is what the kitchen looked like upon purchase.

i can hardly remember it back then.
but i do remember is how tedious it was to paint those cabinets!

we looked for opportunities to expand kitchen storage ...

installed new white subway tile backsplash, butcherblock countertops, replaced the sink, faucet, dishwasher & cooktop, and added recessed lighting too.

and once the floors were refinished, things finally came together. 

you can see our kitchen remodel featured on design sponge here (prior to the floors being refinished). 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

family room: before and after

first things first.  our house is officially on the market!  it wasn't an easy decision and one that we pondered long and hard for several months.  we knew we would be moving on at some point and the low interest rates right now were enough motivation for us to take the plunge.  i'm excited for the next project! 

in the last month we have managed to accomplish all the 'eventually we'll get to it' to-do items that have been lingering over the years, and our house has never looked better.  i'm proud of how we have transformed this house, but at the same time it will be bittersweet to let it go.

our realtor brought in a professional photographer to best market our interior and over the next few posts i'll be sharing those images with you. 

i thought i'd kick things off with the family room to capture our new drywall, lighting, and furniture. 
but first, let's rewind to what the family room looked like upon purchase over 4 years ago.

i  primed and painted the dark paneling and bricks to bring a little life into the room ...

it was a temporary solution and one that worked for several years.

but if you look closely at the image above, you'll see that the paneling is wavy in the right corner.  the paneling was thin and over time started to buckle in several areas.  after the floors were refinished, the wall imperfections stuck out even more.  it was time for drywall. 

we had the electrical updated and recessed lighting added while the studs were exposed ... 

and after all the dust settled, we were finally able to enjoy our new space. 

here is another look at the before:

and after ...

if you're in the area and interested, feel free to contact our realtor for details

i'll be back soon to share other images of the house!