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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Home Renovation 101: Before

We didn't think buying a cabin in the woods was a big enough deal so we thought 
we would throw in renovating a house too! I mean, why not, right? We might be 
a little crazy, but at least we have the time... funny right. Who ever has the time 
to renovate a house? Between the cabin on the weekends and having a day job to pay 
for this cabin and renovation, when are we supposed to get anything done? 

Thankfully, Leif turned out to be quite handy in every department and has offered
to live in the house to get work done in time for my move in. Isn't he just the best?

I thought I would share the before photos. I am sure not everything we would like
to do will be done in time for my move in, however, it will definitely look drastically
different. I cannot wait to see the final results myself! 

Below is the back Sunroom. The woman who owned the house before had show
cats. Yes, you read that properly. So the room smells and will need complete
gutting. We are thinking a little shiplap or wainscoting. The existing concrete 
floor might stay and be painted or we could add some tiles. I am thinking a nice
sisal rug with some cozy furniture.  

Definitely some new shades and new door! Clearly, the sink will be removed as well 
as anything else hanging on the wall. 

The front door vestibule is small but adorable. The existing stain glass is still in
tact. We are looking at having it refurbished. A fresh coat of paint will be nice. 

The ugly brown tile was cracked in the corner and I decided to dig it up. Look at the
surprise we found below! Thankfully, it was completely intact and looks wonderful!

The Living Room needs the least work. Painting this room will do a lot for the space but,
can we talk about this wood trim! I am so excited to get my hands on this room. Not
to mention, those beautiful floors! New shades are a must! I am working on winning 
the battle to replace the ceiling fans but this one I might just lose. I do not know what 
it is with men and ceiling fans...

We are also switching out all of the existing light switches, electrical outlets and
plate covers to a more updated version. I'm thinking Lutron. I love the screwless
plates all of my clients have.  

The dining room. One word. Red. Oh my gosh. This will be the first room to get painted.
I am thinking a new chandelier, new furniture, and some curtains will liven this room up!

 My favorite feature in the dining room is the dutch door! It is beautiful! Eventually
we will have it refinished. It has some ware and tear from use. 

These floors. Drool. 

  The Kitchen needs some work. A new floor, new counter tops, new back splash,
the cabinets need to be painted, new cabinet hardware, new light fixtures and
eventually, some new appliances. 

Eventually new furniture is a must but that is not a priority at the moment. 
I would like to make sure it is livable before furniture. 

The stairs are beautiful. I love all of the wood trim and molding. The runner will
be replaced once all construction work is complete. I am working on finding 
something I love without breaking the bank. I have to keep reminding myself I
am not one of my clients. It definitely is doable, it might just take some time
for me to find something I love for an affordable price.  

The bathroom. Oh my goodness, the bathroom. The yellow tub. Everything
must go. And fast! Do not worry my friends, I have this baby already designed
and specified. We are in the process of getting bids. Yes, we are hiring an 
actual contractor for this project. Leif would like radiant heat in the floor
and bluetooth speakers in the ceiling. And I thought I was the one with 
expensive taste. 

The upstairs hallway is beautiful. I love the hardwood floors and wood trim and
molding. The doors are original and complete with the beautiful crystal door knobs.

There are two closets in the hallway. One is a linen closet and the other is a 
cedar closet. It smells amazing. 

The first bedroom on the right is the smaller of the two large bedrooms. However,
as it is in the back of the house, off of the street, we chose that as the Master. 
I also liked the window layout better as it works better with the furniture plan. Not
to mention my existing curtains will fit perfectly with the window layout. 

 Sadly, the bedroom interior side of all of the doors have been painted. Who
does that? It took only three days but these two doors are now stripped, sanded, 
stained and hanging back in the room more beautiful than ever! And, I did it all
myself! It sucked. I've passed on the task of stripping the other six doors to Leif.
I gave up, and pretty easily too. 

The safe on the wall? Who knows, but something will definitely cover it.  
For Christmas we are getting a new king size bed and mattress! I am so excited!

 The larger of the two bedrooms, is in the front of the house. We will be using this
as the new guest bedroom. My existing queen bed will be perfect for this room.

The third bedroom is small. It is the perfect size for a nursery one day. Or my closet.
I am leaning more towards the latter. This room needs very little work. A fresh paint
job and new light fixture is pretty much it. 

Finally, there is the third floor. The finished attic.  The walls and stairs will
get a brand new paint job. 

The entire space will need work. The existing carpet will stay for now. The
windows will need some paint and new shades. 

A nice bright color will help this room, which I am calling our movie room. 

Don't you think a nice size section will be perfect for up here? I'm thinking a large
square ottoman, comfy pillows and throws would be perfect accents! Not to mention
a nice projector and screen! I could hang out here!

 There is a nice size closet in the attic as well. There is also a full basement
where there is another full bathroom and laundry room. There is a nice size 
space at the bottom of the stairs which I am going to make into a mud room
with plenty of storage for shoes, boots, jackets and the rest of our crap. 

Oh, I forgot the two car garage and yard. Did I mention we have six months?
Wish us luck! I can't wait to share the final results! 

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