"We started this project May 5, 2009 with the anticipation of being done in September 2009. We now know that our former contractor has a history of purposely underbidding jobs. He bailed on us August 15th (prior to that we went for one month without anyone coming to the “site”). At this point we were on our own. Ah, the pay as you go plan. Living on sub floor in a literal construction zone. It is now June 2010. We hope to be done with the interior soon and will then build our deck and do landscaping.Though we had a tumultuous remodel ride and I thought about calling HGTV’s Holmes on Homes a couple of times, the lessons of patience, perseverance, and what is really important (not stuff!) were definitely humbling and great learning and growing experiences for us."
I seriously admire her attitude and resilience! I was honored to be able to go and help them with some finish work. I'm pretty sure we caulked and puttied at least 2897 nail holes on the trim throughout the house. We had a blast and laughed and talked the entire day. They have a lovely home in the historical district that is 113 years old. Their mission was to maintain the historical integrity of the house while also modernizing it. Today I want to share with you some before and afters and a few pretty details.
I am in LOVE with this fridge in their new pantry. It is classic vintage with a swanky coat of cherry red appliance paint! They left the original Bakelite handle as is.This is the before shot of the front of the house after the siding had been ripped off. Notice they did not have a front door on the FRONT of the house....only a side and back door.
And here is the after. Isn't it lovely? Every single detail is swoon worthy.......the door is beyond beautiful, the light fixture, the mailbox, even the house numbers are ultra fab.
(my sister wanted me to stress that the house is still unfinished and many of the pics show that)
The master bath is a complete addition to the house. It is dreamy!
When we stayed over recently, my girls wanted to take baths in this tub all.day.long. Seriously,that's pretty much all they wanted to do.
I am lusting after this light fixture!
And the sconces to match. Can you believe she found those mirrors for $22 each clearanced at Target?
My absolute favorite part of this spa-like bathroom are the gorgeous granite countertops. Wouldn't this color granite be fantastic in a kitchen with a white subway tile backsplash?
This is the guest bath. Now imagine with me if you will, a dark cabin like bathroom with carpeted floors, dark wood plank walls, and a low ceiling. Unfortunately my sister lost many of her before pics when her hard drive crashed, so you'll have to use your imagination on this one. Needless to say, it is a complete and utter transformation!
This former dresser was repurposed as a vanity. They bought a scrap piece of granite and had it cut to fit. They tried really hard to repurpose as many items as they could. The rest they donated to good homes to serve as someone elses treasure! I got some gorgeous old windows and my other sister got a pink claw foot tub.
I love how they mix the old with the new and make it all work beautifully.
This is the before shot of their back porch.
And this is the after. AMAZING.....huh? This space became a new mudroom/hallway/entry.
This is the view when you walk in the back door. After finishing all those pesky nail holes, we even had a little time to do some staging and take some pretty pictures......my favorite part!
Cute little Pottery Barn splurge to hold keys and mail.
This chippy white bench was a $5 yard sale find and the wire baskets were another Target clearance score at just $6.24. What a perfect spot to sit and take off your muddy shoes and throw them in the basket!
Again, I love the mix of the old with the new. My sister has such a knack for this. I hope y'all enjoyed our little tour filled with inspiration. I had a fantastic time helping out. I love you both Beth and Ronnie. Thanks for a good time, some satisfying work, the best company, and some rocking eats! When can I come back and help again?