• New House “Before” – Part 2

    by  • September 22, 2015 • House Projects & Updates • 13 Comments

    I’m excited to show you the inside of our new house! Check out the “before” tour of the outside if you missed it!
    Picking up where we left off – coming in the front door with the dreamy windows…

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    All of the common living space on the first floor has this amazing handmade Mexican tile. Apparently when they make it, they lay them out in fields to dry in the sun, and so we’ve even found a few paw prints embedded in tiles throughout the house! Seriously cool. I’m completely obsessed with them! So anyways – there are two bedrooms off to the right of the front door.

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    To the left of the front door are the stairs leading to two bedrooms on the second floor. The kitchen is past the stairs.

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    The stairs and the landing are clad with reclaimed old barn wood.

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    Straight ahead from the front door is a passageway to the living room with a wet bar.

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    The wet bar is a funny combination of the reclaimed wood and late 80’s wallpaper/gold/mirrors. We have plans to close it off here and incorporate it into the kitchen so the liquor display won’t be the first impression anymore πŸ™‚

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    Sadly there is teal paint all over the beautiful tile, but after some investigating I think it’ll clean up just fine actually.

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    Look, even the utility door is cute!

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    Then heading into the living room –

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    Amaaaaaazing, right? That tile perfectly imperfect tile, the fireplace with built-in bookshelves, tall peaked ceilings, and 3 pairs of french doors. Is this real life?

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    To the left is the dining room –

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    The wallpaper’s coming down of course, but I think these moldings will be stunning once everything is painted! Does this house remind anybody else of Beauty and the Beast?

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    The kitchen is through that door in the recessed section.

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    One pair of french doors leads to the patio and the other goes to the sunroom.

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    The sunroom is great because it has 6 pairs of french doors! Craziness. The neighbors told us that it used to be a covered porch but one of the previous owners enclosed it.

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    The beadboard ceiling was installed in a cool pattern.

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    And who doesn’t love brick walls?

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    Heading into the massive kitchen –

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    Most of the cabinets are staying, but we will be reconfiguring their layout a little bit and repairing and repainting them. We’re also relocating the fridge and removing the walls and upper cabinets around the wood beam so that area will either be a big open peninsula or a second island with bar stools.

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    These are two huge pantry cabinets that are really sweet.

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    I wasn’t sure at first about having the range in the middle island, but since there’s enough other counter space I think it’s probably pretty great for entertaining.

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    The other side of the peninsula is the breakfast room.

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    There’s also a recessed nook with another reclaimed beam that I love. I’m thinking it might be a good spot for a built-in banquette!

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    I wish I had a better picture to prove it, but it really is the best view out these windows of the courtyard. So peaceful.

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    Off the kitchen is the laundry/mudroom (washer and dryer are behind me in this picture). The garage is through the (very dirty) door to the right. Then there’s a powder room off the laundry.

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    I wish I had a prettier picture to end this post on, but I’m going to have to continue the “before” tour next time with the bedrooms!

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    13 Responses to New House “Before” – Part 2

    1. September 23, 2015 at 4:37 am

      WOW!! You certainly have your work cut out for you. I can hardly wait to see the changes. It sounds amazing! I wish you lots of luck and patience with this humongous project in your new Beauty and the Beast house.

    2. Kelsy
      September 23, 2015 at 5:49 am


    3. Alyssa
      September 23, 2015 at 7:28 am

      Love catching some glimpses of some angles and views I hadn’t seen before. So excited to witness the transformation and can’t wait for my visit!

    4. Cindy
      September 23, 2015 at 11:10 am

      Wow! You can tell it was really something in its day! You have a big job ahead but I can tell it will be stunning!!!

    5. Mary
      September 24, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Wow, gorgeous house. Love all of the woodwork, french doors and details. I think it’s going to look spectacular when you are done. The other thing that is nice, at least from the pictures, is it looks like a lot of it is more cosmetic than anything else. I didn’t see anything really horrible that seems like it was going to cost a fortune to redo although I am sure everything will add up fast. A lot of the foreclosures out there today have some major renovations that need to be done. This looks like a house you could live in for a very long time and raise a family there. Really, really pretty.

    6. Tari
      September 26, 2015 at 8:20 am

      Your house has so much character! I love it. I know you will do a great job adding to it’s already beautiful bones.

    7. rindymae
      October 2, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      Ummmm, seriously. What a fantastic project this is going to be!!!!

    8. Seillagh
      November 12, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      I just discovered your site and I’m already a devotee! I can see why you love this house – what potential! Great bones, wonderful angles and lots of space. Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

    9. Jenna
      December 14, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      I think it’s time for an update! So excited to follow this project, it’s already STUNNING. And in case you were wondering, I found your blog through some mutual Messiah friends πŸ™‚

    10. Khadija
      December 2, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      Where are you? I’ve missed your blog. I hope all is well! πŸ˜€

    11. Sarah Goodeyon
      April 20, 2017 at 8:36 am

      I’ve been following your blog since you bought your new house in Sept 15-waiting to see updates. I’ve looked around, and can’t seem to find any. Am I missing them, or has nothing been posted yet? This inquiring mind is DYING to know!

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