our house – before and after!

hi lovelies!  finally, i'm going to be able to share with you what i've been working on!  i've been trying to take the official 'after' pics of our home for a while now, and i'm very excited to finally share them with you!  though some of the decorating isn't finished (is it ever?) most of the renovations are, so i'm going to go ahead and let you see our new house! most of you know, we just bought it in november and have been busy doing projects ever since. 

i hope you enjoy our before and after pictures!

LIVING ROOM BEFORE

this is the living room the way my grandmother had it.  we took down the railing, gave everything a fresh coat of paint and replaced the chandelier with a clear acrylic ceiling fan.

LIVING ROOM AFTER

it feel a lot bigger now! we've got plenty of room to spread out and entertain now.

living

LIVING ROOM - BEFORE

this is the living room from a different angle. we added some shelves and dressed up the windows a bit.

LIVING ROOM - OTHER SIDE AFTER

we tried to make it as bright and cheerful as we could, and all the natural sunlight fills the whole house!

kitchen before

KITCHEN BEFORE

this is one side of the kitchen, before.  we replaced the flooring, painted and added some storage on the far end for food.

KITCHEN AFTER

all of the 'pretty' food is displayed in labeled glass jars, and the cereal boxes and tortilla chip bags are nicely concealed behind the doors.

KITCHEN BEFORE

KITCHEN AFTER

kitchen before

KITCHEN- BEFORE

this is the working side of the kitchen.  we painted, replaced the counter tops as well as the door knobs.

KITCHEN - AFTER

as you'll see below, we took out a few walls! therefore, we were able to add this island in the middle, giving us so much more work space!

kitchen before

KITCHEN - BEFORE

here's that wall we took out..

KITCHEN SIDE - AFTER

we actually took out both sides of that wall (below) to open the living room and kitchen  up.

see?  now, we have so much more space and light!

DEN TO MASTER BEDROOM - BEFORE

the den just so happened to be connected to the master bathroom (which also had a closet in it)- and since it's the biggest room, we decided to make it our bedroom!

DEN TO MASTER BEDROOM - AFTER

just some fresh paint and new carpet here..

bedroom before

DEN TO MASTER BEDROOM - BEFORE (other side)

DEN TO MASTER BEDROOM - AFTER

DEN TO MASTER BEDROOM - BEFORE

DEN TO MASTER BEDROOM - BEFORE

guest room before

GUEST ROOM BEFORE

here's the (messy) guest bedroom.  we just painted and dressed up the windows here.

GUEST ROOM AFTER

i'm not done with this room yet, but here's the start.  it's going to have a bit of a 'fishing getaway' theme- see the vintage hooks on the wall?

MASTER BEDROOM TO OFFICE - BEFORE

this was the master bedroom, but we decided to make into our office.

OFFICE AFTER

i have a think for vintage prints- and the art on this wall changes constantly.  but, this is where i blog and write to you, every day!

OFFICE (OTHER SIDE) - BEFORE

OFFICE (OTHER SIDE) - AFTER

this also ends up being david's guitar room, the yoga room and 3rd bedroom when we need to accommodate more guests.

SEWING ROOM BEFORE

this is the sewing room- before we painted, and added some shelving and counter tops.

SEWING ROOM AFTER

all of the lower cabinets are what we took out from the kitchen, and ikea counter tops and upper cabinets made this renovation very affordable.

SEWING ROOM BEFORE

SEWING ROOM AFTER

SEWING ROOM BEFORE

SEWING ROOM AFTER

i bet you couldn't guess that this is my favorite room in the house! it's where i get away, and get creative.  it's a big change from my little sewing table in the corner of our bedroom in our last house!

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  • OMG Bonnie! The renovation looks amazing and I can’t believe how much you’ve gotten done in such a short amount of time! I absolutely love your style and how bright everything is. I also really love that armoire!

  • my goodness! your house is really darling, you must enjoy it so much! I adore all the white and natural light, keeps it refreshing and I’m sure very inspiring as well!
    .honeyhuckabee

  • wow, that is a LOT of work – a LOT! wow! way to go! what a great before/after set, it’s so obvious the time, energy, thought, and no doubt funds, that went into making this happen.

    ps – the sewing room is my favorite, too!

  • So beautiful! How do you like having butcher block kitchen counters? Love that rug in your living room, where did you get it? I’m looking for a fun rug at the moment without any luck! Also, I LOVE your sewing room…I’m so so jealous!

    • you all are so sweet. :) yes, we’ve been very very busy! and if i do say so myself, we did this on a very tight budget! haha! thank goodness for ikea and good friends that will work for food!

      @kim: i LOVE the counters! they seem to be holding up wonderfully and really are easy to keep up. we got them from ikea (so cheap!) and love love love them. and i also got the rug at (yup, you guessed it!) ikea. they still have it! http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10141716

      @melinda: oh, thank you so much! we *love it- it heats the house up soo well! we got it at our local gas supplier, freeman gas (here’s the link: http://www.freemangas.com/). they seem to have a few other locations in the southeast.. let me know if you need me to get more info for you? :)

  • Delurking here … to say I love it! You have done an amazing job. So beautiful. I love the colors and the organization. That sewing room is to die for. I am so jealous.

    Perfect in every way … although I am sure you will consider it a work in progress as there is always something new to discover.

    • becky, isn’t that the truth! i kept delaying these pics b/c i wasn’t done with everything i wanted to get done with. oh well! i finally realized that i will never be done- ha!

  • Wow, so impressive Bonnie!! The whole house is beautiful. Love that wood stove! Your kitchen and office are a dream to me – mine are both way too tiny right now:) Ah, one day…

  • Wow! What a change! It looks beautiful! You all have put in a lot of work and it looks great! I love the white as it is makes it look so nice and sunny and bigger. But you did a great job with pops of color. I love the sewing room! I’m so jealous! ;-)

  • Oh WOW! Your home has so many elements I love…the whites with pops of vivid color, the open shelves, the sense of peace, nature, & serenity…and I too adore that rug, and the design above your dining room table…dreamy!

  • oh man…FANTASTIC! i’m new to your blog, but i absolutely adore it! my husband and i are restoring a 100+ year old house in alabama so i can definitely relate to you :)

    anyway, i’m excited to see your posts appear in my google reader…and i just wanted to say hello!

    xo – ashley

    • hi ashley! wow, that was so much fun! your renovation looks *amazing! lots of work too though, yowza! such lovely vintage farm charm- my favorite. i’ll def be keeping in touch, it is so lovely to meet you!

  • Oh wow! You’ve really done an incredible job at transforming your home! I especially love how you tore down the kitchen walls to open it up to the living room. It feels so light and airy now! Fabulous! :)

  • Wow – i’m new to the blog – Love your house!
    My husband and I just got “done” (does that word really exist!) with most of our “house flip” but are still working on the inner bits and pieces.

    I am really interested in your custom built in desks. Any tips on countertops? Or any other words of advice on them?

    I have a great craft space upstairs with a sloped roof that i’m going to build a 14 ft to 16ft desk on one wall.

    I added your site to my favorites last week and have looked at it everyday since! Keep up the inspiring whisimicalness! :)

    • hi jennifer! so nice to meet you! hm no, i don’t think the word ‘done’ really does exist, ha!

      our built in desks were made w/ either spare legs from lowe’s or triangle supports. for the one in my sewing room we nailed a 2×4 to the back wall so that we could attach the top piece of countertop to it, then painted it white (easy breezy!). as for countertops, we went w/ ikea countertops all the way- they are so affordable! and, we love our wooden counters in the kitchen, love love love them.

      i also have a friend who just made her own desk at ikea. in the desk section, they’ve got tons of mix ‘n match tops and legs to ‘make your own’ desk. i highly suggest that, too!

      here’s the link to our countertops! http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90014922

      hope this helps!

  • LOVE what you’ve done! Totally rockin’!!! Your sewing room is so SWEET! I would love to do wood countertops in the kitchen…do you wipe up water spills around the sink right away? I so worry that the wear and tear around our sink would be death to the wood!

  • Just popped over from YHL…and I’m in DEEP envy over the sewing room! HOW AMAZING!!!! LOVE all that you’ve done to the house. Again, really would love to have more info on the stamps you made for the kitchen!!!!

    • hi monica! thank you! i posted this over at yhl, but i’ll do it here too- i hope it makes sense!

      *WALL STAMPS*
      materials:
      paper & pencil
      soft 1/4? foam (like this: http://tinyurl.com/3afwt5q)
      hard 1/2? foam (like this: http://tinyurl.com/34vkt7q)
      an exacto knife or rasor
      desired paint color
      small roller
      permanent spray adhesive

      start by sketching out your design with a pencil on regular paper. make sure to bare down pretty hard as you’ll need the lead to transfer later on. turn your design over and place it on your soft 1/4? foam. using a spoon, rub all over your design until it has transferred onto the foam. after your image has transferred, use an exacto knife to cut out the design. using a permanent spray adhesive, spray your hard foam board and the wrong side of your cut out design and place it on the hard foam. let completely dry. after your design is firmly in place, you can use a small roller to roll on your desired paint color.

      does that make sense? let me know if you have any questions!
      xo, bonnie

  • I’m so glad you linked this on YHL because I tried to find it earlier and couldn’t. :) Your home is so beautiful and you’ve got some major talent! Looking forward to reading more on your blog!

  • Hi Bonnie. I have just found your blog and am finding it so inspiring! I loved looking at your before and after photos of your house! I seem to lack any interior designing skills; you have made some beautiful transformations!! I love the idea of a clear acrylic ceiling fan – brilliant! :-) What type of counter tops you have in your kitchen? Is it butcher block? They look terrific! And you have given me the perfect idea for our kitchen eating area! Thanks!!

  • I love the transformation!! I’ve been dealing with the dilemma over my current bedroom ceiling fan… it’s not very modern looking but I absolutely need it for the summer months to come. Where did you purchase your acrylic fans? I love them!