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Restoring the Entryway to its Former Glory

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Today I’m excited to share the full top-to-bottom makeover of our entry way. This is a project that took about 5 months to complete and then sat in draft mode for at least another month while I tried to figure out how to distill 5 months of somewhat tedious work into a not-totally-tedious but still informative post for you guys. This is my attempt.

Let’s start off with a look back at the entry way when we moved in. It was beige.

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Beige.

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BEIGE.

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You get the picture. As I’ve said before, the theme of our renovation is to try to make things look closer to how they looked originally. We aren’t aiming for “historical society” type precision, but where there are original elements that can be salvaged or exposed, we’d like to give it a shot.

So while the entry way was totally functional, I did want to get rid of the builder-grade tile and the carpet on the stairs. Especially because the original wood flooring was under both! I also wanted to create a space that made an impact. Naturally you want someone to walk into your house and say “WOW!”. Beige is the opposite of “WOW” in most cases. In fact, that’s why a lot of people choose beige–to blend in and be unassuming. I say, why not¬†assume. ūüėČ

Here’s what the project entailed:

  • Remove carpet and refinish stairs.
  • Paint the stair risers.
  • Remove tile and refinish floors.
  • Scrape the popcorn ceiling.
  • Paint the walls.
  • New baseboards and window trim.

As anyone who has remodeled or watched more than 30 minutes of HGTV knows, every remodel comes with a snag. Sometimes it makes you want to roll your eyes at home improvement TV shows because “the snag” is a set piece and some shows are better than others at making it seem organic and legit as opposed to “produced” and predictable. At the same time, I can’t roll my eyes too hard because the truth is that there is always a snag.

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The problem with this is a couple of things: 1) You basically have to have boards from somewhere else in the house in order for it to blend seamlessly, and 2) There is no subfloor under the original wood, which means you either have to have a board long enough to span the joists OR you have to build supports between the joists that you can nail shorter boards to.

This is where I hope I’m not going to absolutely put you to sleep. What we ended up doing, in short, was that Justin took a span of boards from upstairs (where we were going to paint anyway) and patched them in in a natural pattern where the random boards had been. This is what took a while, because chiseling out floor boards by hand is pretty laborious work. You can also clearly see the “no subfloors” thing in the picture below from the fact that in one spot you can see directly in to the basement.

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Justin did a really tremendous job with the floors. You can see the patch below because the boards from upstairs were not quite as dirty but now that the floors are refinished, you really cannot tell unless you know exactly what to look for. While Justin was working on the floor I took care of the stairs, which involved a heck of a lot of pulling tiny staples from various carpet applications (one of which popped me right in the vein and sent blood squirting) and then patching those 10,000 tiny staple holes. I also primed and repainted the spindles, which had been done in a high-gloss paint. High-gloss paint is extremely durable, but man is it a pain to paint over.

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The stair treads were pretty worn, but its amazing what a little sanding and a medium tone stain can take care of. Here’s how it all turned out.

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What do you think–does it have the “WOW” factor now?

I was looking for a place to do a dark paint color and I think it’s absolutely perfect here. The windows in there stairwell are both west-facing, so this space is dark for most of the day, and it feels very dramatic. Then, when the late-afternoon light comes pouring in, it’s equally dramatic, but in a different way. I considered doing the green on the lower half of the wall up the stairs, and while I think that could have looked cool, the contrast between the dark entry and the bright stairway is everything to me. I call it the Stairway to Heaven because it is SO bright in the afternoons and because I am cheesy like that.

All in all, this makeover was way more about putting the time in than spending money. I didn’t keep tabs on the costs because they were spread out over a long period and there just weren’t many of them. The main cost was renting the sander to refinish the floors. Aside from that, baseboards/trim and paint were the only real expenses. I’d estimate we spent around $200 all told. It would have been more costly for sure if we’d had to hire out the floor repair, but thankfully I have an intrepid husband, and he has access to the This Old House YouTube channel. That made all the difference.

I hadn’t seen¬†the before photos in quite a while before putting together this post, but looking at them now was definitely a nice reminder of how far we came!

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Turning a Vintage Trunk into a Side Table

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It’s the last Tuesday of the month, which means that it’s time for another It’s So Ugly It’s Cool thrift store challenge hosted by Jess at Domicile 37. I have to admit I dropped the ball a little bit on this one. Here I am trying to give you a before/after post, and I forgot to take any before pictures. Oops!

The good thing is, I didn’t change the item in question¬†that¬†much, so I think you can use your imagine to envision¬†what this trunk with no legs looked like. It looked like a trunk.

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Anyhoo–I found this particular trunk in the trash pile at an estate sale. It really wasn’t in bad condition, as you can see–I’m not entirely sure why they were throwing it away. I went super quick/easy in my makeover of this piece. I just¬†cleaned it up a bit (as I said, it didn’t need much–it was more that I felt like it was dirty than that it actually was dirty) and added some inexpensive wooden legs from Lowe’s. The legs I used are about $2.50/each, and I had to buy some hardware to attach it (which I didn’t end up using–more on that later), so considering that the trunk was free, I am all-in at about $12.50 on this project. Not bad!

If you had a really nice trunk¬†and wanted to do it up right, I’m sure you could get some awesome legs from Pretty Pegs or use some vintage legs and make it spectacular. With how low-to-the ground I wanted this to be, the legs aren’t too visible, so it wasn’t really worth it to me to invest in a pricier option.

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To clean the trunk, I used a combination of water, baking soda, olive oil, and dish soap (you can read a good post on cleaning trunks here). If that sounds like a gross mixture, it kind of was. But remember, the cleaning was mostly about the psychology of believing it was clean rather than achieving some kind of specific result. I read that using that mixture would provide a gentle cleaning, so as far as I know, it did! When it was dry, I finished by polishing it with regular old furniture wax–the same kind I used on my mint dresser makeover.

To attach the legs, I simply drilled into the bottom of the trunk to make a hole slightly smaller than the screw on the leg. Usually I am not allowed to drill things because I have a bad reputation for eyeballing rather than taking precise measurements, but in this case eyeballing (I think I used the width of two or three fingers from the edge as a guide) was good enough. This kind of old trunk is really only made out of cardboard, so it is not at all difficult to puncture with a drill.

After attaching the legs, the plan was to secure them with a washer and then a nut on the inside of the trunk, but as it so happens, my cleaning activities exacerbated the rustiness of the hardware, and I haven’t been able to get the trunk open since! I’m pretty sure I could if I pulled hard enough, but the trunk resting on the legs makes them secure enough anyway; it’s not worth¬†risk ripping the lid off the trunk.

My only piece of advice is that when you go to buy the washers/nuts bring the leg you are using with you and let the nice folks at your local home improvement store help you out. There are about a bazillion sizes inside all these little drawers, and you will grow old trying them out or become crazy attempting to guess which would fit.

I didn’t have any spot for the trunk when I found it, but it ended up fitting exactly into this little nook beside my closet. Sometimes admittedly I throw clothes on top of it for days at a time, but when it’s visible it’s a pretty cool accent.

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Have you ever found anything cool dumpster diving? Tell me about your treasures in the comments!

And don’t forget to check out the other intrepid DIYers! You can also share your own projects on Instagram using the hashtag #itssouglyitscool.

 
 

Guest Room Update: Paint Reveal!

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img_5712-TIMG_6596-TBlue bedroom makeover on a budget.

To read this saga from the beginning, see Trial and Errors in the Guest Bedroom and Inspiration for a Bold Blue Bedroom. Otherwise, press on!

Consider this scenario: You meet a guy (or gal) in a bar. Maybe you flirt a little, but it’s nothing serious, just a little chatter with a guy (or gal) in a bar. No real potential there. You go home, go on with your life, meet someone new. Things are going well, and you are thinking it could be the real thing this time. But in the back of your mind, you still sometimes think about the guy (or gal) from the bar. It’s ridiculous, yes, but it’s there.

Then, one day–maybe it’s New Year’s Eve, or the first day of spring–you bump into that guy (or gal) somewhere totally unexpected–maybe the skating rink at Rockefeller Center, or the top of the Eiffel tower as fireworks burst over head–and you live happily ever after, forever, THE END.

If you’re thinking that was a plot recap of about 80% of all romantic comedies, you’re right. But it’s also what happened to me and paint color #5 (remember paint #5?)! So, you see, these things can happen in real life. They can happen to you and the paint color of your dreams!

Bright blue bedroom. Mixing rugs. Eclectic vintage style.Hanging large art above the bed.

I¬†changed up a few other things besides paint, but paint was the only thing I bought since the previous pictures were taken. Then, using stuff we already had, I switched out the matching glass lamps for taller, mismatched lamps that bring a little more presence and interest. I also rethought the bedding accessories. The printed pillows and blue throw were too busy and didn’t look cohesive, so I decided to go with a¬†set of¬†red plaid pillows Justin brought home from a yard sale ages ago with a set of yellow striped lumbar pillows I made for our TV room in the old house and a simple white lambswool.

There is a lot going on in this room, so I think bringing red and yellow more prominently into the bedding helps convey the color story in the room much more clearly. That awesome yellow mirror helps, too. Justin sweetly gave me that mirror for Christmas after I admired it in a vintage shop. I rudely gave him nothing for Christmas for the second year in a row. We had just bought the new house, and I thought we weren’t giving gifts! I have a lot to make up for this year to say the least.

Mixing patterns for bedding. Ikea duvet  and cover.IMG_6683Bookshelf styling. Yellow decor.Decorative glass hand. Croton indoor plant.

I did, however, give Justin that glass hand for Valentine’s day. Because nothing says love like a decorative severed¬†limb.

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Sorry for cheesing out on you for a second there! I can’t help but give in from time to time…

It’s amazing how much bigger and brighter the room feels with this paint. Any trace of regret that I couldn’t find the matching paint for the original color is gone now for sure, and the two-tone window looks really great, too!

We still have a few things we need to do in here, like install white trim and baseboards, replace the doors (eventually), and replace the kooky ceiling fan, but it’s back to being presentable, and it’s definitely now a room I’m glad to wake up in.

Sources
All furniture, decor, art, rugs are vintage/thrifted/Craigslist except the following:

  • Duvet cover – Ikea
  • Faux lambswool – Ikea
  • Curtains – Ikea
  • Swimmer printed canvas – Ikea
  • White/woven basket – Target

As per usual, vintage + Ikea are practically the only two sources I need.

What do you think of the new paint? Cheerful, right?

Upholstered! Mid-century Loveseat

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Back in August, I started reupholstering a yard sale loveseat I thought would be great for our small TV room._MG_7867

As it turns out, the process took a little longer than I thought, and we ended up getting a different couch for the space in the meantime. Things taking longer than I ¬†expect is pretty much a constant theme of my upholstery projects, but at four months, the loveseat was still completed faster than these chairs, so I’m going to call that progress.

Here are a few pictures from the process.

Down to the springs.
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With the deck (upholstery term for the part of the couch underneath the cushion) padded and upholstered.IMG_3386

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Since this was my first couch, and I wasn’t really able to use the previous upholstery too much as a pattern for fear of rooting out more hidden brown recluses, there were many¬†challenges and hours of re-work involved in this project. There were a few times when I wanted nothing more than to find the nearest dumpster and heave this sucker in. One of the hardest parts, though, was that I did all the work in my living room, and having a couch on sawhorses in the middle of your main living area is not a great way to operate for months at a time. This picture above is how I spent many evenings after work, and I think the off-center (but not side) ponytail and random bobby pin securing I-don’t-know-what pretty much say it all about my mental state.

I learned lots during the process that I’ll put to use on the next project–and there will be a next project, though I don’t know if I’ll take on another piece of this size until I can find somewhere to work that is not also where I’m supposed to eat dinner.

But for now, I’m proud to have completed this loveseat! It’s super cute, comfortable, and great for enjoying with furry friends.

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Coming Soon! Mid-century Loveseat Makeover

If you bet your Christmas gift money that I was never going to finish this upholstery project, boy are you going to be sorry now. Only sixteen weeks after I first posted about taking this couch down to the springs, its upholstery is finally FINISHED (cue angelic chorus). Stay tuned this weekend for pics of the final product!

Don’t remember the dramatic story of how I stripped this couch and what¬†goodies I found inside? Catch up here.

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How to Clean and Polish Brass

A few weeks ago, I found an awesome brass Chinese drum stool in a flea market. It had at least four things going for it that I loved: vintage, metal, unique pattern, eclectic vibe.

Brass drum stool before polishing

What it did not exactly have going for it was condition. Chinese drums stools are also called garden stools, and I’m pretty sure this one was being used in some kind of outdoor capacity, because the bottom three inches or so was covered in a pretty thick¬†green tarnish.

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I actually left the store without it that day because I just wasn’t sure what kind of condition I could restore it to. And also because I’m an extremely indecisive shopper, so I rarely buy anything that cannot be returned with out very serious and measured thought. This is why if you eat at a restaurant with me, I’m probably going to ask the server come back two or three times before I’m at all prepared to place an order.¬†After doing some research and sleeping on it, though, I was ready to commit.

It turns out there are a lot of different methods for cleaning and polishing brass, and they range from so natural you can eat them  (ketchup) to so chemical they would probably eat you (a product called Descale-It, which boasted some amazing before/after pics, but also cost $35 online).

In the end, I went with the combination of items¬†that seemed most reasonable to me, and that I already had in my house. They included soap, water, vinegar, Brasso, and Bar Keeper’s Friend. Here’s the process I followed:

  1. Wash with hot, soapy water. The stool was pretty dirty, both inside and out, so it needed a good scrub. I used a plastic bristled brush to wash away the dirt and get in all the crannies.
  2. Soak in vinegar for between 30 minutes to an hour. I was doing all this in a utility sink and didn’t have enough vinegar to fill the sink with it, so we put the vinegar in a spray bottle and applied it¬†repeatedly over this period of time.
  3. Lightly scrub with fine steel wool. The vinegar started to break down the tarnish, but the steel wool was really helpful for getting it off. The key is to be sure you have a very fine steel wool so that you don’t scratch the brass. This means you probably shouldn’t use the old S.O.S pads in your cabinet, but you should be able to buy fine steel wool at most hardware stores.
  4. Rinse! Man, was that vinegar stinky.
  5. Polish with a combination of Brasso and Bar Keeper’s Friend. After the washing and the vinegar, the stool was really water stained and almost looked worse than when I started. The polishing was when the end result really started to show. Both Brasso and Bar Keeper’s Friend are metal polishers, each with pros and cons:
    • Brasso is the gentler and has about the same consistency as lotion, so it’s easier to apply.
    • Bar Keeper’s Friend is more powerful, but it’s a powder that has to be mixed with water, so it can get a little messy, and it definitely feels like you’re using a chemical.

    I used Brasso on the majority of the stool and Bar Keeper’s Friend on the areas around the top and the bottom that needed a little extra help. You can see a big difference in this picture between the side that had been polished and the side that had¬†only been washed.
    Polishing brass using Brasso and Barkeeper's Friend
    Side note: you see me wearing gloves in this picture, but I did not wear gloves when I washed it, and I am here to tell you, YOU MUST WEAR GLOVES THROUGH THE ENTIRE PROCESS. I got tarnish under my fingernails that is not totally out even as I type this. I had to paint my nails immediately so that people did not think I had a rare disease, but that couldn’t¬†conceal it. Learn from my mistake and avoid this nasty state of affairs.

Back to the point, the end result is about as good as I could have hoped.
Polished brass Chinese drum stool

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Removed green stuff on brass with vinegar

It hasn’t found a permanent place in the house yet, but it’s tried out a few spots, and proven itself pretty versatile.

Vintage brass Chinese drum stool

Vintage brass Chinese drum stool

I think I’ll keep it.

Room Tour: TV Room

Before:

The second¬†bedroom in our house, which we use as a TV room, started out as one of the strangest rooms I’ve ever been in. There were lime green and orange walls, a room divider/”art” installation with hanging metal panels (you may remember me complaining about the damage this did to our floors), a built-on desk, and a few other very special touches I was only too happy to tear out/paint over:

Before our reno. Lime green room with wood and metal room divider.

Before our redo. Lime green and orange walls.

Before our redo. Built on desk and shelving.

Intermediate:

We updated the bedroom when we first moved in by painting the walls, trim, crazy door, and removing the room divider. In short, we made it livable.

Mid point in the redo. Salmon walls and chevron rug.

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Broyhill Brasilia two door chest. Brasilia gentleman's chest.

The truth of the matter, though, is that I was never too crazy about what was going on in this room. It felt like a storage space for a lot of the furniture I didn’t like enough to put where people would see it. But since our one bathroom is a Jack-and-Jill accessible through this room, people did see it, whether I liked it or not.

Finally, I decided to paint. When I decided to paint, Justin suggested we go ahead and refinish the floors while we were at it. In the end, it turned into a totally new space¬†(even though many of the furniture and decor items are the same or came from other places in the house). I’m just crazy for the finished product, so without further ado…

AFTER!!!!:

Cream walls, mid-century furniture, symmetrical mirrors.

Mid-century tufted bench, pink Kroehler chair, starburst mirror, pink, yellow, and blue Oriental rug.
Vintage wood frame couch – estate sale
Mid-century tufted bench – Vintage shop
Pink Mid-century Kroehler chair – Craigslist
Mid-century side table (at left) – family hand-me-down

Broyhill Brasilia two-door chest. Black leather couch with wooden frame.

Broyhill Brasilia two-door chest (gentleman's chest).
Broyhill Brasilia two-door chest – Craigslist

Broyhill Brasilia chest with colorful fringed runner.

Adrian Pearsall jacks side table
Adrian Pearsall jacks side table – flea market

Mid century serving tray.
Vintage serving tray – Yard sale

I didn’t intend for it to become the inspiration for this room, but coincidentally it now matches perfectly.

Pink, yellow, and blue vintage Oriental rug
Vintage Oriental rug – Yard sale

This is the other item that really ties the room together. I already had the pink Kroehler chair, but I was planning to reupholster it down the line. Then this rug walked into my life, and together they are just perfection.

Vintage Oriental/Persian rug.

Hope you like the transformation as much as I do! I had tons of fun putting this room together, and I think it shows.

Room Tour: Kitchen

Before:

You may think on first glance that the old kitchen color here bears some resemblance to our current living room, but you’re going to have to trust me when I say all greens are not created equal. Our living room color is painted in “Extended Olive Branch,” making it the color of world peace and harmony. The kitchen color could better be described as “Aging Celery,” a light green with brown sponge painting that did not exactly whet the appetite:
Green kitchen with wood cabinets and stone tile
The kitchen also continued the trend of interesting lighting choices: on one side of the room, track lighting with bright blue shades and on the other a kind of sad-looking ceiling fan with a hummingbird pull, presumably to make it look less sad.
Green kitchen with sponge painting before pass through was installed

Updates:

Despite some of the design choices, there were good things about our kitchen. It’s a nice size, the footprint works well, and it was recently updated, so we were able to achieve a big impact with pretty low-budget updates.

Changes included painting the walls, trim, and cabinets, replacing the cabinet hardware, installing new lighting and a new back splash, and of course the opening up the pass-through, which made an equally big difference in this space as it did in the living room.

The longest-lasting and most labor-intensive project in the kitchen was definitely the back splash. First the old tile got knocked out:
Knocking out back splash tile
During the course of the demo, we uncovered some of the kitchen’s past looks. Behind the tile there was wallpaper from two different eras. There was large area of yellow floral wallpaper over the stove:
Uncovered vintage wallpaper in kitchen
There were also a few other smaller areas that covered with this green geometric pattern. Here’s a close-up of both designs:
Vintage yellow and brown floral wallpaper Vintage green geometric wallpaper
There are lots of times I wish I could peek in on my house during different periods in time just to see what it looked like, so finding this wallpaper got my imagination going. After all the tile and plaster was removed, we were left with just the lath showing:
Bare lath after back splash was removed
And actually, we lived with it like this for a while. It wasn’t bad in a raw, industrial kind of way, though of course the new back splash tile is way better.

After:

Gray and white cabinets with granite counter tops and glass mosaic back splash
The back splash came from Lowe’s, and I snagged the hardware on eBay.
Kitchen pass through, Sears and Roebuck vintage atomic barstools
Vintage atomic bar stools by Sears and Roebuck – Craigslist
Blue, gray and brown glass mosaic tile back splash
The tile kind of makes the whole room, in my opinion.
Neutral glass mosaic back splash tile from Lowe's

Planned updates:

One of our intentions when adding the pass-through was to create a breakfast bar that would allow for extra seating close to the table. That plan is still in place, but there are a few items in front of it in the reno queue, so it may be a year or more down the line.

Dream updates:

We bought our house with the short term in mind and promised ourselves not to made costly updates if they were unnecessary or purely for cosmetic reasons. That doesn’t mean a girl can’t or doesn’t dream about what she might do if a million dollars did casually fall out of the cushions of some couch. I’m a simple girl, though, and my kitchen wish list is pretty simple, too:

  • New flooring – I’m really not a fan of the the multi-color stone tile. It’s not that it’s that bad, but it’s just about the last thing I ever would have chosen. I would have opted for a cork that looks similar to wood, or maybe a rectangular tile in a nice herringbone pattern.
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  • Stackable washer/dryer in the pantry – Our pantry has oddly configured storage that is really only being used to house tools, dog stuff, and other miscellaneous items that could easily be moved into the basement.
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    Our current laundry set-up is a small washer and dryer in the basement–small because they are the only units that can fit down our 27″-wide staircase. I would LOVE to have plumbing run to the pantry and give myself a roomy main floor laundry space. Maybe it would even cut down on the size of my laundry piles? Indeed, a girl can dream.

Room Tour: Living/Dining Room

Before:
For whatever reason, we only took one before picture of our living room area:Green living room before updates
My guess is that compared to some of the other weird things going on around the house, there didn’t seem like a whole lot to see here. Just your basic grass green walls with gold sponge painting (it’s hard to see in the photo, but trust me–it was there). Then, of course, the table lamp in the middle of the floor completes the look. The only oddity in the room was a built-on shelf in the corner behind the front door, which you can see a little bit in this photo:
Arched door way in a bungalow
These were in several rooms, and we called them built-ons rather than built-ins for the simple reason that they were just kind of hanging off the walls.

Updates:
The biggest change we made in this room was to add a pass-through to the kitchen. This really helps the space feel larger and brighter.
Kitchen pass through, stainless steel pendant light
Justin and his dad installed the pass-through (un-installed the wall?) in one of those quintessential men-bonding-with-powertools kind of situations. Our walls are plaster, which means the demo was a two-step process involving 1) knocking out the plaster and 2) cutting through the lath, a set of narrow wooden strips nailed horizontally behind the plaster. There was lots of dust and a few shallow flesh wounds, but in the end they did a great job, and the pass-through is one of my favorite changes in the whole house.

Other changes consisted of tearing down the built-on, painting the walls, sanding and painting all the trim, cutting out and patching bubbles in the plaster, and installing a new stainless steel pendant light over the dining area. All throughout this process, we failed to take a single picture. I recall a conversation taking place a few times that went something like:

“Wow, you should really be taking pictures of this.”
“Yeah, I know.”

And here we are today.

After + Furniture:

Green living room with platform couch, Noguchi style table
A white dog adds a touch of elegance to any room.
Green living room with platform couch, Noguchi style table, Buckstaff chairs

1960s platform couch reupholstered in brown tweed
1960s platform couch (reupholstered) – Craigslist
Red velvet mid century Buckstaff chairs, Noguchi style table, Broyhill Brasilia commode side table
Vintage Buckstaff chairs – yard sale
Broyhill Brasilia side table/commode – flea market
Reproduction Noguchi coffee table – Craigslist
Vintage rug – yard sale
Mid century credenza
1965 credenza – Craigslist
Bookcase – Ikea
Mid century chrome and glass dining table, stainless steel pendant light
Vintage glass and chrome dining table – flea market
Rug (not vintage but still fabulous) – yard sale
1964 RCA Victrola Record Player Console
1964 RCA Victrola stereo/record console (it works!) – yard sale
We actually found an advertisement from a March 1965 Minnesota newspaper showing what this particular console went for back in the day:
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Planned updates:

No large-scale plans for the living room area. Until recently, I’d been on a mad hunt for a new set of rugs (the rug now in our bedroom was previously in front of the couch), but that ended about three weeks ago when I found both rugs pictured at the same yard sale. Now, my main goal is to finally get some stuff up on the walls. That, and throw more parties.

House Tour

The purpose of this house tour is just to give an general snapshot of what the house looked like when we bought it and what it looks like now. I’ll post separate room tours to talk about the updates in each space and where we got some of the stuff.

A few basic stats about the place:

Year: 1930
Style: American Craftsman Bungalow
Size: 3 bed, 1 bath in 1224 sq ft finished space and about 900 sq ft unfinished basement

Living/Dining

Pre reno living room. Green paint with gold sponge painting.

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Kitchen

Pre reno kitchen with lime green paint, crazy hummingbird fan pull

Two tone white and gray cabinets with glass mosaic tile

Bedroom 1/Office

Pre reno peach colored office

Gray paint, industrial desk, Ikea curtains

Bathroom

Pre reno yellow bathroom with pedestal sink and storage

Light blue bathroom with white cabinets and ceramic tile

Bedroom 2/TV Room

Pre reno lime green paint with orange stenciling and crazy art installation

Chevron rug and mid-century bench

Master Bedroom

Pre reno master bedroom with light turquoise paint

Elegant dark green paint and mid-century bedroom set

In the next set of posts I’ll go room by room with lots more pictures, reno details, and decor. Stay tuned!