Category Archives: Floors
So far in this dining room, I’ve shown you the difference in the chandelier, from dated to a more fitting style for the house, as well as the big before and after pics of the room.
So let’s get into the details… It is the details that can sometimes make or break a room. click here to read the rest of the story…
When we bought ‘Our House’ 15 or so years ago, the lower level was unfinished. We spent that first summer getting it finished. Since then, though I’ve changed the wall treatments, furniture and light fixtures… (a few times) I haven’t changed the flooring. (not counting rugs)
We originally purchased really good quality flooring and since it’s a lower level family room, it doesn’t get beat up like a main level floor would.
And that’s a big however! Even though it was still in great shape, I am sick of it!
The carpet part of the room is still fine. It’s super neutral and has a ‘cable knit sweater’ pattern to it that I still like. But the vinyl by the patio door, that’s a different story. At the time it was awesome, sort of retro styled, but I am just so sick of the green and pattern.
Yep! We decided to replace the vinyl with laminate, (ok… so who’s the ‘we’ in we? click here to read the rest of the story…
The past few weeks I’ve introduced you to a young couple’s first house and their creative decorating touches to it.
Their house is a vintage craftsman style bungalow style. It has almost all the original trim throughout, (except the bathroom and kitchen)
The trim on the main level is the original dark oak finish… gorgeous!
The upstairs is all painted white… beautiful and fresh!
So that leaves the stairway as the segue between dark oak trim on the main level and painted white trim on the 2nd level.
Before they started any work on this house, both landings and stairway totally click here to read the rest of the story
Continuing the tour of the refreshed and somewhat renovated c. 1916 bungalow, (or there abouts,) our young couple has purchased, the bathroom is the room to see today. (If you missed it, click here to see their bedroom/projects)
This room started in pretty good condition:
The walls, however, were a shocking yellow. I think the previous homeowner was trying to coordinate with the floor tile, but instead the result was quite harsh.
Although the mechanics of the room was fairly solid, our young couple really didn’t care for some things in the bathroom.
First, as what so frequently happens in older homes over the years, the bathrooms and kitchens during the ‘updating process’ lose their original trim and character. Which is exactly what happened to this room, it had, at some time in the past, been updated, and in that process, the original trim was removed and replaced with ranch molding.
Another thing our couple just wasn’t sure about, was the floor tile. Although it was in excellent condition, it just seemed to scream a little too loud.
After considering ripping out the tile, but given the budget, and encouragement from others to keep it because it had an ‘Anthropologie’ look to it, the new homeowners instead decided to add back in some of the missing character and see if then the tiles would feel more at home in the new setting.
And here are the results of their hard work and creativity: click here to read the rest of the story
The other day I introduced you to a very sweet, young couple that has bought their first home in a vintage neighborhood full of charming bungalows. I showed you the pair of unmatched dressers and how she cleverly painted and papered them into a coordinated set. (If you missed that dresser re-do post, click here to see it)
So let’s take a look at the whole bedroom today, with before, during and after pics…
Well to start with, when they bought this house just a couple months ago, the bedroom looked like this: (minus the previous owner’s furniture)
It doesn’t look too bad, that is if you like lots of green stripes… they were a bit overwhelming, so off came the paper… be prepared it gets worse: click here to read the rest of the story…
Here is a trick I learned a long time ago, I don’t recall where I originally heard of this trick, but I’ve used it for many years, and it works every time.
You know those depressions left behind in the rugs and carpets when you move a piece of furniture, screaming back at you that a piece of furniture used to sit there? Well no worries, just Read on…
The last couple of days I’ve been showing you a few things I’ve done to refurbish one of the units in our duplex that’s located in NW Wisconsin. (It’s just been rented, so no longer available, however I may have another super cute one opening up in September)
So today I thought I’d show you the bathroom and some changes we’ve made to it… so, here’s the before: READ ON…
In the kitchen at ‘Our House’ I had a rug that went from the sink to the stove, but awkwardly didn’t go the rest of the way to the fridge. So I DIY-ed a new rug, here’s the story, and a quick before and after:
This is the old rug, and it’s a very good quality, durable wool rug. I’ve had it for over 10 years, and lots of spills etc. but they’ve shampooed right out of it, no problem. I am tired of the rust and darker colors though, and the size has always bugged me. Read on…
Whoo-Hoo, the big reveal of the kitchen at the ‘Little Brick Cottage’ is here! And what a change it is from when we bought this antique house in December of last year.
I think the best way to help you see this amazing transformation is to show you side by side before and after pictures.
One of the sweetest surprises in this reno, was finding the Read on…