Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Downstairs House Tour

We've made so house many updates over the last 18 months of living here and sometimes, when you take a while to complete things, it's hard to see the dramatic changes. However, looking back at when we first moved in, it's clear that we've made some significant changes. Today, I wanted to share all the improvements we've made to our downstairs.
Entryway 
This used to be the view when you first walked in: 
and now: 
from the other direction: 
and now: 
Still on the list: 
  • Add transition strip at the front door
  • Potentially wallpaper the wall  
  • Add trim around the green pantry doors
  • Add a pendant light fixture in front of the mirror

Bottom of the stairs
now: 
Still on the list: 
  • Get rid of those shutters!! We originally planned to knock out half the wall to make a breakfast bar but heard from several contractors that it would be very difficult and costly since most of the upstairs is supported by this middle wall. So, we have made piece with the weird little window and decided the best thing we can do is just remove the shutters. 

Kitchen:
another angle: 
and now:

Still on the list: 
  • New countertops and backsplash
  • New under cabinet lighting 
  • Baseboards under the cabinets 
Dining Room:
and now: 

Still on the list: 
  • Find and paint 2 more chairs white so that we have 6 chairs around the table. 
  • Move light fixture so that it is centered over the table.


Living Room:
and now: 
another angle:
 Before: 
now:
Still on the list: 
  • Add another lamp (it doesn't have any overhead lighting
  • Trim curtains with black ribbon (like the dining room) 
  • Potentially stucco the fireplace and add fireplace doors (we currently have a picture stuck in the fireplace to block a certain someone from crawling inside...)

Downstairs Powder Rook: 
and now: 
Still on the list: 
  • Paint or replace the vanity 
  • Remove the medicine cabinet and add shelving
  • Replace the old light fixture 

So that's our downstairs in it's current state! It is really starting to feel like home and I love the mix of colors and textures down here. Of course, we still have things on our list, but (besides the countertops) most items are smaller projects that we can do over time. 


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