Thursday, March 28, 2013

Complete Home Remodel before and after

My hubby and I have built 5 houses together and, after this one, remodeled two.  This house has been the project of a life time.  I hope you will read a few posts back about our acquisition of this home, it really was miraculous for us.  For years we have wanted a camp on a lake, to get out of debt, and to move to Baton Rouge since our kids are in school here.  This house has fulfilled every desire we had, I am beyond thankful!  

If you live in our area please come have a cup of coffee on the porch with me.  I completely feel like God blessed us with this house to bless others so you are welcome to our Casa any time!


Kitchen before
Kitchen after demo 
Kitchen after
Kitchen after.  This was probably the biggest transformation.  Ceilings are low so it was very important to me to have a bright airy space.  
Kitchen after.  We added some old wood left from our last house to the walls around the window and painted white.  I do not like sheetrock anywhere near sinks or stoves, this did the trick and I love the warmth it adds.
Kitchen after.  This wall caused more nights of lost sleep than anything else.  So happy with the butcher block up the wall, possibly my favorite detail in the house.
Breakfast area before
Breakfast area after.  The paintings above the butcher block are done by none other than my 10 year old, which were done in the art class of the artist who painted the one on the other side of the window.  
Little writing corner in the breakfast area.  Painting by Marita Gentry.
Breakfast table.  After seeing a few zinc tables in catalogs I knew it was a must but the $800 price tag was a mustn't.  My solution....called local sheet metal shop and asked for a zinc table top with a 2 inch lip.  When I picked it up I was a bit disappointed because it looked like galvanized metal without the patina I had seen in catalogs.  Solution was....acid, honestly I can't remember if it was muratic or sulfuric.  My friend Seth and I spent the day getting it just right.  We have the brilliant idea to one day produce furniture like this and name the biz "Hobo Mansion".  Seth, feel free to comment if you remember which acid we used.
Entrance by kitchen door.  I love pineapples at entryways, especially in the kitchen.  They represent hospitality.  Marita taught me to paint pineapples years ago and it is still one of my favorite things to paint.  
Area off the kitchen.  The plan for this was to be my dogs little home.  Didn't work, she hated it so now it has fabric behind the wire and I use it for storage.  The chalkboard was a leftover cabinet panel that we didn't use in my bathroom.  Amazing what can be done using what you have!
Wet bar before
Wet bar after.  This is the only cabinet in the house that I kept.  I had cabinet guy make doors.  The insides were too cool to lose.  
Wet bar after
Wet bar after
Half bath before
Half bath after.  Only area we left wallpaper.  It was a really cool grass cloth with lots of texture so we just painted over.  Sink is amazing, literally a big rock carved out.  Counter top is a piece of old wood that came off a barge.  Hard to find a plank of wood that wide but if you keep your eyes peeled and meet the right people anything can be found, well almost anything.
Living room before.  This room is what sold me that this house was worth the trouble.  High vaulted ceilings, amazing 1.5 inch thick wood running on the diagonal, lots of natural light.  


Living room during.  Luckily demo was during a time that weather was pretty good and it's in a pretty secure neighborhood because it was wide open for a while.
Living room after
Living room after.  A word about the floors....I would never have had the nerve to run these amazing wood planks diagonally, or hubster would not have let me.  Thankful the original builder was brave enough to do it.  These floors required hours of pulling old filler out of cracks with a putty knife and without making you totally sick the filler was full of not so nice stuff.  Keep in mind previous owners REALLY loved their animals.  Gag!!!!  After cleaning they were sanded down and refinished and turned out to be truly amazing.
Living room after.
Entertainment wall before.  I actually tried to figure out a way to utilize these crazy built ins but in the end I was glad they were gone.
Entertainment wall after demo.
Entertainment wall after.  I need a painting over record player and haven't yet decided what I want it to be, after that it will be complete.  A word about the coffee table.  This was my previous dining table made from very old cypress given to us by a dear friend who has since passed away.  I knew I never wanted to part with that table top but wanted something smaller for my breakfast room.  The solution was to take the top and place it atop what was the mantle in the below picture.  We cut it in half and used it as runners under the table top.  It is too heavy to remotely budge without two strong men and it is big enough for both couches to use to prop feet up.  Love that it is empty and always available for eating, propping, grand babies to climb on or crawl under ( there is a tunnel of sorts underneath).  Seth helped with this table too. 
Fireplace wall before.
Fireplace wall after.  Yes that is a fire in March because it is stinking freezing outside.  South Louisiana has the craziest weather ever!

Sun room before
Sun room after.  

Sun room after.  Also my art space.  I love it for the light but look forward to having a room specified for painting so I can make a mess and leave it that way.
Dining room before.
Dining room after.  This room is huge for a dining room so I knew I needed a big table.  Also my children begged me for years for a ping pong table.  Solution, I had a cypress table built the same size as a ping pong table.  We have a net that clips on and voila.  I ran across a man that builds cypress tables at an estate sale and asked if he would build it for me.  He agreed and I sent him the specs.  Although a bit put off by the size he agreed to do it for $900, yes I'm serious.  The other price I was quoted was $5,000!!!!  Only problem was when I went to pick it up it took 4 people to inch onto a trailer and he said "NEVER AGAIN".  I tipped him don't worry.
There are still a few spaces that are not totally done.  I'm waiting on a piece of artwork that a friend is doing for my foyer and we have not decorated the apartment above the garage.  Maybe this blog will help me get it finished.  Now that my house is close to complete I can get back to blogging the important stuff like food;).  Corbin, my 10 year old, and I are planning to do a cooking (V)log this summer so stay tuned.




Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Bedroom "after" pics

These bedrooms may not look like they were majorly labor intensive....trust me, they were.  Wallpaper had to be removed from many walls and borders.  The plywood you see on the floors spent 5 years as the flooring of choice by the previous homeowners.  Their animals obviously really liked them:(.  Luckily we were able to eventually get rid of all odors and are happy with the cozy results.  Hope you like!

Hallway before
Hallway after
End of hallway.  My thought process for this....the painting is one I did from a photo taken in Martha's Vineyard.  As I walk down this long hallway thinking of being there and having a picnic, thus the picnic baskets and quilts, makes me happy.  
One side of kids Hollywood bath before
Kids bath after
Kid's shared tub area before
Kid's tub area after.  We were able to salvage the tub with a little elbow grease but marble surround needed replacing.
Kid's tub area before.
                       
Kid's tub area after.  ALL toilets in this house were replaced, they were gross!
C's room before
C's room after.  My dad built that amazing daybed.  The old wooden radio was a garage sale find for $25, whoop whoop.  C and I dream of going to Paris soon, thus the Eiffel tower and Paris street map.
C's room after.  
J's room before.  
J's room after, best view in the house.  I'm jealous and plan to move him into the garage apartment when he is a little older and turn this room into my art studio.
J's room after.  I built that bed while the hubs was hunting, he gets no credit!
J's room after.  This is an old stereo bought very cheap at an antique store. 
Guest room before
Guest room after.  Love this room, it is filled with all of my sentimental stuff and serves as an office.
Guest room after.  Bought this sewing table w/ stool and machine WORKS at a garage sale for $20, true story.  The sign, oh the sign....I love that thing.  My hubby bought it at an antique store for more than $20;), I would never have made the splurge but he loves me.  I'm not the greatest tailoress but my mom is....close enough.
Guest room before
                       
Guest room after.  I have big plans of being really organized, so far not so good.
Guest room vanity before
Guest room vanity after.  I love this cabinet so much!
Master bedroom before
Master bedroom after.  I could LIVE in this room 24/7.  Feels like a tree house with air conditioning.  

Master bedroom after.  I'm not a good photographer, this wall looks so much better in person.  A dear friend gave me the camper painting without ever seeing my house, how wonderful when people "get" you!  The cabinet was my mothers and she gave it to me, supposed to be a pie safe but I use it for books.  To the left of the cabinet is my little tiny sanctuary.  I bought the altar/kneeler at a garage sale and refinished it.  Above are things that help me pray.  I just finished this so I have to add a few things but I love it.  

Master bedroom after.  My favorite dresser which was FREE.  I know I sound like such a cheapo but I'm more proud of things that cost me little than things that cost me much.  I have a lot to be proud of;)
Master bedroom after.  The chairs came from Goodwill and I had them recovered.  They are awesome!  That dresser was free too but I want to replace it with one that is more of the other ones style.
Deck off my bedroom before.
Deck off bedroom after.  This is a tiny little deck with no access to the ground.  I plan to replace the chairs and table with an Adirondack chair since I am the only one that ever uses this deck. 
Same space but wanted you to see the view from here.  So peaceful, especially in the mornings when birds are singing.
View from right bedroom door before.  Scary!!!
View from right bedroom door after.  Not scary!!!
Master bath before.
Master bath after.  
Master vanity before.
Master vanity after.  I had an amazing cabinet guy that could totally get my vision.
Master bath after.  Hubster hates this chair in here but I love it.  I win!
Master bath toilet and shower area.
Master shower.  You could literally see the ground through this hole, YIKES!
Master toilet and shower area.