Thanks to the copious amounts of contractor’s beige applied by the seller, our house was pretty much a blank slate, as you can see in the MLS before pictures. We’re working on making our house a place we can really call home.
This is the room you walk into when you enter the front door; the library, as it came to be known.
We gave the library, along with the other two main living spaces, a coat of light yellow paint and added a cushy rug to go with the comfy couch and chair. Perfect for reading by a fire. We also turned the former tv console into a window seat with some paint and indoor-outdoor chair cushions.
Our house doesn’t have a true entryway, so we created one on the wall beside the fireplace with a DIY hairpin leg table and a pretty frameless arch mirror.
The pass-through dining room had great potential, but the light fixture wasn’t our style and we needed some place to store our china and cookbooks.
We continued the library color into the dining room above the chair rail, but painted the lower half of the walls a mossy green color to help define the space. We also changed out the light fixture, and added a china cabinet for extra storage space.
The kitchen had some dated appliances and even more dated hardware. We painted the walls a light green color, upgraded the appliances, replaced the cabinet hardware, swapped the sink & faucet out, added a light over the sink, and laid some new vinyl flooring.
The living room was a little dark and dated, but again, pretty much a blank slate.
We brightened things up with the same paint color as in the first two rooms, and some pops of color.
We also added an entryway of sorts by the backdoor for when we come in from walking the dogs or bike riding.
We have a second table in a corner of the living room which is great for when we have more people over than can fit at our dining table because the living room is right off of the dining room. We made this area of the living room feel more like its own space by painting the accent wall with birch trees and adding a DIYed globe pendant light.
The hallway bathroom is very 50s with the original tile. We frosted the window shortly after moving in and added a shelf above the toilet, but it still needed something else, so we painted it a light blue-green color.
The master bedroom had great original hardwood floors, but needed color, so we painted it green, and made some new curtains & our Pottery Barn knock off bed.
We loved the corner window in this room, but it needed some personality so we painted it blue and added a couple of desks & a stack of flat files.
This is a pretty terrible photo of the drab guest room. There is a window centered on the wall opposite the door to the living room, and the closet & the bathroom doors are on the wall opposite the door to the laundry room.
The guest bath’s garden tub was one of the many reasons we fell in love with the house, but we weren’t sold on the biscuit colored everything so we painted the walls the same color as the hall bathroom, frosted the glass and changed out the shower curtain for one similar to to the one in the other bathroom as well.
We also changed out the medicine cabinet in favor of a mirror and a new light fixture.
Note: We have since demoed this bathroom and are working on renovating it.