Friday, December 5, 2014

The Project House...Upstairs.

At the top of the stairs you'll find a great second living area.  I can picture furnishing this room with some comfy furniture and turning it in to a cozy spot for hanging out with family.


The wide-plank wood floors are painted a dark red right now, which I actually like.  We will probably carpet the upstairs to warm it up a bit.

I wish I had better before pictures of the rooms and bathroom, but I was just trying to snap them as quickly as I could and get. out. of. the. smelly. house.


The bedrooms are on the front and back side of the house and are identical to each other.  Both have more of those gorgeous windows which let in the best natural light.  The ceilings are gabled in both bedrooms, which I love!  There are closets in each gable that are a great size.  We are actually painting and carpeting the closet so they can be used as good storage or a great "hiding spot" for kids.

There is so much that you can do to accentuate the gabled ceiling in old houses.  I love these looks:





The upstairs bathroom is a great size for a family to use.  More of those great, old windows and beautiful trim.  


 I love, love, love cottage bathrooms and would love to totally overhaul this bathroom to reflect the Craftsman cottage nature of the house...if only we were moving into The Project House!  This bathroom will get a fresh coat of paint and a new tile floor. 





Those are all of the before pictures!  There have been so many changes in The Project House over the last month...I can't wait to post pictures.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Project House...The Entry, Stairs, and Master Bedroom.

You'll have to forgive these meh pictures of the house that were taken with my iPhone.  I haven't dared bring my camera to the house in fear that it would actually touch something in the house.   I snapped all of these pictures FAST so I could get out of the dirty, smelly house.  Ya'll, it's not dirty and smell anymore.  I can't wait to show you some during pictures next week!

You walk through the original door and end up in a little entry way.


You can see the terrible condition of the floors but I love this little entry area.  I can picture a coat rack with a little table as a drop zone, a nice hutch or display piece, or a sweet chair and table like this entry from the cottage that this blogger is remodeling.



The entry has already come a LONG way...but you'll have to wait until next week to see that.

To the left of the entry are the stairs that lead to 2 bedrooms, a sweet den or bonus room, and a bathroom.


The Project House gets so much natural light from all of these original windows that are placed everywhere in the house.  

It's hard to get a good picture of the stairs because of the size of the landing at the bottom.  And quite honestly, you don't want to see a good "before" picture of the stairs.  They were gross, gross, beyond gross.  Here is a picture taken from the top of the steps with another awesome window letting in amazing natural light.  I love the railing and all of the details that went into constructing this house almost 100 years ago.



The stairs were originally dark-stained wood, which we found after we pulled up the dirty, DIRTY, dusty, DUSTY carpet runner.  We were originally going to have the stairs painted white, like the trim, and leave them carpet less.  However, the stair treads are in terrible shape because of the amount of glue that was used to adhere the runner.  We decided to have the stairs painted and will be adding another runner, which I am on the lookout for now!

This is one of those (many) times that if we were moving into The Project House, I would do something totally different.  I'd love to have a runner with a geometric pattern like these:




Or an animal print runner...I love the unexpected, but neutral, look of cheetah.

(Source - I can't find an original link for this photo.)

But, since we're not moving into The Project House I will go with something more neutral and classic.  

The last room on the first floor is the master bedroom, which is just through the living room and is a good size for an old Craftsman style house.  It has it's own bathroom and sweet closet tucked under the stairs.


More unbelievable natural light, original trim and doors.


The doors have original door knobs and key holes in them...amazing!


(The closet door)

(The bathroom door)



The bathroom will get a SERIOUS cleaning and the glass shower doors will be removed. After a fresh coat of paint on the trim and walls as well as new tile floors, this bathroom will be gorgeous.  Did you notice another amazing original window in there?

Tomorrow's post will give you a peak of the upstairs of The Project House.  Those will be all of the before pictures! Yay!  






Friday, November 21, 2014

The Project House...The Kitchen

The kitchen was, by far, the dirtiest room in the entire Project House...

You walk through the living room and dining room into the kitchen.  The open 10-pane glass door leads out to the back porch which will soon have a brand new landry room and half bathroom!


Those air fresheners on the counter weren't doing a THING to help the smell in the house.  Nice try, previous owners.

The kitchen has linoleum floors which will be replaced with tile.  The house had also settled a few inches in the back so there was a pretty steep slope to the kitchen floor.  We have already had a structural engineering company come out and jack up the house with concrete pads and posts which has totally corrected the settling, for a surprisingly small amount of money.  It looks great!



Other than being dirty, the cabinets are in good condition.  A coat of white paint will freshen them right up!  You all know how much I love white kitchens! It's hard to tell from this angle, but the cabinet above the stove is set about 4 inches higher than the rest of the cabinets.  My plan is to move the rest of the cabinets up to give the new owners more space and to make good use of the tall ceilings!


The layout of the kitchen is a little odd right now, with the stove just hanging out in space with only one cabinet flanking it.  I have plans to remove the cabinet from the eat in dining area below and having it retrofitted to the spot next to the stove.  This will allow the kitchen to have a true L-shape of counter space.  I love black counters in a white kitchen, but I might go with something a little lighter in this kitchen.


There is a little bump out next to the fridge which is an old flue that was built around.  We will take those cabinets out and leave the area open.  I can imagine a sweet china cabinet or hutch in that little nook!  Open shelving would also look awesome.

Here are a few inspiration picture for you...

Original source unknown







Next up are the bedrooms...

There are great things happening at The Project House!





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