Main Floor {Before & After : Part 1}

Main Floor {Before & After : Part 1}

I found all the ‘before’ pictures of our house from when it was on the market (I apologize that they’re not the best quality) before we purchased it. Get ready, it’s….well, it’s interesting. We’ll just leave it at that.

So here we go!

What we have here is the sunroom. This was honestly the best room in the house, at the time.

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And here it is today.

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If you’re wondering why the side tables are a little bare, it’s because I have the wildest two year old on the planet. He, like his father, cannot be trusted with small, breakable items.

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*Pretend you don’t see the driftwood stool by the door* It belongs next to the media console but, pregnancy brain forgot to move it.

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We spend quite a bit of time in this room and I love, love, love looking at the gallery wall. I think everyone should have one in their home somewhere. Those fans however, not a huge fan of them, but they were last on our to-do/budget list so, they’re there for now.

The wall color is Sherwin Williams Gray Clouds. To me, is the quintessential, perfect ‘gray’. It doesn’t pull blue, green, purple or brown (at least not in this room). We still have to switch out the patio (?) door hardware but, have yet to be able to find any. Seriously, does nowhere carry these?! I like to think that I can track down just about anything but, these. These are scarce. If anyone knows where one might get their hands on some, drop me an email!

We also chose to leave the ceiling and window casings in their original colors. It gave a room more character and depth. I think white would have made it too sterile but, maybe not. Erin, over at Sunny Side Up has a similar style and her new house is amazing so, it may have been fine but, I actually like the contrast.

Ok, moving on to the kitchen. Get ready for these…

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Do you hear angels singing?! I did not when we first walked in. Thankfully, the husband, despite his aforementioned annoyances, has quite a design vision.

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No words here, people. No words. I’m actually a little surprised I don’t see the League of Their Own framed movie poster hanging in here that the previous owners gifted us (that and the table you see here…). The fact that Tom Hanks stayed in this house while they were filming was their main selling point. My only thought was, “wtf, Tom. I expected you to have better taste than this.” Never thought quite the same of him since.

And here it is today.

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Hello Stripes - Life Food Fitness

We basically gutted everything in this area. During which, I was confined to living in the basement making meals only in a crockpot and washing Charlie’s sippy cups in the bathroom sink…8 months pregnant. If I could give you guys one piece of advice, don’t do this to yourselves. I had more breakdowns than I can count and this is probably the time I developed the twitch I have now anytime I see a crockpot.

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I have the boys’ artwork hanging on the backsplash so, not sure if you can tell that it’s white subway tile. I’m sure our realtor will suggest that I take it down but, not happnin’. I love looking at their sweet handprints and scribbles. Especially when I’ve got my head shoved underneath the cabinets trying to regain my composure after Breaker threw an egg at me while standing on the counter (true story).

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If you look closely (or probably not even closely), you can see where I attempted to brush out a mop I left behind the chair in the sunroom. And that friends, is why I am not a graphic designer.

The husband built this table and I love it. We looked everywhere for a long, skinny table to no avail so, he found some barnwood on Craigslist and, handy little devil, built one himself. We put a piece of Absolute Black granite with a honed finish down the middle to put hot dishes on and the chairs are Restoration Hardware Remy Side Chairs. They’re still on sale so, if you’re in the market, snag these babies up!

Lastly, here is the living room. You guys, I can’t. I just. can’t.

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Like what?! I don’t even know here.

And here is the same view today.

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Oh, no. It doesn’t stop there.

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Ladies, can you imagine your husband taking you into this and saying, “yep, this is the one, Honey.” I thought he had ingested some sort of a hallucinogen and lost his mind. I’ve since learned to keep a much more open mind but, initially this was tough for me.

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I’ll hopefully be back this week with more before and after’s but, we’ll see what the kiddo’s and husband have up their dirty little sleeves 🙂

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