After SIX months of renovating the 1950s ranch home we bought last summer, the time as finally come to move in!
In honor of this long awaited occasion, I thought I'd share some pictures of our finished renovation!!
I use the word "finished" loosely, because when you're a designer designing your own home, you're never really finished.
|Family room... I had to see what the curtains would look like, |
even though I haven't finished sewing them.
From the very first, I thought the family room was going to be my favorite room. I mean, what's not to love with that cozy fireplace? As you can see from this post, it was hard to imagine that when we started out. It was very dark. But with a coat of paint on the paneling and new flooring, it feels bright and airy.
I'm making the curtains in this room myself. I've modified ready-made curtains before, but I've never sewn curtains from scratch, so this is a new experience for me. Eventually, Jim will be building a beautiful walnut mantle to add to fireplace (see why I used the word "finished" loosely?), but that's an "after we've moved in project."
|View of by beloved china cabinet in the dining room from the front door.|
Right now, we have our antique library table sitting in the dining room. We did that so Jim wouldn't bump his head on the low hanging chandelier. I can walk under the chandelier easily, but Jim is more than a foot taller than I am, so he would definitely hit his head if he wasn't careful. The library table does give you an idea of how it's going to look with our dining room table though, because the two are very similar.
That library table was the first piece of furniture Jim and I ever bought together. We found it at an unofficial estate sale. We've bought several antiques since then, but this table is special, and we'll never get rid of it.
|This cabinet started out with doors, but then I decided to open it up,|
and it added a ton of character.
Our cabinet maker notched out the frame for the door hinges, so I'm filling those in, but that's an easy fix. If you look closely, you can see the pieces of wood I've put in to fill them in. I need to sand them down to match the size of the cabinet frame. After that, I'll prime and paint them to blend in. If I do it right, you'll never be able to tell the cabinet was notched.
It's really hard to pick a favorite thing in this kitchen. I just love everything. Now I just need to figure out where I'm going to put everything. I've never had so much storage space! See what we started out with in this kitchen here.
Hey! What do you think of my rooster? Did you know it's considered lucky to have a rooster in your kitchne?
|Just another view of the kitchen.|
Well, there's the Sneak Peek! I'll definitely have a lot more to show you once we're all moved in. But I need to leave somethings as a surprise. I'll be giving you a complete breakdown of each room, including before and after pictures, in separate posts. So much has changed, and I can't wait to share it with you!
|Close-up of my rooster.|
Seriously... Don't you love my rooster??????