It’s been a couple weeks since my last confession – but it’s been very busy around here. I’ve just finished up all the quilts for the new books – all 20 of them. Wow, what a job! Last week was the photo shoot. I do all my own photos, and I’m an amateur photographer. For example: I ended up taking 1300 pictures to get the 20 or so I wanted. Today I am going to meet with the printer to finish the color correcting. I’ve also been working on the color pages for the books, working on the layout, editing the text, testing the patterns, etc. Next week I turn in the text, and then I will feel much better!
While I was on a photo taking spree, and the lighting was good, I took a few post-remodel shots. If you missed the first post in this series and want to see more before pictures – click here. I also did a living-through-the-remodel post here. This was a five year process, and we’re still not done. Someday . . . . . In the meantime, here is where we are at. Sorry for taking so many pictures, but I thought you really wouldn’t get the full effect unless you saw the before and after pictures side-by-side. By the way, this might take a bit to download – so go make yourself a snack and check back in a few –
Here’s our front entry before
Our Living Room before
Here’s that fireplace again – I hope to never see that 70’s stone again. EVER.
The Dining Room before
If it wasn’t so bright and snowy outside, you would see the lake view from these windows – you know, that evil lake view that talked us into buying this (former) disaster? This ceiling is the only part of the original interior that we kept. I painted it cream and my brother added the extra trim boards to dress it up a bit.
The Kitchen before
I think the kitchen has seen the biggest improvements. No 70’s Z-brick anymore!
Joel made the concrete countertops. We don’t recommend trying this yourself. Not even a little bit.
The upstairs bath: Sorry no before shot. Just image stinky old carpet, three homemade vanity pieces along the right wall, the door mounted on the left side, and ugly wallpaper.
You’ve already seen the master bedroom, but just to remind you – check out that mirror tile: Too kinky for my taste. Sure makes you wonder about the former owners . . .
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The office: (formerly a bedroom)
Downstairs Family Room
All of my quilts done with fabric from Fig Tree go in this room.
The last room we worked on: The downstairs laundry/bath:
Again no before pictures. Just imagine a storage room painted bright yellow. No plumbing except the washer and dryer. Both were so old that it took 3 cycles to dry jeans. Also, did I mention that the kitchen was above this room? The previous owners had the dishwasher hooked up with a garden hose, which ruptured and flooded the kitchen. That meant when we tore this ceiling down, it was covered in black mold. (I wore a mask, but still – Gross!) I think that’s why I have trouble remembering things and I don’t see blog typos. Just blame it on the effects of remodeling.
We made this vanity by buying two pre-made cabinets from Menards, then we made the shelves to fill in the middle. I think it could pass for a custom vanity!
I still have to finish the door on the medicine cabinet and paint the frame around the mirror.
I love my Amy Butler shower curtain. I was such an easy thing to make and helps incorporate some large-scale prints into my decorating.
My studio is above the garage. You can check out my post on my studio here
It’s a small house, but it’s cozy and colorful.
Most of all, it’s home.
It took a lot for me to feel that way about this house. For a long time, it was just our big, stupid mistake. I’m turning my back on all those regrets. It’s time to start living and enjoying what we’ve worked so hard for!!!!