Before and After: Living Room

To continue the before and after series, here are the realtor walk through pictures from almost 10 years ago, what it looked like for several years, then when the floors were refinished about 2 years ago. Enjoy!

 

REALTOR WALK THROUGH

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TAKING DOWN WALLPAPER, PAINTING.

 

AFTER/PRESENTLY:

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Before and After: Dining Room

Here is the next room. The dining room. It has a pass through from the kitchen to the dining room. It has the original butler pantry cabinet that we restored back into its original spot. There was evidence of it being closed off where you had to pass through a door from the kitchen into the butler’s pantry. There was a sink and the cabinet, and then you also had to pass through another door to enter the dining room.  Now, it is open.

Realtor walk through pics:

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I didn’t realize the importance of taking good pictures back then. The dining room was mint green with a border. The fireplace was odd. I never thought it fit in a formal room.  We eventually switched it with another one. We put this one in Alex’s room and moved the more ornate one into the dining room.

Here are some pictures of how it was for a while in the interim until we refinished the floors and completed all the exterior work.  In between working on these rooms, we also redid the two other houses on either side of us. Each of them came up for sale and we bought them for a good price.  We took a break on our house and spent 9 months each on those two houses, then coming back to ours. For pictures of those remodel you can click on the tag 94 Bungalow and 1808 Bungalow.

The floor was really bad and we had it covered with a rug for most of our years here.  Then, I refinished all the floors and it came out beautiful!

Here are the after pictures. This room was easy. We painted. We caulked the wainscoting and repainted it. We refinished the floors and painted a new color. Then switched out the fireplace for another one in the house:

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Thanks for looking! The next room will be the living room.

Before and After: Kitchen

This has been long overdue. I am now going to post the before pictures of the house when we first walked through it in 2006 prior to purchasing and the pictures as it looks presently.  I thought I would start with the kitchen as it has undergone the biggest transformation.

When we first bought the house, the kitchen had carpet in it. We took up the carpeting and the tile underneath it was really not in great shape, but it was better than carpet. So, it stayed black and white tile for a long time. Eventually, we moved the butler pantry back where it belonged and framed a wall up and added a laundry room.  For more details and pictures regarding the entire process, click on the tag: kitchen.

Here are the before pictures. We took down the fabric that stapled to the walls. I was able to wash the red acryllic paint off of the cabinets. And the kitchen largely stayed like this from 2006-2010 until we were able to complete renovate.

I sanded the laminate counter top, super primed it then painted it a stone fleck black. Here are some transitional pictures during that timeframe before the full remodel:

And…here are the final “after” pictures and how the kitchen presently looks. We built custom open shelving cabinets, painted the bottom cabinets, took down the wall of cabinets on the back wall. Pulled down the sheetrock and exposed the original beadboard, framed up a laundry room and moved the butler’s pantry that had been hacked out and set behind the door–back to its original home in between the kitchen and dining room.  Here is the link to the full write up: Click Here.

The demo:

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Ripping out the cabinets, Steven and Vivian taking the doors off

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The washer and dryer are where the cabinet is supposed to be

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Butler’s pantry/cabinet

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Mostly gone

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Where a wall used to be in the kitchen

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The same wall…cleaned and primed (Super duper KILZ!)

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The framing going up!

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Painted and the floor down

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Where the butler pantry is supposed to be

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Right before we moved it and put the floor down

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moved the washer and dryer

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installing the cabinet

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Framing up the laundry room

Sheetrocking in kitchen

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The in between:

And here are the final pictures:

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Here is a video I posted on Youtube right before our house was appraised in 2014. I took advantage of everything being picked up and nice and neat: https://youtu.be/avBTQc8bBIE

Hope you had fun!  The next post will be up in a couple days of the next room.  I will continue until all rooms are shown.

 

Dividing Irises

Two Saturdays ago, we decided to finally divide our irises (<<a phrase I only thought old ladies said). You may recall some of the posts I talked about them. We did not know they were there until we had a pecan tree taken down about two years ago. That gave the area enough sun to force the bulbs up. However, we noticed they did not bloom and was not sure what they were until this past Spring. We had one lonely bloom. (Click here for the picture).  So, we researched yellow irises and found a plethora of information about how to divide them, how to plant them, when to do it, etc.  The 8 years we have lived here, we have not divided them.  According to the LSU Ag Center, you are supposed to divide irises in September/October while it is still a little warm and before it gets too cold. They need a little sun and getting used to their new flower bed before it gets too cold.  So, with two tutorials and lots of pictures, we culled them.  It just about gave me a heart attack. I was sure that I was doing it wrong. However, I was following the tutorials and what I was doing matched what they were showing!

We had so many irises that probably could have replanted half of the city’s flower beds! I gave 2-3 boxes away to friends and established a good many back in the area they were in.  I made a little gravel place for the City meter reader so they would not have to step in the dirt bed.

I guess I won’t find out if I did it correctly until next Spring!  If they live, I did ok. If they die…I will be sad!!!  The picture directly below is the bed of irises, right under it is what we culled. Below that, are pictures of the new bed. I guess you can check back next Spring to see what will have! Hopefully they will bloom. Sometimes they do not right after they are divided, so it may take 2 years before we see the fruits of our labor.

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Washing the rhizomes and soaking them in water to rehydrate the roots before planting.

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Here are the tutorials we used:

Better Homes and Gardens Dividing Irises

Replanting Irises

Louisiana Ag Center: Irises

Weekend Project: repainted porch furniture

Last weekend I was given a set of porch furniture. It used to be Steven’s aunt’s at her bed and breakfast in Natchitoches ten years ago, then my mother in law had it a while, then it was passed to me. At first I thought it was wicker, but upon closer inspection (and trying to pick it up!), I saw that it is some sort of nylon that looks like wicker.

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I looked some sets up online and they range in price from $600-$1,000 new. Wow….

10 cans of high gloss primer and spray paint and…voila!

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I bought the bird seat cushions and pillows from Pier1 and the Khaki sofa seat cushion. I bleached the burgundy/green pattern from the original seat back cushions so they would match better.

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I made the blue pillows from fabric I had. The stripes are dress front pin tuck things. Not sure what their proper name is. I bought a box full at a flea market for $2 with the intent to make pillows.

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The polka dot pillow is old, old. I had it in a container in the attic. It matched (somewhat), so it got tossed on the porch.

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I spent $150 on pillows (they were on sale and I asked for a discount on a couple that were a little dirty. They gave them to me for 45% off) and new seat cushions. I reused the original seat back cushions and made pillows. Cost: $0. The spray paint/primer cost $38. Total: $188. Not too bad for saving $600-1,000 for a new set.

Done!? Are we really?!

I hate to even make an announcement that we are finally finished, after 8 plus years of work (and lots of breaks in between :-D), because as our luck would have it, something big would break…perhaps a geyser in the yard? Or, a random safe falling from the sky making an obscene hole in the roof (hey, I’ve watched the road runner, it happens!). I also realize (cue shaking the head and wiping tears) that you are never *really* done when it comes to old house upkeep. So, maybe I can say that we are done…for now. Will that suffice?

I’ve had a lot of requests for updated pictures and more in depth before/after. In preparation for our appraisal tomorrow, I have cleaned the house and fixed quite a few cosmetic bo-bo’s (I am sure you will find quite a few more I didn’t fix), so I thought it a perfect time to take some 360 videos. Are you game? I will do some before/after photo blogs when I get around to it later this summer.

I only videoed the master bedroom, hall, living areas and kitchen. I’m not brave enough to show the kids’ rooms and who wants to see bathrooms? Coming up tomorrow will be porch and exterior tours. I thought it was fun (and a whole lot easier than taking pictures!) and I can also use it for insurance purposes should that Acme safe ever fall out the sky.

If you are new and would like to see some before pictures, you can search for “realtor walk through”, click on the name of the particular room you want to view in the cloud tag, or click on “before and after”. That should get you some really old photos to look at and compare how far we have come. Here is a post I did right after we updated our major systems (roof, plumbing, paint, mostly exterior projects).

I ordered the videos so that if you watch them in the order I posted them, you will feel that you are walking with me, or at least can make sense of the floor plan. Here you are! Tell me what you think!

PS: Note to all the perfectionists: ignore those cosmetic blemishes.

Note to old house purists: yes, I know I don’t have velvet curtains and Victorian tchotchkes. “Museum style” has never really been my thing.

Note to people who want paint colors: I will publish all paint colors in a future blog post when I do the final before/after pairings.

Did I cover it all? Leave a comment if not 🙂

Master Bedroom:

Small weird hall and the back of the Great Hall:

Front of the Great Hall, study, living room and dining room:

Kitchen:

Back Wall Painting Done

You may remember this post from March when I was quite indignant about getting a $20,000 bid to paint the back of our house. You will also remember that I decided to buy the tools necessary and paint myself. Since that time, we have been sanding, scraping, priming, caulking and painting on the weekends.

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Today, I totaled all of the receipts on materials and tools we spent.  We spent a grand total of: $1,792.12!!!  That is over a $18,000 savings for doing it ourself!

Here is our cost breakdown:

House Paint (Benjamin Moore, White Heron, bought at Joseph’s Paint)    $323.06

Primer (Valspar Exterior primer, bought at Lowes) $213.30

Paint brushes and caulk $39.82

2 Wagner paint eater sanders and 8 discs $251.04

Graco paint spray gun and tips $300.00

Scaffolding rental $664.90

Now, we are done! This past weekend, we finished up cleaning the paint overspray from the windows, caulking the windows so they won’t rattle (YAY), and painting the window trim.  Thankfully, that was the last bit needed until we could really call this house DONE!

Of course, I have painting the shed, backyard landscaping and some other spiffy things up my sleeve. But, as far as the house…inside AND out, we are DONE!

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