Before and After: Master Bedroom

Continuing on today…it is rainy and I thought I might as well finish out the before and after posts.  Here is the master bedroom. It starts with the realtor walk through, then proceeds on to what it looked liked for a couple years before we painted. Finally about 2 years ago we got rid of the horrific blue carpet and I tried quite valiantly to remove the black paper that was stuck to the hardwoods. I finally gave up and had Lowes install new carpet.

REALTOR WALK THROUGH- I guess these are the only 2 pictures I took.

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PAINTING

I couldn’t decide on the color, so I tried several before settling for Benjamin Moore’s Hemlock.

I then put up some CURTAINS, finally!

 

Click here for the install of the NEW CARPET AND HERE IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE PRESENTLY.

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Before and After: Study

Here are a few before and after of the study. Here is the story of how we stained the floors.  The first pictures are of the realtor walk through almost 10 years ago. Then there are pictures after I painted beige and left it like that for a while. It was kind of the dumping grounds of the house. Every odd piece of furniture and stack of tile got stored there, then we refinished the floors and added a bathroom in late 2012, early 2013. The last pictures are of the room currently.

REALTOR WALK THROUGH 2006

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THE DUMPING GROUNDS FOR A WHILE

 

FRAMING UP A BATHROOM, CREATING AN INTEREST WALL, AND CHANGING THE ROOM ENTIRELY

 

AFTER

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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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How to Banish Pink House Trim?

Ok.  The big question!  Which paint color do we go with? Or at least that’s a big question in our house.  When I pull out the paint chips and start talking paint colors, my husband runs.  It’s not that hard is it?  I know what I don’t like!  I have a folder of paint chips in color families that I like.  Since winter finishes early for us here in the South, I am already forward thinking about Spring and what projects we are going to work on when the weather gets warm…say like March.
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We removed the ugly rail on the top of the house.  It was a very poor tack on job.  It does even look anywhere close to the original balaustrade.  It is too high and very boxy.  It supposed to follow the curve of the turret.  The balaustrade we will put up will be a replica of the original.  Steven is going to replace fascia boards and we are going to work on the flat roof, but I want to finally banish the UGLY pink trim on the house immediately!  I know that this is a Queen Anne and that it could be worse with 10 different trim colors, but I am not a pink gal.  So, I apologize in advance to anyone who likes the pink trim.  The question is, what color do I paint it?  We decided to leave the house white for another five years or so, since the house was recently painted and the paint is in good condition.  What trim color goes with white?  I don’t want to be called the Smurf House or Sunny Side.  I was thinking about a grey, or maybe a grey blue?  I suggested black and I thought my husband was going to fall out.  In the only photo we have of the house c. 1908 (right after the house was built) it appears that the trim was either painted white, or that it did not show up in the photo.  Also, the top of the porch rails was painted black.

Suggestions anyone?  I just need something I can live with for about five years or so before we paint the entire house again.  When we do repaint, I am thinking about a butter yellow.  I want all the door trim and misc. trim in white and the porch and shutters a windowbox/sage green.  Imagine…red flower pots and pillows for accents of color.  Until then, I just need to find something I can live with.  BESIDES pink that is!  I want the color to be subtle, but I want people to be able to look at the house and notice the trim.

If you come up with JUST the paint color you think I need to use, please leave a comment.

Thanks!

Andrea

My New…errr…Old House!

1907-08 Picture of my HouseYou know, sometimes I have questioned my sanity in buying an old house. I wonder if fixing it up and all is really worth it.  Not, only have I questioned myself, but from the beginning, we received strange looks and endured intense questioning from the: realtor, loan officer, friends, appraiser……..who all questioned our sanity as well. 

I have come to the conclusion:  Life is what you make of it, not what you get out of it.  Sure, I could have built a brand new cookie cutter home in the ‘burbs.  It would have been full of plastic doors, laminate counters, carpet and eight foot ceilings, as opposed to my house: wood doors, all hardwood floors, thirteen foot ceilings, six fireplaces, decorative molding, original wainscoting and beautiful lead glass windows.  Price tag of 1800 sq foot house in a Louisiana suburb: $250,000.00-$350,000.00.  Price tag of my house: 3200 sq foot………well, I am not going to tell you that.  You will have to ask.

I love my house.  I wish that the skeptics would stop by and take a look around.  They would change their mind about old houses.  My house may not look like much on the outside right now, but give us a couple more years.  Things don’t change overnight.  Besides, if we don’t do something about these beautiful old houses sitting here vacant, who is?  Why do we, as a society, always sit around pointing fingers at what needs to be done, but fail to stand up and point that same finger at ourself and say: “It is my responsibility to do something”.  That is what my response is to every skeptic who talks trash about my house and my neighborhood.  If it is so bad, why have YOU not done something about it and why are YOU criticizing me for DOING something about it? 

I have also bought the house next door to me, I might post pics on it.  It looks better than my house.  It is a little white bungalow.  I just trimmed it in black and painted the door red.  After eight months of intense DIY renovation, it is looking “purty good”.  I am also not going to stop there, I will buy the next house over and the next…if I have to to do my part in preserving Alexandria, Louisiana’s history.  There are beautiful examples of early 20th century houses here right under our noses that just need a little TLC.

I have definitely found out who my “true” friends are.  They are the ones who have not questioned, but offered to pick up a paint brush and help.  You have to have a vision in life and know where you are going.  What is yours?

I am starting a blog for two reasons: 1) to retain my sanity during this whole house rehabilitation process; 2) to show all of the people who said it could not be done, that it IS being done.  I keep a journal of all persons who have told me that the rehabilitating of my house and/or neighborhood cannot be accomplished.  Once I am finished, I am going to issue them invitations to the grand reopening of my house.  I have a special seat saved for them — on the porch, in the middle of one of our scorching Louisiana summers…with no fan.   

Speaking of Louisiana, I live in Alexandria.  It is quite different from New Orleans. Even though we (I say “we” because I live here now and will defend it until the day I leave) are a moderate sized city and are about ten years behind in preservation, economics and good old fashioned common sense.  People around here just don’t “get it” when you decide to buy an old house over a brand new house built right smack in an old corn field.  These houses are not built to last, have no trees, no porches (shudder), and absolutely NO charm.  Just to give you an idea of how backwards it is here in Central Louisiana, in a recent city council meeting, I was there as a concerned citizen regarding some things that were going to take place in my neighborhood.  Later, a reporter questioned me and asked me why preservation was so important.  I asked her “Why should be keep building when we have so many beautiful old homes here in need of homeowners.” I said “Besides, my husband and I like to live green.  The ultimate way of living green is to rescue an old home.”  She looked at me and said “Green?”  “What do you mean?”  I said “Green, you know, recycling, earth friendly, the green movement?”  She had NO CLUE what I was talking about.  She was a reporter!!!  I was sincerely wondering if she lived under a rock.  So, Green is a concept most people here have not yet to “get”.  How did I get off on this subject?  Well, while I am here I might as well finish complaining!  We also wanted to put up solar panels.  The kind that during the day wind your meter backwards.  It feeds into your system, thereby saving you electricity costs.  I won’t even recant that conversation with the utility department.  They don’t “get it” either.

I received my new Cottage Living magazine today and I do believe the editor summed up my feelings, she said: “Recycling a cottage (house, home, whatever) is the ultimate green thought.”

Thanks for welcoming me to the blog.