I love Before and Afters, don't you!? it's just so satisfying to look back, because once you start living with the "after" for awhile, you forget how far you have come!
Heres where we are with #dodgehomerenovation right now. We took a winter break and are back at it strong. We feel great about what we had accomplished downstairs and are planning on moving upstairs within the next month. We have been loving this warm weather here in Seattle so we have been taking full advantage of it. Working on the yard, the fence, new siding, new paint (soon) and working on my studio space, which is 1,000 sqft of awesome!
upstairs looks the same as when we bought it. In need of all new sheetrock and paint and the floors need refinishing. Its also time to remodel (totally gut) both bathrooms and laundry room. Ooh boy we have fun plans for those! We have goals to be almost done if not done by our 1 year home anniversary in August.
Pretty good transformations huh!? I'll be back with updates as they happen! We are looking forward to some big changes upstairs and in the bathrooms so stay tuned for that!
So, we left off at the concrete counters. If you missed PART ONE of the Kitchen: HERE
lets say, they are not my favorite. Knowing that they are a temporary solution while deciding between marble and butcher block makes them livable.
I LOVE the raw and organic look of them but no matter how many times I sealed them, they still absorb oil and now I'm left with oil spots/grease all over them.
You can't really tell from the photos, but we built a little mold by screwing those pieces of trim around the entire countertop and poured the concrete onto the counter and smoothed it out to the top of the mold's lip.
super simple. once we unscrewed the mold we just floated the concrete with a small trowel on the edges to make it look like one thick slab of concrete.
We wanted to put a top coat of concrete using Ardex Feather Finish, because we heard its great for DIY countertops, so we let the bottom layers set and started on the subway tile.
Subway tiling up two walls takes time but its so worth it in the end!
We then added crown molding and those little corner things, what are they called? I don't know but they add so much character! (Home depot in the molding section)
Things started to look like this!!! AHH, so bright and crisp!
We found a new Kholer porcelain sink at Habitat for Humanity Restore for $30 and the faucet is from Home Depot: LINK
On to my favorite part, the faux coffered ceiling. I will blog a little bit more in depth on them at a later time but I will say it was a fairly easy project, but required time and two people, and made a HUGE impact on the overall look.
We gave all the walls a fresh coat of BM simply white and it was on to the hardwood floors.
We installed our flush mounts: Which have been blogged HERE
. and used the pendant kit from an $8 Ikea light to rig our 'over the sink fixture', just a jute basket with a hole cut in the bottom to feed the light kit through.
Things started coming together quickly after the floors were down. We sanded the concrete smooth, started caulking and before we knew it, it looked like this!
Yes, I know, he is a giant cat.
I found an old wood table from the 1800's with the original hand written tag nailed to the underside, its all in italian and its safe to say that it came from Italy. It was $60!!! Holy smokes, I'm STILL stoked on that find.
This last photo you'll see the difference between the original paint color on the cabinets: BM Hale Navy and the toned down version I decided to go with: Farrow and Ball Downpipe.
I can't say I like one version over the other but at times the subway tile/hale navy cupboards/red persian rug had me singing the star spangled banner every time I walked in.
We've left off in a good place to slowly upgrade. next up is all new appliances and cabinets to build in those new appliances along that wall. As you can see in this photo, everything is just floating and we literally use a box fan as the stove ventilation system. Dangerous!
And now a quick look back. AAAHHH
Let's talk about the kitchen!
I am going to take you through the entire transformation in two parts, because a kitchen is a lengthy process.
First of all, the kitchen wasn't supposed to be touched until sometime this year. It was in need of EVERYTHING (and still is! all we did was put lipstick on a pig!) but as we started making the rest of the house really pretty:
The kitchen was starting to look worse because of the changes around it!
We were faced with two options:
1. spend 25-30 + GRAND $$$$ on a new kitchen
2. make it livable, functional and pretty on a budget repurposing what was already there while saving for new counters/cabinets/appliances etc.
So, we went with option 2.
This is our Repurposed Kitchen. Still in need of new cabinets/counters/appliances/built ins etc, but that will all come in due time!!
Lets, get started.
First, we knocked out that old hutch to open up the kitchen without tearing down that wall which is load bearing.
Then, we got to work on busting out the dark, dungeon upper cabinets and horrible ceiling panels.
I started playing around with lower cabinet paint colors. I know that I will eventually want an all white kitchen so I figured that my temporary kitchen should be FUN, and different. Also the reddish stain on those cabinets made it an easy choice to choose a darker color as the stain was seeping through the primer!
At first, I went with BM Hale Navy, (leftover from our OFFICE
) But decided it was too much, and toned it down a little after I fell in love with Farrow and Ball Downpipe. (you'll see that color in the finished photos in Part Two)
Then, we knocked out the door frame to the breakfast nook (you can read about that transformation HERE
) to create an open space. In keeping with the open feel, we knocked open that kitchen passthrough window so it meets up with the door frame.
We started on the sheetrock. We almost had to re-sheetrock the entire kitchen. It was a process, and I sanded drywall for days!
We started applying wainscoting to the ceiling. (our faux coffered and wainscoting ceiling is one of our favorite projects, we'll blog about it soon)
Next up, figuring out a way to repurpose some horrible tiled countertops without spending much money.
I remember sitting at my parents kitchen table making our "livable kitchen" budget and Travis asked me, "Lindy, can you do this for $500? the entire kitchen?" and I said "YES" but only because I was so stoked he was allotting any money at all considering the original plan was to live with it the way it was until we could afford the grand plan kitchen. of course we blew through that $500 so I bought a bag of concrete and we spent a weekend slapping it on the old tile.
This is where I will leave you for PART ONE. More on the concrete counters in Part Two.
Also, look forward to walls of subway tile/white paint/coffered ceilings/brass drawer pulls/ and warm hardwood floors.
So heres the deal. When we did a walk through of our home, we pealed up the corners of the carpet to expose beautiful fir softwood flooring. We had these grand visions of it being perfectly restorable.
My husband is a genius planner, excel sheet maker, budgeter, etc. so when we put an offer in on the house we started planning and budgeting. We knew exactly how much this house needed (no body ever say the words I just said, whatever you THINK you need when renovating a house, just add thousands to that number) anyways, new flooring was not in the budget.
When we started ripping out the carpet, we found this:
It was NOT able to be refinished. It had water damage (pee damage) from the dogs and they had painted it with Kilz to mask the odor. so new flooring had to work its way into the budget (into a budget that had no room to grow).
We decided for now to go with a wide plank linoleum by Traffic Master in Saratoga Hickory
. Because, guess what?! Its only .99 a sqft!! It only cost about $1400 for the entire first level!
Im happy to report that I love it, aside from the obvious dark wood problems, you can see all the dust and have to sweep or swifter a lot! It's pretty durable, has a hand scraped feel to it and its the wide plank that I was after. Installation is time consuming but pretty easy. I would definitely recommend it if you are on a budget!
And here's a cleaner version, sans drywall dust.
The entire upstairs is able to be refinished, so thank heavens!
Buying a home wasn't our plan at this stage in our lives. The actual plan was to move from Washington to California for a job offer, and boy was I stoked and set on that move. Daydreaming of the sun every chance I got. Things didn't necessarily fall through, rather the plan just shifted, and that particular plan got postponed; the sun will just have to wait a couple of years. Travis (my hubby) was needed at his job here more than ever, and I couldn't be more grateful that our "plan" was derailed; because have you seen my house???!!!! its stinkin' radical!
More and more I learn to be open and available to change, to say "YES" when opportunities present themselves and that God is in charge.
In an attempt to wish away my sadness at the realization that I would in fact be spending another fall and winter in Washington where it rains and rains and gray and gray and dark at 4pm and I convince myself that its a great idea to just sit on the couch and stare out the window with a frowny face rather than do any type of activity that betters myself.
No, its not that bad, Washington is beautiful and green and my family consists of a bunch of ridiculously cool individuals, and its not time to move away from them just yet. Anyways back to the part about wishing away my sadness; usually a quick scan through Zillow really boosts my spirits as I dream up all the cool things I can do to dumpy old houses. Not 5 minutes into one of these therapeutic sessions I found IT. It took my breath away and I almost didn't want to click on it in fear that this moment of perfect clarity and pure joy would be stolen from me with the words, "SALE PENDING" or some other variation. Lets be honest, it was a dump but it was such a perfect dump, filled with promise and potential. Most of all, it was a steal of a deal, boasting 3,000 sqft, with a 1,000 sqft detached workshop (believed to be the original house on the property), a garage, and a courtyard on a double lot. When I clicked through the photos I didn't see the years of animal pee stained on the carpets, the duck tape on the plaster, patching holes, the faux ceilings they put in to reduce heating costs or the handicap closet bathroom with the subfloor exposed, (though I did see the kitchen for what it was, because WHOA, you couldn't look past that!) But instead I started rejoicing under my breath, "those beams!, those coffered ceilings!" and then my voice became louder and louder "THAT STAIRCASE, THOSE BUILTINS!!!" and I yelled, and danced, and sang down the hallway to my husband, "I FOUND IT!!". Both of us not really aware we were in the market to buy, I don't know what I expected him to say, but he took one look at my computer screen and than at me with a twinkle in my eye and sweat dripping down my forehead at the irrational thought that "If we don't call this real estate agent RIGHT THIS MINUTE, it will be stolen from me!". He said "ya, I think you did find it". And the next day we were walking through it, and the next day we were putting on offer on it, and then a month later we were ripping out carpet and rummaging through years of garbage, covered in pigeon poop (seriously), and with dust in our noses and coating our hair, we would catch each others eye, and smile and know that THIS was the "plan" all along. And the dreams of the California sun subsided as white walls, and hardwood floors, and mahogany stained stair treads filled my head and my soul, and I was happy.
Trav and I make a great team; his family owned construction businesses, his childhood was spent with his Pops learning new skills everyday. One day he'd learn plumbing, than electrical, than siding, than framing than etc, etc until he woke up one day and found himself to be a genius and a man with great knowledge on a lot of different subjects :). He went on to study Engineering and then went on to study math, and then on to study every subject known to man. I like him a lot, lets keep talking about him. Nah, enough about him. I grew up watching my mom, (do you even know my mom? she's unbelievable! A renaissance woman, who follows every passion and dream her little heart desires) she would bring home ugly furniture, (namely, chairs. I get my love affair for chairs from her) and she would rip it all apart and put it back together, but in a beautiful and restorative way. And she would thoughtfully put together our home so that it had this glowing aura about it. It was an innate gift which she graciously passed on to me.
So I know how to make things pretty and good ol' Travie knows how to knock down walls and build them back up again.
And so our adventures in renovating a 1912 Craftsman, all by ourselves began. just a couple of kids making it up as we go along.
HAHAHAHA JUST KIDDING
WOWZA, it can only get better from here right??!! well it did get better! much much better. stay tuned for the reveals, the Before and Afters and our room to room renovation process.