Our progress

katie8422January 28, 2009

I made some before and after photos last night because I was feeling quite proud! We just have finishing touches left, like replacing the hand-me-down curtains, attaching the backsplash, and re-hanging crown moulding, chair and plate rails, etc.

Our house was built around 1900 and we're told that it's a transitional Victorian. It still has all the original floors, moulding, pocket doors, and wainscoting. We closed on Halloween and got a fabulous deal because the owner was in a tough situation. We're using a HUD rehab loan. It's our first house. We've learned a lot, and we're still learning!

The foyer is now my favorite part of the house, and I haven't even decorated it! I love the yellow (BM Honeywheat) with the woodwork.

In the dining room, looking into the living room:


Living room. The paint is BM Jack Pine. (I haven't put up the real curtains yet and the hand-me-down tv cabinet will be replaced asap!):

Dining room is BM Moroccan Red:

Bathroom is BM Victorian Trim. I have bronze accesories to hang and I'm hoping to find crystal sconces, but I can't find exactly what I want yet. My poor clawfoot tub is in the basement, waiting to be restored to it's former glory.

Kitchen, after taking out partition walls. These are taken from the same angle. Walls are Dorset Gold, cabinets are maple with cranberry-colored glaze, and the countertops are "tan soapstone."

These show the same wall in the kitchen, slightly different angle. Notice the drop ceiling in the before photo. The ceilings are 9' now.

This was the best surprise of the renovation. Our kitchen floor, sans laminate glue. WOW!

Our bedroom, after painting the paneling white, although you can't really see in this photo. There was no ceiling in this room when we bought the house. It was the easiest upstairs room to fix up, so we made it our bedroom for now. We'll move into another bedroom soon and ditch the paneling in here for good.

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That floor IS wow! Looks like you're doing a good job, but can't imagine how you're so happy right now - I'd be a total basket case :-)!

    Bookmark   January 28, 2009 at 6:43PM
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Looks like you guys have put some real elbow-grease into it!! I know how that goes ;) It looks a thousand times better--and I love the bathroom color--so cute! And the floors really did turn out great! You're lucky they came out so well after the way they looked!

Keep up the good work--and the positive attitude! It can get overwhelming at times!
-Sarah from Albany, NY

    Bookmark   January 29, 2009 at 7:37AM
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Great job! I love that color in the hallway. It really brings out the woodwork! What an improvement and what progress in such a short time! Thanks for sharing your pictures, I was wondering what you desided to do with the room decor. Ebay is a good source for vintage light fixtures. However there are sooooo many it's hard to wade through.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2009 at 4:32PM
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Katie, you have made SUCH progress - I'm very impressed. Everything is looking wonderful, especially your kitchen floor. You two have a lot of courage & energy. :)


    Bookmark   January 30, 2009 at 6:11PM
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You have done a wonderful, impressive job! I LOVE the colors you chose for the walls. You have every right to be proud. Congrats!

    Bookmark   January 31, 2009 at 9:53AM
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Thanks! :) But trust me that the positive attitute isn't constant, haha. I have to force myself to stop freaking out and take a moment to appreciate it all. All the dirty woodwork and unfinished things REALLY get under my skin, but I think I've been doing a decent job of controlling my urges to clean past midnight, etc.
We hung up real curtains in the living room today!

    Bookmark   January 31, 2009 at 4:23PM
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It looks AMAZING! What a beautiful house. I think you should feel very proud. :)

    Bookmark   January 31, 2009 at 8:20PM
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Yay Katie! I love love love it! Thank you so much for publishing updates, your house is amazing and you've just done a fantastic job with it. It's inspiring and fun to watch it change.

Everything is wonderful, but I am in love with your floors, what a great job you both did-


    Bookmark   February 3, 2009 at 11:09AM
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One more update! We fulfilled the requirements of our rehab loan, so the first part of our journey is officially over. Every room in my house is now useful!
Here's the back bedroom's transformation. It will soon be furnished as a guest room.

From [Rear Bedroom](http://picasaweb.google.com/Collivan927/RearBedroom?feat=embedwebsite) From [Rear Bedroom](http://picasaweb.google.com/Collivan927/RearBedroom?feat=embedwebsite)

And the other back bedroom is now our junk room, for the time being:
From Future 2nd Lav

From Future 2nd Lav

The porch is painted:
From Exterior

The original crown is back up in the living room:
From Living Room

The dining room has real curtains:
From Dining Room

Our bedroom walls and wood trim are repaired:
From Our Bedroom

From [Our Bedroom](http://picasaweb.google.com/Collivan927/OurBedroom?authkey=Gv1sRgCM_Fw5GZ8dDjTw&feat=embedwebsite)

And there is officially no more bird wall paper in the foyer/hallway!
From Foyer

I'm so happy this week!

    Bookmark   April 28, 2009 at 11:56AM
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Wow Katie, it looks really amazing, great job and thanks for keeping us updated. We've moved at a snail's pace compared to you, or kitchen is still in the works, hopefully I'll have something to post soon!

Great job!

    Bookmark   May 4, 2009 at 12:53PM
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    Bookmark   May 4, 2009 at 8:15PM
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Lots of couples divorce while trying to reno the home they're living in. I did my first home while living in it and I wanted to divorce myself!

So I've got a sense of the hard work you've done.

Very nice job!

    Bookmark   May 4, 2009 at 10:07PM
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Haha, then I guess Mike and I are gonna make it! I would love to divorce the voice in my head that wants everything about the house to be perfect, but Mike keeps me sane! He's fun to live with, even when the dog's covered in drywall dust or you don't have countertops or a real toilet, lol. If we were both as high-strung as me, that would be another story. :-P

    Bookmark   May 7, 2009 at 10:25PM
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Hahaha, worthy!

Beautiful Katie, absolutely beautiful! I love before and after pictures. They give me hope =D

    Bookmark   May 13, 2009 at 11:37AM
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