When we first started our renovations we pictured the big ta-da moment when everything would be done and we’d move into our perfectly designed, painted and furnished home like on Houzz or HGTV.
The reality is that we moved in when there was not even a kitchen and now that we have been here for over a year, there is still a punch list that needs to be completed and an endless list of ongoing projects not to mention the rental unit upstairs.
We thought we’d take advantage of our clean house to show all you faithful followers a few good before and afters with at least a little, ta-da!
Parlor facing south before.
As for decorating we pretty much just have our old furniture because we can’t financially justify buying any new furniture until the house is completely don’t and we have a tenant paying rent.
Here we took out this door and partial wall to make the living area a bit larger since it is only a 16ft wide building. We did not need the hallway behind the door because we were closing it off to separate the our unit from the apartment upstairs. The building was a two family shared by the same family so they never officially block access between the two.
A little vision and a lot of patience (plus money) can go a long way.
We love that we were able to save the ceiling because they don’t make that pattern of tin anymore. Ours is a modest kitchen compared to some “dream kitchens” but for NYC and for a small family, it is perfect. We will write an update on the drawbacks to marble counter tops and white cabinets later.
Beautiful! (and much better than that over produced crap on HGTV, in my opinion). I don’t think anyone who lives in an old house is ever done working on it…
Would love to hear your take on marble countertops – I need to be talked out of them, want them so badly for my renovation but know that they are not practical!
We will do a post on marble countertops and white cabinets. We have a lot of etch marks that I am trying to figure out how to get rid of. We still love them but unless we can get the marks off–we don’t recommend for counters where you will be doing a lot of food prep on.