We spent the month of March living in our basement. Our main level was in the throes of a remodel and it was just easier to work, eat and sleep in the basement with Chloe and Elliott (our Bernese Mountain dogs). The renovation included a custom stone fireplace in the family room and a reimagined living room complete with a library wall complete with a fireplace.
We completed the remodel with refinished floors in a dark walnut stain and 5″ baseboards. There is something about new baseboards without layers of paint with a side of dog hair. I know.
We purchased this home in 2004 and raised our three children and one Australian Shepherd and three Bernese Mountain dogs. Over the years we removed the shutters on most of the main level windows and repainted the interior. Its true paint is an inexpensive way to update a space.
I am so excited to show you the before and after photos.
Here is one of our favorite DIY projects.
HOME TOUR REMODEL
The wrought iron spindles installation took almost five months from start to finish. And during this time, my husband decided to quit a high travel pharma sales position and we subsequently purchased a medical device manufacturing company.
I will save that story for another day. Let’s get on with the home tour? You ready? Please pin your favorites!
BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS
This was a ten-year plan in the making. We renovated our kitchen in the fall of 2019.
I shared the highlights of our kitchen remodel in this post.
FAMILY ROOM BEFORE
To appreciate the after photos, I included a few before photos.
FAMILY ROOM AFTER
WHAT WE CHANGED IN THE FAMILY ROOM
- Reconfigured fireplace insert on fireplace
- Increased height to the ceiling
- Replaced the white crown moulding mantel with a solid Douglas Fir Slab and Corbels
- Removed 12″ tiled squares and replaced with stone
- Replaced existing fireplace with larger one
- Added 2″ to the depth of the hearth & added stone
- Added telelivision above the fireplace
- Repaired and refinished floors
LIVING ROOM BEFORE 1.0
The family and living rooms share a structural wall between the two rooms.
Shield your eyes for this before the photo. I think my favorite colors were brown and brown.
This was my attempt at the Tuscany look popular in the mid-2000s.
LIVING ROOM BEFORE 2.0
What a difference paint makes in a room, right?
Can you believe how dark this space was circa 2008?
This is a great example of what happens when you don’t buy furniture to fit the scale and shape of the room. There is a floating round coffee table in the center of this room.
We rarely used this room. Maybe it had something to do with the ten steps to put a mug of coffee or glass of wine on the coffee table.
LIVING ROOM AFTER
WHAT WE CHANGED IN THE LIVING ROOM
- Paint color
- Refinished floors
- Built a custom library wall along the shared wall between the family and living rooms
- Added a electric fireplace & custom live edge mantel
- Added lighting above library built-in
- New rug
- Added these chairs and this coffee table
DINING ROOM BEFORE
WHAT WE CHANGED IN THE DINING ROOM
- We removed the 1/2 the wall to the left of the windows & created a breakfast nook/bar counter.
- Refinished floors and new baseboards
- New overhead lighting
- Removed shutters
- New blog rebrand ;0)
The Hale Navy paint was the biggest transformation and the furniture pieces and accessories are from Pottery Barn and/or Williams-Sonoma.
Here are my interior paint colors for all four rooms featured in this home tour. It’s my most popular pin on Pinterest.
You can shop my furniture pieces here or find a knockoff somewhere with this decor hack.
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