It’s fun to reflect on all we’ve accomplished. Life isn’t always before and afters, but my do they feel good, even if they just show progress.
As our home has evolved this before and after post has, too! I like to update it each spring sharing new projects and decor.
It’s been 5 years since we moved to our Tudor style home in St. Louis. While it wasn’t our dream home, it has become home and I love it more and more everyday. Over the past couple of years we’ve done a lot of projects, big and small to adapt our home to fit our lifestyle and aesthetic. There are still a lot of projects to do, but I thought I’d take this opportunity to do a quick before and after to remind myself that it was worth it!
Where to start? The exterior! I couldn’t bring myself to paint the brick, so I embraced it with a muted color palette. A little paint, a much needed new roof and landscaping transformed the exterior of our home.
The front porch has unexpected charm with a pebble porch. Soon we’ll replace the front door.
The entry was so dark with light blocked in every direction. We removed the closet to make the living room appear larger and to allow the light to shine through. We replaced the slate with hardwood floors and removed the carpet on the stairs replacing it. Soon we’ll add a stair runner.
The entry along with most of the main level, was painted in Sherwin Williams Zurich White. The popcorn ceilings were removed and we also replaced the light fixture with a brass flush mount.
The half bath initially felt cramped and the toilet position felt more like a throne.
We relocated the toilet, added botanical art…
painted, added hardwood floors and made the space feel more open with a Parisian sink. You can get all the details about our half bath here.
The office is the first space you see off our entryway. This may surprise you, but an orange room with a chalkboard mounted taxidermy isn’t really my thing. We discovered parquet wood floors underneath (find out if you have wood floors) but they were damaged when carpet was installed so we opted to continue our hardwoods into the office as well.
The office is now a calm, functional space filled with traditional decor.
PS, this piece of furniture was painted – without sanding! Learn how!
The girls call the family room the library, because it’s where the majority of their books reside and they snuggle up on the sofa to read. We replaced the blinds with bamboo shades, the grates in the doors were removed, painted and replaced carpet with hardwood. You can see the result below!
I incorporated my Grandmother’s Armoire / Wardrobe Linen Cabinet that had been passed down multiple generations.
My Great Grandmother’s piano is a family room fixture as well. The fiddle leaf fig brings the room to life.
Our Dining Room had an awkward 60’s window – I wasn’t sure how to make it work. Ultimately I repurposed existing linen panels using a custom brass curtain rod to define the window. Fresh paint, a beautiful brass light fixture, wood floors and my Grandma’s dining room furniture completed the space.
The Breakfast Nook has really evolved since we purchased the home 4 1/2 years ago. We redefined it, added light, painted, replaced the floors and added shadow bow molding for characterl
The above photo is one of my favorites of the breakfast room that was taken for a Halloween party but the photo below shows the subtle details we added when we redefined the space.
And my favorite, decorated with Christmas Arrangements!
The kitchen has evolved. Originally we updated the kitchen to work with the oak cabinets. The first image below is the before….
Even the cabinet interiors received makeovers. You can learn how to organize a Kitchen Pantry here!
and our Refrigerator Organization has made packing school lunches a breeze!
The small Powder Room felt so tight with a deep garage sink and counters that extended over the sink and the toilet.
I utilized several tricks to make the space look and appear larger. Since it’s in the mudroom and primarily used by kids I also implemented a few features to make it easy to maintain. You can read (in the link above) to learn more and see a video tour.
The mudroom also felt dark and tight. We opened it up, added character and made it easier to clean – and keep our home clean. You can see the before photos below.
Hard to believe this is the same view of our mudroom! Visit the post to get all the details!
The garage reeked of smoke and when we moved in. After weeks of airing it out, we still struggled to get rid of the smell. You can learn How to Get Smoke Smell Out of a House here if you’ve struggled with the same.
We also moved in fast and furious with construction soon to follow. This left us with a disastrous garage until we implemented storage systems like this Outdoor Running Closet.
But this is still my favorite Garage Organization project!
Even the side entrance received a little makeover. I failed to take a before shot, but this “before” back view of the home gives a little perspective.
In addition to painting the exterior, we retained the light fixture (for now) and door and updated the hardware. It’s amazing what a difference simple tweaks can make.
The garage exterior is the first thing you see as you come around the bend down our street. It stood out – but not in a positive way.
Painting it in a monotone color with a muted roof really elevated it. For true tudor style, we incorporated copper lanterns.
The living room is small, which presented a number of challenges. The fireplace felt dated and the wet bar was an unnecessary use of space. Even Ani was unsure.
We opened up the wall where the bar once stood, used paint, hardwood floors and molding to create a timeless space. You can see more of the Living Room After here.
We transformed a cabinet next to the tv into a Bar Cabinet to maximize space and function.
This stair runner project cost just $300!
with a little paint and easy to clean vinyl floors it felt like a new space!
The hallway was so dark! It boasts 8 doors which makes it feel really small. We replaced the carpet with hardwood floors, added new lights, new doors, knobs and more.
The Linen Closet was a quick and easy update that maximized function. You can get all the details of how I pare down, what I store in there and the inexpensive labels used by visiting the post.
The hall bath needed a lot of help! It wasn’t even close to code, soffits made it feel small and had 2 showers!
We turned it into a Spa Bath – the girls use it daily and it doubles as a guest bath!
Ani’s Room has evolved a little more since I last photographed it, more to come soon!
Adalyn’s Room is now simple and sweet.
I cut down a console table to make a desk that doubles as a side table. Just above it I added a little custom word art.
My favorite feature of Adalyn’s room is the brass and crystal light fixture we purchased at an estate sale in our neighborhood.
Isla’s Room is small, but functional
We are fortunate to have a laundry room on the second floor adjacent to our master bedroom. It is incredibly convenient. We gave this room a refresh with a sink skirt, new faucet, hardware, light fixture, paint and accessories.
The master bedroom has two large windows but still somehow felt dark.
It, too, received a little refresh with a larger project to come!
Thanks for taking time to reflect with me on a before and after look of our home. Truly, it’s a before and during, but it’s always nice to take a moment and appreciate what you have done when you feel overwhelmed about your to do list. I often remind myself that it’s more important to enjoy our home than to decorate it. Think about all the things you love about your home rather than the things you don’t. It will not only bring you peace, but will also help better define your next project.
Right now my favorite room is our breakfast room. What’s your favorite room in your home and why?
As always, if you see something you love, you can follow the link to the post or shop our home here to be directed to the specific product.
This post was originally written June 2016 and has been republished December 2017.