The other day I realized it had been months since I posted anything about the fixer upper Tom and I had gotten ourselves into at the end of September.  I know how much people like to look at before and after pictures, so I thought I would share some with y'all!

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The kitchen "before" had white cabinets, black granite with mauve "speckling", and wood flooring that was different than the wood flooring in the adjacent family room.  The walls were an odd shade of yellow-green. Not sure what they were thinking is about the nicest thing I can say here...

After:  Due to budget constraints, we had to keep the granite and back splash, so I chose to have the lower cabinets painted a red to compliment the granite, but knowing a repeat of the same to the uppers would be too much red for me to see everyday, we chose to go tan, three shades deeper than the wall color.  We also added bead board around the island and cabinet end.  Still a work in progress, we'll eventually change out all the white appliances and pendent lights, but for now it works.  Also,  we unified the entire first floor (with the exception of the laundry room) by installing 7" wide engineered wood flooring which is white-washed and has lots of distressed areas.  This was a great choice because you barely ever see a crumb on the floor!

Here is the adjacent family room, before:

And here is the after:

Eventually we plan to take out the fireplace surround and use Austin stone from floor to ceiling, and a thick, rough wood beam mantle.

Next...

Tom gutted the first floor powder room, the fixtures were 20 years old...here is a view from the new toilet (which is the only fancy thing in the house, it has two buttons on top, depending on what you've left behind).

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We aren't dining room/living room people, so we decided to turn those two areas into one long, somewhat narrow media room.  Here is what the before looked like:

The "after" included blocking off a doorway from the dining into the kitchen, painting the room, new wood floors of course, new shutters, and closing off the room to the foyer partially with a wall (bye bye columns) and adding barn doors:

Yes, we plan to do some furniture re-arranging once Tom finds the bracket for the projector so it can be hung from the ceiling.  My goal is to have full sight of the screen from the doorway.  Where's the damn bracket?!

This is what the foyer looks like now after we closed off the doorway with barn doors:

We also updated the foyer fixture...

That was one t-a-l-l stepladder!

So we are happy in the new place and spending the winter months planning the backyard!  Pool...with or without spa?  Covered outdoor living space...with or without fireplace?  One thing is for sure, we aren't moving again any time soon!

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