My latest design project

Oh my goodness, I cannot express how happy I am with the way this project turned out. Not only was this the house I grew up in until I was 13, but I have envisioned the way we would remodel this house for years. Im so excited to be sharing this with you, my readers, and as bittersweet it is to be letting it go-I am excited for the next family to start their traditions and family here.

Before sharing the before and after’s I want to just touch light and say good-bye to this house one more time. I remember having a kiddie pool in the front left side lawn when I was younger, doing cartwheels & prating my gymnastics on the right side lawn. Riding my bike with my brother up and down the driveway or working on our rollerblade skills. I remember playing teacher in the garage but never once did I want to pursue a teaching career in college.

That right window was my room when I got older, started off as my dad’s office with a day bed. That left window was a shared room with my brother where we would jump on the bed to attach the glow in the dark stars to the ceiling so we had something to look at before falling asleep. I remember lounging around in the backyard in the hammock that sat between the trees while our german shepherd ran around and then one summer we built the deck with my dad.

We used to have a white swing that sat in the driveway where we used to sit with my great-grandparents talking about just about anything. We used to have a silver cement basketball goal on the left lawn, if you look closely you can still see where it used to sit.

I remember having a fashion show in our living room for one of my birthdays and my brother being the star of the show as Will Smith from Men in Black. I remember the last birthday I spent here I was turning 13 and we rented a limo that picked up my friends and I from this driveway and we went to Kemah. Little did I know that summer we’d move from the house where so many wonderful memories were created.

Let’s see some before and after’s now

Let’s start with the front. (excuse the fact that we still need to replace the 9, but its lasted at least 15 years). I went with something with a little pop. I love the way dark teal looks on houses and it worked perfectly with this house and the new roof that we added.

I wanted to keep the entrance rugged with a cement feel to it but with a polished look. We found this tile and as soon as we saw it I knew it was exactly what I wanted. I love that it had all of the colors that I tied into the house and that it had a hint of green in it. Let’s see if you can find the other hint of green in the house.

Holy moly! You never realize how small things are until you tear them down! I cannot believe my mama used to cook in this tiny kitchen for everyone. I had pictures under the sink in my rodeo getup, covered in medicine from the chicken pox (yes kids used to get that) & learning how to cook at the stove. But this transformations is one of my favorites.

We loved to start with the bones and work our way from there. So if it’s getting redone it gets gutted!

We initially removed the wall that connects the living room and kitchen and pushed back the wall with the stove. However we found that it was still too small, so we pushed it back even further and cut half of the way to make the entrance grander. OH it and worked.

You can see here where the old kitchen used to lie and how much bigger we made it.

The old ORIGINAL kitchen cabinets from when my parents purchased the house from an older couple all those years ago.

Recessed lighting and shaker cabinets.

A deep open sink is the only way to go, especially when wanting to make a kitchen bigger.

I wanted everything to feel even grander so I went with light, light floors, white countertops & a soft backsplash. I cannot tell you how many backsplashes we looked at. I went out of town and still hadn’t picked anything and a decision had to be made. I found a picture that described my vision to a T, sent it to the husband and him and my dad did a good job on picking it.

All in those details.

Look at how much bigger it looks! I cannot believe this is the same kitchen! Scroll back up if you don’t believe me!

This room used to be our dining room, where we celebrated many birthdays. It then turned into a makeshift room and my dad had this cabinet custom built a few years before we left. We’ve turned it into a couple of different rooms, a study/office, dinning room with an open china cabinet or whatever your heart desires.

Now onto the living room. Yes, think late 1990’s that’s when we left. I have no idea why my parent’s thought this was nice back then but it had to go. My dad ALMOST left it- I laid down firm NO! Take it all off! The floor has an opposite designed on the fireplace. Shaking my head over here. I guess its better than the pink walls we used to have. Yes our walls were pink, I have pictures to prove it. (Wait until you see the bathroom).

I wanted something different and it had to make a huge statement when you walked in because it was one of the first things you saw then you walk through the doors. I am so so please with the way it came out. Exactly as I envisioned and wouldn’t change it for anything.

The top of the fireplace needed to play off of tile in the front but higher, so if you look closely this top stone is a light olive color. Its so pretty in person.

This hallway got a fresh coat of paint and more lighting.

Onto the master bath, remember the pink I was talking about-there it is.

Gut! Gut! Gut!

We decided to enclose the bathroom and make it private. I wanted the archways that are predominate in all of flips to come back to the bedrooms. I loved how we created a subtle enclave here allowing people to have a space to put whatever they choose.

It’s amazing what a coat a paint, new custom cabinetry and flooring does to a place.

Now, if I had to redo one thing in the house it would be the way we laid out the shower in here. I trusted our carpenter to break up the white, I should have stuck with my gut and left it all white with the blue trim. I like for consistency and this was the only place that we didnt do it. By the time I came back to check, it was already took late to change it. Hopefully it won’t bother the new buyers too much!

I think these custom cabinets and that mirror will save it!

Straight out of the 1970s into modern day.

Bedrooms got a fresh coat of paint along with new textured ceilings.

This is is the custom deck that I was talking about. That my dad, my brother & I all built together and Im pretty sure every time I stepped outside I was hit was so many memories. I used to think this backyard was huge, now it’s a decent size and great for a small family. But boy oh boy, I could see a lot of parties being thrown here.

Also, these trees were sticks when my parents bought the house. Now they are so lush and beautiful and make the house what it is, so quaint. If only this area didnt give my such horrible allergies and migraines, I’d buy the house in a heartbeat and keep it in the family. Im having the hardest time letting it go but another family needs to make it’s memories here.

Here is the listing for the house- http://www.har.com/9802-rustic-rock-rd/sale_55718314

Onto the next project!

xo

Making over an antique dresser

So when we moved I was in need of a dresser for the baby’s room. I had registered for one but never received it. I searched all over the place but couldn’t find anything that I liked or that matched the baby’s crib. I wanted something with an antique look to it. Thankfully over the years we have inherited all antique furniture. My great-grandparents not only had exquisite taste but they also passed down their furniture to us. My bedroom furniture is over 60 years old & in perfect condition! This dresser is probably just as old, if not older. My brother & I used it in our bedroom growing up, he used it when we moved in the house my parents is in now and now my son is using it for his bedroom. Talk about family heirlooms.

First step, remove all of the handles & anything else that you don’t want to have painted.

Sand it down all the way! Im talking about all the way! It took me a couple of days to get it fully sanded with a couple of hours each day working on it. I changed up the wood a bit but gotta give it my own touch!

Get her naked! She’s not fully sanded her but oh she was & it was a big mess! But it all paid off.

Pick a color that you love, give it two coats of even paint. Add back all of the hardware and anything else you removed. Have your husband haul it upstairs & ta-da!!! I love the way this beauty turned out & the way it looks in his room. Such a perfect touch!

xo