In November of 2008, my husband, 2 sons and I moved from a big! Brand new! FINISHED! house, to a house with amazing potential in a great neighborhood.  That's putting it nicely. 

Our other house lacked character and warmth, and I never had a desire to make it "home."  And seriously, it was just paint, and wallpaper, and floors, and the kitchen, and...every room in the house...we could knock this baby out in a few months.  Ummmmmmmmmm nooooooooooo.  This project has been hell, although maybe it's like childbirth where you forget about it once you have the result?  

See below for some of the work we had cut out for us, and the "After" shots as they are completed...
This is our family room with the previous owner's stuff in it.  They bought the house new in 1982, and painted all the doors, windows, and frames either navy blue or dark red.  Those are fake wood floors and the ceiling is covered in dark wood planks. 
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This is the kitchen before, which adjoins the family room.  The cabinets were the originals, but they had been refaced in a distressed cream.  White appliances, navy laminate counters, and red trim were consistent with the home's patriotic color scheme. Below are some pictures of the kitchen after:

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This is the powder room...not the best picture, but it gives you an idea of the dark wood and wallpaper.  Removing this wallpaper was the bane of my existence, seriously.  

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This is the office, which is the first room you see as you enter the house.  It had grasscloth wallpaper, white wall-to-wall carpeting, and the omnipresent blue window trim.  Below is just a shot of the bookshelves...I'll take a picture of the whole room one of these days!

 


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01/03/2012 8:03pm

You did a wonderful job on your kitchen and powder room. I do this for a living, removing wallpaper (tedious) and painting. Over your head (ceilings) is the hardest! Your design ideas are beautiful!
Your blog is nicely done! No worry! I found you in comments, just before me, on the Growing Your Blog Seminar. I think you are off to a great start! And your photos are great!
Welcome to blogworld, it is wonderful and uplifting!
I wish you and your family a Happy New year!

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01/03/2012 9:14pm

Linda, thank you SO MUCH. It was extremely kind of you to leave me my first comment...and a very positive one too! Happy New Year! :)

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01/03/2012 10:23pm

Simply beautiful, love your name!
Best of luck!

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01/04/2012 12:42pm

Thank you, Barbara! :)

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01/04/2012 2:23am

Wow! I too chose to hop on over and take a look. Your home is beautiful! And yes...welcome to the to blogdom :)

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01/04/2012 12:43pm

Thanks, Magen! I love your blog!

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01/04/2012 11:49am

Congrats on the new blog! Your home is BEAUTIFUL and I look forward to your future posts! :-D

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01/04/2012 12:45pm

Layla, I AM DYING!!! Your blog was the first one I ever read, and it's still my favorite. Thank you so much for your kind comments. :)

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01/04/2012 11:49am

Congrats on the new blog! Your home is BEAUTIFUL and I look forward to your future posts! :-D

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01/04/2012 11:59am

Wow! You definitely gave your home some new LOVE! Beautiful!!

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01/04/2012 12:46pm

Thanks Vicki!!! :)

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cathy
01/04/2012 12:00pm

I love the study with all the pictures in it..I'm a picture hanging person. I have six children and four grandchildren and i'm all about photo's..Some of the best memories you can have are in the photo's you collect. Well done on your house so far just LOVE all the changes your doing..Keep up the great work...

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01/04/2012 12:47pm

Thanks Cathy! I'm ALL about the photos too...as you can tell...

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01/04/2012 12:04pm

Great house! So much fun to have a home that inspires you and makes you want to spend time there! Look forward to your future posts.

Ruthie

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01/04/2012 12:48pm

Thanks Ruthie!!!

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Beth
01/04/2012 12:04pm

Hello, just wanted to say you are doing a terrific job of making this home your very own. It might have been a homage to the red, white and blue - but you've got GREAT bones to work with. I'm sure you already know that slow and steady wins the race. I remodeled a 1930s cottage once and it took ten years to get to the finish line. So, I totally understand the frustration and also the comparison to child birth! LOL. I look forward to reading your blog.

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01/04/2012 12:51pm

Nooooooooo, Beth...not 10 years...I'll be in the loony bin by then! ;-)

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01/04/2012 12:04pm

Your remodeling is gorgeous! I love the kitchen and bathroom and am excited to see what you do next. We bought a home built in the early 90's a couple of years ago and have also been working on redoing all the trends previous owners seemed to love.;)

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01/04/2012 12:53pm

Heather, I just checked out your blog and I love it! Seriously...4 boys under 8?! I can barely handle 2, I don't know HOW you do it!

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01/04/2012 12:10pm

Looks fabulous! I picked up some ideas! I'm renovating a hundred year old house. WALLPAPER everywhere! Love the bathroom color. Love the range hood! Can you tell me the brand? Layla sent me! Happy blogging.

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01/04/2012 12:58pm

Thanks Ronnie! Isn't the wallpaper the WORST? And the adhesive...ugh. I finally figured out that I had to really soak the walls. Of course, I figured that out when I was doing the last room. ;-)

In the powder room, the brand is Behr but I think we had it mixed based on a Ralph Lauren color. It looks more gray in there because of the white trim, but in another room it looks a lot more gray-blue.

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01/04/2012 12:19pm

Love the house! So clean and bright. Can you tell me the bathroom color? It looks very similar to the color I want in my master bedroom but I want to compare which one I like more!

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01/04/2012 1:01pm

Thanks Heidi! See my previous comment...I'm not exactly sure but if I can find the actual paint can I'll let you know. :-)

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Elaine
01/04/2012 12:33pm

Congrats on the new blog! And what a beautiful job you have done on your home! Layla sent me and I will be back again to follow your progress! :)

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01/04/2012 1:02pm

Thanks Elaine!!! (and thanks again to LAYLA)

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01/04/2012 12:50pm

I love the before and after pictures! It is easy to see that you did a lot of work and it really paid off! Gorgeous!

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01/04/2012 1:02pm

Della, thank you so much!!!

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01/04/2012 1:17pm

Your kitchen is remarkable! What a cheerful space. I love those bookcases and the way you styled them with photos....I have too many books I wouldn't know where to put them if I did the photos and unfortunately I don't have alot of wall space.

natalie

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01/04/2012 1:42pm

Thanks Natalie! The bookshelves have cabinets underneath, so the books are hiding in there...also, in piles on the floor which are outside the photo! ;-)

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01/04/2012 1:28pm

Love what you have done, very beautiful! Any chance you would share the source for your kitchen lighting?

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01/04/2012 1:43pm

Thanks Michelle! All of the lighting in the kitchen and the powder room is from Restoration Hardware.

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01/04/2012 1:41pm

We are in the process of renovating and updating a 1973 house in a wonderful neighborhood. Room by room and then a big delay with a flooded basement. I LOVE your bathroom!!!

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01/04/2012 1:44pm

Oh Jilly, you poor thing...I SO feel your pain! It sucks to pay for a stupid flood when you could use that money to buy something cool!

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Patti A.
01/04/2012 2:46pm

I'm here by way of Lettered Cottage. Love your house! I will have to add you to my favorites.

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01/04/2012 4:40pm

Thanks Patti! I really appreciate it.

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Angela
01/04/2012 3:09pm

Just saw Layla's Facebook post about you blog & had to stop by...am now adding you to my regular blog rounds! Love what you've done so far & am excited to see your future projects!

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01/04/2012 4:43pm

Thanks Angela! I need to post more pictures now!

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01/04/2012 3:29pm

Absolutley stunning! We are in the process of renovating a 1964 basement rancher. I recently started blogging about it, but we still we have a long way to go!

Love the bathroom!

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01/04/2012 4:45pm

Thanks Donna! I need to find your blog so we can commiserate...we have a long way to go too!

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01/04/2012 4:15pm

Hey, welcome to the (bloggy) neighborhood!
Feel free to stop by on Fridays, we hold our FREE-FOR-ALL where you can link up a tutorial, recipe, teachable moment - whatever.

All the best,
~ Dana

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01/04/2012 4:47pm

Sounds great, Dana! I definitely will! :-)

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01/04/2012 4:50pm

So exciting... I can't wait to see all of your ideas! I just started a new blog with a similar idea too. Best wishes to you.

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01/04/2012 5:00pm

Thanks Mary! Good luck to you too!!!

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Linda Matson
01/04/2012 4:52pm

Layla sent me, LOL. What a wonderful transformation! Congratulations. I have been redoing my house for the last 13 years (lucky 13??) I need to get a blog going, for sure. I have a lot of pictures and projects to put up. I'm going to look into that 'building a blog' site. Seems like it really did the job for you!

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01/04/2012 5:02pm

Thanks Linda! I literally JUST started putting this together two days ago, and I am NOT tech savvy...so I would highly recommend it. Good luck!

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Julie M.
01/04/2012 6:19pm

Wow... It looks SO gorgeous!! I can't believe how much work you guys have done. I can't wait to see more pictures!! :)

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01/04/2012 6:26pm

Love you, NK!!! Need to see new pictures of your place! xoxo

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Love your house!! It's absolutely gorgeous!

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01/04/2012 6:40pm

Thank you so much, Desiree! Your blog is stunning!!!

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Sandy
01/04/2012 7:17pm

Hi - Stopping in to check things out and I simply love it so far. Best of luck to you and I definitely will be coming back!

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01/04/2012 7:51pm

Thank you so much, Sandy!!! :-)

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01/04/2012 9:02pm

SO GORGEOUS! I can't even imagine the work it took to get to this point. It's looking incredible.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I wanted to let you know that West Elm has a gray lattice rug in their new collection. Here's the link:

http://www.westelm.com/products/lattice-dhurrie-b856/?pkey=crugs-flooring

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01/04/2012 9:28pm

Dina, I am one of Honey + Fitz's loyal followers; I LOVE your blog! Thank you so much for your comment, and the link! That rug is stunning and I need to order the runner for my hallway, STAT. Thanks again!!!

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Kelly in Georgia
01/04/2012 9:17pm

another reader from Layla's tweets...VERY beautiful home! I think I would just live in your powder room...looks so calming!
Can I ask what made you decide to go with weebly for your blogging platform...my new year's resolution is to finally start a blog...keep wanting to use wordpress.org - just not sure.

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01/04/2012 9:31pm

Hi Kelly! Honestly, I googled "free website" and Weebly was one of the first that popped up. So far, I really like it because it's really user-friendly...and did I mention, it's free? ;-)

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Clara (ECCC Mama)
01/04/2012 11:16pm

Great inspiration as I contemplate what to do with this colonial in Arlington. Gorgeous rooms!

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01/05/2012 6:29am

Thank you, my sweet friend! Did I mention that Arlington is within my area of free (read: very amateur) design consulting services?

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Tricia
01/05/2012 10:26pm

LOVE your style! Your powder room color is EXACTLY what I was going for in my living room but totally struck out even after sampling 5 colors.

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01/08/2012 3:23pm

Thanks, Tricia! I just found the color: Ralph Lauren's "Pale Gray," #UL13. Have fun painting! :)

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01/09/2012 12:35pm

Aimee, your blog is amazing and the photos are incredible. I can't believe the changes since I last saw the house... congrats!

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01/09/2012 9:07pm

Richard, it was A Proper Carpenter's outstanding work! Thanks for everything.

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janet
01/12/2012 10:27am

Hi Aimee,
Love your home...the changes you've made so far are amazing! I love the glass paned doors and what a difference the white paint has made! Looking forward to seeing more!

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01/12/2012 11:09am

Thanks Janet! White paint is like magic in a house like this! :)

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Jennifer
08/25/2013 9:52pm

I just stumbled upon your site with pictures. We too are redoing a house on our own. I know you did this awhile back, but can you give us the size of the wood trim you used in your powder room and how far down from the ceiling you came. Just love this and different from everything else we have seen. Thanks a million, Jennifer

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08/26/2013 6:20am

Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for the compliment. :-) The top trim is 3-piece crown molding, then the distance between the crown and the top board is another 14 inches. The width of the boards is 3.5 inches. Does that help?

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