Now that you’ve seen the “after” photos of the outside of our 8th flip, would you care to take a peek inside?
This house is the first two-story that we’ve done – it presented some challenges along the way but I think it’s neat how the downstairs is completely dedicated to living and the upstairs to sleeping. As a mom to two little ones, it sounds like such a luxury to be noisy and go about your business downstairs while the babes are sleeping away peacefully (hopefully) upstairs!
However, those stairs weren’t too cute when we started out – too much blue carpet throughout the entire house.
The existing stairs treads cleaned up nicely, and I think this would make a pretty happy view to start each day:
The blue theme continued into the formal living room, which is just to the left of those stairs above. And while the built-ins added some storage and an opportunity for display, the scallops and barn door cabinets weren’t too cute.
We added hardwoods here, cleaned up the fireplace, and added some new trim detail to the built-ins as well as Shaker-style cabinet doors.
Things were looking pretty scary before they got better.
And since we have a second story above the living room, the sheetrock looked like Swiss cheese after the electricians finished the wiring for the recessed lighting. You can also see in the photo below that we removed the spindles from the bannister (and replaced them) because they were spaced too far apart – my two-year old definitely would have stuck her head between them, ha!
The bay window was a really nice feature of the room but it was lost behind those layers of curtains!
My little helper enjoyed hanging out in her little sunny spot. :)
Here’s the view of the living room looking back towards the front door.
The photo below was taken from the dining room – do you feel like you’re on a cruise, surrounded by the blue sea?
And here’s the actual dining room, located just off the living room.
There used to be double-doors separating the dining room from the kitchen…
… but we removed them to create a more open feel.
Next up is the kitchen, family room, and the other spaces on the first floor! I originally intended the first floor to just be one post but it got a little long. Stay tuned!
P.S. My sweet baby is 3 months old today!! Sniffle.
(Thanks to my friend Jen for this photo of my girl!)