Hey guys! I loved hearing what you thought of the kitchen renovation - it sounds like the two-toned cabinets were a hit! Whew. :)
Now onto the main living areas in the house – how about a quick peek at the den before we head back to the foyer?
The den reminds me a lot of our house - it must be the beam and all that yummy paneling!
But back to the foyer. It was okay-looking when we started out, but the floor was dated terrazo, the ceiling had a thick, yucky texture, and the ornate plaster crown molding looked like it belonged on a wedding cake.
We jackhammered out the terrazo and smoothed out the ceiling – new hardwoods flow into the adjoining dining room and office.
Oh, and do you remember how I told you that we hoped to switch out the brass-toned leaded glass in the front door? We did it, and it looks awesome!! Really, this close-up doesn’t do the new Flemish glass justice.
Before the renovation, the dining room had the same thick texture on the ceiling that was in the entryway, as well as the dated moldings.
We originally planned to keep the parquet floor, but once we decided to go with prefinished flooring we ran the hardwoods through these formal spaces as well (since we didn’t want to risk the stains not matching). I’m glad we did!
Clearly, I can’t get enough of that chandelier – I think we’ve used it 5 times now. ;)
The room that we’re calling the “office” was originally a formal living room right off the foyer. Obviously someone could still use it as a formal space, or a play room, or whatever they want!
But here it is in all of its office-y glory.
These windows along the front of the house had already been replaced when we came along, but the rest of the windows along the sides and back of the house were original. Oh, and check out those French doors!
Now we’re heading into the den – you can see the doorway from the foyer on the right in the photo below. That gaping hole in the paneling is actually a pass-through to the wet bar . . . that didn’t last long once we got hold of it!
Now the wet bar is closed up and has been turned into a large pantry, the curlicues have been banished from the build-in desk area, and the beam and mantle are stained a rich espresso to match the new flooring.
I wish I had a photo of this room before the paneling had been painted! Sigh. It was truly, magnificently scary – kind of like this photo of our house.
We opted not to pain the brick fireplace, although we did consider it. In the end, I think it goes with the vibe of the house and I’m happy with it.
Originally, those French doors opened into the nasty enclosed patio that you can see below.
See how much brighter it is now that the “room” was removed? It was a controversial decision to remove that room, but in the end I think it was the right one.
Next up – the exterior!!