Today, I am sharing our freshly painted white garage/multi use space..woohoo!!!!
Lets take it wayyyy back to the ‘before’ of how the garage looked for the last 2 years:
And the trim post from last week to refresh your memory:
And now for some prettyyyyy!!
I decided to go with one of my absolute favorite white paints by Benjamin Moore- White Dove for pretty much every surface except the ceilings are BM- Decorators White. We had these simple desks made and added the gorgeous pendant lighting over each. I love the punch that they add to the space!
Another angle before paint:
I wanted the rail and ladder to contrast against the white so I went with a minimax stain in weathered oak and I love how it turned out. The sconces are a simple style in a muted brass.
Another bunk shot, before the rail/ladder/cabinet door:
Angle looking back towards laundry area before:
Door color- BM- Wrought Iron
One more bunk shot before:
I LOVE how it turned out and how fresh and clean it feels now! We said before we started this project that we probably will wonder how we lived without it and that is totally how we feel. It’s just so nice to have 500 extra useable square feet!
It may take a while to furnish the space because we need to start focusing our spending on baby girl’s nursery, but I am just so pleased with how it looks now freshly painted and clean!!
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Next up on the garage renovation…trim!!! I loveeeee rooms with added trim detail. It just gives that extra punch that takes a wall from basic to interesting.
There are many different trim styles you can incorporate in a room, but for our space I knew I wanted to do a classic board and batten. Board and batten can be done several ways…half way up a wall, horizontal, square & vertical. Here are a few inspiration photos:
I decided that vertical was the winner for the space. Now for some photos of the trim installed!!
I just love the detail that it adds to the space. We could’ve just left the drywall and painted it, but I knew that adding the board and batten would really help finish it out and take away any remnant of it feeling like an old garage. Now all it needs is fresh paint!!! My motto for everything…paint it white! Ha.
Can’t wait to share photos of the paint and lighting installed. I’ll be sharing soon!
Today, I’m sharing our latest project on our house. The old garage is getting transformed into a “multi-functional creative space”…at least that’s what I like to call it. 🙂
When we bought our house the garage was not a useable garage anymore. The previous owner had closed it off, leaving paneling on the exterior of the house.
No bueno. Ha! We knew we were going to be getting the brick painted and wanted to remove the paneling and add a window so that once the house was painted, it would look like it was always part of the house and not an old garage.
Here’s how it looks now.
The exterior was complete, but the inside of that previous garage was our laundry room and also straight up junk room.
This is the door inside the house that leads to the garage. We have plans to do a cool antique door here.
Now entering the junk pit…haha! I cringed every time I opened the door to do laundry.
This is how it looked for the 2 years that we’ve owned the house. It was the “close the door quick, out of sight out of mind” sort of thing.
I had been dreaming of the day when we could get all of the crap cleaned out and turn this old garage into a useable space. Well, with our baby on the way and needing to free up a bedroom for the soon to be nursery, Stephen’s music room needed a new home, so now was the time to start on this project. Woohoo!! Thanks baby Carswell 🙂
We hired someone to do the majority of the work, but the first step was cleaning out all of the junk that accumulated over the last 2 years. Once it was cleaned out, the old paneling was ripped out, the ceilings were sanded and new studs, insulation, electrical & drywall were added.
Ahhhh, finally starting to feel like a room!
The wall to the right of the brick is where I knew I wanted some sort of custom built in bed. I threw around the idea of a murphy bed, but ended up going with built in bunk beds.
This is the area for the future bunk beds.
I had a few bunk bed looks I really loved, but ended up landing on this photo for my main inspiration.
I love the simple & clean design, as well as the built in storage of these bunk beds.
Bunk bed progress:
We decided to do a twin bed for the top bunk and a full bed for the bottom bunk for extra sleeping space.
Stephen testing out the bunks. We also added a closet to the left of the brick for Stephen’s music gear.
Looking more and more like bunk beds!! Yay! Can’t wait for these to get painted.
For the wall where we added the window, I knew I wanted to do floating desks on either side of the window with pendants above each desk. The desks won’t be installed until after paint, but here is the window trimmed out and added lighting for the pendant fixtures.
Here’s more of a room shot with the added railing to the bunks.
The opposite side of the room is where the washer/dryer is set up. Now, I REALLY wanted to add a full bath, but the plumbing cost was insane so we had to nix that idea pretty quickly :(. Instead, we just framed out a laundry/storage room.
How it looked the last 2 years.
We had that old framing knocked down, centered the washer/dryer under the window and added new insulation and drywall. We also had new stairs built leading back into the kitchen.
Inside of the laundry/storage room. We plan to add some shelving on this wall to better utilize the space.
Now the water heater is out of sight!! Yay!
A few more angles.
Can’t wait to continue to share the progress! It has come a long way, and still has a ways to go, but I am super excited about the progress so far.
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The exterior of our home has gone through quite a few phases since we bought it.
Here’s what the exterior of our house looked like from November (when we bought it) until April when we started making some updates.
Next step was cutting down that tree on the far left, getting a new front door & removing the paneling on the far right and installing a window. We took a few steps in the right direction.
The next BIG update was painting the whole exterior white!!! The existing shutters & gutters came down and everything got painted! WOAH! Big difference
Next up: new dark gutters for contrast, house numbers & light fixture and front door color. It looked like this for almost a year. We knew it needed another layer, but had to wait for our funds to replenish.
As soon as the next Spring rolled around, we had shutters and a pergola made. This is what I had been waiting for…that next layer to make the exterior feel complete.
Shutters up close
Pergola up close
The wood had to stay in its raw state for almost a month for the chemicals to keep it from rotting to soak in. While that was taking place, I was debating about new colors for the front door for a pop of color. I narrowed it down to 2 colors…blue or blush pink.
This was the contender if I went blue: BM Wythe Blue
I love how its a subtle bluish/greenish/grayish, but makes a statement.
After going back and forth for a few days, I asked Stephen his opinion. Surprisingly, he was on board with blush pink…woohoo! Every girls dream 😉
Saying goodbye to beige
And hello to blush 🙂 It’s a very subtle blush tone which is perfect!! It’s BM- Odessa Pink. I definitely recommend it!
I love how happy it makes our house look and in the Spring it’s a nice pairing with the pink tree beside our house. 🙂
After the month of letting the wood cure, it was time for a stain. I knew I wanted something in the gray family.
I’m really pleased with how it turned out!
This is how it’s looking these days with the help of Fall leaves 🙂
Why not one more before and after 🙂
There is still A LOT of landscaping that needs to be done, but we are pleased with how far its come.
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We completed another great tour and survived our first winter in our new (old) house!
Now that cold, dead winter is behind us and we are staring at the face of warm, lively Spring we have been itching to get started on some exterior updates! I would describe the exterior of our house as a very basic, old,1970’s brick ranch with baby blue trim and brass house numbers…such a great combination, right? I have been patient long enough, the time has come to start shining this diamond(in the rough) up.
Here is a picture of the front of the house the first day we saw it:
And the back:
List of exterior updates:
1- Remove hedge of bushes along the brick wall
2- Remove tree on far left side of the house, paneling where garage door used to be, install/brick in a window & install new front door!
Home Depot shopping for the window and front door.
Paneling wall before:
Window in and ready for brick.
In the picture below, the tree is gone, the new front door is in and the window is in. These three updates, though nothing too major, got us super excited for the future look and feel of the house!
She’s a brick….HOUSSEEEE! Ha. The size of the brick matches the rest of the house perfectly, but the color and grout do not since the house is getting painted. We are hoping that it will look like the window was always there once everything is painted!
Front door before:
Front door after:
Soooo much better 🙂
3- Remove old shutters and pressure wash house to get it ready for PAINT!!! I have been waiting for this step since the day I first laid eyes on the house. I have always loved painted brick homes and knew that as soon as weather/time/money permitted, it would be painted…and what color other than my favorite, white! Note: a new roof will definitely be in our future, but for now it’s all about the paint!
Shutters are gone and the house is ready for paint!!! This old house is getting a complete makeover starting today!!! The painting is underway and I am beyond excited to see it completely transform!
Here are a couple more photos of the exterior. Right side of the house:
Just a cute picture of Stephen enjoying the backyard 🙂
I am hoping that the next picture I share of the exterior of our home, will be a beautiful, bright, airy painted white brick home with new gutters, an updated light fixture, new house numbers and fresh landscaping! I cannot wait!
Say goodbye to the 1970s and hello to modern day!
Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Things have been moving forward with our house and the topic of discussion today is…FLOORS! As you saw in my last post, we removed the carpet and are having hardwoods installed in the living/dining/hallway. We quickly realized why everyone told us that a house is more expensive than you think…
Once the carpet was removed, we found that the sub floor was particle board. I didn’t have a clue if that was a good thing or a bad thing because I don’t know anything about subfloors, but our flooring guys quickly informed us of the problem with particle board. Back in the 70’s and 80’s when houses were being built, a lot of contractors opted for the most inexpensive products when building a house, so now, 30 years later we are finding that some of the work that was done on houses built in those years have some shoddy things going on. Basically, particle board will rot and crumble away over time so you need a solid sub floor like plywood in order for hardwoods to be installed! Our subfloor had to be ripped out and re-installed with a plywood sub floor before a single piece of hardwood could be laid! At least we know that our floors are going to be as solid as possible!
While all of the flooring mayhem was going on at our house, we were packing up our apartment! That was hard! Hard because its the place weve lived the longest. Hard because it was physically exhausting! Hard because your life and home that you made so many memories in is gone! Thankfully we are all moved out now and we can just move forward trying to make our new house feel like home!
Our dark, empty apartment. The last picture I took of it 😦
Now, for some flooring progress photos:
We had some pretty awesome curb appeal going on with scrap wood and other junk in our driveway and a toilet on our front porch! Reallll classy 🙂
New subfloor installed..yay!
This was the last picture I took before we left town for 2 weeks!!
Because I have been out of town for the entire hardwood installation process (insert scream here..ha), I have been going crazy wanting to see just a little peek of what they look like! Thankfully, our realtor went by the house and sent us a few photos! AHHH! Beautiful white oak 5″ hardwoods! Cannot wait to see those puppies finished!
I am beyond excited to get home and start putting furniture in and making this place feel like our home!
The agenda for next week:
Monday-move all furniture in and start unpacking/organizing
Tuesday-new light fixtures going in, new outlets and switches being installed and cable/internet set up
Wednesday-try to relax for a minute before we leave town again Thursday morning!!!
Next week is going to be the week when it really starts turning into our home! Cant wait to share it with you guys!!