Monday, May 17, 2010

Living Room, Dinning Room & Nursery Renovations

It's been a while since my last post. With a one year old I don't find a lot of free time. Recently I have been busy redoing the half bath. Before I get into that project I thought I would show some of the work we have done in the past two years. Here are some before and afters images.

First room is the nursery
I tend to forget to take pictures of the before stage... but here is a work in progress. We decided to make a decorative shelf that goes around the room.

Here is the room almost complete. ahh isn't it cute with all the baby stuff.

Here is the completed room with window treatments and a cover for the radiator.

The second room is the dinning room
In this room I made the wainscoting and we decided to use wall paper on the top half. We also decided to keep the original light fixtures.
 

The built-ins were not fun to paint! I did a lot of scrapping and sanding and I stripped the paint off the hardware. The hardware wasn't painted over completely, but there was some sloppy paint jobs in the past and a lot of paint spilled onto them. There is a trick to remove paint off hardware. Buy a used or cheap crock-pot (don't plan to use this for cooking) add some water (make sure all the parts are submerged) and add a splash of household laundry detergent. Let them cook for 6 hours or so. The old paint should almost fall off. You will have to do a little clean up with a soft scrub brush or tooth brush and rinse them with water. I have done this on most of the hardware in my house, it works great.
  
Last room is the living room/"back"room.
The first image is a picture we took before we moved in. The second is a work in progress image... we are still working on the decorating and window treatments for these two rooms. My next post will be about the half bath that is almost complete.




69 comments:

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  2. We are looking at buying a Claire Allen house in Jackson that will need major renovations. This is inspiring!

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  3. Simple but sophisticated design, this is what we need for inspiration in home renovating. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. You had made a nice and brilliant transformation here. What a renovation.

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  5. I love that grey and speckled wall, elegant and glossy.

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  9. Renovating a house is one of the most interesting job to do. From planning to designing to implementing - it always keep my ideas flowing. Baby rooms however is my fave place at home. Your baby room here looks cool and comfy!

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  10. Love the changes, they look great!

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  12. Wonderful presentation. I love the way it discuss it makes me sound interested. Thank you for sharing this.

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  13. I adore that walling in the second photograph, it appears textured and elegant. How its was made by the way?

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  14. Unique and amazing. All changes are looking nice. It is enjoying seeing this great work. Keep up the good work.

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  15. Haii. It is great for me. i was looking for the window treatment to cover the radiator. I find here best solution.

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  16. I like that particular wall - with floral theme, how it was painted?

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    1. Actually it's not paint. It is a nice textured wall paper.

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  17. Looks like its in the process of renovation, are there any updates?

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    1. Actually, I got caught up in the busyness of life, and kinda lost track of this blog... I am excited to see all the nice comments.

      I have completed a few bathroom projects in the past couple years. Hopefully I will get a chance to post them soon.

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  19. Wow, you did a really good job at renovating your home and it has really inspired me for when I start the process this summer of renovations and home extensions! I am planning on adding on to make it more spacious for my growing family! Any tips before I start this process?
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