8.15.2011

Before and after...

dining room renovation
As promised, here are some more before/after photos. If you're like Jamie and guessed that our thrifted light is hanging in our dining room, then you were right! Let's take a look at a few before photos, okay? The photo below was taken on the day we closed (3 weeks ago). Everything in the dining room and kitchen was painted this muddy green. The appraiser required us to put flooring in the kitchen (she didn't think that the floors were hardwood). We weren't happy about wasting money on vinyl flooring, but we had no choice...

dining room renovationA close-up of the previous chandelier...

renovationIn this photo, the walls/ceilings were painted and we had just finished staining the floors...

renovationHere, the trim was being painted and the floors were waiting to be clear coated...

renovation
As you can see, we still need to do something about the radiator, hang artwork, and put some trim back up around the baseboards...

dining room renovationI found the wool rug at a local store called Nasco Home. It's huge and I love, love it.

dining room renovationWe also still have some organizing to do. That's quite a wacky pile on top of the cabinet...

dining room renovationOne of the unexpected things that I really like about this house is that we don't need curtains; it's tucked back off the road and very private. A French mattress for the window seat is in the works. It's the perfect reading spot...

dining room renovationMy pressed penny collection has a home again. I'm still putting them up (with hot glue- they pop right off) but I promised photos today, so you get the incomplete view...

dining room renovation
dining room renovationCompared to three weeks ago, I think the dining room is a vast improvement. What do you think?

75 comments:

mollie said...

love what you are doing with your pressed penny collection. i just have mine in one of those penny passports. i like what you did better. can't wait to see what it will look like when it's finished. love the room.

Annarack said...

OMG it looks amazing...I am so impressed.....when I get my own house you can come and decorate mine....Love the coins too.

Bob said...

WHat a transformation! No sure if you thought about painting the radiator or not, but we got soem high heat paint for L's room and it worked great. - http://www.meghanburch.com/2011/05/the-nursery/

5th photo down

I think eventually we'll paint all the radiators in our house.

Lynn said...

That is totally gorgeous! I am in awe of you two; you have done so much in just a short time, and all of it lovely. :-)

Abby said...

I'm so impressed with how much you've gotten done so quickly. It looks fantastic. Very fun idea with the pressed penny collection.

Emily A. said...

Love, love, LOVE it!! What a difference! The rug and light totally make the room!

Lauren @ with two cats said...

Holy amazingness! That pendant and rug are to die for. And the high chair!!! I can't wait to see the rest of the house! Wow that was a lot of exclamation points...

Megan said...

Wow. Just, wow. What a difference! And that light in that room is gorgeous. You've put it all together so beautifully...looking forward to your next room!

Laura said...

Holy Cow, Abbey!
It's absolutely beautiful.
It's amazing how fast it's coming along. I can't wait to see how the rest of the house turn out.
Thanks for sharing!

marisa said...

so amazing! i love it.

jandjhome said...

I can't believe how incredible it looks. Beautiful.

Mrsink said...

wow! that looks amazing! You guys have been working hard. I love the light in the dining room and that pressed penny collection on the wall is awesome.

glademade said...

W-O-W! This looks incredible, I can hardly believe it's the same room.

mjb said...

You guys move fast! It looks great.

Myra said...

Abbey you are amazing.. That room is gorgeous.

Brandie said...

Looks AMAZING Abbs!

xoxoxox

jennyrush said...

it's beautiful!! i was just telling my husband this weekend about your farm house and all the work you've put in in a few weeks time. it's just so impressive and inspiring.

tiger in a jar said...

What a beautiful room! I have a pressed penny collection and you opened my eyes to the potential those pretty pennies have!

Caitlin B said...

Oh my goodness. It looks like a million bucks! I can't wait to see when it looks like a billion. Can't believe it's only been 3 weeks...

Dana said...

I love the before and after views. They give me hope for our own, much slower, renovations.

caroline said...

amazing! love the rug.

tinyparticlesoflight@blogspot.com said...

Your dining room went from horror movie to light-filled wonderfulness!!

xo
Cortnie

painted fish studio said...

wow - what you have done in just 3 weeks is stunning! i get tired thinking about your to-do list, but you guys are really moving!

Trissta said...

Awesome job! That light fixture is totally to die for! So unexpected, but amazing and so cool! I love it. Painting everything white was a great idea. It definitely makes everything work.

Much Love,
Trissta
Living on the Chic

Dawn Trest said...

wow! I really love the space you've created! I can't wait to see more! :)

Jan | Poppytalk said...

wow - you guys are fast and AMAZING! love it Abbey!

curlygirlpress said...

Woot! I LOVE how the round copper light and the round copper penny display play off each other. I'm also lucky enough to have the privacy at home to forgo curtains - the natural light is such a blessing. Ya'all should hire out as contractors, you do fabulous work. = )

Amy said...

absolutely lovely!

definitely helps my own eye see the bigger picture in looking at the potential of what a home could be.

Jen @ RamblingRenovators said...

What a vast improvement already Abbey! The before room was so unappetizing and now its light and bright and cozy. You put rooms together so beautifully.

Francesca said...

What a beautiful light room. Good going for 3 weeks. You must be thrilled. X

Steph said...

That is AMAZING!!!!! I'm renovating a house right now too, and I can't believe how much slower we are than you. My excuse was two toddlers, but you proved that's not a good reason.

Seriously, you are so inspiring. I can't wait to see what you have done every day.

chrissy said...

wow! such progress in so short a time! you put my lazy butt to shame. it's really stunning.

xoxo
http://tinylittlehappies.blogspot.com/

Kristen said...

Love it! The hard work is paying off, cant wait to see more of the house!

Tilda B. Hervé said...

abbey, you are really crazy!! it looks so fresh and nordic, the penny art is wonderful!

Summer said...

i love everything! it's much brighter, and i think hanging your pressed pennies up on the wall with hot glue is an AWESOME idea.

love your blog!

Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

You two are amazing! Three weeks?! Love all the light(talk about an improvement!) and the penny display is fabulous. Our girls just got one of those crappy passports to store all of theirs in. We may need to copy you. If we do, I'll be sure to link over here. Love it all!

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

Absolutely lovely! I love how bright, clean and crisp your room looks now. I just found your blog via Curbly and am now following. Good luck on the rest of your renovations!

Tids said...

I think it is stunning! And I want to move in! I'll sleep on the reading seat! I don't take up much space!!

kalanicut said...

What a fantastic makeover. The white paint made such an amazing difference. So jealous you don't need curtains. What a dream! :)

Katie said...

I'm in love with your pressed penny collection - so cool!

Paulette said...

Tres gorgeous Abbey. And I especially love the famous blue cabinet in its new home. Sooooo impressed with how much you have all gotten done already. You're getting bravos times infinity! Hugs, P.

Mo Pie, Please said...

oh my gosh - it's GORGEOUS!! I absolutely love it and am amazed at the transformation (especially in such a short amount of time!)

Jaimie said...

That before made me cringe. The after is absolutely lovely. I like the rustic vintage modern aesthetic you have going on.

skirtastop said...

It's incredible! Your eye is so fantastic and I can't believe how much work you and PRH have done already. Thanks for the B&A, can't wait to see more.

Stacey said...

I'm just totally in love with what you did! I'm particularly impressed with the floors. I love how you kept the character in them. Question... was there hardwood under that vinyl? Or am I just not seeing things right?

Abbey R said...

Looks amazing!
We are considering buying a fixer upper next year and I love reading about your reno updates for inspiration and ideas!!

Laurie in Georgia said...

Love, love, love! What a transformation--and in just three weeks!

sécia said...

Absolutely amazing. You are so talented! Love, love, love this room. Can't wait to see more.

♥ sécia
www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

Kayla Poole said...

wow! already, the transformation is amazing. can't wait to see more.

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

Wow! Thank you all for your sweet comments! We're having a great time getting this place in shape.

Stacey- there were definitely hardwood floors under the vinyl. You can see the floors here. :) I haven't shown a full 'after' photo of the kitchen yet b/c we still have some things in the works there. I will soon though!

Thanks again, everyone! Stay tuned.
:) Abbey

Melissa Haworth said...

This is amazing but that penny collection! Love! I always wanted to collect those as a kid but didn't know what I'd do with them so I never did. Kicking myself now :)

Jeanette said...

This is awesome-sauce!! I love the white walls, the colorful chairs & hutch....you are rockin' the farm house girl!! PS. totally know how it is sans curtains!! I don't have any in our house either! ahhhh country living & the livin is easy!

Sarah - { rad: renovations are dirty } said...

Oh.my.goodness. That is one of the best before and afters (or "durings") that I've ever seen. Wow!

Marley said...

Everything looks amazing. I love how you displayed your flatten penny collection. Great idea.

Stacey said...

I'll be glued to your blog for the whole transformation! We are considering buying a 100 year old brick house, and I love your style. I will be back many times for inspiration (pending the purchase of the house, of course).

pinkshirtsandcarwrecks said...

Holy Smokes! You guys have done so much work and it looks great - congrats!

Mandi said...

Wow! This is all I've wanted in a dining room. Can't wait till I have more space to give to the farmhouse table my dad and I made from reclaimed barn siding. Yours is certainly something I'll be saving in the back of my mind for inspiration when we get a house! So lovely. Great job!

Erin said...

Amazing! Love your aesthetic. I just discovered your blog via poppytalk and will be following along. Can't wait to see more of your beautiful new house.

Gracie Chase said...

I cannot WAIT to sit around that table!

Emma at The Marion House Book said...

Possibly one of the most stunning before and afters ever!

Juliab said...

It looks absolutely amazing - a just reward for all the hard work put in so far. Enjoy having a finished room! x

Cristina. said...

I too have a pressed penny collection but i just keep them in a box. Yours looks like a better idea. love the room.

Heidi Reszies Lewis said...

Beautiful new room ...so fresh and bright! I'm wondering what happened to that old light fixture?
-Heidi
http://folkcity.blogspot.com

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

Gracie Chase- I can't wait for you to sit around our table either! :) When can you come?

Heidi Reszies Lewis- any building materials that are salvageable have been donated to our local re-use store (kind of like Habitat for Humanity). The light is in a pile ready to be donated. :)

x,
Abbey

Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm new to your blog. I actually found it through houzz. I love the room. Amazing transformation! I love how you use white walls to allow everything else to pop. Could you recommend a good interior color white?

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

The white paint we used (and really liked) was Behr Ultra Pure White in eggshell. We sprayed the first layer with Behr all in one paint and primer and then the Ultra Pure White. I've used Valspar for all of our exterior doors and it's worked out well. Good luck!
:) Abbey

Jen Craun said...

LOVE the penny display!!! Both the Craunlets are amassing quite the collection! What a super way to showcase them!!

Anna said...

you DO have a window seat! I am officially envious! (sorry I'm way behind on blog reading). That rug is pretty amazing as well!

kate said...

Just found your blog via Design Sponge + I am SO happy I did!!
I absolutely love your dining room re-do. We also live in a very old home...built in 1875. It's a victorian house w. tons of charm, which is why we purchased it. But, the amount of work we've had to put into it is insane.
We've been here for 10 yrs now, and still haven't put a dent in the to-do list. One day...
But, in the meantime I will be turning to your renovations for some inspiration!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

WOW! i absolutely loooooove your dining room! i am about to move into a new home, well i hope- my fam of 4 is currently staying with my parents after selling- anyhow.... i wanted to paint the walls white as well. what shade of white is that you used? i read but didn't see. i love it! thank you!

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

Hi Cassie! Thanks so much! The white paint is Behr Ultra Pure White in eggshell. Best of luck! :) Abbey

house of violetta said...

what a fresh, airy transformation. I love the contrast of white walls and the dark wood floors.

Kate Hannon said...

Super job. Especially in such a short amount of time.

Melanie said...

I think you've done a very very great job!
I just discovered your blog and I really liked the detailed posts about the new outfit of your house!
It's amazing how you can renovate a space and make me think my husband might be right when he says we could buy something "raw" and redo everything ourselves!!

AC said...

Love it! It went from epic fail to glorious success.

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