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Monday, January 2, 2017

A Final Before and After of the Downstairs of Our Last House

I spent almost four hours writing this post last night in a hotel room only to discover it wasn't saving properly and I lost it all, every single word (and most of the images too!)  So, now this post is going to contain a lot fewer words than it originally had and will just contain the downstairs and then tomorrow or Wednesday I will post the upstairs. 

Between moving and a ton of traveling for the holidays the last two months have been an absolute whirlwind. I am so looking forward to getting back into a routine and truly getting settled into our new home. We have shared a few posts of our new home (the entryway, living room and master bedroom) but before we share any more spaces we thought it would be nice to do one final wrap-up type post of our last home with all of the before and afters and all of the source lists in one place.

First off is our kitchen and family room! This is one long room and the kitchen side of it was one of our biggest projects. To keep costs down we split it up into two phases and kept the existing layout and simply removed the set  of cabinets over the peninsula to open the room up and then painted the rest of the cabinets. We then added new hardware, appliances and lighting. And then a year later for phase two we replaced the counters, sink, faucet and added a subway tile backsplash. 

Here are some before and afters of the kitchen and family room: 

Detailed Source List:

Cabinet Color- Winter Gates in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Wall Color- Horizon in Eggshell by Benjamin Moore
Trim Color - Simply White in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Door Color - Mopboard Black in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Rug - Rug Studio (the plaid rug is also from there and can be found here, and the blue one can be found here).
All appliances are Whirlpool and were purchased at Lowe's during their Memorial Day Sale
Hood - Custom Built
Farmhouse Sink - Signature Hardware (similar size and style here
Faucet - Wayfair
Backsplash - purchased from McKenzie Restoration (but just basic white subway tile that can be purchased pretty much anywhere) 
Counters - Honed Carrara Marble
Hardware - Home Depot (think they were by Martha Stewart) 
Counter Height Stools - World Market
Mug Holder - World Market
Menu Chalkboard - Dear Lillie (no longer for sale) 
Pendants - Birch Lane
Circular Mirror - Painted Fox Home
Rolling Wooden Horse- HomeGoods
Metal Baskets Joss and Main
Canisters - wedding gift - Williams-Sonoma

Knife Set - TargetMarble Rolling Pin and Board - Sur La Table 
Table - Pier 1 years ago and has since been painted in Winter Gates by Benjamin Moore

Three Tiered Stand - Painted Fox
Polka Dot Bowls - Painted Fox
Metal Chairs Arhuas
Slipcovered Dining Chairs - IKEA
Oversized Chalkboard - made by me, you can read more about it here
Sideboard - made by me, you can read more about it here
Wooden Box - HomeGoods
Bottle Caddy - HomeGoods

Plaid Mixing Bowls - TargetBottles - Mineral Water from Fresh Market 
Crackle Bucket/Planter - Birch Lane
Antlers - World Market 
Striped Roman Shade in Window above Sink - made by me, you can read more about it here.

Little Deer Head - Dear Lillie Painted Fox Collection
Little Sheep Head - Dear Lillie Painted Fox Collection
Blue Vase - Birch Lane 

(Family Room side in background of photos)
Mirror - Painted Fox
Rocking Horse - gift from my mom (from RH Baby and Child) similar one can be found here

Fireplace Color - Winter Gates in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Artwork above sofa - was a gift
Stone Colored Pillows of Sofa - Armelle Pillow Covers from Birch Lane
Other Pillows on Sofa - HomeGoods
Slipcovered Wingback Chairs by Fireplace - Savvy Home and Garden 6 or 7 years ago
Pillows on Chairs - HomeGoods
Blanket on Chair and Sofa - HomeGoods
Lamp - Aidan Gray during a 75% clearance sale 8 or 9 years ago
Lamp Shade - HomeGoods
Milk Bottle Vase - Painted Fox
Metal Sphere - Target (similar here) 
Script Chairs - TJMaxx
TV Console - Antique shop in Camden, SC about 8 years ago
Frames above chairs - tutorial here 
Drapery Panels - IKEA Ritva Panels
Drapery Rods - Lowe's 
Sconces - RH Baby and Child
Gray Tufted Ottoman - We built it. You can read more about it here.
Flush Mount - Lowe's

And our pantry before and after:

Source List:

Trim Color- Simply White Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Wall Color- Horizon in Eggshell by Benjamin Moore
Doors - Mopboard Black in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Second Shelf - Both Baskets and Colander - HomeGoods
Third Shelf - Basket, Tall Spaghetti Container and Wood Crate - HomeGoods Bow Tie Pasta Jars - Wold Market
Fourth Shelf - Baskets - HomeGoods, Cookie Jar - Target, Granola - Lena's Amish Granola
Fifth Shelf - Basket - HomeGoods, White Container - Target
Floor - Both Baskets - HomeGoods
Stool - HomeGoods

Next we will move to our entryway. Here it is the day we moved in:

And here is what it looked like after having the wallpaper removed and lots and lots and lots of painting. We also replaced the runner, light fixture and added a gallery wall. 

Here is is before looking at it from the opposite direction:

and here is an after:

And here is one last before angle of this space. This angle is if you are standing in the doorway of the dining room:

And here is what it looks like now:

Source List:

Wall Color - Moonshine in Matte Finish (BM)
Trim Color - Simply White in Semi-gloss Finish (BM)
Door Color - Mopboard Black in Semi-gloss Finish (BM)
Beadboard Wallpaper - Allen and Roth from Lowe's
Sign - Dear Lillie
Cabinet - Wetherly Cabinet from Birch Lane
Burlap Document Box - Ravenna Document Box 
Retreiver Bookend - Birch Lane
Old Books - Gifts
White Books - Chatbooks
Aqua Pitcher - Joss and Main (flowers are from our butterfly bush)
Runner - RugsUSA (can't remember what pattern it was, but when I get a chance will try to look it up and add it in later)
Painting - Gift
Frames - Ribba from Ikea in an array of sizes
Hat - Joyfolie
Scarves - Joyfolie

Next up is our dining room. The first year we painted the walls and trim and added the chandelier. This year we painted the walls a darker color, built a new dining room table and shelving system and added some new chairs to the side and ends and then then next year we painted the walls white and added a few other touches like a large wooden cupboard which is one of my favorite pieces we own. These photos were from this year:

Dining Room Source List

Wall Color - Dove White by Benjamin Moore in Eggshell Finish
Trim Color - Simply White by Benjamin Moore in Semi-gloss Finish
Door Color - Mopboard Black by Benjamin Moore in Semi-gloss Finish
Beadboard Wallpaper - Allen and Roth from Lowe's
Chandelier - Savvy in Williamsburg, VA
Farmhouse Table - I made it using this plan from Ana White's site. Stained with Rustoleum's Weathered Gray and Minwax's Provincial
Wingback Chairs - Birch Lane
Pillows - Birch Lane 
Tufted Bench - HomeGoods
Side Chairs - Joss and Main 
Navy Corduroy Pillows with Gold RL symbol - HomeGoods
Trophy Urn - The Arrow's Nest
Pears - Mix of real and faux ones from HomeGoods
Sideboard - Found at an antique shop in SC almost ten years ago, recently painted the same Mopboard Black as the doors
Bust - Gift 
Lamps - HomeGoods
Draperies - Ikea
Curtain Rods - Lowe's 
Blinds - Lowe's (have since been discontinued)
Clock - Savvy Home and Garden about 5 years ago
Wrapping Paper - HomeGoods
Ribbon - Michael's 
Blue Planter Centerpiece - Chaplin Large Planter from Birch Lane
White Beaded Dishes - Milford Square Dishes from Birch Lane
Gold Plated Flatware - Wilmington Flatware from Birch Lane 
Wood and Marble Cutting Board - Birch Lane
Hobnail Detailed Water Goblets - O'Keefe Water Goblets from Birch Lane 
Hobnail Detailed Glasses - O'Keefe Glasses from Birch Lane 
Serving Bowl with Pears - Francesca Serving Bowl from Birch Lane 
Small Wood and Marble Cakestand - Russo Cake Stand from Birch Lane 
Two black and white prints - gift
Botanical Print - Birch Lane

Next up we have our den/study. This room I kept the dark wood trim for the first couple of years. I have always loved the look of a dark wood study. However, because of how this room sat, it always felt a little disjointed from the rest of the house and didn't flow as nicely having different colored trim and doors to the rest of the downstairs because it was the first room you saw when you came through the front door and it flowed into our family room so we finally decided to pull the trigger and make it feel more cohesive with the rest of the house and I am so glad we did. Some day I would love to have a study or den with some darker wood but it would need to be a little more tucked away. To still keep the cozy and masculine feel we painted the walls a very dark chocolate brown and I really was happy with how they turned out. 

Source List:

Wall Color - Midsummer Night in Matte by Benjamin Moore
Trim Color - Simply White in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Door Color - Mopboard Black in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Pillows on Sofa - HomeGoods
Chocolate Pillow on Chair - HomeGoods
Knit Pillow on Chair - Soft Surroundings
Ottoman - We Made It Using the Same Method as Here
Plaid Throw - HomeGoods
Gold Mirrored Tray - HomeGoods
Books Stacked Next to Chairs - Gifts from Family Members 
Mirror and demilune painting above Fireplace - passed down from family members
Grand Plaza Print - Arhaus
Gold Side Table - HomeGoods
Wood Side Table - Joss and Main
Books on Table - miscellaneous gifts
Trophy Urns - The Arrow's Nest
Little Tiny Vase on Table  - Was a candle from Target that we now use as a vase
Lamp on Table - HomeGoods
Golfer - HomeGoods
Gold Frame - Gift 
Standing Lamp - Consignment Shop Find years ago
Rug - Joss and Main/Wayfair
Drapery Panels - Ritva Panels from IKEA
Frames on Gallery Wall - Michael's
Books on Shelves - Passed on down or gifted from family members
Large White Book - Blurb photo albums
Small White Books - Chatbook photo albums
Dog Bookends - Birch Lane
Airplane - Gift years ago 

And here is a before of the downstairs powder room:

and here it what it looked like after we did a little mini makeover on it:


Trim Color - Simply White in Semi-gloss Finish
Wallpaper - Graphic Trellis Wallpaper (can be found here)
Beadboard Wallpaper - Allen and Roth from Lowe's
Vanity Color - Shenandoah Taupe (think it was in a matte finish because that was what I had on hand, if I were purchasing it new would have gone with semi-gloss for this)
Hardware for Vanity - Home Depot 
Vanity top and sink - Evercor in Aspen from Lowe's
Faucet - American Standard from Lowe's 
Mirror - HomeGoods
Bird Print - Savvy Home and Garden in Williamsburg
Soap and Lotion - HomeGoods 
Sconces - they were the original ones here just spray painted with oil rubbed bronze
Pitcher with Flowers - Pottery Barn
Jar with Cotton Balls - Juliska

And next up is the laundry room:

This was just a quick fix to make it more functional and we never got around to adding a more permanent counter top or floors. 

Wallpaper - Wallpaper Direct
Trim - Simply White in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Cabinet Color - London Fog in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Baskets - HomeGoods
Chalkboard Sign - HomeGoods
Bag - was a gift from my aunt
Hamper - HomeGoods
Mini Chandelier - Lowe's
Washer and Dryer - Lowe's
Vase Holding Flowers from our Yard - Emma pitcher from Pottery Barn
Fabric for curtain hiding trash can - Joann Fabric
Floor - Peel and Stick from Lowes (can't find the name brand or color info)
Hall Closet

And here is our downstairs hall closet. I wish I had some before shots of this. It was such a grungy beat up looking space. I don't think the walls had been even painted in over 30 years. Adding some fun wallpaper and basic organization pieces helped tidy it up quite a bit! 

Source List:

Wallpaper - Wallpaper Direct -  Hampstead in Ink
Door Color - Mopboard Black by Benjamin Moore in Semi-gloss
Trim Color - Simply White by Benjamin Moore in Semi-gloss
Baskets on the right - Handled Storage Basket in the small size by Birch Lane 
White shoe stand on the right - Target
Baskets on ground - HomeGoods
Shoes on basket - Joyfolie
Basket on top shelf - Ikea
Cowboy Boots - Sheplers
Hooks - Ikea
Frame - World Market
Print - Dear Lillie
Hoodies - Evy's Tree
Scarf - Penni Blue Knits
Hat and scarf on door - J.Crew

Well, that's it for now seeing how I am out of time. I only had an hour instead of the four that I spent last night. I hope that you all have an amazing Monday! 



  1. Loved seeing all the beautiful transformations to your old home. You made a swan out of an ugly duckling for sure. I know your knew home will be just as amazing. Happy New Year.

  2. I have been following your posts/transformations for some time the end results! ( have you found the rug (damask) in your family room to hold up? I've seen lots of commentary re: shedding/'fuzz balls' happening with similar rugs....) I so look forward to following your journey in your new home and wish you nothing but happy memories in the years ahead!

    1. Thank you! Jenni says that one didn't shed at all (it is a thinner rug with a raised design). The original wool one she had there shed quite a bit the first month (which is normal for wool rugs), but they never had any issues with it after that. They later moved it to there guest room when they found this one!

      Hope this helps!


  3. An amazing and inspirational transformation! Such wonderful spaces created with great vision. I love the restoration and refreshing, and I'm sure the new owners are greatly blessed by it. Looking forward to Part Two and to the reveal of your new home. Blessings!

  4. You create beauty which I experience as profound and moving.

  5. Loved the kitchen. Thinking about painting my cabinets white. How difficult was it to paint the cabinets. People have indicated that it may be more cost effective to just replace them. I'm at a lose. Thanks

  6. Wait wait a second, Jenn- you lived in Colonial Williamsburg, then moved, and now you moved AGAIN? Is that what I am reading correctly? I was sorta absent for a while from blogdom - I became a grandma and life changed in such a wonderful way- but trying to catch up and need to get this straight.

    So, if you've moved - where to? What's up? Or if you haven't and this is just putting the changes all together in a nice write-up, it makes sense. Just trying to make sure I know.

    These before and afters are amazing. You must thrive on stress though if you have moved again, seriously.

  7. What size are your pendants ???


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