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The Oak House Project Living room reveal before and after….!!! Photo BOMB!
Yay! I have days of reveals for you! A few people have asked about the background of The Oak House and I thought I would fill you in a little. I apologize for the typo’s ahead of time. I am coming off a flea market weekend and it was a long one.
We bought the Oak House as a rental and had people living in it for the last 8 years. Let’s just say the property wasn’t treated so well this last go around. Anyone who has even been a landlord knows how hard it is to come in after tenants and fix a place up,even if the tenants are the best ever. But it’s a roll of the dice if you get good tenants or not and we decided after this last time that we were done. We’ve had a rental of some sort since we’ve been married (15 years) and to be honest, we just want to simplify our lives and concentrate on our own home. We are ready to part ways and sell it.The Oak House isn’t just a flip. It’s a place we know as well as our own home and have put a lot of love and effort these last four months into making is someplace a new family can love. It was a challenge financially and emotionally, but we are so happy we can say we put %110 percent into the renovations and have no regrets.
When we bought the house it was a plain house with white walls and oak cabinets and carpet.
It had a few changes made along the way that we weren’t super thrilled with, and we were so happy to undo them and make it even better. You can also see how we renovated the bathrooms,kitchen and porch.
I’ll progress in stages from the before’s to the afters so you can see the whole transformation as it happens!
I think the color is some kind of brown. Oldest calls it poop brown. I am sure that’s not what was on the can, but I can’t say I disagree with her opinion. It just made everything seem so heavy in there. For the sake of sounding like a crazy house-whisperer, I know that’s not what the house wanted to be. It was yearning for lightness.
We ended up re-drywalling the front door wall because the electricians had to really cut into it to wire the new outdoor porch lights on the porch.
There was carpet in the living room when we bought it.Yep. That’s peel and stick. Don’t ask.
We also painted the front door.
See how open it is between the two rooms? It seemed really hard to place furniture to me. Open concept is great unless there aren’t enough walls to put furniture on, and the room isn’t big enough to float furniture in. Little houses are always a design challenge.
The first thing we did was add beadboard wallboard and paint! We used Sherwin-Williams Alabaster.
It was like a breath of fresh air.
Then we added my favorite feature in the entire house!!!The french door room dividers.
I thought they still let in light,but gave the space a little more definition.
Then after we painted everything the Mohawk laminate floors went in!
Don’t let anyone tell you anything different. Painting an entire house plus trim in 3 months will kick your butt.
Then we were ready to stage and get it ready to sell!!!!
Now the best part!!! I won’t talk during this part! The after!
What do you think????!! My brother asked where I got all of the furniture from. It’s from all over!!!Some of it is from my storage unit for the flea market, some you might recognize right out of my house,and a few pieces family was getting rid of. Never hesitate to send the word out when you need a piece of furniture,because you never know what people have lurking in their homes that they don’t use any more! And I don’t mind that it’s from all over, because it’s not about the stuff you have, it’s how you put it together! I love how much light this room has. It’s so cheerful and bright. And I love when you open the front door it’s black on the outside but when you close it it’s grey.It’s pretty from both sides.
And It smells like new house,which I also love.
I think it feels like a vacation home. It should be on a lake somewhere.
When the kids are in school sometimes I’ll just sit in there. It’s so clean,uncluttered, and…quiet.
Wednesday is the main bath reveal!!!
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