Thursday, October 22, 2009

Before & Afters - My Previous Home

"Update: Today this tour of before & afters is attending Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch!


This is our previous home. I loved this house. When we decided to move I wished to simply pick it up and move it the three miles to our new neighborhood. Interestingly, both our old and new homes were built by the same builder. You know I asked if they would just build me another one in the new location...but they declined. (The Nerve.)

Anyway, with no progress to report on my work space let me show you a few before and afters from work done on that home. These projects did not involve any major renovations, rather the addition of millwork, new paint, a restained mantel and new light fixtures. It shows how relatively small changes can make a tremendous difference in the look and feel of a space.

Millwork. I can't get enough of it. The large opening between the kitchen and family room looked quite bland. (And where do you stop one paint color and start another?!) So I decided wrap the opening with trim. The wood pieces shown created a frame for the millwork, which slightly lowered the opening into the kitchen.




By enclosing the large opening with millwork that stretches out from the walls and drops down from the ceiling a sense of separation was created between the kitchen and family room. With high ceilings in the adjacent family room this division also created a cozier feel in the kitchen.


Here is the before looking from the kitchen into the family room and staircase.


After. Crown molding was run throughout the kitchen. Again, note how enclosing the large opening not only brought character and defined this as a separate space, but as a bonus the kitchen paint now had a place to stop! One of my all time favorite paint colors was used, Devine Blade from Devine Color. A light crisp happy green...just enough color without being too bright.


The before looking into the kitchen.


The after. Crown molding, Devine Blade paint...


new light fixtures, which cast better light onto the island while mirroring the lines of the hood...


...and the EAT sign, found during an online shopping spree at Pottery Barn's 75% off clearance section.


The before looking up the stairs to the upper hallway.


After. The thick crown molding from the kitchen was also added throughout the main areas of the entire house. What a difference. Sconces were added which beautifully illuminated the area and the richer paint, Miller Paint Flat Oaks, adds warmth.


The Before mantel and stone fireplace. Beautiful...but isn't that stain a bit bright?


The Flat Oaks paint color was selected to bring out the hues in the stonework. The crown molding runs up to the stone and the mantel was sanded down and restained a rich walnut color. What an improvement.


We ended up living in this house for just three years. In retrospect it was a lot of work to enjoy for such a short time. But there was a payoff. We were able to sell quickly in a declining market, while other homes on the street sat for months...some are still on the market over a year later. The house showed so well that with only seven showings we received multiple offers, allowing us to move to our dream neighborhood.

My husband occasionally confirms the above scenario is not in the works for our current house...

31 comments :

  1. Alas, you've reposted the photo with the wall color I've been wondering about. Could you please tell me the name/brand of the wall color behind the kids art you've put up in the eight white frames? Thanks so much. And great before and after pics. I, too, love millwork. I would spend all my money on it before I bought any clothing for myself! :) -L in Michigan

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  2. What a beautiful home! Why did you leave??
    Julia at Hooked on Houses is having a House Tour Party tomorrow. You should definitely link up to her party. I know she'd love to see your new (old) home.

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  3. great improvements! now ummm.....can you come do the same to my house?!!! you leave your stamp on every home you touch!

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  4. The paint color in all the afters (except the kitchen) is Miller Paint Flat Oaks. The color reads differently in each photo due to light, time of day, etc...hope that answers your question, "L" in Michigan!

    We left this neighborhood because we really wanted a sense of community and we absolutely did not have that there. We do now, and seriously, it has been nearly life changing!

    Thanks! Janell

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  5. Beautiful home and thank you for helping me with that exact same problem. My kitchen/family room and my formal living and dining room are open floor plans. UGh. Now I don't have to paint the whole house one color. YAY.

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  6. SMart, smart! That opening change certainly added character. The mantle looks(looked) a TON better with the darker stain!

    I think we have waited too long to sell our current fixer-upper - the market is tanking very fast, here in Georgia.

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  7. I love the paint color, Janell! I also love molding. While I have none that adds architectural interest in my 1970's built home {we did add crown molding to the living room}, I would really like to incorporate it into my next home.

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  8. Hi Janell, love your fireplace in your new home ( FR).
    But ever since i saw this fireplace back from RMS. I been wanting to do the same to my fireplace.
    Lucky house that you live in.

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  9. Oh, by the way i remember my husband.. keep telling me to put crown molding in the whole house. I was like??..didnt realized it till...THANKS, FOR THE POST!

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  10. You did such a wonderful job. It's amazing what some crown molding/trimwork can do to a space and I think it's something people don't think about adding after they move in (despite the fact that it's such an easy upgrade to do!).

    And you're absolutely right, the darker stain on the mantel makes all the difference.

    Just like you, we similarly spent a good deal of time/money on our townhome and sold it after only 3 years -- I'm convinced though that our upgrades/work were what sold the house for 98% of list price in this economy. For that, it was worth it.

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  11. Wow, I love it. Maybe this will convince my husband that crown mouldings are a NEED!

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  12. So beautiful Janell - but then everything you touch is gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing. W O W ! ! !

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  13. Beautiful! I love the great impact and change you made with trim and paint choices! I'm loving that green shade. So pretty! BRAVO!

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  14. Wow, you have lived in some beautiful homes! I love what you did to the home, and obvi others did too since it sold so fast :)

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  15. all of your homes are so wonderful! and of course, they would sell right away! your stamp on it makes it a winner all the time!

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  16. Crown molding transformed your new home. What a difference. Looks great. thanks for sharing.

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  17. Simply beautiful home - I just love all of the molding. And wow, what a difference a darker stain makes on the fireplace!

    Chelsea

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  18. What a beautiful home! I know it must have saddened you to have to leave it! Your little touches just made it so beautiful!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  19. I love Millwork too. Would love it thru my home. Just upped the look of your past house in every room. Love it. mishelle

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  20. It was a lovely house so it's not surprising that it sold so quickly. My husband would get along well with yours. ;) Have a good weekend!

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  21. Hey! Sigh...I just want to move in:) I stalked your family room and that amazing fireplace on Rate my Space long before I knew about your blog. How long have you been in the new house? Congrats on selling that one so quickly, it must have been hard to leave all that hard work and beauty behind. But you are right, friendly neighbors make a huuuge difference. Hope you have a great weekend too:)

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  22. You did a really nice job changing the look of the house just by adding more woodwork. Your paint colors were neutral and that probably played a little part in getting you a quick sale of the house. Glad you are now where you want to be living- it can make all the difference in the way you feel about comfort.
    Sue

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  23. Your home was beautiful! No wonder it sold so fast!

    rue

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  24. You did a wonderful job- I like you am addicted to millwork. As far as I am concerned there's no such things as too much!

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  25. I love all the ways you used trim to define your areas. And your paint colors...gorgeous! I use Devine's Reflection in my kitchen. It's a blue with grey and green undertones. Goes with everything! Thanks for sharing these pictures...you have exquisite taste for sure. :o)
    peace.

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  26. Hi there! I'm so sorry I'm late returning your visit from Julia's Fall party...had some bad news from the pediatrician's office yesterday, and just wasn't up to emailing.

    I really do love the changes you made to your home, but as a mom who stays home with her kids, I understand why you'd want to move! :) Community is soooo important.

    I wish we lived in a neighborhood with more young families. Your girls' night looked like a blast. My family is getting together with some families from church tonight...it will be nice, but it could be nicer if the kids were home. ;)

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  27. Love the changes you've made. You have a beautiful home!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

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  28. I think this is the first time I have visited. I came over from the Hooked on Houses meme. You have a beautiful blog and a beautiful home. I am now a follower.

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  29. That is a great house. I hope the folks who bought it from y'all appreciate it but I'm sure they well.

    What caught my eye were the 8 frames of children's art. When displayed proudly (like yours) it's almost always the best art in a home.

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  30. Super gorgeous. I would want to move it too.

    Cheri

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  31. The room is beautiful. I love your style. Where did you get the table lamp?

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