This party link is a great before and after from Inside the Yellow House, I especially love the built ins – I LOVE built ins!
After I revealed you with before-and-after pictures of the front and back of my house, a couple of people kindly asked to see the inside as well. So, here’s the first installment: the living room and dining room.
The house was built in either 1878 or 1880, depending on which records you reference, and, frankly, it hadn’t had a lot of maintenance since then. It was in pretty bad shape. Interestingly, it was built without a kitchen or bathroom (more on that in subsequent editions), which just fascinates me.
I often say that work on my house will never be finished because I’m constantly thinking about the next project. But here’s where things are right now. I’m so happy with the way the renovations turned out.
But first: the “before” pictures. I wish this blog had Smell-O-Vision, so you could fully appreciate the overpowering smell of stale cat urine that had completely permeated that gorgeous brown carpet.
Most of the furniture has been repurposed, repainted, and reupholstered from the pieces’ former lives. The dining room set and coffee table were my grandparents’ and were originally painted sort of an antique gold. I think my grandparents would be surprised to see how they look now, but I know they would just love that I get so much pleasure from their treasures.
The portraits of Mr. Bullet were taken a few years back by a professional photographer in Alexandria who specializes in pet portraits. I couldn’t pick just one. (Yes, I am that dog owner.) Notice that the staircase is no longer enclosed. Taking down that wall was apparently a big endeavor, but it was so worth it.