New Home Tour: Main Level

Welcome to our new (old) home! I wanted to share some pics of what we’ve been working on since we bought the house in February and moved in in March.

Ah, moving. Only to be topped by renovating. Which we had the good sense to do all at once. Most of the house was in solid shape, but we still wanted to update some of the spaces. We focused on renovating the kitchen and adding a master bedroom bathroom (the bathroom reveal will be a future post).

The Kitchen

Pre-Renovation Pics:

We started from the bottom up, by cleaning the floor. It’s the little things like that that add up to make a big difference. The top pic, the grout pre-cleaning, pretty brown and gross. On the bottom, the grout as it’s being cleaned with baking soda and vinegar mixed and scrubbed with a toothbrush. What a difference a little elbow grease can make…



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The kitchen had good bones, but the cabinets were pretty scuffed up, the backsplash and countertops were “tired” as our contractor put it (there was a pink hue to the granite tile countertops not evident in this pic) and there was a weird lower countertop area below the window that made the space pretty unusable.


There was a wall between the kitchen and dining room that limited the light and flow….the color that used to be there was an olive green, not my taste for the space. The dining room floor was pretty scuffed up…

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So, we decided to take out part of the wall between the kitchen and dining room, and make some updates, including a lighter paint color in both the kitchen and dining room… Some pics are fuzzy because I took them quickly on my phone and those are the only “pre” pics I had.



After Pics:

We added a new tile backsplash, granite countertops and had the cabinets refinished. We also had our contractor add some new recessed LED lights which brought brightness to the space.

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The Dining Room

Paint color: Benjamin Moore, Rockport Grey

Floors: Sanded and refinished


The Front Door Entrance

The lovely chandelier and tile were already there.

Mirror: Horchow




The Living Room

We purposely kept the television out of this room to encourage reading and conversation. Looking forward to building a fire in the fireplace….once we get the chimney rebuilt. $igh.



The Mid-Room

There’s a room between the living room and family room that was built with the back part of the house, which is an addition from the 1950s. We decided to make it a craft/homework/toy area for the kids. There were built-ins there that were perfect for all the kids’ stuff. I had the light fixture changed out in this room.

Star Light: Ballard Designs




The Side Entrance

There’s an entrance from the side of the house with built-ins (not shown) for all our coats and shoes. The chandeliers were already there.


The Family Room

We love how cozy this rooms feels. The ceiling is a focal point and we had it repainted to restore it to its original beauty. Behind the cabinet door is an ironing board (because I’m the perfect 1950’s wife). We spray painted the brass fireplace doors with high heat Rustoleum (look it up on Pinterest, it’s a $7 fireplace makeover) and are still working to get our tv/technology stuff set up figured out…



That’s it for now! It’s been fun to start to feel at home here.