Onto the Master Bedroom! The house was originally listed as a 4 bedroom, but when we saw the inside the “4th bedroom” was a tiiiiiny room off the largest room upstairs. The original idea was to use it as walk-in closet for the master bedroom. Well, when we decided to tear down ALL the walls in the house (there was zero insulation behind them), we had a completely open second floor that could be reconfigured. I loved the idea of having all three of the windows in the front of the house open to the bedroom, so we scratched the walk-in closet and made the master span the whole width of the house. Then we moved the closet and created a big his & hers, that also worked as a nice sound buffer between the two upstairs bedrooms.
The upstairs bedroom were all so small with little closets and low ceilings. We reconfigured it to create two larger bedroom with big closets, and vaulted the ceiling to make the rooms feel even more spacious.
This oversized light showed off the vaulted ceilings, which were totally worth it!
After tearing down all the walls we had an empty space to reconfigure. I probably chalked it out 15 times before landing on this layout. I loved how all the spaces felt after the walls went up and it was staged!
This was the “4th bedroom” that was going to be a walk-in closet, but I did not want to waste a window in the closet, so opened it up to the room. We staged it as a sitting area, but also added the hookup for an electric fireplace if future owners want to add to make this master bedroom SUPER cozy!
What do you think? Could you see yourself sleeping in this room?
West Elm Mobile Chandelier – Grand
West Elm Mid-century standing planter + stump
Minted Staredown + Chopped Art Print
Sinus Square Stitched Platform Bed
Lazarette Barn Light
World Market Water Hyacinth Bench
World Market Boho Kilim Rug
Allen + Roth Frosted Maple Wood Laminate
Leave a comment with any other questions!
Time for my favorite part of the renovation: The Kitchen! Figuring out this space definitely kept me up a few nights. There are so many moving parts and big ticket decisions to make, and we were working on a 3 month deadline for the whole house, so there was no time to make changes or second guess decisions. We started with a blank slate after we gutted the whole first floor, and just had to work around the header for the little addition that was added years ago on the left, and it’s low slanted ceiling. I played around with a million layout options, debating weather or not to do upper cabinets, and figuring out where that darn fridge would go! The cabinet guys laid out the kitchen with the fridge on the back or right wall with uppers around the whole kitchen…but knowing this is a starter home for a small family, I picked windows over cabinets. It’s a small space and the windows make all the difference! I moved the fridge to the slanted nook and surrounded it with pantries which gave the kitchen a good amount of storage. I was super happy with the final layout, and the flow of the kitchen works great for cooking and entertaining!
Oh, this backsplash! I went back and forth about doing a statement black and white tile, or subway tile…but ultimately decided a bold tile could be a bad move for resale, and subway tile is a bit overdone right now (trust, I still love subway tile, and used it in both bathrooms). I am a huge fan of all things hexagon, and loved this tile…but beware, it’s a pain to install! If you use it, make sure to stick with a light grout, unless you want to pull them all off the mesh backing. It’s a headache getting the spacing even, and dark grout will amplify that.
The original plan was to put shelving along side of the hood all the way to the top, but it started to get really busy vertically, so we stopped at one on each side. And a set of vintage copper container I found thrifting fit perfectly on them. It was meant to be!
The before kitchen was definitely one of the grossest I have ever seen! Thousands of dead cockroaches, electrical fires, water damage, and rodents had chewed through the support beams…it was a nightmare!
So much happier…and cleaner, ha! I splurged on the copper lights on the back wall because I really wanted all copper and matte black in the kitchen, but saved on the clear globe pendants, a steal at $65! I originally had heavier industrial pendents, but knew even before they were hung that they were wrong, and had the clear ones on the way. I love how the two lighting styles work together!
We ended up completely gutting the kitchen to repair all the structural, electrical and plumbing problems…it was pretty crazy to see it striped down to the original 125+ year old structure. This is also were the budget took a pretty major hit, which sadly came out of the exterior. My grand landscaping plans got the axe, but at least we know the inside is safe for future owners.
There were a lot of suggestions to do a farmhouse sink, but they are just SO popular right now, I wanted to do some thing a little different, and I was so excited with how slick the matte black faucet and sink looked in the white kitchen. For real, how sexy is that faucet!
There you have it, the kitchen! I hope you love it as much as I do 🙂
Rejuvenation Copper Carson 12″ Wall Sconce
The Tile Shop 2″ Matte White Hexagon Tiles
Kohler Matte Black Purist faucet and Cairn double bowl sink
GlideRite Hardware Classic Cabinet Bin Pull
Cosmas Flat Black Cabinet Hardware Round Mushroom Knob
CR Light Edison Style Industrial Vintage Creative Pendant Lamp
The Loom House Rugs
HGTV HOME by Sherwin Williams – Desert Lake
Cali Bamboo Hardwood flooring-Vintage Moonlight
Minted Leaf in Green Art
Schlage Century Single Cylinder Handleset and Latitude Lever
Leave a comment with any other questions!
Before we get to the photos of the house in the pilot episode, I just want to say a HUGE THANKS to everyone who watched “My Flippin’ Friends” and everyone who Instragramed/Facebooked/Tweeted about the episode! The ratings were great, and the online buzz has been so overwhelmingly positive, Thank you for that! The update is that they are going to be re-airing for everyone who missed it (I’ll let you know when) and do some focus groups, so we won’t know if we get a season until next month (hopefully the anticipation does not kill me!) In the meantime lets check out the house transformation!
I wish the screen had smell-o-vision so you all could understand how rancid this house was, it honestly was hard to be in there for more then a few minutes at a time. If you saw the episode you know that we found all sorts of bugs and dead rodents in the walls and ended up completely gutting the place. The good news is that now it’s fully insulated, completely safe with no question marks behind any walls. I LOVE how the living room tuned out, we were able to get rid of the drop ceilings (yes plural ceilings) and raise them to 11ft which makes the room seem so much bigger. Since there was no character to preserve in the house, I wanted to have a built in on the wall to add some interest. I worked with a local guy, Ray from Art of Wood, to create this focal wall, and am just so happy with how it turned out!
That before photo is giving me flashbacks, YUCK! This table stole the show during the open house, and it was a DIY project (all the steps after the break). We found this piece of wood at Cream City Restoration and with a little sanding and staining, it looks absolutely beautiful. I spotted these chairs in LA, at a store in Silverlake call Dean., and the owner was amazing to work with and he shipped them back to Wisconsin for me. I LOVE the worn in leather look!
I stuck up a conversation with, Mike a local fabricator, at a Maker Mart where he was selling his furniture, and we bonded over hair pin legs. Ever since then he has been my go-to guy for metal work, and he created this beautiful stair rail that nailed the modern industrial vibe!
My friend, Hemad from The Loom House, brought over these gorgeous rugs for staging. The runner was my favorite, it was PERFECT on these stairs. It was so cool how all our buddies contributed to making the vision for the house come together!
Removing a the wood paneling and lighting it up with HGTV HOME by Sherwin Williams-Pure White and replacing the carpet with Cali Bamboo Hardwood flooring-Vintage Moonlight instantly made the livingroom look twice as big! What do you all think of the transformation?!?
SHOPPING INFO: Dean Leather Chairs, Mudcloth Pillows, Minted Weathered Barn Art, Minted Green Barn Art, West Elm Glass and Copper Vases, West Elm Industrial Storage Console, Mid-centry Triple planter (Most other items are thrifted but leave a comment with questions).
Steps for the DIY table after the break! (more…)