Friday, February 15, 2013

Behind the Front Door - The Before and the After

     There's a funny thing about this house, it makes people give "the look". When we told our realtor we wanted to go see this house, she gave us "the look". She was very opposed to wasting our time (or hers!) with it. 

       I got "the look" from the nice fellow who came to change my locks the day we bought it.

      I have to admit, I even gave "the look" to my mister the first time he showed me the pictures of the house online...but then we went to see it...and I just knew it could be something beautiful.

      A scrub brush...

      ...and a bit of paint, can go a long way... helping "the look" disappear for good. There needs to be a few trips the thrift store and to the flee market, to help round things out, of course.

    The goal? Make it tidy and functional...

     ...keep it personal, tell a story...

     ...make it feel like a home.

      Goal accomplished.

      The nitty gritty details are below, if you are into that sort of stuff! If not, enjoy your weekend!

Silver plates - thrift store
Iron hooks - Hobby Lobby
Shoe picture - My picture of my family's shoes I modpodged to a board
Picture hooks - Plant hooks turned upside down from Walmart
Bench - roadside junk store
Crate - Flea Market
Rug - Walmart, I painted, Tutorial Here
Table - actually a sewing table that was given to me and I painted
Mirror - thrift store, painted and glazed with black
Lamp - salvage shop, painted and glazed with black
Lamp shade - I made, Tutorial Here
Scrolly dodad - Thrift store, painted and dry brushed with silver
Birdcage - Thrift store, painted
Welcome sign - Made from a thrifted cabinet door and letters from Hobby Lobby, painted
Home Sign - Hobby Lobby
Chandelier - Lowes
Walls - Sanded with liquid sander, primed with Zinsser Bulls Eye and painted with semi gloss Behr Antique White from Home Depot (tutorial to come)

Deuteronomy 33:25   ...and as thy daysso shall thy strength be. 


  1. I applaud you for your sense of seeing what it could be. Not many can do that. You have outdone yourself girl. I adore your entryway. Bravo!

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  2. Oh! I love the painted sewing table, the shoes picture... It is a lovely entry that reflects home and owner. xo sweet sister!

  3. Beautiful! Homey indeed. Now when you get 'the look' it'll be a 'wow' look!

  4. You have to be kidding me! Are you a magician? I totally adore your entry! WOW
    I would love if you link this to my link party Monday morning!

  5. So pretty! When you start with a house with such beautiful character, you can't go wrong! Such a cutie-pie in your doorway! :)

  6. What a dramatic difference! Nice job! The new wall color does so much!

  7. I can relate to your saga...we bought a older colonial and it takes hard work and time!
    You have done a wonderful job.

  8. Your entryway looks fantastic! It's great that you saw the potential in the house and were able to make it something to be proud of instead of walking away from it.

  9. Mirror might be a bit large for that space but well done. Love how you used the sewing table. Do I recognize it correctly as Aunt Sue's former sewing table? Be sure to pass along to your girls how their late aunt loved to sew, especially for the children.

  10. Just beautiful! I can't believe what you did!

  11. This is it..remarkable. Dianntha

  12. WOW! I saw potential right off the bat from that first photo - but I can sure envision "The Look"! Haha. Going to feature this tonight on Kammy's Korner... pretty sure I saw the thumbnail for Better After today with this photo on it... hadn't gotten a chance to check it out! Congrats on that! :)

  13. Oh my Gosh! What a transformation! I'm featuring you tomorrow! :)

  14. Ah-may-zing!!
    I saw the potential too, since I am a great believer that paint can fix almost every home decorating issue, but you've done a spectacular job with this entryway!

  15. This is so pretty! When we were house shopping last year, I saw far too many of these "what were they thinking??!" homes. It always amazes me how people think a house like this can sell....Luckily you guys bought it and made it fannnnntasstic!

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  17. Absolutely amazing! So glad you saw the potential and loved hearing how you did it with thrifted and hand crafted items!

  18. WoW!! Beautiful Before and After! I love the wood on the walls and ceiling, Made even more beautiful after you painted. Lovely transformation! I'm visiting from Home Stories.
    I just joined your blog also!

  19. Wow! What an incredible makeover. I like how your painted over the paneling. I featured this at my link party tonight.

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  21. Okay, I'm pretty creative but you got me with the silver platter coat hooks! Hands down... AMAZING! Great job! And I can relate to seeing the possibilities beyond "the look".

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  24. Just caught this on my Pinterest feed as my daughter is moving into a house with wood paneling and can I just say this is stunning ... best I have seen yet and have been looking a bunch! Love all the thriftyness of the room, and gives us so many ideas for her new home! Never heard of liquid sanding, will have to research. Thanks for a most helpful post!

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