Site: Before and After / by Lynnea Schwieters

This summer (don't ask why it has taken me so long to post these photos) my brother and I teamed up on a home renovation project. This 3 bedroom 2 bath home was in desperate need of some love and attention. Some of the photos are pretty graphic folks so beware!

Below is a shot of the kitchen BEFORE we tore down walls. The home had a rustic appeal that we wanted to keep so we ripped out the old linoleum and wood paneling then reconfigured the space to create a modernized rustic appeal. 

AFTER! We used dark ceramic tile that resembled rustic tanned leather to ground the room. The cabinets were refaced and then painted an off white to keep things light and open.  The subway tile backsplash was done in travertine. A large island was carved out of unused space and bridges the gap between the kitchen and cozy den/dining area. 

We created an interesting niche for knick-knacks where a cupboard would not fit. 

BEFORE: We kept the built in as-is and refinished it the same color as the kitchen cabinetry. The stone fireplace also stayed as-is. 

This was the master bathroom BEFORE: AGH!!!



AFTER: We used a multi-colored river rock to reflect the organic nature found in the rest of the home. The small pattern created interest in a very tight space. The cave like shower walls were knocked down and replaced with clear glass walls. Simple white subway is my favorite on a budget! The vanity is from Home Depot.

Guest Bathroom BEFORE

AFTER: The layout of the guest bathroom remained the same. We simply got rid of the 1950 color scheme and traded it out for fresh white. We took out the space-eating built in vanity and traded it out for a pedastle. The home owner wanted the flexibilty to add in a furniture piece. I thought it was a great the idea. The floor tile is lightly striated for interest and the pearlescent accent tile around the tub/shower adds a touch of feminine elegance. 

The home sold before we could even finish. Yay!