Feb
03
20

Home Renovation Reveal

If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you’ve seen the updates since November regarding our home renovation. WHY I decided to tear out walls, carpet, and begin a total renovation during the busy season and holidays, I’ll never know, but we have finally gotten to the point where we’re able to enjoy the fruits of our labor, and I’m excited to share!

First, let’s take a look at what we were dealing with, shall we?

“Hey boss, I really think we should put 6 doorways in this 12 square foot area” – architect in 1976, probably
Peep all that sweet sweet paneling.
This room is what sold us on the house. Something about those beams and that fireplace just called out to the nature lovers inside my husband Nik and I (deep down, we are hippies — it’s really not even all that deep down sometimes).

This may seem completely unrelated to photography, but I promise that’s not the case! When you’re working from home day after day, it’s really tough to remain motivated and creative in a less-than-inspiring space. When we chose this house, we made sure it checked off our top priorities: it had to have great bones, in a safe, low traffic neighborhood, within 15 minutes of Downtown Greenville, and in a good school district. OH, annndd be in our budget. Just like we’ve all seen in countless HGTV marathons, some compromises have to be made, so we purchased this 1976 split level home in pretty much the same condition it had been for the last few decades (in case you haven’t noticed from all the paneling and the nice red river rock). Long story shortish, we’ve spent the last couple of years learning how we want to utilize our space before we began any big modifications, and I’m really glad we waited first.

I won’t bore y’all with the entire process, but rest assured that it involved uncovering a LOT of harvest gold wallpaper, shag carpeting, asbestos-laden linoleum, and other unfortunate design decisions. Let’s get on to the reveal!

Front two rooms of the house — we made these into a piano room and my office until realizing we needed a full sized dining room. I LOVE it
1970s split level home renovation interior before and after removing walls open floor plan mid century modern design
The room we fell in love with, but a million times more functional!
Basement/laundry have become a hangout for my plants in the winter and the girls + their friends year-round. It has definitely already hosted some big slumber parties!
This bathroom is still a work in progress. I decided on Thursday, two days before hosting my inlaws, that I would start repainting everything in here. Bad move. We still have to replace the hardware and the ugly countertop, but it’s still an improvement!
My favorite part of the transformation! I can NOT handle darkness. I hate being in the dark. I have always loved to be surrounded by natural light and bold color as much as possible, so this transformation makes my heart sing!

90% of the things you see in the updated pics are either thrift store finds or family hand-me-downs. Besides the drywall installation, we have done this entire renovation ourselves, with the help of my sister and brother in law, and though I never want to be tasked with pulling up carpet staples EVER again, I’ve got to admit that it’s satisfying to see all that work pay off.

My grandmother’s china cabinet, piano, porcelain figurines, and gorgeous afternoon light make my office my favorite spot in the house.
Film cameras handed down through generations of my family, along with the mirror my parents always had hanging in their pottery studio, and a tile my mom painted before I was born are some of my favorite mementos.
These chairs, rescued from FB Marketplace, sat in my garage for about 4 months until I found the PERFECT fabric to recover them. I’m obsessed with the whole look!

Now, on to 2020 wedding season — the most inspired and motivated year yet!

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