Our Farmhouse Renovation Reveal Part 3 - The Living Room, Kitchen & Pool Bath
Once again, thank you all for your kind comments and emails regarding our renovation! If you are new to the blog, or this reveal, you can start from the beginning with Part 1 and Part 2. Ok, now that you've seen the front yard, back yard and pool cabana, it's time to move inside! Today I'm revealing the first rooms you see when you walk in the front door, which is the Living Room and Kitchen. I will then reveal the Pool Bath which is directly behind the Kitchen.
Let's start from the outside walking in.... As a reminder, here is the walkway to the front doors...
Immediately inside those doors is our Living Room and just beyond that is our kitchen. I LOVE that they are both so open to each other. It makes life with toddlers sooooo much easier!
Ok, so here is a shot of the Living Room when the house was on the market. This photo was taken from just inside the front doors.
Here is a less distracting photo taken just after the previous owner moved out....
And here is our Living Room today...
I mean, where do I even begin? Ok, so one of the first things we did was sheet rock the ceilings. We remembered thinking those exposed beams were sooooo neat, but trust me, after moving in, we realized they weren't. So we added shiplap to the long stair wall (on the right) to create that farmhouse feel. (still need art for this wall)
We also removed the pendants in the living room and put in canned lights.
Here is an original shot of the Living Room from the kitchen...
And here it is today...
I still have quite a few things to do in that room...but again, will it ever be complete?? Probably not.
Ok, on to the kitchen... Here is a closer original shot from the Living Room...
I love this space! The first thing we did was we decided to put the kitchen table in the middle of the kitchen. The previous owners had their kitchen table all the way to the right in front of the french doors which lead to our back yard. We wanted to keep that space open. Plus, having a table in the middle of the kitchen made it feel more like a farmhouse.
We also removed those large white columns that sat on top of the serving bar (I hated those)... and we took the serving bar down to counter height. So much more kid friendly.
Oh, but there's more... see the photo below for another before shot... Notice how the fridge is shoved up against the pantry wall with no surrounding cabinetry? And the counter top microwave! Yikes! Everything in here looked so totally unfinished to me!
We moved the fridge as far to the left as we could go, which was only about 6", but that was enough to get it out from up against the wall. We also built-in the fridge and microwave.
We obviously sheet rocked this ceiling as well and added stained cedar beams and a fabulous gold and crystal chandelier!
Do you see the single door to the right of the 2 sets of french doors in the photo below? That door leads to the Cabana. Love that it's just off of the kitchen and living area.
When we first bought the house, I was convinced we would need to replace the open shelving with upper cabinets. But after living with it for a while, I fell in love with it...I'd totally do it again, too! Everyone always asks if my dishes get dusty... well, yes, they do, but only pieces such as serving dishes that aren't used on a regular basis. And at that point, wouldn't you rinse them before using anyways??
What I was likely most excited about in this kitchen was my new calacatta borghini marble counter tops...they are so gorgeous...like slabs of art. I love them!
And what's a farmhouse without a an apron sink?? I do looooove my apron sink. Maybe as much as my countertops!
Now on to our Pool Bath, which also serves as the Powder Room for all of our guests... Do you see the doorway/hallway on the right side of the back kitchen wall? That hallway contains the laundry room and the Pool Bath. Just beyond that is our new master suite (which I will post about next week).
Here is what the Pool Bath looked like, well, even before it became the pool bath. It was actually the guest bath as it was just outside of the former guest bedroom at the time we purchased the home.
While I loved the existing black & white hex tile floor, the room was lacking style. I felt like it was the perfect space to add a punch of pattern.
Here is the Pool Bath now...
Not only did we add pattern with wallpaper, but we also replaced the pedestal sink with a custom cabinet for added storage.
We did opt to keep the exiting mirror as it seems to be a vintage piece and I liked the warmth the wood frame added to the room.
One thing that bothered me the most about this bathroom was the fact that the stand-up shower was enclosed with a shower curtain. That was one of the first things that had to go....so we removed the shower curtain and installed a frameless shower surround.
So that's it for Part 3 of our renovation! I hope to have part 4 up early next week.....and don't worry, there are only 5 parts, so I won't be dragging this out too much longer! :-)
Stay tuned for Part 4, which will feature the kids' bedrooms!
Photos by Nate Rehlander naterehlander.com