There’s been a few spaces we haven’t even touched since moving in to our fixer upper. One of those spaces is this awesome bonus room space above our garage which was undoubtedly the nastiest room of the house when we first moved in. The space was filled with badly stained (and stinky) carpet, holes in the walls, broken windows, dust and overall dinginess. We didn’t really need the space for anything right away, so it just sat there and became storage for the first few years we have lived here.Read More
I have been SO excited to share this amazing transformation of one of my latest design projects. This client's bathroom was original to the home and had not been updated since they had lived there. I was so excited when they asked me to help with the design and coordination of this renovation especially after hearing their vision and ideas for the space. Miller Team Renovations handled all the tile and renovation work from start to finish and they were wonderful to work with. I appreciated that they kept me updated every step of the way and allowed me to make every single little decision about the space, which is so rare.Read More
Our laundry room is one area of the house that I have not shared a whole lot about during our renovation. As you can expect, this area really wasn't my top priority as far as decorating and I've just now gotten around to really focusing on the decor in the past few months. I didn't realize just how much we had transformed this room until I looked at the "before" photo from when we first bought the house below!
A really bad light 80's light fixture was just the beginning of the problems in this room. The original hardwoods were ruined due to water damage over the years from the nearby half bathroom and horribly faulty plumbing. The entire door was also rotting and practically crumbling apart every time you tried to open it. There was also horrible popcorn ceiling in this room too. During our renovation, we put down new slate-look ceramic tile floors (from Louisville Tile) and replaced the damaged door with a large sliding glass door system. Since we had to cut into the drywall in much of this room when we re-plumbed the house, we were able to just re-drywall the ceiling to smooth it out.
This room gets such great natural light from the wall of windows that fresh paint, drywall, and new floors make the biggest difference. This room is a multi-use space, as it's also a mudroom and the entrance we use most to enter and exit the house so I tried to keep it as open as possible while still making it functional and cozy. The laundry area is the focus of the room and the first area we started to dive in on. I wanted to create a focal wall with some fun printed wallpaper and I fell in love with this gingham print from Magnolia.
I also knew I wanted a laundry counter and was super inspired by this tutorial from Vintage Revivals. I loved the waterfall countertop look done with the simple lightly stained wood. My husband was able to create a very similar version, with a few adjustments for our space. We also added some metal trim on all the edges (alluminum pieces from Lowe's that I just spray-painted gold- both are linked above). My husband built matching shelves with the same wood and simple metal brackets from Lowe's which we also spray-painted gold (also linked above).
Another area of this room is the sitting area near the doorway. Since this is also a mudroom, a place to hang keys, purses, and take your shoes on and off is very important. I kept messing with this area because I couldn't get the arrangement and mix of colors and patterns just right, but I'm finally happy with it. I love the addition of a curtain on one side of the sliding glass door just to soften it a bit and add some color (rod is from Target; curtains from Homegoods). I also had painted this right side wall with chalkboard paint last year and I love the contrast it adds to the room. Most of the items in here are from Homegoods or vintage/thrifted and I've linked lost of similar or identical options above.
Styling my laundry counter was one of my favorite parts of this project. I knew I wanted as much as possible displayed in glass jars but I also founds some other fun accessories that I wanted to incorporate. The vintage floral painting was a thrift store find that kind of set the color scheme for the entire space. All the jars are from Target and I just spray-painted the lids gold using the same gold spray paint I linked above. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I purposefully picked my detergents and cleaning products based on what would match and looks best in the jars. Anything that wasn't as attractive to have sitting out, I hid inside the crates or tubs!
It is also very important for me to have some kind of organizational center near my entrway where I can put mail and have a calendar. I found this weekly dry/erase calendar at Homegoods and it really helps me (and mostly my husband) stay organized with our schedule each week. I had this triple hanging wire basket at our old house near the entryway too and it's perfect for mail, magazines, and small items (I spray painted it gold for this room). Finally I added a little pop of color with a hanging plant and one of my favorite free plant printables from Magnolia (find it here) in a brass frame (frame linked above).
I'm so pleased to have one more room complete in our house and this space is such a cheerful sight to walk into everyday! The only other project I'm considering in here is switching out the flushmount for a small modern brass, beaded, or wicker chandelier. I've tried to link just about everything that I could from this room, but if you have any questions about anything I didn't mention, just ask!
We've been working hard today to finalize many of the decisions, layout, and overall plan for our latest fixer upper project. If you've followed along with the rest of our updates on the Amsden building, you already know about our initial plans for most of the space, but we had left a few decisions up in the air. The front retail space on the main floor will house our coffee shop, Rise + Grind and the second, middle retail space will be home to a unique local market expanding on the Miss Molly Vintage brand, Gather Mercantile. This space will allow us to incorporate even more local makers + brands into our existing inventory, as well as expanding with more home decor, furniture, + even fresh flowers and plants!
We have one more retail space on the main floor, which we are looking to lease as well. We would love to have someone add a bar, tasting room, or beer hall concept to this cozy, historical space and we think it would fit in perfectly with the "sip + shop" theme of the main floor. If you or someone you know might be interested in renting this space, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We would be happy to work with you throughout the remaining renovation to outfit the space to your needs.
Finally upstairs we have three amazing studios/office suites available for lease starting in the fall. All these spaces are around 500 square feet each and include gorgeous historical details and character as well as lots of natural lights and views of downtown Versailles. The Main Street Executive suite is a show-stopper with original 14 foot ceilings and 10 foot windows, as well as the giant curved corner window you can see in the photos of the front of the building. This gives you perfect views of both Main Street and Court Street and tons of natural light flooding the room. All the studios feature reclaimed hardwood floors, private bathrooms, and original exposed brick fireplaces too. You can find more information on each space with exact square footage and pricing here. Please contact us through that website with any leasing inquiries. We are finalizing our website for the Amsden building and should have it up and running in a couple of days. If you want to check in on our progress on all these spaces, or catch up on the latest updates, just click here. Thanks for following along!
Demo continues at our latest fixer upper project and the progress downstairs is amazing! I knew it would make such a huge difference removing all the walls and raising the ceilings back to the original height, but it has transformed the space even more than I had imagined. The whole downstairs level feels twice as big and once all the windows are uncovered, all the natural light is going to make this whole area feel so bright and open. You can read more about our plans for this building and see some "before" pictures here.
Above you can see the middle space downstairs which will house the retail store section of our concept. This space has a separate entrance and I immediately fell in love with the beautiful fireplace mantle. The whole left hand side wall that you see will be taken back to exposed brick.
Here can see a closer look at the original fireplace and moldings, which we will be keeping and restoring as much as we can. These giant windows on the right side continue all the way down this side of the building (as you can see below too). The top windows feature original stained glass and they all have some amazing moldings surrounding them.
Unfortunately the original ceilings which probably featured some type of beautiful tiling was removed completely during one of the past renovations. You can see the original lath that the ceiling has been stripped down to, and we are considering keeping that as a unique element throughout the space if we can figure out how to clean it up a bit and fill in the missing areas.
Above and below you can see a bit of the exposed brick that we are continuing to uncover. It is buried under many layers of plaster making it a little more difficult to get to, but we know it will be worth it to have this statement feature across the entire back wall of the building.
The open doorway that you see on the far wall leads to the third and last space of the downstairs of the building (more photos of that later in the post). The closed doorway is now a tiny closet bathroom but we will be removing that and closing both of those doorways off to just create a normal wall.
Above and below you can see a better look at the expanse of the lath ceilings throughout the front of the building. The wall in the center will separate the coffee shop from the retail space and we will add some type of glass door or sliding door so that it can be closed off when needed.
Below is a look at the front space of the building which will house the coffee shop. The few beams that are left will mostly be removed and the only walls that will be added in the area will be for the bathroom (which will back up to the dividing wall).
Above you can see the wall where the back counter for the coffee shop will be placed and there will also be a floating front counter right in front of that. That wall will also hopefully be exposed brick as well above the trim.
There are two more large windows in the front room which you can see above and below, and the front doorway is right to the left of those. That is the entrance that goes straight out to the sidewalk on Main Street.
Below is a view looking from the front of the coffee shop into the retail space. We hope to add a floating window bar on the right side for extra seating in the coffee shop.
The front entrance into the coffee shop can be seen above. This currently has a very plain glass and metal commercial style door but we are going to replace it with something wood and glass that better fits the look of the building.
Here's a look at the back space which we are hoping to rent out to another business, hopefully a bar or cocktail lounge of some sort. This was originally divided into two rooms with a bathroom in the back room and a storage closet but we are completely opening it up to one large space.
Above is a look at the wall that originally divided the space which they are still working on getting down. Luckily all the walls were added in later renovations so none of them have been load bearing so far.
There's also a fireplace in this area which we will try to restore so that it's not just filled in with brick! The ceilings used to be much lower in here and actually covered up that top smaller window that is above the larger windows, but that has now been removed and we are raising the ceiling back up to the original 14 foot height.
Lots of layers of insulation, plaster, paneling, wallpaper, and more in here that all have to be peeled back to get to the original brick. We want to expose as much of the original brick as we can on all the walls. They also have been saving any and all original trim, doors, etc. that they have removed so that we can repurpose and reuse as much of it as possible, even if it's in different areas.
Above you can see the front of the 3rd space, it has its own entrance and three large windows (exactly like the windows that are in the front half of the building). We will probably replace the door to something with more glass that will let in more light and has a bit more character. I was hoping for concrete floors down here but so far it's just old subfloor so we will have to lay new floors of some sort. I will continue to share more progress as demo wraps up and we begin framing some of the new walls and slowly putting everything back together!
Last week demo began on our latest fixer upper project and I can barely keep up! Our contractors have been awesome and have been moving faster than I ever imagined on the interior demo of the entire building (upstairs and downstairs). For a little more background and details on our plans for this building, see my original post here. Our main goal is to restore many of the original features of the building and the character that has slowly been covered up or replaced over the years. This building was used as offices and a courthouse annex so many walls were added to create lots of small offices and rooms. The biggest part of demo will be removing all these walls to completely open up all the spaces and raise the ceilings back up to the original height of 14 feet. I wanted to share a few pictures of the upstairs progress and some interesting original features we have uncovered- prepare yourself for lots of dust and mess!
Above is one of the upstairs office spaces that we are opening up- this was originally 2 offices with lots of small rooms that we are making into one large open office. You can see a better view of how the space was divided up below too.
All the lighter colored wood represents newer walls that were added probably in the last 20-30 years, while the darker beams are most likely original to the building. We will be trying to take as much of the outer walls of the upstairs and downstairs back to exposed brick as we can.
One interesting feature that we uncovered was this beautiful arched window that had been completely covered up (you can see it to the left and then how it was covered with trim to the right)! This is actually right above our large regular windows and when they lowered the ceilings in these rooms, they ended up just covering up these original details. We are hoping to restore these arched windows so that they add even more amazing natural light into these office spaces!
Above is our favorite room upstairs which is the corner office with the best views of Main Street and the giant curved corner window you can see in the photos of the front of the building. We really want this office to be a show-stopper and are completely opening up the entire space and raising the ceilings as high as we possibly can (maybe even higher than the original 14 ft.!)
Above is part of the ceiling in the corner office- there are two levels: the beams that that ceiling fan is hanging from which are at 14 feet, and what extends beyond that is the attic area all the way up to the roof. We want to at least get this entire room back up the original 14 feet ceilings, but are hoping to make them even higher into the attic for a super dramatic and open space.
In the same room we uncovered this old fireplace behind the wall (that most likely also extends downstairs too). We also uncovered another fireplace that was covered with old wood panneling in the first office (see below). I'm not sure if we will be able to make these function again, but I still like the idea of having them in the spaces to add the historic feel and original character to the rooms.
We've had lots of good news so far throughout demo, which is very rare with a building this age! One of the things we were excited to find was some original hardwood floors upstairs (under many layers of carpet!). We should be able to refinish these and patch any missing areas to match. This is a huge find, since we originally budgeted to put down all new floors upstairs.
Above (and below) you can see the front two offices which will be opened into one large office (we will have 3 total office spaces for lease upstairs). All the offices now have their own tiny bathrooms, but we will be moving the bathrooms to accommodate the new floor plan and so that they break up the floor plan much less.
One more look at some of the floors we uncovered- every room of this upstairs had a different color of carpet when we bought the building! We were able to take some video footage of the entire building before demo that I hope to share soon so that you can get a better idea of the overall layout. The downstairs has already been completely cleared out as well and I'll be sharing more details on that next week!
For our little family, 2016 has been an exciting year full of change and new projects. It seems as if the majority of our year was focused around our home renovation, beginning the very first week of January when we first stepped foot into our now home. We weren't even seriously looking to move when we happened upon the listing (thanks to Alex's dad) and decided to take a look at this house on Main Street in Versailles with no definite plans in mind. We were overwhelmed while inside the house and initially decided it was way too big of a project for us right now. But as soon as we left, I couldn't stop thinking about the possibilities and both of us decided to take the plunge and make an offer.
Without a doubt the most stressful part of the entire process was in the coming months, preparing our first home to go on the market. The entire process was so emotional for me- that home was my pride and joy, as I purchased it right after graduating from college and poured years of hard work into it. I didn't have hardly any money to do improvements on that house, so we did everything on our own, on a serious budget. We weren't always able to make things perfect or have high-end finishes but it was a wonderful home to us for over 5 years.
Renovations on the new house started in March, just as our old house went up on the market. Having to show a house while you're still living in it is no fun, especially with two giant dogs. Besides having to have the house perfectly clean (and I am a serious perfectionist about this), I also had to take the dogs with me anytime we had a showing scheduled. There were some days when we had back-to-back showings from morning till night, and I feel as if all of March was spent in my car with Dixie and Hank just driving around aimlessly trying to pass the time.
Adding to the stress was the fact that we had purchased the new house before selling our old house. When our old house didn't sell in the first week, I started to panic. I know it's completely unreasonable to expect that quick of a sale, but we needed the profits from that sale to help pay for the renovation. I'm not one who likes to take risks like this, but after many tears and prayers, two weeks later, God brought us the perfect family and our closing was scheduled for late May.
Our renovation lasted about 90 days and during May I spent just about every day at the house moving boxes in and finalizing details of the renovation. As with most renovations of this nature, we ran into some unexpected projects and went over our estimated timeline by a few weeks. We moved in with a few renovation projects still finishing up and lived amongst the dust, piles of garbage, and constant stream of workers in and out, for two weeks.
Summer was spent settling in, beginning to decorate, and placing all our furniture around the house. The dogs settled in easily (especially after all the renovation workers were gone!) and they just love their giant new yard. I still feel like I have so far to go, but the walls are a little less bare and I actually have some curtains hung (in some rooms). I know I will never truly be finished with the house, but that is part of the fun. I like always having a project and endless rooms to redecorate and rearrange.
Photo by Sarah E Dunn Photo + Design
From fall through the end of the year we hosted many parties, gatherings, dinners, and endless tours at the house and even Thanksgiving dinner for both our families. My seasonal decorating was taken to a new level with a house that was double in size to our old one and a giant front porch to deck out! We also shot our autumn lookbook around our new home and I will treasure having all the beautiful shots by Sarah of this first year in our home. One of the highlights of the year was our anniversary trip to the Magnolia Silobration. It was a dream come true for me to see all things Fixer Upper in person, especially after just completing our own renovation.
all photos by Sarah E Dunn Photo + Design
Through this process I recieved so many requests about offering decorating and design services. I had been planning in the back of my mind to eventually add these services but decided to jump right in and try them for the holidays. The response I received was amazing and I can't thank all my clients enough for allowing me to work on your homes. I was fully booked for my first season of holiday decorating and already have several follow-up appointments to start out the new year. My husband and I loved the entire renovation process and are hoping to begin buying and flipping more homes and properties in 2017 (hopefully just not anymore that we are living in... for now). I can't wait to focus on this portion of my business more in the coming year and continue to grow the brand of Miss Molly Vintage.
It's amazing how much we have accomplished when I sit back and reflect on the entire year. Every day we pinch ourselves because we have truly created our dream home and we can't imagine living anywhere else now. Thank you for following along on this journey with us and I hope to share many more projects and renovations in the coming year!
The next room up on Our Fixer Upper before/after reveal was actually a relatively easy project, which is hard to come by in this 100 year old house. Our living room came together very easily and most of our furniture and decor from our old living room worked just perfectly in this space. It is the perfect size and feels so cozy and I am loving having these built-ins to style and decorate. You can take a look at what our living room looked like before renovation below:
It's hard to tell from photos but the biggest change that needed to happen in this room was the trim and built-in paint. They were an off-white but the combination of that color and the age of the paint was making the built-ins look old and dirty. We were thrilled to have original hardwood floors in this room so this is one of the few spaces we did not have to worry about flooring for.
I ended up removing both of the doors on the separate entryways into this room just to open up the space a bit more. I don't think we will ever have the need to have this room completely closed off and they just made arranging the furniture a little more difficult.
We also removed the old brass fireplace insert that was dating the entire fireplace. For now I just have a simple fireplace screen but I am contemplating maybe painting the brick in the future.
All the built-ins and trim were painted bright white and it really made SUCH a big difference in the space. Now the room feels much cleaner and more modern. I love all the detail and moldings on these original built-ins too! Eventually I would like the paint the back of the shelves a dark gray just for extra contrast but for now they are fine all white.
The other big change in this room was the light fixture. There was an 80's style flush-mount here before and I was determined to find a more stylish flush-mount light that fit with the style of my decor. I was thrilled to find this light fixture on Wayfair that has the look of a rustic wood-bead chandelier but in the flush-mount style. It was even under $100 and it looks even better in person- super high quality and a good size too. I think it is just the perfect light fixture for this space!
Besides those two elements, the rest of the room just came together so easily. I was worried about our couches/coffee table being too tight in the space but they ended up fitting perfectly and we even have room to add a chair in the corner. I put a navy leather wingback there for the time being but would like to get something more neutral and petite, maybe with some pattern. We had the television mounted above the fireplace by a local company, TDO Home Entertainment, who did an amazing job and was able to hide ALL the cords (one of my pet peeves). We got lucky that the size of television we already had just fit perfectly into the molding that was already above the fireplace.
I still have a few more pictures to hang on the walls but overall this room is pretty complete and feels like home! Can you imagine the decorating that will be done on all these shelves come Fall and Christmas?! I can't wait!