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
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!
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Last week I gave a little update on the progress we have made on the main floor of the Amsden building, but work also is continuing upstairs as well. Above you can see the corner office suite that overlooks Main Street with the giant curved corner window. They started exposing the brick around this window to really highlight this unique feature as well as the height of the ceilings, and I love the way it looks so far!
Here you can see a few of the other windows in this office including some of the top arched windows that were previously covered up by the lower ceilings. We will be restoring all of these which will allow even more light into this amazing office space.
This is a view of the entrance to the corner office (far left) and the bathroom for this space (far right). The middle nook portion will be a wet bar area, but this area could also be opened to the second middle office space, if a tenant was interested in a larger space with multiple rooms.
Above is the view looking from the middle office space into the corner office from the previous photos. This middle area was originally divided into 4 tiny, closed off rooms but now has been opened up into one, large open concept office.
Here you can see a better view of this middle space and another fireplace in here that we uncovered. We will be returning all the old fireplaces back to exposed brick and restoring them as much as possible. You may also notice the lines in the ceilings which show where some of the walls were before that divided this space up.
All the commercial fluorescent lighting will be updated in these offices to something much more attractive and a little more modern. I don't want these spaces to feel boring and bland like typical commercial offices but instead I really want to highlight the character of the building and make it unique and comfortable.
Another view of this middle space showing all the great natural light that is also available here too. These four large windows overlook the courthouse and Court Street outside.
Above is another view of the middle office space looking towards the corner office. All of these offices have original hardwood floors that we will be restoring throughout the top floor.
The doorway you see to the right in this middle space will lead to the bathroom for this office suite. We also discovered this week (after busting through another wall), that this bathroom/hallway leads all the way back into the 3rd office space which is on the other side of the stairs. Below you can see the view from the 3rd office, through the hallway, and back into the middle space. Before this was just a plain wall in the 3rd office and we had no idea there was a hidden doorway behind it! This allows for a lot of possibilities for customizing these spaces if a tenant was interested in having all three offices communicate, yet still be able to have private, separate spaces as well.
Now for the next few weeks we will be working on electric, plumbing, and mechanicals (boring for me!), but I will continue to update with any changes that may come along. For more information on leasing at The Amsden you can visit our website here; and to read more about this project and our home renovation as well, visit the "Our Fixer Upper" page here.
Demo is complete and now we are beginning to put the pieces back together at our latest project, The Amsden building. Not a lot of visible progress will be made at the in the next few weeks since we will be beginning to install new HVAC, plumbing, and electricity throughout the building (boring for me but it has to be done!). Some new framing has been installed to separate the coffee shop and store area downstairs which I wanted to share.
Above you can see a good view of the new wall from the store looking into the coffee shop area. There is an extra large and tall doorway and also a large opening at the top of the wall to allow as much natural light as possible to flow throughout the spaces. We want both areas to flow easily together and not feel completely separate, which is why we opted for a more open feel.
Above you can see a view from the opposite angle, coffee shop into the store. I'm hoping to find a reclaimed door for this doorway with lots of glass so you can still see into the store a bit even when it's closed. Below you can see a better view of how the wall splits in between the wall of tall windows.
They also finished tearing out the old HVAC system which used to be sticking out below these stairs in the top left corner. All the brick is exposed on the left side of the building and the two doorways into the 3rd retail space have been framed to be closed off. I'm going to keep the fireplace and old mantle as a feature piece of the store, restoring it as much as possible.
Above you can see the coffee shop area with the bathroom framed in on the right. The entire area from the bathroom wall extending left to the window will be the counter. Since one window will be behind the counter, we are wanting to have a walk-up ordering window from the outside of the shop too!
Another look at the bathroom which will be shared between the store and coffee space. Below you can see the front door which was originally completely boxed in by walls as a tiny entryway.
This old commercial door is definitely going and we are having a wood and glass double door made that will be a replica of the original doors that were on the building. I love the original stain glass detail that is above all the windows!
This is the 3rd space which will hopefully be housed by a bar/beer hall concept. This was originally very closed off into multiple tiny rooms with much lower ceilings that covered those top windows. They have framed out a new ceiling at the 14 foot height which was original to the building.
A look from the entrance into the back wall, which still looks pretty rough as these walls have not been fully stripped down yet. We did uncover two more large windows in the back right corner which we will restore to give even more light in here. We are also hoping to expose the brick oh this back wall like in the front two spaces on the main floor.
Above you can see the right side wall which features another uncovered fireplace that we will strip down the the exposed brick and restore as much as possible. I'm hoping to expose the brick all the way up to the ceilings on all of the fireplaces to highlight the tall ceilings and create an architectural focal point in the room.
One more look at the back wall and new ceiling framing. You can see a large header that was added in the center for support as there used to be a wall separating the space there. That's all the updates on the main floor that I have for now! You can catch up on this project and view some more before + demo photos here; + for more information about leasing opportunities at the Amsden building visit here!
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 email@example.com 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!
My latest focus at the house has been finally finishing up my dressing room! This space was not at all a priority when we first moved in and kind of became a hodge podge of temporary fixtures and furniture. We painted the walls (Art Deco Pink by Behr), put down the new laminate flooring (from Lumber Liquidators), and changed the light fixture during our renovation but besides that, not much decorating had happened in here until recently. You can see more before photos + my original plans for this space here.
The first step in moving forward with this space was finally convincing my husband to help me build these pipe clothing racks. They were definitely not as easy as they looked, but I love the way they turned out and I have more than enough hanging space in here now. I shared some more details on these racks and the assembly in my progress post here.
After finishing the clothing racks, I began choosing some furniture pieces that I actually loved to replace all the leftover random furniture I was using in here. The velvet bench, vanity stool, and glass side table were Homegoods finds and the rug is a $5 steal from an estate sale. I also found this desk that I am using as a vanity at Homegoods and I just spray painted the handles gold so that it would match the rest of the gold finishes in the room. I grabbed lots of acrylic organizers and mini wire baskets at Homegoods too to organize all my makeup inside these giant drawers. The shelves that I have above the vanity are all thrifting finds that I painted gold.
I am using the one open wall without clothing racks for my jewelry and accessory storage. I've used this antique dresser in several different rooms in our old house and I chalk painted it dark navy to use in here (you can find the chalk paint I used here). I placed all my jewelry displays on top of it- these are a mixture of vintage displays and new from Target (linked above). I can also use the drawers of the dresser for more jewelry trays and organizers as well as for jeans, shorts, scarves, etc. I added these beautiful wood + brass shelves from Target for purses above the jewelry table. I love the clean + modern mid-century look of these shelves and the pops of gold. The matching mirrors on each side of the dresser are vintage that I have painted quite a few times over the years, but I repainted them a medium gray for this room.
Another addition to the room is my shoe closet! My husband made custom floating shelves to fill the closet perfectly and I stained the wood dark. I also painted the inside of the closet a dark charcoal gray (with leftover paint from our entryway- Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams). We also switched out the pull-cord closet light for a small industrial look pendant that hangs down slightly above the shelving. I'd love to eventually get a cool old glass door to add to the front of the closet, but for now I will leave it open.
I ran out of shelf space for my hats so I used the blank spots above my vanity to just hang them on hooks! I love the way it looks and it keeps them from ever getting smooshed too!
It feels so good to have one more project done and have such a pretty space to get ready in every day! I even had to add a dog bed in front of the window because Hank and Dixie always want to be in here with me every morning! If you have any questions about fixtures or details I didn't mention, feel free to ask!
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!