Hey guys and gals!! Today I’m sharing some before and after photos of Ellie’s room!
As a quick note, I would just like to say thank you to everyone that has said kind words about our home on social media. Truly, your compliments mean so much because our house did not always look the way it does now, and it’s taken years to get to every room (like five of them, haha). In full disclosure, sometimes I feel dishonest about showing photos our house (although I’m obviously not being dishonest) because viewers only get to see the (mostly) finished product. They don’t get to see the arguments, the injuries, the tears, the respirators, the messes, and the utter chaos and disorganization that went on here for years. It’s my sincerest hope that anyone who stumbles on photos of our home and loves what they see, sees things with a grain of salt. There were several years before that, that weren’t so beautifully curated. Anyway, that’s my disclaimer 🙂
Here is what Ellie’s room looked like when we walked through it for the very first time:
^ This is the view from the master looking into the bedroom ^
^ This is the view looking out the second door, and at the top of the back staircase. Unfortunately we had to take out these gorgeous built-ins to put in the washer and dryer (the only place we could put them). You’ll see what it looks like today in the last photo 🙂 ^
The house has always had beautiful character and good bones, but it needed a lot of work. The previous owner was a wonderful woman in her mid 90’s. Her only son moved her to Pennsylvania to live closer to him so he could take care of her, and the house had been vacant for over a year. She owned the home since the late 1940’s I believe. Bless her heart, she wasn’t even able to get up and down the stairs for several years, so she lived on the main floor. She kept a very clean home, but it was very outdated.
The electrical was old knob-and-tube. The house was still running on oil. There was a washer, but no electrical work done for a dryer (there’s a clothesline outside). There were no modern day amenities like a dishwasher; heck, there wasn’t even a refrigerator when we moved in.
Ellie’s room was left untouched for several years. We addressed one bedroom first, and then the kitchen. Two years went by, and it took getting pregnant with my daughter to realize we really should make this room a nursery. I’m not exactly sure what its original purpose was. It’s right off the back stairs (or what some call the “servant stairs”), so I’m tempted to think perhaps a live-in nanny lived in this space to help care for a baby off the main bedroom.
We replaced the three windows, and updated the electrical in here and brought it up to code. All the white you see on the wall is patchwork. Wherever we could preserve plaster, we did. I love plaster!! Here is my husband laying the trim to create the wainscoting. He was so against this added touch, but obviously wives always win 🙂
^You see that embellishment on the left wall? We added that because we made a mistake putting on the wainscoting 😉 A lot of people come into this room and think the wainscoting is original. The only woodwork that was in this room was the window trim and the pine baseboard. We have two rooms downstairs that have wainscoting (probably original to the home), so we tried as best as possible to match that. This was a really cheap way to spruce up the room.
^ Late nights painting. I remember my Mom helping us with this 🙂 ^
^ By the way, this color is Benjamin Moore’s Antique Lace. It’s like a butter. and it’s GORGEOUS!! ^
Right before she came 🙂 When I knew nothing about photography, borrowed my Mom’s camera, and didn’t just use natural light. But here you go!
Obviously we didn’t keep all that crap in her bed, haha. I’ll link to a few things below, but this old WWII chest was found on Craigslist at the same place we bought the dresser. The dresser was originally stained wood, but we painted it white with leftover paint from the kitchen and distressed it with sandpaper.
^ I’ve still never changed out these pictures (ain’t nobody got time for that). These are just shadowboxes of some of her baby shower cards. Maybe this is something that will get done in her teenage years?
^ Can I just tell someone how much I hate quarter round? I really really hate quarter round.
^ The view from our room to hers. It was the perfect nursery for when she outgrew her bassinet and I was still nursing her. This is my favorite view in the house. One where I can see my baby (Jackson’s room is behind us).
Most of the furniture in her room was found at antique stores. The bed came from my Mom’s friend who was moving out and wanted to get rid of some things. All the baskets came from Home Goods. The rug can be found here. The chair/ottoman in the nursery (that is now in our bedroom) can be found here 🙂
I’m still looking for photos of some of the other rooms, but I’ll probably do before and after of the larger bathroom next!! Love you all, and thanks for following along!!