Before and Afters (Dining Room, Bathroom, Foyer, and best of all)
I still look at these pictures and am amazed at what I am seeing. I see the rooms all the time, but I suppose for that reason, you forget the journey to present, until it's side by side.
Before After: Dining Room
The dining room turned out a little more formal than I originally intended but also perfect if that makes sense. I wanted a color that would flatter the fireplace and my grandmothers furniture and I wanted to hang my butterflies and flowers on the walls as well. They are in shades of orange, yellow, pinks and reds. Green was the perfect choice for all. It was matched out of a green in the original wallpaper in the foyer.
Before and After: Bathroom
We finally have a bathroom in our home. We haven't all this time, well we do but I don't want to get into it. This bathroom was a lot of work for my husband. I think I have written about this before, there were unexpected findings when he started on this bathroom and it was a lot of work to repair, as the walls and a lot of other things that I will write about later. I am in love with this bathroom!
Before, After: Foyer
I have said that the foyer has taken the biggest transformation but I think all the rooms actually have. I wanted to keep that wallpaper so badly but I am so glad now I didn't. I never would have imagined it as pretty as it is now.
The best Before and After :)
The day I photographed this fireplace was the first day I photographed anything in the house. I was sitting on the floor and taking everything in. The empty Christmas box and the bright pink walls, it just felt so empty and so sad and dark and abandoned. I was overwhelmed at the time, and just trying to figure out how and if I could change this. It was during this moment staring at the fireplace that I noticed the red in the marble of the fireplace. Blinded by mental hospital pink cast. Right then I decided the room needed to have red to help pull that out but how? Not red walls, it would certainly darken it. I decided then it would be accented in red and the walls would be white. Black, red and white, that would go perfect together but it needed something else. There was no other color choice but grey. The pink cast was so overpowering, I didn't want any other color cast in that room, or the rest of the rooms. I decided to match my grey card to get the perfect grey for the bottom. It ended up being too dark so I added texture to the walls by adding white to the same grey and then glaze and the texture turned out perfect. I figured with the white and with the grey, and all the natural light, no matter where you photographed in this room, you could bounce light off the ceiling, have beautiful natural light from all the windows, all memories could be captured nicely! The black bar was added to pull your eye to the fireplace. The red would show again! (I will confess, there is a black bar going down the hallway at my work and when I walk down my eyes go to the black cabinet at the end of the hall so I kind of stole this idea from that:)
I also imagined, sitting on that floor that day, what it would be like to have life back in this room again. The pink bothered me greatly, I wanted the sadness I felt in the house to cease! Words can't express how sad and abandoned the room felt and it became a dream to create the opposite and hopefully fill it with life and memories. I don't want anyone coming into my home and feeling the way I did staring at that lonely fireplace, I wanted to create the opposite. That dream came true today. We had our first party and my grandson was surrounded by those who love him as he opened his gifts around the fireplace. Words can't express my emotions and how wonderful and happy this day has made me!
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