An Amazing Home Remodel Tour – Part 1

My friend Amanda is an attorney by trade, but has the heart of a designer, and it shows in this amazing home remodel that she and her husband tackled with gusto.  I ran into her at the Salvation Army earlier this year, and she told me about their remodel back then, and I’m so thankful that she opened up her home to me and let me tour it and share it with you!  I think you’ll be as impressed and amazed as I was when I saw the transformation.  It’s an absolutely amazing home remodel, and proves that if you have some vision and don’t mind some hard work, you too can transform your home.

There is so much to share, that I’m going to break it down into a couple of posts, and I promise I will include a color palette as well, because I know you’ll be asking about the paint colors, just as I did. 🙂  Let’s get started – I have lots of before and after photos to share with you!  (Some of these photos are listing photos, some are screen shots from the original video tour).

For starters, the exterior has seen some dramatic changes, and Amanda and her husband tackled it themselves.  I love to paint, but painting exteriors is a whole different ballgame.  If you need a refresher, you can find my exterior house painting project here and the paint picking process here.  Here is the exterior before:

Whole House Remodel

And now:

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The front porch also got a makeover.  Here it is before – 

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And now:

Whole House Remodel

Now let’s get inside!  

Once inside, here is a shot of the original entryway area.

Whole House Remodel and Tour

And here it is now.  New flooring and paint on the walls and trim.  What a difference those two things make in a home, yes?  And those floors – so gorgeous.  Would you even believe that they’re (wait for it) laminate?  I’m telling you, from the look, the feel (I touched them) and the sound – you would never guess that they weren’t the real deal.  It turns out that Amanda and I shop at the same flooring place, and work with the same “floor guy”.  She was able to put these floors throughout her home, whereas had she chosen real hardwoods, she would only have been able to do the first floor.  Something to consider if you’re in the flooring market.  Along with the idea of luxury vinyl flooring that I talked about here.

Whole House Remodel and Tour

If you continue straight ahead, you’ll see the breakfast nook.  Here it is in its original state:

Whole House Remodel and Tour

And here it is now.  I know – I just can’t.  It’s so gorgeous, isn’t it?  And the chandelier is from Ballard Designs.  I’ve always loved this chandelier style, and it’s even prettier in person than I would have imagined.

Whole House Remodel and Tour

Whole House Remodel and Tour

To the right of the breakfast nook is the kitchen, and it’s gotten a complete overhaul.  

Before:

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Whole House Remodel and Tour

I don’t quite understand the camera angle on some of these photos, so bear with me.

Whole House Remodel and Tour

Whole House Remodel and Tour

And yes, that’s carpet in the kitchen.

Whole House Remodel and Tour

Can you even believe it’s the same house?  I had to pick up my jaw off the floor.

Whole House Remodel and Tour

Off the breakfast nook is the family room.  Good bones to work with in here.
Whole House Remodel and Tour

Whole House Remodel and Tour

Whole House Remodel and Tour

Whole House Remodel and Tour

Super cozy and welcoming now, don’t you agree?Whole House Remodel and Tour

Whole House Remodel and Tour

Whole House Remodel and Tour

I love this little desk area, and had to laugh when Amanda pointed out that one of her three boys wrote the work “poop” on the calendar.  And I don’t think it was with a chalk pen.  Gotta love boys, don’t you?

Whole House Remodel and Tour

Off of the family room is the laundry room with a bathroom – 

Whole House Remodel and Tour

New flooring, paint, and a light fixture. Cabinets replaced with open shelving.

Whole House Remodel and Tour

From the laundry room, you can go out to a beautiful enclosed porch.  Before it had red carpet.

Whole House Remodel

Now it’s luxury vinyl and a gorgeous gray on the wall.

Whole House Remodel and Tour

Whole House Remodel and Tour

Now, we’re tracking back through the house to the dining room that’s off of the kitchen.  I don’t think I fully appreciated its metamorphosis – all of that wallpaper.  You really had to have vision to see the potential here.

Whole House Remodel - A Tour!

Whole House Remodel and Tour

Those drapes are just perfect, aren’t they?  She scored them at Restoration Hardware Outlet for a song.  They really kick up the custom factor in here, don’t they?

Whole House Remodel and Tour

Then there is the living room which is off of the dining room, but also off of the entry when you first enter the house.  Here is the view from the dining room:

Whole House Remodel - A Tour!

And here it is now:

Whole House Remodel - A Tour!

Another view – from the front door:

Whole House Remodel - A Tour!

And now:

Whole House Remodel and Tour

Whole House Remodel - A Tour

I realized I didn’t get any photos of the bathrooms on the main floor – one is still under construction, and the other one I forgot to photograph.  I promise there will be some bathroom photos in part two of the tour, along with a paint color palette.

What do you think?  Are you as blown away as I am?

Jenny

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25 Comments

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    Calypso in the Country
    October 30, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Yes, I am totally blown away! I had to keep scrolling back to compare the befores and afters. What an incredible transformation and so inspiring. I love the new look. So clean and updated with great neutrals and textures. Love it all!
    Shelley

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    Adrienne
    October 30, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Absolutely gorgeous. So impressive. Any chance she can share her window treatment sources?

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    Lauren@SimplyLKJ
    October 30, 2017 at 10:45 am

    What an incredible transformation. Love the soothing color palette they chose. I still can’t get over that blue carpet!!! Yikes.

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    Sue
    October 30, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Curious as to who your “flooring guy” is here in the Dayton area. I am now contemplating this application in my wet areas. Your friend’s home certainly underwent a tremendous transformation!

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      Jenny
      October 30, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Flooring America – they’re south of Dayton in a business park where you wouldn’t even know they’re there, unless someone told you. Now they do things by appointment, but Bob Kerwin is the guy who both of us worked with, and really like. He’s very patient and knowledgeable, and they have a TON of selection.

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    Emily
    October 30, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Gorgeous home! She really did such a great job in every room. Feels clean, fresh yet cozy and family friendly.

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    jill
    October 30, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Beautiful, and can’t wait to see paint colors, sources etc. (That hallway cabinet is a perfect skinny storage piece.) Laminate is definitely the way to go with how much its improved the last few years.

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    Julie
    October 30, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    The house is just beautiful and I can’t wait to see the sources. I am especially interested in the luxury vinyl brand and color.

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    Jean C
    October 30, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    What a fantastic redo! It must be wonderful to come home to these gorgeous interiors. I love the entryway. Thanks for sharing this!

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    Amanda
    October 30, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Jenny-thank you for your sweet words about my home! Your pictures are gorgeous and now we have a keepsake of our renovation. I enjoyed spending the afternoon with you and hope we can get together soon!

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    Lynn
    October 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    This is a fantastic transformation. The first floor is calming and soothing now. As much as I like color, the color in many of the before pictures needed to go, never to be seen again.

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    Paulynn
    October 30, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Beautiful!

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    Megan Walsh
    October 30, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Love Love Love, so much that I am going to leave this open on my computer so I can enjoy it again tomorrow. (so glad my sister Kate Darcy, introduced me to your amazing blog) Making a decision this week on “To sectional or not”…curious where they purchased both their sets? Such a tough decision to make, as we have two in highschool, one in college. Not sure a sectional works for almost.empty nesters?

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      Linda
      November 1, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      From an already empty-nester: the kids always come back, and probably bring college friends, boyfriends, spouses and families. We are looking at our first sectional to have enough seating for the holidays!

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    Patricia
    October 30, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    What an amazing transformation ! Absolutely beautiful – so calm and serene. I love the neutral colors but plenty of texture with the great blinds, drapes, rugs etc. I love everything about it – great so see all the before photos too !

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    Kelly
    October 31, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Jenny can you tell us exact brand and color of laminate she used?

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    Lisa
    October 31, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    It’s amazing! What a fantastic job they did reviving this house, I love all their changes! So pretty!

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    Peggy
    November 1, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Wow! I love everything about this transformation! I’ll second (third, fourth, fifth) the request for the brand and color of the flooring. I’m moving to a new-to-me house with several hideous floorings in the public spaces. I’ve been dithering over replacement choices, and now I KNOW what I want (if you’ll share :)). Thank you!

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    Heather
    November 1, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I can’t stop looking at this. What an amazing transformation!!!

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    Ivory
    November 1, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    You did a fabulous job here. I love tge dramatic changes, wow!

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    Linda
    November 1, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Jenny. Awesome post, and I’m impressed that you have posts other than the One Room Challenge worked in. I know you must be BUSY. I love makeovers like this because I have a home from that era too. Am looking forward to paint colors (and any other sources you can get!). Wondering what the time frame was for this remodel?

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      Jenny
      November 1, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      This house is too beautiful not to share asap! Breaking it up into two posts helps me manage things a little bit better. As for the time frame, they bought the house in February of THIS YEAR! So, they definitely got a lot done in a relatively short period of time. I think a remodel like this one would have taken me AGES. Unless I had a posse. I would need a posse to get this stuff done. 🙂

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    Debbie
    November 5, 2017 at 1:35 am

    It looks fab! Are all the floors that look like wood laminate, please? I would love to know the brand/name of the laminate.

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    Ada Rhodes
    November 14, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Where did she find the cabinet in the entry!!! I’ve been searching forever!!

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      Jenny
      November 14, 2017 at 11:23 pm

      I will have to ask her Ada!

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