I finally finished painting and caulking the support beams on each side of our island and thought it was a good time to reveal the finished island. Other than a bit of trim to finish up (I'm slowly but surely making my way around the room) and some trim on our plank ceiling, the dining room/kitchen/living room is fully remodeled. Sure, there's some changes we want to make down the line (replacing the banister, a garage/mudroom addition, and french doors in the dining room out to a new deck), but the main ugly parts are fully gone. To see individual tutorials and more before & after pictures, click on the "Ugly House Renovation" label on the right hand side of the screen or click here.
So, let's take a walk down memory lane to what our house looked like in all its 1979 glory when we first moved in.
Pretty great huh? It's so much brighter in our house now. Here's the progression so you can see how we ended up here.
We trimmed out each vertical support with pre-primed white boards and lattice trim pieces. Once my husband had them nailed around the 2 x 4 supports, I wood filled each nail hole and caulked everything to make the trim nice and clean. Everything got many coats of white paint to complete the look.
I have individual posts for much of what we've done (Click here for the collection of Ugly House posts), but here's a quick run down. First we removed everything from the kitchen (cabinets, countertops, that red back splash, sink, soffet) and replaced with subway tile, Ikea cabinets, butcher block countertops (that I stained and finished) and an apron front sink. After that, we painted everything including the pantry door and stair railings. New doors throughout the upstairs. The wall came down, new lights were added/changed, floors were removed, new island built, horizontal beam wrapped in barn wood and vertical supports wrapped in trim, drywall patched up, ceiling covered in plank and new floors installed throughout the upstairs. Final step is putting new taller trim throughout the upstairs and trim around the ceiling.