Living Room Update

Living Room Update | Edith & Evelyn Vintage |

I thought I would give you a little update on the living room renovation. We are getting close to the finish line, thank goodness, and it won’t be long before I can start decorating. I love to show the “before”, … Continue reading

The Family Room is Finished!

The family room is finished!  

This is the second room in the ongoing, complete renovation of the 1970’s time warp.  The family room update wasn’t nearly as involved as the kitchen, so it went a little quicker, and hubby and I are definitely getting better with our reno skills, so we are making fewer mistakes!

Just as a reminder………here is where we started.


Lovely isn’t it……popcorn ceilings, dated blue carpet and drapes, turquoise wall color, no crown moulding….you get the picture.

Here are some images of the “during”….


And……here is the final reveal!



We scraped the popcorn ceiling and painted it in our “go to” white paint, Sherwin Williams Snowbound.  

We added crown moulding, as well as added more moulding at the top of the doorways to give them more height.


We painted the fireplace brick a beautiful gray, and added crown moulding and paint to the fireplace mantel.

Originally, there was only a single built in bookcase to the left of the fireplace.  We cut it in half and using the top half, created another cabinet on the bottom.  We added a wall of shiplap above it and then hubby built the shelves, creating a built in entertainment center.  




Removing the old carpet and installing wide plank, hand scraped oak floors made a huge difference!

All the walls were painted in Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray, creating a lighter palette.  No more turquoise walls!



There was an inset niche at the back of the room which turned out to be perfect for the china cabinet that we recently made over.  You can see more about the cabinet makeover HERE.



Decorating the family room was fun, finally unpacking some things that we haven’t seen since we moved!




And I’m still tweaking it here and there, which is an ongoing process for me.  I will live with something for awhile, and then I like to change it up.



We are so glad to have another room behind us on this renovation!  

Next up is the dining room!  We have already scraped that popcorn ceiling, and have started steaming the avocado flocked wallpaper off of the walls!




I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of the family room!

We are off to do a little pickin’ to find some pretties for the shop!  Wish me luck!

We’re sharing with THE SCOOP over at Cedar Hill Farmhouse today!

Blessings, Cindy 

The Kitchen is Finished!

Hallelujah, Praise the Lord, the kitchen is finished!!  Amen!   There were days that I didn’t think I would see the end of it!  It took longer than we anticipated, and I haven’t added up all of the receipts to … Continue reading

Kitchen Update

A quick kitchen update on our home renovation.  In case you missed it, you can read about the purchase of our new “old” home here.   The first room we decided to tackle was the kitchen.  I’m not so sure that was a wise decision, but we felt the kitchen was the most critical!  It’s definitely been a learning curve and pretty slow going at times, but so far we are very pleased with the progress.


We have placed wood and crown moulding over all of the old sofits, scraped the popcorn ceiling, and added a wood planked, whitewashed ceiling.  Of course I couldn’t just stop there, we also added decorative trim to all the woodwork.  After painting, I have glazed all the details to give the wood a vintage look.  


We’ve torn out some of the old cabinets; added beadboard to an enclosed alcove, which will also have cabinets installed; torn up the old tile floor and laid a wide planked, handscraped oak floor.  Everything is getting painted Sherwin Williams Snowbound.  The existing cabinets that we kept had a poly finish on them, so they all had to have one coat of oil based primer, three coats of the paint, then finished with glaze.


We installed Carrara marble for countertops.  I have researched countertop materials until I am blue in the face and have waffled back and forth between granite and marble.  In the end, I knew I would forever be disappointed if I didn’t go with what I have always loved, so the Carrara marble won out, and I love it.


We have had to add several cabinets to replace the ones that were not salvageable.  Custom cabinets were not in the budget and we knew that we had to make the new ones “blend” with the old existing cabinets.  So we purchased stock cabinets from Home Depot and added decorative trim to each drawer and door, giving them a custom appearance.  I love kitchen cabinetry that has the look of furniture.  To achieve this, we added furniture feet at the bottom of the cabinets.  We trimmed out the old existing cabinet fronts with the same trim and will add feet to the bottom of them as well, so that new and old cabinets flow together.  After painting and glazing, they look just like custom cabinetry for a fraction of the cost.



The farmhouse sink (love this sink!) and the new Delta faucet are installed, though the cabinets on that side of the kitchen still need to be painted.  We are working on finishing those up, hopefully this week………..did I mention that we are slow?  


The kitchen island was one of the old existing cabinets.  We just added decorative wood trim and furniture feet, then painted it a complimentary gray, Sherwin Williams Pussywillow, then glazed the details.  The glaze we used is by Valspar from Lowes.  It’s really easy to use and  gives the cabinets an old world feel.  



The chandeliers are hung, one in the kitchen over the island, and the other one in the breakfast nook…….yes, that’s blue and green painter’s tape still on the windows………that window trim is on the (long, never ending) list to get painted.  The walls still haven’t been painted in the breakfast nook either, but soon will be.  We are going with Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray.  It’s a gorgeous shade of gray and works so well with the other neutral colors.



We’re slowly adding some details here and there as we finish up each space.  



Some close up shots of the wood covered sofits with crown moulding details.  You can also see a touch of the wall color here.   I feel like the renovation is coming along so slowly, until I look at where we started!  We still have a little bit to do………adding a few more cabinets, finishing the painting, adding a range hood, putting down the thresholds on the wood floor, adding hardware to the cabinets, finishing the alcove, etc.  But we are getting there, slowly but surely!


You can see from this angle that there’s still lots of painting to get done on this side!  But we are very pleased with how it’s turning out and it’s amazing to see how bringing the space into a lighter color palette has enhanced the original architectural details of the home.   The original lead glass windows with stained glass panels in the kitchen now look beautiful instead of old and outdated.


In case you have forgotten about where we started……………here’s the before……..


The kitchen with all the original avacado appliances.......remember those?


Hopefully, I will have the final reveal soon!!  Thanks for following along on this total home renovation!  

Eucharisteo (thankful),


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