House Tour: Beaufort Update!

 So, you know we’re dedicating our Wednesdays to house tours. We thought this Wednesday might be a good time to give you a little update on the Beaufort house! If you’re thinking What? This is PROGRESS! check out our before pictures here and here. Obviously, this is only primer on the walls and a couple of spindles have been painted white to test. But it’s amazing how big of a difference just a little white paint can make!
 Our original plan was to rip out this fireplace and start over. As it turns out, it was going to be a major structural deal, so we’re experimenting with other options. It’s amazing what an eyesore it was before and how much better just this little tester paint looks! 
 Dark half bath door primed! 
 The upstairs master bath is painted, and I am obsessed with this color. It’s one of the only times in my life I walked into a room and thought, “Yup. Nailed that paint choice.”

Here’s another view.
 The floors up here were painted brown, so we’re exploring some options. They might possibly be able to be sanded and refinished, but we’re trying a little white paint just in case it doesn’t work. We love it! It’s so fresh. 
 The bathroom has been painted too. And, no, this fabulous chair isn’t staying… We’ll auction it off to the highest bidder 🙂

Untold baths are going to happen here, just admiring the view out the window!
 Little Will’s bathroom tile is finished as well!
 We think the gray grout looks great!
 Laundry room! It’s small for a reason, people.
 The lighting is clearly not finished in Will’s room. Sorry for the horrible pictures.
 We might seal these window frames off and leave them looking rustic. We think it would pair well with the built-in ships beds. This is one of those times, like normal, where we walked in and thought: “We picked that color…”
The blue lines in the hall wall are the site of the future third floor demo, affectionately named the “stairway to heaven.” And, let us tell you, when you get out on that widow’s walk, you feel pretty close to it! We’re hoping to bust that ceiling out this week.
The floors in the kitchen/mudroom are down. We can’t wait to see this place with a pair of chaises!
We’ve come a long way, baby. 
As a reminder, here’s the old kitchen. Ahhh, memories!
The upstairs guest room with shiny, new paint! Is it weird that I miss the pink walls?
Mom and Dad’s bathroom floor is down and the tub and tile — sans grout — are in! 
Shew! We can’t wait to show you even more progress in a week or two when we go back to check on things. 
We’ve still got a ways to go, but it’s safe to say that this project will be finished one day… Thanks for visiting us today. We hope you’re having a wonderful day!

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Beaufort Update: The Demolition Continues!

 No, I had not been drinking when these pictures were taken. The only thing I can figure is that little hands were grabbing at my phone as I was snapping away… Mom and Dad’s bathroom and closet have been ripped out, and things look promising!
 We hope we can improve upon the harvest gold fixtures. 

This is the doorway from their bedroom into the bath. The smaller doorway will be closed up to give a longer wall for placing the bed. Here’s a design lesson: Sometimes trim that coordinates with the attached bath is not a winning idea!
 Ignore the yucky fixtures — this is our “Portajohn” during construction. But we are so shocked to see that this closet underneath the stairs looks much more spacious than we thought it would converted to a half bath.
 Some fun remnants of the past in the upstairs bathroom. Do you think we should revert back to one of these pretty wallpaper patterns? 😉
One of the previous owners of this house way back when embezzled money from the bank where he worked. Legend has it that he stashed the cash somewhere in these walls… Will and Daddy can’t find it.

 It was hard to get a good shot of the upstairs bath, but it has opened up so much. 

 Once this wall is knocked down, little Will is going to have a great bedroom — much bigger than we expected!

 Fortunately, there was no need to demo the late-afternoon view… When we start feeling overwhelmed we have to go sit on the porch for awhile and remind ourselves that this really is going to be great — one day!
Thank you so much for stopping by today. We hope you have a fabulous Monday!

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Beaufort Tear Out!

The tear out in our Beaufort house has officially begun! Woo hoo! We think the kitchen is already looking better!

The beautiful green linoleum (if you want to see the original before click here!) was stripped to reveal a stylish harvest gold pattern.

Weirdly, now that everything is gone it looks smaller somehow…
 We have been assured it isn’t!

  On the flip side of the kitchen, taking the floor and appliances out of the future mudroom made it look huge! Now we’re just crossing our fingers that the Historical Association approves our new window/French door scheme in the kitchen and mudroom.
 The pea green carpet has been removed from the downstairs master. 
 The floors can’t be salvaged, but it looks better already all the same, don’t you think?
 The downstairs master bath has been ripped out. See ya later harvest gold tile! Bathtub and wallpaper to follow…

 The space where the buckets are is going to be a pretty butler’s pantry, and the bathroom will be extended into the current closet.

We think the biggest change was ripping the carpet out of the living room. We were relieved that these floors will refinish beautifully!
Here’s a closer look. 
Do you think we should keep this furniture? Haha. We were told the orange chairs were purchased with our love of the color in mind! 
 Can you imagine that a half bath is going to fit in here? We’re thinking this is the opportunity for that fabulous wallpaper and/or tile that we can’t afford in a larger spot.
 On another note, Will’s mom’s birthday was Friday, and we thought this made the cutest birthday party table. The boxes were filled with cute paper plates, chicken salad, broccoli salad, fruit, deviled eggs and two different flavors of bite-sized brownies — we had to save room for cake, after all!
I wish I had taken a picture of the whole table because it looked like one big present!
We hope you all had a wonderful weekend and have a great start to the week. Thanks for visiting us today!

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Monday Musings: Insanity Part 2!

So, last Monday we told you all about the house we bought in Beaufort, NC, and showed you the downstairs that needed just a hint of work… Now it’s time for the upstairs!

The stairs need a few coats of paint and a little sisal. This staircase is going to be expanded to include the current attic (phase 2 renovations!) — future playroom/third floor bedrooms — and access to the widow’s walk.

This is one of the upstairs bedrooms, with the stairwell to the top porch. We’re going to cut a doorway, make a hall and convert this into a beautiful master bath!
This is the old bathroom, which will soon be ripped out — including the walls — to form a part of little Will’s new bedroom.
Upstairs guest room.
This very attractive “office” will the be the second half of little Will’s bedroom, complete with a pair of snazzy, nautical, built-in twin beds.
The old “Carolina room” (Florida room in North Carolina, perhaps?) will be a snazzy new upstairs bathroom, complete with washer and dryer. And don’t worry: All the wrong-sized windows will be replaced!
Here’s the upstairs master! We love how light and bright it is.
Here’s the best part!
The view from the widow’s walk is truly spectacular.
More from the widow’s walk…We can’t wait until next week to show you a little bit of progress. The tear out has officially begun!

We hope you all have a great start to the week. Thanks for visiting us!

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Insanity…

 

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And, no, we don’t mean the workout. (Although, I’d kind of like to try it… Any thoughts?) We finally, after months of searching, bought a house in Beaufort, NC! Yay! Here’s the insane part: It’s a MAJOR fixer upper. The front part was built in 1813, the rest in 1907, and we’d say it hasn’t been updated in a good forty years. Add to that that it has been empty for five, and you can imagine what we have ahead of us.
It was one of those places that we walked in, chuckled and murmured under our breaths: “Who would buy this place?” But there was something about it that just wouldn’t let us go. 
Brace yourself for these before photos. You have to see the before to really be able to appreciate the after, right? We’re just going to give you a glimpse into the downstairs today. This is the entrance. Good news: fireplace. Bad news: Faux brick mantle. 
The bones and charming details are there, but these photos actually do the condition of the place justice. Even the ceilings have to be completely redone. Well, I mean, they don’t have to be, but ceiling tiles covering peeling plaster weren’t what we had in mind for our dream coastal vacation spot.

 

Bright side: The hardwoods under this carpet are in fixable shape!
It has a great, big dining room for holding lots of fun summer parties! (You’re all invited any time, of course.)
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Ta da! We are actually beyond thrilled with this kitchen. There is really nothing salvageable in the entire thing, which is great. It reduces that “Well, maybe we should save the cabinets and redo them later” thinking. The true tabula rasa.
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We can gut it, add French doors and windows… a few hardwood floors… a little marble… a giant island… some glass cabinets… snazzy appliances… and — voila! — we’ll have the kitchen of our dreams!
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This is going to be a darling mudroom when it grows up!
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This is the downstairs master. As Will said, you can tell there was a well-worn foot traffic pattern going on here. Bad news: The floors under here are not salvageable.
Good news: The toilet seat cover came with the house. I bet this was one sassy bath in its day!
Oh, wait. What’s that you say? There’s another bathroom on the other side of the downstairs master! Until you walk in it… Or, rather, crawl on your hands and knees. The ceiling is, no exaggeration, four feet tall. It is one of the great unanswered questions about this house. When we find out why one would have a bathroom with a four-foot tall ceiling — in the downstairs master — we’ll let you know!
Although, truth be told, the view sort of makes up for any of the home’s shortcomings… Pun intended 🙂 We can’t wait to show you rest of it and keep you updated as we begin this fun renovation! I’m sure we’ll need lots of advice, and we’re lucky to have all you chic readers to help us out! Stay tuned…
Happy Monday, everyone! 

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