Thursday, October 23, 2014

Another "Then and Now" Kitchen Teaser {Restoring the Lefere Mansion}

These two windows face out to our backyard.  This area has gone under a large amount of renovations!

This is "THEN" and "NOW" because it isn't done yet.  If you look closely at the top left, the walls haven't gotten a proper coat of paint yet!


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On to less important stuff now.  Like kitchen makeovers.

When we bought the house a few months ago, it looked like this:

The tall cupboard you see in the corner is out and now in my laundry room.  Compare the before and afters and see what other differences you can find.  An adult version of "I spy". :)

We went easy on the budget and purchased the in-stock countertops at Lowes.  Thanks for all the hard work, Dad and Joel!  I love this counter because it's midget friendly for me - a good five inches lower than the rest of my counters!  When you're 4'10", that makes kneading dough much easier!

 Speaking of being short, I was so excited to when I was a Southern Gospel concert a couple of weeks ago and a woman came up to me because she recognized me from my blog.  She was surprised at how short I was though - can't tell that from the pictures, she said! :)

Curtains can be treated like hair.  This one has a pony tail holder gathering it all together with one of Tori's hair rosettes clipped on to the elastic. :)

Hanging light is from Lowes.  Of course, our holes always seemed much bigger aounnd then the plate at the top of the fixture, so we bought quite a few of those decorative medallions to hide that sort of stuff! 
The ceiling is covered with a white wash paneling that we bought in stock at Lowes (read all about the ceiling HERE.)

Three pink carnations from Granny Baker's funeral that her granddaughter pulled out of a bouquet for me as I got in my car to come back to Michigan.

Perfect spot for the garbage cans since I don't have one of those handy-dandy slide out ones hidden in a cupboard!  One for burnables and one for non-burnables.  Nope, I'm not very "green".

Not sure this frame gets totally washed out with this all the white, but for now...  it's hanging on the wall! Love the vintage print, passed down to me from my mom.

A parting "then and now"!
  I'm not saying "before and after" since it's not really finished yet!

Want to see more of the kitchen makeover progress?

sharing here:

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The DIY Dreamer


  1. Wow, that is really beautiful. Love your big windows with a view! I really love old homes. They are work but so worth it when you have it just like you want it to be.

  2. What a difference! It looks beautiful.

  3. I love what you're doing and look on with deep interest! What a lot of work, but so rewarding!

  4. Renovating kitchen is sometimes fun and exciting. I have recently replaced my kitchen cabinets and countertops with Granite Countertops Co Springs and I must say my kitchen looks more attractive now and inspire me to spend more time there.

  5. Such a change - very nice. Since the kitchen is the hub of the home, you've got to be so excited to have your kitchen redone.

  6. Wow! What a difference. I am in love with your ceiling!

    Rebekah @ Charming Imperfections

  7. Wow, the transformation is amazing!! I can't believe the "before." You did a great job!! Thanks so much for linking up with us at Motivational Monday! :)

  8. Great work. I'm going to go back and read more (from another short Michigander.)


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