Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Before and After: Our House

OK peeps, here's what you've all been waiting for - HOUSE PICTURES! Because I am lazy and blogger is acting weird right now, I'm just putting them all on here in no particular order. The "Before's" are first. Also, I didn't edit anything. Again, because I am lazy and it already took me 2 days to get this post ready.

Back of the house
Kitchen looking towards Master Bath

Kitchen looking towards dining room and garage

Kitchen - notice the weird counter top piece hiding the back of the stove



Water heater in Garage

Back of house

Wallpaper in Master Bath

That's all the "before" pictures we have. We started working on the house before it occurred to me that I might want "before" pictures of everything. Oh well.

Here's what it looks like now:
Dining Room
Stone plates from Hobby Lobby
Kitchen - We removed the cabinets from above the stove and replaced the weird counter top piece hiding the stove with a larger piece of wood and shelving

The little shelving unit is from IKEA

New flooring and lighting in the kitchen and dining room

We painted the kitchen cabinets a dark brown. The actual color is Sarasparillo. The turtle in the window is from Senegal, West Africa. Zach thought he needed to look out the window and that is where he's staying. :)

New French Door refrigerator. The wall color in the kitchen is Vanilla Brandy.

Living Room - wall color is Martha Stewart Brick Hearth

There will eventually be more things on the walls.

I love our fireplace. The mantle was natural cedar when we bought it - we painted it dark brown.

The window on the mantle is from my paternal grandparents house - the house my dad grew up in. They still live there, but they replaced the windows a while back and DD let me have them.

The djembe (drum) is from Senegal, West Africa too.

Master Bath - I made the curtain. That fabric was $46 a yard at JoAnns and I found it for $5.99 a yard at OHCO in Covington. That was a good day.

We painted the vanity the same color as the kitchen cabinets and bought a new counter top, new sinks, and new faucets. We got new lighting too from Lithonia Lighting.

Justin installed a shower door.

And he did a little landscaping in the backyard.

He and Daddy built a cover for the water heater.

Justin added shelves to the side for shoe storage. Since living in Korea, both of us are in the habit of removing our shoes when we get home.

These are the cabinets that we took out of the kitchen. Now we have excellent storage in the garage.

Well that's it for now folks. We haven't done anything at all to the upstairs yet, and our Master Bedroom is next on the project list.

I want to know what you think so PRETTY PRETTY PLEASE leave me some comments!


The paint on the kitchen cabinets is Sarsaparilla by Olympic and the finish is gloss. We sanded the cabinets, did 2 coats of primer, and then 2 coats of paint.

If you have any questions please email me at moonpie.designs@yahoo.com


  1. It is beautiful. You guys have done an amazing job redoing everything. It doesn't even look like the same house from the before pictures. I think interior decorating might be your calling. :-)

  2. Hey Steph. I think the new renovations to your house are beautiful. You and your husband did an awesome job. Congratulations on the new home!!!

    -Yomaris Figueroa

  3. Hey sis . . . you know what i think!! it all looks so terriiffiiccc! tell justin he did great on the shelves on the hot water heater cover . . . now young lady, you get motivated to organize that sewing room . . . you heard me . . . hee hee . . . i love you, momma

  4. Stephanie.....I LOVE your house! You did such a great job, and I'm sure it is rewarding knowing that you did the work impressed!

  5. I really enjoyed seeing your home improvement pics! I am addicted to HGTV and "House Hunters," etc., so this was awesome to see. I think you totally made things work. Taking out those kitchen cabinets was a GREAT move. It really opened up the kitchen and dining space. The new floors also made the space pop. The couch in the living room is awesome! Where did you find it? I love that the window pane on the mantle has sentimental value. Such a great decorating piece. The curtain above the bath is so cute! Glad you have discovered OHCO--it's a great place to find deals :)

    You should totally check out www.myhomeideas.com which takes ideas from Southern Living, Cottage Living, etc. and puts them on the web. I think you should submit one of your room pictures to "Reader Pics" section. They review all the submissions and post their favs on the blog "You've Got to See This" (www.youvegottoseethis.myhomeideas.com).

    Here are the directions for submitting a photo: "Email a description of the room, along with your name, city and state to youvegottoseethis@gmail.com. Attach a picture (preferably a .jpg) larger than 400 pixels by 420 pixels. We can't wait to see your room!"

    This really turned into a long post, but hopefully it was worth it! You wanted feedback, right? :) I'll try to grab some extra magazines for you at work. Always fun to get ideas. Good luck on everything and keep in touch!

    All best,

  6. It's beautiful Stephanie. What a warm, inviting, lovely place you've created. You are an inspiration.
    dana m

  7. Wow! Not sure how I stumbled on your website a while back, but boy, I'm impressed! I'm inspired to do some neat stuff to our house now! You all did an awesome job! Can't see what the next project produces!

    Have a great weekend!

    Dana :)

  8. Hey Stephanie! This is Brooke Boatman (Rea now), from IT. I just stumbled upon your blog. I loved your new house! You're very creative! Congrats!

  9. I LOVE it!!! Love the colors too! Can't wait to see it in person!
    PS- you've inspired me to blog. I just made my first post!

  10. Hi there! You did so much work on your home -- it looks great. I was wondering if you had any close-ups of your cabinets, and if you can give me more details on the kind of paint you used? (i.e., brand, finish (semi-gloss?), color -- Sasparilla?) -- I'd appreciate any info you can share!!!


  11. Hi there! I don't know you but I just had to tell you that you did a wonderful job on your new home!!! You are quite the brilliant decorator!! Everything looks absolutely amazing! And not just the decorating but the painting and the shelving and landscaping...all look great!!! Bravo and enjoy you home!!!

  12. What brand of paint was the sarasparillo paint? Also, was it gloss, semi gloss? Did you have to put a sealer on them afterwards?

  13. Anon-

    The brand of paint is Olympic and it is gloss. I did not "seal" it with anything and it has held up very well. We sanded, primed (2 coats) and painted (2 coats).

  14. what brand of paint did you use on the kitchen cabinets? I love the color.

  15. I have a gallon of Brick Hearth paint I bought a month ago to paint the walls in a guest black and white tiled bathroom in my home. Im so reluctant to paint it because in the can, its more salmon color than I expected... Im looking for a real rich orange red.. not a pink orange. How do you like the color? Does it at all look a little pink? or is it more on the burnt orange side? The bathroom walls are currently a paper bag brown color... Im thinking of not priming it in white and just going over that color.. maybe it'll darken the color a tad and take away that pink tone Im fearing thats there....

  16. amaris12000 -

    The Brick Hearth paint isn't pink at all - it is a very rich brick orangey red. Go for it! I'm sure you will love the color. :)

  17. I did it! My bathroom is BEAUTIFUL!!! I accented with black and white accessories and art. People walk in and say ... WOW!


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