Before & After: A Farmhouse Renovation

First Rule of Starting a Design Business: Have everything professionally photographed.

Second Rule of Starting a Design Business: Distinguish yourself from the crowd.

I’m skipping straight to Rule No. 2 and using that is my excuse for why professional photography is going to just have to be on the back burner a little bit longer.  In the meantime, I wanted to share some of my iPhone snaps of a traditional-turned-farmhouse-makeover I did last year! Okay, let’s get started with the kitchen. Here’s the first before & after:


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Paint, Backsplash, Knobs, Counter and a new old island!

I loved finding that perfectly-sized workbench that we used for an island. Guys! Take a peek at the gorgeous french-drying-rack-lighting fixture in the back. I’m in love. Here are a few more before and after angles:

The biggest life changer for my client was dropping down that split level counter to one level. We gave some custom touches to that peninsula by adding…
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SHIPLAP! A little detail added to the backside of the kitchen countertop
Dropping the split level countertop added more functional counter space. We also added a farmhouse sink, and…
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more shiplap details!!! giving that little peninsula a little farmhouse kick
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Mr. Homeowner insisted on La-Z-Boy chairs, and we were all pleasantly surprised with the selections & comfort!

AHH! All the homes and their giant walls!!! It’s always a head scratcher to think of all the ways to treat those vaulted ceiling walls. But these clients were agreeable to so many ideas that were out of their comfort zone – including a giant antique windmill! They are some of the best humans on the planet so I hope they are loving their space.

Now to skip over  to the Dining Room. I just have a glimpse of the before. We merged some of the home’s traditional details (like this tray ceiling) and some of the farmhouse details that my client wanted. We gave the wall and ceiling some new colors, and added some millwork wainscoting to the walls.   Taking on my client’s idea of displaying a collection of plates, I added a plate wall in  blue tones and thrifted (YES, THRIFTED!) that gorgeous antique pine cabinet.

After – I was ALL HEART EYES at the Thrift Store when I saw that pine cabinet!

Below is a picture of the entry hall and stair transformation. We painted the stair rail, stained the floors, and added a stair runner. Plus, all those farmhouse-y details and new hallway light!

Stair Before


Okay, the last before and after to share is this office space. My client really wanted to keep the bookcases, so we turned them into a built-in desk! A little paint, trimwork, and some other art displays and personalized details and the room looks nice and manly.

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So there you have it! I love looking at before and afters so very much, so I hope I can share some more spaces soon!


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

September 20, 2017 at 02:09 PM

It looks beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

Julie Allen – Web Designerreply
September 20, 2017 at 03:09 PM
– In reply to: Terri

thank you, terri!

Paula Gloverreply
September 20, 2017 at 05:09 PM


Carrie Brockreply
October 10, 2017 at 01:10 AM
– In reply to: Paula Glover

Thank you, Paula!!!

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