Thursday, May 29, 2014

~some great before & after photos~{our house}

First of all I want to thank all of you for keeping our family in your thoughts and prayers.
This month we lost my father in law, and just recently, if you follow me on instagram, you know we lost our fur baby Hunter.
I am really hoping next month will be a better one!

When we bought our house about 16 years ago, I did not take many before photos. But I took a couple and dug them up to show you a few side by side before and afters.

You can click on each photo to enlarge.

Lets start with the kitchen.
This was the first room we tackled in the house, adding a skylight. 
That skylight was the very first project here on Crystal Lake and things took off from there.

Here is a fun fact: Layla from The Lettered Cottage gave me the idea to do "kitchen words" around the skylight area.


There was no turning back after we cut the huge hole in the ceiling.

The pantry/nook area did not always look very pretty. 
Check out this before and after:


We got rid of the freestanding stove and chimney and made it into a nook, which has recently become a small baking center. The area to the left of it became our pantry.

And one last before and after for today, and possibly the biggest change~the exterior.


I'd say we've come a long way! 
This just shows that with a little blood, sweat, and tears, you can create the home of your dreams, out of , well, a shack!

{or a caretakers cottage in our case!}

xoxo

15 comments:

meaningfulspaces said...

Fun to see! Your home is so warm and inviting! So sorry for your recent losses.

Melanie said...

What a remarkable job you have done. I love following your blog; look forward to reports of a better month ahead. Continued prayers for y'all. ❤️

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

You hAve such a wonderful home and have made it into a cozy home.

Phyllis said...

The results are gorgeous!

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Yes, indeed! You've come a long way!!! FABULOUS transformations, Melanie. Sending you my best...take care, L

A Sailor's Wife said...

I could stare at pictures of your home all day. Love your style, love your blog. Where are your garage doors from? I love them!!

AntiqueChase said...

Melanie,
I follow you on Instagram but did not see the post that your lost Hunter or know of your father in law. I'm so sorry. We lost our 12 year old golden in December and it was heartbreaking. Prayers for both your losses.
Marcy

HWIT BLOGG said...

You have a beautiful home...so cozy! It´s always a joy to look at your blog...
Love Titti

JolieAnne said...

So sorry for your loss. I have endured both, and I truly feel your grief. I cannot believe the before photos of your house-what a huge difference! My husband would have never tackled a big job like your house! But the AFTER photos are amazing!

Carol@6WilsonBlog.com said...

Melaine, I'm so sorry that I missed the news about your father in law and your sweet Hunter. Wishing you the best. And your home, well, what a beautiful transformation. Just love love love it.

Sandy said...

I am deeply sorry for your losses. My prayers are with you. Now, about your home, the transformation is amazing! You have such a great talent and obviously an angel of a husband!

Patricia Goins said...

Absolutely stunning! I adore your exterior :)

Donna said...

I love all of your decorating, your home, and the scenery outside looks gorgeous. You are a hard worker and oh so creative.

Staci said...

I'm so sorry about your loss! Treasure the memories. Our prayers are with you and your family.
As for your home, truly inspiring. My girls and I have been wanting to update our pantry wall and love what you've done. Would you mind sharing the wallpaper or stencil you used. Absolutely love it.

Mattie said...

The before and after pictures of your home look amazing! It really looks like two different homes, and you did a great job with the remodeling. I think replacing the stove and chimney with a baking center and a nearby pantry is a great idea. It's best to convert the area into a space that is useful to you.

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