When we first bought our house, we didn't fall in love with it for the way it was. In fact, we really had to use our imagination before we even stepped foot in the front door. What we fell in love with were certain elements of the house and from there we began working on turning it into our dream home. A little vision goes along way! Plus... you know... some blood, sweat & tears help too.
The room we really loved when we purchased our 1950s ranch was the family room. It is a large, bright room with original built-ins flanking a stone fireplace that had never been burned in! We were ecstatic over the possibilities this room held.
A little over 2 years later and that ruby red "before" room now looks like this:
... breakdown of what we've done ...
:: tore out the carpet (4 hours after getting the keys) and refinished the oak floors (with the help of our parents) before moving in a month after settling
:: gave everything a fresh coat of paint (walls, trim, built-ins & mantle)
:: added a pop of grey to the back of the built-ins to give them some life
:: re-tiled the flat hearth in front of the fireplace
:: hung curtains
:: built a sofa table to run under the extremely large picture windows