Porch Remodel

The porch originally was going to be knocked down and due to that, I do not have many photos. We decided to keep it for a year or so, as we wanted to spend our money on landscaping first. Eventually we will knock it down and add french doors into the kitchen. For now, we decided to take advantage of the additional sq footage and make it a usable room!

This room had the white/yellow paint and the stick on flooring (like we replaced in the kitchen). It was really dirty and dingy. There is no electricity into the room, so we had to get creative. The walls are paneling and the outside of the house (which is REALLY REALLY hard to nail anything into!).

Befores:

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Kitchen looking into the porch/paneling

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Paneling with stick on flooring

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Nice yellow hue (ugh!)

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Another view of the yellow/paneling

Afters:

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We kept the flooring and just added a jute rug. The walls are painted with the leftover paint from the hallways.

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The chair was a “free find”! We bought the couch used. The little table was from a thrift store. Overall, this room was furnished for about $400.

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We used string lights for some ad hoc lighting (with an extension cord)

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The Fireplace Saga

Our fireplace looked like a 1950’s bathroom. It had been sealed off with ceramic tile that was crooked in the middle. A beautiful focal in our living room for all to enjoy. Until yesterday.

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We were about to leave after a late night at the house and decided that it had to go. So we grabbed hammers and crowbars and went at it. I cannot describe the joy I felt as we chipped away at the horrible tiles. Underneath it was a brick fireplace. Who would cover that up with tile?! We were a little upset that a previous owner took the art tiles from the center. I am so curious as to what it would have looked looked like.

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Our next step is to get a quote on what it would cost to repair or completely demolish. Our living room is so small that the fireplace & built in’s take up an extra 12 inches of the living room. We are also considering a gas fireplace. I also have looked into some less expensive remodeling/resurfacing or painting options:

http://inmyownstyle.com/2012/07/diy-fireplace-makeover-on-a-budget.html

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how-to-reface-a-fireplace-with-stone/index.html

http://www.brick-anew.com/brick-anew-fireplace-paint-kit.html

Regardless I am happier with the brick over the tile. It at least feels natural!

Before and After

Before and After