A Three-Generation Family Home Gets a Refresh

Patty grew up in this house. Then she and her husband Leo raised their family here. After that, one of their kids lived here with their own family. It may have been a bit rough around the edges—dark rooms with limited lighting, paint colors from another era, a vintage kitchen and bath, but, this home was always filled with a lot of love.

And then, it became time to put the home up for sale.

Luckily, Leo is a master craftsman. With some input from Trotter Studios and some back-breaking work from Leo, this 1950’s diamond-in-the-rough became a precious gem! How precious? Well, there were 11 offers after the first open house and the final sale price was well over asking. Now, that makes for some pretty acceptable family drama!

Take a tour through these before and after pics to see where we started and how the property was refreshed.


LIVING ROOM

The living room was very dark—no overhead lighting in combination with a dark, dated wall color and limited natural light.

Refinishing the floors, a fresh coat of paint in a modern white and some decluttering brightened up the main living space in the home.

living room before

living room before

living room after

living room after

DINING ROOM

At this point, the dining room was freshly painted but had become a collecting area for clutter. And the floors were still in a state of disrepair

dining room before

dining room before

Adding a contemporary light fixture from Lamps Plus, refinishing the worn, wood floors and adding a modern dining table and chairs turned this into a beautiful family dining room great for entertaining. (The head and foot chairs have been removed in order to get a good shot of the table and the room as a whole.)

dining room after

dining room after

The dinner hour is a sacred, happy time when everyone should be together and relaxed.
— Julia Child

MASTER BEDROOM

The master bedroom went from dark, crowded dungeon to large, relaxing retreat with its new lighting, floors, paint, natural light and uncluttered layout.

master bedroom before

master bedroom before

master bedroom after

master bedroom after

KITCHEN AND BATHROOM

The kitchen and bathroom may just be the biggest transitions. The most cost-effective solution, since the home was going up for sale, was to simply do a refresh, not a renovation, in both the kitchen and the bathroom. Both received a fresh coat of paint, new lighting and most importantly, a nice Miracle Method refresh to cover all of the vintage tile which was not in great shape. Amazingly, the vintage stove and fixtures in the bathroom were in pristine shape so we left those as a nod to the past. The new homeowner can make those updates if they would like.

kitchen before

kitchen before

kitchen after

kitchen after

kitchenette before

kitchenette before

kitchenette after

kitchenette after

bathroom before

bathroom before

bathroom after

bathroom after

And now the home is ready for a new family and three more generations of family stories.