Monday, March 25, 2019

709 Meadowlark Lane

One day I was sitting in my stylist's chair getting my hair done and I was browsing Realtor.com as I often did and I spotted a house.  A house that needed some updating, but for the most part checked everything on our house "want" list.  It is a huge home on about an acre lot with a shop as big as the house.  I could see the amazing potential lying in wait.  We purchased said house with grand plans to update it quickly and live happily ever after there.  Quickly turned into 3 1/2 years lol.  But it's FINALLY done and every ceiling has been freed from the popcorn texture and repainted in a nice smooth flat white.  That is a job I hope to NEVER tackle again!  All of my visions and plans for this beautiful home are finally complete and I want to share the befores and afters with you!

First up is the exterior of the home.  At first glance it doesn't appear that much was done to the exterior, but I assure you there was.  Updates to the exterior include a new roof, new paint, removal of the wheelchair ramp from the front porch and removal of the lower deck in the back of the home.
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The one acre property also contains a 2400 square foot shop building.  We really didn't do anything to the exterior of this building except give it a good scrubbing.  Most of the work was done on the interior, which I can't show you yet, because if you know me at all, then you know I am a messy worker and right now it is a mess lol.  Inside we added new paint throughout and shiplap on several of the walls.  The shop also has central air conditioning, electric services and water.
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One of the biggest transformations of this home and one of my favorites is the kitchen.  New stainless appliances were added along with a farmhouse sink, new paint for the walls and cabinets, new cabinet hardware, new lighting, new countertops and a faux brick backsplash.  You can view the tutorial on that here:  http://www.amberfostercreativity.com/2018/01/faux-brick-backsplash.html  My favorite project in the room is my adorable herb garden above the sink.
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Connecting to the kitchen is the dining room.  I added new paint to the walls and built in cabinetry as well as a new farmhouse chandelier.
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The living room was a lovely shade of turquoise and I updated it with my favorite paint color that you will find throughout almost all of the house, "Into the Gloaming" by Sherwin Williams.  It's the most perfect greige.  I also restained the ceiling inlays with my favorite stain, Briarsmoke by Rustoleum.  A new farmhouse ceiling fan was added and all the trim and built in cabinetry was painted white.
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I don't have a full before of my entryway, but you can kind of see it in the before of the living room.  I added new paint to the walls, a new chandelier, and my favorite project was painting the ugly brown tile to a very on trend black and white stenciled pattern.
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The very first room I started to tackle in this house, also happened to be the largest.  It is a den, but we used it as a toy room for the kids.  I restained the ceiling inlays in Briarsmoke.  We painted the dark paneling white to brighten the whole room.  I updated the fireplace.  You can see more about that transformation here:  http://www.amberfostercreativity.com/2017/12/fireplace-facelift.html  We also removed the white carpet and replaced it with laminate flooring to match the laminate throughout the rest of the house.

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Elijah's room got a fresh coat of gray paint.  White paint for all the doors and trim and we also replaced all the door knobs throughout the house to knew antiqued bronze knobs.
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Sister's room was already pink, but we gave it a fresh coat of pink on 3 walls and glittered the accent wall.  We also painted her fan pink and all her doors and trim white.
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One of the last areas to get completed was also the most difficult, the master suite.  I restained the ceiling inlays in Briarsmoke.  A new fan was added as well as new paint to the walls and trim.  The white carpet was removed and new laminate flooring was added to match the existing flooring in the home.  And then came the terror of the master bath!  I started busting up the outdated tile only to find rotten subfloor as a result of a leaking pipe.  The more I took up the more I found leading to everything having to be gutted down to the studs. New subfloor and sheetrock was built back in.  A new tub and cabinet was installed.  All the bathroom cabinetry was painted "Elephant Ear" from Waverly Chalk Paint found at Wal-Mart.  I added a new wooden vanity top and 2 matching vessel sinks.  The backdrop for the sinks is a bright white shiplap wall.  The floor is done in a beautiful light gray ceramic tile with a dark gray grout, because ain't nobody got time to be cleaning grout all the time.  The mirrors are from Bed Bath & Beyond.
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Last, but not least is the kids' bathroom and the half bath.  New paint was put on the walls.  The bathtub was refinished in white in the full bath.  All cabinetry was chalk painted in a dark gray.  New sinks and faucets were installed as well as new lighting.  Wainscotting was added to the half bath and all trim and door were painted white. I also framed out each mirror with a wood frame stained in Briarsmoke.
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During the 3 1/2 years it took to bring my vision to fruition on this house, our home needs have changed, so we made the difficult decision to put our home on the market.  You can view the full listing here:  https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/709-Meadowlark-Ln_Durant_OK_74701_M71275-21339?view=qv


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Uncle Sam has Arrived!

My latest DIY Tutorial is just about the most adorable thing ever and I can not wait to have him out on my front porch!  Would you just look at him holding that cute little flag!?  I have compiled a super simple, easy to follow tutorial for even the most basic painters so you can have your own super cute Uncle Sam on your porch this summer!  You can get your copy here:  http://shopamberfostercreativity.com/uncle-sam-diy-tutorial/

If you LOVE crafting and you LOVE amazing tutorials, I would LOVE to have you join us in my Virtual Crafting Group where I offer 4 unique and relevant crafting tutorials per month for one low price!  You can find out more about the group and how to join us here:   http://www.amberfostercreativity.com/p/foster-success-small-business-resources.html