Also notice in the bottom photo, the fireplace and planter- those were carried out asap. The planter had actually done a little bit of damage to the wood floor so we really knew something needed to be done with the living room floor.
All of the walls needed some help. In the dining room (with the checkered floor) the green wallpaper, which was actually layered on top of a number of different colors. As well as the wood paneled walls in the living room. It looked like cork board type stuff but was smooth. It was odd and needed to go.
It just so happened that the next week after we got the farmhouse, my family came to visit. 2 parents, five sisters and the Hubs' family all went to town on the farmhouse. People cleaned, threw stuff away, scrubbed, swept, and did an incredible job getting the house ready for a face lift.
Once that was done, the Hubs and his family began the demolition project. Each wall was taken down to the studs. That meant the plaster and lath had to come off. That meant that I got to rip apart a wall. It was fantastic!
Once we had all of the walls down to their bare bones, the Hubs and his family worked on rewiring and insulating everything. Since our house was built in the late 1800s, we had no insulation except for some piles of acorns that some very kind squirrels left for us.
In the dining room, we didn't do as much work with insulating and rewiring since we didn't need it as bad. Plus, it the plaster was in a lot better condition so it was pretty easy to paint. The key to successfully being able to have a deep rich red? Killz. It's a base coat that covers and hides whatever is underneath. In our case, we had wallpaper glue that would bleed through or cracks or just the wall that would discolor whatever you painted on top. Killz is a great base coat and I would highly recommend it if you are painting an older wall. We also did three coats of red.
The biggest change that really helped to brighten up the dining room was to paint the brown ceiling boards a white. They were pretty absorbent and took a couple of coats but they really helped to make the deep red walls stand out. We also repainted the ceiling which had been gathering dust and was faded after many years of not being repainted.
Looks a little bit better right? Just wait... I tried to choose colors that would look fit well with the old farmhouse. I wanted something warm and cozy and so I chose an beige color that went well with a deep red. At first, the Hubs was a little bit skeptical with the red because it looked so dark. But we have a really big bay window in the dining room that lets in a lot of light so you hardly even notice!
Here are the after pictures!
Makeover Blogs still to come:
the Bedroom & the Office Nook
We also recently redid our dining room table!