Here are a few before and after photos of the progress so far. There are still many things to do but we're moving along.
This is the basement before. Yellow walls, white trim, old carpet and ceramic tile.
New carpet, which is gorgeous - you can't really see in the photos but it has a geometric pattern to it. Fresh paint on the walls and ceilings, Restoration Hardware's Cappucino. The trim is all Ben Moore's Black Fox. Black slate tile has replaced the ceramic around the fire place and on the floor of the bar (not shown yet) The fireplace, bar and bookcases will be faux finished or painted at a later date.
The kitchen before.
The flat, dark gray walls looked very much like chalkboard paint. It showed everything, even hand prints when you touched the walls.
The kitchen today.
A sandstone faux finish in a natural tone helped the other elements of the room work together.
The eating area of the kitchen.
The front office/living room before.
I'll take more photos of the interior of the room later but this is after the columns were removed and french doors were installed.
All the hardwood floors were refinished from a light maple to a darker brown walnut.
One of the biggest transformations so far - the dining room before...
The columns, pedestals waintcotting and ceiling molding were removed. The floors refinished. All the walls were floated three times and then a plaster faux finish applied. The chandelier will change at a later date.
The faux finish is a metallic plaster that looks and feels like raw silk.