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Pickens' Office Before & After

Well guys, this will be one of the quickest before and after's ever, but it does show what a difference a little (or a lot) of paint can make! 

We never got to use our office as an office much less style anything in it. It was storage central while we renovated the rest of the house. I'm not gonna lie, I'm kind of sad I never got to style those bookshelves.

Pickens' Office Before and After
Pickens' Office Before and After

There was a lot going on texture wise in this tiny room. The ceilings were bead board. One side of the room was paneling and the other side was brick and the floors were concrete. From what we can tell, this room used to be a little side porch that was closed in. The colors were dated and dirty and too dark for this little one-window room.

Pickens' Office Before and After
Pickens' Office Before and After
Pickens' Office Before and After
Pickens' Office Before and After
Pickens' Office Before and After

My goal with this room was to simplify and clean up the colors since there is so much going on texture wise. I used a greenish grey that is both calming and fresh feeling on the walls and painted the concrete floor white. I wanted this small room to feel clean, calming, and crisp so that it creates a nice atmosphere for whatever the future buyer chooses to us it for.

Pickens' Office Before and After
Pickens' Office Before and After
Pickens' Office Before and After
Pickens' Office Before and After
Pickens' Office Before and After

There's more I would have liked to have done to this room to really clean it up and make it shine, but I'm happy with the little refresh we were able to give it for its future owners!

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Pickens' Hallway Before & After

You wouldn't think that the smallest hallway in the world would really matter when it comes to freshening up your home, but I am here today to tell you that it can make a huge difference!

Our hallway was the same tan color as the living room with dingy white trim and doors and a ceiling that was a hot mess.

Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After

There was a HUGE return air vent in the floor that was super uncomfortable and loud to walk on, and you couldn't help but walk on it as it led into the bathroom and the two bedrooms. Not to mention that anytime friends came over, they'd try stepping around it because it gave you the feeling that you could fall into a big black hole even though it was perfectly secure and safe.

Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After

Needless to say, I couldn't wait to renovate and revamp this tiny little space, and get that vent out of the floor. If you couldn't tell already, this hallway was my pet peeve at this house. I seriously hated that vent.

We went with the same crisp white we painted the living room (Read "Why I Love White" here and "5 Tips for Decorating with White Walls" here.) to provide a clean feeling transition between all the connecting rooms. I patched and repainted the ceiling and never want to do it again. There was mud and dust in my hair and face for days, but as always, it was worth it. I mean, just look at that gorgeous clean and smooth ceiling below!

Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After

With a lot of help from a couple of friends, we got the return air vent moved to the wall (yay!) and hired someone to patch and refinish the floors (give me all the heart eyes). The difference in how it made the house feel was incredible! Even one of my friends said that she was surprised at how different just fixing this one space made the house feel. It just made it feel so clean!

Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After

And here's the floor once it was finished! I'm sorry these aren't the greatest pictures, but I had to snag them on my phone. You can still see how awesome it turned out! 

Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After

Again, if we had stayed, I would have added some very simple art to the walls such as one of these book prints from Sugarboo Designs, and some black and white ink drawings that I have of houses we've visited. I also would have replaced the light fixture although this one's not bad. I like how the brass pops agains the white and ties into the brass on the door hardware. And lastly, I would have replaced the switch plates and the attic door due to it being old and dirty and rickety. That would have been it for this small, but impactful place that connected four of the rooms in our house! 

Pickens' Hallway Before & After

Pickens' Living Room Before & After

Happy New Year, friends! I'm excited to jump back into the blog and finish sharing #theshorttpickenshouse renovations these next 2-3 weeks! 

If you're new here, welcome! You can catch up here on a little bit of our lives which involved buying and renovating a small 1934 ranch house in 7 short months and than deciding to sell it and move back to Greenville, SC, a city we love.

I'm going to jump right in with the living room before and after, and explain some of my design choices as we go along. But first, here are the before's.

Pickens Living Room Before & After
Pickens Living Room Before & After
Pickens Living Room Before & After
Pickens Living Room Before & After
Pickens Living Room Before & After
Pickens Living Room Before & After

Cute, right? But just a little tired looking.

This room involved some serious and time consuming work. There were tons, and I mean tons, of holes and cracks in the walls that had to be mudded and sanded, as well as sanding all of the trim and woodwork around the fireplace. We shoved all of our living room furniture to the middle of the room and lived and ate that way for I think three weeks because for reasons I can't remember, our dining table was full. It was not fun or glamorous, and felt like it would never end, but the end result still makes me so happy when I see pictures.  But these pictures show some of what the process looked like. (You can read more of our renovation realities here and here.)

Pickens Living Room Before & After
Pickens Living Room Before & After
Pickens Living Room Before & After

Now to the pretty stuff! When I'm approaching the design of a room, two of the first questions I ask myself are:

1) What is this room going to be used for?

And

2) How do I want it to feel/make me feel?

The answer to these two questions helps determine my color choices and what kinds of patterns and textures I'm going to use in the space.

With the living room, I wanted it to be used mainly for relaxing and hanging out with each other and friends.

I wanted for us to come in after a long day of work out in the business and noise and feel immediately refreshed and calmed.

A crisp white gives me that feeling. It feels crisp and cool and clean and uncluttered. (Read "Why I Love White" here and "5 Tips for Decorating with White Walls" here.)

Pickens Living Room Before & After

When it came to the sofa, I knew I wanted a bigger sectional so that we could seat as many people as possible or spread out when watching movies. Style and comfort were both really important to me. After months of watching Craigslist and online yard sales, I came across the Ikea Karlstad sectional, which unfortunately they don't make anymore. It had the simple, clean lines I was looking for and the grey tweed-like fabric adds texture as well as some warmth to the space as well as being extremely versatile with other decor.

Pickens Living Room Before & After

We painted all the interior doors black to add contrast and interest to a mostly neutral and soft color scheme. (Do you like how you can see all our stuff through the office doors? ;) ) I like contrast in a space because it adds energy and keeps the space from feeling sleepy and flat. (Read here and here if you want more info on using contrast in your home.) Since I had to forgo my original design plan once we decided to move, the black doors were my one design "splurge." Yes, it was a risk since we planned to sell or rent the house out, but I just had to do something a little crazy and get it out of my system. 

Pickens Living Room Before & After
Pickens Living Room Before & After
Pickens Living Room Before & After

We moved the bookshelves into the guest room because they didn't fit the wall space in the living room and moved in this old trunk to set the tv on and I actually really liked it. 

Pickens Living Room Before & After

The rest of the room was pulled as much together as it could be with things we already had. Had we actually stayed to live in this house, I would have added a Persian rug with dark red and blue tones to the space to make it feel warm and cozy and to help tie it in with the blue we painted the exterior of our front door as well as added more and different pillows to the couch. I probably would have done a gallery wall around the tv to draw your attention away from that and also to cover up my bad mudding job, which you can't really see during the day time, but screams at you at night in the lamp light. Some plants would have been added to add some life and vibrancy to the room and I would have swapped out the lighting for something more modern, but still classy and timeless, probably in black and brass and natural materials. 

Pickens Living Room Before & After
Pickens Living Room Before & After
Pickens Living Room Before & After
Pickens Living Room Before & After
Pickens Living Room Before & After

So there you have it! Although, I didn't get to style out the space to my full vision, we sure enjoyed it for the time we were there and had fun having friends into our home to share it with!

PIckens Living Room Before and After