Before and Afters You Won’t Believe

20 Feb

When Pablo and I were looking for a house, my realtor found my “vision” very surprising. She told me that most people just can’t envision what you can do with a house when it looks really bad. I got thrilled when I saw a hideous kitchen with busted cabinets and a 1970s avocado-green stove. Bad wallpaper? Yup, sign me up! You see – I’d rather not pay for a brand-new kitchen that’s not my style. I’d rather get a great deal on the house no one else wants so I can do everything I want to it.  And don’t even get me started on Property Brothers.  I want to climb into the TV and punch those people in the face for not listening to Jonathan and Drew. I mean, if he’s telling you that he can take out that wall and replace the whole kitchen, and he’s offering to do the work for you, just believe it!

So, I love it when I see a before and after that makes a house unrecognizable…in a good way. When I saw the exterior shots of Farmhouse 38 on Emily A. Clark’s site, I had to click over and see the whole thing.

Here’s the before shot of the horrifying exterior. I mean, even I don’t know how they had some vision for this dump.

And the charming after complete with picket fence.

The kitchen before. Fake brick included.

And the kitchen after. I love everything about it. Especially the backsplash.

The stairs before. So creepy, you’d have to pay me a lot of money to go down there.

And the homey after. Love the mismatched frames.

The bath before.

And the beautifully styled after.

Congrats to the cute couple from Farmhouse 38 on their amazing transformation. And make sure you click over to their site to see more detail shots. (You will not believe the backyard. And the other view of the stairs is not to be missed!)

For before and afters of my house, click here.


Sue at Home


7 Responses to “Before and Afters You Won’t Believe”

  1. farmhouseK8 February 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Thanks for the shout-out, Sue! :-)

  2. Jennifer Wright Owen February 20, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    When we brought friends through our house before we bought it, they all thought we were crazy, one friend in particular especially. They were shocked the first time they saw the place after we renovated it. Still not perfect, but we’re getting there!

  3. Emily A. Clark February 21, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    I’m glad you loved it as much as I did. Thanks for introducing me to your blog :)

  4. Bethany February 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    This is amazing! i’m so jealous of their skills! Great find


  5. kevinhildebrandt March 15, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    Ummm, Amazing! This kind of blew me away, you have done some amazing work here. It makes total sense to buy cheap and build what you want instead of buying an expensive kitchen someone else liked and you are just settling with. Thanks for the article it sparks my imagination on what I can look for in a home.


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