After weeks of demo and construction and painting- I’m finally ready to share some decent looking “after” photos of the updates to the cottage. In case you are new here, we have been working on a few major projects recently. One of the biggest changes was pulling up all the old flooring downstairs- half was hardwood floors and half was ceramic tile. We wanted the entire downstairs to be in the same flooring and chose a dark wood-plank look porcelain tile.
Here is a before photo that shows the two previous floorcoverings:
And here’s an after photo with our new “wood-look” tile:
We are loving our new floors! The porcelain tile is perfect for our busy lives with 3 kids and a large dog…no more scratch marks and its so easy to clean.
Another big change is that I painted all the walls downstairs a fresh, clean crisp white.
Here’s another view of the family room with the dark floors and light walls. I really love the contrast and think our space has a more clean and even “contemporary” feel!
None of the major furniture or art or accessories have changed, yet everything looks so new and fresh!
You can probably see a little “peek” of the kitchen in this photo- our kitchen was the biggest transformation and I can’t wait to share those after photos with you later this week, so stay tuned!
Right now, the house is in all neutrals- white, grey, khaki and black, but the clean white walls and furnishings will provide the perfect neutral backdrop to my constantly changing seasonal accents- I’m already working on ideas for some colorful seasonal spring decor!
With the entire downstairs in the same flooring and wall color, our rooms “flow” beautifully and the whole house suddenly feels bigger and more spacious!
BTW- We kept our whitewashed shiplap accent wall (which we love) and Mr. Marlin of course!
We are really loving everything and are so glad to be getting our house and lives a little more “back to normal” since the reno.
Please join me later this week for the “after” photos from our kitchen makeover- I can’t wait to share those with you!!