When Liz sent us her stunningly spectacular before and after photos we did a major double take. Here’s her letter:
Ever since I discovered your website a few weeks ago, I have been totally hooked!! Truth be told, your website was partially the inspiration for the blog that I started. After seeing all of the amazing transformations on your Reader Redesigns, I couldn’t wait to send you a few pics of my own redesign! My hubby and I bought a sad little ranch in Dallas, TX last September and spent a few months renovating every square inch, from the linoleum to the fuzzy gold wallpaper to the Astroturf on the patio – it all had to go! We are finally all moved in, and I’m extremely proud of the transformations. No longer a blast from the past, our rooms now perfectly fit our lifestyle and style in general. I’d love to hear what you think!! Keep up the great work! ~ Liz
Here’s the living area looking into the kitchen before…
… and after:
Here’s the living area before:
And the same space after the renovation:
Gorgeous! Stunning! Fantastic! Thanks so much for the pictures Liz- and we wish you all the best in your beautiful “new” home.
Oh my goodness! That is incredible. I’m still picking my jaw up off the floor.
Wow, now that is what I call a transformation! The “Before” reminds me of my parents’ den. They have the same wooden beams and wood paneling covering the walls. I have begged my mom for years to let me paint the walls and fireplace more flattering colors. Of course, my mom doesn’t believe that you can paint wood paneling. I told her, “Are you kidding me? You can paint anything!” I wonder if I’ll ever be able to convince her? At least they got rid of the shag carpet and got wood floors. But now it’s just too much wood. I’m going to print off this picture and show her it CAN be done!
I LOVE the tiled backsplash! What a wonderful transformation!
As Liz knows, I think her transformations are extraordinary – absolutely gorgeous. I’m so glad you are showcasing her before and afters – they’re so inspirational!
Yay guys, thanks so much!! I am over the moon from your awesome compliments. :) John and Sherry, you guys are wonderful and thanks so much for posting my renovation on your blog!!
Looks fantastic, and I’m very glad the gorgeous ceiling beams were left untouched. They give the space that little extra touch of class, imho.
wow that’s amazing! good work! i LOVE it!
Denise T. says
If it weren’t for the beams, I wouldn’t think it was the same room. Your new hardwood floors bring it all together so beautifully with the beams. These “before and after” pictures are amazing – thanks for sharing!
I wonder how many home improvement blogs Sherry and John have inspired?
That is the most astonishing “reader redesign” I’ve seen. I am amazed at their vision…. and both rooms look like they are straight out of a designer magazine! Nice job.
WOW that is literally jaw dropping! I love so many details there – the splashback, the walls, ceiling, lighting, floorboards… congratulations! It really looks magazine worthy.
Wow that’s an awesome redesign!
I gave you guys a “Kreativ Blogger” award! Check it on my blog.
This is an absolutely amazing transformation!!! Wow!! I love this!!!
Holy crap thats amazing! Love it all. I love how you worked with some of the existing elements (the ceiling beams, the brick) and made it look totally new and fresh. The details from the paneling, now that they are painted, add some nice interest to the walls.
heather s. says
Gorgeous! Great job, Liz (and hubby!). I love that you kept the exposed beams and everything just looks so much lighter and brighter now.
Thanks guys! We debated about whether to keep the paneling and whether to paint the beam, and I’m so glad you guys like the choices we made! The beam needed just a little doctoring – some new stain and a little addition at the end because the original fireplace stuck out about a foot further than our new fireplace – weird, right? My next challenge is to figure out how to hang pictures on that paneling . . . :)
Thanks again for sharing your fabulous pics! We’re so excited (and not at all surprised) that our readers love your makeover as much as we do!
We’ve managed to hang things on our painted paneling in our den with some inexpensive plastic anchors and screws. Just be sure about placement so you’re not adding holes left and right while you’re trying to settle on the perfect height. Hope it helps! Happy hanging…
Thanks Sherry!! I’m going to give it a whirl!! My fingers are crossed that I don’t leave my walls looking like Swiss cheese. :) Thanks again for everything!
I just face-planted to the floor. Un-frickin-believable!! What an amazing transformation–WOW!!
I like the fireplace. Don’t love the barstools, but it all looks really good.
Anna See says
Oh my goodness! I feel like I’m looking at a design magazine. This is the most remarkable transformation I’ve seen. Great job!
Diva Style says
Oooh lovely…love how the space is brightened after the light and airy transformation.
Um. Um. Whoa!
This really is the same space, isn’t it? A-MAZE-ing job!!
Liz’s house looks great!
Definitely check out her blog, it’s got even more pictures and a lot more step-by-step on how she got from “before” to “after”.
Nikki's Nacs says
Liz did a great job on her makeover! Very, very nice. I’m looking forward to having another great blog to read.
Wow Liz- this looks great! I looked at this house and tried to have a vision for it…but couldn’t quite picture it. You did a fantastic job- would love to see more pics…what did you do with the crazy back porch?
Hey Richard! Yay, I’m so glad you like it!! You can check out more pics of our renovation right here: http://itsgreattobehome.net/home-tour/. I need to update some of the pictures, but it will give you an idea of what went down. :) The back porch is still a work in progress, but it’s safe to say that the Astroturf is gone for good!