Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Joe has been living in a bachelor pad for over 7 years now.  He purchased a home in Richfield, NC that was built in the 1940's. I love the character and charm this house has to offer. however, for this  home to livable for both of us when we get married we are in major renovating mode. Now please keep in mind we still have a long ways to go but I can see a huge transformation with all the baby steps we are taking.

Several months ago I posted a blog about the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room remodeling projects.  I absolutely love how everything has turned out and I can't wait to show you the start of the living room and dining room on today's post.  Over the past few months, we have an electrician in the home fixing all the electrical work, adding new light fixtures, and hanging new fans along with painters who painted the whole house in Dolphin Fin and all the trim work in Promenade.

I first have to say, my mom missed her calling in life.  She reminds me of Johanna Gaines by looking at any room, seeing a vision and just going with it.  So without further adieu here are some more pictures of our fixer upper projects.

Dining Room with new light fixture minus shelves

The shelves above were purchased at Architechetural Salvage in Greensboro and stripped to the original wood.  They were then stained and waxed with a vintage red color.  My mom drilled a rack to the bottom shelf to be able to hang wine glasses.  The shelf brackets were purchased at Hobby Lobby.  The other items on the shelf were dollar finds at Michaels, Dollar Store, and Target.  The plate at the top came from my future in-laws as a Christmas gift.

The Living Room with carpet, and red fireplace (ignore the brown blinds they will be changed to white)

Unlike most homes that are built today with sheet rock, Joe's walls were built with plaster.  When trying to hang things on plaster walls, you can't hang things very heavy or the wall will begin to crack.  I really wanted a real window frame to hang but we knew it would be too heavy so we built our own.  We removed the inside of the frames we found at Michaels, found here window frame and glued two frames together to make something that looks like an old window.  We distressed the wood with Annie Sloane Chalk Paint to give it a rustic vintage feel.  The deer came from the Christmas Tree Store and the candle holders from Old Time Pottery.  Now see below what can happen when you add some paint to brick.

White distressed fire place with decorations

We are currently working on ripping up all the carpet throughout the whole house.  There are some beautiful hardwood floors with some stains but our hope is to get the floors sanded down and re-stained to color we like.  Keeping the real hardwood floors by salvaging them will be a strong resale factor in the future. We still have a lot of ripping up foam, nails, and staples from the floor.  Let the back aches begin....

Bye Bye Carpet

I can't wait to share with you guys in the upcoming weeks some more posts on the Plott House Reno's.  I'm getting more and more excited about getting married and moving in with Joe.  We are so excited about all the new changes and can't wait to see the final product.  Baby steps make a huge difference.