Better And Better

If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Before: After

Because everybody likes "Before" and "After" pics, right?


Plastic coppery counter tops and back splash. Non-matching white fake tile back splash next to oven. Stick on linoleum flooring. Repair to yellow wall. Cheesy runner along top of wall. Ubiquitous wood paneling for wainscot ting. Brown sink. Brown double oven. (Yep: three ovens, in all.)

White and blue faux marble sink and counter tops. Vinyl floors, blue walls. Extra walls, just to paint them blue. Dropped ceiling, to make more walls to paint blue. White and blue tile shower surround. Claustrophobic "privacy wall" that does nothing.

BEFORE: Nice clam shell sink and goldenrod flocked wallpaper, which you can see we enjoyed ripping down. Check out how the silver mirroring is flaking from the backside of the mirror. Stay classy.

AFTER:(Not finished yet. Still needs back splash added.)

Nice view of the enclosed back porch, above.
Every time my wife saw that dated '70's style divider thingy on the right, she would exclaim, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!!!" She ripped it out with glee. Dig the coppery counter tops.


We pulled up the ugly carpet first thing. Note paneling, dirty fireplace, and mystery person redacted because she's shy. Ooh, and note the nasty Sauder particle board bookshelves installed by a "handy" prior owner.

Back porch with self-adhesive tiles and poor windows.

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At Wednesday, October 22, 2008 7:32:00 AM, Blogger Old NFO said...

WOW, that is more than a 'little' upgrading...

At Wednesday, October 22, 2008 9:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't help but notice the ceiling fan with only two lights on in the shot of the fireplace. Made me think of one of my favorite lines from "Christmas Vaction":

"The little lights are not twinkling."
"I know, Art, and thanks for noticing."

Seriously, a beautiful home. Well done. Crack open a beer and celebrate. You deserve it.

At Wednesday, October 22, 2008 12:40:00 PM, Blogger breda said...

wow - do you hire out?

At Wednesday, October 22, 2008 4:20:00 PM, Blogger 5150Wife said...

Holy moly. That's a heck of a lot of work in such a short amount of time. You guys ROCK! It looks marvelous!

At Wednesday, October 22, 2008 8:54:00 PM, Blogger Sabra said...

Beautiful. I especially love the porch.

At Thursday, October 23, 2008 7:32:00 AM, Blogger HollyB said...

Great Job!
And just think...gettin' your "stuff" out of storage will be like Christmas and best birthdays!

At Friday, October 24, 2008 1:25:00 PM, Blogger Assrot said...

Nice work Matt. I'm impressed. I was a general contractor for about a decade down here in Florida (before I wised up and got an education) and I have fixed some truly royal SNAFUs where home owners have tried to save money by fixing a place up by theirself.

You did what looks like some very nice and professional work. I hope you and your family enjoy your new home for years to come.


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