Rental Before and After

While I am waiting for our next move, I thought it would be fun to revisit a few of our other Rental Before and After renovation projects. Seems like we have had quite a few!

Okay, we have had a LOT!

The Cape Cod Project was the most recent.

One of the first things I tackled was the hideous basement bar. Yikes!

It was so much fun to make a Tiki Bar out of it!

The Closet Home Office was next. It was an under used space and this little office worked great for our son’s homework station.

The dining room had good bones, but was very, very dark.

A fresh coat of paint did wonders! Read about it here.

The upstairs hallway in this house was so dark and narrow it made me claustrophobic. The halls felt so much bigger with fresh paint! Here’s the info on this project.

The downstairs hallway got the same treatment!  I was so glad to leave that home behind, I just never felt comfortable there!


Our previous rental home was great. We loved this house, inside and out. The yard was huge and we spent a lot of time outdoors both in summer and winter. This was in my early blogging days, looking back I have grown so much as a blogger since then!

The house was wonderful, however the pictures, not so much. Be forgiving, okay? I realize now that I don’t post many things from my early blogging days, I just hate most of the photography. Perhaps I am too picky.

Here’s the “before” home tour.

designerssweetspot.comI did only a few interior upgrades to this home, our son’s Teen Bedroom was one of them.


The other fun project was painting removable stripes on our master bedroom wall. Click here to see how I did it!

I loved this bedroom, I can’t wait to paint more stripes in our new location, but this time they can be permanent! You have no idea how exciting that is for me!

Because there wasn’t a lot of things for me to do inside that home, I spent a lot of time outdoors. We had the best garden I’ve ever had at that location, see the full garden tour here.

Hard to believe it’s only been a few years, yet we have accomplished so much! Blogging has become second nature to me, I love it more than ever. I look forward to having lots more things so share at our new location, coming soon!

I am counting down the days, and am super impatient!


Victorian Project Before and After

Our new home, circa 1910.
Our old home, circa 1910.

We are ready to leave our Victorian House behind. Our boxes are packed and we are ready for the move. Just a few more last minute details to work out. We are so excited and impatient!

While we are waiting around for the big day, I thought it would be fun to revisit some of the Before and After projects we have done during our time here at the Victorian House. There have been many Before and After projects, even though we have lived here only a short time.

green bath

Remember the garishly green bathroom? Hard to believe how ugly it was. This is the before photo…..

Bath after

This is the after! It’s amazing what a little paint can do!

Claw Foot Tub

Of course, my mothers fine art collection helped with the transformation. Click here for the complete post.


The next project was to repair the track in the ancient old pocket doors. It was quite a job.


But, the doors are still there, and will work well for the next 100 years. Here’s the post on the entire project.

front bedroom

The two toned bedroom was next. Well, I guess it’s three toned if you count the pink stained carpet. Yuck, yuck, yuck! The before was so irritating to me, I couldn’t wait to paint this room!

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This is the after. It makes my heart sad to have to leave this stenciled wall here.

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One of my friends suggested we cut out the dry wall and take it with us. Except these walls are plaster. I hope the next tenant appreciates how many hours I spent on this transformation. Read about it here.

front door

I almost forgot about the front door transformation. It was in desperate need of an update.

Front door lead

I still love this blue color. In fact, I think I may use it again in the next house.

dining room

The living room was one of my more recent projects. It’s the yellow room at the far end of this photo.


A little color can do amazing things. Here’s the details on this room.

upstairs parlor

The last transformation was our youngest son’s room. The mothy mauve color was my least favorite in the house.

james room after

It feels like a completely different room now.bunk bed

Here’s the how to on this room.

Can you believe it? So much accomplished in such a little time. No wonder I am tired.

But, I am sure I will be inspired again at our new location.

Details coming soon!

Have a great weekend!

Announcing the New Abode

I can’t believe I am making this announcement. We have a new abode.

We had no intention of moving again, but we are once again in the process.

It’s crazy, we have moved more times than I can count. This time though, we are buying a house.

We have been renting for years, fixing up rentals as we go, making them our home.


We are so excited to finally have a permanent place of our own. We have dreamed and been disappointed so many times. We have faith that this time, our dreams will come true.

I don’t think I could handle another disappointment. It would crush me.

This home has everything we have always wanted, and so much more.

We love the vintage style of this home. It was beautifully staged.


If they would have offered the furnishings for sale with the house, we would have bought them.

My favorite thing about it, is that it has a space for my design studio.

It needs a little work, however.



We have to have at least one renovation project or it won’t be any fun, you know?

It also has a cute little yard, the perfect size for a little garden and chickens. And a sweet wrought iron fence.

It even has a BARN.

But the best thing thing about this home is …….


That it is OURS.


Christmas in the Country Home Tour

Glad you could stop by for the Christmas Home Tour! There are more than 40 bloggers participating, be sure to check out some of the other links at Creative Country Mom.

Wreath Lead

I have been working on decorating for a while, it feels good to finally have everything in place!

This is the back door, a Rustic Wooden Wreath says “hello”.

Red coop

The view from the back door is of the chicken coop. Our sweet Delaware chickens have gone to live with friends for the winter, but I couldn’t resist decorating the coop.

I have always wanted a barn to decorate, this coop is as close as I have ever gotten to owning a barn!

Timepiece display

The back porch has a few fun Christmas touches, this old mail box and jingle bells make for a unique coffee table vignette.

The Timepiece Ornament was one of my recent sewing projects.

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The back wall of the porch is full of beautiful rustic barn boards. It’s my favorite thing in this entire house. I love how the barn boards look with my DIY Gold Snowflakes.

Painted tree

The porch also is the home to our Spray Painted Christmas Tree.

I love the grey color, it’s very subtle.

I love it even more with silver, grey and blue ornaments.

Monogrammed ornament

The ornaments look rather mysterious on it. This monogram is chalk paint on a DIY ornament globe.

I still have more of them to paint. Perhaps I will finish before the holidays!

I love the beaded ornament hangers from Hobby Lobby, they make the simplest ornaments look special!


I have collected white reindeer ornaments for some time, they look so right on the “frosted” tree!


Speaking of Frosty… he’s my son’s favorite orament.

Kitchen tour

I didn’t decorate a lot in the kitchen, but I did put together this mason jar display with bottle brush trees and snow on the pantry shelves.

The wooden Merry Christmas Banner above it is from Target. I bought it especially for this tour, but totally failed to get it in the picture.

Sorry folks.

I will redeem myself instead with more Gold Snowflakes.

You can never have too many jars, or snowflakes as far as I am concerned.

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The master bedroom got a special treatment, more DIY Gold Snowflakes were added to a boring white wall with the help of Command Strips. I love those things!

I had a ball stringing up the lights and vintage ornaments over the bed.

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The vintage ornaments were hung on twine with mini-clothes pins. They are completely charming and are mostly handmade.

I also added some jingle bells on silver clips to the lineup.

I find the little white lights very soothing, not to mention romantic.

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I prefer all white bedding, it makes me feel like I am sleeping in a cloud. The only extravagance here is the furry white pillow.

The gold mirrors around the room were antiques that my mother gave me. They are very old.

They are some of my favorite things in the entire world.

I absolutely never tire of them.

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The bedside table sports some bottle brush trees displayed on a cake plate and a little matching wreath.

I fell in love with the vintage baby shoes and filled them with ornaments, rosemary twigs, and more jingle bells.

The Amaryllis will be blooming around Christmas, I can’t wait until it opens.

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Merry Christmas baby!

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More gold mirrors here.

I found the gold reindeer at a thrift store.

The mauve bottle brush wreath adds a bit of color to the room and keeps it from being too white.

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On to the dining room!

I just painted the buffet yesterday, so glad I did!

I love how it looks with the silver and grey ornaments on the tree.

The wool fabric is a leftover scrap from a cape I am making.

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The room is very small and a little tree is all that’s needed to brighten up a dark corner.

The big mirror over the buffet helps to brighten things too!

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Our little dining area is not at all fancy. I found the tartan place mats last year at Target.

The table cloth is a piece of grey suiting fabric. I am into suitings this year for some reason.

No, I didn’t iron the fabric table cloth. I am rebelling against ironing this season.

Wrinkles are okay with me! They make the place look lived in. Ha!

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The make shift center piece is a crystal bowl filled with battery operated lights, glitter and glass ornaments, and a set of silver angels my husband gave me on our first Christmas together.

I tucked a small round mirror in the bottom of the bowl to make it brighter.

Yarnball Wreath-2

Last but not least, is the Yarn Ball wreath on the front door.

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Have a Merry Christmas!