Photo Gallery: Young House Love Makeover
See the bloggers’ budget-savvy reno.
Lush foliage obscures a ho-hum exterior.
"Let's start with the curb appeal," says Sherry. "When we first laid eyes on our house over three years ago, it was a sad sight to behold. The yard—er, forest—in front of the dark little ranch was a bit off putting, to say the least."
Tan trim (Valspar’s Lyndhurst Stone) and black shutters (Glidden’s Dark Secret) added polish to the brick exterior.
“We knew there was a charming place to call home behind all that brush, says Sherry Petersik, co-author of the popular blog, Young House Love. “We removed a ton of trees, planted grass seed galore, laid a new stone path to the door—which we painted “Fabulous Red” by Valspar—and upgraded the landscaping for a big transformation that still stuns the neighbors.”
Black shutters and planters added punch to the exterior, but it still needed more love.
"The front porch that we inherited with our home was bland and boring—and that's putting it nicely," says Sherry, laughing. "It had a worn out wood floor and a totally deserted vibe."
Lush ferns, pretty planters and simple wood furniture bring this exterior to life.
“We did our best to lighten things up and add a more welcoming vibe by painting the floor—in subtle cream and tan stripes—and creating a seating area for a lot more function and warmth,” says Sherry Petersik, co-author of the popular blog, Young House Love. “We even added a little dog corner for our beloved pooch, Burger.”
This space had an awkward divider near the door which made it feel closed in.
"There's nothing like a big red brick fireplace to suck the light out of a dated and dreary living room," says Sherry.
White paint, open shelves and neutral furniture work wonders in this space.
“We painted the fireplace and added a dining area to transform an unused, formal room into a multi-functional and open living and dining room,” says Sherry Petersik, co-author of the popular blog, Young House Love. “Widening the formerly small doorway that led to the kitchen and adding some simple crown moulding completed the transformation for an updated and almost unrecognizable effect.”
Dated lace curtains do little to warm up this living room entryway.
"Here's another shot of our old living room's strange divider," Sherry says. "We inherited it along with a square of faux-stone linoleum near the front door."
An elegant yellow rug, warm lamps and clean-lined chair and sofa revive this space.
“We wasted no time ripping out that odd divider the day we moved in,” says Sherry Petersik, co-author of the popular blog, Young House Love. “We switched out the old lace curtains for bamboo blinds and floor length white curtains to achieve a much more current look. Then we pulled up that square of linoleum by the door to discover that the hardwood flooring ran right underneath it. We later refinished the wood in a rich mocha tone.”
A ruffled window valance reads as dated, rather than quaint.
"Our kitchen was original to the house, but the dark knotty pine cabinets, low-hanging fan and icky linoleum flooring had to go," Sherry says. "And the ancient appliances? They were definitely overdue for an upgrade."
Luminous light fixtures and a white and aqua colour scheme set a serene tone in this space.
“We totally gutted our kitchen and then brought in new hardwood flooring, clean-lined cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite counters,” says Sherry Petersik, co-author of the popular blog, Young House Love. “We also closed off the doorway on the right that once led to a formal dining room. That single decision earned us at least twice as much cabinet and counter space, along with a much more functional layout.”
The fireplace in this roomy interior hinted at what the space could become.
"The dark brick, dated paneling and heavy ceiling beams made our den feel more like a hunting lodge or a dungeon rather than a space to hang out and relax," says Sherry.
Streamlined furniture, a textured area rug and white decorative objects exude serenity.
“We lightened things up on the cheap with a few gallons of cream paint, which gave the old paneling and brick fireplace a whole new look,” says Sherry Petersik, co-author of the popular blog, Young House Love. “Then we replaced the faux-parquet linoleum with mocha hardwood that flowed with the rest of the house.”
Wall-to-wall windows were crying out for a more stylish space.
"We immediately knew the sunroom had potential," says Sherry. "The thin, matted carpet was hiding a great concrete floor, for instance."
A Palm-Beach style daybed, modern dining area and beige-and-white palette create a charming and chic indoor-outdoor space.
“We softened things up by hanging breezy white curtains in each corner,” says Sherry Petersik, co-author of the popular blog, Young House Love. “We painted the concrete floors a rich chocolate brown to complement the mocha flooring throughout the rest of the house.”