A reader named Sharon told me about the wonderful old house they restored in Portland, Oregon, saying, “We bought this lovely, but somewhat neglected, Craftsman home in the historic Laurelhurst neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. We wanted to transform it into the beauty we knew it could be.”
And boy, did they ever. Judging by the photo above, it really wasn’t so bad to start with. But here’s how it looks now:
I just love that yellow and green combo. Classic!
“So many people paint everything in their houses white,” Sharon says, “but I’m sort of on a mission to show that these old houses’ original woodwork can be beautiful.” Here’s how the living room looked when they moved in:
I can’t even imagine all the work that went into restoring this woodwork and making it gleam!
The dining room has a lovely built-in buffet and some great woodwork in it, too, that had all been painted over:
“It took a couple months to strip the paint off the woodwork in preparation for staining but we think it was worth it!” she says. Here’s how it looked after the paint was stripped, but before it was stained:
And the dining room now (wowza!):
The kitchen needed a lot of help, too. Here’s how it looked before:
Sharon says, “Jeff loves his BlueStar Range!” She loves her soapstone counters and sink.
Craftsman Design & Renovation worked on the remodel and took some of these photos of the house. They did an amazing job.
Many thanks to Sharon and Jeff for showing us around. For more before & after photos and information about their reno, visit their blog Laurelhurst 1912 Craftsman.
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