an awful lot of you asked to see some before and after photos from my cottage makeover. so, as much as i kinda hate to post something as unsightly as these ‘befores’ i do think there’s the possibility for some educational value here. when i first saw this place, i thought, “no freakin’ way can i live here.” but, the landlord was so nice, and he wanted someone to move in that would care for the cottage as if it were their own, and i kind of have a history of leaving a place with a lot of improvements — even on my own dime. so, i guess the lesson i learned here is that it doesn’t hurt to ask if they will make improvements. and, it’s a good idea to imagine potential in even the darkest man caves around.
so i asked him: can you remove the louvered doors from the living room to the dining room? will you paint the whole place with a fresh coat of white paint? would he rip up the carpet in the bedroom & dining room and refinish the floors? would he remove the gigantic ceiling fan and fixture, allowing me to replace it with a lovely schoolhouse electric fixture? he was unbelievable agreeable. and so i moved in. the only thing he didn’t want me to do was to paint the kitchen cabinets white, but i could live with that, even though i really wanted white. it seemed more than a reasonable compromise considering how much he was willing to improve. so, for the walls we used Sherwin Williams Emerald white, which has great coverage over dark colors. sorry in advance for the poor quality of the photos – but i took ‘befores’ with my iphone before i moved in, so to be fair i took the ‘afters’ with the iphone, too.
• all photos © victoria smith, sfgirlbybay.