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Mr Banks Before&After Playroom and Laundry Room

I love the before and after of the playroom because it shows what a big difference some paint can make, and also because I basically just reused the concept I came up with for the family room in Chicago, and took it to the next level. If you want to see our first go at this, here is the post on our Chicago playroom.

Playroom

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And a close up…

…and another angle

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After…The gold disco ball is everything.

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Laundry Room

Before: Our garage is attached and you enter into the house through the laundry room. Before it was just poorly laid out, and there was oddly a toilet in there with no door that was open to the playroom. We closed off that access and changed up the floor plan…

After…So now the wall that it shares with the garage has the washer, dryer, and sink. Obviously these aren’t styled and pretty. Laundry room is for real life, always.

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After…And this side has a mudroom bench with cubbies. I am showing you this to keep it real…Not everything is perfect and finished. I want to get a cushion made for the bench, and hooks…And to clean all the junk out of here. But I still love this room, it is so functional, but still not bad to look at! One of these days I will get it properly fluffed and show y’all. And then I will be one of those people who even my laundry room is fancy like in those show houses.

Nah.

As always, I will do my best to answer whatever questions you leave in the comments.

Monday we will do the upstairs guest beds and baths!

Mr Banks Before&After: Family Room and Powder Room

SO excited for y’all to see this, the Family Room was one of the only spaces not properly represented on the D*S feature, so hold on to your boobies, this is exciting.

The family room was basically in the same space as the kitchen before, but it was closed off because of the way the cabinetry was configured. By tearing out those cabinets and opening it up, we have the brightest kitchen and family room now. We also flip flopped the seating and dining furniture arrangement from how it was.

Family Room

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…And another. I mean that couch. licklicklicklick it like a lollypop.

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After, The tulip chairs are vintage and I got them for a great deal. Normally I wouldn’t advocate the matching dining set, but here, I think I can deal with it.

Powder Room

Before…wompwomp

After…It’s my favorite wallpaper that you may recognize from our Chicago house. We had a lot leftover from that, and I am thrilled we got to use it again.

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Ok, as usual, ask any questions and I will do my best to answer them. Tomorrow I am going to post the playroom and laundry room, that also wasn’t featured in the D*S spread and is pretty exciting for a laundry room…I think anyway. Then next week we will do the bedrooms and bathrooms!

I hope this isn’t dragging on too much, I am trying to get through everything in a timely manner for you fine people!

Mr Banks Before&After: Kitchen and Bar

The two big issues with the house when we bought it were the kitchen, and the master bed situation which I will show you in another post. The kitchen wasn’t bad…really. Just really not our taste, and in my opinion, not the best use of space. Also, the previous owners must have been basketball players because the countertops came up to, like, my chin. Not functional for us. Again, if you are new here our previous home in Chicago was featured in Rue last spring, and if you want to see what we did in the kitchen there check out this post.

The Kitchen

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Before- We just hated how it was closed off from the family room, removing those cabinets made such a difference and we really didn’t lose that much storage.

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The Bar

Before- There was a butlers pantry connecting the dining room to the kitchen that we turned into a bar.

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I so love that wallpaper, at first it looks like a girly damask, but when you look closer it is cowboys shooting guns in the air around an oil well and football helmets. VERY manly 😉

Ok, shoot with the questions. I will do my best to answer them at the end of the day.

Tomorrow we have the family room and powder room. Friday playroom and Laundry and imma do the bedrooms next week!

Mr Banks Before&After: Entryway, Living, Dining Rooms

Everyone who has already left a nice comment on D*S, or here, or written me an email…I want to kiss you all hard. And I am a fantastic kisser, so consider yourselves well-made-out-with.

Also, I was so nervous to show you all the pics. As all of you longtime readers know, I was definitely going through my blue period while doing this place, and I think the space reflects my optimism and intense desire for a joyful outcome to our tough time for our family. Even more so than Chicago, this house feels really personal to me. Distracting myself during the tough time designing this place is what got me through it, and I guess I was nervous about how nekkid showing Mr Banks it to the world was going to make me.

But y’all like it, y’all really like it.

Even foxes who I love like Amber like it.

And my heart feels so full. So thank you.

And seriously, the D*S post was awesome and such an honor, but was truly a “peak”, there is so much more where that came from. I think it might take a week or two to go through all the before & afters…but I am going to try to combine them into bigger posts to get through them faster. Today, starting with the entryway, living, and dining rooms.

For those that might be new here, I spent a year renovating our last house in Chicago which we lovingly called Clifford: The Big Red House, and it was featured in Rue Magazine last spring. If you want to refresh yourself on what our living&dining situation was in Chicago, here is the post on that. The day we did the photography for the Rue feature, I had a routine ultrasound and found out that our baby was sick, and we quickly made the decision to sell our house in Chicago and move back to Texas to be closer to my home and the experts in our baby’s condition. We found this house, which I dubbed George Banks because of its charming Father of the Brideness, began renovating and moved in 6 months later. It has been complete madness, and I am so grateful to now be reveling in the afterglow of all of that.

Revel with me!

Entryway

The dining room, living room, and entryway (plus 2 bedrooms upstairs) were all original to the house built in the 1930s. The rest of the house was remodeled and added on to and that is what we had to redo, but we really didn’t have to do much in the original rooms. The entry was kind of a depressing non event, nothing really wrong with it, we just repainted, restained, and replaced the light fixture.

Entry Before

Entry After

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Entry After

Some more afters…

Botanical pictures from Furbish, table from GardenHouse, Topiaries from Design Darling. The pewter oyster shell is a candy dish that my Grandmother bought with her first paycheck when she was 20 and working at a department store. She used to always have it filled with candy in their living room, and she would catch me trying to sneak a Krackle or some other awesomely old lady candy often. She gave it to me for my 20th Birthday, and it is one of my most treasured things.

Living Room

Besides the entry, this was the room we did the least amount of work in. Just stained the floors, painted, replaced the lighting and removed the shutters.

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…and another view

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I love this room because it is basically the exact same things from our house in Chicago (new ottoman, gun chairs moved from the dining room, painting from the kitchen, and the trunk from the playroom) we just painted the walls the most incredible pink, Colonial Rose by Fine Paints of Europe, added a new rug to fit the space, and a different light fixture and it feels like a totally different room! I was going to recover the couch and chairs and go in a totally different direction but MFAMB told me she would beat my ass, and I believed her. I am so glad I listened though, I love getting to watch the pieces evolve.

Dining Room

The dining room needed the most work of these three rooms because of the crazy built ins surrounding the space. No problem, ripped those out, stained, painted, replaced the lighting, and added some china cabinets and it is a totally different space!

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After- The china cabinets are from Ethan Allen, I just had them painted white on the outside, and a great coral glossy pink inside.

…And a detailed view.

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I love the dining room, again, because of how much stuff we reused from Clifford, and yet how different it feels. It is the same dining table, and chairs- the chairs were painted and recovered. Same buffet, new china cabinets and chandelier. It is the brightest happiest room, and the lighting at night for dinner parties is so sparkly.

OK! So that is all for today. Sheesh. That felt like a lot. I might have to break the rest of the posts into smaller bits to get through them all. Anyway, I hope you like getting to see more detail and different angles of the rooms, feel free to ask any questions in the comments and I will answer them as best I can!

Tomorrow we will have the kitchen and bar before & afters…

all the pretty pictures courtesy of Paige Newton Photography