Before & After: Fixing Up an Old Cottage from the ’40s
This is a whole-house makeover that really knocked my socks off. Amy says, “I bought a 1940s cottage loaded with charm and every bad thing: mold, asbestos, lead-based paint, and the ickiest paneling to ever grace a wall.” To say it needed a lot of work is an understatement. But take a look at it now…
So charming! But the outside was just the beginning. Here’s how uninviting the living room looked before:
She installed double doors on either side of the fireplace where those small windows used to be, and the whole room looks a lot lighter and brighter now: “My builder and I designed them and took the drawing to a door maker. He built them for us and then painted/distressed them. They are functional and lead out to the side/front porch.”
She says, “When it comes to decorating, my style is influenced by vintage and repurposed trends. I like a little bit of history in my decor — something with a life of its own. A trend emerged in my flea market finds: I like tools — as in hammers and such. I like the idea of taking something that has been exceptionally useful and giving it an opportunity to be beautiful.”
Here’s an example — the vintage levels she hung on the wall:
She stacked old tool boxes as a side table in the living room and stores Christmas decorations in them. Her dog Patsy Cline clearly approves:
She says this is her favorite room now, and I can see why!
Those floors are killing me. So beautiful.
Another room that needed a lot of attention: the kitchen. Here’s how it looked before:
And now, after being transformed:
Amy knows what she’s doing. She works as a designer for Gather & Build, a boutique design and construction collaborative in Nashville, Tennessee.
Her house made the cover of Refresh magazine’s premier issue over the summer, and she wrote a post for their blog about 5 Ways to Decorate with Vintage Tools.
Some of these photos were taken by Jeff Herr for the magazine, which included this cool shot of her stairwell with clipboards hanging on the wall:
Thanks to Amy for sharing her home renovation with us. Visit her blog Gather & Build to see how her bedroom and bathroom upstairs turned out!