Before and After: Adding DIY Character to a California Craftsman

Before and After: Adding DIY Character to a California Craftsman

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Marisa Vitale
Feb 2, 2017
(Image credit: Submitted by Matt)

On a peaceful, sidewalk-free street, lined with trees and near a lake, is Matt and Amanda's 1947 bungalow in the San Rafael hills of Pasadena. It's not hard to see what attracted the couple to this house, but that doesn't mean it didn't need a lot of work. The house had a lot of potential (and light), but not a lot of personality.

Matt installed this wainscoting himself. This is the "during" photo of the process.
(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

Matt and Amanda wanted to create a rich, unique Craftsman feel. The transformation of the living room in their home is a perfect example of how they added architecture character and personality to a great blank canvas.

(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

From Matt:

"All of the white wainscoting, window frames, door frames, and molding were installed by me last summer. It was before we had A/C and Amanda was working in Atlanta for two and a half months. We hadn't yet moved in so I would just come over each day, sweat like a waterfall, and hammer and nail it all in. I lost some weight."

(Image credit: Submitted by Matt)
(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

Thank you Matt and Amanda!

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