Before & After: Smart Updates for a Former Schoolhouse Home

Before & After: Smart Updates for a Former Schoolhouse Home

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Nancy Mitchell
May 13, 2015
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After Leanne and Brad got married, they started looking for a place to live, and wound up with a huge project. Through Craigslist, they found a 1907 schoolhouse that had been converted into a home, but was badly in need of updating. Still, it was love at first sight — they saw the house for the first time on a Saturday and made an offer on Monday. Then it was time for the great renovation to begin.

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Together Leanne and Brad transformed pretty much every room in their home. Scrolling through the before and after shots on Country Living, it's almost hard to believe that it's the same house. This creative young couple's patience and dedication definitely paid off — they've managed a series of tasteful updates (and some pretty big transformations) that bring their home into the modern era but remain true to its roots.

Above: Leanne and Brad hated the old kitchen so much that they took a sledgehammer to it within a week of moving in. The new kitchen has white cabinets, wood open shelves, classic subway tile, and a beautiful, spacious feel. In the kitchen and also in the dining room, they removed the old dropped ceiling, opening up the space and revealing the original wooden beams.

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The changes to the living room are a bit less dramatic but no less impactful. A new beadboard ceiling matches the home's original walls, and updates to the built-in cabinetry give the space a more modern feel. Leanne and Brad pulled up the old carpet, revealing beautiful pine floors which they stained a dark ebony, a nice contrast with the white walls.

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(Image credit: Country Living)

Probably the biggest changes were in the master bathroom. Leanne and Brad tore out the old ceiling and broke into a crawlspace to expand the footprint of this formerly cramped room. The new bath is beautiful and bright and has an interesting setup with the tub sharing the shower stall (a look we're starting to see more and more). On the tiled side of the room, the entire floor slopes gently to a drain.

These weren't the only spaces that Leanne and Brad transformed — there were also big changes in the dining room, the master bedroom, the guest bedroom, and elsewhere in the house. You can see all the before & after shots and read more about the renovation at Country Living.

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