Before and After: A 1920s Living Room Is Restored to Its Former Glory for Under $1,000
Because they were relatively quick and easy to construct, bungalow-style homes were all the rage in the 1920s, and homeowner Jessica Small’s (@fromgrittopearl) 1920s home is no exception. Its Craftsman details, such as the unique windows, thick wooden trim, beadboard ceilings, and original hardwood flooring, sold her on the home the minute she walked in, but they needed some major restoration work.
“There were gigantic holes in the plaster walls and peeling paint throughout all of the trim and windows,” Jessica says. “It was such a shame to see all the charming original features clouded by grime and falling apart.”
The room was covered in dust that made it hard for Jessica’s family to even breathe in the space. To make it beautiful (and livable) again, Jessica started by removing that thick layer of dust, then had the peeling paint beneath tested for lead — an important step for any historic home project. Because the test was positive, Jessica knew she’d have to take necessary precautions.
“I had to take all the extra safety measures to make the repairs but found it to be well worth the extra work!” she says. Once the lead problem was gone, Jessica repainted the whole place (Sherwin-Williams’ Alabaster).
“My goal for this project was to take it from dingy and dated to bright and modern while keeping the original features as the main highlight,” Jessica says.
Because the most major impact was made with paint, Jessica’s living room facelift was very affordable, ringing in at under $1,000 and completed in under six weeks.
“Honestly, I wouldn’t do anything differently,” she says. “This room gives me life! I’m proud of how far it’s come in the past month and love how light and bright it is now.”
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