I've been trying to find a few Before and Afters of our house to share with you.
Unfortunately, when we moved into this house I wasn't too keen on taking Before pics. Not sure if it was the seafoam green carpet, the 4 kinds of wallpaper, or that fact that we had just set the record for paying the highest price ever in our neighborhood for a 1970's paradise, but I didn't really want to document what we had gotten ourselves into. That, coupled with the fact that we hadn't yet gone digital and didn't want to "waste film" means we have a dearth of photos.
Of course, had I heard of blogging back then and realized how we all love a good Before and After, I would have snapped some pics for posterity. Actually, I'd rather call them Before and Durings, because are we ever really finished putzing around and changing things here and there?
I came across a few that I'll share with you. Here's our staircase "Before." The iron railing continues around the right up one more small level. Of course the true "before" would have a formal Oriental carpet runner going down the stairs and wallpaper on the wall. Do we still say Oriental carpet or is Asian?
We ripped up the carpets and had the floors and stairs professionally refinished. A railing guy put up this new banister and posts in one day, then Tom painted the risers for me for our anniversary.
I like to hang greens on the banister at Christmas: