Mint Green Gables {The Farewell Tour}

As we are beginning the process of painting and decorating our new home in Georgia, I realized I never shared the AFTER pictures of our home in Virginia. So here is a little farewell tour of our 1910 Victorian, which we nicknamed Mint Green Gables.

{For the BEFORE pictures, you can visit this post.}

Here is a picture of the exterior…

We didn’t do much other than replace the front door (which we had already done when I posted the BEFORE pics), paint the mailbox, replace the exterior lights, repair some bad places on the porch railing and floor, and plant some Knock-out Roses.

When you walk in the front door, you enter the front foyer/hallway…

I painted the foyer Pink Ground by Farrow & Ball and the steps Teresa’s Green, also by Farrow & Ball. The runner is from IKEA. (All my Farrow & Ball paint was already color matched in the system at Sherwin Williams.)

To the right is the school room and straight ahead is the dining room. We will start there.

We painted the dining room in Skimming Stone by Farrow & Ball, replaced the light fixture, and hung some inexpensive lace curtains from IKEA. For more details on the plate wall, you can visit this post.

From the dining room, you enter the kitchen.

We painted the kitchen in Jocular Green by Sherwin Williams, hung a cute teacup shelf (Craigslist find) over the window to hide the neighbor’s ugly shed, applied some clear contact paper to that window and the pantry door, replaced the refrigerator, and added a thrift store drop-leaf table painted in the leftover foyer paint to use as a kitchen island. I also made some curtains using Pioneer Woman cloth napkins that I purchased at Wal-Mart.

From the kitchen, you enter the biggest improvement/project of all, the completely remodeled laundry/bathroom. Phillip literally tore this out to a dirt floor and reconfigured the layout as it used to be two separate spaces that were terribly out of level. Originally the laundry was off the kitchen, but the door to the bathroom was in the living room right next to the fireplace. Awkward.

I made a curtain/door to the laundry room out of a pretty Pioneer Woman tablecloth I found at Wal-Mart.

I painted an old dresser and used this free printable and a little Mod Podge to update the existing knobs. The laundry room curtains are also made from Pioneer Woman cloth napkins from Wal-Mart. From the laundry room you enter the bathroom.

We found this old door on Craigslist and hung it “barn door style” inside the bathroom. I frosted the glass using this spray and added a cute bathroom decal I found on etsy. The rest of the bathroom is pretty self-explanatory and most items were purchased at Home Depot or Lowe’s, except the shower curtain (Target) and wall baskets (don’t remember, but I think Hobby Lobby). And the flooring was free…as in old pine planks someone had put out on the side of the road when they were redoing their roof. My husband is awesome!

Back to the main part of the house. Off of the dining room is the living room.

The old door to the bathroom used to be to the right of the fireplace, where the bookshelf we found in a dumpster is sitting. We painted this room in Teresa’s Green by Farrow & Ball. From the living room, you enter the front room, which we used at a school room/play room/craft room.

We painted the room yellow. I don’t remember the shade, but it was from Sherwin Williams, and it was really much brighter than I intended. I painted the inside of the faux fireplace with black chalkboard paint. The curtains were made from vintage fabric and sheets I had. The kids’ desks are from IKEA.

From the yellow room, you find yourself back in the entry hall/foyer.

I painted the inside of the front door a dark brownish gray (I don’t remember the shade) and I did a treatment to the windows on the door using Gallery Glass to add a bit of privacy.  Upstairs I hung the silhouettes of the kids that I made a few years ago. The curtains are from IKEA (about 8 years ago) and are my favorite curtains ever. I wish I had bought several pair!

The rest of the upstairs didn’t change much from the BEFORE post. I did rearrange the boys’ room though. You can see the rest of the upstairs here.

Given our tiny budget, I am really pleased with how the house turned out. We were able to turn a former drug/rental house into a cute family home. Although it wasn’t the easiest year of my life, I have a lot of fond memories of our time in Virginia and Mint Green Gables.

After a few months of having no idea of what direction I wanted to go with the new house, I have finally figured it out and started painting and decorating! For sneak peeks along the way, you can check out my Instagram and Instastories. To see what is inspiring my choices and style, check out my Home Inspiration board on Pinterest.





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  1. Frank Allen says:

    This made me sad all over again. MISs you guys sooooo much!

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