#ItsaBradenfulLife 1800's Home: 2nd Floor Stairwell Renovation

Here are some before and after photos from another renovated area of our 1800’s home project.

Just by adding a few decorative details, we updated an area of our home that is often overlooked—a stairwell!

Read on to see the details of the entire renovation of this space.

Design, Renovation and Photography by Tommy and Carolyn Braden

Design, Renovation and Photography by Tommy and Carolyn Braden

What we did:

  • Removed the carpet

  • Cleaned and shellaced the original trim

  • Laid new carpet (Carpeting this stairwell and the second floor proved to keep our heat bills lower in the winter as the heat doesn’t all rise from the 1st floor to the second anymore as it did when we had the wooden floors bare. It also made the stairs safer as they are very steep.)

  • Added shiplap to the landing area that separates the first floor staircases (the foyer and the “servant stairs”) from the second floor stairwell (Want to know how to hang shiplap? Watch this video my husband and I created!)

  • Painted the walls, shiplap, handrail, and ceiling

  • Restrung the rope and pulley system in the original window

  • Shellaced and hung a shutter (one that we found in someone’s trash) on the window. We keep it open during the day to allow lots of light to flow into the stair area, and close it at night.

  • Hung a new sconce (not seen in the photos)

NOTE:

With the help of my husband’s father, we have completed all the renovations ON OUR OWN.

AND FYI—none of us are contractors or have backgrounds in this kind of work. We’ve just researched and learn as we go! You can learn a lot from YouTube too!

#ItsaBradenfulLife 1800's Home: 2nd Floor Hallway Renovation

Here are some before and after photos from another renovated area of our 1800’s home project.

This hallway was very sad looking due to the paint colors (painted by the previous homeowners), drop ceiling and more. We added some ceiling lights, paint and more and made something AS SIMPLE AS A HALLWAY a very pleasant space in our 1800’s home.

Read on to see the details of the entire renovation of this room.

Design, Renovation and Photography by Tommy and Carolyn Braden

Design, Renovation and Photography by Tommy and Carolyn Braden

What we did:

  • Removed the carpet

  • Removed the drop ceilings

  • Cleaned and shellaced the doors and original trim

  • Hung a new drywall ceiling and finished out the walls (the space that was covered by drop ceiling had to be filled in and finished with drywall)

  • Laid new carpet (carpeting this floor proved to keep our heat bills lower in the winter as the heat doesn’t all rise from the 1st floor to the second anymore as it did when we had the wooden floors bare)

  • Added chair rail and ceiling moulding

  • Painted the walls and ceiling

  • Hung a new sconce (surrounding it with a decorative wall plate) with an Edison style bulb

  • Wired and hung 2 ceiling lights (from IKEA) to brighten the space

  • Added these wireless switches for the ceiling lights

NOTE:

With the help of my husband’s father, we have completed all the renovations ON OUR OWN.

AND FYI—none of us are contractors or have backgrounds in this kind of work. We’ve just researched and learn as we go! You can learn a lot from YouTube too!

#ItsaBradenfulLife 1800's Home: Office Renovation

Here are some before and after photos from another renovated area of our 1800’s home project.

This room could be considered one of the four bedrooms in our home, but we chose to turn it into our home office.

It features a large closet as well as a door that opens to reveal a screened-in porch, known as a “sleeping porch”. When you open the door to the porch and then open the master bedroom window and door (there is a door between the office and master bedroom) a beautiful breeze sways into the home. This would have been an ideal way to cool the entire second floor in the 1800’s when air conditioning didn’t exist.

Little did we know that screening in the porch would also provide our Maine Coon cats their favorite spot to hang out in when the weather is good. They love watching the birds, squirrels and bees!

Read on to see the details of the entire renovation of this room.

Design, Renovation and Photography by Tommy and Carolyn Braden

Design, Renovation and Photography by Tommy and Carolyn Braden

What we did:

  • Removed the carpet

  • Removed the drop ceilings

  • Removed the layer of thin drywall plus two layers of wood paneling

  • Cleaned and shellaced the doors and original trim (luckily we found it behind the wood paneling and drywall layers)

  • Hung a new drywall ceiling and walls

  • Laid new carpet (carpeting this floor proved to keep our heat bills lower in the winter as the heat doesn’t all rise from the 1st floor to the second anymore as it did when we had the wooden floors bare)

  • Laid faux wood vinyl flooring in the closet.

  • Painted the walls and ceiling

  • Hung a new ceiling fan/light

  • Wired and hung a secondary light to brighten the room.

  • Screened in the porch and laid turf-like carpeting

  • You can see a air conditioning window unit in the “before” photo. Before moving into the home, we had a central heat/air conditioning unit installed to heat and cool the first and second floors, then added in-room heat and air units to the attic space.

NOTE:

With the help of my husband’s father, we have completed all the renovations ON OUR OWN.

AND FYI—none of us are contractors or have backgrounds in this kind of work. We’ve just researched and learn as we go! You can learn a lot from YouTube too!

#ItsaBradenfulLife 1800's Home: Closet Renovation

Here are some before and after photos from another renovated area of our 1800’s home project.

We finished renovations of this space years ago (it was actually the first room we worked on), but this is our official “before and after” post! I think I love this space the most….I call it my “getting ready room” because it’s much more than a closet!

Not having a closet in our master bedroom, we decided to turn this small former bedroom into a large walk-in closet. Thinking ahead, we made only small adjustments to turn it into a closet so a potential buyer could easily convert it back into a bedroom if they wanted.

Read on to see all the renovations we made in this area of our home.

Photography by Carolyn J. Braden, Renovations and Design by Tommy and Carolyn J. Braden

Photography by Carolyn J. Braden, Renovations and Design by Tommy and Carolyn J. Braden

What we did:

  • Removed the old carpet

  • Removed the drop ceilings

  • Removed the layer of thin drywall plus two layers of wood paneling

  • Refinished the original wood flooring (it was painted so Tommy had to do A LOT of sanding with a drum sander which took quite a bit of time)

  • Cleaned and shellaced the original trim (luckily we found it behind the wood paneling and drywall layers)

  • Hung a new drywall ceiling and walls

  • Painted the walls and ceiling

  • Hung 3 new ceiling lights (Tommy did have to get the help of our electrician friend to assist in wiring the room for the extra lights. This is how Tommy learned a lot about wiring lights and then was able to do the rest of the house on his own).

  • Added brackets and shelves to 2 1/2 of the wall space for clothes and shoes

  • My make-up vanity (seen in the photo) was originally pea green. Tommy bought it at a thrift store and refinished it over 15 years ago. We have had to have a new mirror created for it when the original broke during one of our moves.

  • The other cabinet (seen in the photo next to the vanity) is one I use to store my jewelry on stands so I can see it all better.

  • The existing closet is used to store bags, a chest of drawers, laundry hampers and some additional clothing/shoes.

NOTE:

With the help of my husband’s father, we have completed all the renovations ON OUR OWN.

AND FYI—none of us are contractors or have backgrounds in this kind of work. We’ve just researched and learn as we go! You can learn a lot from YouTube too!

Photos by Carolyn J. Braden, Joe Dubberly and Mike Sturgeon

Photos by Carolyn J. Braden, Joe Dubberly and Mike Sturgeon

#ItsaBradenfulLife 1800's Home: Attic Renovation

Here are some before and after photos from another renovated area of our 1800’s home project.

We finished renovations of our attic space years ago, but this is our official “before and after” post!

Thankfully this space didn’t need nearly as much work as the rest of our home, as someone had already converted it into livable space. Everything we did in this space was cosmetic.

We would love to see this space have another bathroom added or have it turned into a master suite (as a couple of homes in our area have done), but with the rest of the house needing SO MUCH WORK (new ceilings and walls were needed EVERYWHERE!), we’ll leave this task to someone else to tackle (after we sell it) IF it’s something they want.

Read on to see all the renovations we made in this area of our home.

1800’s Attic Stairwell Renovation by Tommy and Carolyn Braden

1800’s Attic Stairwell Renovation by Tommy and Carolyn Braden

Attic Stairwell:

  • Removed the old carpet

  • Refinished the original wood on the stairs and landing area

  • Removed the iron railing. Tommy then made his own railing with new and old materials to fit the design of the house.

  • Painted the walls, ceiling and trim

  • Added a new closet door handle

  • Added new flooring in the closet

  • Added new lights

1800’s Attic Rooms Renovation by Tommy and Carolyn Braden

1800’s Attic Rooms Renovation by Tommy and Carolyn Braden

Attic Rooms:

  • Added moulding (to room 1)

  • Painted the walls and ceiling

  • Hung a new ceiling lights/fans

  • Added new closet door handles

NOTE:

With the help of my husband’s father, we have completed all the renovations ON OUR OWN.

AND FYI—none of us are contractors or have backgrounds in this kind of work. We’ve just researched and learn as we go! You can learn a lot from YouTube too!