• Southern Style Before and After Photos

    Hi and happy Monday!

    I had several folks ask if I would post some pictures of the house I blogged about last week when Ashley finished renovating it (and before she sold it), so I thought I’d post those today. But first, here’s a look back at the kitchen when she bought the house:

    Kitchen Before

    Kitchen Before 2 Kitchen Before 3

    …and here are a couple of photos of how it looked after she finished renovating:

    Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design | Montgomery Alabama | Traditional Kitchen | Wood Hood

    Pecky Cypress Cabinets | Old House Kitchen | Ashley Gilbreath Interiors | Montgomery Alabama | 797 Felder Avenue

    Breakfast nook | Old House | Vintage Kitchen

    She wanted me to mention that she hadn’t finished decorating at that point, but how about all that beautifully restored woodwork, huh?

    The kitchen cabinets Ashley installed are not distressed, like many people had mentioned in their comments last week. The wood is actually called pecky cypress and the “pecky” part actually is a result of fungus attacking the wood.

    pecky cypress log sinkertreasures.com

    (I learned about it and borrowed these pics from Create, Live, Design!)

    pecky cypress

    Pecky Cypress Wood Door and Ceiling

    Ashley stained her cabinets dark brown, but I’m wondering if the current homeowner used the photos in the magazine article below as inspiration for the gray/green she painted them:

    Pecky Cypress Wood  Pecky Cypress Wood Kitchen

    They look just like them, don’t they? :-D

    So obviously the biggest difference between the way the house looks now, and the way it looked when Ashley got done renovating is the dark-stained trim, banister and doors. Ashley and her team worked very hard to restore it all, and although I do love a lot of white, I really do love how those elements look stained dark brown. I think both ways are absolutely gorgeous though, and it’s so important to remember that everyone’s idea of “home” is different. (Especially when you’re talking about before-and-after photos on a public forum.) I think that’s one of my favorite parts about the passion that goes into personalizing our places though. Because there aren’t any rules, we’re free (and encouraged) to create an environment that echoes the personalities of the people who live and love within it. What a “wonder-full” gift that is!


    The room by the front door used to look a lot different before Ashley moved in, too:

    Living Room Before

    Living Room Fireplace Before

    Here’s a photo of the same space after Ashley put her spin on it:

    Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design | Montgomery Alabama | Traditional Living Room

    What a totally different look and feel, huh?

    This next room is upstairs, and the current homeowner’s son uses it as his bedroom now:

    Old House Guest Bedroom | Twin Beds

    Ashley had it decked out with matching twin beds, and even though I know she wasn’t finished decorating in there, I am totally smitten with those pillows and bedskirts!

    And remember the beautiful room the current homeowner’s daughter is in? Here’s a look back at it before Ashley started renovating:

    Nursery Before

    Fireplace Before

    …and here’s what it looked like after she got done:

    Ashley Gilbreath Nursery | 797 Felder

    Pretty magnificent, huh? :-D

    Kevin and I forgot to take a picture of the master bathroom the other day, but here’s a photo of how it looked when Ashley was done renovating:

    Old House Master Bathroom Renovation

    With the exception of the dark trim & doors and a couple of different prints on the wall, it looks exactly the same today.

    Unfortunately those are all the photos I could round up, but don’t worry, I’ve already told Ashley she’s not allowed to move out of a house before we photograph it from now on- LOL! :-D

    PS- If you missed my other posts about how this house looks now, just click on the links below:

    Southern Style House Tour – Kitchen & Butler’s Pantry

    Southern Style House Tour – First Floor

    Southern Style House Tour – Second Floor

    And thanks again to Ashley and the current homeowner for allowing us the opportunity to photograph and blog about this beautiful structure! XO

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