Home Renovation Before And After • Kath Eats

Our home renovation is finally complete! Here’s a look at our home renovation before and after, and how it changed everything from start to finish! Finishes and paint sources are the end of the post!

Phew! The renovation is over.

This post is a little late because I wanted us to all settle in and take some professional photos before sharing an official before and after post! Thanks to Photo by Cramer for capturing our house on a sunny September morning. While I don’t know if any houses have finished decorating, we have the main pieces in place (minus a coffee table and more art on the walls!).

Overall, the entire renovation wasn’t that bad of a process. I took it step by step: packing, moving, moving into a rental, focusing on being happy in the rental, not worrying about dust in the house, trusting my contractor (haha!), problem solving, and planning. to return. I couldn’t imagine living here during the renovation, so I’m really glad we decided to move. All that being said, I’m VERY glad it’s over and I don’t want to move again for a long time!

If you’re new to this publication, here’s a renewal schedule to put it into context:

Overall, the renovation took just under six months, which was honestly a miracle because we thought it could easily take 7-8 months. Everything went pretty well, including minimal storms when we were homeless in March. We feel incredibly lucky because I’ve watched enough HGTV before and after to know that nothing goes exactly as planned.

The biggest surprises we had came from the HVAC plans and we had to go over budget to accommodate those changes. I think we went over budget in almost every category, but as a home remodeling contractor, Thomas builds infill for this, so we didn’t have many unpredictable surprises. (See how to find a good remodeling contractor.)

My contractor!

We also made some on-the-spot decisions to go over budget, like going with the metal roof, moving the shower, and redoing the living room fireplace. There’s definitely a lot of “if we’re doing all this work, we might as well do it all now” that is very common in reindeer. You don’t want to have to dust your house or repaint anything!

We are VERY happy with the final product. It’s even better than I could have dreamed of. I thought our renovation would feel more like an addition, but the entire house looks new. Fresh paint, new windows and refinished floors meant almost every inch of the house was touched. It even smells new! There’s a small part of me that wishes we’d done the basement too for more cohesion, but that would have meant another level of budget and moving, so I don’t regret that too much.

Here are the before and after photos!

Home renovation before and after


The biggest changes in the renovation occurred in the kitchen and master bedroom. We knocked down the wall where the old kitchen cabinets were and doubled (tripled?) the size of our kitchen. On our wish list was plenty of storage, a large island, a walk-in pantry, a coffee bar and sink, a beverage refrigerator, and many more little things. We are very happy with the new kitchen!!




A pantry has been on my wish list since I started stuffing cereal boxes into the upper cabinets of my college apartment 🙂 I designed the new pantry shelving with my father-in-law (who built it!) and organized it with the help from Thomas’s aunt, who is professional organizer in Richmond. The two windows overlook the driveway and were where the garage door used to be!




Our lobby “area” used to be a big problem zone for a family of four. We had room for the things we needed, but coats and shoes were always overflowing! The new mudroom has a locker for each of us with coat hooks, shoe space underneath, and large upper cabinets. You can see how we went into the garage to get the depth of space here. We considered making it a closed room, but for easier access, we turned it into a corner.



Living room + dining room

The biggest changes to our main living space were the color scheme, adding a lamp over the dining room table, upgrading the bay window, new paint, and new flooring. Plus an updated fireplace and new ceiling fan. We added doors to the bottom shelves, a new shelf, and a Frame TV!





Children’s rooms

The kids’ rooms received cosmetic upgrades (and better HVAC!) with a new white paint color scheme, new windows, and refinished flooring. We also replaced her sagging, mismatched curtains with blinds that match the rest of the house, plus new black fans.






While I loved our blue Dash + Albert runner that we made with our own hands on the previous stairs, the new hallway is very light and airy. We also added some dimmable spotlights on the stairs and they are great for illuminating them!



Main bedroom

The second most spectacular part of our home renovation was in our master bedroom! While we started the renovation in the kitchen, we knew we wanted to add a dormer here for some windows in the back of the house. And then we end up gutting it all! The loft is huge and extends across the entire back of the house, including the master bathroom. The difference between before and after is amazing to me! We did all the painting, carpeting, closets, a new roof, and converted the roof deck we never used over the garage into a storage room. We also reoriented our bed on the new wall we built to enclose the fireplace to better utilize the space.






Our previous closets were hidden in two corners with the terrace door between them. They were small but powerful. But the new ones are a major improvement!! Side by side and equipped with EasyClosets systems.



Main bathroom

The new master bathroom is DREAMY! It’s light and airy, larger, and has the most beautiful white oak vanity that spans the entire back! We are obsessed. We moved the shower a bit, added a new shampoo well, and put in heated floors.




The exterior makeover involved a new roof, new paint, new windows and a new front door color. We love sitting in the rocking chairs and watching the kids play in the front yard.



(More later photos to come!)


All white paint (walls, trim, kitchen)

Benjamin Moore chantilly lace

Island of cooking

Benjamin Moore Castle Walls

Front door

Benjamin Moore Stratton Blue

Exterior painting

Sherwin Williams brindle fawn


Andersen E Series Windows


Bona Natural water-finished stained red oak

Carpet upstairs

  • The rug is Graceful Transition by Karastan in the color Boulevard.
  • The stair guide is Factory Aspen in Mist color.

Kitchen + living room finishes

Primary bathroom finishes

Tiles + Countertops

kitchen backsplash

Chloe 2.5″ x 8″

shower wall tile

2.5 X 8 La Riviera White Gloss
Selected Grout Color Frosty

shower floor

2 x 2 Baltimore Gray
Selected Grout Color Storm Gray

shower niche

Bianco Carrara – Herringbone Mosaic 5/8 x 1-1/4
Selected Grout Color Frosty


12 x 24 Baltimore Gray
Bathroom Floor: Selected Grout Color Storm Gray

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