My Old House Gets Renovated - Before/After Photos

Home Stager with Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC

We purchased our home 7 years ago, with the intent of renovating the entire first floor.  But you know how that goes – we’re way too busy, our pets will be stressed, who wants to live in a construction site, and on and on. Moreover, as a NJ home stager, it's my job to make other people's home look beautiful, but mine was outdated and in deep decline.

Over the last few years I began designing spec homes for Millennium Custom Homes in Short Hills & Summit, NJ.  They do extraordinary work, which I know because I work with many luxury, new construction builders, staging their homes.

Now we had a trusted builder and I had the experience to finally design my dream home.  I wanted to accomplish 2 things - a design that I loved that would also stand the test of time for when we decide to sell.      

We gutted the entire first floor (walls, hardwoods, kitchen, powder room, trim - everything) as you will see in the before-after photos. This was no small job! 

I did my research and found this reclaimed wood at the Real Antique Wood warehouse in Edison, NJ. They deconstruct old barns in Ohio and ship all over the county. If you're looking for reclaimed wood this is the place!

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I used Benjamin Moore's Storm (AF 700) to contrast with the white cabinets. The molding is painted Benjamin Moore Decorator's White (CC-20)...

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 I chose simple shaker cabinets and subway Carrara marble backsplash because they are timeless and true to the home's era...NJ Home Staging, Union Morris County NJ home staging, Essex County NJ home Staging

 We removed all the plaster walls and ceilings and replaced them with Sheetrock.

We used the same reclaimed wood to build the new fireplace mantel. I used Benjamin Moore's Sterling (1591) - a gray with a slight blue undertone...

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We replaced all the chipped up molding and trim, but kept true to the home's traditional style.

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To keep with the reclaimed wood theme I purchased this dining room chandelier at Crate&Barrel...

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I  have to give a shout out to NJ's Millennium Custom Homes! They finished this entire project in 7 weeks (just in time for Christmas) and came in on budget, something unheard of when renovating! We couldn't have asked for a better experince! 

If you have any questions on our renovation, please feel free to ask!

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful job you did.  I enjoyed your story in pictures.  Enjoy your weekend.  A

Mar 04, 2017 10:38 AM #18
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Very nice job with the transformation.  At the very least it can't be said that is cobbler's kids have no shoes

Mar 04, 2017 03:32 PM #19
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good evening Kristine and soooooo well done. The pictures tell the story.

Mar 04, 2017 03:44 PM #20
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kristine, WOW, just wow....that reclaimed wall is gorgeous, and so much better than brick.   Your design is stunning! 

Mar 05, 2017 06:54 AM #21
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

WOW Kristine you did a wonderful job in redesigning your first floor. I really LOVE it!

Mar 05, 2017 07:49 AM #22
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Looks fabulous Kristine! Hope I can do my kitchen some day LOL. 

Mar 05, 2017 10:35 AM #23
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Great design and execution. When you decide to sell, I think the buyers will be pleased with what you've done.

Mar 05, 2017 11:02 AM #24
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


You have a great eye . . .  . The home looks amazing.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 05, 2017 08:59 PM #25
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your home project and your photographs.


Mar 06, 2017 06:50 AM #26
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Love, love LOVE! Reclaimed wood is all the rage, I think, lately. You certainly took it to the next level. Did you restain or update the floors, too? That darker tone really sets off the whites/grays. 

We saved wood from the fencing we took down all over our property. I have used some in my "folly" (potting shed) on the walls (stole this idea from Stone Barns, a place that Joanna Cohlan took me to in NYC when I visited her last year), and I hope to do a wall like this in my own dining room. We did porcelain tile flooring that also looks like old barnwood and we're so happy with it! 

We've watched many episodes of Barnwood Builders, just a bunch of guys from WVA who tackle old barns and recreate them into wonderful new, etc. This is the first project Larry and I did and these are all old tools and such that I discovered around the property. 

Mar 07, 2017 05:37 AM #27
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Good morning Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 and Kristine Ginsberg - love the reclaimed wood in both of your homes and I think that this is not just a fad but a soon to be classic!

Mar 08, 2017 05:32 AM #28
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Kristine, I'm so happy to discover this post. Albeit a few days late. You know I loved your share on Facebook, so I greatly appreciate more details about your renovation. It's seriously stunning. As for that mantle - it's so cool and looks almost gilded in the photo. Regardless, I'm in love. 

Mar 09, 2017 01:33 PM #29
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Christine - the photos of before and after tell a story or transformation.  I love the colors too.

Mar 11, 2017 05:01 AM #30
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Simply beautiful and love your new photo too. So heartwarming to see posts from original members.

Mar 12, 2017 07:03 AM #31
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday afternoon, Kristine. Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Mar 12, 2017 09:21 AM #32
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

What a beautiful job you's just gorgeous. I love the colors and I love the wood you used!

Mar 13, 2017 10:55 AM #33
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Gorgeous.  Great use of old materials.  I've done a lot of home construction and remodels.  I love the upcycled materials in these projects.

Mar 14, 2017 09:14 AM #34
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

What a beautiful renovation! That is wonderful, and I love the reclaimed wood!

Mar 15, 2017 03:26 AM #35
Gloria Todor
Weichert Realtors - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Hi Kristine, It's wonderful when you actually finish a major project.  7 years and 7 weeks.  Beautiful!  May you enjoy many Christmas holidays in your "new" (remodeled) home!  

All the best.

Mar 21, 2017 06:46 PM #36
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Stunning photos - the renovation turned out beautifully!  Love the before and after photos!

May 30, 2017 09:17 AM #37
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