before & after: percy’s home transformation, part II


Here is the second installment of Percy’s 1915 home transformation. As you may know, I have a weakness for salvaged wood walls, and this guest bedroom room is making me way too envious. I also find it inspiring, though; Percy has tackled not one but several plain walls in his house to install a textured surface. When I have my own place, I must remember that though it seems daunting, installing brick or wood is doable.

If you see any antiques here making you envious, you may be in luck. Percy has begun selling some of the antique and vintage items. I’m assuming he does this because a) he’s crazy or b) he’s confident he can find more great pieces and wants to rotate his collection. Either way, I won’t argue with it. I’ll just reap the benefits.

To see what’s available, check out his online blog/shop Jersey Ice Cream Co. It’s worth noting that his shop sports a lovely logo design as well . . . naturally. Great work, Percy! When can I move in? — Kate

Have a Before & After you’d like to share? Shoot me an email with your images right here! (Low res, under 500k per image, please.)

Anna @ D16

Percy!!! I am dying over this two-part peek into your home. What you’ve got going on here is SO up my alley. Thank you for sharing!

(And is that a black painted floor I see in the bedroom? With a white arc under the door sweep?! Brillz. I love it!!)

mandi bright

A M A Z I N G ! the bathroom is adorable. this is definitely getting saved as inspiration for my future home. and Percy, i wish i lived close so I could buy some of your goodies.

Quincin

I love everything about this “sneak peek”! the door headboard is brilliant!

Percy Bright

Thanks so much everyone! I’m so glad you love it.

@Anna @ D16: I did indeed paint that white arc under the door sweep (along with the rest of the closet, which is gorgeous in real life but doesn’t photograph so well). The floors are all original red oak, which I refinished and stained very dark. (Refinishing was not an easy task, as they’d been painted several times and THEN overlaid with wall-to-wall carpeting.)

@Anna of Green Gable: Haha there will be a mirror and real toiletries in there soon enough.

Kate from LittleBrightSpot

It’s such a treat seeing a whole house, especially one that’s done up with such a great eye! Every room is so much better and overall the space seems both more interesting and more true to it’s 1915 roots. The salvaged materials, modern edge and simplicity highlight the best of the original. (I would also shop Jersey Ice Cream Co. in a heartbeat)

anna

Great transformation. Love the salvaged materials and simplicity. I also love that iron bed! Is it vintage? If not, where is it from?

Laura

Seriously swooning over that wall treatment in the first after pic. Can you tell me more?

Sara Fattori

It is always wonderful to view before and after pictures. Old spaces not only provide shelter, for some of us, they also provide a wonderful safe and cozy feeling.

Hillary

Your house gives me the chills, it’s amazing! And even better in person!

Kristy

I’m a bit confused to how much actually changed within the rooms themselves beyond decor because all the after pics are taken at a different angle than the befores.

Jen

i think this is one of the best before and afters i’ve seen on d*s. simply amazing!

CB

really nice b/a’s but I wonder if the photos shouldn’t be taken of the same parts of the rooms as the after shots?

LindseyBee

this is just wicked sick. I can’t get over it. The chalkboard bathroom-AHH. the rustic wall in bedroom–WOW. Very Very amazing job!

Casey

wow, this is great! I have a wall that is just studs and insulation right now, that salvaged wood wall is calling my name!

Rachel

Agreed. The bathroom is awesome. I’d put a real mirror in though. And with the chalkboard paint I’d put funny quotes on the walls. My regular guests would always be interested in what’s on the wall today.

Darcy

Wicked sick is RIGHT. I’m in love with the bathroom and the brick and salvaged wood walls. So rich and full of character. <3.

rebecca

I love the wood wall and the bed frame SO MUCH. Would love the source on the bed frame.

I’m with some of the other commenters though – confusing when pics are from a difference place in the before and after.

tara mangini

Hi gang!

Just a little note here from Percy’s gf and partner in crime.

We sadly only had a few before pictures, one of each room, so didn’t have the option of multiple before angles. Just one and done.

So while it might have made more sense to take them from the same angle, nobody wants to ooh and ahh over the edge of a bed and a corner.

And we wanted you to ooh and ahh.

Hope you see (and see!) what I mean!

Lindsey

Can we get a HOW TO on this wall installation? The wood and the brick. Truly ordinary to extraordinary.

love.

Sarah Jane

I have a blanket exactly like that that my grandmother knitted! Weird. And I LOVE the mix of wood and brick with other elements. We discovered two gorgeous brick walls under two layers of awful paneling in our basement. It looks like a loft now. What were they thinking? You can see pics on my blog.

Percy Bright

Wow guys, thanks so much for all the kind replies!

The wonderful Tara Mangini addressed the angle issue far better than I could have myself. I’ll just add that the before pictures were taken over a year ago, and we’re kicking ourselves for not taking more.

I put in a ton of work besides just decor–walls and TONS of plaster came down, a second bathroom went in, a two-story roofdeck went up, the backyard was totally made over (after tearing out an unrelenting patch of bamboo) and more–but unfortunately, not everything made the cut this time around. The before pictures actually make it look better than it was. There were multiple leaks and extensive damage. The kitchen, for instance, was almost totally rotted out from a roof leak two stories above. I did my best to save all the original features, but it was nearly a gut renovation. If you have a specific question about layout or what was done, I’d be more than happy to answer.

And now….

The iron bed frame! I found it rusty and unloved at a church fair by my mom’s house in the Philly suburbs for a shocking fifteen dollars. A few passes with an angle grinder (with a wire brush attachment), a lot of elbow grease and steel wool pads, and a bunch of clear coat later, it’s as you see it. Keep an eye on my site. I’m sure it’ll end up on there sooner or later. (I actually have a very similar one that needs the same attention, but I haven’t yet gotten to it.)

The reclaimed-lath wall installation! I’d be honored to do a how to on this project. The short version though: I saved as much lath as I could while gutting the house, found some more through a craigslist wanted post, removed all the rusty old nails, and hung them on the wall with a brad nail gun, cutting with a miter saw when necessary.

The exposed brick! I just took a jack hammer to the plaster. Done. In the kitchen, it was necessary because of rotten plaster. The bedroom was by choice (and done after tearing out a much larger closet along that same wall, as you can sort of see in the before pic).

The bathroom mirror! Don’t fret. I can promise you all there will be one going in by this weekend, since we’ll be entertaining a couple guests.

Thanks again, guys!

Karen

LOVE LOVE LOVE! I look at these photos and want to go home and PURGE! Percy has found a way to see the beauty in everything. I love the simplicity and those bedroom walls…..to DIE for.

Susan

Hi,
I have a question…do you have to treat the wood somehow before you create the wood wall? To prevent bug infestation or eventual rot or some other unwelcome future outcome?

LOVE LOVE LOVE you home. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Congrats.

Percy Bright

@Susan: I’d be faking if I gave you something that sounded official here. The lath I used had been under plaster for almost a century, so I figured it was pretty sturdy. I did give it all a good dose of spray polyurethane though.

al

the bathroom sink–new or salvaged?
am sink shopping.
how do you like it, btw, beyond its obvious good looks? does it function well for you?
and the faucets?
thanks for any info.

ecuadoriana

I agree about the before angles, but your explanation makes sense. Most people don’t think “Wow, my place looks terrible! Let’s do fotos!”.

And the transformations do look awesome! But I feel that aside from great wall treatments, the problem with before was too much small & cluttery furniture! In your before fotos there is just so much stuff piled up everywhere that the best part of the transformation was to get rid of it all!

The bathroom- I have a big question, since you painted images of toothbrush holder & soap dish on the wall, what have you done with the real ones since you removed counter top space & below storage space? I don’t think that the old dresser turned sink vanity is so bad, just needed a bit of freshening up.

I had the same feeling when I saw the part 1 fotos- most of the problem, and many people suffer from this, was just far too much stuff in far too little space. Just a bit of rearranging & thinning out helps wonders for those who are not able to redecorate on this level either because of finances or circumstance.

Your place looks beautiful and you should really be proud of yourselves for taking on this work!

Anca

Wow! I’ve been following your work for sometime, your site is definitely one of my favorites! I just love the before/after!

Ulla Greenberg

Wow aamzing!!!!!!!!
I have this sink but I need to replace would it be possible to get some info where bought yours??Thnk you

Percy Bright

@al: Salvaged! And it was actually free, though not in the best shape. Everything was there, but the faucet had been unceremoniously torn out and took some serious work to return to functioning well. It’s not the smoothest stream in the world, but I love how it turned out.

@Heather: You’re a doll.

@ecuadoriana: Agreed. There was definitely too much going on (and no real direction) in the before pics. As for bathroom storage, I have a lovely primitive pie safe turned linen cupboard to the right of the door, and it offers plenty of storage. I’m also planning on getting a medicine cabinet up on that chalkboard wall soon.

@Ulla Greenberg: I wish I could offer more help, but I actually lucked out and got that sink for free from a contractor who pulled it out of a house he was working on and just wanted to get rid of it.

giulia

I don’t like so much the rough walls… but I think the masterpiece in this house is the bathroom, really fantastic!

Ulla Greenberg

Thank you for the reply.
Wtill keep looking for that sink…I must say I love your aesthetic…..you have inspired me.

LP

I’d have to agree with your girlfriend: The mirror-space without the mirror is cheeky and elegant at the same time.

Mallory

Wow, this is AMAZING. Love the exposed brick and wood walls of course, but the bathroom is FANTASTIC. Love it!

Katherine Benezra

I am blown away by what you did with the lath. Who would guess that something hidden behind walls could look so beautiful as a wall! Also, love the “mirrorless” bathroom. What a great eye. Congrats.

Mary

Percy…was the bathroom mirror paint all done freehand? Is that a chalk-like paint? Can you tell me what kind of white paint you used for the bathroom drawing and how you did it? Thanks! I think I am going to go for something similar in my small bathroom.

Carrie Auckland

I love everything! So great! Can you come do this to my house? :)

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