If you are a sucker for a good before and after, then I have such a good post for you today! My parents bought the house next door to them out of foreclosure last year, not really sure what they were going to do with it. We kicked around lots of ideas about fixing it up, but it has some major issues that we weren’t sure we wanted to tackle. For a while, they even talked about bulldozing the whole thing and adding a sunroom (wonder where they got that idea from?!) on the side of their home. BUT, along came their friends Tom and Ann, who saved this place from the wrecking ball and officially christened it “Lucky’s Cottage”. They recently sold their beautiful home on the other side of the lake and were looking for a place to rent in the summers (so they can spend the brutal Michigan winters in Florida – TAKE ME WITH YOU!!!). They have some major DIY chops, so “Lucky’s” was the perfect rental/project for them!
I’m excited to share some of the fun projects they have been working on, but up first you have got to see the outside. This place is a true testament to the power of paint!
Can you believe the difference? The old olive/tannish siding with dark green shutters (half of which were missing) was feeling pretty sad and dingy.
Enter Benjamin Moore Westcott Navy paint!
How crazy good is the after??
The trim got a brand new coat of Decorator White and they have been working hard on landscaping too!
Oh, and good people of the internet, I can already hear the wheels turning in your head and you are thinking “they were going to tear this place down?!” I know, it looks adorable now on the outside, but it has some pretty significant foundation issues and the whole thing is kind of sinking towards the lake, but more on that later.
They also turned this sort of weird wasted space on the backside of the house into a much needed garage and driveway.
I just can’t get over how beautiful it turned out! It’s such a charming little place now.
Stay tuned to see the magic they worked inside. The only hint I’ll give you is “Lucky’s Bar” is now the best place to spend happy hour on the lake ;)