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Buh-Bye "Naughty" Pine

Fireplace and Wall Before
When we first laid eyes on the kitchen and living room, we were drawn to how cabin-esque it felt with all its knotty pine paneling (so naughty!). Yet we also knew we would rip it all out and build anew. It's funny how things go like that. If it was a real cabin, we might have kept some of it, but it made the space feel too dark and the house was crying out for new life. Painting it didn't feel like a good option because those knots are very hard to block from bleeding through paint.
Floors and Walls Gutted
What living in a renovation really looks like.  A toilet can appear in any random room in the process. You are also likely to spot bottles of iced tea around the destruction, uh, I mean, construction.
While the fireplace looks a bit antique in the before pictures, the bricks were nothing special. We believe they were done in the 50's like all the other "updates" to the home, so we didn't feel guilty covering them with several coats of st…

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