A few months ago, I featured a design post on “Exposed Brick” and my blogger friend Bree from Capitol Romance was one of the first to comment. Little did I know it was right before she started the project below. I LOVE it when others are just as excited about design as I am. But Bree’s good like that and in many other ways as well. We both do the best we can to support each other’s blogs. Another way she is amazingly supportive is by offering to fill in for me while I’m away. So today…we have guest blogger Bree with her 1960’s Rowhouse Industrial design makeover, complete with…”exposed brick”!
First Floor Living/Dining Room Industrial Design Makeover
My husband Andy and I moved into our recently renovated, 1960s brick DC rowhouse last summer. We thought about doing a reno-project, but upon seeing “move-in” ready homes, we opted for the later. So while our house currently doesn’t NEED any work done – we wanted to do some work anyway to make the home “ours” and fit our love of a vintage, industrial style.
The first thing we purchased for the first floor living-dining area (furniture wise, as technically the Chevron rug was our first new house purchase!) was an industrial factory cart from a vintage shop in DC (Good Wood) for our new coffee table.
Next came some more details in the form of pendant lighting fixtures courtesy of West Elm.
We have two pendant lights hanging over our island and the cluster pendant chandelier over the kitchen table.
We also scored a really cool industrial lighting chandelier from a local vintage shop known as Miss Pixies.
Because our room doesn’t have a fireplace, I started to bug Andy for a mantle. The opportunity presented itself when we were moving his parents out of their house in NJ and we stumbled upon some really old (but awesome) wood. I thought – this would make a PERFECT mantle. And it does:
We need a better industrial clock – but the lantern was another find from Andy’s parent’s garage!
Next came the biggest part of our first floor makeover – exposing the brick on two walls on the first floor. We met with a bunch of contractors and finally settled on one to expose two walls in our house – it was a HUGE gamble (as the brick was behind drywall, framing, AND plaster) but it paid off. Here are some shots from the journey of our brick exposition. First are some “Before shots”:
And here are some “during” shots:
It was quite a mess in our house for a few weeks – but we finally got it finished, cleaned and Andy sealed it!
Finally we finished painting, and put our furniture back in place – what do you think? We LOVE the exposed brick!
You can also see the end table on the right that we scored from a Farmer’s Market!
So what’s next? Well the bookshelf and the TV stand are next on the list (in addition to some other décor items like artwork, mirrors, and signage). Andy has already been scoping out some items for when we have enough money to make the next purchase. 🙂 We hope to find a “lawyer” bookshelf like this:
Image source Jeri’s Organizing & Decluttering News
We are still up in the air for the TV stand, but the final, more long-term project will be to change out the bamboo floors that were here when we moved in, for concrete (!!). If anyone else has any good websites or advice for finding industrial-vintage furniture and décor, we are all ears!
Thanks so much Bree for the awesome guest blog and be sure to check our her blog at Capitol Romance to see all the fun she has going on as well!