Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Project Beautify MacDonald.... :)

Say hello to our latest completed project.
This little cutie was born sometime around 1932.
It was love at first sight for us:)
Those windows.....!!!!
And that swoopy roof!
This is how she looked in January when we happily acquired her.

And here she is today!!
Does she look happy or what??!!

Her new beautified swoopy roof:)

Let's just step inside...
Can you see the beauty??
Cove ceilings, original windows, original front door
and......wait for it.......
original hardwood floors underneath that carpet!!

I die over these windows!!

complete with the original adorable hardware!!

Looking from the front door to the dining room and the kitchen beyond....

And now! Look at that gorgeous original built in!!

Here's a better view.
And how bout that cute little space for the telephone!
I can't take it.

Down the hallway...
all original cabinetry:)
...just needed fresh white paint.

The bathroom...
original windows and medicine cabinet.
Let me just say that the shutters were behind the windows! and then 
behind them were metal bars like a jail cell. Weird..

Jail cell be gone!!

I have to say that this bathroom is what really sold me on 
this place. I just knew it could be adorable!!

And last but not least...
the kitchen! Whyyyy is that window covered up???

And now! Such a beautiful bright kitchen by the amazing
peeps over at Denovo Fine Cabinetry 
aka- our family biz:)

We had planned to have an open house so everyone could see this
amazing transformation up close, but MacDonald sold! 
Yep, she sold during demo if you can believe that!

The details:
Exterior paint- 
Body- well, it started out Briarwood by Benjamin Moore but we
wanted it to be more grey so we had it specially tinted:(
Trim- Whisper White by Sherwin Williams
Front door and shutters- French Beret by Benjamin Moore

Interior paint-
Walls- Worldly Grey by Sherwin Williams
Trim- Whisper White by Sherwin Williams

Wishing you all a very Happy and Blessed Easter! 


  1. I love it!! It makes me so happy to see you taking these forgotten beauties and making them shine again. Oh all those amazing original details!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! Have a wonderful Easter!!


  2. Love what you did with this great old house!

  3. Oh my goodness! That sad little house is just beautiful now. You are such a talented family. Happy Easter to you all!

  4. Oh Baby !!!!! Beautiful.

  5. Just lovely! I adore how y'all are saving these beauties :)

  6. Whoa, what a transformation!!! Love the slopey roof and the color you chose for the house! The inside is perfection! You guys really rock! It is such a beautiful cottage!

  7. I look forward to your posts every week. This house is beautiful, what a transformation. Just looking at the pictures makes me happy.

  8. Long time lurker- first time poster.
    Ditto what Martha posted. I was sighing with happiness after each transformation picture.
    I think I could hear the house sighing, too.
    Sold during demo= you guys know what you are doing! Can't wait for the next chapter!
    Best wishes,
    Karla in CA.

  9. Sooo pretty. Love how you reconfigured the kitchen to make it more useable!

  10. Hello Dorie!
    This is such a beautiful place, you and your family have a gift of revitalizing the forgotten! I am a fellow Arizonan, and just love that you are bringing back the beauty and history of the historic homes in your neck of the woods! I just wish I could move to Mesa and be lucky enough to buy one of these beauties! Truly inspiring!
    Cheers, Jill-Phoenix

  11. Love it!! Show us more!! Y'all make it look so easy!!

  12. Can you buy some of the houses on my street please! Awesome Job!

  13. What a beautiful transformation.

  14. What a beauty!!!! so gorgeous. Dorie, please share your source for the bathroom hardware!!!! so gorgeous!

  15. WOW!!! Absolutely adorable. I can see why she sold during demo ~ especially with you, and your family doing the work. :)

  16. Speechless! What an amazing transformation. No wonder someone snagged it while you were doing the renovation!

  17. Yowza! Such a beauty!! I'm a window girl too...let the sun shine in!

  18. Incredible!! You have amazing vision and a wonderful talent for seeing beyond all of the negatives of an old neglected property and turning it into something beautiful.

  19. That is weird, not to mention a potential fire hazard. it's a good thing you got rid of those metal bars and shutters. And I'm really impressed with the work you did for the fa├žade. It certainly looks brand new again. The windows, doors, walls and even the roof all compliment each other's colors. No wonder this house was sold quickly!
    Greg Arnett @ Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions

  20. Where did you find the plain white knobs for the hallway cabinets? thank you, Suzy B.