Updating old file cabinets

Says Nancy, "I don't know that a house is ever finished, but we sure got it to a place we really enjoy."Before: Too many doors and an awkward flow didn't feel "farmhouse-y" enough for the new owners. An office became a breakfast nook, a dining room became a master bedroom, and a new wraparound porch upped the farmhouse factor.Before: The far-too-formal dining space (featuring mauve carpet and dark-green paneling!It needed a lot of freshening and opening up," she says.

Before: An abundance of wallpaper, dark cabinets, and linoleum made the space feel out-of-date.The "art" above the mantel is actually a gate from an old pigpen.(Nancy originally planned to use a pair of them as shutters.)Before: Bad wallpaper and 1970s paneling didn't help the space, which already felt small and closed off.After: An unexpected turn of events during the renovation process (mold and moisture in the laundry room) led to the salvaged pinewood that now adds character on the accent wall in the master bedroom.