Thursday, July 7, 2011

Church Before and After

Where has the time gone?... I can't believe it has been three months since my last post.  As most of you know, we bought a historic church here in Monument, Colorado with a plan to give her a facelift and move our  shop from it's boring  current location, to the 1911 church. Not only would it house our shop but also have space for 15 other shops. We closed on May 5th and have been working non stop ever since. We still have a few shops for lease but it is coming along really well.  I wanted to share some before, during, and after photos with you....


                                                           
                                                            This is the church "before"






The church was home to a toy store for the last several years. Murals of jungle scenes were everywhere. Even the restroom had a jungle border and snimal stickers on the walls.





The yard was very overgrown with huge shrubs and much of the original siding was rotten.





We had the low ceiling ripped out and the horrible  blue indoor outdoor carpet taken up. We started painting the interior and siding went up on the outside.



Ahhhh! She's looking better already!


 I couldn't wait to get the chandelier up!


No more animals in the restroom


Here she gets a coat of primer. Originally, we had planned on painting her white but I changed my mind at the last minute after seeing a beautiful color scheme on a restored home  in Colorado Springs.



The new color is very soothing


We moved the steps from the corner to the center of the porch. Lots of folks have commented that they didn't even know it had a porch. The shrubs hid most of this cute little yard. Now it is my favorite place.



I made the sign out of a headboard that I found on Craigslist and stenciled the lettering. My husband made the planter box and he even picked out the flowers!
I will post some indoor photos next week so you can see how things look now.

I am so looking forward to catching up with all of you and seeing all of the creative things you've been up to. I have really missed getting to peek at all of your amazing blogs.


I will be sharing this with Kathleen's White Wednesday at Faded Charm Cottage and
 Gina's Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage


Thanks for stopping by,

13 comments:

Marilyn said...

WOW! You have been working very hard and it shows! Great space. Can't wait to see more. ♥♫

Miss Gracie's House said...

I have been thinking about you and your project...she is coming along so beautifully...having fun?
Rene

Sharon said...

I love seeing what you've done to this little church. Can't wait to see the finished project!

Kit said...

Oh my! What a wonderful transformation. You did a lovely job and I wish I lived closer so that I could shop there. Can't wait to see more photos in the future. Kit

A Cottage Muse said...

Now this is a good reason why you've been away! It looks just wonderful! Hope you are having fun and can't wait to see the inside!!

lala said...

Absolutely AMAZING - the transformation is just lovely. I can't wait to see it filled with vendors. I am always in awe of people who take on projects such as yours, you have a vision and you go for it!!! Wish you the best of luck!

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow! That is such an amazing change! I love the new colour siding with the black door and white trim and the inside is lovely too. It is just sweet!

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

What a transformation. Looks so much better.

Danielle

Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage said...

I love this!!! So fantastic! My dream is to buy an old church to live in and to use the sanctuary to host weddings, events, and seasonal flea-market/antiques shows. Good luck on your venture! Found you on White Wednesday. Hope over to my blog to see some of my White posts, as wells as the one on the church's altar I now use as a server/sideboard in my dining room!

~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage
www.shabbyfrenchcottage.com

Lucys Baby said...

Wow, that is so cool, a church- I love what you've done so far.
I'll look forward to seeing the progress as it continues. How Fun!

Mona Kay at Home said...

Beautiful building!! You have made it so gorgeous and appealing! Now following you...hope you'll keep posting pictures for us!

romance-of-roses said...

I found you from WBC and totally blown away with this darling little church and what you are doing with it. I love it and want to see more.
Keep us posted and will now follow you. Hugs...Lu

Cindy Craine said...

I'm so jealous I'm stomping my foot, I love that church/studio/home away from home! It turned out beautiful, perfect and gorgeous. xoxo-cindy oh come see me lillyslace.blogspot.com