This old school house in Canada has been carefully crafted into a home that is bursting with charm. Bringing the outside in was key to this remodel and the talented homeowners are avid DIYers whose work will impress! Intrigued? Let’s head inside and see more!
Oh the fun of scoring an old school house to renovate! To be closer to family as a motivating factor, Karan Barton and her husband were thrilled to find this 100 year+ old structure in their Canadian homeland. Last year I had the pleasure of spending some time with Karan and hearing stories of this old school home conversion really intrigued me! As an interior designer and avid DIY lover she has taken on lots of tasks and wears many hats in renovating this old home.
Old School House Renovation – Home Tour
First and foremost she is a mother of two and grandma to three and is completely obsessed with anything home decor and DIY. Karan and her husband Tom are now empty nesters, sharing their home with two black lab mixes that rule the house and one very bossy tabby cat.
Karan’s kitchen is truly the heart of the home and has been beautifully reimagined without losing structural integrity.
“Working within the design and social media field for the last 13 years, I’ve have never been happier. I’m completely hands on and love my power tools. I am as comfortable with a paint brush or table saw as I am cooking in my kitchen. I’ve learned a lot over the past several years, such as the fact that I’m not afraid to make mistakes and grow from them. But most of all, I’ve learned that we can do anything we set our minds to.”
She has taken that paintbrush to almost everything in her home and given much of it a fresh coat or two of white. This has really opened up the space and brought in much needed light.
A sideboard that Karan put her artistic touches on and you can see many more projects over on her popular Instagram page – Designs By Karan
“There is something about creating home that makes me so happy, whether it is within my own home or one belonging to a client. I’ve been creating home from the time I was a little girl decorating for my Barbie dolls and my GI Joes. It was only natural that I eventually would end up creating home as a living. I’ve gone from nursing to early childhood educator to social worker and, finally, to Interior Designer and Social Media company owner and it’s taught me to always go after those dreams.”
“I have always had to work within a budget and with that came some creativity and some DIY projects. There is just something so amazing about taking a piece that someone else felt was garbage and creating something beautiful.”
“Our last home was built in 1890 and we slowly brought it back to life one room at a time over 14 years. We worked hard to keep the original character alive, but still wanted it to suit our family and our day to day lives.”
Karan’s old house was full of cottage charm!
“At the old house, I wanted the original floors and trim details as well as the stairs to shine, so the pieces I brought in were more traditional.”
A party thrown at the old house.
“I would have to say my style is more eclectic, traditional farmhouse…I’m not trendy with my choices. I believe in order to create a home that is “yours” you need to build around those pieces that you love.”
“With this old school house, we fell in love with the view, the beams and the fireplace. So our walls are neutral to bring the outside in and to emphasize the arched windows, the solid wood beams and the stone fireplace.”
Before painting it drew the ceiling down…
After painting and you can see a tutorial on Karen’s fireplace whitewash technique over on her blog here – How To Whitewash A Stone Fireplace.
Karan says… “A home to me means somewhere that people want to curl up, put their feet up and stay a while. A kitchen where people can gather and everyone can pitch in with the cooking. That is what we hope to create here, that is home.”
A few more cozy views…