Entry way with a coatrack that says hello in brass.

From distressed to a Moody and Modern Home

Hello! (Drumroll, please) Today, I am finally sharing the distressed property we recently renovated into a Moody and Modern Home. I really love how this house came together. So grab a beverage, and let’s tour it together.


The house needed more TLC than anything else. We were able to keep the same floor plan. We replaced the old furnace, updated the wiring, and added new fixtures and appliances, but the bulk of the refresh attests to the power of paint!

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Living Area:

You walk into the house from the front door directly into the living area. Here, the most significant change is the brick fireplace, which we painted SW Black Magic 6991. It’s a beautiful neutral black and the perfect beginning to a more modern feel in this home.

We furnished the living space with lots of warm, neutral colors to compliment all the wood trim, which we were determined to save. It took a lot of elbow grease and a few repairs, but I am so happy we were able to keep it. Texture and live plants help to soften all the wood and bring a cozy vibe.

Warm colors and textures in a living area with a muddy and modern feel.
Modern Art framed in vintage gold frame.

Dining Area:

The living room opens up to a dining room. The floors throughout the house are original, so we refinished them. We may have to replace the windows eventually, but they all work, so for now, they are staying.

Dining room with dark floral wallpaper on the ceiling

The wallpapered ceiling is one of my favorite details in this moody and modern home!

Close up of ceiling wallpaper with a bold floral print.
Dining room with a framed pic of a dandelion.
Copper light fixture in a dining room
Bar cart in a moody modern home
Coffee station in a dining area of a moody and modern home.

Kitchen Tour:

The kitchen was in pretty rough shape. Here is where we began. The cabinets were in decent shape once we scraped about twenty years of grease and dirt off.

Before pic of remodeled kitchen.

What you can’t see is the overwhelming smell of cat pee. :-

We replaced the floors, replaced countertops, added backsplash, and painted the cabinets SW Alabaster.

Kitchen with cabinets painted SW Alabaster

A new sink in black, along with black hardware, keeps the feeling modern.

Butcher block countertops stained dark brown
Remodeled kitchen in a moody and modern home

Bedrooms and Bath

Upstairs has three bedrooms and a full bath. After we found mold issues behind the tub and the sink, the bathroom had to be taken down to the studs.

Bathroom shot during the first walkthrough……ick.

We replaced the cabinet with a vintage cabinet and a new sink.

Bathroom with a moody vibe

Tiled the tub area and replaced the tub.

Green shower tile in a muddy, modern home.

And added pole wrap to the wall behind the toilet for an accent wall—all the hints of black add to the moody and modern vibe. The wall art makes me laugh!

Pole wrap as an accent wall.

These prints brought in hints of green to tie in the green tile.

Outside the bathroom is the linen closet, which also shows the power of paint! This is also painted SW Black Magic. This was an easy way to modernize the cabinet for less than $50.00, including the new hardware.

Vintage linen cabinet painted on SW Black Magic

Here is the same cabinet before:

Bedroom number one:

This is a small room with only room for a full-size bed. We kept the colors warm here.

The bedding is from Target and is extra cozy.

Cozy bedding in warm tones

Down the hallway is the Main Bedroom:

Clouds Wall Art
Moody and Modern Bedroom with DIY Headboard

Here, we painted the room SW Cityscape and added the DIY Headboard. We kept the hardware on the door wherever possible. I adore the glass doorknobs.

Moody Bedroom
Bed with Navy quilt.

In the final bedroom, we kept very neutral, and I love how much light this room gets.

Neutral Bedding featuring creams and blacks and white for a Moody Modern Home

With all this natural light, I added a propagation station to the wall.

Propagation Station on Wall.

And, of course, lots of cozy bedding.

Cozy Bedding in a Neutral bedroom with cream and black and white

At one point during this renovation, we thought this house would be a flip, but we loved how it turned out, so we will keep this house and rent it as a furnished mid-term rental.

That is it for our Moody and Modern tour. What do you think? Is the Moody and Modern style for you?

Until Next Time,


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  1. AnnMarie | Simply2Moms says:

    Wow, what a transformation! That wallpaper on the dining room ceiling is stunning!

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