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In 2010 Jeff and Sharon Kidder purchased this 1912 bungalow in Portland, Oregon. The house was in decent shape but many of the original features had been obscured over the years as successive homeowners left their updating marks. Remember a few years back when it was all the rage to “lighten up” old dark wood in vintage craftsman homes by painting it all white?

Case in point: the house’s entryway when Jeff & Karen bought it…

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Lots of white! But after a great deal of tedious wood-stripping:

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They have uncovered the exquisite craftsman spirit hidden under all that white paint!

Have a look at the dining room BEFORE:

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And after:

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Even though the couple had to recreate some craftsman elements, everything in the house is as historically accurate as possible. Sharon is a blogger who documents all the work they have done – and continue to do – on her blog Laurelhurst 1912 Craftsman.

This is the dining room hutch before:

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Dining room hutch after:

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Isn’t it amazing? Look at the transformation of the kitchen –

Before:

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After (with soapstone sink!)…

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Living room before:
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Living room after:

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Not only the woodwork was restored, but the light fixtures and glasswork; even the rugs and furnishings are period appropriate.

Have a look at the leaded glass that Sharon & Jeff made themselves to fit in with the Craftsman motif:

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Sharon says that it took them a couple of months to strip all the paint off the woodwork in preparation for staining but they had some professional help from a company called Craftsman Design & Renovation.

Have a look at the master bedroom’s transformation…

Before:

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And after:

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Check out the guest bedroom BEFORE:

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After:

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Gone is the stark white paint and the sheer curtains; they were replaced with rich Craftsman era jewel and wood tones.

Even the garage got the craftsman treatment – BEFORE:

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After:

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Sharon and Jeff continue to work on their 1912 home bringing it back to its former craftsman glory.

If you would like to keep an eye on their progress, check out their website Laurelhurst 1912 Craftsman – they also have many great resources on their blog for craftsman house enthusiasts and restorers.