DIY Network Blog Cabin 2012: Before and After Pictures

This circa-1884 farmhouse was gut-renovated in early 2012. Click through before-and-after room pictures to see the dramatic makeover of this midcoast Maine treasure.

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Before: Front Yard

DIY Network Blog Cabin 2012 was built in 1884 to house two branches of the same family. Subsequent renovations resulted in a rabbit's warren of small rooms.

After: Front Yard

With the front door relocated, exterior walls clad in fiber cement board and landscape beds planted with native species, DIY Network Blog Cabin presents a sunny new face to the neighborhood.

Before: Front Entry

The original front entrance featured a double front door set that opened into a small foyer and dangerously steep double staircase separated by a banister.

After: Front Entry

With a new switchback staircase replacing the original double staircase and the front entrance relocated, square footage is dedicated to a new charming front entry and mud space.

Before: Living Room

A long, narrow space featured a brick fireplace, installed during the 1980s. Painted wood floors lacked luster and were in a bad state of disrepair.

After: Living Room

Australian cypress flooring clads the open and airy living room, which boasts a large picture window assembly, a custom window seat and a library wall crafted from old barn and delivery-pallet wood.

Before: Kitchen

Outdated cabinetry and wallpaper paint a gloomy picture in the kitchen, separated from other first-floor spaces.

Kitchen Remodeling Process

Allison Victoria and the Kitchen Crashers crew worked with Blog Cabin 2012 show host Chris Grundy to reinvent DIY Network Blog Cabin's cooking space, complete with a custom-crafted barn-wood table.

After: Kitchen

Shaker-style cabinetry is paired with cherry wood butcher block counters in the kitchen, where a stainless steel-topped island complements steel backsplash tile.

Before: Deck

A wooden deck with lattice trim left a lot to be desired. The backyard lacked compelling outdoor spaces and an attached barn no longer served a vital purpose.

After: Deck

A curved deck fashioned from durable composite material extends indoor living outside. LED riser lights lend drama and illumination as day turns to night.

Before: Patio

The property's original standalone barn was attached to DIY Network Blog Cabin during the home's construction in the 1880s.

After: Patio

A compass-shaped patio, clad in cobblestones, replaces the dismantled barn. Hemlocks provide a privacy fence; an outdoor fireplace lends ambiance.

Before: Master Bedroom

Old carpeting and dated wallpaper detract from the good bones of this large first-floor space.

After: Master Bedroom

Hardwood flooring and a wall paneled with the home's original interior doors are standout features of this updated space. A vintage-style bed frame makes use of salvaged wood.

Before: Master Bathroom

Linoleum floors, dated fixtures and peeling wallpaper only magnify the dreariness of this bathroom.

After: Master Bathroom

Hardwood flooring and tiled walls sparkle in the updated master bathroom, where rustic-chic furnishings are paired with contemporary bath fixtures.

Before: Master Deck

A back door led from the living room to the back deck, an outdoor space that underutilized the beautiful surroundings and view.

After: Master Deck

New sliding doors lead from the master bedroom to its own portion of the back deck, a sturdy composite board structure that features built-in seating.

Before: Laundry Room

A small room attached to the original kitchen served as both a laundry space and bathroom. During the 1950s, the home's first bathtub was installed in this room.

After: Laundry Room

A new light-infused space, adjacent to the living room, is outfitted with Energy Star-rated appliances and a cherry butcher block work counter with sink.

Before: Media Room

A poorly insulated second-floor space was dark, dank and in need of an overhaul.

After: Media Room

The finished attic is transformed into a family fun center with an oversized flat-screen TV, game table and built-in sleeping nook.

Before: Game Area

Insulation was peeling from rafters in the unfinished attic space of this balloon-framed home.

After: Game Area

With new studs sistered along the knee wall, energy efficient cellulose insulation blown into every nook and cranny and doubled-up collar ties set at every rafter to straighten walls, the attic turns comfortable game and gathering space.

Before: Home Office

A second-floor bedroom was used by the most recent occupants as a library.

After: Home Office

Wallpaper stripped and new hardwood flooring installed, the library becomes a home office, with chalkboard walls to jot notes and to-do lists and a reclaimed wood desk serving as command central.

Before: Kid's Bedroom

A second-floor bedroom, with Colonial-style wallpaper and wall-to-wall carpeting, is dark, cramped and lackluster.

After: Kid's Bedroom

With hardwood flooring installed and the living room's original light fixture painted and providing illumination, the once-depressing room becomes a cozy haven for visiting guests.

Before: Guest Bedroom

The largest second-floor bedroom, this space was once reserved exclusively for overnight guests.

After: Guest Bedroom

A team from Good Housekeeping reinvented the bedroom in a cozy "lodge living" design theme that incorporates rustic furnishings and layered textures.

Before: Bathroom

Bathroom fixtures and cabinetry look dated and linoleum flooring does little to improve the design aesthetic.

After: Bathroom

A new, operable skylight, glass tile and vintage-chic fixtures lend spa-like style to the guest bathroom.