In the end, the work crew came around, Steve agreed the barn wood looked good, and Jenna’s light-filled decor helped her land a Best Living Room Redo award in This Old House
's 2011 Reader Remodel Contest (July).
Indeed, it's not often that a year of dust and disruption ends so happily, with Jenna hanging out a shingle as a remodeling consultant while the rest of the family enjoys a chance to relax—at least for the moment. Other homeowners may dwell on the headaches, but not her. Pausing to sum it all up, she says, "I feel like this house is the one where all the surprises were good." Shown:
The salvaged tub refurbished with peel-and-stick silver leaf.
Shower fittings, Sunrise
; tub finish: Mona Lisa Silver Simple Leaf, Speedball, Amazon.com