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See how this house went from dull to darling in just 4 months

by Julie Pennell / / Source: TODAY

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Some things just get better with age, but that still means you have to work at it. Case in point, this 100-year-old house, which got a stunning modern makeover by its new owners Meg Jannott and Joe Benghauser.

 The red-brick fireplace feels outdated next to beige walls. Listing

The charming, 1,350-square-foot place located in Royal Oak, Michigan, was transformed in about four months. “We are very lucky in that our families helped us out tremendously and we were able to do a lot of work ourselves with their help,” the couple told TODAY Home over email.

 Crisp white walls make the home feel brighter and fresher! Diana Liang Photography DianaLiang.com for Apartment Therapy

One of the most dramatic (and inexpensive!) things they did to the three-bedroom, two-bath home is paint it. In the living room, they chose a white hue to cover the beige walls, and the update instantly brightened up the room.

“It’s amazing what paint can do,” they wrote, adding that they want to go back and add an accent color to a wall. For now, they find the white bright and fresh.

 The home is 100 years old, but it lacked character before. Listing

To give the home a sense of character, they furnished it with classic wood pieces that feel rich and inviting.

 With mid-century wooden furniture, the couple added some personality. Diana Liang Photography DianaLiang.com for Apartment Therapy

One of the challenges of having such an old house is the uneven floors, but the couple has embraced the quirk — at least for now. The floors remain the same as they were when the two bought the home, although they’ve added some carefully chosen rugs that match the aesthetic of the space.

 Uneven floors were a challenge. Listing
 Thoughtfully chosen rugs can add color and interest in a room with old, uneven floors. Diana Liang Photography DianaLiang.com for Apartment Therapy

Both graphic designers, the couple designed everything on their own. “We didn't have a set look in mind, necessarily, but all of our things have sort of been coming together as we go,” they wrote. “Our inspiration sources continue to be Pinterest and Instagram (as well as) blogs that we follow. For us, it's been a matter of living with something for a while and moving it around until it feels right.”

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And that leads to their biggest piece of advice for others who want to update. “Don't rush,” they said. “Try to fill your home with items that have meaning. It makes your home more personal to you when pieces have a story to tell.”

See more pictures of this gorgeous makeover at Apartment Therapy.

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