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Making it their own...

Sidney's Parade of Homes


A total transformation awaits at the Brent and Brenda Bowlds residence situated on the corner lot directly behind the high school. This house has been remodeled and updated inside and out and is now a charismatic home that reflects the personalities and passions of these hardworking and talented homeowners.

In 2007, Brent and Brenda put a bid in on this 1500 square foot HUD house, knowing that it was a total wreck and nothing about it fit their likes or lifestlyle. However, they knew this house had good bones and they wanted a project to take on and make a house their own home. After waiting one "long" day, their bid was accepted and the 9 year project began! Throughout these years, every room has been redone and recently a 200 square foot addition was done to enlarge the kitchen. "It's definitely been a work- in- progress," said Brenda, "but we really enjoy working together on all of our projects."

As one enters the home through the vestibule that they created to protect from the NW winds, you find yourself in the welcoming living room that is decorated in rich shades of burgundy and brown and accented with many upcycled items. Past the living room is the kitchen and dining room that features an Acacia hardwood floor that contrasts perfectly with the hazelnut stained hickory cabinets from Dura Supreme and Cambria quartz countertop; providing an abundance of storage as well as many feet of countertop to work on. "Brent and Brenda were great to work with," stated Brenda Larson. "They had a well-thought-out plan and were willing to think out-of-the-box." The large windows in the kitchen bring in lots of sunshine and allow them to enjoy their backyard that is decorated with more recycled treasures. The breakfast bar is the perfect place to grab a quick meal or enjoy a cup of coffee or look out of the glass doors that lead to their relaxing patio. The focal point of the dining room is the large china cabinet that they repainted using chalk paint. The charcoal gray provides a soft pop of color and is grounded perfectly by the large oak table.

The laundry room is on the other side of the kitchen and includes a pantry area and Salsa Red bench and locker system as well as espresso glazed antique white cabinetry. Once again, there is ample storage space and countertops for Brenda to stay organized. This area also has many decorations that Brenda has skillfully done. The laundry room leads to their double-car garage that is probably one of the neatest in town! "I don't think anything is ever out of place," Brenda Larson said. "It is wonderfully organized, as is the rest of their home."

Down the hall is the guest bedroom that features an old door for a headboard and a recycled picnic bench at the end of the bed. This room is painted in shades of Downtown Brown and Incandescent Beige and is cozy and fun.

The master bedroom boasts their latest upcycling project...they refinished their large oak bedroom set in chalk paint. What was once the standard golden oak of the 80s is now a soft cream with a chocolate brown glaze. The paint they used on this project was from the American Paint Company and was purchased from Creative Solutions. "I really liked using the glaze on this set!" exclaimed Brenda.

The guest bath was redone a few years ago but the master bath is still awaiting a new facelift. "We have plans to redo it," said Brenda. "We want to change the vanity and the shower. It'll happen one of these days."

A decked-out Griz-fan family room awaits visitors at the bottom of the stairs and this fun-filled room is perfect for hanging out with friends or watching the "Big Game!" An exercise room, two other comfortable and well decorated bedrooms and a bath are also located in their finished basement.

This clean and classic ranch style home is a true reflection of the Bowld's love of refurbishing and recycling and the joy they receive from working together on projects. "We really enjoy what we've done together to make it ours." Brenda said. "My favorite spot is my living room or kitchen but Brent retreats to the basement or his new garage." The unattached garage is their latest building project and provides a home for their snowmobiles and once again reflects their passion for sports and anything "old." "We're both really proud of the way it turned out!" mentioned Brenda.

The outside of this home is as well-decorated as the inside. The yard is perfectly manicured and there are many groupings of plants and flowers that are accented with more recyclables.

As Brenda obviously loves giving new birth to pieces of old, she has recently started a new business with her friend, Sandy Klose. Contact "Damm Klose to Home" for furniture refinishing or entire room makeovers.

While these two hardworking DIYers did most of the work themselves, they want to give credit to those that assisted in their projects as follows: Pat Buckley was the contractor on the kitchen; Creative Solutions supplied the cabinets and countertops in the kitchen and laundry, Prairie Electric did all of the electrical work, the building materials were supplied by ProBuild, Big Sky Siding and Windows provided the siding and windows, Ken's Heating worked on the heating and air conditioning, Sidney Red-E-Mix supplied the concrete and Plumbrite was the plumber.

The Bowlds family is proud to be on the Parade of Homes to support the Boys and Girls Club. "We know first-hand how important The Club is to working families. -Our daughters either participated or even worked there after school."

The Bowld's home has obviously been a labor of love and patience as the family has worked together to make this house their own. "We love our home," stated Brenda. "It is quite the transformation inside and out"


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