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9.25.2013

Love the One You're With: Kitchen & Bath Makeover

Hello friends!

On Monday I shared a client bathroom makeover that packed a punch for the price.  Today, I'm going to share two other spaces that I tackled in this condo that they're trying to sell - the kitchen and the second bathroom.  They say kitchens and bathrooms are important selling points, let's hope this one hit the mark.

 
While the cabinets had been painted (apparently more than once), the paint color was very stark, and the paint job wasn't that good.  So, I gave them a good, hearty sanding, filled holes and prepped them within an inch of their life before painting them.
 
I opted for a warmer white - Navajo White by Benjamin Moore.  A subtle, but nice improvement.  And I added new cabinet hardware from D. Lawless Hardware that really pulls the look together.



Let's take a look back at where we started so I can refresh your memory.  At first glance, it's not very obvious, but the cabinet frames were painted gray and the doors were painted white.  The walls were a cold, cement gray color, and the hardware just didn't jive with the doors at all.

The walls got a fresh coat of paint - Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.  I had never used this color until now, and I can see why it's so popular.  So versatile and warm.  I added a runner that was another steal from Target on clearance.  Target, you complete me.

I also trimmed out the top of the cabinets with molding that really helped to take it up a notch. 

Again, the kitchen before:



Once again, Target to the rescue with some cute towels that tie in perfectly with the rug. 

While I loved your ideas about putting in floating shelves on this other wall - I opted to leave it as it was in the interest of time, plus there is a limited amount of cabinet space and no pantry, so I was afraid that might have been a negative to prospective buyers.  (And yes, the pitiful light is still there.)  I'm just one woman - not an electrician. 


Still, a definite improvement from where it started. 

If the condo hadn't been for sale, I would have gotten a little more daring - maybe a bolder cabinet color, or more color on the walls.  But alas, I felt I needed to play it a wee bit more safe, since not all buyers appreciate these beautiful touches like I do.

On to the second bathroom!  I used the same paint color in this bathroom as I did in the one I blogged about here - "Gray" by Benjamin Moore.  So classy.

Let me give you an idea of what it looked like before.  In my haste, I didn't take a true "before" picture, but you can put the pieces of the puzzle together, I'm sure:

Hello, wood appliques -

And the doors - with wood shell appliques...

Again, by a stroke of luck, the gray worked well with the existing shower curtain and rug, so with the removal of the appliques, some sanding and new hardware - we're in business!


So, there you have it.  A condo update on a budget along with some good old fashioned elbow grease.  What do you think?  Have you completed a beautiful budget-minded project lately?  Do tell!

9.23.2013

Love the One You're With: Bathroom on a Budget

Hello!!

I'm so very excited to share the client condo makeover I've been working on - it really turned out lovely!  As I said, this project expanded beyond the kitchen cabinets I was working on, to the bathroom vanities as well.  And as I sit here thinking about it, it's really a "working with what you have" type of makeover, thus the "Love the One You're With" title. :-)

Sure, we all drool over the perfect kitchen and bathroom, but realistically, it takes some serious bucks to make those dreams a reality.  So, when you don't have the Benjamins to create the Pinterest perfect spaces you want, what do you do?  You love the one you're with, right?

I think this condo makeover is proof positive that you don't have to break the bank to make a space fresh and pretty.

I'm going to start with one of the bathrooms, as it turned out to be my favorite room out of all of them.

 
I absolutely love the way this bathroom turned out - and what's even better is that it was not an expensive overhaul.  We're talking paint and a few accessories here, folks.

Ironically, I picked out the paint before I stumbled upon this perfectly coordinating rug.  The cabinet paint color is "Gray" by Benjamin Moore.  I have to give a big shout out to Cyndy at The Creativity Exchange, because she is such a great color resource!  Her post about great gray cabinet colors was key in choosing this fab color.  This gray does not disappoint!  I already have plans for using this color somewhere in my home - it's gorgeous. 

Did I mention I found the rug at Target on clearance?  Ironically, I had actually bought it for myself a couple of months back, but had to return it because the bathroom door in my husband's office was so low that the rug would get smushed every time you opened or closed it.  It was a happy reunion to find it again and put it to use.

I couldn't resist painting the walls in order to finish off the space.  They're painted in Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore (leftover from the kitchen).  And the cabinet pulls are from Lowe's.

So, let's break it down:
Wall paint (leftover from kitchen), so I'm not really counting this as an extra cost
Cabinet paint - Gray, by Benjamin Moore (Advance) - $45
Rug - Target - $14.98
Towel - Target - $9.99 for a pack of four, originally purchased for the kitchen, which again, I don't really count as incremental cost for this space (so I'm not counting it).
Cabinet hardware - Lowes - $7.94
Total: $67.92


It's just a matter of putting in a little bit of elbow grease to freshen up a space in your home.  This bathroom just makes me happy now, compared to where it began.

Linking up:
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia - Tuesday Treasures
Savvy Southern Style - Wow Us Wednesday
Thrifty Décor Chick - October Before and After Party
Remodelaholic - Remodelaholic's Anonymous Party

9.19.2013

Bathroom Facelift: What Would You Do?

Hello!

I hope you're having a great week!  Lots going on this week - working on the condo kitchen I talked about here and where I asked for your design opinions if your client let you select paint colors and finishes in a space.  As always, you did not disappoint!  Wonderful ideas, and I think we were on the same page with many of them.  You pushed me over the top to move forward with some I had been thinking about.

Here is a peek with where I am with it now - subtle changes, but sometimes the subtle changes are big changes, right?  I went with a classic neutral on the walls - Revere Pewter (Benjamin Moore).  I have seen lots of rooms painted in this color, but hadn't used it firsthand until now.  It really is gorgeous.

I received the new knobs and pulls from D. Lawless Hardware, and I can't wait to put the doors and drawers back in place.  The cabinet color I chose is Navajo White (Benjamin Moore) - a warm, pretty white - not as stark as the white that was on the doors previously, and it really works well with the Revere Pewter. 

 
This job has grown in scope as it's progressed, which has been a lot of fun - especially since I've essentially been given "creative freedom" in choosing the different colors and finishes.  That said, I have been tasked with updating the two bathroom vanities in this condo.  Although I have a feeling that I won't be able to leave it just at the vanities - walls may have to be painted in order for me to sleep at night.
 
Take a peek at what I'm starting with in both of these bathrooms:

I took the doors off in haste and forgot to snap a photo.  Lots of wood appliques - this time in a shell formation...

I recreated the door set up so you could see what it looked like.  Definitely dated, yes?
 
Originally, I was planning on making use of the same paint I used on the kitchen cabinets.  But I've decided to go darker instead.  Something along these lines in terms of color:
Source:  Nest Egg
The more time I spend at this condo, the more I want to pretty her up!
 
What do you think?  Darker cabinets in the bathrooms?  I'm all ears my friends!

9.16.2013

Options: Stone Fireplace Makeover 2.0

Hello friends!

We had a gloriously beautiful fall weekend here - so nice, that I even picked up some mums to start sprucing up the outdoor areas for a new season.  The cool air gets the seasonal decorating juices flowing!

And with the crisp fall temperatures, it has me itching to get our fireplace fail back into shape so that I'll have some mantel decorating to do.  If I'm lucky, I'll have it done in time to hang Christmas stockings.  A girl can dream, right?

That said, I have been doing some demo, so my fireplace has gone from this:


To this:

My boys came home from school in the midst of my destruction and wanted in on the action, so I obliged.  Look at that technique - a natural, I tell you.

I also brought infinity+1 additional stone samples home - I think I'm getting closer to making a decision.  These are the three contenders (at this point):

Brighton Ledgestone (my favorite right now):
It's a new stone to the Heritage Stone collection, and so far I can't find any examples of this stone put to use on a real-life project.  I will keep looking, as seeing a finished product where the stone is used is really helpful to me in visualizing it in my home.

Nantucket Limestone:
 
It doesn't "grab" me as much as the Brighton Ledgestone in the sample above, but then I see it in real life, and I love it:


And then there is the Sandusky Shore Limestone:

Probably third in the running at this moment, but still a contender.

I still have grand ideas of what this fireplace could be - such difficult decisions, with so many choices.  Have any of you had to choose a fireplace stone before?  Any suggestions?  Favorites?  Tips?  I'm all ears!

On a side note, I don't know how anyone manages to stay sane in building a home from scratch.  How someone wades through all of the options available out there, and the sheer volume of decisions that need to be made is mind boggling!

9.09.2013

Design Dilemma: What Would You Do?

Hello!

Here is a new spin on dealing with a design dilemma - I want to know what you think and what you would do in this situation.  I have a client that has given me "creative freedom" in giving a kitchen condo a facelift that's listed for sale.  First, let me give you some background.

  • I'm going to be repainting the kitchen cabinets in this kitchen. 
  • It's a small, galley style kitchen in a 2-bedroom/2-bath condo.
  • I will be replacing the cabinet hardware and hinges.
  • The floors will stay the same (but I have suggested adding a runner).
  • While I would love to add a backsplash, the condo is already priced aggressively, and that's out of my scope of work.
  • And yes, I did suggest replacing the cabinets altogether.
Now that you know the background, let's take a look at the kitchen:



Pretty cold and blah right now.  The rest of the condo shows much better - the carpet looks new, very neutral wall colors and décor.  The cabinets have been painted once already, and whoever painted them, chose to paint the frames in a gray color.  Not sure what the logic was on that, but it's definitely going to change.

So, if you were given creative discretion to make this kitchen more buyer-friendly, what would you do?  I have some ideas, but I would love to hear your take on this little space.  We'll compare notes. :-)

9.03.2013

Link Up! July-August Project Party!

Hello!

I hope you had a glorious Labor Day weekend.  It was a warm and gorgeous summer weekend here, and I think we're all sad to bid summer good-bye.  Thankfully, warm weather still lies ahead of us - no rush to bring on Old Man Winter.

Lots going on around here!  I just finished up another builder-grade cabinet upgrade, and am excited to share it with you!  They're in the process of painting the walls, so it's not complete yet, but it's looking fantastic so far!  A sneak peek -


My apologies for missing last month's round-up of activity along with a link-up party.  Not the case this month! 

Big fun at Homearama this year!  Six wonderfully gorgeous homes to tour, and they all offered something unique and beautiful.  If you missed the tour, start here!  Who could forget the house with the indoor basketball court?  Wow!

I spent a lot of time taming some knotty pine, but boy, oh boy, was it worth it!


I did manage to organize my pantry, in the spirit of a new school year.  Still loving it!

I shared a reader's kitchen redo that knocked my socks off!  Kelly's kitchen makes me want to pull up a chair and grab a bottle of wine out of her wine fridge for a chat. :-)

And then there was my epic fireplace fail.  It has to get better, right?

What have you been working on lately?  I can't wait to see!

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  • The link party will be open until September 9th, 2013.