A home update CHOCK full of great ideas that YOU can do too!
You know how some rooms just speak to you? If you don’t, you should drink wine like I do and then you’ll be having full conversations with everything from rooms to dogs! Seriously though, have you ever been in a room that’s out of your comfort zone or not your personal style, but there’s SOMETHING about it that hits a happy place? This home definitely did that for me.
I think it’s a combination of the look along with the homeowners’ obvious blood, sweat and tears that drew me in.
And who are the homeowners? Melisa and her ever-loving, EVER-PATIENT hubby, John. I bet if John and Tim got together they’d be able to swap
wife war stories for HOURS. Oh, and did I mention that they did all of this with FOUR kids under the age of NINE underfoot. Yup. (insert wine and funnel here, or maybe that’s how they GOT all of those kids…wink wink).
This home really IS a reflection of the tastes of the people who live there and THAT’S what makes a home to me.
Now, with this whole remodel, there were a few things staying put:
- The beige laminate perimeter countertops
- The black appliances (being changed to stainless steel eventually)
- The maple cabinets
- The wood flooring
- The backsplash
But a few things were going to change – DRASTICALLY…
- The island would be taken down to one height
- The NEW island countertop would be marble
- The over-the-range microwave came DOWN
- The soffits would be filled in to get a full-height cabinet look
- The area to the left of the fridge would be changed to add MORE storage and CHARACTER
Let’s see how it all turned out…
The Main Kitchen Area: Painted Cabinets and More…
As you can see, they filled in the soffits, added crown moulding, rebuilt the range hood and filled in the ‘glass’ portion of the pantry door…
And here it is. Seriously? Yup, seriously…
And not only did they paint the cabinets, but this husband and wife duo even painted the BACKSPLASH.
Can you really paint backsplash tiles?
HECK YES YOU CAN!
Melisa handpainted each backsplash tile herself. She wanted the look of handpainted Zellige tiles and used a combination of colours to get a soft, subtle, textured look. SO FRIGGIN’ AWESOME! (I know some of you are thinking of paint YOURS now!).
And I really respect that Melisa and John did all of this on a budget – a SERIOUS budget. I mean, anyone can create a dream home with a huge bank account and professional help, but there’s something to be said for ‘improving and adding to what you already have WITHOUT breaking open the kid’s piggy banks’.
Read more: 4 Ideas to Update Your Kitchen on a Budget
The Rebuilt Fridge Area
Let’s look at that fridge area a little closer…
The rest of the open layout space
The glory doesn’t just stop in the kitchen…
Did you notice the dining chairs in the above photo? We’ve ALL seen versions of those, but I bet you HARDLY RECOGNIZED them in their new glory! It’s AMAZING what a little paint and fabric can do to Grandma’s old dining set (let’s safely assume there was some wine in the mix as well).
And are you ready for THIS…?
Ermergerd. So…cool. And again, you don’t have to LOVE a certain style (I’m more of a west-coast-transitional-mish-mash gal myself) to be able to appreciate HOW FRIGGIN’ WELL it’s been done. (Just look at the arms on those chairs…I’m melting).
And seriously (because I never stop talking even though I know you’re just here for the pretty photos – and my charming wit), I RARELY get clients with mad style and photography skills like Melisa. I hardly had to edit the photos, they came in crystal-clear. And Melisa’s decorative style? Holy friggin’ cannoli. You don’t have to be a fan of the romantic style to see how beautiful this space is, it speaks for itself whether you’re into mid-century modern, traditional or modern farmhouse!
And get a close-up look at the paint colour in these next photos. Calm perfection.
And how about those PAINTED CABINETS?
Believe it or not, they found a salvaged piece of marble for the island countertop (it’s what really inspired this whole thing). It had a few scratches that they EASILY overlooked for the price tag!
So, I’m sure by now you’re thinking, ‘Kylie, I’m DYING to know what COLOURS they used, can you spit it out already?’
- Walls in the open layout kitchen, dining room and living room: Benjamin Moore Classic Gray
- Cabinets: Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray
- Trims: Benjamin Moore White Dove
- Backsplash: A blend of Agreeable Gray, White Dove and Collingwood
Now, let’s talk about BUDGET…
Believe it or not, they did this all for under $3000. That’s right – 3…thousand…dollars.
Without getting into the nitty-gritty, let’s hit a few main details:
- The cabinets were going to be $4000 to get professionally painted. They hired someone to spray the DOORS only for $1000 and did the rest themselves!
- The marble island was a SALVAGED PIECE with a few scratches that were EASILY overlooked for the LOW price tag!
- The furniture pieces were passed down from grandparents and painted to suit their style
- The light in the dining room? You’re not going to believe this, but they found it broken and encased in 6 inches of solid ice. They brought that glorious beastie back to LIFE, even if it took 10 years off of John’s life
- All of the decor was found at salvage centers and marketplaces
I’m just so friggin’ PROUD.
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