Great Room Renovation
I love it when a plan comes together (is that Shakespeare or the A-Team?). Anyway, this 1990’s great room was GREATLY in need of a facelift. My clients were over the white thermofoil cabinets, burgundy accents and dated brass fixtures – they were ready for a change and a little KLC (Kylie Lovin’ Care).
With a handy hubby named Doug and a handsome dog named Gary, my client Erin was SUPER excited to add some more modern, but family-friendly touches to her open layout space. Using Doug’s building skills, Gary’s charm and Erin’s style, we were able to save THOUSANDS of dollars in labour and managed to infuse a bit of hunter-chic decor, along with natural stone, quartz and reclaimed wood accents.
Fireplace and Family Room Update
Before, the fireplace was a hot mess of wallpaper border, burgundy, brass and a weee dash of fugly – nice boots though…
After, the fireplace looks FABULOUS in charcoal ledgestone. Notice that the TV and fireplace are both surrounded by a border of rustic wood – good job Doug!
With a few old pieces and new pieces, the room has character, charm and warmth…and an antler.
The Big Empty Wall…
To the left of the fireplace was more epic wallpaper border.
We needed a large furniture piece to balance out the weight of the fireplace and the gray sectional on the other side of the room. Erin had a great big buffet in another room which was just ITCHING for some black paint. It turned out to be the perfect piece for this big empty wall and was a great way to save money.
With some fabulous decor, the room has subtle farmhouse country charm!
The paint colour we chose for the walls was Benjamin Moore Grant Beige. See its colour review HERE!
Ready for the dining room? It’s moose-ic to my ears!
The Dining Room Update
I don’t have a before photo of this space, so picture this: drywall, flooring, table, chairs – yup, that about covers it.
And here it is now!
Well, hello there handsome…
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The table used to have lighter wood legs and a wood top. We painted the base black (I say that like I actually did the work) and restained the top in a finish more suitable to the room.
The doorway used to be single-wide, so we opened it up to be double-wide and framed it with reclaimed rustic wood – MAD love…
Here’s how the dining area relates to the family room and part of the kitchen…
The Kitchen Remodel – From Guts to Glory!
Oh, the kitchen. I had a HECK of a time getting photos of this space – the natural lighting made it hard to get a good clear shot. Thankfully Doug handed me a glass of wine and things really improved from there, as they usually do when I have wine.
Before, the kitchen had peeling thermofoil cabinets, white appliances and a tiled island countertop…
After, the kitchen looks like a whole new space with painted full height cabinets (Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray), white quartz (similar to Cambria Torquay) and polished marble backsplash. Believe it or not, the stools are a budget-friendly find from London Drugs – there are ALWAYS ways to save on the budget!
The full kitchen and how it relates to the dining room, which was partially done in this before photo…
And of course Gary, this is his after photo – AFTER I’d taken over a dozen photos and he was tired of looking at the camera.
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Originally written in 2016, updated in 2020