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An Open Layout Renovation: Antlers and Modern Farmhouse Charm

Posted on June 8, 2016 by KylieMawdsley

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.

Ready Betty?

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…

Ideas to update a fireplace with tv mounted above and black ledgestone, reclaimed wood surround. Kylie M. Interiors

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!

Rustic ledgestone fireplace with reclaimed wood surround and TV on top. Hunting inspired decor with gray sectional by Kylie M Interiors

With a few old pieces and new pieces, the room has character, charm and warmth…and an antler.

Black ledgestone fireplace surround with reclaimed wood around mounted tv. Unique coffee table trunk and home decor. Kylie M Interiors E-Design, Vancouver Island Colour Consultant

Charcoal ledgestone fireplace update with reclaimed rustic wood surround and window ledge, rustic wood flooring and Urban Barn accent chairNotice the reclaimed wood window ledge and how it relates to the wood around the gas fireplace insert…lover-ly.

The Big Empty Wall…

To the left of the fireplace was more epic wallpaper border.

Family Room before update and remodel

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.

Black painted cabinet with farmhouse and country style decor. Benjamin Moore Grant Beige

country style decor, farmhouse and easter

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!

Great room with open layout, ledgestone fireplace with TV above and reclaimed wood. White quartz island, gray sectional and rustic hunting style decor by Kylie M Interiors E-Design

Ready for the dining room? It’s moose-ic to my ears!

edesign, virtual paint colour consulting. Kylie M Interiors Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams color expert. marketing (16)

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!

Benjamin Moore Grant Beige, Rustic, hunting decor with industrial chandelier (DIY). Kylie M Interiors DEsign Consultant, E-Design

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Well, hello there handsome…

Home decor for a hunting home with farmhouse country style. Rustic chandelier and Grant Beige Benjamin Moore. By Paint Colour Consultant Kylie M Interiors

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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…

Rustic reclaimed wood beams and supports over widened doorway or opening. Paint colour Grant Beige. Design Kylie M Interiors

Here’s how the dining area relates to the family room and part of the kitchen…

Rustic hunting style open layout kitchen, dining room and family room by Kylie M Interiors

Transitional style family room with rustic and industrial. Ledgestone fireplace with reclaimed wood, edison bulbs and decor

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…

white kitchen before update ideas

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!

Kitchen painted Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray with white quartz countertops and driftwood marble tile backsplash. Kylie M Interiors Decorating and E-Design Vancouver Island

The full kitchen and how it relates to the dining room, which was partially done in this before photo…

Kitchen before update

Open layout kitchen and dining room. Cabinets painted Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray, white quartz island and doorway beams in reclaimed wood and diy light fixture

Kitchen backsplash and cabinets before update

Kitchen cabinets paitned Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray, driftwood marble backsplash with stainless steel. Design by Kylie M Interiors E-Design, Vancouver Island Decorating Services

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.

Gary the pug cross mixed breed


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Originally written in 2016, updated in 2020


    1. Yes, we restained the floor. It is pine and had gone quite yellow over time. We wanted to keep all the natural wear and tear that had occurred so instead of using an electric sander, Doug did it by hand with a wire brush. It was a lot of work but we are really pleased with the results.

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        It’s a Driftwood style travertine, so it has greige and greige’s in it, rather than the typical beige tones. It was a few years ago, so I’m not sure of the supplier anymore, sorry!

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  1. Hello. I absolutely love the Amherst Gray cabinets and am wondering what kind of BM paint you used and what finish? Also, is there a varnish over it?

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      Hi Marion! I’m not 100% on what my clients used there, but I’d bet it was BM Advance in the pearl finish, which gives the lovely velvety look – no varnish needed! And keep in mind Amherst CAN pick up a weee wink of green depending on the environment!

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      Hi Donna, I believe that was BM AMherst Gray. Now when some brands colour match it, it comes up a touch more gray, whereas in real-life it can pick up a weeee tiny wink of green, so you’ll want to sample it!

  2. Hi, was really hoping to find out if you purchased the antler chandelier or if you made it yourself? Need to have it??!!
    This renovation is stunning!

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