Kitchen renovation

My in-laws house was flooded during Harvey. It was a tough experience for them but out of something negative came something positive. It is now fully renovated and I can't tell you the joy it brings me when we go visit. 

Their home was built in the 1960's, the kitchen and the restroom were pretty dated. We used this opportunity to create a new kitchen and restroom from square one. 

Below is a list of project must haves:

  • Brightness - we accomplished this by using a neutral color palette which brought in light. 
  • Better lighting - we removed a few extra fans they had in the kitchen and the breakfast area and replaced them with good quality light fixtures that give off more light. This also helped the space appear brighter. 
  • Storage - we re-designed her kitchen to include a small island with storage as well as a pantry. This helps keep the countertop clean. 
  • Updated countertop - she selected a neutral granite countertop that stands out against the bone colored cabinets. 

Here are a few quick pictures I took right before the kitchen demo work started. Please excuse the mess. 

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Here is our blank canvas. 

 

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This is the finished result! Can you believe it!? Since I took this picture we have installed roman shades over the windows. I love how airy it all feels. 

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Project Ashcroft - color story

The huz has been really busy working on our current project. I feel like he does all the hard work of scheduling and organizing. I get to come in and do the fun stuff - pick paint, backsplash, counter tops, etc. The project we are currently working on is a ranch style 1960's home. 

 I really wanted to step outside of my comfort zone by working with gray. Gray is a good neutral. It is not a shade I naturally gravitate towards. I also knew I wanted to keep the kitchen white. Overall, the feel we are going for is fresh and modern with a hint of traditional.

 Below is a little glimpse of how the Ashcroft color story developed. I can't wait to share the final project!

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Furniture Restyle

I came across a pair of antique furniture pieces that I thought would look cool if they were restyled. I really enjoy adding pieces to our home that have character.  

For this project I used spray paint, acrylic paint, and fabric. All of which I picked up at Hobby Lobby. When making an antique selection, I usually take in to consideration the shape and potential. Most of the time the beauty is already there. I just help bring it out. Shout out to papi who helped me with the reupholster part of the project!

I was inspired to get a leopard print piece for our home when I saw this piece on the One Kings Lane website which retails for $795.00. 😳It looks nice but it is totally out of my price range. 

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I am really happy with the way the project turned out! Check out before and after pictures down below.

Side note: I am excited to see Justin Timberlake perform at the Super Bowl! Seems like just yesterday Houston was hosting the game. I am going for the Patriots!

Before

 This was before I spray painted the cherry wood dark walnut. 

This was before I spray painted the cherry wood dark walnut. 

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  I knew I wanted to play with leopard print while still keeping an antique vibe so I mixed silver and gold acrylic paint to get a muted gold tone. 

 I knew I wanted to play with leopard print while still keeping an antique vibe so I mixed silver and gold acrylic paint to get a muted gold tone. 

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After

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 As I was painting I wiped off the excess paint to give it a weathered look. 

As I was painting I wiped off the excess paint to give it a weathered look. 

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Restroom renovations

As we were working on these restroom renovations my main goal was to bring in light and make things look more up to date. I must warn you...the before pictures for this are pretty yucky. This was NOT our house. 😳

Below are the main things we did to update the restrooms.

  • Removed all the tile and replaced it with new neutral flooring that set the stage for everything else.
  • Removed the existing cabinets, countertop, and sink. Replaced it with a small two door cabinet stained in a rich ebony color. Added granite with a square sink which added a nice touch. 
  • Added a new framed mirror in a pewter tone that reflects the light well. In my opinion, framed mirrors make the restroom feel a bit more lux.
  • Added a new light fixture which ensured the space had adequate light. This is so important especially in a restroom. 
  • Painted the walls a gray neutral shade. We used Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray

Check out the before and after shots. If you are thinking about conquering a home interior project...do it already!

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 After - the new tile, granite and dark stain really gave the space a classy look.

After - the new tile, granite and dark stain really gave the space a classy look.

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 After - we've talked about this...don't be afraid to mix and match metals

After - we've talked about this...don't be afraid to mix and match metals

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 After - laying tile in a subway pattern gave the shower wall some interest and sophistication

After - laying tile in a subway pattern gave the shower wall some interest and sophistication

Restroom #2

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 After - removing the unnecessary tile gave the space an instant makeover 

After - removing the unnecessary tile gave the space an instant makeover 

 After - by making the sink space smaller we created a laundry nook which is perfect for a basket or hamper

After - by making the sink space smaller we created a laundry nook which is perfect for a basket or hamper

 After - added a pop of chocolate brown to the shower floor...why the heck not?

After - added a pop of chocolate brown to the shower floor...why the heck not?

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 After - I love a clean look for restrooms. I added a little bit of character by painting the cabinets on the left white and staining the cabinets under the sink ebony. It created a nice contrast. Kids....you can also mix cabinet colors.

After - I love a clean look for restrooms. I added a little bit of character by painting the cabinets on the left white and staining the cabinets under the sink ebony. It created a nice contrast. Kids....you can also mix cabinet colors.

Kitchen Renovation

I've dreamed about creating a space from start to finish. It's one thing to style a space and it's an entirely different thing to choose the materials that will go in to creating a room. I had the opportunity to put my skills to the test by doing a full kitchen remodel on a budget. It is crazy how much a space can transform with hard work and a vision. 

I knew right away that I wanted to open things up, bring in light and some warmth. 

Below are a few before and after pictures of our project. You should know the before pictures are gross! The pictures don't really do it justice. It really was nastier than it looks. Trust me!!

Here is what we did:

  • Created space by knocking out the upper cabinets on the right side. I then expanded the counter top so that it could become a place where you could add some bar stools, eat, and hang out.  
  • Kept the original 1960's cabinets, sanded them down to bare wood and stained them a rich dark color (Ebony) which created warmth. 
  • Kept the original hardware which I deep cleaned and spray painted a dark chocolate brown. 
  • Removed the mini-blinds and gave the window a good clean both inside and out. 
  • New granite counter tops gave the space an instant upgrade. 
  • New travertine back splash really took everything to the next level. It brought in some sophistication and made things look clean and crisp. 
  • Removed the wall paper and painted Worldly Gray by Sherwin Williams. This shade is a good neutral that looks beige/grey. It also helped open up the space. I feel like it tied the kitchen together. 
  • Added new appliances - patched the hole you see on the far left wall which was where the microwave was (weird), removed the dishwasher to create space for a trash can or a wine fridge, purchased a range with an oven, and put in a new deep sink with a new faucet. 
  • Lastly, we added a new light fixture which gives off much more light.

Anyone working on cool projects this summer? Tell me about them!

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Guest Restroom Update

I finally convinced the huz that it was time to update our guest restroom. We live in a relatively new home so there is no reason to be ripping out and putting in new countertops, painting the cabinets, etc., I just can't justify it, so for now I am focusing on updates. When Miguel moved in our house a few years ago the first thing we did was paint some of the rooms that we just could not live with. The guest restroom was one of them. It was this horrible avocado green and at the time I wanted drama so we went with a deep plum purple. I liked it for awhile and then I decided I was tired of the darkness.

I knew I wanted something spa like. Since I have been on a white kick I knew that I wanted to go that route. I happened to read an article on Veranda.com that talked about rethinking white for those that just don't love the idea of going with a white shade. It can be really difficult to get the right white shade that doesn't look too grey, too yellow, too pink, etc. If you are interested in reading the article you can find it here. We actually painted our guest bedroom Greek Villa first. Since I knew that I loved it, I decided to use it again for our guest restroom. Can we just stop to reflect on the name of this paint? Don't you think of this when you hear greek villa...yaaaass!!! 

 How can you not draw inspiration from this!?

How can you not draw inspiration from this!?

We went with Sherwin Williams Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex paint which has the paint and primer all in one. It also is easy to clean.  

My top two places when it comes to purchasing paint are Sherwin Williams and Home Depot. You can usually get a good sale at Sherwin Williams (there is one actually happening now through Feb. 4th). We have one near our home so it is easy to drop in and get what I need quickly.

Below is an outline of the changes I made:

  • Paint - This gives any room an instant pick me up. It really is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to change a space. I usually like my walls to be matte. 
  • Floating shelves - We purchased a old barn beam and cut it in half to create two shelves. I think it adds character to the space. The floating aspect gives a very clean look and it allows for your decor pieces to be the center of attention. 
  • Mirrors - When we painted our restroom originally we cut the builders grade mirror we had smaller. My dad created a custom frame made of wood to go around it. I highly recommend doing this. It gives your mirror and your space a more lux look. There really is no reason to go out and purchase a new mirror if you have one that you can reinvent. I am in love with gilded sunburst mirrors.The gilded aspect reminds me a lot of the decor you might find in any european cathedral. This design actually dates back to King Louis XIV. I love the drama it adds. 
  • Fixtures - We finally got rid of our builders grade Hollywood strip light and replaced it with a antique bronze finish fixture from Pottery Barn. I also added a towel hook for guests to use. I have found some good Pottery Barn dupes at Hobby Lobby. I love them in a rustic antique bronze finish. I am all about mixing and matching while still keeping a cohesive look so I wanted to give mixing metals a shot. I was tired of looking at our polished nickel fixture so I decided to spray paint it and our toilet paper holder antique brass. I love the pop it gives when compared to the black granite. 
  • Decor - I don't like my spaces to feel cluttered. I stuck with the usual items: soap dispenser, hand towels, an oyster shell from one of our past father's day brunches (it doubles as decor and a unique jewelry dish) all neatly placed on a large tray. In order to keep with the spa feel, I rolled up towels and displayed them, I have soaps in the container on the floating shelf, I added a mini candle and pops of greenery. 

Below are some before and after shots. Keep in mind, Miguel and I are newlyweds so we are taking our time making our house a home. My main focus has been the rooms that everyone can see - such as the living room, kitchen, and dining room. We are slowly making our way to the other rooms, so many projects so little time! 

Our Holiday Decor

I have always been a HUGE Christmas person. It has always been such a big deal in our family. Naturally, now that I am married, I get so excited about transforming our home for Christmas. This  year's theme has been one that I have been wanting to do for a few years. When I think of woodsy it makes me think of my dad who is the ultimate hunter/outdoors man. I love how cozy a woodsy theme is but it wouldn't be me if I didn't add a touch of sparkle so I went with a woodsy sparkle theme this year. Pretty sure I made that category up so don't go looking for that online anywhere :). You might have seen some magnolia leaves on my Instagram for Thanksgiving which I just love!! I love them so much I didn't want to get rid of them so I decided to incorporate it in to my theme because it goes perfectly. I love the look and the fact that it cost me nothing to go over to my neighbors tree and get a few clippings (make it a ton...I just can't seem to get enough...don't tell my neighbor). Honestly, if I could be a professional tree decorator I would be in heaven. It is something that just excites me!! Here are a few pictures of what our living room looks like. I hope you guys are having fun this month creating  beautiful memories. 

Cheers!