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!