Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Family Room Makeover - before & after

Family Room makeover -

When we purchased this house two years ago I longed for rich woods, gray walls, and white trim.  

Prior to moving in, I started by encasing the windows with a simple trim, and adding a wide top trim piece with crown.  We also painted the walls Sherwin Williams Repose Gray, and replaced the carpet with a darker carpet.  

The renovations did not stop there, after we moved in I removed the blinds, added privacy lined bamboo roman shades, and switched out the white ceiling fan for a drum shade pendant fixture. The fireplace tile was torn out, and a carrara marble herringbone pattern put in.  

A couple months ago the floor tile was removed and hard wood floors were laid.  It's taken two years to complete all the changes but it is finally how I envisioned it.

(photos from listing)


It's home.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Kitchen Before, During, & After Reveal

I am so excited to share with you guys my kitchen makeover today!  It has been quite a long few weeks, months actually if you count us starting by changing out the floors in January.  Here is a quick look at the before & after:

kitchen before:


kitchen after:



I started the remodel by tearing out the tile and replacing it with an engineered oak wood floor (not laminate), Heirloom from Provena.  (See sources below for more information.)

Here are some more before photos with all the tile still intact:

After the flooring was in, we put in new counter tops.  I chose White Ice Granite.  It has lots of white, gray, and black in it.  Here is a close-up of the stone:

After the counter tops were in, my cabinet guy came and in and got to work.  I designed a plan that used some of my old upper boxes, with new mixed in, staggered, and with large crown and a step below the crown.  I also wanted dark open shelves to contrast with the white. I kept all the base cabinets the same, but opted to switch out all the doors and drawers with a new style. 


I hired a company to come in and spray with a lacquered white, and kept the original oil bronze hardware I had before.  New pendant and sconce light fixtures, new kitchen faucet, and a beveled white subway tile back splash dressed up the space.

Here are all the afters! -


Sources: (if you are local and are interested in these local companies, contact me and I will provide you with their specific info)

Wood Flooring: Heirloom by Provena (If you are local, contact Gary Walker at Wholesale Flooring in Lindon for this product)

Counter tops: White Ice granite.  I purchased mine at Arizona Tile, and used Creative Granite & Design as the fabricator

Custom cabinets & shelving: Ideal Cabinets, Clay McNeel 801-633-4112
Cabinet painting: All Woods Finishing

Beveled white subway tile: Home Depot

Concorde Dawn Beveled 3 in. x 6 in. x 8 mm Ceramic Wall Tile

Light fixtures:  Pottery Barn Classic Pendant and Sconce with flared glass

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TDC Before and After

Friday, January 30, 2015

Main Floor Tile Removal and Renovation Progress

After two years of being in our home we finally had the means to update the kitchen and main floor.  I have always wanted real hardwood floors and decided installing the floors would be the first step.  Of course that meant that the 700 square feet of tile had to come up first.  Yikes, what a mess.

Here are the before photos:

And the crazy messy during photos:

And here is a sneak peak of the floors after...

They are an engineered pre-finished oak floor.  I wanted a wood that would be durable and easy to maintain.  This flooring doesn't have to be re-varnished, you simply rub an oil over it, so easy!  I love the different color variation, it will compliment any color of furniture!

Kitchen cabinets and granite counter tops have been ordered, looking forward to seeing it all come together. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Basement Bathroom Before & After

If you can't already tell, I LOVE white. I find it so fresh, clean, and relaxing. I did our basement bathroom in a white and gray color scheme and I am so excited to share it with you today.



Subway tile - Home Depot, bright white 3x6, gray grout
Flooring - Home Depot 
Vanity top - Home Depot
Mirror - Home Depot
Sconces - Four Chairs

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Basement Kitchen Before & After

Our basement kitchen is finally done and I am so excited to share it with you today!  I say kitchen, but really it is more like a wet bar and serving station for our future gatherings.

In this previous post you can see some of my inspiration photos and where I pulled some of my ideas from.

Here is the before:

and the after:


I still have some more accessorizing to do including filling up those floating shelves.  I am thinking large mason jars across the top filled with different candies for all my kids and their friend's movie nights.

I'm in love. :)

Wall color - SW Repose Gray (On horizontal bead board in kitchen just SW white)
Farmhouse Sink - Ikea
Flooring - Home Depot Montagna Rustic Bay
Cabinets, Island, Floating Shelves, & Hardware - Rob Terry Cabinets
Granite Counter tops - "River White" from Arizona Tile, Fabrictor - Creative Granite & Design
Faucet - Lowes
Above the sink light fixture - Restoration Hardware
Island Pendants - Chartreuse & co
Bamboo Romans with blackout - Select Blinds

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Before & After Upholstered Tufted Ottoman

A dark leather sectional wraps around the back edges of our family room, leaving the middle of the room open and bare.  When I am decorating, I like to fill in the spaces giving it a very comfy and "homey" feel.  Sometimes this is a problem with my hubby, he doesn't like things in the way that can be tripped on or over.  A coffee table was out of the question since it was a hard surface and unmovable.  That led me to an upholstered ottoman.  It allowed extra seating for my kids and their friends when gaming or watching TV, a foot rest, or a level surface for serving or setting beverages.  Plus, it is soft if they bump into it during wrestling episodes, or easily moved out of the way when they want to have an impromptu dance party. 

Deciding on a rectangular shape due to the room size and layout of the existing furniture, I went online to search for a used one that I could change to accommodate my space.   

The were many options, but I knew as soon as I saw this one that it was the perfect one.  I purchased it for $50.

It was in excellent condition; however, the leather was a different color than my sofa, AND most importantly I didn't want leather with leather.  I like to mix my materials and I really wanted a fabric. 

After getting it home I stripped it of it's original leather.  The foam was in excellent condition so there was no need to replace that.  I found a soft gray with dark brown undertones upholstery fabric at a local fabric store for $5/yd.  Another trick I have recently learned, is to take a strip of fabric to a local upholstery shop and they can make professional tufting buttons for very inexpensive.  I have used the tufting kits that you can buy at the craft stores, but found they are really hard to use with thick upholstery fabric, and also aren't as strong and break down the road.  The large 1 inch buttons that professional upholsterers use are very strong.  I paid $2 a button, which is totally worth it, and only a few dollars more than purchasing the kit without all the effort in making them. 

here is the before:

and the after:



Total cost $77

Hope you all enjoyed your Memorial Day Weekend!

Here are a few pictures from our weekend -