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.