Our Home ♥
|I love food blogs, but I also love finding inspiration for our home on design blogs. You’ll see some of my favorite decorating and design blogs in the “reading list”. I thought I would share with you some of our home before and after photos and some inspiration photos.
Bench Transformation DIY
I truly believe the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s the place friends gravitate to during parties, it’s the place I spend hours each day making breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for my family, it’s where I roll out cookie dough with a curly haired three year old.
What we have done:
- hardwood floors by Renga Interiors (obviously the most dramatic transformation)
- fresh coat of white paint over dingy beige cabinets
- new hardware. Pulls from Restoration Hardware, knobs from Capitol Hardware
- new stainless trash compactor and dishwasher from KitchenAid
- replace counter tops with white marble
- replace back splash with subway tiles
- new faucet. A farmhouse sink would be lovely too.
- In my fantasy land, I would knock out the wall where the fridge is so that the kitchen is only separated from the family room by an
Here is the inspiration:
|Country Living photo. This is the kind of faucet I’m thinking of.|
|kitchen from Brothers and Sisters|
The coveted kitchen from Something’s Gotta Give.
What we did:
- fresh coat of white paint on cabinets
- cup pulls and crystal knobs from Restoration Hardware
- Calacatta Gold Marble slab. I found this beautiful piece as a remnant at Century Stone. Now just imagine the whole kitchen like this. Calacatta Gold has these amazing flecks of gold in it. I highly recommend it. Unless you obsess over keeping your counter tops in perfect condition – white marble stains easily, but if you think like a European and take the stains and imperfections as a sign of a good life, then go for it. I love the story of Meg Ryan rubbing tomatoes into her new white marble kitchen.
This powder room was clearly horrendous. The sink had already been ripped out when I took the “before” photo, but the sink was on a boxy cabinet that made the room feel tiny and dark. The brown toilet had to go. Immediately. We re-did this room on a budget, but the change was dramatic.
What we did:
- I painted the walls Sherwin Williams Agreeable Grey
- new toilet and pedestal sink from Home Depot
- goose neck faucet from Amazon. Looks just like Restoration Hardware, but a fraction of the price.
- glass ledge over toilet and new hardware from Pottery Barn on sale.
Kids table and chairs re-do
I love refinishing furniture. It’s so much more satisfying than buying something new and is much less expensive. The transformations are so fun to watch.
Total cost for table and chairs: approximately $40
Pottery Barn Kids has a similar table and chairs here. It retails for $237, but is on sale for $199.
|Pottery Barn Kids Carolina table and 2 chairs|
More furniture re-dos coming soon!