From Dark and Dreary to Bright and Cheery!
We recently did a beautiful, full home renovation for one of our clients. This was a small home but we made a huge impact. When we first walked into this house the only way to describe it was DARK! It seemed like every bit of light that made it into this house was lost on the dark trim, dingy carpet and outdated wallpaper.
Lets start with the entry way and formal dining room. We replaced the flooring throughout the entire house. Here you see a beautiful engineered hardwood. We replaced the front door with something that would let more light into the space and painted all of the trim white. We added a couple of can lights to light the entry way and a beautiful chandelier that better defines the dining area. You can see how much bigger the space looks from making these changes.
Another reason it might look a bit bigger is because we made the opening into the living area much wider. Before the entry/dining room was so closed off from the living room. We were easily able to open this wall up and it made a huge impact! Not to mention all of that light from the entry and dining can now shine into the living room.
The living room was in a sad state. There was some old grasscloth wallpaper that was damanged beyond repair in many places. We were lucky that this came down easily and we were able to paint the wall a beautiful gray/beige color that complimented not only the new flooring and new white trim, but also the stone fireplace that was already existing in the space. You might notice that we drywalled over the closet in the living room. Well, remember that because I will tell you what we did with that later in the post.
The kitchen, with its outdated cabinets and appliances, wasn’t a very inviting space to cook in. The cabinets themselves were in good condition so in an effort to save some money we decided to work with what we had. The first thing we did was paint these cabinets a cream color to open the space up. We did purchase a couple of additional cabinets to add some pantry space. Next we installed all new appliances and found a beautiful brick mosaic for the back splash, which we took all the way up to the ceiling. The small upper cabinets afforded us the opportunity to add some interest to the space. We cut out the middle panel and inserted frosted glass which we illuminated with some LED lighting. We got rid of that fan and added some can lights and a pendant over the sink. I love the color scheme in this kitchen, everything works together so perfectly and it really makes it a much more cheerful space.
There was a small breakfast nook directly behind the fireplace. So small that you could barely fit a table in it. Off of the breakfast nook was a screened in porch as well. As you can see we moved this back wall out a few feet to make a little more room. We did have to take a little space off of the laundry room and porch but we felt like it was worth it.
Speaking of the laundry room. It was a nice sized laundry room, but for such a small house, all we saw was wasted space. Which is why there is a half bath included in there now.
This is a three bedroom house. The two secondary bedrooms below, we just brightened up with new flooring and paint.
These two bedrooms shared an adjoining bathroom. Again, we had a tight budget with this project so we wanted to try to salvage anything we could. We kept the existing floor and painted the vanity a matte black. Adding new cabinet pulls, hinges and countertop brought this vanity into the 21st century. We simply framed the existing mirror with some trim to pull the look together. The lighting in this space was atrocious. We replaced that hideous overhead fluorescent lighting with two new vanity lights.
Also in this jack and jill bathroom there was a water closet with a very small shower. We felt like a standard sized bathtub would be a better fit for this space and would also add some appeal to buyers in the future. In order to fit a standard tub in this space we had to remove a small linen closet that opened out into the vanity area. I love the tilework in this bathroom!
Finally we come to the master bedroom!
The master bathroom was originally shared with guests and had a doorway opening out into the hallway. Since we were able to squeeze in a half bath, we could close this doorway up and make this bathroom a private sanctuary. You might notice the vanity area seems less wide in the after picture. That is because we added a large linen closet in the hallway where the opening to this bathroom used to be.
Originally the toilet and the bathtub in the master bath were in one very small space. We were able to frame out a new water closet (pictured above, right) using the closet space that originally opened out into the living room. That left us room to make a beautiful and spacious shower.
We loved how this renovation turned out and we hope you enjoyed seeing the before and after photos! Call us if you need help with your next renovation. 770-988-8185