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Hueology Kitchens – Before and After

Burkitt kitchen - 4 of 19How about this stunning photo of a kitchen my gals and I completed this past year?!? I’m super behind on posting on the blog all the kitchens I’ve been doing this past year! This by far was on of my favorite makeover….and the scariest ones too!

Why? Because this kitchen was a stunner before we arrived! Yes, it was dark, but still a pretty kitchen.  My client was tired of the dark cabinetry, busy granite and outdated back splash.  Here are a few before pictures.

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Burkitt kitchen - 12 of 19This really helped lighten things up! We decided to leave he island and some of the cabinetry dark to give this kitchen a little bit more of a custom look and she had a barn door built for one of the entry ways into the kitchen. The rest we painted with a slightly creamy white (Sherwin Williams Navajo White) and added a gray glaze! Check out the afters!

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Kitchen Makeover

IMG_6051My latest kitchen makeover for my most recent clients was SO fun!  Pictured above is the kitchen of the sweetest couple ever, on the day I arrived to finish up their makeover!

JustinCheriInsidestoreshot-1024x767Ok, can you stand how cute they are??? Justin and Cheri  own a uber fabulous store called Accent Prone in Kernersville, NC, and Cheri also blogs about her home and fashion on her blog, My Accent Prone Life.

They recently purchased their first home and had a great vision for what they wanted their kitchen to look like! .  Here is a before photo….

IMG_6095IMG_6096The upper cabinets to the right of the sink and over the cook top were removed.  At this point they decided that they would lose the curved profile on the upper cabinets…yes…that curve is so outdated…and have new upper cabinets made to made the squared profile of the lower cabinets.  They also planned a new back splash (new granite had been installed prior to their purchase of the home) and to install open shelving and enclose the space between the ceiling and the top of the cabinets.

IMG_6051I’m glad that they ended up having all new door and drawer fronts made in the classic shaker style!  And the extra icing on the cake….I got to paint brand new wood! Whoot Whoot!

I am so thrilled how it all turned out!  The classic white subway tile in a herringbone pattern, paired with the clean lines of the painted shaker style doors, the new stainless steel appliances and the open shelving, perfectly accessorized from items in their store Accent Prone!  A winning combination!

IMG_6080IMG_6084IMG_6079IMG_6082And because I know many of you will ask…the cabinet color we went with is Sherwin Williams Dover White!

The couple also had fabulous new black bar hardware to install as well as soon as the paint was cured enough to install!

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Shiplap Wall….so easy!

shiplap6Several months ago I completed a shiplap feature wall in my Master Bedroom.  I’ve been meaning to do a blog post about it…but…well…I got really busy….and quit frankly I really don’t have very good pictures. The perfect pictures are never going to happen… so, I grabbed the few I have off my phone.  The wall was SUPER easy and really made a huge difference in the room!

Here is my room before.  It is painted Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue.  I love the color, but it is just so blue!  I wanted to break up the blue with some white.

shiplap5I splurged and bought the Ryobi Air Strike Brad Nailer from Home Depot.  I had been wanting one for awhile and this seemed like a good time to go for it.  Next, I purchased 4 sheets of 1/4″ plywood at Home Depot for $13.97 each and had them cut it into 6 inch wide planks.  Some of the edges were a little splintery so I sanded them down slightly with my power sander.

shiplap4I did not plan out some perfect pattern.  I just randomly staggered the boards, making cuts as I went along.  The boards were so lightweight and easy to hang!  I even let my 11 year old get in on the nailing action.  I did not paint the wall white first.  I debated on that.  I was wondering if you would see the blue through the cracks.  I’m glad I did not waste my time doing that! I can’t see any blue peeking through.

shiplap3I had LOTS going on in my life when I was trying to get this done…so, I will admit that it took about 2 weeks to get all the boards up.  Some days I would just nail about 3 boards at a time.  You could easily get this project done in a day or two if you had the time.

I then hand brushed 3 coats of white paint I already had, Sherwin Williams Snowbound in Satin.  I’m sure rolling would have worked too.  I didn’t have any rollers and I prefer hand brushing because I could push the paint down into the seams.

IMG_3291shiplapwall2The mirror over the bed was free from a friend who was done with it.  It was painted in gold craft paint when it arrived at my house.

goldmirrorI painted it with a few coats of Annie Sloan Graphite and then washed some Pearl Plaster from Artisan Enhancements over it.

graphitecanmirrorshiplapwallI also added some white curtains from Wayfair (a terrible picture!) and they really made a huge difference.  Now I”m shopping for a chair for the corner and getting stuff hung back on the walls! It seems everything takes me a long time to finish these days!

curtainsThe shiplap was super easy and super cheap!  I would definitely do it again….maybe I will some where else in the house!

Before and After Dining Room

meredith1Who doesn’t love a good Before and After Makeover??

My latest client wanted a fresh makeover in her dining room.  She has an awesome, Made in America (Whoot Whoot!) American Drew Dining Set.  Great quality, great lines….but with the dark cherry shine and the brassy pulls….and out dated rugs and fabric she was ready for a change!

Before…

meredith10It would have been a shame to get rid of such a good dining set when it is so easy to update it with paint.  We decided on Annie Sloan’s Old Ochre, distressed with Clear Wax.

meredith7I even painted right over the mirrors in the back of the china hutch!

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Pretty distressed curves on the chairs!

meredith5I painted over the brass handles with Old Ochre, Clear Waxed them and then rubbed on some Royal Design Studio Stencil Creme is Bronze Age and rubbed some back off with some more Clear Wax.

meredith2We wanted to bring a little color into the neutral palette on this small buffet piece.  I used Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg, with Old Ochre accents and Clear and Dark Wax.

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I love layering color!

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What a great transformation!!!

One Year In Our New House!

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I can’t believe its been exactly a year since we moved into this house!

It has been an amazing year!  We don’t regret moving for one second.  It is still a bit surreal that moving just 4 miles down the road can change your life so much.  It has brought us immeasurable peace and joy!

The first few weeks here  was a bit apprehensive.  The house was so unfamiliar and didn’t feel like it really belonged to us.  We were not yet “friends”.  There were squeaks and scratches and lots more other strangeness that I did not understand, or feel a connection to.  I’m kind of quirky…I want to know everything about the history of a house that I can.  Our last 2 houses were brand new, and we were the first to live in them…so we got to know each other together.  This particular house had 20 years with others before we arrived.

IMG_7900Thankfully, the people that we bought the house from, invited us over before we moved in to meet us.  I LOVED that!!!  They told us about their time in the house and what they knew about the other previous owner.  My children (ages 10 and 12 now!) are the first children to ever live in this house.  The first owners were 70 when they built the house, and the husband used the basement workshop to refurbish old canoes…fascinating…that would explain the excessive varnish on the floors in the workshop…which I have added several layers of paint too!  The second owners got married in the living room! And what a lovely couple they are!

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This was Day 1 in our new house last October!  We wasted no time putting our own fingerprint on the house.  The first thing that went was all that popcorn!!!

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I used boxes to try to figure out dimensions for new couches, etc.  Once I figured out what I wanted, it took FOREVER for them to come!

livingroomChristmas 2013 came….fast…and I was totally unprepared!  I feel like I just stuck this tree up in a corner and threw a few things up on the mantel.  That is about it.  An empty living room with a tree.  I’m going to have to say it was one of the worst Christmases ever.  Sad to say…but it was.  The house still did not feel like home.  To top it off my husband got the stomach flu Christmas Eve, and I started with it 9:00 am Christmas morning.  The morning was a blur and the next 2 days were spent on the only couch we had in the basement.

The New Year came and we began to really fall in love with our house and it became our home!  We had a few lovely snows too!

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The walls are filling up with comfortable memories…the surroundings feel warm and inviting…and now we have a true HOME!

We are embracing our first full Fall Season and excited to share our home over the holidays with lots of friends and family!

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I’ve also got some big plans for the basement studio in the new year too!!!

I Painted a Ceiling Fan….

fancloseupOf course I did….right?!?!

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After I finished my Kitchen Makeover, the ceiling fan was not really blending into my clean, white and gray theme.  I have pretty much blown my decorating budget on the bathroom remodel…so I’m trying hard not to spend anything on the house for awhile.

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So, what is a girl to do when she suddenly has 12 hours at home with NO children needing anything from her?

SHE PAINTS!

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I got a ladder, a few brushes, Graphite Chalk Paint®, Paris Grey Chalk Paint® and Pure White Chalk Paint®.  I wiped off the dirt and dust and started painting. Didn’t even mess with taking the fan down. I decided to do the Washed Zinc technique that I teach in my Chalk Paint® 101 Class.  Its a Graphite Base with Paris Grey washed over it.  I finished it off with some Clear Wax.

I dry brushed the paddles with some Paris Grey and Pure White and I did end up putting wax on them, not because they needed waxing, but because the wax softened the look a bit.

and then this happened….

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The “browny” toned glass globe was soooo not working with my new look.  I really hated to spend any money on this project, so I thought perhaps I could work some more paint magic.  Nope, that was not happening….the picture does not do justice to the failure of this idea.  Yes, you can paint glass very successfully with Chalk Paint®, but, the look I was going for was not going to work on this.

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I was super excited that for $14 at Lowes I was able to get a new Alabaster White glass globe!

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Project Complete with minimal disruption to my life….and nobody destroying other parts of the house in the process!

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How about this $349 fan from Ballard Designs? It also comes with white blades.  Ooh La La! I love it…but not for even 20% off $349…can’t splurge for quite awhile!  My fan makeover sure is not “perfect”, but it is “perfect” enough for me!

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photo from Ballard Designs

Have I inspired you to paint something in your house that needs a makeover?

Painted Stairs and Doors

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When you walk in the front door of our house there is a staircase  immediately in front of you.  Lots of oak huh? Never bothered me for a second.  During our first showing all I saw was beautiful wood that could be painted.  Of course I did!  That is how I think….I imagine everything with paint on it.  The stair case is beautiful!  The design is perfect! I loved that the spindles were wood.  In my last house they were black iron and I was getting a little tired of it. Black Iron is nice, but not “changeable”.

 I like changeable elements.

Good classic bones go a long, long way!

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It turned out exactly how I imagined it would!

A black handrail and white everywhere else!

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We also painted the front door (previously white) and all the doors off the hallway black!

The walls are Sherwin Williams Repose Gray.

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I’m continuing the black doors into the kitchen.  Today I was able to get the first coat on these two doors.  I’m using oil based paint and I’m HATING using the oil paint!  The doors were previously painted in white oil, so I had no choice but to go over oil with oil.  But, I know for lasting durability it is the right choice.  The smell is killing me and I’m so impatient with the dry time! Not to mention I’m a messy girl when it comes to painting and I’m covered in it.  Pretty sure I’ll just throw the brush away when I’m done too!

kitchendoorHere are some great black door inspiration photos from Houzz….catch the black door fever!

Farmhouse Entry by Edina General Contractors REFINED LLC
 The next photo has me thinking I’d like to add some waincotting in my hallway!
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Painting Outside My Comfort Zone!

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We all have our comfort zones, and I’m admitting that mine are neutrals these days!  I love color, and I’m inspired everyday by all the colors, tones and hues that surround me.  However, it seems the “artist” {I’m so very uncomfortable with that word} in me has not been very adventurous in quite some time!

It seems I’ve found myself in a place of complacency.  I’m very comfortable in my Pure White, Old White, Paris Grey, and French Linen world.  Boring maybe, but clean and comfortable.  Simple.

In walks my dear friend Susie Blackwell, who owns one the fabulous and very vibrant Splurges Boutique.  She had a vintage Bassett French Provincial dresser she wanted overhauled as a display piece in her store.  I took the assignment and assured her it would be over the top fabulous…..and then I FREAKED OUT!

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Here is the before photo of the dresser after I cleaned it up and sanded it a bit.  I sanded it because it had been painted in oil based paint that had a lot of drip marks in it, and I wanted it smooth before I started my unknown creation.  Truth be told I agonized over this piece more than I ever have any piece!

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I finally settled on a color plan of Florence, Antibes, Provence and some English Yellow and perhaps a chevron pattern…..and then just started taping if off without really concluding on a final plan….because I like to “wing it!”! No precise plan every works out anyway, right?

billySusie brought her brother Billy in while I was painting the dresser!  I’m so in love with my special friend Billy!!!  I was so excited that I got to share some Chalk Paint® with him!

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I’m pretty sure I made this whole piece much harder than I needed to, but somehow, by the “Grace” of God it came together! Speaking of Grace…here is the back of the dresser.  Because this piece was to be displayed in a store, I had the added pressure of making the back spectacular as well!!

backThankfully she all came together just in time for the amazing Connie Kissel, from Liquid Time & Co. , Jewelry show!

splurges1Me and Connie!! Check out her jewelry online!

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Make sure you check out Splurges, one of my favorite shops in Greensboro (and beyond!)

located at 1564 B Highwoods Blvd. Greensboro, NC 27140

Master Bath Reveal….Finally!

bathroom1Yes, I am finally posting the picture of our Master Bath remodel!!!  It has been done for over a month and we are LOVING it!!

It was incredibly hard to photograph….these are about the best pictures I could get and I really don’t feel like they do the space justice at all!

Let me remind you of what the “Before” looked like…and you can read about more of it here.

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This was the hardest part about moving into this home.  The master bathroom.  We moved from a much newer home and had enjoyed a very large bathroom for 11 years.  Although, we never used our Jacuzzi tub, we loved that bathroom.

Here is a link to that bathroom, remember I had painted the cabinets Paris Grey?

But, I knew that despite this room, this was the house for us and that surely it could be remodeled to fit our needs.  OK, so let me explain “our needs”.  I’m totally admitting that my husband and I are THE WORST SHARERS ever.  I’m not saying whose fault that is…but let’s just say I’m a little messy and maybe he is a little OCD.  So, the fact that the master bedroom had 2 SEPARATE closets put this house at the top of our list.  Our last house had one big master closet and he did not share this with me.  If this house would have only had one closet….we may have passed.  Taking our non sharing into consideration, we opted for a large double shower instead of a tub.  Besides, the old bathroom had a standard size tub, so there was really no room to make a large bath tub work.

bathshowerWe have 2 rain shower head and his and her niches….our products don’t even have to co-mingle!

We tiled all the way up to the ceiling with white beveled subway tile.  That way if I ever decide to paint the bathroom a different color I never need to worry about painting anything around the shower!

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I LOVE the shower!!!  I also LOVE not having any glass anywhere to clean!!  The shower is so big that it really does not even get that dirty!

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The countertops are a honed granite!  I’m so in love with these!  A huge score at Amanzi Tile and Granite that they had a scrap large enough for the master and the 1/2 bath!!

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The recessed medicine cabinets are from Pottery Barn.  I was bound and determined to have them!  I love having a medicine chest.  It really keeps the clutter off the counters.  But, let me tell you what I went through for those babies.  First of all I totally splurged on them and spend way more than I should have.  Secondly, when they arrived they were OFF white, not white white like my vanity.  So, of course I painted them.  Now time for install….hmmmm seems we were installing on a load bearing wall with 2 outlets that needed to moved! Dang!!  In the long run…worth it! Loving them!

My motto….get what you want and then there will be no “I should have’s!”  I’ve learned that lesson a few times!

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The paint color on the walls is Sherwin Williams First Star {SW 7646}  It is the perfect pale gray!  And yes, I did indeed paint the bathroom myself….

I gotta give a huge shout out to everyone that made this bathroom come together….she here it is…my kudos to….

Julie Jersey of Julie Jersey Design…..her patience with me and my selections, and the go between to make it all happen!

Andy Beachy and his crew at Champion Tile and Stone.  They did all the demo, tile work, electricity and plumbing!!  Awesome!

Dustin Marsh at Omega Creations….for my awesome vanity and hardware!!

Omar at Amanzi Marble and Granite

Lighting over the sinks are from Illuminations of the Triad.

Also, a huge shout out to Build.Com.  I was very impressed with this website!  I was able to read reviews and pick out products from the comfort of my own home and enjoy FREE SHIPPING!  I got my toilet, faucets, all shower accessories and new door knobs online for the master bathroom and 1/2 bath!  The online help was great too!  I highly recommend this way to shop!

And last, but not least, the bath room gets the seal of approval by Asher!

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My Kitchen Makeover

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 Give me a can of paint and I am Dangerous….

Dangerously Good!

My kitchen makeover is almost complete…is anything ever completely complete?

Here it the official before photo, taken on the day we moved in.

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I love this kitchen!

I love it because it is really big and functions really well for us.  I know lots of you are ripping out the kitchen desks (mine is located on the wall on the left), but I love a desk in the kitchen! The kitchen is the central place in a home, especially with kids.  We have our computer in the kitchen.  I think with kids that is a very good idea! One of the biggest reasons we bought this house was for the kitchen.  I could see right past that outdated oak cabinetry because I knew that I could paint it and love it.  Also, the counter tops and appliances were fairly new.  Knowing I did not need to replace them right away really helped.

The first thing we did was have the popcorn ceilings scraped and the walls painted.  That alone was a huge improvement!  I lived with it like that for several months trying to decide how I would paint the cabinets.  I LOVE white cabinets, but I did that in the last house.  White cabinets are fabulous, but a pain to keep clean!

On a whim one day, I broke out the Paris Grey Chalk Paint….because I had about 20 million more pressing things to do…but oh well….

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These cabinets are 21 years old, they did indeed need a super duper clean job.  ALL kitchen cabinets, regardless of age, need to be THOROUGHLY cleaned an prepped….no matter what kind of paint you are using.  I lightly sanded them with 150 grid sandpaper (to loosen the debris)…and used some child labor for this one.  I then SCRUBBED the heck out of them with TSP cleaner and a Scotch Brite Pad, and then wiped them down with Denatured Alcohol.

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I applied 2 coats of Paris Grey Chalk Paint, lightly distressed the edges, and then wiped on some clear wax.

Look, I even painted over ALL of the hinges!  I did not want to invest the money and time in purchasing and installing new hinges for cabinets that I hope to replace in a few years.

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I got all new brushed nickel hardware online from Cook Knobs and Pulls for $63 for the ENTIRE kitchen, and that included shipping!

kitchen2I painted the inside of the shelves above the desk in Pure White Chalk Paint.

kitchen4I removed the cabinet doors from this section, and painted the insides with Pure White Chalk Paint.

Kitchen1We also removed the wooden valance board that was over the sink.  It was hiding a super ugly florescent light.  We trimmed out the sides with the pieces we took off and had a pendant light ($89 from Home Depot) installed.  While we were having the bathroom done, I sporadically decided to do a white subway tile backsplash…that made a huge difference as well!!

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The cost of the materials for the backsplash was only $200, plus the labor to install.  Very pleased with this decision!

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I’m so, so, so in love with it!  It feels so light and bright!

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I also installed a $29 brushed nickel barn light from Home Depot to replace the oil rubbed bronze one.

I still need to do something about that ceiling fan.  I will either replace it with a flush light or paint it white so it just blends into the ceiling.

If you want to read more about my fabulous kitchen table here is a post I did on that. 

Basically in 6 weeks, and not a whole lot of money, I was able to completely give my kitchen a whole new look and feel!

And because many have asked, my counter tops are actually laminate, although they look like granite, and I really love them! I’m surprised at how much I love them.  Many of my friends with granite have complained about the clean up of their counters. These wipe up great!  And ironically….we have the same countertops in our RV….CRAZY!  It was meant to be!

Now I can just kick back and enjoy the fabulous view from the kitchen window!

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Here is a resource list for materials used and costs:

Paris Grey Chalk Paint® – Purchased 2 cans, used about 1 and 1/2 cans (I did not paint the inside of the cabinet doors so this saved a lot of paint and time)  $83.16

Pure White Chalk Paint® – Purchased 1 can, used about 1/3, for the inside of the cabinets – $41.58

Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax – I used about 1/2 a can, but still need to finish putting on a second coat – $28.78

The kitchen back splash was tiled by Andy Beach of Champion Tile, based here in the Triad area of NC.  Cost of tile $200 plus labor.

Walls are painted Snowbound by Sherwin Williams

Lighting was purchased at Home Depot

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