April 26, 2016 — Jenny
This house has wrapped up and closed, so I wanted to write up a quick blog post about this house and share some fun pictures of our journey from beginning to end!
We purchased this house two days before Christmas and we were super excited to get started on it the Monday after Christmas, even though the week after Christmas is typically a little crazy for our family (and probably yours too). My little kids couldn’t wait to have a “Demolition Day” where they smacked down some walls and crushed up some stuff! Ryan and I were excited to work on another transformation!
We love the outdoor area at this home: pool, huge back yard, mature trees, and back patio! It is the perfect home for surviving the hot Texas summers, and I predict the new owners will gets lots of hours outdoors. Because we purchased the home in the winter, almost all of the plants and trees were dormant which allowed us to initially focus on the interior of the home to get it looking nice.
The two rooms that I knew had to really be saved and turn out special were:
- The Kitchen
- The Front Dining Room
The kitchen is a long galley kitchen that opens up to a breakfast nook on one end and the formal dining area on the other end. It was easy for me to see that the kitchen was very functional it just needed some updated colors. The cabinets were a honey oak color and the appliances were black. A combination I just don’t love at all! In addition, Ryan felt like I needed to do something with the countertop and backsplash, but I felt like it would actually look good with the new color scheme I was planning (see color scheme notes at bottom of post). A bonus was that the cabinets already had great nickel hardware and a stainless sink that would coordinate well with the updated kitchen.
As you can see from the pictures, we painted the cabinets (both inside and out) as well as the walls and trim in the kitchen. I added new light fixtures and we installed stainless steel appliances for a more modern look. I was very pleased with the way the countertop looked with the new white cabinets! Some things I love about this kitchen are: the under-cabinet lighting, the big window above the sink, the easy access to the formal dining area (this will be great for family meals or dinner parties), and the light airy feeling that the windows produce with the natural light.
The front dining room needed the most work! It had blue carpet, ceramic tile, a complete bar area, a built-in desk, and lights located in random areas.
The dining room was immediately off the entry way and was partitioned off by a 2-3 foot wall and had built-in shutters to the top of the ceiling. Yikes! It made both the entry and the dining area feel small and enclosed. You can see what I’m talking about in the picture to the left.
We removed this entry wall area, the shutters, and the built-in desk. We removed all of the bar area and components on the opposite wall. The blue carpet was removed and replaced with laminate wood flooring. We painted the wall, trim, and ceilings (after removing the popcorn ceiling) and installed new light fixtures.
I love the light fixture that we hung in the dining area. It has eight pendants and each pendant can be adjusted to it’s own individual length. It will be a dramatic piece for the dining area as well as provide adequate light for long conversations at the table.
Our baby, Kash, watched on as we worked! It’s a family business…we train them young!
Let me show you the living room. There wasn’t a lot to be done besides new paint,carpet, and lighting–other than the fireplace. We ended up painting the fireplace and I love the transformation.
Once we finished the indoors, we worked on sprucing up the outdoors to make everything come together. In the front, we trimmed landscaping, added some new plants, put on cedar shutters, and installed a new front door.
Out back we cleaned up the pool, put in new landscaping, and painted the storage building. When this picture was taken, spring hadn’t sprung yet but when the house closed in April, everything was beautifully in bloom and wonderfully green and welcoming to the new buyers! We hope that they love their new home and enjoy it for many years to come!
Color Scheme: All of the cabinets, the trim, and the ceilings were painted Eider White. The walls were painted Repose Gray, and the fireplace was painted Mindful Gray. The front door is Rave Red. All of these are colors from Sherwin Williams.
The laminate floors in the entry way are Traffic Master at Home Depot, and the color we used is Colfax.
If you have any other design questions, please email us and we will give you our sources!