A Fixer Upper Segreto Style – Part 2

Sep 27, 2021

Hi Friends! I hope you had a great week and enjoying this cooler weather! I can’t believe we are almost to October!! In my spare time I have been busy trying to finish my youngest daughter, Sammy and her husband’s new house.

Last week I shared some how a bit of paint and limewash transformed the exterior. This week we get to see how paint and plaster has totally change the look of their interiors!

Entrance Before:

A previous owner had incorporated the one car garage into a study/laundry and removed interior walls to create an open living/dining space. The tones were very gold-much more than shown here- and there was a large contrast between the woods, walls and trim.

Study Before:

Study After

Wanting a dramatic feel to Dylan’s home office, Sammy chose Segreto Paint Gallant Night. Painting walls, cabinetry and trim the same rich color gives a paneled feel to a sheetrocked room. Replacing hardware to larger spreads updated the built-in and the new tailored drapery and rods hung closer to the crown molding, well above the window frames creates the illusion of higher ceilings.

Laundry Before:

We call her laundry room a laundry closet. We were able to use the washer and dryers and put them side by side giving give her a counter for folding. The door swinging in blocked a narrow Ikea type cabinet-the only storage in the space-unless you went all the way in and shut the door. Claustrophobic for sure!

To solve this problem, the door was replaced with an unfinished barndoor from Overstock for $255. Starting with raw wood, we glazed over it with Segreto Paint Gallant Night and some warm gray-brown. The low weave wool carpet selected from The Great Rug Company made such a difference. They have a great selection at every price point and awesome customer service. I liked this carpet so much, I replaced a couple of tired rooms with it at my house!!

study after

Although we are not finished hanging art and fluffing the spaces I wanted to give you a sneak peak of things to come. A dear friend and professional Amy Cunningham, owner of Artfully Edited Interiors came in to help organize the space and make this a functional home office for Dylan. Looks like Stella is on board!

study organization

The majority of the furnishings were from John and I and my mom and dad’s early marriage. Amy created functional storage by placing bins in this French piece I had purchased at an auction when I was 25!

sammy's house before

They were fortunate to have wood floors original to the house but they were worn and orange. There is a heavy blown on texture on the walls and contrast in tone around the windows and doors. The wall color is darker and golder than it appears on the realtors photos-much! Notice on some of our photos thoughout.

Dining Room Before:

dining room before

Dining Room After:

dining room after

The change? The walls and ceilings were plastered in a lime based product from the Segreto Palette in the color tone Palmona, a warm white with a slight gray undertone. The trim was painted to blend in the same color- Segreto Paint Paloma. It has been amazing using the Segreto Palette deck and have the ability to blend plasters with paint. Floor Designs of Houston did an AMAZING job taking these worn floors and making them look pristine! They really nailed the color Sammy was looking for and now they are such a feature in the home. These two kiddos were gifted furniture, but the extras purchased would all have to be extremely budget friendly. Purchases: The white linen for the drapes (29.99 yd.) from Interior Fabrics , grass shades($89 per window) and rug($300) from Wayfair, and chandelier ($150) from Overstock.

Kitchen Before:

kitchen before

Sammy and Dylan, both love to cook and were fortunate the kitchen was large. They knew they could paint to change the cabinet color, but could not afford to rip out the floors and backsplash. I wanted to test a new plaster flooring product which could go right over tile and asked if they would be our test site. Of course they were all in!! Notice the cabinets to the left and right are painted the same color, the cabinet hinges are black and that the trim above the cabinets are painted white. Get ready for the after!

Kitchen After:

kitchen after

What a difference!! The carvings were removed and new larger cabinet doors were installed over the oven. The rest of the transformation involved paint, plaster, and beautiful new hardware and faucet from Acero Bella! The cabinets were painted in Segreto Paint Ocean Break @200% and softly glazed. Trim was painted the same as the rest of the home- Segreto Paint Paloma. Painting the crown attached to the cabinets and the hinges on the cabinet doors the same color as the cabinets makes a huge difference. We are all over-the-moon excited about how the plastered floors turned out! What do you think?

The tile was glazed over to take out the gold and embellished with a Gracie style mural!

hand painted back splash

Using longer pulls updates and creates a cleaner feel. Ultra long ones can be used to hang dish towels! Sammy fell in love with these traditional pulls and knobs from Acero Bella, The black granite, which Sammy wasn’t sure she liked, looks beautiful surrounded by a new color palette. I do need to get my eye spy guy out to paint those plated and plugs!

Kitchen Before:

kitchen and entry way before

Kitchen After:

kitchen and  entry way after

We decided to paint the pantry and the wall of cabinetry to the left Segreto Paint Paloma to blend in with the walls expanding the space. The reflective quality of the plaster creates the illusion of a 9 ft. ceiling rather than its actual 8 ft. ceiling height.

kitchen hardware

The cabinets were lightly glazed and extra long pulls from Acero Bella selected.

Bar Before:

We are calling this side of the kitchen the bar and decided to treat it differently.

After Bar:

We painted the backsplash and cabinetry Segreto Paint Paloma and embellished the bead detail with silver leaf to feel like a polished nickel inlay.

painted tile in kitchen

Painted tile looks great and such a budget friendly alternative to ripping out and replacing it.

Guest Bath Before:

Guest Bath After:

It is amazing how just paint transforms. Using the main house color of Paloma, this feels like an entirely different space!! I did notice that the lighter colors do not mask the heavy texture on the walls as much as the darker shade of the study did. Always use a flat or washable matte paint when you have texture. Eggshell or higher sheens will make it stand out even more!!

Master Before:

master bedroom before

Master After:

master bedroom after

Deciding the main part of the house was the best place to spend for plaster, the master bedroom was painted in Segreto Paint Sterling, the carpet replaced with a selection from The Great Rug Company and the same drapes and shades installed as for the rest of the home. Clean, crisp and inviting!

Master Bath Before:

master bathroom before

Sammy was grateful the master bath had two sinks, tub and shower, but the heaviness and ornateness of the space was not her style and a complete demo was not in their budget. We decided to take the mirror out, paint the vanity and apply SegretoStone over it’s granite top and plaster the tile, walls and ceiling all in the same tone. Because I didn’t want the tub to stick out, our plaster color was formulated to blend!.

Master bath in transition:

master bathroom progress

We have not finished this space, but its easy to see how impactful plastering over tile can be. Sammy and Dylan are so happy and thankful to Diane Kingshill and Barbara Mujuca from Compass Real Estate for helping them to find then that special first home. Figuring out how to furnish with so many gifted pieces with mixed styles has been challenging, but give me a month or so and I will show you the final reveal. Happy Fall! Till next time. xo Leslie

    Posted at 04:21h, 27 September Reply

    Beautiful! Every detail perfect. Do you offer the plaster flooring product thru Segreto?

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 04:52h, 29 September Reply

      Hi Kathryn, currently we are not distributing any products except for paint. We feel we need a department for technical support first as the products aren’t simple to use. One day hopefully!

  • Bobbi Jo
    Posted at 06:09h, 27 September Reply

    So beautiful. Loved the before and after pictures. Such a spacious home. You guys did a great job.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 04:51h, 29 September Reply

      Hi Bobbie Jo. Thank you so much. I know they can’t wait to get everything done. They are learning that the budget thing does get in the way and they will need ot be patient about getting everything totally complete all at one time.

  • Katie Clark
    Posted at 08:11h, 27 September Reply

    First homes are so exciting. Kudos on the paint colors. Leslie I love all your blogs. You are very talented and a great eye for decor. Can I ask how the plaster application in the master bath shower is done? It looks beautiful. Blessings to you and your family. Katie

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 04:45h, 29 September Reply

      HI Katie, thank you so much- after all of these years, I still love what we do. Stay tuned for that answer. They have lived there for a couple of months and the kitchen floors are holding up and cleaning well. We had to replace the shower glass because the old frame was bent and it was leaking. It is still not here- shortages- so they have not been able to use the master bath!! Keep on following and I will update. We are super excited about this product.

  • Amy Cunningham
    Posted at 10:34h, 27 September Reply

    What a beautiful transformation Leslie! It was so fun to organize and style Sammy and Dylan’s home office! Thank you for letting us steal some of your antique books for the shelves — I love how the caramel tones complement the gorgeous blue SegretoPaint. Excited to see our laundry room project take shape!


    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 04:42h, 29 September Reply

      YOu have been so AMAZING and sweet to help!!! Te laundry is such a great use of a small space. Thank you!!

  • Mary A Starnes
    Posted at 12:44h, 27 September Reply

    I think they are one lucky couple ! Everything
    Turned out Beautiful!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 04:41h, 29 September Reply

      Hi Mary, thanks so much. It has been fun doing this with the two of them. Cute kids!!

  • Donna
    Posted at 15:32h, 27 September Reply

    Bravo, the transformation is fabulous. Love the ceilings!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 04:40h, 29 September Reply

      Hi Donna, Sammy is so happy. I really like the reflective quality this type of plaster has. Enjoy your day!!

  • maureen
    Posted at 19:19h, 27 September Reply

    I LOVE how your product looks when applied to the tile floor. Ya’ll did an AWESOME job! I can’t wait for the finished rooms.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 04:38h, 29 September Reply

      Hi Maureen, Thank you so much. I am kinda obsessed with the floors as well. I can’t wait to finish the rooms- I know Sammy can’t wait to have it finished as well!! Have a good one.

  • Linda
    Posted at 07:44h, 28 September Reply

    I no longer doubt the outcome of painted tile! Or painted tile floors! Do you sell/stock paint for tile? I live in Dallas now (homesick for my hometown of Houston) and have followed and admired your work and success. Our home has cultured marble tile bathroom floors and tub surround in the guest bath and powder. Feasible to paint with your products?

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 04:37h, 29 September Reply

      Hi Linda! Say Hi to my son in Dallas. I am not sure we are going to be able to get him back to Houston. Unfortunately, we do not sell any of our products yet except for paint. I am so sorry, we one day will have a technical support group so we can sell. You are so sweet to follow our work! I so appreciate it!!

  • Yvonda Goydich
    Posted at 07:51h, 28 September Reply

    what an incredible transformation! Especially love the kitchen! Just beautiful!

    Would love to know if I could use the floor product over slate tile? It is an outdoor patio and I am desperate to cover it!
    It is now next to an incredible marble pool deck.
    Many thanks!!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 04:33h, 29 September Reply

      Hi Yvonda, thanks so much! It will go over slate, not sure how it would hold up outside. We are testing with Sammy’s house and how it holds up in the shower will be a great test!!

  • Lana
    Posted at 07:28h, 29 September Reply

    Hi Leslie. I know you bought the drapery fabric at High Fashion but may I ask who your seamstress is? Love your choices. Thanks.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 04:12h, 08 October Reply

      Hi Lana, I got the fabric at Interior fabrics. The draperies were done by a friend helping out who doesn’t really work for the public. What a sweet favor she did for me. I will share you really liked her work!

  • Tradie Link
    Posted at 07:42h, 30 September Reply

    You guys had great work! I’m so amaze in before and after photos. The way you organized and clean is so lovely.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 04:10h, 08 October Reply

      HI Tradie, Thank you so much! It has been so fun working with my daughter nd her new husband on their home!

  • michele@hellolovely
    Posted at 15:10h, 07 October Reply

    I’m in love with the color palette and how sophisticated the “afters” are! Well done, mama! I need my own Segreto paint deck and much more info about painting tile because I think that is revolutionary. Let’s face it, the 90s were largely about square ceramic tile and grout everywhere, and so many folks are over it!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 03:52h, 08 October Reply

      HI Michele! Thank you so much for your sweet email- Everything you do is fab and I know this next home renovation will even be more lovely!

  • Nancy Billingsley Calvert
    Posted at 07:27h, 11 October Reply

    My eyes cannot even believe what I am seeing! What a fantastic job you and Sammy have achieved. And I wasn’t at all surprised to see Diane Kingshill’s name. Diane took our unit in The Huntingdon that had been on the market well over a year and transformed it …selling in in two weeks!
    Can’t wait to see this final reveal. I think this is even better than your transformation in Arrowhead and I thought that was the best I had ever seen!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:16h, 16 October Reply

      Hi Nancy! Diana is such a doll!! Congratulations on your sale- off to a new adventure. Today I am going to Sammy’s to yet work on another room. I love that you reached out and am hoping you are having a great start to Fall!! xo

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