A Tale of Two Daughters – Kirby Part 2
Hi friends, I hope everyone had a great week! This is the last in our series of my two daughters completely different home makeovers!! Kirby is taking the design lead with Tyler’s home. And they decided to prioritize the main living areas, kitchen, and exterior.
Last week we focused mainly on the kitchen and this week we will look at the rest. I know everyone would love to have it all done at once, but I do think there is something to be said — especially for first time home owners — about determining priorities and doing it in stages. Think about what is the most disruptive to everyday living and tackle those together. Separate big ticket items into two or three phases, and do not feel the rooms need to be fully furnished. That enables you to wait till you can find and afford the right piece. It is fun to buy along the way as tastes and styles will change.
This is the den/living room before. Kirby, who leans transitional style-wise, felt that by simplifying elements she could expand the space. She liked the textural features the brick and paneling lended but felt they would fit better with her vision for Tyler if they were all in the same tone, becoming subtle and not stand out features in the room. Notice the built-in adjacent to the fireplace for extra storage.
They loved the freshness of Segreto Paint Moonbeam and set out to paint the paneling and trim.! Even Tyler’s sweet Mom offered to help!! When painting over paneling or trim, be sure to test if the previously painted surface is oil or latex. Oil base will bond to latex, but latex will not bond to oil or acrylic, so it is important to test first to insure your paint will not peel over time. Wet a clean cotton ball in acetone and rub it on the paint surface. If the paint comes off on the cotton ball then the paint is latex and all paints will bond. If if does not then it is an oil based paint and oil can go directly on top with a light sand. Or, be sure to sand and prime first for a latex or acrylic top coat. Ok before the after go back up and look at the before one last time!
Well quite a difference! The built-in was removed, floors refinished, white traditional wood mantle replaced with a reclaimed wood beam they found at Old World Lumber Co. and the brick and ceiling plastered from the Segreto Palette in Moonbeam. The art above the console are Segreto art pieces made from plaster and hung on the wall.
Plastered brick is such a softer more natural look than if she had painted it. I could certainly cozy up here!!
Warm and inviting with plenty of room for entertaining. What is new besides the paint and finishes? The two linen pillows from Etsy; graphic velvet pillow from MAI; and two side tables from Lam Bespoke. Kirby was even able to refinish the console and create the art piece above the couch from left over paints and plasters use in the house!
I love her use of texture and color! It really is an impact statement in her room!
Kirby Loved these two ottomans at my home for her living room. They looked so good there and finished out the room so How could I say no?
This room, although not large has ample seating for 10 including the comfortable barrel back bar stools!
Since the laundry was right off the kitchen, Kirby wanted to tackle that next!
What the realtor photos didn’t show is the unsightly water heater which was seen right when you walked in the door.
Turning a negative into a positive, Kirby hung drapes from the ceiling softening the space and creating extra storage! Using left over reclaimed wood a shelf was installed to house laundry essentials and hung a bar for items to dry! Painting all surfaces in Augusta from the Segreto Palette she created a warm inviting space which is welcoming when entering from the garage!
Looking from the entry, the previous owners turned the living room into a dining space and the original dining room into a study. They had added texture to the left wall as an accent. Kirby had other ideas for the space. Tyler loved the large dining room but wanted to turn the study into a club room.
They loved the original tera cotta floors, but wanted to get rid of the texture and lessen the contrast between walls and trim.
Interesting lighting really gives a certain ambiance to a space. Kirby found this mid century modern light fixture at an estate sale and was thrilled what it would do for hte space. You can see they removed the chair rail to give a more contemporary feel.
Plastering and painting the trim to blend from the Segreto Palette Illusion gave a dramatic effect both from the kitchen and dining space.
Since Kirby was the lead designer for this home, she took the lead on the photography!
The dining room was painted and plastered from the Segreto Palette Moonbeam, white linen drapes and a new fixture hung and ceramic vase from Lam Bespoke filled with fresh Kale and eucalyptus. Woven folding chairs paired with $10 Target cushions were a budget-friendly temporary solution to pair around the new SegretoStone table.
The first thought was to refinish the folding bamboo chairs with SegretoChalk paint to achieve a plaster look.
The couple can entertain 6-8 in this dining space.
But ultimately the taller wicker option was favored. This gives a glimpse into the new entry’s look!
The entry is pretty typical for homes from this time frame. Kirby originally thought she would keep it all in Segreto Moonbeam, plastering the ceiling and stenciling or using wallcovering for the walls, but as the project evolved so did her concept.
The first thing she wanted to address was the front door. Wanting to let more light in and include a natural wood element, Tyler purchased a new one from Door Clearance Center, a great place to get in-stock standard sized doors at reasonable prices.
Finished at our warehouse, Kirby was so excited when our crew brought it to install!! That door was heavy!!
While the door was being delivered Kirby was layering the walls with limewash! A work in progress this was the first steps!!
What a difference! I love the contrast with the floors and was so proud of the job Kirby did both in painting walls and plastering the light fixture. Like me, one reason she is such a great designer for Segreto, is that she personally knows how to do the finishes herself. What is new? The door, paint job and the plastered light fixture.
There is Kirby and me in the mirror and talented Wade taking other shots!!
After our photoshoot she felt the entry was not exactly the way she wanted it to look. On a budget she made the console piece out of wood and wrapped it with a grass cloth. DYI instructions to come!! The mirror was one from Sammy and Dylan’s home that they couldn’t use. Boy it sure looks perfectly here!!
As you can see lots have been done on the exterior as well!! In the future look for part 3 to visit the exterior changes as well as updates in the rest of the home. Tyler is thrilled and I couldn’t be more proud of Kirby, in both her vision and her ability to do much of the work herself! Till next time! xo Leslie
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