A Tale of Two Daughters – Kirby Part 2

Mar 14, 2022

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.

Remodeled kitchen

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.

Empty living room

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.

DIY painting wall

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!

Remodeled living room

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!!

Remodeled living room

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!

Laundry room

Since the laundry was right off the kitchen, Kirby wanted to tackle that next!

Utility room

What the realtor photos didn’t show is the unsightly water heater which was seen right when you walked in the door.

Remodeled laundry room

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!

Dining room

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.

Empty room with terra cotta tile flooring

They loved the original tera cotta floors, but wanted to get rid of the texture and lessen the contrast between walls and trim.

Man and woman installing light fixture

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.

Kitchen detail shot

Plastering and painting the trim to blend from the Segreto Palette Illusion gave a dramatic effect both from the kitchen and dining space.

Photographer at work

Since Kirby was the lead designer for this home, she took the lead on the photography!

Dining room detail

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.

Decorative pumpkin fall table setting

The first thought was to refinish the folding bamboo chairs with SegretoChalk paint to achieve a plaster look.

Dining room

The couple can entertain 6-8 in this dining space.

Dining room detail

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.

Exterior door

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.

Crew delivering exterior door

Finished at our warehouse, Kirby was so excited when our crew brought it to install!! That door was heavy!!

Entry progress

While the door was being delivered Kirby was layering the walls with limewash! A work in progress this was the first steps!!

Remodeled entry

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.

Behind the scenes of dining room shoot

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!!

Happy couple standing in front of their home.

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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  • Bobbi Jo
    Posted at 05:01h, 14 March Reply

    Looks amazing. I love the before and after photos. I also love how everyone pitched in to help. Kirby’s creativity is really shining through!

  • Belinda
    Posted at 06:48h, 14 March Reply

    What a lovely home! Kirby did a great job! What paint color did they use for the new door?

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 07:43h, 09 April Reply

      HI Belinda, the door is a series of stains. It has many layers on it. I will let her know she did much of it herself. She loves to paint like her Mom!! Have a good one!

  • Sarah West
    Posted at 07:02h, 14 March Reply

    Good job Kirby!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 07:42h, 09 April Reply

      She learns from the best!! You have been such a great mentor for her!! xo

  • Carla tigner
    Posted at 07:34h, 14 March Reply

    She is so talented! Just like you! I love it…so beautiful, welcoming and livable!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 07:41h, 09 April Reply

      HI Carla, I will share that with her!! I have had so much fun watching her brain work in transforming this home! And even more impressed she did so much of the work herself!!

  • Donna
    Posted at 08:19h, 14 March Reply

    Truly amazing! You must be so proud of Kirby. So much talent, just like you!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 07:40h, 09 April Reply

      Haha, thank you! I think she is much more talented than her old mom- she has that fresh youthful vibe!! xo

  • Cathy Lam
    Posted at 09:47h, 14 March Reply

    Beautifully designed and executed — these blogs have been a pleasure to read! If only we could watch these transformations in a weekly episode format . . . HGTV?!

  • Amy Cunningham
    Posted at 11:29h, 14 March Reply

    Wow like mother like daughter! Kirby did such a great job updating this lovely home. Everything looks beautiful— I especially love the lime washed entry and her DIY console. Genius!!!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 07:39h, 09 April Reply

      HI Amy! She did such a great job and continues to change things all the time- Fun to see the gals completely different styles!!

  • Nancy Piland Walker
    Posted at 16:54h, 14 March Reply

    Love seeing how my great nieces are transforming their homes. They’re doing a beautiful job, talented like their Mom. Thanks for sharing.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 07:38h, 09 April Reply

      Hi Miss Nancy! I hope you are doing great! It has been so fun watching these two develop styles of their own! Much love to you!! xo

  • GINA DIAMOND Diamond
    Posted at 20:29h, 14 March Reply

    Loved seeing all these great ideas, surfaces and colors. Such a pretty pallette.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 07:36h, 09 April Reply

      Hi Gina, so fun to see your name pop up! I hope all in wonderful with your and yours!! It has been such a joy for me to see how kirby is so create and so talented!! Mom’s proud!

  • Mary Kerr
    Posted at 22:49h, 15 March Reply

    Love how you featured Kirby’s house and her work! This gives young couples a vision for older homes which can look amazing with updated changes.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 07:35h, 09 April Reply

      HI Mary, It was so fun to see how she transformed this already lovely home!! Gives me such joy to see that she loves what she does as much as I do!

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