Jul 29, 2019

Hi Friends! I love before and after’s! Who doesn’t like to see transformations! We all crate before and afters and reinvent things all the time. From rooms to landscapes to recipes, to hobbies, to ourselves!

When you look up reinventing, typically it focuses on reinventing yourself or that old adage reinventing the wheel.

To make over completely: “She reinvented Indian cooking to fit a Western kitchen and a Western larder”- (Irene Sax).

To replace (a product, etc) with an entirely new version

So today I have a few projects which we have reinvented!! something I love to do with plaster and paint!

Bill Stubbs, a Houston celebrity designer, spotted a kitchen in Segreto Vignettes designed by Julie Dodson which he used as inspiration to show his client what he had envisioned for her range hood!

She loved the idea and was excited by the fact that her wooden hood could be reinvented to read like metal. Here is the before (above).

Here is the after!!!  Starting with a black base, we layered to top with a paint infused with real metal, then the strapping was hand-painted in a Trompe L’oeil fashion!

It looks so real!

And such a fun piece to reinvent!!

In this next project with designer Jennifer Martinez, two fireplaces needed a bit of love to work better with what was planned for this home’s reinvention! In the first, the knotty pine was too orange and needed to blend more with the tile surround.

By applying glazes, the rustic charm was apparent but the tones were much better for the room. Now the mantle becomes a beautiful architectural accent to the room and not the first thing you see, allowing the seating area to be focal.

In the second room, Jennifer wanted just the reverse–this time she wanted for the mantle to stand out more. Currently, your eye stops at the tile since the actual mantle, painted the same color as the walls, blends in.

The mantle was painted a darker color and glazed to visually expand its size.

Loving this kitchen for 10+ years, these homeowners just wanted a refresh! The entire home, in which we collaborated with designer Beverly Shaeffer was in Segreto Style. How does the same space look lighter and brighter?

Plastering the walls and painting the cabinets to blend, the perimeter brick, dark stained hood corbels, and gold-toned accent tile stood out.  By plastering the brick, glazing the tile and refinishing the wood, this kitchen was reinvented without the expense or mess which replacing items entail! Jerry, now, is toning the tile.

Two beautiful interpretations of the same space, the new version has been edited, by reducing the number of color changes in the space.

Figuring out how to change the color of stone without losing its natural feel has allowed our clients to keep what they have and reinvent their appearance. This homeowner loved her mantle but really disliked its peach undertone!

We neutralized it making it look so natural with her newly refinished floors and beautiful art piece!!  I love to reinvent! Whether it is trends in homes, styles in fashion or your life’s desires, nothing stays the same!! Think about what you love to look at, what you want to change and what you want in life and reinvent.

There are always ways to incorporate looks you want in your home and implement what you want for your life with REINVENTION! I hope you have a joy-filled week! Till next time!  Xo Leslie

  • martha adger
    Posted at 05:25h, 29 July Reply

    Leslie:I love your blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:31h, 03 August Reply

      Hi Martha!! I love that you follow along. Your ears must have been burning your name is coming up lots–you must be busy!!! xo

  • Melanie King Designs
    Posted at 05:34h, 29 July Reply

    Wonderful transformations Leslie!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:30h, 03 August Reply

      Hi Melanie!! You are so sweet! I am so happy you follow the blog! We love working on yours!! Have a great Summer!!

  • Dianne Josephs
    Posted at 06:31h, 29 July Reply


    Brsvo! Beautiful work!!

    Always a delight reading your inspiring blogs.

    Dianne Josephs

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:29h, 03 August Reply

      Hi Dianne! Thanks so much! I hope your new adventure is going well!! xo

  • Lana Waller
    Posted at 06:53h, 29 July Reply

    Such beautiful work. I have loved what you do for years. I wish you were closer so you could come to reinvent some spaces in my home. I live in Canada so too far away. I would love to have my cream antique glazed kitchen cabinets white but would mean changing out the tile. I have a Walker Zanger crackle tile that matches the cabinets. Not sure if the tile can be painted or glazed to a white. If so that would save some money. I love the tile but would want it to be white as well. Not sure if toning the tile could work?

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:28h, 03 August Reply

      Hi Lana! I would love to come to your neck of the woods one day! You can paint and glaze your tile to make it work better in the space. The key is to prime it correctly before you start. We just finished a tile backsplash last week. Feel free to email me any questions.

  • Connie Haddox
    Posted at 09:39h, 29 July Reply

    Such great ideas! You can make anything look fabulous, Leslie! 💗

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:26h, 03 August Reply

      Hi Connie! How are you enjoying your fab new home!! I wish you would keep moving so we can visit more! xo

  • Judy Vest
    Posted at 10:15h, 29 July Reply

    Aging is not supposed to be about getting old, out-of-date and boring! We must update to stay vibrant!! You are the person we can depend on to help us along the way!! Such fabulous updates!!!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:26h, 03 August Reply

      Hi Judy!! I hope you are doing great–you are one that has so much energy!! Life is way too short to stay stagnant! xo

  • Trish Morille
    Posted at 12:39h, 29 July Reply

    As always, a beautiful inspiration!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:25h, 03 August Reply

      Hi Trish! thanks so much for your sweet comment. Still trying to keep moving on!! Happy summer! xo

  • Judith Church
    Posted at 13:02h, 29 July Reply

    Always love to see your most recent creations

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:24h, 03 August Reply

      Hi Judy!! How are you!! I hear tidbits about your wonderful family and it always makes me happy! Give hugs to all! xo

  • maxine mueller
    Posted at 08:52h, 02 August Reply

    Fabulous finishes. You all are so artistic coming up with the perfect combinations of colors and glazes. Love all the looks.
    Maxine Mueller

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:23h, 03 August Reply

      Hi Maxine! I love seeing your sweet name in the comments!! I hope you are doing well! xo

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