A Spring Refresh for a Lighter, Brighter Look
Hi blog friends!! With spring in the air, many of us are redoing and reorganizing our homes to lighten, brighten and make our spaces more functional! I wanted to share a sweet client’s home that I’ve been working on over the years and show what she has done to refresh her spaces.
But, first, it’s time to reveal the winner of last week’s giveaway!!!
Congratulations, Natalie S. – you’ve won a free copy of Kristy Woodson Harvey’s new book, Lies and Other Acts of Love! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!
Now, back to the incredible transformation of Amy’s home….
When Amy purchased her home, all of the cabinetry was dark, stained wood, and there were so many different colors, textures and surfaces in each space. To avoid a complicated construction project and stay budget-friendly, we decided to tackle most of the changes with paint.
The first revision was to paint and glaze the cabinetry and to lighten the range hood. A huge difference!
Still wanting a fresher feel, Amy later changed out the counter on the center island to a light Taj Mahal quartzite. She was hoping that, by just changing the island top, she wouldn’t feel it necessary to go to the expense of changing all the counters in the space. After reading the blog about my senior designer’s kitchen makeover, she called me for a consult and asked if painting the slick ceramic tile in her kitchen would work.
We agreed that painting the tile would help detract from the green counters and further simplify the space. As a side note, I wanted to show how she had a leftover piece of quartzite from her island cut to cover the grill section she never used range. It’s the perfect place to store oils and cutting boards!
Priming the tile first with a XIM primer, the tiles were ready to paint! We added white to Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan (HC-81), which was her cabinet base color, to create subtle shades of the same tone.
Look how beautiful the finished product is! What a change!! Notice the new island counter as well.
While I was there, Amy also showed me her closet and pantry redo!! Inspired by the organization challenge blog we ran last spring, she decided to tackle her own spaces. Here is her pantry before! Although the room’s a nice size, all the little cubicles were just not functional, and with the door frequently open, it was an eyesore from the kitchen.
Here is the after! What a difference and so much more functional!!! I loved it so much I advised her to take off the door and keep it open to the kitchen! Who wouldn’t want to show this space off!!
She purchased this wall hanging storage system from Ikea, painted it and hung it on wall opposite the counters, giving her extra storage.
Inside, the cabinets are just as orderly. With lazy Susans, labels and baskets from The Container Store, she has everything at her fingertips.
These risers not only gained her more space but made it easy to see all of her items.
I have always felt Amy was so talented at arranging her shelves, and I adore what she did here!
Love all her silver mixed with white!
Moving to her bathroom, we painted and glazed all the dark-stained wood cabinets. Loving the fresher feel, she wanted to make the same change to her closet.
This was it before! For a lighter look, she painted the cabinetry light and took out the center island.
What a difference this made! With the new chandelier, cowhide rug and the bench she scored from Marshalls HomeGoods for $250, Amy’s closet now has that bit of Hollywood glam she had always wanted. Pup Charlie loves it too!
On the opposite side, she had a three-way mirror already built in.
Amy decided to create a jewelry armoire hidden behind the mirror, so she bought the slat wall panels, acrylic trays and chrome hooks for necklaces from Store Supply. Everything is so reasonably priced and they ship same day!
She designed the other side to hang belts and scarves.
With space under her hanging clothes, she added acrylic drawers from The Container Store to store all her sandals!
One last before picture to show you! Here was her living room on our initial meeting!!
And here’s a sneak peek of the after!!! Amy’s a firm believer in the power of paint! She did such a fabulous refresh that I featured other areas of her home in Segreto Style, pages 248-253.
Join me at DASH (Design • Art • Style • Home) on April 22nd!!!
The Spring DASH is coming up, April 22nd through 24th!!! I’ll be there Friday evening the 22nd at the First DASH Preview Party signing books and giving some tips about design, re-finishing, decorating and more! Find out more and get your tickets here! See you then!
Hope you all have a great week and a chance to do some spring cleaning! Till next week!