We were so blessed to find a home with an amazing kitchen, but the finishes weren't at all my taste. We worked on the kitchen in stages and spent less than $6500 to make the space "us". Click the image for a cost breakdown and full list of tutorials and resources.
The cubby in the cabinets was originally a wine rack. We removed the woodwork to create open storage for cookbooks. I'm proud to say that the marble herringbone backsplash was a collaborative effort between my dad and I. AND it was our first tile job! (Thank the Lord for grout!)
I was initially resistant to the idea of having a full wall of chalkboard paint in my home. I thought I would hate having scribbles and smears, but I actually love it. The black plays well off the white cabinets, faux marble tile floors and warm walnut counters. We use it for my kid's spelling and sight words and I love it when guests draw and doodle on it.
The dining room is one of my favorite spaces in the house. It has beautiful light and some of my favorite furniture. The table was made by pairing a barn door with a potting bench base. Four of the chairs were purchased from Craig's List for $300 and the two end chairs, which happened to match perfectly, were purchased for $100 at the Lucketts Spring Market. I made slipcovers for the chairs out of antique European grain sacks and hemp sheets. The cow painting, Eulalie, is an original oil painting by Cindy Austen. The chandelier was one of my best yard sale finds ever. It was only $4.00!!
When I have trouble with decorating a room, I don’t ignore it. I don’t shut the door and focus on rooms I do like. Instead, I decorate and redecorate and redecorate to the point of ridiculousness until I get it right. The best example of that is my bedroom. (My husband says I need a picture of him pulling his hair out somewhere in this post, but I never took one of those…) This is what it looked like when we moved in…
This master bedroom makeover was the result of a lot of HGTV.com tutorials! I showed how to starch fabric to a wall (yes, that's fabric, not wallpaper), plank a ceiling, install crown molding, make a bolster pillow, sew imitation Pottery Barn ruched pillow cases and give side tables a new look with Milk Paint. The bed is one of the only new pieces of furniture in my home and it's from Restoration Hardware. Click the image for more details on the space.
We ripped out the fireplace a little over a year ago and I’ve been waiting to rip out this carpet since the day we moved in. After 6 1/2 years of living in this house, we finally ripped out the carpet and replaced it with 4 3/4″ wide Heritage Hickory (a floating engineered hardwood floor) by Virginia Mill Works.
Again, this was a great space when we moved in, but the pinkish beige walls and stained beige carpeting weren't doing it any favors. We added hickory wood floors, natural woven carpets and added some architectural details with a wainscoting inspired by a 150+ year old inn in Charlottesburg, VA. Click on the image for details.
We don't have an eat-in kitchen, so we decided to set up a table and chairs just off the kitchen. It's perfect for homework, lego building and family dinners. The antique hutch was purchased for $300 at an antique store. The chairs belonged to my husband's great-grandparents and are over 100 years old.
Our TV is out in the open, but we made it blend in a little better by building wainscoting around it and crowning it with ironstone platters. Preserved boxwood topiaries flank it. A buffet was converted into a cabinet to hold the TV components. The pair of French chairs were purchased for $50 (for both) out of a storage unit.
With two little boys in the house (and no playroom) we needed a place to store all of their Legos. I found it was impractical to haul them up and down from their room, so they are stored in this antique Empire dresser. The cow painting, Gwendolyn, is another Cindy Austen original.