I absolutely love transforming spaces. To take something and make it better, well, it’s one of my favorite things. We bought our Connecticut house in 2004. It was in a scary state. On the verge of foreclosure, the owner abandoned it and left a slew of fun surprises from a fish tank with fish in it (they were frozen in there since we bought it in the winter), vinyls galore, a car that didn’t run, and many other things I won’t take the time to mention. We cleaned that place up and brought life back into its walls. I didn’t design the first floor apartment, but the colors were indicative of the early 2000’s…brown/tan and red. Times have a changed, so it was more than overdue for a little refresh.
Here’s the before featuring that lovely 2000’s style…
We had about 2 weeks to complete this project, so we had to really focus on what we wanted to get done. The living room and kitchen were our top priorities. And if you’ve ever done a remodel project, then you know everything always takes longer than expected. We had a plan that ended up turning into a bigger project than we anticipated (like when you paint walls and then the ugly old outlets stand out), but we worked hard and got it done. I love painting, but I got to add some new skills to my repertoire like tiling and changing out those ugly outlet plugs.
The updated kitchen and living room…
We worked right up until the day we left, so I only got about an hour to sit in the living room and soak up the beauty. I’m so happy with the finished product!
Wall color ~ Benjamin Moore in Moonshine
Cabinet color ~ Benjamin Moore in Essex Green
Trim color ~ Benjamin Moore in Vanilla Milkshake
Backsplash ~ Daltile Restore from Home Depot grouted with Delorean Gray
Light above kitchen sink ~ Amazon
Countertops ~ Butcher block from Lowe’s
Cabinet pulls ~ Amazon
Kitchen faucet ~ Amazon
Cabinets ~ All purchased in natural oak from Lowe’s
Artwork above couch ~ bought on Etsy, 24X36 poster prints printed at Walgreens, Ribba frames from IKEA