Once we finally closed on the house, we jumped right into doing the upgrades we wanted to do before moving in. Which was A LOT. There were some places on a few of the walls and ceilings that had to have drywall repair work done. The roof needed patched. There were interior doors that were damaged and needed replaced. We painted every last wall, ceiling, and piece of trim in the house because all the walls were a tan-ish/yellow color that was straight out of 2008 and well, the designer in me just was not having that. So we painted them a warm grey color, and gave each room an accent wall that was a shade darker. Here are some before and after photos of the paint, as you can see it really brightened up the space a lot!
We added a ceiling fan in the living room and upgraded the dining room light fixture.
The people who built the house picked out a lot of nice things. The carpet throughout the majority of the house is really nice and in great condition, the dining room and kitchen have beautiful hard wood floors, and the bathrooms have ceramic tile in them, so (thankfully) we didn’t have to redo any floors. But the major part of the work that we had done was in the kitchen. They chose very pretty cabinets that have almost a pine look to them. They’re light wood with dark variations throughout, so we decided to keep them since they are beautiful and in great shape. Which is good because redoing cabinets is a huge project and can get super pricey which we just did not have the time or budget for. On the other hand, the counter top that was in there was just bad. It was a laminate top that was not installed properly, it had water damage and was in bad shape overall. It was a dark color, which I liked against the light cabinetry, but then it had this orangey-red pattern in it that was just plain terrible. It had to go. This was the biggest upgrade that we did to the place, so I wanted to do it right the first time. We decided on quartz counter tops that are a dark warm grey color (almost black) with light grey, tan and white variations throughout. It was a lot of fun choosing our new counter top material and color, the sample I picked is the top left photo. I was able to go see the slab once it was delivered, and as you can see in the bottom left photo it was huge – about 6 foot tall by 8 foot long! I even got watch part of it being cut while I was there which is what was going on in the photo on the right. Very cool process!
Here are some before, during and after photos of the counter top removal and installation process.
As you can see, we also replaced the knobs and pulls on the cabinets. The previous owners had installed ‘custom’ deer antler knobs and pulls which we found to be quite tacky. We chose oil rubbed bronze to match the other fixtures throughout the house. We had a new kitchen sink and faucet installed as well. The sink is a dark brown granite undermount, and the faucet is oil rubbed bronze with the pull down sprayer which we love. Here are some before and after photos of the sink.
We also had a new backsplash put in, which really tied it all together. I wanted to go with something simple, clean, and neutral that wouldn’t go out of style. White subway tile was the perfect option for this and it really brightened up the space and made it pop! Here are the before and after photos of all the kitchen upgrades.
The kitchen is one of my favorite parts of our home, and I think the upgrades we did to it really added a lot to make it our own place. The last step was actually moving in and getting the house decorated. Stay tuned to see how everything came together!