Small Home Makeover

We live in an old cozy home that had its original parts from the 1980s. Even though this may not be our forever home, some spaces really needed an upgrade so we worked on the kitchen, fireplace, and master bathroom. Our motto was “nice, but not too nice.” Classy, right? After many months, I am SO happy to finally share our small home makeover.

The whole process reminded me of wedding planning- months and months of planning led up to a short 2 weeks of actual labor. My consultants were Pinterest, a handful of showrooms I visited every week, and the word of my old man. Couple that with indecisiveness and no knowledge of what I like to call ‘house parts,’ it was a hot f**ng mess. I wanted to cry. Well, I made it through and here are my visions come to life. P/S: I’m still figuring out how to decorate so there are some empty spots.

Kitchen

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I spend half my time in the kitchen so this space received most of my attention. My top concern was storage space and functionality. I didn’t want any fancy designs and wanted to spend as little money as possible so I chose to keep the floor, but everything else needed replacing. You’ll see how messy my kitchen was in the before photos- oops. Despite having so many cabinets, it was not easy to grab things out of them because they ran pretty deep. The cabinets themselves were shedding because they were so old and the tile counter tops were chipped, and it’s impossible to roll anything out on them!

Before

After

 

Fireplace

As much as I didn’t want to change up the fireplace, it was an eyesore with the not really pink, but not really orange tile. I was also completely obsessed with wanting a reclaimed barn wood beam mantle, but as it is the Bay Area they cost an absurd amount of money. If only there was an abandoned farmhouse next door…

With old houses, you also get non-standard measurements- meaning “custom” and three dollar signs. I spent more time than I wanted to searching for a 78 inch mantel- that was standard maybe 30 years ago, but not today! To save some money we kept the door and updated everything else. As I’m typing this I just found a gorgeous gold pot that looks great with the fireplace, you’ll see it at some point later on.

Before

 My house barfed and stuff flew everywhere… look at all those sample tiles and stones.

My house barfed and stuff flew everywhere… look at all those sample tiles and stones.

After

 

Master Bathroom

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I dream of his and hers sinks, marble and gold, with endless drawers to house all my beauty products...

What a fantasy I have. Reality check- our master bathroom is the smallest bathroom in the house so a double sink vanity is completely out of the question. I knew for a fact it would cost and arm and a leg to make the bathroom bigger so I bet all my happiness on a new vanity and shower. We were able to up our vanity from 32 to 36 inches- thank god for that extra 4 inches! I found a vanity with plenty of drawers to fit my products so everything is tucked away nicely. As much as I love my products I also love not being able to see them.

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After

I wanted our windowless bathroom to be crisp and bright so I kept the colors very simple. To give the illusion of height and depth, I chose extra large white subway tile and a frameless shower door. I also added a recessed shelf so we wouldn’t have to hang a caddy anymore. The practical part of me is happy that there are less grout lines to scrub. :)

 I had originally wanted to do 2-inch marble hexagon tiles on the floor to give contrast, but we had an issue with our vendor so we ended up with these large pieces of carrara marble.

I had originally wanted to do 2-inch marble hexagon tiles on the floor to give contrast, but we had an issue with our vendor so we ended up with these large pieces of carrara marble.

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Our mirror was supposed to be a really cool fogless, LED lit mirror, but my contractor threw a fit when I didn’t tell him this beforehand. Something with having to get up into the crawlspace, pulling wires, cutting holes, blah blah blah. Thank god for Costco’s amazing return policy! I picked this guy up at Home Goods and it happened to match everything- phew!

I didn’t share too many details of this home project, but I might share another follow up post with recommendations and pricing if you guys want it- let me know in the comments! Otherwise, I hope you enjoyed seeing the before and afters! I still have some decorating to do, but that never ends does it? Bye, for now!