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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

MoS Reader Before and After Projects: A Bathroom and Kitchen Renovation

Reader Emilie and her husband bought a home built in 1977.  The bathrooms had not been updated, so one of their first projects as new homeowners was updating the master bath.  The master bath was divided into 3 tiny closet-sized rooms- one for the sink, one for the shower, and one for the toilet.  They knocked down the walls to create a larger, more cohesive space.  They paired black and white tile with softer elements like a natural wood vanity and soothing green walls.  Enjoy!



During the renovation:




As is true with nearly any project, Emilie's renovation hit a few bumps along the way during construction.  Instead of going custom, they ended up going with some off-the-shelf options for the tub and fixtures, and it has worked out perfectly to meet their needs!  We love what they did with their bathroom!

Emilie also shared her kitchen renovation with us!  Before, the entire room was almond-colored, from the walls to the floors to the cabinets to the countertops.  It just looked dark and dated, so Emilie, inspired by Kate Spade's kitchen, made some fantastic changes. 

The almond kitchen before...

The kitchen before...

An awkward, unused writing desk before...

And after!  Emilie and her husband replaced the floor with black and white checkerboard tile floors.  Her new countertops are John Boos butcherblock.  

They replaced the awkward desk area with built-in bookshelves that hold books, cookware, and the microwave.

A classic hood replaced the microwave over the stove, and a fresh coat of white paint instantly updated the cabinets.

Emilie added a classic white subway tile backsplash throughout the room, and her new farmhouse sink and fixtures work well with the classic elements in the room.

Their hard work has definitely paid off and is so inspiring!  Great work!


PrettyInPink said...

That looks a million times better! Great job, Emilie! You've inspired me to finally start redoing our 1950's bungalow. Wish me luck!

MLB said...

wow amazing transformation!!!! great job emilie!

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