Before/After Bathroom

WHAT WE DID

Pulled down beadboard and trim. Not because we didn’t like it; it had water damage in some spots and looked tired overall
Painted Walls. Sherman Williams TopSail (love!!)
Cleaned grout with homemade paste: 3 parts baking soda/1 part vinegar
Reinvented vanity console: First we removed the bottom drawer to make a shelf then we painted with Annie Sloane chalk paint in Paris Grey, distressed it with a hand sander and finished with a black wax. We replaced the knobs too, but I was thinking silver might have been better… what do you think?
New faucet: Home Depot $40
New mirror: Home Depot $40
New shower curtain: Pottery Barn (clearance!) $39.99
New curtain rod, towels, rug: Target $25

Do you have a before/after project to share? Send pictures and what you did to info@kristyb.com

Before/After Kitchen

WHAT WE DID
Really, the goal was so simple… to make the appliances and countertops pop. With everything so monotone, nothing really stood out and it was all very blah. For less than $100, we created a more visually pleasing space which in turn attracted more buyers (eight offers to be exact!)
Painted Cabinets: BM* Revere Pewter
Staged with pops of lime green color
Added a cafe table to sell it as an eat in kitchen!
*Benjamin Moore
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Before/After Front Entryway

WHAT WE DID:

Painted the walls: BM* Wish (my new favorite color!);
Painted trim white;
Replaced blind with single white sheer curtain. Not pictured, but very pretty;
Staged empty dark entryway to look and feel like useable space with a small desk, chair and accessories.

*Benjamin Moore

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Epoxy Magic

Since starting my before/after posts I’ve had so many questions about epoxy paint on tile. Here’s why it works and how it’s magic. Painting or reglazing existing tile is way more affordable than replacing it and good luck trying to find a contractor to re-tile (if you’re out there… call meeeee). Use epoxy paint if your pepto-bismol pink tile is giving you a stomach ace; if your tub and tile are in good condition, but need an aesthetic makeover; if you can’t yet afford the bathroom or kitchen of your dreams or, and especially, if you’re looking for a quick and inexpensive update to sell your home.

Epoxy paint compared to regular old paint is harder, lasts longer and is weather resistant. Standard paints are easier to apply
so you may be temped to save money and skip epoxy; don’t.  The most common room to apply it in is the bathroom where water and steam live. Even if you are preparing to sell, it’s a complete waste of time and money. The result of epoxy paint is magic. An instant update. The transformation is so bright and clean you may need to re-accessorize and why not with all the extra money you’ll have!

Always call a professional, but if the budget or job is small (like a kitchen sink or a small patch in a tub) a DIY is totally doable.  Most pre packaged kits are available at any local hardware store. Be prepared for the amount of prep work involved and carefully clean grout. If selling a home, I always recommend white or something light but there are lots of colors to have fun with.

Here is a before/after kitchen with epoxy paint. Share some of your favorite reglazing projects!

 

Before/After Exterior

I can’t take any credit for this transformation because it’s my brother’s handy work.  He’s excellent at helping me make things beautiful and recently did this for a friend of his.  I’m loving it so much I had to share!

WHAT HE DID (this is all… really!)
Power washed the exterior vinyl siding;
Removed existing shutters, power washed and painted them BM* Admiral Blue

 

How much do you love this Admiral Blue color by *Benjamin Moore?!
I’m picturing it on an exterior door, as a window box color, a statement wall in a master bedroom and on any piece of furniture that needs a style update!

Before/After Living Room

 

WHAT WE DID
Painted: BM* Revere Pewter;
Removed large cabinet and side chairs;
Changed the area rug;
Changed to white curtains;
Swapped out framed picture for mirror (Home Goods);
Added fresh flowers, throw pillows, new lamps and new side chairs (all from Home Good);
Sold as a “blend of formal and casual living with great light and good energy”.

*Benjamin Moore
For more information on how we did it, how much it cost or how I can help you do something similar give me a shout!

Before/After Kitchen

WHAT WE DID
Painted cabinets and trim BM* Pure White;
Replaced cabinet hardware;
Painted walls BM* Revere Pewter;
Applied epoxy on tile backsplash and wall (TY Porcelain Patch!);
Replaced white stove with stainless steel;
Installed stainless steel dishwasher (there was no dishwasher before!);
Installed Granite countertop (Balma Grey), new sink and faucet;
New overhead light;
Staged and sold it as an updated kitchen.

*Benjamin Moore

Comment below for more information on how we did it, how much it cost or how I can help you do something similar!

Before/After Bathroom

WHAT WE DID

White epoxy on tile and tub (thank you Porcelain Patch!);
Before we epoxied, we pulled out that odd metal drawer under the mirror and retiled that area (what is that thing?);
Painted radiator white;
Painted trim and door: BM* white;
Painted walls: BM Revere Pewter;
Polished vanity base;
Restored and reinstalled vanity hardware and doorknob;
New granite sink top, sink and faucet;
Replaced vanity mirror (Home Depot);
Added vanity lights (Home Depot);
New toilet (Home Depot);
Staged with just a few simple items and
SOLD as an updated bathroom!

*Benjamin Moore

For more information on how we did it, how much it cost or how I can help you do something similar, give me a shout!