Good morning ATPF followers!
It’s me, Julie from redheadcandecorate.com. I’m here at my kitchen table listening to the birds and looking forward to some rain today. The rain really puts me in the mood to browse through DIY DECOR in blog land, how about you?
So, while thinking about what I would like to share this month, I decided to take you on a full “Makeover Tour” of our Michigan home. I’m hoping that maybe one of my thrifty decorating ideas may spark some inspiration for you, or maybe just take you away for a little while to relax.
If you have any questions on any of the makeovers please visit my “Room Makeover” section on my blog.
You may know me best for our Kitchen Makeover, but that was just the beginning…
Our Kitchen Makeover took place over 3 years ago, and I still love everything we’ve done. From painting some of the cabinets black, and some white, to the beam down the center of our island, it’s my favorite place to be. There’s nothing more comforting to me than cooking for my family and enjoying the fire with them by my side. No restaurant or vacation has ever come close to making me feel the way I feel in this space.
The room directly off of the kitchen was a dining room until one day I finally decided to use the space wisely and turn it into my office…
Dining Room Turned Blog Office
If you rarely use you your dining room and have an eating space in your kitchen, this would be an easy transformation just by removing the chairs and adjusting a few things. The best part, it can easily be transformed back into a dining room.
We added beams to the ceilings, a cool capiz shell light fixture, and I removed the buffet top to the table behind my desk chair so I could use the top for more storage.
Unfortunately, this room gets very cold in the Winter, so I only use it in the warmer months.
After all that DIY work, we definitely needed a sweet retreat to rest our aching bones at night. I decided I had enough of green, and transformed our bedroom by painting the walls white and finding an affordable white comforter that could be washed with ease.
I also framed in the poster on the side wall with wood from Home Depot that I distressed and stained which anchored the room. My husband added the romantic black drum chandelier.
Master Bedroom Makeover
Outside our bedroom is the foyer and these charming stairs. They are the first thing you see as you walk in, so I wanted them to pop. The orange Oak color was very dated and didn’t show off the custom wood.
So…we painted them with dark molasses colored paint. We also did the moldings and doors in parts of the house. I won’t lie…painting moldings is a lot of work. Totally worth it though.
There are two more staircases that lead to the basement and we followed through with the same colors for a clean look. The paint is holding up very well.
Once you get upstairs there is an open loft leading to the rest of the bedrooms. My youngest daughter moved into the room we originally designated for company. We took full advantage of the cathedral ceiling and hung a large dramatic (affordable) rustic chandelier.
Guest Room Turned Teen Bedroom
It’s very bright and cozy. Perfect for her to do homework, or her art. I also framed in the map using wood from Home Depot that I stained. This room has changed dramatically since this photo. Now there are stuffed animals hanging from the chandelier and art work all over the walls. Yeay!!
There’s more upstairs, but this post is getting long, so I will skip down to the Living Room Makeover.
As you may be able to tell from this photo…it was very dark in there. I wanted to lighten it up and give it a “Beach Winter Lodge” feel…with out curtains. Yep, that’s right. NO CURTAINS.
Living Room Makeover
Here it is all white…
The wood trim was very simple to add to the walls and I love how it accentuates the window moldings that were already there. Once again it’s just stained wood that we screwed into the walls. As you can see I am not shy about putting holes in walls. The way I look at it is that a hole can be patched in a couple minutes with a little putty, sandpaper, and paint. So go ahead…put a hole in your wall.
The “Stump End Table” was made from a log in our back yard. You’ll find more wood projects on my blog, too. I’m obsessed with wood, probably because we have so much available to us in our back yard. It’s FREE.
Lastly…we have a powder room off of our kitchen that I wanted to make stand out. I’ve always loved checker board floors, so I painted a checkerboard rug on the floor. It’s beginning to age, and I love it even more.
Powder Room Makeover
You probably noticed that I painted the vanity black. Yes, by now you probably realize how much I love black. White and black against wood, or silver. That’s my go to style group. The funny thing is…I wear a lot of black and silver, too. If they made wood pants I would probably walk around with those too.
I hope you enjoyed the “Makeover Tour”. There are plenty more that I didn’t share today, so I hope you’ll stop over redheadcandecorate.com and take a peek. You can also subscribe to my weekly news letter here.