Last fall we featured a redesign that Nancy did for her son Owen. Well, she’s back with another awesome room makeover… but this time it was for another family with a great story. Here’s her letter:
Hi John and Sherry! A while back, I entered the contest Creating with the Stars hosted by East Coast Creative, and I was teamed up with Kari from U-Create. I had the wonderful opportunity to makeover a space for a couple who have been trying for over ten years to get pregnant. Accepting this may never become a reality, they are in a foster to adopt program and are adopting three siblings. KK is the youngest out of the three and the family will be able to adopt their children in February! I made over one of the couple’s guest bedrooms into a space for KK as part of my entry for the contest. I did not let my elimination in Round 3 stop me from finishing Round 4, and I’m so glad I continued on!
I’m a huge fan of white and black in home decor, but I decided to have some fun and add lots of color and prints! This was such a fun makeover, I didn’t want to leave when it was done.
Originally, I wanted to use fabric on the wall. Namely, Ikea’s black, white, and green bird print that is no longer sold in stores, but I wasn’t aware of that until I went to the store. So I decided to use a projector and six Sharpies instead. I traced some of the pattern on the wall. Instead of copying it exactly the way it was on the yardage, I moved pieces around and traced what I liked where I wanted them to go. It was fairly easy, although it did take a toll on my wrist and shoulder. But the result was completely worth it!
There aren’t too many personal touches in the space yet (I’m one who likes to sew and create things with my hands) but leaving room for that allows KK to add her own personality to the space when she comes home.
Hope you guys enjoy it too! – xo, Nancy
There are tons of pictures of this playful space for KK over on U-Create’s blog, but be sure to also swing by Nancy’s for a full source list and some more details on the $5 “wallpaper” treatment she created. Thanks for sharing such a sweet room (for a very sweet cause) Nancy! And in the “what’s your favorite part?” column, Sherry’s loving the homemade wallpaper and the purple bed while I’m all over those planked walls and the painted ceiling.
Ruthy’s kitchen makeover immediately got our attention, since it’s a style of house (and therefore kitchen) that we don’t often come across here in Richmond. So we were totally digging the dose of Pacific Northwest that she and her husband Andy sent us (via Tacoma, WA) along with a stylish shot of mid-century modernness. We love sharing kitchen diversity whenever we can, so we thought it was really interesting to see their choice of dark cabinetry without any upper cabinets at all. Here’s her story:
Hi John and Sherry! I wanted to send over some info about our newly remodeled kitchen. We absolutely loved the open floor plan of this mid century modern home…
… but we didn’t love the original cabinets and counters.
To say I love being in the kitchen now is an understatement. I actually enjoy cleaning it.
We chose to go with Ikea cabinets. The main reason we went with Ikea is because they had the style I wanted (flat front, not shaker) for an affordable price (we paid about $2,500). I was nervous about designing the kitchen with no upper cabinets, but I love how it turned out, and really love using drawers instead.
I really, really wanted quartz countertops, but if you haven’t noticed, we’ve got countertops for days. It just would’ve cost way too much money. After doing a ton of research, I decided to go with acrylic. (I was sold after reading that you guys had the same countertops but a different brand). The very best price we found was at Lowe’s for their Allen + Roth brand at $33 a square foot.
We debated about the sink. I wanted stainless steel and Andy wanted an integrated sink. I had done some research on integrated sinks and the results were 50/50. People loved it or hated it. Andy won the debate, and so far we have had zero problems keeping it clean. I use a magic eraser every now and then and a quick spray of bleach once a week and it is still sparkling white.
Your posts helped so much in choosing our appliances and countertops! Thank you! -Ruthy
This kitchen totally rocks my socks. I know, did you ever think you’d hear me say that about a kitchen without white cabinets? My horizons are expanding people. It’s official. I think my favorite parts are that big expansive backsplash and the exposed range hood without any other cabinets around it. Meanwhile Sherry loves the integrated sink, the planked wall, and that great cabinet hardware. Feel free to play the favorite part game with us. Oh and Ruthy’s got some more pics and links (including her full review of the Ikea cabinets) on her blog if you’d like to know more. Thanks for sharing, Ruthy!