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Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

by Jennifer Farley

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The bones of this kitchen were really great. The kitchen is open to the living room, and just off the living room is a huge deck and beautiful backyard. The kitchen cabinets were not only in great condition but very custom. The only problem was the kitchen was a little outdated.    

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The kitchen cabinets were painted grey. The appliances were updated, and the laminate countertops updated to concrete. Finally, the entire space got new floors. I know people have conflicting views on painted wood cabinets, but I think it can go either way if done well. To me, it all depends on what you want to do with the entire space. So this was the plan...

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The plan was to match the original home's floors. The home is an older home, built in the 1920s. The space you see is an addition. The original living room is the space you see off to the left of the photo. The homeowner wanted to renovate the home based on the original finishes. She also wanted the floors to match the original hardwood in the old living room. This meant the cherry wood was not going to work. The expense of replacing these cabinets way to high, so the plan was to keep them and paint them.  

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

One simple solution to update this kitchen was to extend the bar top. The bar top was not usable as a seating area because the countertop did not extend off the top. The home owner is one who hosts her family and friends often, so she needed a place for people to sit and eat. Simply extending the bar top added room for four chairs.

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

We searched high and low for a stainless steel refrigerator to fit in the place. The problem was the black refrigerator was very custom and practically brand new. The homeowner also loved the function of this fridge. Since the style of refrigerator was looking to be a very pricey replacement we decided to keep it so the homeowner could use the money on a new backsplash and countertops.

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The microwave over the range was extremely low. So low, that if you put a large pot on the stove you wouldn't be able to stir or pour things into the pot. This was a tricky fix because we couldn't lose the upper cabinet due to how the cabinets were installed.

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

Our solution was switching out the microwave for an under the cabinet hood. Finding a shorter "under cabinet hood" was a little harder than expected. The search was worth it because now there is plenty of space for stirring and cooking. We purchased a cabinet depth microwave and placed it in an open upper cabinet on the other side of the fridge. Many people don't know that upper cabinet depth microwaves are an option. They are smaller, but if you only use your microwave for warming, then it could work for you.

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The subway tile backsplash with light gray grout brightened the space up. I love how the homeowner hangs her adorable measuring cups on the backsplash with 3m hooks. The bronze cabinet knobs with patina are from Anthropologie.

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The countertops were made and installed by a local company that specializes in concrete countertops.

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The countertops are unique and give the space character. If you love the look of the concrete countertops just know that over time the concrete will patina a little. It is a countertop for those who love the look of "used" imperfections.

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The white tile floor was replace with a wood floor installed at an angle. This wood floor matches the color of original hardwoods in the old living room. 

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

Keeping existing kitchen cabinets sometimes can be tricky in a kitchen renovation but it opened up the budget to transform the entire space.

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The Best Online Sources for Mid-Century Modern Hairpin Table Legs

by Capree K
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With all the inspiration available these days, it's easier than ever to find a totally do-able DIY table project. From console tables to coffee tables to dining tables, it seems these projects all have one common denominator: hairpin legs. But where to buy 'em? How much are they? Do they come in different sizes? Styles? Colors? Wonder no more, folks! We've scoured the internet and rounded up our favorite sources for quality hairpin legs!     

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10 Amazing Ways to Incorporate a Piano into Your Home Decor

by Jennifer Farley

My son is starting to take piano lessons and we're trying to figure out how a piano fits into our home. Here are some inspiring interiors with pianos that prove a piano can be quite stylish in a home.    

1. Decorate your piano area with all your instruments

If your family is a full-on musical family then hang them above your piano. 

 

2. Chalk Painted Piano

I love the chalk paint and the glass knobs. The Lucite chair gives the piano center stage. Get it here.

 

3. Family Photos

I love the collage of family photos around the piano in this living room.

 

4.  Large Mirror 

First of all, the matte black piano is stunning. The large mirror paired with the piano makes it all the more amazing.

 

 

5. Oversized Plant

This vintage piano is just cool. The oversized plant is really a fun addition. 

 

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6. Styled piano with a small vintage rug

The vintage rug gives the piano a Boho look as well as being a practical way to protect that wood floor. 

 

7. Layer decor on your piano

The layered look brings an eclectic flair to the piano. It's almost like you've traveled everywhere to play your piano and brought back exotic treasures.

 

8. Paint your piano to blend

I love how this piano blends into the wall color and decor of the room. It almost feels like an architectural feature instead of a musical instrument.

 

9. Paint it bold

The black and white photo helps the teal piano "pop." I love how the piano is styled with stacked magazines or piano books with candles.

Roundup: 10 Stylish Home Pianos
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10. Oversized Marquee Light

I also love the colorful seating added to the piano area.

 

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Which of these inspiration best fits you? I am all in for the fun painted ones. You? I also think this simple DIY project could be a great piano bench.

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Look For Less: Recreating Your Favorite Eclectic Rooms On A Budget

by Jennifer Farley

Eclectic style is defined by interiors with not only varied styles, but also a variety of eras, color palettes, and textures. It is a style where the goal is to look "collected" over time. An eclectic space can have more "splurges" for higher end pieces because the cost of the space is spread out over time...sometimes years. Today I'm going to recreate budget friendly versions of some of my favorite eclectic spaces to show you that these rooms can be accomplished affordably.   

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How To: Make a Concrete Mason Jar Lid

by DIY Maven
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Photo: by JoAnn Moser via MASON JAR NATION, courtesy of Cool Springs Press

Once again, I'm super psyched to be able to share the second of two projects from my recently released book, MASON JAR NATION (Cool Springs Press, 2016)! (For the first project, click here.) Like the hanging air plant planter, this project can also be found in the "Crafts" section of the book. UN-like the last how-to, this one ranks easy on the easy to hard scale...

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How To: Make a Mason Jar Hanging Air Plant Planter

by DIY Maven
Mason Jar Hanging Air Plant Planter Feature Image
Photo: by JoAnn Moser via MASON JAR NATION, courtesy of Cool Springs Press

So psyched to be able to share the first of two projects from my recently released book, MASON JAR NATION (Cool Springs Press, 2016)! This DIY hanging air plant (tillandsia) planter is found in the "Crafts" section of the book and it's one of my favorites. (Although, to be honest, there are a lot of favorites in the book--as it should be, otherwise they wouldn't have made it into the book!) This project ranks medium on the

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