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Tuesday, May 10

Small Space Makeover

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I recently helped a family redecorate the kitchen
& family room area in their small 1920's rambler.
A little love went a long way!

Here's the before . . . 

We started by replacing the linoleum with a neutral tile.
We also moved the carpet line back a couple of feet--the tile is much easier to keep clean
under the bar/eating area (which is also a high-traffic zone) than the carpet was.

We also painted the cabinets with a neutral oil-based paint that looked nice
with the existing white countertops (which we did not have the budget to replace).
The light color on the cabinets 
makes the kitchen look so much  bigger!
New hardware also gave the cabinets & drawers new life.

The dated light fixtures were replaced with some wonderful
recessed lighting.

I didn't get a "Before" picture of the adjacent family room,
but I wish I had so that you could see the remarkable transformation!
Afterward it looked like a new home. . .

We needed as much seating as possible
in this small room. 
 A sectional uses every inch of wall space & 
supplies seating for five.  This family keeps their
furniture for many years, so the sofa is a basic that
won't go out of style. My plan was two small,
upholstered ottomans in front of the sectional--
but the client wanted floor space for the grankids to romp.

The client preferred these valance window treatments
(my choice was panels on the sides)--but one 
thing was certain--this home has an amazing view 
that could not be blocked by fabric!
We hung the valance higher than the window so
that it only covers the very top.

 This extremely comfy leather chair swivels so it
can be turned toward the sofa for conversing or toward
the wall for television viewing.

The TV is hung on the wall to save space. 
The legs were cut off the small table below it to make
it the right height to hold some electronics. 

The worn wallpaper was removed--as was the chair rail
molding (which cut an already small room in half).
The walls & ceiling were given a fresh coat of paint
& the tired carpet was replaced with a very high
quality remnant. (Since the room is so small, we 
were able to find one!)

The family loves their new rooms
& I loved helping them!


Linking up to these great parties:

Spray Paint Party at Thrifty Decor Chick 

Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife 

The DIY Showoff  

Making Monday Marvelous at C.R.A.F.T 

Talent Tuesday at Vintage Wanna Bee 

Tutorials & Tips Tuesday at The Stories of A to Z 

Take a Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Crafts 

Just Something I Whipped Up at The Girl Creative 


  1. That kitchen transformation is amazing!!! They must be so happy to have had you to help them! Great job.

  2. Adore! I love how just a few changes can make such a big difference. I bet she actually enjoys cooking in there now. Great job!

  3. Looks great! I know how hard it can be to work with a small space but get enough seating, you did a great job with it! The kitchen looks nice too!

  4. I love before and after photos. I remember once I painted my very dark, old, dated cabinets WHITE. All. By. Myself. (just after a divorce and I wanted to "change things up") New knobs and It looked Fantastic.....but oh wow, so much work. I don't think I'd want to tackle that again.

  5. MICHELLE RESPONDS: I agree! I've had white countertops before & they are so unforgiving. These were the existing countertops & the homeowner didn't have the budget to replace them, so we had to work around that. I think the lighter color on the cabinets really helped. Thanks for your comment.

    Warmly, Michelle


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