Hi BHG readers! My name is Katelyn Cheek and I write the lifestyle blog Katalina Girl. My blog is a place where I share all of the things I‘m truly passionate about related to fashion, home, entertaining, travel and of course my fur babies. By day I’m the eCommerce Editor at Better Homes and Gardens and by night, the Design Director for my family’s home building and renovation company called Oakstone Homes. So yes, you guessed it, pretty things are my jam.
I’m super excited to share one of our latest home renovations because what’s better than before and after pictures to inspire your own home makeover? We teamed up with Megan, the homeowner and founder of MB Interior Design to help create her dream home. From cabinets and paint to extending walls and new flooring, this was a complete and total gut job.
Megan and her husband, Matt, purchased this outdated 1980s home for their family of five for a few great reasons. Number one, this house had spectacular bones and tons of square footage. Second, the house was in town and nestled on a nearly 11 acre wooded lot – you just don’t find that every day! As soon as I saw the home I recognized its endless potential. From the kitchen to the basement, check out how we transformed this dark, builder-grade house into a light, bright, custom home.
The kitchen is my favorite room in the house. As you can see, the old kitchen had honey oak cabinets, a misshaped island, an outdated solarium window, and the world’s smallest pantry! To create a more functional space, we extended the wall with the window out almost six feet to create a bigger space and make room for the oversize island. We also cut back the wall separating the kitchen and dining nook to better connect the spaces. This wall is a support beam so we weren’t able to completely remove it without blowing the budget. Last but not least, the kitchen looks back at their 10+ acres. To create a better view we replaced the old solarium with a triple window. The amount of light it lets provides a clean, airy feel.
Like many older homes, this one had a formal dining room that the family didn’t need. It was a huge room with two openings: one into the kitchen and one into the entryway of the home. To create better use of the space, we split the room to create a large walk-in pantry and an office space.
Another one of my favorite spaces in the house is the pantry. The custom barn doors are hung where the old entrance to the dining room was. The pantry features a custom built-in with a quartz countertop and custom shelving to hold appliances such as a wine refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker. Creating a space in your pantry for these items will remove the clutter from your kitchen countertops.
The living room has large, 25-foot ceilings and a wall of windows that overlook the wooded backyard. This big space needed a few cosmetic fixes including new flooring – which spans the main level – and a new stain color for the built-in to better complement the floor. We also removed the track lighting and added can lighting to the ceiling. The kitchen and living room were painted Revere Pewter, which is the perfect warm gray color, in my opinion.
The laundry room was large but lacked storage. To compensate for the problem we installed custom built-ins with shelving and drawers – each family member has their own! The cabinets were painted Dorian Gray and upgraded with new gold knobs and a new quartz countertop.
Every bathroom in the home needed a little love including this main level powder room. This space was completely gutted an upgraded with a new stool, vanity, countertop, mirror, and to top it off, a vessel sink.
The basement level lacked character. To brighten up the space we painted the large honey oak fireplace surround white and added shiplap for the TV to hang on. There was also a large kitchenette in the basement that was completely closed off from the living space by a door. To connect the kitchenette and basement living room for optimal entertaining, we opened up the wall and created a bar top for seating and serving!
Just like the rest of the house, this space had outdated oak cabinets. We followed Megan’s same design concept in the laundry and painted the cabinets Dorian Gray, plus added gold knobs. We even used our leftover barn wood from the pantry doors to create an X-shaped wine holder. The herringbone backsplash and gold sink faucet completed the space perfectly!
Photography: Jake Boyd Photo
Coat Rack Makeover for $15!
I’ve been on a mission to makeover our front entry. I’ve already added a cute shoe cupboard and added some artwork, but I still have more work to do. On my front entryway makeover to do list: paint the door, paint the walls, tear out the ugly tile, and add a coat rack. The tile and painting will have to wait for a while, so I jumped on the coat rack project. We don’t have much room in the entry and I needed a coat rack that can fit on the wall right behind the door. During my search I found a TON of cute wall racks, but they were way outside of my budget. I wanted something colorful, but not too expensive. That’s when I decided to makeover a plain white wall rack. I already have a lot of spray paint, so this was the perfect idea.
I’m happy with how this turned out! I chose to paint four gold hooks and two yellow. It’s my version of color blocking with hooks. The two yellow hooks are the spots where my 6-year-old can hang her coat and umbrella. So glad I won’t hear, “I don’t know where my coat goes.” from my kiddo anymore. Well, maybe I’ll still hear it, but less often? Ha!
- inexpensive wall coat rack (I found this one on Amazon and love it)
- primer spray paint
- spray paint colors (I went with yellow and gold)
- clear acrylic spray
Step 1: Use a screwdriver to remove the coat hooks from the board.
Step 2: In a well ventilated space, preferably outdoors, prop up your hooks to prepare for painting. First, you’ll apply a couple coats of the primer (since the hooks are metal the primer will help keep the paint from chipping off). Next, add a few coats of your colorful paints. When the colorful paint is dry to the touch, add two coats of the clear acrylic sealer. I like to add the clear acrylic spray to the end of spray painting projects to add a strong barrier over my paint. It definitely helps. Note: Don’t forget to wear a face mask and eye protection when using spray paint. Stay safe!
Step 3: Let the hooks cure for at least 24 hours. Longer is better. The paint can dent and smudge right after painting.
Step 4: When the hooks are ready, grab your screwdriver and install them back onto the coat rack board. Install the board onto your wall and you are ready to organize with this colorful and inexpensive coat rack!
Final cost: $15 for the coat rack. I already owned all the other supplies to create this project.
We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).
– Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Are you sick of subway tile yet? It’s easily one of the most popular surface tiles out there right now and for good reason: it’s stylish, classic, a perfect in-between for those who favor both modern and traditional, and it’s affordable.
But subway tile is highly versatile which means that designers are having some fun getting creative. Here are 7 ways to think outside the box (or line, if you will).
1 – GO BEVELED
Most of the subway tile you encounter is of the flat variety. But if you’re wanting to stick with the traditional look and placement, why not experiment with the depth? Beveled subway tile brings in a little extra French bistro flair. (See more here)
2 – LINEAR GOES ROGUE
Make those lines go some place interesting by experimenting with new ways to lay the tile. This could’ve been a fairly boring and straightforward shower, but that little abrupt jaunt to the right makes everything suddenly more interesting. (via)
3. TRY IT IN UNEXPECTED PLACES
Here’s a new one to me: subway tile used inside kitchen cabinetry (via). It’s a lovely and unexpected backdrop for contrasting dishes. Plus it’s another way to bring texture in a creative way.
4 – GLAM IT UP
Why not go for glam with a mirrored subway tile? If you love a little dash of something fabulous, mirrored subway tile could be a good fit. The traditional shaker style of the cabinetry keeps it grounded and not too contemporary. Plus the mirrored finish is perfect for any place where you might need a little more light to bounce around. (via)
5 – MAKE A COLOR STATEMENT
Get beyond the traditional white subway tile with a bold hue like this orange accent wall above. By keeping it contained to one wall, it doesn’t overwhelm the entire room, nor does it feel like it’s an orange kitchen, per se. White woodwork contrasts nicely and lends a cottage charm.
6 – DELINEATE YOUR SPACE
Mark off an area and make it pop with an accent wall from top to bottom. Subway tile laid in a basketweave pattern provides texture and a pretty backdrop to this all-white modern bathroom. I love the faucets mounted directly to the wall too. (via)
7 – GO DRAMATIC
I am obsessed with this black subway tile laid with black grout. Insanely chic, but also visually interesting against all the rustic wood and stone pieces. But it doesn’t go too dark or moody thanks to the contrasting white walls and hanging pendants over the dining table. A bold gamble, for sure, but one that definitely paid off. (via)
Are you over subway tile? Or are you still loving it? I admit, I’m still head over heels for it, but I’m definitely looking to push the envelope in some upcoming projects! Stay tuned.
By Nicole Bradley
Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 is unlike any other Tuesday of the year. It’s the day where online shoppers fill their virtual carts and take part in Amazon Prime Day. Prime members can score thousands of deals through Amazon’s site on this holiday — especially in its beauty section. Take a look at our top 12 can’t-miss picks.
1. L’Oreal Paris Hair Care Advanced Color Vibrancy Nourishing Shampoo, Set of 4
Buying in bulk is always a good idea, but buying in bulk on Amazon Prime Day is an even better idea. All hair care products will be 35% off so you’ll get this set of color-protecting shampoos for just under $4 per bottle (amazon.com).
2. Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Color Struck Lipstick
Borghese’s lip crème ($25, amazon.com) is nice and saturated for a lasting color, and is available in 12 different shades. “Dare” is a shimmery pink shade that is wearable both during the day in the office or at night on the town. On Prime Day, you can score these lipsticks for 50% off.
3. WUNDERLIFT 60 Second Wrinkle Reducer
This WUNDERLIFT cream ($22, amazon.com), does just what it says — it eliminates wrinkles on the spot and will last for 8 hours. It can be yours at 35% off.
4. Mineral Fusion Makeup Removing Oil Cleanser
All Mineral Fusion products will be 35% off, so take advantage of it. This makeup remover is made with argan oil ($18.99, amazon.com), so your face won’t be left dry and thirsty for moisturizer, like some makeup removing cleansers tend to do.
5. Blowpro Titanium Professional Curling Wand
Looking for a way to perfect salon-worthy waves? The titanium that makes up this curling wand ($139.99, amazon.com) ensures even heat distribution, and you can save 40% on Prime Day this year.
6. Andalou Naturals Healthy Shine Styling Gel
This do-it-all hair gel ($7.99, amazon.com) not only gives your hair texture and style, but it’ll keep static and frizz at bay. Even better, the gel is made from all-natural ingredients and is chemical free, AND you can snag it for a deal.
7. AVAHA Facial Renewal Peel Mask
AVAHA’s healing face mask ($35, amazon.com) moisturizes and radiates your skin. Skip the facial appointment, because this face mask can be yours at a 40% discount.
8. L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation
Oily skin sufferers, rejoice! This L’Oreal foundation ($10.97, amazon.com) has excellent coverage and will leave your skin shine-free, and you’ll be able to get it for a fraction of its listing price today.
9. Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries Electric Toothbrush
This is the toothbrush of the future. It is rechargeable and comes with six different modes, so you can cater your brushing experience to your teeth and gum needs. Starting price is $119.97, but you can get it for 25% off (amazon.com) on Prime Day.
10. em michelle phan Shade Play Artistic Cheek Color Palette
Originally $28, YouTube icon Michelle Phan’s blush and bronzer duos (amazon.com) come in a variety of colors that compliment every skin tone. Keep an eye out because on Prime Day, you’ll be able to snag these babies for 50% off.
11. stila CC Cream Stick
Stila’s CC Cream Stick ($38, amazon.com) is a color-correcting product for your face, and its SPF 20 helps brighten the skin while protecting it from the sun. On Prime Day, this luxury product is available to Prime customers for half off.
Hi! My name is Jenni Radosevich, DIY blogger of I Spy DIY, and I am so excited to be here today posting as a guest Style Spotter!
I SPY DIY is a website where all my do-it-yourself projects come to life! I love seeking out the latest trends in fashion and home then showing you how to recreate them for less. I started my site in 2010 as a creative outlet and have been lucky enough to turn DIY content into my full-time gig. Being able to inspire my readers to create their own DIY project is what makes me most happy.
When I found out that Better Homes and Garden magazine wanted to feature my DIY wood headboard in the “I Did It!” section of the July issue, I was beyond excited. I have always loved and admired BHG, and this was a dream come true.
The day of the shoot was a complete whirlwind and totally surreal. My small studio was spilling over with props and people working to make my DIY headboard magazine-ready. I am so excited and grateful that they were able to capture my first wood-working project!
This project was one of my favorites and surprisingly pretty easy to achieve! I chose to paint half of the wood for something a little edgier, but if you’re looking for a more monochromatic look, use a single shade of wood. Or, you can really spice things up by painting the wood with bright, bold colors to make a real statement!
Finding a unique headboard for a king-size bed that did not break the bank was nearly impossible. Since the casing used to create the pattern is so inexpensive, it’s easy to scale larger for minimal cost. I also love that you can get more creative and intricate with the pattern with only a few additional cuts.
No matter what you do, this DIY project is the perfect solution to an upscale headboard on a low-cost budget. Get the full instructions for this project here or in the July issue of Better Homes and Gardens!
In my last Style Spotters post, I told you that we had family coming into town and had decided to finish the guest room in our basement. I shared lots of pictures of beautiful guest rooms that were inspiring us. And guess what? That guest room in our basement is finished, and guests are sleeping in it as I type! After several trips to several stores all over town and changing our minds half a dozen times about details big and small, we moved the last bit of furniture into place literally minutes before our guests arrived. I didn’t have time to snap any pictures of the room before it was full of suitcases and cousins, but I put together this inspiration board so that you can see some of the pieces, old and new, that are part of the room. I’m always a little unsure of how all the various pieces of a room will look together until they’re actually in place, but this guest room turned out cozy, cute, and comfortable.
As much as I would have liked to have started out with a blank slate in this room, we’ve been storing two pieces of lovely furniture–a bed and a dresser–for nearly a decade, and we are thrilled to finally have a place to put them. The mission style bed and staircase dresser are both a rich, honey-colored wood, so we wanted to keep the bedding and furnishings in the room mostly light. It is a basement bedroom, after all, and even though it has several windows, we don’t want it to feel dark. We picked up some darling, embroidered pillow cases at IKEA that have a very folky, old-fashioned vibe, so we tried to look for decor that was sweet and had a vintage look, like the green acrylic tumblers above that look just like seeded glass.
We have a few more things we need to do in the room before it will be completely finished. We searched everywhere for a nightstand but couldn’t find anything we liked that fit the style of the room. I think we might try to make one! I’m envisioning a big slab of wood on some hairpin legs. We also had someone come out to measure the windows for wooden blinds to match the rest of the house, but they won’t be installed for at least another week. Thank goodness for those accordian-folded paper blinds from the hardware store! We also installed a shelf in the bathroom that I hate, so we’ll have to remedy that before I go crazy. But I’m so excited to have a spot that is quiet and comfortable for friends and family to call their own when they come to visit!