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Megan and her husband, Matt, purchased this outdated 1980s home for their family of five for a few great reasons.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 As you can see, the old kitchen had honey oak cabinets, a misshaped island, an outdated solarium window, and the world’s smallest pantry!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