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Every surface in this kitchen was updated -- except the original oak floors -- using shades of white and gray paint. White painted cabinets, along with white marble-look countertops, were key to lightening up the space.
Anchor a kitchen island by painting it a darker shade than the rest of your cabinets and by adding a countertop made of a contrasting material. Here, the island cabinetry is painted a beautiful blue.
The preparation area of the kitchen had a poor flow and needed an update to better utilize the large space.
Moving a wall back 24 inches made room for a new base cabinet -- perfect for a serving station -- and added smart storage. On the back door, two shades of paint give the illusion of raised panels.
Color and pattern amp up the style in this dining area. Black French doors add drama. A tufted rug and grommet-studded geometric curtains introduce pattern. Pairing a classic farmhouse table with modern laminate chairs makes for a country-meets-city vibe.
A bit of whimsy was added to a plain chandelier with swags crafted from wooden balls in three sizes. Do it yourself by inserting eyehooks into the balls, stringing them together, and hanging them from the fixture.
Paint remakes this fireplace. By covering the orangey brick fireplace with the same white used on the kitchen cabinets, the stuck-in-the-'80s look of the dining room instantly moves ahead two decades.
The contrast between old and new, country and city, makes a space interesting. This artwork, inspired by an apple snack, is reverse cut from yellow crafts paper and glued to foam-core board -- for less than $10.