Sunday, September 20, 2015

Rustic Modern: Our House Becomes a Home

After a year of living here, we developed a little to-do list: Open up the wall between the kitchen and living room so we may avoid playing Labyrinth every time we go from house fridge. Create more counter space in the kitchen. Reuse as much material/furniture as possible. Make everything look like "our style" (we decided a mid-century modern vibe allows us to combine our love of "rustic" and "modern"). Stay on budget, and finish fast.

Well, for under $14,000, we accomplished everything. Plus, we also managed to turn our bedroom into a - ahem - master suite.

Upon entering...


In just under four weeks, we transformed a lovely home with no flow into a show-stopping charmer with more flow than a West Coast rapper. Toddler-wrangling during a reno is tricky - we spent A LOT of time outside and visiting friends and family - but the end result was SO worth it. Here are the projects we tackled:

KITCHEN - $11, 900
1. Open up wall from kitchen to living room (we opted for a walk-through to avoid the cost of engineering a beam due to the wall's load-baring job)
2. Refinish the cabinets (we saved at least $15k be reusing instead of getting new ones)
3. New countertops (quartz, which was a little more than granite but you don't ever have to re-seal quartz).
4. Backsplash (including a subway-tile showpiece to hide a bare piece of cabinet siding)
5. Took down the pony wall behind the faucet and made that counter a nice, wide flat surface for more counter space and bar seating.


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MISC
1. Added a kitchen cart in the same color as our finished cabinets to house coffee maker, giving us more counter space. $150
2. Created an additional seating area near the kitchen with a rug ($50, clearance from Target) and 2 of 5 black, leather, mid-century modern chairs we got from the classifieds ($50 for all five).
3. Painted the living room and kitchen. $1125
4. Purchased some reclaimed Stikwood panels (they stick on the wall with adhesive and are really thin so it's easy to apply) for a faux beam in the living room. $280, ahalife.com
5. Ottoman for living room. $35, clearance from Target
Kitchen cart houses the coffee maker, opens up counter



BEDROOM (From Yoga Studio to Master Suite)
1. Created sitting area using 2 more of the 5 chairs from our classifieds score, a rug ($75 from Target) and a lamp ($59 from Target).
2. Accessorized a pre-existing bookshelf to have a more NYC-loft vibe. $20 from Target
3. Used pre-existing screens to conceal our new (HUGE!) closet (free) and found two costume racks in the classifieds for $20.
4. Converted some iPhone photos into canvases for wall art. $50, Groupon
**PS, I still teach yoga, just on-location! And I have a nice space for my own practice in this room!

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2 comments:

  1. Love it. Reminds me so much of the awesome MCM homes around Palm Springs. Good job! You're so right about the importance of loving your space.

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  2. Love it. Reminds me so much of the awesome MCM homes around Palm Springs. Good job! You're so right about the importance of loving your space.

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