Enter the removal of walls. But before I show you that, let me show you the living room, which we kept in tact since it's a great space to visit, watch tv, etc.
It really only took some cosmetic changes for the most part. Change out the fan, can lights, paint and of course new furniture. Let's go back and remember the before...
And now with neutral furniture, retro accents mixed with traditional and of course a pop of color on the wall...
There's also now an area for the TV (you'll have to use your imagination because one's not installed yet) and an extra chair in the other corner.
Yep, we took out several walls in the dining room/kitchen area and it made all the difference. Let's explore that area a bit more.
Before the dining room was functional but the kitchen was tiny with weird little nooks.
With not only that wall facing us down, but also the adjacent wall, it makes it a great entertaining space. And it's so light and airy!
I opted to paint the bench seat the same color as the ceiling to help tie in all the gray from top to bottom. Plus if someone spills, it won't really show as much compared to a white. The wear and tear should be much better. You'll also notice that the art captures the colors from the living room rug. Again, another way to tie it all together.
I mean don't you just want to sit here and have a cup of coffee or sit around with a table of friends eating dinner? Now's probably the time to bring up the pink chairs you've undoubtedly noticed at this point. The table and chairs were from a Facebook post and were only $260. But the chairs were horribly country looking. That's certainly not the style of this house. So I spray painted them in Watermelon (gloss) and then used some old brown paint to age them. The went from country to funky. I had my doubts when I moved them in but as soon as the pillows and art went up, they were perfect.
I also love that there's a fireplace in the dining room. A great spot for another of the dog prints and some fun accessories. I had the brick painted the wall color in this room so it faded and gave texture but didn't stand out completely.
And let's move to the kitchen. Before it had a weird breakfast nook (I think that's what it was?), a small kitchen and a small pantry.
|Kitchen from Breakfast Nook|
|The wall we removed leading to DR|
And now the kitchen has so much more usable space...and of course a black sink. I'm now known for always installing the same black sink or something very similar. Oh, and the most awesome, functional island.
There are also little touches like a bar area and plenty of prep space.
I just love everything about the space now. The neutral walls. The openness. The bright pops of color in the art. And what you can't see are all the fine details. The lights, the gray ceilings, how the colors flow from room to room. I might want to rethink my own house after this project!
I mean, who doesn't want to come hang out here? To rent this space, check out the link here. Invite your friends! And if anyone wants to know details or sources, just message me. Now go paint something a bright color.