Since the wall cut everything up a bit too much we decided to remove it and make everything open and airy. Here is a photo of the same angle after. It’s white, bright and the floors are a nice contrast to the deep dark floors we swapped out for our golden oak.
We added a Persian rug, too. It’s probably my new favorite thing 🙂
Some of the details I love in the space are the herringbone tile backsplash we popped in. Best part, using generic white subway tile, this part of the kitchen reno was less than $100. Sweetness.
A slightly more expensive feature of the kitchen (let’s just say it was more than $100) 😉 was our Silestone Lagoon quartz counters. I was pegging for some gorgeous marble all along, but my husband voted those out, since he was worried about scratching, staining and etching. He’s the main cook of the house, so I let him get the final vote. Even though they were more expensive, I’m SO glad we went with the quartz in the long run. I wouldn’t want to be worried every second about guests spilling wine or dragging a plate over these bad boys…
We used Martha Stewart cabinet hardware, which I love. Super inexpensive and available right at Home Depot. Easy peasy. I’m also pretty crazy sauce about our faucet. I love the simple lines on it, and at around $100, it was also less expensive than many of the others I was in love with during the search.
We came back through and added some nice thick crown to the cabinets post install as well. Since the cabinets go right up to the ceiling, this helps to fill the gap and make things look a bit classier, too.
While we had the tile saw out for the kitchen, we thought, what the heck – let’s knock out our downstairs bath, as well. Although this room wasn’t screaming for a gut as much as the kitchen was, it was dated and I had my heart set on getting some marble slapped down in at least one room in my house. 😉 Here is the before shot:
Here is the same shot, after:
Even though I got a big n.o. on the marble counters, you better bet I jumped at the chance to put down some fancy pants tile in our little bathroom, 😉 I totally love how it turned out – I’m addicted over here! Since this room is so darn small, it’s the little details that help to make the space a bit more inviting. I wanted to keep a traditional look, so I opted for Kingston Brass cross handle faucets for the sink and tub.
We also tried to optimize space by using the section in between our studs to put in a nice little inset shelf. This little DIY gave us extra storage space for all our bathroom essentials.
It’s a small little space, but it’s sure got some style now 🙂 If y’all want sources and a cost breakdown for each of these rooms, you can get information on my blog! Here is the kitchen breakdown, and here’s the bathroom’s.