Wednesday, April 5, 2017

I bought a house!

Hey everyone! I know I haven't blogged "like I should" the past couple of years or so. But, I wanted to write, because some exciting things have happened, and I bought a house! If you follow my Instagram (@kfddesigns), you may have noticed that my life changed quite a bit, and things are quite different than they were in 2015. I got divorced in 2015, and that was obviously a very sad (and private) experience, but life is good now, and I'm ready to talk about some new things.

I am excited to try and blog (at least a little more often) about my experience renovating my new home, as I have always wanted to have reno projects in my own house to tackle. I have had so many for clients, but it will be fun to make decisions for my own place. 

I loved my last house. Everything was fresh and brand new, and really beautiful. However, I didn't have many "projects" because of that. Something in me has always been drawn to older homes, and I always thought I would be in one. Well, as things turned out, I ended up buying an 1100sf 1940's home that needs a little work. It doesn't need a ton of work, as it has already been "flipped," but of course I want to make it my own, and tweak some major areas. 

So, with that being said, a tour!

These are from the MLS listing.

These images with the fisheye camera lens crack me up. NO, the room is not that wide. And the laundry room door is not so wide compared to the fireplace. haha. Anyway, as you can see, they refinished the floors a nice dark American Walnut, and the original fireplace is intact. The house still maintains some original plaster walls, as well as some new drywall. The room to the right of the fireplace is the laundry room. This room will be a little tricky as far as furniture placement, but you know I love a challenge. 

This is the view from the fireplace. The arched doorways are one of my favorite features! This is looking into the dining room. I'm excited to have a dining room again and use my pretty dining table. Finally! I have missed it.

Front door looks huge here. Again, it's not that big. I'm planning to replace it soon, I think, because the style is off to me, considering the cottage-y nature of the home.

Dining room below. That light fixture will be replaced probably this week!

Dining room, looking into living room and kitchen on the left. I want to remove the wall separating the dining and kitchen. I have thought long and hard about it, because I don't love the idea of tweaking the home's original bones (respecting the original design, and so on), but I just feel like it would really open up the galley kitchen so much, and feel larger. I think it is the right decision.



Bedroom #2:

OK, now this is the silliest part of the remodel. This is the downstairs bath, which is the main one to be used.  The area that is to the right where the tub is here, is over where the porch used to be (the laundry room is part of that space, too). Apparently, in order to make more use of the space, they wanted to utilize that area for the tub/shower. Well, instead of drilling through the concrete floor for plumbing, they decided to put in a tub, raised off of the area that would be the concrete floor on the other side and in order to make it make sense, had to put in this dumb stairs situation. It's super dangerous and a big waste of space in a little house. SO! I have a master plan to completely rearrange it. It sucks that it was done this way, but it's really not user friendly and like I said - dangerous. And not to mention, not my style. 

My plan for this bathroom is roughly this. Thanks to my ol buddy Chip for helping me scheme this up. He's a master with floor plans and knows a thing or 2 about engineering, so getting his 2 cents before closing was really nice.

The tub will be a standard tub/shower directly in front of you when you walk in. The vanity will be a 40" vanity to the right of the door. To the right of the tub will be a new wall, and there will be a little shallow linen closet back there, and the toilet. So basically those items will be replacing where the existing tub is. 

Hopefully all goes according to plan! I know I will post lots of photos to instagram as I move forward, so make sure to check there in addition to here.

Upstairs, they converted the attic space into a bedroom and bathroom with a hallway separating the 2.

This is the bedroom. I have grand plans of adding paneled wood to make a "shiplap" ceiling in here, as an inexpensive way of covering up the ugly stippled ceilings. This will be a guest bedroom/office space for me.

The upstairs  bathroom. Huge plans for up here, too! I want to renovate this bathroom as well.

First, I'm going to tackle the downstairs bathroom and remove that wall separating the dining space and kitchen. Then, Id like to renovate the kitchen.

Look at my kitchen again:

So, there's this wall and little hallway separating the dining and kitchen spaces. I had this grand idea in my head, and SO WEIRDLY yesterday ran across an image on Instagram that was EXACTLY what I pictured it looking like:

The peninsula, the cabinets, everything. It's exactly what I imagined. So crazy!! Mine even will have the same little cut out once that main wall and hallway are removed/integrated into the existing floor plan. How crazy is that. The peninsula creates so much more workspace, and you could even do barstools, if you are so inclined. I have to have a beam overhead (mine will be 14" drop from ceiling) and so it will be there too (Although I will not do a wooden one like this, but just covered sheetrock, so it will all be white). I love it! 

I have already had all the walls painted Pure White by SW. I did Pure White because it matched the existing trim pretty well. I didn't paint them myself because I wanted it done quickly. You can see here the laundry room door is a normal size. :) I love the fireplace! Eventually I want to do built in shelves to the left of the fireplace. I love the can lighting and the 10" baseboard trim. The original picture moulding is also still intact, which I also love. The fact that the old trim around the doors is still there makes me really happy, too.

See that beautiful trim profile?

The other project I've tackled (I closed last Monday, it's been a busy week haha) is painting all interior doors black.

I did this myself.

So pretty. I would ideally like to replace all the new 6-panel doors with either antique doors or antique-look doors, but honestly don't want to spend $1200+ on it. So I painted them all black and now I love them just as much. (OK, maybe not as much, but close.)

I ordered these beautiful brass knobs for them:

I was going to do all antique knobs, faceplates. I actually went to the extent of checking out Eugenia's Antique Hardware here in Chamblee (AMAZING PLACE) but ultimately cost and efficiency won out. These knobs from only cost me around $16-$28 per knob, as opposed to $100/$150 per knob. Plus, the newer ones will be easier to install, because they're made for new doors. If the only project I had was replacing doorknobs, Id totally go for the antique ones, but in this case, like I said, efficiency won out. I am still really excited about them! 

 The most recent project I tackled was painting the ugly linoleum floors in the laundry room. They looked like this:

Really awful. I was going to rip them out and put in new tile. That was my plan, until I started thinking about how I needed a washer and dryer asap. I thought... I could paint them? Initially I was going to do a stenciled look to replicate the look of cement tile shops tiles (which I love). However, I remembered Camila's cute mint green kitchen floor . Actually I thought to myself.. Mint green floors would be cute?! Then, I think I realized that I subconsciously was remembering her kitchen floors, which I've always loved. 

So, I primed with my favorite Zinser 3-2-1 primer:

better already. 2 coats of that, then 2 coats of mint green porch and floor paint.


People keep asking if I'm worried about chipping, how will it hold up, etc etc. I know in the back of my head it could chip. However, I'd honestly rather touch up chips/scratches once or twice a year than have ugly linoleum floors. I plan to obviously put the W/D in there, and then probably a cute Oriental rug in there, too. I am having a handyman install LOTS of shelving in there for storage, so it'll be a highly utilitarian area, but honestly not a ton of like, guest foot traffic. You know? So shouldn't be much of an issue. And pretty easy and cost effective treatment. Plus .... bye bye linoleum. 

I have done other fun stuff like put in a security system and am having a privacy fence built within the next couple of weeks. It feels so good to own a home again, and I'm so, SO excited about projects and the cuteness of this little casa.

I hope you'll follow along as I (try to) continue to blog about my renovations. It'll be fun in years to come to look back on the changes. It's actually funny looking back (after only a week and 2 days) on all the progress I've already made.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Serenbe Wreathmaking With Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day

Last week, I was invited to participate in the Wreathmaking class hosted by Sallie Dale with Mrs. Meyers Clean Day (everyone's favorite natural soap and cleaning line with great branding at Target). Sallie is Mrs. Meyers 'Homemaker' -- she won a contest hosted by Mrs. Meyers and now does events for them. She has a super-cute blog and instagram, and she was really friendly and sweet in person. She even brought along her pup, Lola, to assist in wreath-making. ;) I am pretty sure Lola mainly enjoyed eating greenery and snuggling, but who am I to judge. 

When we arrived at the Bosch Experience Center at Serenbe, we were greeted with fresh homemade strawberry lemonade (made by Sallie), and a wreath-making set-up in front of us, ready to go:

The set up included a wire wreath form, some clippers, wire, and a complementary Sweet Paul magazine to take home. 

Sallie explained that there was fresh greenery ready for us to grab and go to town. She gave a loose explanation of how we should apply the greenery to the wreath form, and we went for it. It was really easy and I liked her relaxed approach. I'm a crafty kind of girl, so this was right up my alley. She would come around and ask if we needed help; otherwise we all just went for it. I didn't know anyone else taking the class (there were about 20 of us), but made friends with a fellow artist that was next to me (we got along great!). 

Beautiful greenery in buckets:

soooo much beautiful greenery

some of my favorites were the eucalyptus and rosemary. However, the greens at the bottom left in this picture were really great for filling in the "holes" in the wire form. Sallie prompted us to use mostly "greens" in our first round, then come back later with any colored greenery we wanted to fill in with.

wreath making chaos

It was super easy, and I can definitely see myself making Christmas wreaths in the future. They encouraged us to "forage" (ha) for greenery from our own yards, too. I didn't bring anything, but my new class friend did, and she let me steal some magnolia leaves that were a really nice addition!

Here's my finished product:

I did all greens with a few sprigs of yellow.

me + my wreath. Ta daaaaa. 

I love it, and of course had to hang it somewhere besides the front door.

Thanks to Serenbe and Mrs. Meyer's for the experience. It was a nice change of pace to get down there and do something different for a change! 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Pre-Teen Bedroom Refresh

I recently completed a really fun bedroom refresh for twin sisters on their 10th birthday. I had painted their room when they went from a baby room to a "big girl" room back in 2009. The theme was "princess" and it looked like this (some of you longtime readers might remember?!):

The girls were getting older, and more opinionated about what they wanted and didn't want, and for their 10th birthday, their mom decided to redecorate their room. They did keep the clouds in the trey ceiling. :)

They wanted teal and coral, but everything else was up to the creative process. We decided to paint the walls gray as a nice neutral base that they can live with forever, then add all the pops of color in after that.  I only have photos from my iPhone right now, but I still wanted to share the end result, because it ended up being a bright, poppy, happy space for the girls to share.

Here is our end result:

I found the metal letters at Hobby Lobby and spray painted them coral. They add such a fun punch of color and a little bit of whimsy into the feminine space. They already had the beds/nightstand/mirror since the princess bedroom days, so we worked with what we had on that. 

We bought the new bedding from Pottery Barn Teen and lots of fun accessories from places like Hobby Lobby, Homegoods, and Target. I love using the consistent colors but mixing patterns. 

The lucite benches at the ends of the bed add a nice change of pace, and provide extra seating for putting on shoes, clothes, whatever.

I love the peachy/coral fluffy pillows! 

We replaced the heavy curtains from the princess bedroom days with light and airy white curtains with coral tassels on the edges. The brass hardware is a fun, feminine-but-modern touch.

Across from the bed is their dresser. We decided to do a gallery wall around the dresser mirror, and I LOVED how it turned out. It brings presence to the space which felt kind of empty before with only the mirror. 

It was starting to get dark when I took these photos, so the lighting is kind of yellow here. 

I love the wicker egg chair - it brought really nice texture to the room, and a place to read.

 The pink sparkly pillow was from the Dollar spot at Target ;)

We also repeated some elements in the bathroom, but I only got this one snapshot. I will get some better photos soon and post them as well, but I loved this grouping of four of the same pieces all together. Easy way of getting a "larger scale" with small art.