Fantastic Foyer Remodel
This was actually quite an extensive job… in order to build the trey ceiling, supporting beams had to be taken out, moved, and the ceiling reinforced… a job no doubt that should be left to professionals! The space was separated by custom designed columns and a faux beam, built to set off the space and create a designated foyer, as well as the addition of crown molding and a new light fixture. The front door was stripped, sanded, and stained black; salvaged, 100 year old French doors added to an opening leading to an office; and, a niche carved out of a flat wall where I installed custom cut, antiqued mirrors for added interest in this otherwise blah entrance.
Divided Great room
With this being a formal space, I thought columns and a faux beam would add elegance as well as provide the feel of three distinct spaces: a dining room, a living room, and a foyer. Recessed lighting and crown molding were installed and decorative trim added to the back wall where the entertainment center was housed in order to give the illusion of a built in piece of furniture… not to mention the application of a modern grey paint on the walls and bright white on the ceilings to brighten and renew the space.
Behind the wall pictured in this “before” photo below, is a staircase… in order to open up the space, I had the wall and doorway to the staircase removed, worn carpet on the stairs stripped and replaced with new oak toppers, an open banister installed, and it was all stained black for a classic look. Warning: do not try this yourself… this was a major tear out job requiring engineered support beams… consult a professional.
Bali Blue Sitting Room
This was a simple update that anyone can do! I loved the look of the exposed brick behind the fireplace and I wanted to create a contrast between the rough brick and textured walls. The beams were painted in a high gloss white and pearled mosaic tile was installed around the fireplace and by adding some floating shelves on either side of the fireplace and new lighting, including a chandelier in front of the fireplace, the exciting paint color really popped against the brick and created a true tropical feel to this sunny room!
Giant Great Room Remodel
Looking at the picture below, we’re all thinking “there’s no hope for this room,” right? Well think again! The blue paneling on the walls made this room feel dark, smaller than it actually was, and of course dated… not to mention the gigantic, brick fireplace monstrosity and the 70′s shag carpet! So everything had to go… the paneling was removed, sheetrock behind replastered and then covered with neutral paint; the fireplace mantle was removed and covered up with drywall and marble; and the carpet was replaced with dark hardwood flooring to create a sleek and updated living space. After recessed lighting, crown molding, and staged furnishings were added, this space transformed into a comfortable living room suited for a modern family.
As you can see, this place needed a lot of cleaning up and cleaning out! After that was done, the walls, trim, and ceiling were painted, new light fixtures and blinds installed, and hardwood floors professionally polished… see what a difference a little paint and elbow grease can make?