Little Yellow House: Kitchen Update

Hey friends. Some of you have been asking for an update of what our kitchen is looking like. If you have been following along you have probably seen some instastory updates, but here you go.

As a reminder this is what the main part of the kitchen looked like when we started. To check out more posts of how we got where we are today follow along with #littleyellowhouserefresh

If you remember the new kitchen space used to be this weird cocktail room. But now it opens up right to our dinning space and it’s nice and open.

We finally got the hood up about a week ago, we were still waiting on that. And I made the cornice and finished upholstering this past weekend. As you can see there is still detail work to be done. Trim. Paint that ugly cream color off the window. And we need to put up the backsplash. Here is what I am leaning toward for the tile.

Do you like it? if you look closely in the pictures you will see it sitting in y recipe holder on the left of the countertop space. We are letting our spending pockets breath a bit before we buy this to put up. But overall I love the subtle pattern that it creates. The wall is so white with all the cabinetry, I think this will provide a nice bit of texture.

Now that all the major major heavy lifting is done. It has been nice to focus on all the detail that makes a house a home. Like the cornice upholstery. I can’t wait to get the tile in, it will make it feel more cozy. And barstools! I have my eye on some but again, waiting for the spending to cool down a bit before I get them.

When we re-configured the space we added a butters pantry, back hallway, and a half bath. See the before and after floor pad below as a reminder.

Before: not fully labeled but the long space on the right was the kitchen. and the room on the left was that odd sitting room pictured above.

 

After:

We plan on starting the half bath and back hallwy organization this fall (fingers crossed!). But I will give an update on the butlers pantry in the next week! You can see a glimpse of where the butlers pantry is relative to the kitchen here.

It’s all nice and open and I am loving it!

What do you think? anything you would have done differently?

Design Reveal: Black & White Home Office

I had the pleasure of transforming a home office space for a friend that recently started working from home. See the full post including the inspiration board here.

First for the before.

The space is small, long and narrow. One thing she knew was that she didn’t have enough storage space to accommodate actually working in here. so that was a priority for sure. 

And here is the after. For starters we added simple easy ikea bookshelves to surround the window. Our goal was to create a functional spot that mimics a built in without the cost and fuss. Tucking the bench in-between was a great way to make just a hint of extra coziness. The bench is a favorite (cheap!) item have used several times. It is just an easy target piece that is easy to reupholster to make it seem custom. Check it out here.

The plug in library lights mounted above the bookshelves also helps give that custom feel without breaking the bank. They are plug into the wall too! the cord here is tucked right behind the shelf so you can’t even tell, but it gives a nice little additional ambiance, especially when winter comes and the light goes away!

 

We stocked the shelves with books mixed with little nick necks to help it feel cozy, but again also organized and ready for the work day.

Next we made sure she had a practical open desk for working but also infused some inspiration. I love the way this canvas fills the entire space, and another little library lamp allows for practicality.

I love the print we used for both the custom made window cornices and the pillow. Fabric and cozy pillows help layer in a level of comfort in the space to make it feel extra homey.

Above I zoomed in a bit on the cornices. As I mentioned I custom made these for this space. I will be posting a tutorial on how to, but honestly I was a little nervous to box out custom ones myself, but I love the way they turned out and they were super easy. If you follow me on insta stories you may have seen a big one I just made for my kitchen. Once I get that finished I will post on the process.

So, I was very happy with the way the space came together. I am just jealous of her that she works from home and I don’t!

Little Yellow House Refresh: Cabinets

First, I am letting you know I am skipping ahead a bit from the last post. Since the floor re-enforincg day we have done the following (which isn’t fun to see in pictures hence me skipping ahead). Rough in: plumbing, electrical, installation work, drywall, plaster, installing wood floors where new kitchen is. That all took several weeks 🙂

To remember where we started check out the initial demo day post here.

Here is the day we finally took the plastic down, post plaster work. To remind you, this was the view of that back wall pre-work.

Looks much different right? Remember this little sitting room was all doored off from the main kitchen, we really didn’t use the space a lot so now we have a much more functional way to use the space.

And here is cabinet day. That back wall is transformed into a highly functional kitchen!

And the island!!! my dream!! My interior designer sister is amazing and she helped us adjust the layout of the space. I kept saying to her, I think the island should be bigger, bigger, bigger. She listened and seriously it’s huge. As you can see in this pic these floors are still raw, not stained.

Don’t forget the butlers pantry! If you know me at all you know I have a dish problem so this space was a perfect addition for all my table trinkets.

Check back in a couple days to see the process of the floors!

Little Yellow House: Kitchen Plans

Hey All. Today, I am both excited and nervous. We are about to totally deconstruct our kitchen. We are almost at our 3 year mark on the house. We have done a lot, come a long way, but sometimes it feels like we still have a lot to do. A big project being the kitchen. And this weekend is go time.

We were lucky because although the kitchen isn’t glamorous it was nice that the appliances hung in there till the end (even with a leaky dishwasher it still worked!).

So, these before pics are pretty bad (I took them when we were half way through packing everything up)….but here we go.

See this below pic? The door right in the back there goes right out to the garage. Which is hard for organization. You will also notice that although it’s pretty big kitchen, there really is very little counter top space. It’s all these small fragmented spots. Difficult for cooking.

Here is a pic of the opposite end. Potentially there was a dinning nook here once?

Here is the current layout. The space on the right side of this is where the kitchen is today. See the room on the left? That seriously was, what I think was a cocktail room. Full built ins, not big enough for a dinning room space.

Here is a pic of the room mentioned above that was “on the left side” Again this room was right off the kitchen and a hard space to actually use.

Here you can see we have already demo’ed this space. Since we weren’t using it for anything it was easier to start on at our leisure before we were really in high gear.

The “weird cocktail room” opens up to where our kitchen table is, through the double doors….

My sister is an architect so she created the perfect use of this space.

And now the today. Here is the plan!

This new layout gains us a couple things.

1. It allows us to have a little mud room off the garage before entering the kitchen. Today the kitchen is always a mess because everything gets dumped right when we get home from work.

2. It opens up the kitchen to the dinning area and right into the rest of the living room.

3. It adds a half bath.

4. It also adds a…..butlers pantry! because we all know I have a dish problem!

5. And it adds laundry on floor vs. in the basement.

So pretty much my sister is the shit and utilized the space 100% better than it was being used before.

My sister was even able to do a cool 3D rendering.

Wish us luck and be sure to follow along on instagram for the progress!

@lianna_utley

In the next week or so I will show you some inspiration pics on what we are going for with all the finishings in this space!

Breakfast Nook Before & After

Last spring I started helping a good friend of mine decorate her breakfast nook. She, and her family moved into the house just before last Christmas. The space is significantly larger than the last space, so we needed to try to incorporate good pieces with some pieces that we could rescue to help save on the cost.

and a quick before….

as you can see the space was pretty empty, table was too small, bar stools too short, and a big blank wall that needed some love….

For this space one of the unique furniture rescues we did was this console table. I found it at a local consignment shop, and I refinished it in a beautiful high gloss laquer using Fine Paints of Eurpoe Paint. Have you ever used this paint. It is super tricky to paint with, but its super high quality and if you get it done right the after is beautiful.

I am the worst at taking before pictures, but here is the before of the console. Special shout out to my Uncle Bill for his help in fixing one of the feet on this piece. When I brought it home I realized one of the feet was busted off, and he kindly help me fix it. It’s a good reminder for those hunting for great pieces out there. Slow down, take your time, and make sure you know what you are getting. This worked out, but if I didn’t have someone to help, it would not have turned out nearly as good!

I also love love the art that we filled the wall with. To start we featured a vintage car picture that my brother and law and I took together on vacation last summer. The vintage car sitting on a dock on the coast of Maine was  a perfect piece for this family, and the color worked so well in the space. We mixed this with Vintage Royal Coppenhagen Christmas Plates. My mother has featured these plates in her homes the entire time I have been growing up, and considering the navy and white trend that is currently going on I am surprised I haven’t seen anyone else take on these accents. I love the way the vignette turned out!

The other rescue that we did was this chandelier. If you remember we tackled an old brass chandelier like this one for my sunroom (check it out here). It turned out so well that I wanted to do it again here. The space is so big, and the previous chandelier was just teeny tiny. So I wanted something that filled the space but didn’t break the bank. We all know that chandliers this size can come with a mightly price tag, so this was a perfect solution.

Like every good table we had to set it pretty for the pictures. Do you like this table setting? Check out the items for purchase in my coming pop up shop!

What do you think of the space? I personally love how well the big open area is filled out now. It’s the kind of space you just want to curl up in and have a cup of tea and a quiche.

Master Bathroom Reveal

this post has been a long time coming – so I am so sorry for my delay. If you remember I left off diving into my master bathroom during the one room challenge (spring) right after we moved in. We knew we were going to do the bathroom right away, but honestly I was too ambitious thinking it would take only 6 weeks. Lets be real. We do 90% of the work here at the #littleyellowhouserefresh ourself so no project ever only takes 6 weeks (i’m exaggerating some stuff we can get done in that time…). Anyway so needless to say the bathroom took us 6 months to get done, and at that point I wanted to wait until we officially wallpapered to showoff the final outcome. Well we wallpapered a while ago, so since I am a bad blogger I am just now posting, but we love our new space and I am excited to finally share it with you.

so our bathroom was a MESS, and it was started day 1. Literally Chris and my dad didn’t even try to unpack any boxes to make sure we could cook dinner or wear clothes, they instead thought it would be a fantastic idea to gut the bathroom. at least they got it started.

Like I said, we did all of the work ourself, with the assistance of my trusty dad (retired plumber, lucky us) and cousin (electrical). But Chris and I did all the tile work, mudding, wallpapering ect.

And here is the after. First of all – it was a jack n jill bathroom aka it was a walk through. 2 doors, one to the master bedroom and one to the front hallway. It made the bathroom really a lot smaller than it was, because most of the area was wasted with doors and walk way. This enabled us to make a vanity about 3x the original size. I mean the old teeny vanity didn’t allow me to even have a spot for a curling iron. WTF. So that was a HUGE win.

next HUGE win was opening up the wall that the shower had. Before the bathroom didn’t have a half wall. It went all the way up. It felt like a CAVE. I love the half wall. It’s a small bathroom but the opening up the wall helps it feel much bigger than it really is.

Next. Lets talk about this vanity. Are you in love or in LOVE. I am in DOUBLE LOVE. It’s so fun. It’s exactly what I wanted. It is a custom made piece by some amish friends of my dad. They are the BOMB.

The other thing I love that we changed totally was the doorway to the bathroom. The previous door swung into the bathroom – again waste of space. So we changed it out with 2 small double doors that swing into the bedroom. much better.

I topped the doors with small little circle trim. I thought that was an adorable little touch.

Overall I am super happy with it. I love the way the master bedroom transitions, and the whole space flows together. This, with the bedroom, was the first space that really started to feel like home here. I love it and it is a delight to get ready every morning.

Let me know what you think of the new space!

Since this bathroom, we have also finished our second bathroom so I hope to share that soon!