Sunday, April 23, 2017

#GrazianoBungalow - Our Kitchen (After)

I'm so excited to be able to share our finished kitchen with you today!! We've faced a lot of hurdles with this particular space over the last few months, so it feels so good for it to finally be DONE. As you may remember from my "before" post, here's how the kitchen looked when we moved in:
And here's how it looks now!
^You can find our DIY shelf post (and shop these shelves) here
^This beautiful Turkish rug was a vintage find and I'm obsessed with the lighter coastal colors
^the cheese board/cutting board wall is back! We used the same boards we had hung in our apartment
^I love that our island has this little storage area that I've claimed for all of our vases and vintage glass bottles
We've been through a lot to get to this point, but our kitchen makes me so, so happy now. The big bay window over the sink and the french doors that lead out to our patio let in so much sun, so this room is constantly flooded with light. It's just such a bright and cheery space! Here are the steps we took to get it here:

Project list: 
1. Remove tile and install hardwood floors
Of anything, I think this made the largest impact in the space. Choosing the perfect hardwoods was a tough choice and a big expense (I wrote more about that here), but they took our kitchen from being somewhat stark and cold to a warm + inviting space. If you are on the North Shore and are looking for a hardwood installation or refinishing, I'd highly recommend SCL home services. After we had major water issues, Steve jumped in to save the day, made our floors look beautiful again, and is an overall just a really stand up guy.

2. Install pendant lights over the counter
Our kitchen is extremely open, so this really helped to break up the space and sight lines. We ordered two of these pendants from Wayfair and I love them!

3. Install open shelving on either side of the sink
I love the farmhouse touch that this has added to our kitchen. Josh built these shelves from reclaimed wood floor boards we had in our attic, and I wrote more about that process here if you are interested.

4. Swap knobs, pulls and faucet to brass
Interestingly enough, all the other hardware in the house when we moved in was brass, aside from the kitchen! Which was of course the one place I really wanted it. :) All brass everything is a trend right now, and I'm definitely on that bandwagon. We ordered these pulls, these knobs, and this faucet to swap all the kitchen hardware from nickel to brass.

5. Paint walls white  
I'm a firm believer that the best color for kitchen walls (and cabinets) is white! Painting the walls white (they were a yellow/cream color before) has really brightened up our kitchen and made it feel so much cleaner and more modern. The paint color we went with is called "Cloud White" by Benjamin Moore.

6. Choose new counter stools
We sold the counter stools left by the previous owners on Craigslist and put the money towards these ones. My vision from the beginning has been to create a coastal meets country kitchen, and these light wicker/rattan counter stool really bring that coastal vibe in.

So all our "to dos" for the kitchen is officially crossed off and we've created the country meets coastal kitchen that I've always dreamed about. I love spending time in here, and am so excited to be able to open all the kitchen doors and windows soon and make this space just an extension of the outdoors. Shop this post below and stay tuned for our dining room "after" photos, coming soon! xx

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Installing Open Shelving in the Kitchen

Soooooooooo as many of you know, we ran into a giant hiccup in our kitchen a few weeks ago that set us back quite a bit when it came to progress in that space. The bad news? We had to rip out all of those beautiful hardwood floors and have been living with just the floor joists and/or subfloor for about a month now (but what has felt like an eternity). The good news? The new hardwoods are going in (again) this week and our kitchen will be back in action! And in the meantime, I'm taking you back into the kitchen today to share some photos of our DIY floating shelves.
People thought we were crazy when decided to remove the two kitchen cabinets surrounding our kitchen sink. If you remember from my "before" post, these two cabinets were brand new, provided a lot of added storage and were the only two cabinets with glass doors. But the truth was, our kitchen has so many cabinets, to the point that even without those two, we are still trying to fill them! Losing storage was the least of our worries, and I've always loved the look of open shelving as a way to display some of your prettier kitchen items. Here's what it looked like when Josh & I removed those two cabinets.
Unfortunately when removing them we discovered that the sides of the cabinets aren't painted, but a quick coat of white paint fixed that. Then all that was left was deciding which type of shelving we wanted. There are so many ways to do open shelves (here are some of my favorite open shelf kitchens), but josh & I always find ourselves drawn to the look of reclaimed wood. Josh actually found the planks we ended up using for our shelves right in the attic above our house - there are hundreds of them up there used for floorboards! He was able to just cut them down the the size we needed, I ordered some industrial-inspired brackets, and viola - a super easy DIY project with a big impact. All you really need for this project is a power drill and a level.
And then came the fun part - styling them! Between our wedding and my line of work I have accumulated a pretty extensive glassware collection over the years, and I love that I'm now able to see some of that pretty collection every day as soon as I step into the kitchen. This is how they look right now, but the best part about open shelving is the flexibility. I can't wait to switch things around all.the.time.

I will share more photos of our shelves when I post our final kitchen reveal (hopefully coming soon), but I love how much they have already added to the space. Although advised against, I'm so happy with our decision to install them and I can't wait to style and play around with them from season to season. More to come! xx

Friday, March 17, 2017

#GrazianoBungalow - The Dining Room (Before)

Today I'm moving on to the next room in the home we are tackling - the dining room! This was one of those rooms that you see at an open house, and it's really really hard to look past all the ugly and see what the room could be. And I totally apologize if floral curtains and orange crystal chandeliers are your thing, but it just wasn't anywhere near our style! I haven't had a proper dining room for years, so my perception of them was already that they were stuffy, old-fashioned, and rarely used. And this space definitely confirmed all my dining room notions. However, as we have gotten further into the decorating process, this fixer upper dining room is actually becoming my favorite room in the entire house. Here are the lovely "before" photos from the listing:
And here is my mood board for this space! I have always been inspired by light & airy California dining rooms - brimming with natural woods & plants - so my hope was to bring a little but of that warmth to the northeast. Julianne Hough's dining room was my main source of inspiration - I've been dreaming of this space ever since we shot her backyard last spring for Joss & Main. I also already had two of these woven chairs, so my entire vision centered around those.

The listing photos and my inspiration photos look a little different, right? So here is our project list to take look from point A to point B. Most of our time rehabbing this space has been painting - we needed about 3 coats of paint (plus primer) to cover all of that green. But other than that, most of the changes have been fairly quick fixes. We swapped out the light fixture almost immediately for something more modern, and also tore up the rug to luckily find beautiful, finished hardwoods underneath. We've almost crossed everything off our list, so I will share photos of how we transformed the space in my next post. I think out of all the rooms in our home, this one will be the most unrecognizable from where it started!

Dining Room Project List 

  • Paint walls a more neutral color 
  • Remove curtains and rug
  • Replace light fixture (if anyone wants the old one please let me know) ;)
  • Add additional lighting 
  • Buy dining table and chairs 
  • Remove molding from the top of the built-ins 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Installing Shiplap in the Master Bathroom

Like everyone else these days, we are obsessed with shiplap (thanks Chip & Joanna). I just love how much visual interest it adds to any boring wall or room, and "interest "was exactly what we needed for our master bathroom. As you may have seen in my last post, the bathroom had great bones, but it was just very, very stark. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of all-white-everything, but this space definitely needed some warmth. Shiplap to the rescue!

For the bathroom's small, square toilet room, we actually cut and installed the shiplap ourselves, loosely following these two tutorials (one, two). And although they were helpful, we found that the process was pretty self explanatory! We started by buying four of the thinnest 8ft pine sheets we could find at Home Depot, and cutting those boards into 6 inch wide strips. If you don't have the tools to make these cuts, you can also have Lowes or Home Depot cut the boards for you for an extra small fee per cut. Once we had the strips, Josh went wall by wall and cut those strips down to the dimensions of the wall we were applying them across.  This was the perfect room for our first shiplap endeavor. It was small and needed almost no custom cut outs (like light switches, outlets, etc.) aside from one small hole for the toilet pipe. Once we had our cuts, we just started at the bottom of the wall and attached each board one by one using a nail gun. We used pennies to space each new board from the previous one so that we could make sure all the spaces were somewhat even.
Once all those boards were nailed thoroughly, we gave them a quick sand and prime. Finally, I painted them with two coats of one of my favorite white paints (Alabaster by Sherwin Williams). I love how much the shiplap has added to this boring little "loo"! And I love that it's a project so easy that you don't have to be Chip & Joanna to do it. ;) I can wait to add some art and maybe a couple of sconces above the toilet to complete the space.
Then for the shiplap behind our sinks, we actually used hardwood floors that we had leftover from our kitchen. Remember this post? We ended up ordering a sample box of the Montpellier Oak floors that we didn't end up going with, so had that box of wood just sitting in our house. This project was even easier than the DIY shipalp, given that hardwoods are already meant to slide right into one another. Josh just cut them down to the exact size of the space (which was especially hard at the top due to the molding!) and then essentially slid them right into one another on the wall. I might love how hardwoods look on the wall more than I do on the floors!
So our bathroom is officially shiplap-ed and almost complete! I'm still searching for some finishing touches (like the perfect rug) and then I'll be sure to post photos of what will be the first finished room in the #grazianobungalow. Stay tuned!

Master Bathroom Project List
·         Shiplap toilet room
·         Shiplap wall
·         Paint walls
·         Cut mirror to create two
·         Style! (add rug, towel ladder, hamper, art, candles etc.)