Sunday, April 30, 2017

#GrazianoBungalow - Our Dining Room (After)

Me again!! I'm back today with photos of another completed space - our dining room! Of all the rooms in our house, I think this room looks the most drastically different from how it did when we moved in. You may remember these bright green walls from my "before" post...
Our dining room feeds into both our kitchen and living room, so I really wanted this space to feel bright, airy, and overall like a welcoming, enjoyable place to host company AND just to pass through every day. I basically wanted it to look like this:
And here is how it ACTUALLY looks now!
^Photo credit: Hopes Woodshop

I never thought I needed (or wanted) a dining room, but I can honestly say that now this is one of my favorite spaces in our home. I love dimming the lights and having dinner here with josh, hosting friends, and can't wait to eventually host our first Thanksgiving or Christmas here. Here's how we hacked away at our dining room project list, and made this room a little less green. ;)

Dining Room Project list 

1. Paint walls a more neutral color 
Obviously this was a drastic change that transformed the room almost instantly. We did choose to leave the inside of the built-in cabinets the original green as a nod to how the room once was (and because I was too lazy to paint inside there), but we painted the rest of the room Manchester Tan by Benjamin Moore. We left the chair rail white but painted over the rectangular white moldings to make the room feel a bit less formal. We currently have my Dad's Audubon bird collection hanging in this room, which definitely makes a statement!

2. Remove curtains and rug
We opted go sans curtains in this room for now as we love the floor to ceiling windows and all the light that pours through those. We also swapped the wall-to-wall carpeting with this 8x10 rug that we had in our apartment! We were so lucky that this room was one of the few in our house that already had existing (finished) hardwood floors.

3. Replace light fixture and add additional lighting
The light fixture in the center of the room was our sole source of light in this entire room, which made for a pretty dark dining environment at night. We had an electrician add some additional spot lights (which has made a huge different after dark) and also added this light fixture from Ikea. At under $60 for such a statement piece- it was a steal! I think it's my favorite part of the room and I love the magical light pattern it reflects onto the ceiling at night.

4. Buy dining table and chairs
These are never something either of us have actually owned! I think the moment we truly realized we were adults was when we needed proper formal dining room furniture.We already had two of these chairs at our apartment next to our sofa, so ordered a couple more to complete the set, along with a farmhouse dining bench (I love the mix & match look). The dining table is a custom made piece from Hopes Woodshop that was a move-in gift from my parents. It's made entirely from one tree, and we are obsessed with it. I can't recommend Marc highly enough if you are looking for any custom made wood pieces for your home.

5. Remove molding from the top of the built-ins
As you will see from the above photos, those funny moldings remain! Some days I love them and some days I hate them, but they are definitely growing on us so we decided to leave them for now.

Thanks for reading and I'll be back soon with photos of our finished master bathroom! Everything seen in these photos is linked below and as always, you can follow along with our home progress here or on Instagram at #grazianobungalow. xx

^Sources: Blue rug, Rattan bar cart (now sold out, similar here), Peacock chair (vintage find, similar here), sheepskin rug, dining table, pendant light, dining chairs, throw pillows, faux fig, tall white pot, succulent pot (ours are real, but similar here), farmhouse dining bench

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