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Before & After: Just Paint and a Backsplash!
February 26, 2016 in Before & After | no comments

If your home needs an update, but you think it is too much work to refresh it, let me just take a moment today to demonstrate the dramatic change that can be made with new paint.  The paint, and in this case, the backsplash.  But really, the paint alone did it!

This home owner had gotten tired of the hacienda look of her in-town property and was ready for a change.  But, the home was going on the market soon, so she did not want to invest a lot in a major remodel.


kitchen before, sink areaktichen before, island

The kitchen actually had a lot going for it; a lot of storage, top-notch appliances, and some cool features, like concrete and stainless steel countertops. 

But, the ceiling, while really cool, was very orange.  The ceiling looks like it was all wood, but just the beams were real.  The rest was faux painted to look like wood and time had faded it to an orange color that left a lot to be desired.

The backsplash was a basic 4”x 4” tile and seemed fine from a distance, but up close you could see it was time to be replaced.

With the directive of paint and backsplash, we picked a creamy, authentic, hand-made subway tile you can see in the photo below ‘during’ the updates.  Neutral enough to appeal to any home buyer and classic enough to go with any style direction.

kitchen in progress

The cabinets were painted Benjamin Moore HC-162 Brewster Grey and the island, BM 926 Seashell. 


The walls are BM OC-22 Calm.



Looks like a brand new kitchen!

kitchen after, islandkitchen after, storage area

Could more have been done?  Of course, but look what you can do with paint alone!

kitchen after, stove top

Moral of the story: Do not make excuses, make a change.  Make your space what you want it to be so you can enjoy it while you live there.  It does not have to be expensive or time-consuming.  Just keep it simple.  It is easy to get off track and get over-whelmed.  Do not let yourself get overwhelmed; get busy.  And, if you do get stuck, call us!