before and after

Pickens' Kitchen Before & After

The kitchen. Oh, the kitchen! This little room was its own little nightmare. When we moved in, it had wood looking laminate floors and your classic fruity wallpaper from the early 2000's. Everyone who came to the house, made some kind of joke about that paper! (You can read how we removed it here.)

Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After

The plan was to renovate this room last so that we could learn how it would function best and save for a proper renovation, but than our dishwasher leaked soaking the floor, and we decided to bump up the reno. Well, than we decided to sell, and nixed the reno in favor of a paint update. The upside was that I learned to grill over the summer because we left the appliances out so that we wouldn't put off the reno when we were still thinking we were going that route!

We did have to pull up the floors, though, which consisted of a layer of laminate, two layers of linoleum, a layer of plywood, and a layer of tar paper. That tarpaper was no joke! You can see more pictures and read how we got it up here. There is no super easy way, but what we did worked really well. It was just a long, sweaty, and very stinky process. I wish I was kidding when I tell you it smelled like straight up poo.

Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After

When we had the floors refinished, our floor refinisher said that it would be better if we replaced the floor in the kitchen because he wouldn't be able to refinish it to match the rest of the house. We didn't replace it due to time and cost factors but we did paint it with floor and deck paint to make the room feel and look cleaner for resale purposes. Moment of truth: I don't know that I would have gone with white in here if we were living in it. Even though I love the way it looks, it would have been a cleaning nightmare. The paint has held up well with all the foot traffic it's received from viewings, but it was also really dirty from it. Also, if I was to do it again, I would apply a coat or two of polyurethane to make cleaning it easier and to keep the shiny. Once the paint dried, it was very matte. We went the same paint color on the walls that we used in the bathroom and office, and I'm really happy with how it turned out overall. It looks fresh and clean and happy! Like a good place to make a sandwich ;)

Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After

Pickens' Hallway Before & After

You wouldn't think that the smallest hallway in the world would really matter when it comes to freshening up your home, but I am here today to tell you that it can make a huge difference!

Our hallway was the same tan color as the living room with dingy white trim and doors and a ceiling that was a hot mess.

Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After

There was a HUGE return air vent in the floor that was super uncomfortable and loud to walk on, and you couldn't help but walk on it as it led into the bathroom and the two bedrooms. Not to mention that anytime friends came over, they'd try stepping around it because it gave you the feeling that you could fall into a big black hole even though it was perfectly secure and safe.

Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After

Needless to say, I couldn't wait to renovate and revamp this tiny little space, and get that vent out of the floor. If you couldn't tell already, this hallway was my pet peeve at this house. I seriously hated that vent.

We went with the same crisp white we painted the living room (Read "Why I Love White" here and "5 Tips for Decorating with White Walls" here.) to provide a clean feeling transition between all the connecting rooms. I patched and repainted the ceiling and never want to do it again. There was mud and dust in my hair and face for days, but as always, it was worth it. I mean, just look at that gorgeous clean and smooth ceiling below!

Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After

With a lot of help from a couple of friends, we got the return air vent moved to the wall (yay!) and hired someone to patch and refinish the floors (give me all the heart eyes). The difference in how it made the house feel was incredible! Even one of my friends said that she was surprised at how different just fixing this one space made the house feel. It just made it feel so clean!

Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After

And here's the floor once it was finished! I'm sorry these aren't the greatest pictures, but I had to snag them on my phone. You can still see how awesome it turned out! 

Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After
Pickens' Hallway Before & After

Again, if we had stayed, I would have added some very simple art to the walls such as one of these book prints from Sugarboo Designs, and some black and white ink drawings that I have of houses we've visited. I also would have replaced the light fixture although this one's not bad. I like how the brass pops agains the white and ties into the brass on the door hardware. And lastly, I would have replaced the switch plates and the attic door due to it being old and dirty and rickety. That would have been it for this small, but impactful place that connected four of the rooms in our house! 

Pickens' Hallway Before & After