i love seeing a wide range of before & after projects. whether they involve a simple staple-gun upholstery job and a coat of paint or a total gut renovation, it’s always great to see how people transform space and objects. this makeover is more along the lines of a major renovation and comes to us from laura of mobius manitou. she and her husband david bought an 80’s style home in florida, complete with “garish wallpaper, 4 inch beige tiles and the tackiest gold lighting fixtures.” after deciding that they couldn’t live with the house as-is (you can see why in the “before” real estate listing photos above) laura and david hired some help and decided to change the floor plan all together. what was once the kitchen and living room (see the floor plan below for laura’s changes) became a massive kitchen and dining area full of light and color (and without a stitch of tacky wallpaper). because david is a big cook, they decided to create a custom restaurant-style kitchen using cost-effective metal, rather than solid wood. they purchased the floors, lighting and fans online and finished things off with a reclaimed redwood slab table. the result is a kitchen and dining room any chef, home-cook, foodie, or guest would love to eat in. i can hardly look at our own tiny kitchen i’m so jealous…great work laura and david!