it’s not often that i see bathroom before & after where someone’s opted to keep their cute retro tile and find a way to work with it. so i was thrilled to see an email from katy at the green door about her recent bathroom makeover. when katy moved into her home she loved the original 1950’s mint green and black tiles, but wanted to find a way to modernize the room without losing all the character. katy started by removing all of the existing pink decor and replacing it with clean white linens. the walls got a coat of bold dark grey paint and katy stenciled on a print inspired by damask wallpaper. i think the new color palette really highlights the 50’s tile work so nicely- it’s great to see fun vintage details like this given new life. great work, katy! (click here to read more about katy’s makeover process.)
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CLICK HERE for shanni’s kitchen makeover after the jump!
this next makeover comes from photographer shanni weilert (heads up, her site loads with sound) who recently tackled a doozy of a kitchen makeover. shanni and her husband recently purchased an “insanely original” 1950s ranch style house that came with all sorts of interesting details like pink & yellow tiled bathrooms, mushroom painted backsplash tiles, and a wide range of shaggy, dirty carpets. shanni and her husband saw the potential underneath it all and decided to renovate the home from top to bottom completely on their own.
for this kitchen project, shanni and her husband had their hand’s full. the mushroom backsplash had to be removed, all of the wood had to be dealt with (i love wood, but that’s a WHOLE lot of wood!), and a nasty dining room wall (yikes!) had to be completely redone. after tackling the biggest problem areas, shanni and her husband created a clean slate, to which they added crema marfil marble countertops, a nice (clean!) glass tiled backsplash, and hardwood floors that would be continuous throughout the home. the original overhead lighting was replaced with an elegant chandelier and- to keep costs down- shanni and her husband kept the original cabinets by re-painted them with an oil-based paint and replaced the hardware. the overall look is clean, fresh, and modern and i have to give these two a very big thumbs up for all of their hard work. that dining room wall alone- ooh! great work, guys!