before and after

before & after: katy’s bathroom + shanni’s kitchen

by Grace Bonney

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!

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  • hey gang!!! thanks for all of the kitchen love you’ve shared!!!

    To answer a few questions…
    MsChilePepper… go for it girl! I might have done some pretty savage things for that table if the checkbook hadn’t sufficed!

    Jessica- I actually got the chandelier from Overstock.com… really reasonably priced- definitely a bang for the buck! (link below)

    jillian- I totally agree but thankfully planing the doors a bit and using bee’s wax on the undersides of the drawers made them work fairly remarkably being 50+ years old. I would love those magically sliding drawers, but you can’t win them all;)

    Mary Anne- Share away!! Paint and hard work can work many miracles! Seriously, mine were HEINOUS. You can even show a slightly more updated photo if you’d like:

    Carrie- the hinges were from Home Depot and the knobs and handles from Lowes- very basic, reasonable purchases! Home Depot has a variety of hinges in many different metal finishes (I paid about $3 for every set).

    Happy renovations!

  • What a great make-over. It’s wonderful that turquise is such a popular color right now. The tile fits in great. The bathoom looks awesome….thanks for sharing!

  • i love the bathroom. i have the same green tile. what is the color of gray paint. i need to get rid of wallpaper and redo.

  • Hi! That’s my bathroom redo and I used to have a blog called The Green Door. Life got busy and the The Green Door took a backseat to life. I have started up blogging again and I now have a new blog, called Life Multiplied, about my life as a mom to triplets and 2 older singletons (yup, life got BUSY!). Feel free to check out my new blog here: http://momlifemultiplied.blogspot.com/

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