before and afterkitchen

before & after: salvaged kitchen + boutique spa/salon

by Kate Pruitt


When we posted Adrianne’s lovely card catalog makeover a while back, it received rave reviews. With similar notes of sophistication and old-school charm, Adrianne’s amazing new kitchen is sure to be equally popular. I love the mixture of dark salvaged wood, red brick and industrial metal, and the delicate glass chandelier that provides a lovely, unexpected contrast. Nice job, Adrianne! — Kate

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Time: 8 weeks

Cost: $22k

Basic Steps: They removed all the flooring and counter tops themselves but hired experts for the more involved electrical and plumbing work. They relocated the door; built a new dividing wall and ran water, gas and electricity to the new kitchen; and added electricity to the island and pantry. The brick wall was installed using thin brick veneers, and the floors were all leveled, as well.

Adrianne originally wanted to keep the existing cabinetry, but in the end, they had to replace them all to complete the look. They installed hardwood throughout the space and the appliances in the kitchen; added new counter tops, trim and wainscoting; and painted several times in order to find the perfect color. Phew! The results look well worth the effort, though.

If you like Adrianne’s salvaged-kitchen look, here are some tutorials you may find useful:

CLICK HERE to see the PALOMA Salon transformation after the jump!

Spaces with concrete floors can often feel cold and uninviting, so when I saw these images of Austin, TX-based PALOMA Salon, I was impressed with how fun and bright it looked. When his wife Evette Richards had the dream of expanding her one-woman esthetician/massage practice in to a full-service salon and spa, artist and designer Levi Dugat decided to partner with her and make it happen. The result is the PALOMA Botanical Beauty Parlor — a salon, boutique and gallery all rolled into one beautiful interior.

The combination of rustic furniture and colorful, contemporary art is quite appealing, and I love the use of black to offset the bold touches of color and pattern. The result is extremely sophisticated but also a bit edgy — exactly what a modern art gallery and restful spa should look like, in my opinion. Great work, Levi and Evette!

Time: Levi and Evette spontaneously decided to expand and create the shop when the lease ran out on Evette’s old one-room space last fall. The entire move and design was planned in a month and executed in about eight weeks.

Cost: About $10k, which included the costs of plumbing and electrical supplies/labor, enlisting an architect friend to draw up blueprints to submit to the city, all the permitting costs and the interior supplies, pieces, fixtures and the rest.

Basic Steps: They did most of the renovations themselves, including painting the entire interior and accent walls, installing the pine accent wall, designing and installing all the shelving with Levi’s sister Amy, re-wiring the Lucite chandelier in the reception area and refinishing a number of the furniture pieces. Since PALOMA is also a gallery space, Levi and Evette saved tons of money on the decor by hanging the work of artist friends like Aimee Jones and Leah DeVun for their opening exhibition.

Here are a few tutorials to help you achieve a similar look:

All images of PALOMA by Nicole Mlakar Photography

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