before and after

Before & After: The Power of Removing a Wall

by Grace Bonney

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One of the best parts of having your own space is being able to save up and work hard to make changes that suit your personal style and needs. I always love seeing home makeovers come together that involve DIY elements and people making their own design decisions, so this kitchen makeover from Brittany of Brittany Makes is close to my heart.

Brittany and her husband saved up to turn their small kitchen into a bigger, brighter workspace by turning three tiny rooms (a kitchen, dining room and living room) into one open-plan room. By taking down two walls, they gained more counter space (including a free-standing island) as well as room to maneuver around while cooking and cleaning up. I love the dark paint, marble counters and gold accents, but I mostly love that they kept this space realistic and as affordable as possible by buying materials and decorative details from IKEA, Target and Home depot and doing as much of the work as they could themselves. The floors were stripped down to the 50-year-old subfloor (I’m dealing with that in our home, too) but Brittany is waiting for a second round of saving up to tackle that final project. I really love seeing a space come together in stages so I can’t wait to see what floors they choose. Click through for more images after the jump and full sourcing here! xo, grace

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