I’m so thrilled to ultimately share the FIRST REVEAL of several to find– our corridor guest washroom! It’s really more like Hudson’s restroom given that we added a 3rd shower room upstairs into our guest room, yet to me it’ll constantly be called “the eco-friendly washroom.”

Right here’s what the restroom appeared like when we acquired the house two years back really environment-friendly. I in fact enjoyed exactly how vintage the restroom was, the environment-friendly ceramic tile made me so pleased as well as I loved the floor tiles.

Our plan was to maintain this restroom as-is, yet as the demonstration starting taking place throughout our remodelling, due to the fact that we were removing the sheetrock on the wall surfaces around the restroom the ceramic tiles started to drop, since the grout was from the 1950’s.

It was rather clear it was mosting likely to have to be torn out as well, so alas I bid farewell to my beloved vintage floor tiles. As soon as we began with a clean slate, it did feel like the appropriate move to make however, since this will be the restroom that Hudson matures making use of, and we additionally disliked the door attached to the bath tub, it made showering Hudson rather difficult.

I wanted this washroom to be very modern, yet additionally extremely neutral since I’m thinking it will certainly go through great deals of decoration changes via the years. Matt has actually always liked herringbone floor tile, so we chose to go all out in right here! We used this 4 x 16 inch subway tile for the Herringbone pattern, as well as paired it with a black hexagon flooring tile for contrast.

We ended up making use of the vanity we had in place prior to our renovation, this white one! I added in stands out of shade with the curtain and the carpet, as well as I enjoy just how the burnt orange shade looks against the black and white! Here’s tons much more pictures of the area, and I’ll make sure to connect everything envisioned below!

How to Easily Mix Vintage and Modern Decor

Today I’m excited to be joining a talented team of blog owners to bring you an enjoyable house excursion all about mixing vintage and also modern-day decor. If you’re new right here and joining me from another blog site, welcome to Little Vintage Nest! And also if you’re a normal around right here, you currently know I adore vintage design.

Consumed is actually an extra exact summary. I like bringing old points back to life and also I see so much elegance in frayed and also tattered covers, chippy paint, and rusted edges.

And although enhancing with vintage style can sometimes be a tricky balance, I’ve located the best means to do this is by uniquely choosing vintages that match your design and space.

Today I’m sharing a little excursion of our master washroom, which is a wonderful mix of brand-new as well as old, along with a few pointers that will aid you create a similar look. As well as don’t fail to remember to look into all the other blog writers on our tour, their web links will be noted at the end of the article!

When coming into the bathroom is this outstanding old window, the initial thing you’ll see. Just how charming is this?! It came off a 100-year old home in Colorado. It was as a present from a couple of pleasant friends as well as I looooove it in this place. An easy focal point like this is a very easy and also fast means to bring vintage style to any type of room.

Both of the dressers in this shower room were thrifted locates that I changed into vanities. This is a severe example, yet paint old furniture is among my preferred points to do. As well as it’s a wonderful method to incorporate more creativity and also classic design right into your home.


I saw a sneak optimal of this kitchen on the instagram web page of deVOL cooking areas as well as I quickly enjoyed it (like so many of their cooking areas) so I was extremely happy to discover even more images of this space.

This kitchen in a Victorian rectory seems it’s been part of the home for years, however actually it’s an all new kitchen created by deVOL.

The dark blue cooking area as well as green walls offer a classic vibe as well as the terracotta flooring provide lots of appearance to the area (LOVE the little detail before the cooker!).

There’s likewise place for some enjoyable in this kitchen area with the soft pink dessert wallpaper, yummie! The large copper topped kitchen table is aged as well as hand-finished in the deVOL workshops, which brings a lot more character to this wonderful kitchen area.

Kitchen Cabinet Color Choices

Sunny Days yellow kitchen area

Imbue your cooking area with instant warmth– specifically if it lacks windows or faces north– by layer your closets in buttery yellow. It’s a color that mixes effortlessly with stained wood kitchen counters. Touches of white freshen the look.

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Sophisticated in Black

Black is one color that never ever heads out of design, as well as it constantly provides refinement to a space. Sand-color countertops and leaded-glass inserts protect against these good-looking, almost-black closets from subduing the room. Bronze handles and also draws boost the elegant feeling.

Seeing Red

When you dress cabinets in red, there’s no reason to be blue. These bright red charms make a happy statement in this galley cooking area, transforming plain flat-front closets into something to speak about. Silvery pulls, stainless-steel devices, as well as white counter tops supply plenty of visual alleviation and also some eye-appealing shimmer.

Affable Environment-friendly

Go for green when you want a color that gets along with everything. This soft color– similar to Clinical depression glass– is coupled with an abundance of warm wood accents. The eco-friendly cabinets connect a laid-back, inviting feel for the area, while black countertops as well as other dark accents make it balanced and well-dressed.

Much More Ways to Make Use Of Environment-friendly

Shade for Your Kitchen Area: Environment-friendly Add life to your kitchen’s color scheme with shades of environment-friendly.

Tranquil Gray

When you dress cabinets top to bottom in soul-soothing gray, Color your cares away. These cabinets develop an air of tranquility in the cooking area while the oval mosaic backsplash gives lively structure. Touches of yellow shoo away the major side of gray, splashing the space with sunshine.

Innovative Muse

Ideas for your closet color could be around. These existing cabinets earned a fresh start with a blue-green finish inspired by veining in the white marble countertops and backsplash. New concealed hinges streamline the look.

Shades of Gray

Deep, rich putty gray cabinets complemented by stainless steel and chrome accents make a visual impact as memorable as any bold hue. The matte tile backsplash inspired this color scheme of warm grays, creams, and browns. The manufacturer’s paint names aptly describe the natural and peaceful tones: Wish (on the island), Sparrow (on the cabinets), and Paper Mache (on the walls).

Cottage Heart

Green on the island and backsplashes pairs with white cabinetry to communicate classic appeal in this kitchen. Beaded panels give the island cottage charm, while a glossy finish on the subway tiles updates the look. The island’s butcher-block top lends warmth to the abundance of white and provides a practical surface for meal prep.

Just a Dose

If you’re hesitant to go extremely bold, get the dose of color that’s right for you by picking a shade that is muted with a hint of gray. These teal cabinets are just the right mix of green and blue, and the vibrant hue is tempered with a touch of gray. The result is a sophisticated yet striking color, which contrasts with a bank of white cabinets and classic tile.

Industrial Chic

Stainless-steel cabinets are as contemporary as they are classic, bringing a balance of tried-and-true and trendy into this kitchen. A subtle assortment of textures– rough oak countertops and grouted ceramic subway tile– combines with the sleek stainless steel to add interest to the neutral palette.

Clean Green

If you could pick a color fresh from the fruit stand, it might be this yellow-green that gives the cabinets bold, modern style without feeling cold. Neutral elements, such as white walls and gray stone counters, temper the fashion-forward shade to keep the look clean yet inviting.

Elegant Ease

Smooth limed quartersawn oak cabinets combine with limestone flooring and elegant Pietra del Cardosa marble countertops to give this kitchen modern appeal without feeling cold. While the natural wood color lends warmth, the simple styling of the cabinetry suits the sophistication of the adjoining rooms.

Fresh Take on Cabin Style

Celadon cabinetry pairs playfully with an aqua enameled range to create casual appeal in this kitchen in a lakeside home. Concrete countertops enhance the relaxed nature of the space, while the neutral wall color balances the whimsical hues. Dark wood floors anchor the setting with warm, timeless style.

Color Confidence

Consider a bold combo of red and black when you want a showpiece kitchen. In this kitchen, a tomato-red lacquered laminate island pops with personality against dark wenge wood cabinets and 18-inch black granite floor tiles. White marble countertops provide airy visual relief while stainless-steel appliances lend shine.

Cottage Blue

Blue cabinets are an unusual choice, but the effect is pure charm. Off-white beaded-board walls, hardwood countertops, and vintage-inspired cabinet hardware create a bright, beautiful space that connotes a cottage-style kitchen.


Oh my gosh people, today is the freakin’ day! I’m so fired up to reveal you the entire Do It Yourself cooking area remodel. You understand what else? Today, notes the 40th time I have actually uploaded about our kitchen. There are 39 blog posts connected at the bottom of this blog post that round up all the Dos it yourself and also design boards that entered into this tiny kitchen renovation. So, if you desire a few of the core how-to’s for the room, remain tuned as well as click below.


The backstory of our budget plan kitchen area improvement in a nutshell is this … We decided that we were going to lightly upgrade the cooking area regarding 3 years ago. “Lightly” definition, remove wallpaper, paint, include new lighting … you know, that type of thing.

Well, we did a few of those things and then started tacking on a few more. All of sudden, Luke came home from work one day and I had taken the kitchen cabinets off the wall. I just knew that I wanted kitchen shelves instead of cabinets! To be completely honest, we had not saved for a kitchen renovation because we weren’t planning on doing a kitchen renovation.

As we kept dreaming or doing about projects, we realized that we could have a pretty fantastic (it might not be my dream kitchen, but it’s close) kitchen if we took it slow and just paid for products as we had the cash for them.

That’s why this project has been the longest project ever. I think the next time around (for example, our basement remodel) we will have a more clear picture of what we want to do beforehand and how much it’s going to cost. I can totally live through a one year project but I don’t want another project to span over the course of a few years. Live and learn, right?


This was the view standing in our eat-in kitchen and looking into the kitchen.

A small pantry sits inside that vertical cabinet but it had a separation between the two sides which made it awkward to store things in. The desk was just a clutter trap for us. There was a small doorway between the kitchen and the formal dining with two mini doors. The doors seemed to add to an already awkward space and made the formal dining seem much too formal for us.

We decided to get rid of the desk, move the oven to where the desk was and reconfigure the wall that would house the oven. That would enable us to open up the wall between the formal dining and the kitchen.

Here’s a very similar angle of where we are now:

We gained about two more feet by opening up that wall, but you would have thought it was six feet! It made a huge impact!

I knew from the previous pantry that I wanted a pantry that would be more usable. We don’t have a ton of kitchen items. We are more of the mindset to have a few amazing knifes and pans instead of having just tons of both. Of course we needed storage, but I didn’t feel like we needed to have storage everywhere.


Like I mentioned earlier, we didn’t know we were going to do the whole kitchen remodel until we were in it. We really had to do one thing at a time and make one decision at a time.

The first thing that we did was take down all the upper cabinets and remove the bunkhead. Once the cabinets were down and the bunkhead removed, we realized that our kitchen could feel so much more inviting if the window above the sink was larger. Enlarging a window is a decent investment but really changed the look and feel of our kitchen.

We opted to put in a five foot window. It’s so nice to see more of the backyard and enjoy the yummy light that streams through the window.

Before the renovation started, we knew that we had asbestos in the popcorn ceiling. We had to put in new drywall because there wasn’t any drywall above the cabinets when we took down the upper cabinets. We love the look of a smooth ceilings but didn’t want to shell out the money to have the asbestos abated. My grandpa had a popcorn sprayer (from the old days when he was a home builder). We sprayed popcorn and tried to match the color that was there but it just wasn’t working. So, a few months passed and we were able to afford the asbestos abatement and drywall install. It was a pretty big investment, but totally worth it.


We kept the original cabinets (in the peninsula) as well as the granite countertop. Neither one would be my choice, but we were trying to save where we could. I get lots of questions on what kitchen colors work with dark cabinets and, really, I feel like cool tones and warm tones both work. We have cooler tones on our ceiling and wall tile and warmer tones with the wood shelving and the countertop color.

For the base cabinets, we painted them Cracked Pepper by Behr but color-matched that to Benjamin Moore Advance. The BM advance line is fantastic on wood. I did a whole podcast episode about how to paint cabinets and everything I ‘d recommend if you want to hear in-depth about cabinet painting.

My grandpa and I built the base cabinets that flank the oven, the fridge enclosure and the pantry. It was quite the job. I learned so much through the process and am so grateful that I got to do that with my grandpa. During the process we went back and forth on the cabinet doors. We finally decided to buy them from a cabinet shop in town and it made sense to buy them for the whole kitchen and not just the new pieces. If you want to hear more about half custom/half DIY cabinet doors, then definitely check out that post.

We saved the leftover piece of granite from the old desk that was in the kitchen and had a granite store cut it in half. We used that measurement for the base cabinets that flank the oven. We saved a ton of money by making the dimensions of the cabinets fit the exact dimension of the granite piece that we had from the desk. I believe it cost us about $100 at the stone fabricator to have the granite countertop cut to size and polished when it was all said and done.

We saved a ton of money using the old kitchen cabinets that were in the peninsula. They aren’t fancy with pull-out drawers but they work. Adding the new doors and cabinet hardware really changed the look of the cabinets. The new doors allowed us to change to hidden hinges which instantly make a kitchen (or bathroom) feel fresher.

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I knew I wanted floating shelves in the kitchen. I wasn’t scared of the dust that might accumulate or the lack of having upper cabinets, I knew the open shelves would be gorgeous and functional. I have a HUGE DIY Open Shelving Kitchen guide that explains exactly how we hung them, how high off the countertops they are, what type of wood (ash wood stained with weathered oak stain), hardware we used, etc. Take a look, if you are thinking about adding open shelving in your house. In a nutshell, we hung steel mounting brackets for the open shelves before we tiled.

We tiled around the open shelf brackets and then took the brackets down for grouting. Once the tile was completely done, we installed the floating shelves.

Tiling the kitchen wasn’t hard but since we tiled from countertop to ceiling on three big walls, it did take us quite a while. We used very inexpensive 4 × 4 white tile. The square tile is a play on the timeless look of subway tile but just a bit different. The grout color is “oyster gray.” I like the look of dark grout with white tile in other people’s homes, but didn’t want the starkness in my home. I honestly didn’t think a taupe-type color of grout would look good, but I really love the slightly warm, but gray color that it adds to the tile.

We opted to buy pre-mixed grout so we could tile a bit at a time. It’s way cheaper to mix your own grout but if you only have small pockets of time to work on tiling, then the pre-mixed grout is a good way to save time.


I guess the last “big” expense or project for this kitchen renovation was adding the wood flooring in the kitchen. We had 3 ″ red oak wood floors originally in the kitchen and the eat-in kitchen but not throughout the rest of the house. The flooring difference between these spaces made each space feel closed-off from each other. Since we opened the wall between the dining room and the kitchen, we knew we either needed to patch the floors or have new flooring installed. We opted to have new flooring installed throughout most of the house. We went for 5 ″ white oak and I just love how it turned out.

Other than that, we did a bunch of smaller upgrades. Our DIY pantry now has a built-in coffee bar and also houses our microwave. It’s not the biggest space but it’s mighty. I made a spice drawer organizer for one of our small cabinets and it was the easiest DIY!

For our sink, we went with a stainless one-basin sink and absolutely love the one-basin. I splurged on the automatic faucet. You can run your hand over the top and it will stay on for thirty seconds or underneath and it will stay on for ten seconds. I really love that!!

I couldn’t find a specific art piece that just felt right for us so I decided to make one. “It’s Always Taco Tuesday” is such a perfect piece for us. If you love it too, I’m selling them in my Society 6 shop!


We did most of the work on the kitchen ourselves, but did hire out the asbestos abatement, gas line, wood flooring and window enlargement.

I know you all will ask “how much did it cost”? To be honest, we didn’t keep a tab. We started the process and didn’t know we were going to do a whole kitchen renovation. I think we spent in the ballpark of $15,000. With all new appliances, the asbestos/drywall work, new flooring and a new window … that all came to around 12,000. I think we spent the rest on all the other little things that go with a renovation. I will have to say that the total includes the eat-in kitchen too.

Check out the original reveal of the eat-in kitchen if you missed that last year or check-out the newly updated modern eat-in kitchen as it looks today.

I’m so happy to have this remodel behind us. It was the biggest job we have ever taken on and we are just absolutely thrilled with how it turned out. Really, we are pinching ourselves that it turned out as well as it did!