Love the One You’re With: Kitchen & Bath Makeover

Hello friends!

On Monday I shared a client bathroom makeover that packed a punch for the price.  Today, I’m going to share two other spaces that I tackled in this condo that they’re trying to sell – the kitchen and the second bathroom.  They say kitchens and bathrooms are important selling points, let’s hope this one hit the mark.

While the cabinets had been painted (apparently more than once), the paint color was very stark, and the paint job wasn’t that good.  So, I gave them a good, hearty sanding, filled holes and prepped them within an inch of their life before painting them.
I opted for a warmer white – Navajo White by Benjamin Moore.  A subtle, but nice improvement.  And I added new cabinet hardware from D. Lawless Hardware that really pulls the look together.

Let’s take a look back at where we started so I can refresh your memory.  At first glance, it’s not very obvious, but the cabinet frames were painted gray and the doors were painted white.  The walls were a cold, cement gray color, and the hardware just didn’t jive with the doors at all.

The walls got a fresh coat of paint – Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.  I had never used this color until now, and I can see why it’s so popular.  So versatile and warm.  I added a runner that was another steal from Target on clearance.  Target, you complete me.

I also trimmed out the top of the cabinets with molding that really helped to take it up a notch. 

Again, the kitchen before:

Once again, Target to the rescue with some cute towels that tie in perfectly with the rug. 

While I loved your ideas about putting in floating shelves on this other wall – I opted to leave it as it was in the interest of time, plus there is a limited amount of cabinet space and no pantry, so I was afraid that might have been a negative to prospective buyers.  (And yes, the pitiful light is still there.)  I’m just one woman – not an electrician. 

Still, a definite improvement from where it started. 

If the condo hadn’t been for sale, I would have gotten a little more daring – maybe a bolder cabinet color, or more color on the walls.  But alas, I felt I needed to play it a wee bit more safe, since not all buyers appreciate these beautiful touches like I do.

On to the second bathroom!  I used the same paint color in this bathroom as I did in the one I blogged about here – “Gray” by Benjamin Moore.  So classy.

Let me give you an idea of what it looked like before.  In my haste, I didn’t take a true “before” picture, but you can put the pieces of the puzzle together, I’m sure:

Hello, wood appliques –

And the doors – with wood shell appliques…

Again, by a stroke of luck, the gray worked well with the existing shower curtain and rug, so with the removal of the appliques, some sanding and new hardware – we’re in business!

So, there you have it.  A condo update on a budget along with some good old fashioned elbow grease.  What do you think?  Have you completed a beautiful budget-minded project lately?  Do tell!


  • Reply
    September 25, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I love the colors you chose. The kitchen definitely looks warmer and more inviting and that gray vanity is such a vast improvement. You are on a roll girl!

  • Reply
    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    September 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I love your changes. Definitely fresher and more up to date. Revere Pewter is such a great color, isn't it? I used it at my in-laws and now I need to find a place for it in my own house!

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    January 11, 2017 at 8:36 am

    When you do a project like this, where they have the “old fashioned ” exposed hinges, do you paint them or replace with a color that matches the new handles and pulls?

    • Reply
      January 11, 2017 at 9:29 am

      I usually replace them with new ones that match the new finishes. Hinges can be tricky though – I’ve found that the hinge industry likes to change things up on a regular basis, which means drilling new holes. Not fun, but the end result is worth it. 🙂

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