What a difference a day AND a coat of paint can make! A little over two weeks ago, I told you a little bit about the basement apartment my son and daughter-in-law live in that needed a little home decor love. It was especially in need of a shot of COLOR to breathe some life into a very WHITE space.
With the help of the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap® mobile app, Kaitlyn and Erik were able to find “the perfect yellow” they were hoping for to bring some “sunshine” into their sterile kitchen/dining area.
So, once again I will hand it over to Kaitlyn, so she can give you the 4-1-1 on all the fantastic ideas she came up with to complement her Sherwin-Williams Color Makeover!
I am so, so thrilled with how this room turned out! I think it proves that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to make a big impact. We didn’t have the budget for new appliances or cabinets – and even if we did have the money I probably wouldn’t have wanted to spend it since we are just renting from Jillee and the hubster ;)
So we used paint, furniture and accessories to create a whole new look for the room. I focused the bulk of our budget on things that we can take with us when we eventually move.
I think the paint color made the biggest difference in this makeover. The exact same furniture and accessories would have looked just blah next to white walls. After painting the walls in Sherwin-Williams Emerald™ Interior Acrylic Latex Paint in “Friendly Yellow,” we added a nice tall baseboard painted in Sherwin-Williams Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint in “Pure White,” and used that same color on the doors and trim. Then we switched out the old cabinet handles and door knobs for some pretty new silver ones.
Next came the furniture. Our yellow table didn’t quite go with the new yellow walls – I LOVE yellow but that was just a little too much yellow even for me ;) I found the table used a couple of years ago on our local version of craigslist. It’s a great solid wood with really good bones and I just couldn’t bear to part with it. So, after perusing Pinterest, I decided I wanted to redo the table in a nice dark stain.
Now the most refinishing I’ve ever done is a couple of table lamps and some picture frames, so I turned to my husband’s cousin’s wife (is that confusing enough for you?), Ashley, who happens to be a total pro at refinishing furniture. She whipped that table into shape and it looks just gorgeous!
The chairs we had were in terrible shape, and one of them had a big crack down the middle of the seat. So I found some used light brown Ikea chairs that Ashley painted white for us. I found the cute seat covers at World Market.
Then we picked up an Ikea Expedit shelf to add some interest to that long wall and give us more storage.
Next came the accessories. I decided to stick to a color scheme of yellow, teal/turquoise, and red. I found these cute curtains at Pier 1 that just happened to have all of those colors in them – I think they really tie the room together.
Then I added a great mirror, a turquoise lamp, a bright red lantern, baskets, and cute prints of all the states my husband and I have lived in (made by Jenna of smallfryblog.com).
In the kitchen area, I added some greenery above the sink, and one of my favorites quotes above the oven. We already had the red rugs, everything on the counters, the dishes displayed on the Expedit, and the iPod dock. I really could not be happier with this whole makeover.
Sometimes I feel a little bit frivolous or superficial when I spend money and time decorating my home – especially since we are renters. But, this room is a testament to me that beautiful and functional design can make such a difference in your mood! I honestly used to get depressed walking into the kitchen! Now I can’t wait to spend time there with family and friends cooking and enjoying time together. I already feel more motivated to cook dinner every night – which I’m sure my husband will be thrilled about ;)
Thank you Kaitlyn! It has been so much fun seeing the transformation of the “White Room”. :-) Good job!!
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