If your latest HGTV binge-watch didn't already have you fighting the urge to redesign your entire home, buckle up. In this week's how-is-this-the-same-house renovation series, you'll be convinced that, (1) you need to paint your kitchen cabinets navy blue and (2) your old fireplace might not be that bad after all.
Interior designer Alex Bowman of Kirby Kelly Studio knew exactly what he was doing with this 1950s Salt Lake City bungalow. Regardless of its tiny kitchen and dealing with the aftermath of a rough '90s remodel, Alex was able to create a modern, functional space.
Using IKEA cabinets with upgraded Semihandmade doors that he painted in Behr's Secret Society, Alex made the white quartz counters really pop. Previously a designer for Target's Home Collections, he knows how to make dream homes without spending all of your money.
In addition to a white backsplash—which really opened the space—Alex included the perfect amount of brass pendant lights and alabaster to create a luxe, gleaming, entirely new feel. But, one of my favorite parts of this home reno has to be the living room.
While the space looks entirely different, the big changes were removing the wood paneling on the walls and taking up the carpet. Then Alex added an accent wall with wallpaper and painted the rest of the room white. By changing the floors and the walls, he was able to save the retro fireplace that completely fits in the space. Also, a moment to appreciate that green sofa, please.
While a home renovation can be a huge undertaking, there are tiny tweaks you can make that might lend itself to what you already have in your home. For instance, the fireplace in this living room looked dated and old before. But, once Alex removed the wall panels and carpet, it totally worked.
The same goes for kitchen cabinets. Without having to replace them entirely, Alex updated their look with sleek new doors, proving that that—and a coat of paint—goes a long way.
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