Well I’m back in Savannah after an amazing weekend with friends and family! It was cold and grey in Buffalo this weekend but I couldn’t have had a better time taking in Irish music, seeing old friends, cuddling with my nieces and wedding planning! So much was accomplished in just a few short days.
One of my favorite parts of the weekend was a much needed girls night with my best friend Sarah. Sarah and her husband own a beautiful brick two story home north of Buffalo, NY. They’ve been there for a little over a year now and Sarah has really done a wonderful job putting a personal touch on the space while sticking to a budget. I’m happy to bring you all along for the first Rose Tinted Home House Tour this Thursday morning! Sarah’s Bright and Airy Home is the perfect place for two. Follow along this house tour and get an inside look at the before and after.
Sarah and her husband spent the better part of the first month of ownership painting trim. From a horrible creamsicle orange color (who would paint trim orange?) to a crisp and clean white. As any new homeowner quickly finds out.. painting trim took longer than she expected. For the walls she wanted to keep things neutral. Sarah said, “I used paint colors with a grey undertone to create a calm feeling in the house. I didn’t want the colors to change too much from room to room so all of my colors are similar. But pops of color on accessories make the rooms fun and bright and it allows you to be creative in what decor you buy.”
Living Room: Before
Living Room: After
In the dining room her main goal was to brighten up the space (again painting more trim) and to change out the heavy light fixture that was currently weighing down the room. Instead she hung a rustic lantern for light over the table.
Dining Room: Before
The kitchen layout and appliances worked well and were quality, but to change up the look Sarah used the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation Kit to turn the existing cabinets a fresh white. Sarah says of the DIY process, “I was so nervous about painting the cabinets because there was nothing wrong with them to begin with. But I’ve always wanted a white kitchen. I was terrified I was going to ruin them. The kit I used was really simple though. Don’t panic at the first coat: It takes 3 coats to perfect the color. Also I’d recommend a sponge brush instead of a paint brush so you don’t see stroke marks on your doors.”
The finished product is a bright and airy space that reflects Sarah’s modern yet casual and lived-in taste. I hope you all enjoyed this first Rose Tinted Home House Tour! I for one can’t wait to see how they transform the second floor. More tours to come! Until then… have a good one!