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Our Kitchen Renovation

Hello friends! I have been meaning to do this blog post for quite some time now. Last August, Bryan and I closed on our first townhouse together. This isn't your typical soulless townhouse either. It was designed by Charles Goodman and built in 1965. It is seriously one of the coolest townhouse designs I have ever been in, and we knew it was meant to be ours the second we walked into it.

Before they sold it, the previous owners did a lot of work. They made the kitchen open concept, got rid of the popcorn ceilings, polished up the original hardwood floors throughout, and cleaned up the backyard (which we also changed completely - that post will be coming soon).

Back to the kitchen - since this is the kitchen post. The kitchen was brand new when we moved in, but after walking through the house, Bryan and I both agreed that we were going to have to rip most of it out to fit our needs and just make it more "us". We ripped about half of the kitchen out the day we moved in. It took us about a month to complete the whole project (we got some help with the heavy lifting from my sister and her boyfriend) but other than that it was all Bryan and I. My favorite part was laying all the tile, it was so satisfying! Check out the BEFORE and AFTER pictures below! I also linked everything we bought at the end of the post.

As you can see, the kitchen didn't look THAT bad. But we knew we had to change it up a bit. We removed all of the upper cabinets (which were weird and tiny, and replaced with with larger ones that matched the lower cabinets. We decided to leave the lower cabinets because we loved the grey granite counter tops that were already there and it would have been way over our budget to change. The appliances were all new but were of "flipping" quality, so we replaced them with nicer ones, changed the pendants, painted the walls white, and added white subway tile with dark grout throughout. I'm IN LOVE with how it turned out.

We did not want the microwave to have the place of honor in our kitchen, and had always loved large tile walls, so we changed out the microwave for a recirculating vent. Bryan HATED the look of the previous range with the knobs on the back, and I agree that the new one is a huge improvement. We lucked out because the appliances had never been used, and the contractor who installed them agreed to buy them back from us at nearly full price, which went a long way towards paying for the upgrade. 

Magnetic knife storage saves counter space AND looks awesome!

The previous owner went a very "interesting" direction with the upper cabinets....

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this home renovation post. We had so much fun working on this together and making our home feel like home. We have been working on a ton of other projects and I can't wait to share more! 

PAINT PAINT PAINT PAINT

Hello hello again my lovely friends. So in my last post I showed some before and after pictures of the condo renovations Bryan and I worked on for two weeks while in St. John (if you missed it, you can read the post here.) Along with those renovations, I also did 4 custom abstracts for the condo. Bryan built the two largest canvases (4x8ft and 3x5ft) with oak we got from Home Depot on St. Thomas and rolled canvas we had shipped down. The other two canvases we luckily found at the local hardware store (30x48in). 

Remember this painting? I did this one over 3 years ago for their first condo, Blue Coral. It makes me so happy that I now have 5 original paintings in St. John since that is the place that inspires most of my work. Linda (the world's greatest mother-in-law) is THE BEST for letting me go crazy with paint and allowing me to paint an 8ft piece for the first time ever for her place.

Painting on the porch next to the pool with an ocean view? Um YES PLEASE. 

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So pleased with how this painting turned out (30x48in - one of the canvases we bought). It is hanging in the little reading nook area in the master bedroom.

Bryan should sell his canvases. They are better than the heavy duty gallery wrapped ones I normally get from Michaels. THANKS BRY BRY.

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Bryan built this canvas (3x5ft) and it hangs above the bed in the second master bedroom. 

This piece was inspired by the moody pieces I have recently done, like this guy. It is 30x48in and hangs in the third bedroom.

BRYAN YOU ARE THE GREATEST MAN ALIVE. Here he is making the 8 footer!! It came out so sturdy and perfect.

Soooo happy with how this baby turned out! (4x8ft!!!) I love painting large scale art, it's such a fun challenge.

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(So excited for the new couches to arrive! Be gone green wicker.)

Here's a fun time lapse video Bryan captured of me starting the big painting!

Anyone want a custom piece of artwork made? Email me. I'm serious. I want to paint a beautiful statement piece for your home (or vacation home). I'll travel anywhere.

Be sure to check out the before and after pics of this condo's renovation HERE.

Other fun posts: MY ST. JOHN TRAVEL GUIDE and THE DO'S AND DON'T OF ST. JOHN!

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Bryan and I were recently in St. John again for 16 days. We were there this time because his parents bought a second condo in Cruz Bay and we were there renovating the entire place. It's the only 4-bedroom condo walking distance to downtown Cruz Bay (which is very unique) so we wanted the place to look and feel stunning and luxurious. When we first walked in, the place was scary looking...the lighting fixtures were horrible, there were brown canned lights popping out of the ceiling everywhere you looked and the furniture needed a serious upgrade.

We gave all the walls and trim a fresh coat of paint, repainted the worthy furniture white to brighten the space, switched out all of the ceiling fans and lighting fixtures, bought new furniture, reorganized and redecorated every single room, and added custom artwork. Trust me, it's even more work then it sounds like, but it's the most fun work. Bryan and I even spent a full day in St. Thomas and set the record for most furniture fit into a single mini van. The rest of the furniture and goodies came on a shipping container that Bryan had to unload and get through customs himself... (nightmare). Bryan and I were going non stop the entire time we were there, we spent a grand total of 5 hours at the beach, WHAT! My mom even flew out to help us which was awesome.

Here are a few BEFORE and AFTER pics of the main living room area.

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*THERE ARE TWO NEW CRATE & BARREL COUCHES ON THE WAY!! As well as a teak expandable dining table. They did not show up in time while we were there so I'll take more pics when we go back. It's going to be even more beautiful with those in there!

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Here are the BEFORE and AFTER pictures of the two master bedrooms.

That circle mirror above the bed was originally in the master bathroom and was a dark brown/gold color. My mom had the genius idea to paint it white and hang it in between the new wall sconces, perfection! Bryan also had the idea to get lamps that have outlets in them to charge your phone easier. We also added new mirrored side tables, a new rug, new ceiling fan and lighting fixtures throughout the room.

Here are the BEFORE and AFTERS of the second master.

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We changed the lights (you can plug your phone charger into these as well), added a new rug and a new ceiling fan, painted the black dresser white, reused that awesome wooden mirror that used to be hanging in the entrance way, removed the sconces above the bed and added a custom artwork (by me) to match the colors of the room and also added a love seat! This is the room Bryan and I stay in and we LOVE it.

Here are a few BEFORE and AFTER pics of the third bedroom.

I LOVED the bed and side tables in this room so we kept those and went with a Bali theme. We added new lamps, new rug, new ceiling fan, white drapes, that starburst mirror above the bed, a cool bamboo looking dresser (not shown) and custom artwork by me (I will share more on that in the next post).

And finally, BEFORE and AFTERS of the fourth bedroom.

We changed this room completely. Got rid of the twin beds and added a queen (with a Beauty Rest Black mattress, most comfortable mattress ever), new ceiling fan, rug and lamps coming soon.

Be sure to look out for the next blog post showing the process of the 4 custom artworks I did for the condo! They came out awesome and I'm excited to share more about it!!

If you want more info on the condo, go here!

Also be sure to check out MY ST. JOHN TRAVEL GUIDE and THE DO'S AND DON'T OF ST. JOHN!