Friday

RLC - Main Before and Afters

white kitchen with teal kitchen island - painted oak cabinets
Pendant Light  |  Kitchen Island  |  Stools 

There is something about before and afters that I like so much, and I'm talking about room makeovers.

Witnessing the transformation of a room, is something that I've always loved to see.

Now, I like it even better when a room starts as an ugly duckling and makes its way into a beautiful swan. Ahhh love it!

Having that in mind, I went to my archives and picked all those before pictures of most of the rooms in my house and put them side by side to the latest work I've done in that room.

Ha, I see big changes in most of the rooms, even though my home is still a work in progress and perhaps will never be completely finished.

So, let me show you my before and afters starting at the heart of the house...



The before:
builder's grade honey oak kitchen the before

A sea of honey oak... Cabinets, island and floors.

builder's grade kitchen with oak cabinets and white appliances.

The after:

Same painted cabinets and kitchen island, the space above the cabinets was closed and a backsplash and DIY range hood installed.



The before:

A small dining room with no storage space that we hardly used.

The after:
Pendant Light  |  Farmhouse Table  |  Wall Art

The lack of storage was solved with a wall of build-ins. Here, dressed for Christmas.


However, the makeover was done to make this room serve dual purpose: As a dining room for those special occasions and...


As my office space. It's so good to have my work space here in the main floor of the house. It's now one of the rooms I use the most.  I still keep on staring at that coffered ceiling, I love it!


The before:

A plain room in need of architectural detail.

The After:
living room with blue rug and white curtains and industrial coffee table
Coffee Table  |  Area Rug  |  Side Table  | Curtains from Homegoods

The addition of trim to the doors, windows and around the room gave it a good dose of charm.

The before from another angle:

A big wall that was hard to dress up.

The after:
living room with white and blue accents - farmhouse decor
Board & Batten Wall  |  Sunburst Mirror  |  slipper chairs  |  

Installing a board and batten treatment solved that problem.


The before:

A room that needed some change.

The after:
For Summer
One of the rooms we use the most, and one that still needs a big makeover.


One of the areas I'm always changing... The mantel, of course, Christmas is my favorite! :)



A girly girl room.

The after:
For Fall
The room a young adult girl doesn't want to come out of. She can stay in here for days! :D


And most of the time it doesn't look this cute. :/

The before:

The room that hosted all the pieces of furniture I didn't want to have around the house. Oh, and my poor boy never complained. :D

The after:
grey and wooden tones boy room
Light  |  Bed  |  Arrow Wall Art  |  Built-ins
He got a well deserved room makeover with lots of storage space, a new closet and hey, a new bed.

chalkboard, old desk and build-ins on the side of bed
For Fall
A pair of old desks were the base for the build-ins around the bed.

THE MASTER BEDROOM
The before:

Well, what can I say... that was another era. :D

The after:
white Master bedroom makeover with built-ins and faux ceiling beams

Installing faux ceiling beams, adding a chandelier and build-ins and brightening the color palette sure changed this room.


There's still work that needs to be completed in here, but I like the direction this room is taking.

built-ins dressed for summer with wooden ships and starfish, fireplace in the middle

I like to play styling those shelves, here for Summer.

The before:

Well yeah, honey oak in the bathrooms as well.

The after:

Once again I fought it with paint and gave the plain bath tub a pretty cover.


The before:

Sigh.
Depressing.

The after:
patio set with firepit table
Patio Set  |  Area Rug  |  Outdoor Umbrella  |  String Lights

A fun spot to hang out! The floating deck truly changed this space.


Well, that's for now how my home has evolved.  It's been a long and happy journey putting my own imprint in these rooms and I hope you can find inspiration for your own home.

Thanks for stopping by!

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23 comments :

  1. I always love seeing your home. It's so bright and cheerful and I don't think I will ever love a boy's room more than your son's! Enjoy your weekend!
    Shelley

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    1. Thanks so much Shelley! All those bold colors we used in the 90's have been slowly disappearing. :D
      My son's still loving his room, and hey, most importantly, keeping it clean!

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  2. Oh my word. I need you to come help me put some character into my rooms. Your home is stunning.

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    1. hehe thanks Marty! I think you're doing an awesome job giving character to your new home, look at your kitchen, I love it!

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  3. You have done some of the most incredible makeovers and are a fabulous carpenter! It blows my mind what you can do. You do trim work just like the professionals that trimmed my kitchen and will be trimming out my master bath. You should be very proud of your work.

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    1. Kim, Thank you so much! It's really so kind of you to say so. There's still a long way for me to proudly wear that carpenter hat, but hey, we gotta have dreams, right! ;)
      I've been so MIA these past weeks with vacation, conference, and other Summer stuff, but I'm heading your way to check that master bath.

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  4. Seriously beautiful! Your blog inspires me so much!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Aww Sheila, you're as always so nice! It's so good to hear that, thanks!

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  5. You are one talented lady! I refer to your blog when ever I need inspiration AND courage to tackle any project! Your tutorials are easy to follow and makes me realize I too can do it if I set my mind to it!

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    1. Hehe I like the courage part. :D As I always say, start with a small project, have the right tools and keep on practicing. Yes, you can do it, Ann! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind message. ;)

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  6. You amaze me! I'm trying to decide what to do with the dining room in our new house and I honestly thought...what would Cristina do? :)

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    1. Aww you're just too sweet Stacey! Your new house is beautiful, but hey, maybe some moldings? :D
      That's one thing I really love. ;) I'm on my way there, because I got to see bits of your kitchen when I was on vacation and I had to wait and wait for the pictures to upload, the connection was so bad over there. Though, the waiting was so worth it, that kitchen island and your choices of lighting were amazing!

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  7. WOW!!! What wonderful changes---so much work, I'm sure, but so worth it! BEAUTIFUL!!!

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    1. Hi Cathy, yes, it's work. But, the more you keep on putting your own imprint in your own home the more comfortable you get and the more you like working on it. Thanks so much for your kind words.

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  8. It's so fun to see so many of your rooms in one post! I can't even choose a favourite because they're all so good (but ok, maybe your son's room is my ultimate favourite). I LOVE your house. xx

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    1. Thanks Kate! I don't know why I didn't make this kind of recap sooner, I've always loved this kind of posts from my friends. My son's room is at the top of my list. I spent a lot of time working in there, from the closet to the floors and then, to the built-ins - lots of energy and DIY projects are packed in that small room. :)

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  9. I have never seen your home tour! How amazing! Love your style and LOVE your carpentry skills. So very proud of you and so very happy for you. Enjoy your beautiful new home! Susie from The Chelsea Project

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  10. Wow!! I love seeing before and afters as well - but yours should be called before and fabulous!!! Each room looks fantastic, and very livable. Congratulations on many jobs well done!

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  11. You have the midas touch for redecorating Miga!
    Every space and room is your home is pure perfection and all BY CHRISTINA GARAY INTERIORS.
    Your son's room is the most beautiful I've ever seen, which are isually not as pretty as the girls. Congrats!
    Fabby

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    1. Hahaha Thanks Fabby! You're so sweet! :)

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  12. Sorry I'm commenting from my phone amiga.
    Fabby

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  13. Love every inch. It has inspired me to tackle and say goodbye to my oak cabinets.

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    1. Oh Amy, I know you're going to love their painted version!

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