Home Renovation + Home Decor Favorites

Happy Thursday!

Today I am so excited to finally share my home renovation experience + my home decor favorites! I purchased my first home in April and it has been a labor of love (okay to be honest I hated the process at times) ever since. When looking to buy, I knew I wanted to find a space that I could make “my own.” Most of the changes were purely cosmetics: paint, new lighting, more paint, new hardware, appliances, did I mention paint? It felt like we were painting foreverrrr and almost lost my arms in the process lol! We painted the ceilings, white trim, every wall in the place, cabinets, and doors. The bigger undertakings were the kitchen, installing new counter tops, painting the cabinets, installing pendant lighting, and tiling the fireplace. The renovation process took about a month, but well worth the wait in my opinion! I have to give a huge thank you & shout out to my parents who helped me complete this renovation (to be fair I wasn’t much help! haha!).

The kitchen got a major makeover and it’s probably my favorite space that we did! Before, the counter tops were a dark brown laminate color. It was a major eye sore and I couldn’t wait to get rid of them! I used home depot for replacing the counter tops. Production took about 5 weeks after the measurements were taken but despite the wait time the process was relatively simple and stress free. The only aspect not ideal is not having counter tops for a few weeks… lots of takeout meals! We got rid of the heinous yellow sunshine wall color and replaced it with light grey and also painted all the trim + cabinets. Painting your kitchen cabinets is a great low cost option to spruce up the space rather than gutting it! It amazed me how much expenses start adding up once you begin the renovation process. $$$.  You do have to use a special type of paint that is more expensive so be sure to tell the store assistant what you are looking to do with it. I originally wanted to paint them white, but my sister has white cabinets and advised against them (they get super dirty quickly). Eventually, I would like to add a back splash of subway tile above the counter to the bottom of the cabinets.

Kitchen BEFORE:

Kitchen AFTER:

Inspo for subway tile:

I am so in love with the fireplace! How amazing is this tile??? I originally wanted to do chevron tiling (see example here) but after reading reviews on Pinterest, a lot of people advised against it for those DIYing it. I decided to go with this tile (also from home depot) and am so glad I did! I love the color variation and look of the stone finish vs tile. My Dad did the tile job himself (gotta love handy Dad’s!). In his opinion it was relatively easy so if any of you at home are considering taking on a tiling project don’t be intimidated! You do have to know how to operate a tile saw, but these can be rented at Home Depot for about $50/day. Measuring and cutting the tile was the most time consuming part of this project. The application goes pretty quickly.

Fireplace BEFORE:

Fireplace AFTER:

Living BEFORE:

Living AFTER:

One of my favorite things to shop for is home decor. I haven’t purchased too many new items yet for the space but next on my list is to find an area rug to go in the living room! I also want to buy some art to go above the chair to the left in the picture above and another piece to hang above my couch. I have been eyeing this piece from World Market.

I purchased this bookshelf from Wayfair a few years ago. I love switching up the decor and moving pieces around on it. If you love displaying books but aren’t a big fan of the pops of color the covers give off, just flip them around so the pages show to the front instead of the bind. I learned this trick from another blogger and love it! Much easier than finding & buying neutral book covers just for the display.

Shop my home decor purchases here!:

Shop my other Home decor favorites I have been eyeing!