Refinishing these kitchen cabinets and painting them white helped to lighten and brighten the space. As is seen throughout the home, the white elements are offset by dark ones, here in the countertops and appliances.
Designer Lori Rourk transformed a once-tired antique record player into a chic focal point by adding blown glass knobs and refinishing the wood. Inexpensive coastal accessories finish off the look and bring a real sense of character.
The large master bedroom feels even bigger with its brighter palette and abundance of natural light. Joanna Gaines's design plan for this room called for removing old ceiling tiles, refinishing and re-staining the pine wood floors and adding more storage and new light fixtures.
This late 1980s kitchen is updated by painting the oak cabinets a soft warm gray, refinishing the hardwood floors and installing granite countertops, a new apron-front sink, a bridge faucet, wire pendant lights and stainless steel appliances. For a distinct look, an unconventional size of subway tile (2x8) with dark gray grout is used for the backsplash.
To add storage for clothes as well as important documents and papers, a small antique heirloom desk was used in the room rather than a standard dresser. A wood refinishing shop updated the old wood finish with a pecan finish appropriate for the style of the desk. Now the historical value remains intact, but with a fresh look.
You can also run an above-ground spa through winter. If you decide to close it down for the chilly season, start with an inspection of the wood cabinet. Refinish wooden cabinets as needed. This task requires dry weather and warmth, so tackle this while autumn temperatures are still on the toasty side—and before fall rains arrive.
In this after photo, DIY blogger Yuni Min shows how you can totally remake your room without breaking the bank, simply by painting and refinishing. “If you’re on a budget, try some simple DIY changes with paint, and it can really update the furniture completely,” says Min, who blogs at Love Your Abode. Min used Sherwin-Williams Pure White for the bed and updated the rest of the furniture with Velvet Finishes paint by Kellie Smith, gold spray paint and gold Rub-n-Buff wax metallic finish.
Hardwood floors work with almost any style — year in, year out. Given that flooring is the biggest expanse of product you’ll see in your new space, designer Christina Fluegge of Greige Design recommends going with a high-quality hardwood that allows you to refinish as time goes by rather than having to replace. “I currently have a love affair with a sandable engineered wood floor that’s hand-distressed and has a wax finish,” Fluegge says. “It’s simple to clean and takes scratches and regular everyday living in stride.”
When looking to update existing cabinet door fronts without major costs, keep in mind that glossy black and glossy white paint instantly modernize almost any style door front, resulting in a much newer look. In order to properly refinish old cabinet door fronts, first, remove them from the casing, marking the back of each door front and the inside of the cabinet with painter's tape marked with coordinating numbers. Next, remove the existing finish with fine-grit sandpaper and wipe away dust with a damp cloth. Add an even coat of primer to the front and back of each door front as well as the fascia of the cabinet casing. Lastly, use a professional-grade, two- or three-inch angled brush to apply two coats of a high-gloss latex paint, as well as a clear coat of polyurethane. Keep the space well-ventilated for 24 to 48 hours to allow fumes to subside.
When the homeowners went to renovate their 1980s home, they knew they wanted a sophisticated style that was a little more casual and up-to-date, so designers transformed the outdated library into a beautiful, contemporary-chic great room for the family. Designers worked with a local wood company to refinish the entire space, stripping the original stain and bleaching the wood to achieve a stylish "greige" stain on the walls and ceiling beams. To maintain the room's grand feel, designer chose to keep and update the gallery, which also adds height to the room. Finally, the marble clad and antique mirror fireplace surround helps to break up the wood paneled walls and the home's original handrail, comprised of brass and iron, was modified to meet modern safety codes and standards.