DIY Remodels

Austin Home Remodel Part 2 – Downstairs

I must admit I think the kitchen and living room might be my two favorite areas of the house that we remodeled. It’s just crazy how dark and dated this area was before we came in and lightened it up!

/ / / / LIVING ROOM / / / /

We don’t have a fireplace in our own home so when I saw the fireplace in the house, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it…white wash! It’s free and so stinking easy, even for the non-DIY-er. I’m going to do another in depth post about who you exactly do this but let’s just say it’s free and takes about 2 hours. The impact it made in the home was subtle but really brought the room up to date. And those windows! I’m not even a huge natural light fan but I think this living room is convincing me that natural light is where it’s at. The other major change we made to the living room area were the stair railings. It was originally a tall wall that made the house feel a little more closed in so we took down the drywall to the stairs and added some new railings. Cool, huh? We have had so many compliments on these railings!

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/ / / / KITCHEN / / / /

It’s amazing what new paint, new cabinets, new lights, new fixtures, new flooring & new hardware can do. ha! We completely transformed this area because we know how central kitchens can be in a home. Our counter tops and cabinets are from IKEA which we were so pleased with. I was nervous about the whole process since I had never done that before but I was very impressed with how seamless it was! IKEA’s kitchen systems are very sophisticated and can be customized exactly how you want them. There are secret drawers within drawers and all sorts of efficient storage options you can add. We decided to add high end hardware and crown molding to take away from the “IKEA feel” and it worked really well in the space. Needless to say, we will definitely be doing another IKEA kitchen!


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/ / / / BREAKFAST NOOK / / / /

My husband is the one who gets all the credit for this corner of the house. He was pretty adamant about adding a window to the wall opposite of the kitchen (see below). I didn’t really know if it was going to add anything to the house but he really wanted to do it so I said sure! And wow it made such a huge difference!! It brightened up the corner of the kitchen and makes this space feels a lot more fresh and modern.




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/ / / / HALF BATH / / / /

This bathroom was an easy fix since the vanity that was there when we bought it was in good shape. I painted the vanity and added new hardware to update it. I will definitely be buying another one of these mirrors. I found it at AtHome in Pflugerville for around $50 which was a great price for the impact it makes in the bathroom. That’s a complete tour of the downstairs, the upstairs will be my next post!



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  • Reply Cecilia April 20, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Gorgeous! Y’all did an awesome job!

    • Reply Meagan April 20, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      Thank you so much!! =)

  • Reply Logan Brown August 7, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Every picture here is worth a thousand words! I love how you have broken everything down to each step and explained the importance and reason behind each remodel decision.

    • Reply Meagan August 8, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Thank you, Logan!

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