The goal of our mid-century renovation was to create a sense of flow throughout the house. To accomplish that, I created one cohesive concept that guided my design decision throughout every space, including spaces that will be addressed in later phases of the project.
Does that mean that I selected every finish that will be used in every project through all the phases of this mid-century renovation?
No. I merely created a road map that will guide all space design and finish selections. No matter when the various phases are completed, I can return to that road map to make selections that will give continuity to the space.
The concept for the project was mid-century, contemporary, traditional, and coastal. I took each of these and evaluated the furniture, finishes, and accessories to make sure they fit within one of the categories. I also made sure that there was enough of each category represented in the space.
The original kitchen layout was not significantly altered because it is laid out around two exterior walls, making it difficult to expand the space. We did use the space in a smarter way and made significant changes to the functionality and cosmetics of the space.
The actual kitchen space is small and is L-shaped. We knew right away that we wanted to use the family room at a multi-purpose space for entertaining and dining.
At some point in the past, the former homeowners had done a partial remodel of the kitchen. I say partial because I’m not sure they completed the job. The wall with the refrigerator and range had no cabinets, no counter surface, and an exposed gas line.
We also had to deal with 2 different ceiling surfaces, bulkheads, soffits, and faux beams… again.
Room to Move
We also needed plenty of space to move around. My daughter uses a wheelchair and the walls and furniture can take a beating if there isn’t enough space to maneuver her chair. Placing the table in the middle of the space would have made that nearly impossible. So, we knew that the traditional seat-at-the-bar orientation would not work for our family.
The first step in phase two of our mid-century renovation was creating a kitchen and cabinetry plan that was functional with plenty of counter space for food prep and all utilities located safely behind the walls. Because of some structural details, the cost to move the gas line was outrageous, so we eliminated the gas line and opted for electric appliances.
We also created a flat ceiling with a knockdown finish, which helped open up the space and create continuity. Once the ceiling was flat, that allowed us to expand the cabinetry to the kitchen entry from the front hallway. It also allowed us to add wall cabinetry and a tall cabinet for the oven and microwave.
In all of the ceiling work, we also found that the electrical wiring was not at all up to code. There were tons of spliced wires, so we needed extensive electrical work in the kitchen. Thankfully, this was really the only room the former owners had “remodeled,” but the kitchen was really the only room with ceiling lights.
Once we had decided to use the old dining room as a sitting room, we were free to use the family room for the dining area. However, I decided to create a restaurant style booth off the back of the peninsula in the kitchen.
I sketched the booth and had a local furniture workshop – Grit and Grain – build it for me. It is the perfect width to seat 3 people and it gave us the opportunity to add storage drawers beneath the booth.
We also ended up creating a custom bar and ditched the idea of trying to find a piece of furniture large enough. Plus, we wanted to integrate a beverage refrigerator and wind storage. We also stuck with a adjacent (blue/green) color palette and ditched the coral accent color.
The Guest Bath
This was quite possibly the ugliest room in the house. If jaundice were an interior decorating condition, this bathroom would have it! The yellow was overwhelming. The cabinetry was in terrible condition and the door needed to be replaced.
We also needed to remove all of the yellow tile from the walls around the vanity. However, we planned to re-glaze the tile and tub because they were both still in usable condition.
The bathroom also had carpet! It was really gross and there was a lot of water damage near the toilet, tub, and door. When we removed the tile from the wall near the door we also found some moisture intrusion and old. Fortunately, there was no structural damage from the water, but we did need to remediate the mold.
The other issue was that there was no natural light or ventilation in the bathroom. We added a vent fan and switched the wood door, which had water damage, with a French style door with beaded privacy glass.
The bathroom in our mid-century renovation is pretty limited in its space plan. We left the linen closet in place. We polished the terrazzo, which immediately improved the look of the space. I personally demoed the entire bathroom myself and it was an afternoon joyously spent!
The concept of the space was to continue the retro feel of the space, but add some glam elements. I wanted a bold wallpaper, but I wanted to keep the palette light and muted, to remain consistent with the rest of the house.
We replaced the vanity using white shaker cabinets with acrylic and brass oversized hardware. The lighting is a retro style vanity bar in antique brass and the mirror is a vintage chinoiserie style that I sprayed with white lacquer.
The overall look is feminine, retro, and bold!
Stay tuned next week for the FULL before and after photos! I promise the post will be short on words and full of gorgeous photos!
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