Updating a 70s ranch house
We’re planning to frame out the doorway to the addition (after the addition is completed) and replace the rug eventually.
It was instantly updated with a few coats of wall paint (Ben Moore’s Gray Husky) and a nice white on the trim, baseboards, and cove ceilings (Custom White to match Ikea’s Adel Cabinets).On the adjacent wall we DIY’ed a $20 plank wall made from recycled pallet boards, built a blanket ladder from 1×4’s and galvanized pipe, and updated an Ikea media console with mid-century legs. A room once filled with linoleum tile flooring, outdated oak cabinets, a single ceiling fan light, and the home’s original appliances.Before: We removed the walls separating the kitchen from both the living and dining rooms, updated the electric and plumbing, replaced all the upper and lower cabinets, and DIYed a butcher block island.We also added crown molding, replaced baseboards, hung some sentimental map art, switched out the dining chairs, and updated the ceiling light over the dining table.Progress: There’s still some work to be done in here, but it’s quite a bit more completed than most rooms.It’s an obvious change in each room, but I may not mention it with every space.
Of all the rooms in our home, this space has probably had the most lives.
Progress: We updated to stainless steel appliances, soapstone countertops, and installed a subway tile backsplash.
We also added recessed lighting, pendants, and under-cabinet lighting throughout.
First a makeshift office, second a functioning office, and then my attempt at a simplified entryway. We lightened up the walls with grasscloth wallpaper treatment, painted the interior side of the door yellow, and refinished a modular shelving unit.
After: Streamlined and beautiful, yet storage and function for days.
We recovered a few vintage foot stools with new blankets, and gave a Craigslist side table a new look with paint and faux marble contact paper.