One of My Favourite House Transformations: Client Reveal

This was a pretty special transformation for me. While I love working with all my clients, this client gets a bit of extra love -- he is my brother after all!

He and his family just purchased this house, but it was feeling a little 'old' for their style. They asked me to help them freshen up their kitchen and living room/dining area and entry it turned into one of my favourite transformations.

This was going to be a true DIY-driven makeover. Being that they lived in a small town and I was only there for a couple of weeks, we had limited resources and time to get things done.

Kitchen Before

DIY Kitchen Transformation | Before Photo | Mirror Behind Open Shelves
DIY Kitchen Transformation | Before Photo | White Shelves Surrounding Fridge

The kitchen was a great size and had been renovated probably in the '90s. There were no upper cabinets on the one side of the kitchen already giving it a more modern look which I knew we could work with. There were also open shelves hung up, even though they were dated I liked the idea of them still being there, but we would make a much more updated DIY version of some shelving. Also, that horrible mirror behind the shelves would definitely be going!

Living/Dining Room Before

The living room was also quite dark with the red paint and they were looking for more storage in the room. I loved the symmetry of the two windows around the fireplace and immediately thought of a way to take advantage of the windows and provide more storage. The open concept between the living and dining was another great feature of this house, but in its current state, it just needed a few minor updates to give it more of an updated feel. These rooms were surrounded by plenty of incredible windows with views of the surrounding mountains!

Red Paint Wall with Fireplace | Dark Wood Floors | DIY Living Room Transformation
Large Window Facing Mountains | White Wall
Dark Living Room Transformation | Red Paint Room | Dining Room off to The Side
Dining Room with a Red Wall and White Wall | Old Light Fixture Above Table

Entry Way Before

This front door entry area was a good size. At this point, there was an oversized armoire taking up most of the space and not a lot of room to walk into the area. The lighting was also too ornate and would have to go.

Entry Way with Oversized White Armoire and Ornate Chandelier

The Design

This design was all about brightening up the rooms, making them feel more modernized for the young family.


For the kitchen, I thought about adding a shiplap wall above all the lower cabinets. Also making DIY wood shelves to replace the current ones and painting the shiplap behind those shelves a contrasting black. The lights would all get replaced, the ceiling painted a fresh white, and all the original hardware spray painted black. I also had an idea to paint out all the blue countertops white as well!! You can check out how I do that here.

Living Room

My idea for the living room was to paint the brick out on the fireplace, place affordable storage cabinets under each window, paint out all the walls in a calming light shade, add new lighting and drapes and accessories and use a large empty wall to display family pictures.

E-Design Visualization of Living Room with Two Windows on Each Side of a Fireplace