Small changes can make a big difference.
In this RefreshRepair story, our Eden Prairie Bearpath homeowner was tired of their home’s outdated 90’s look. It was time for something new. Our homeowner reached out to MA Peterson in hopes of creating a better use of their open concept floor plan and making simple changes to update the space. The homeowner’s desired areas of improvement consisted of the living room, the kitchen, and the family room. MA Peterson teamed up with M. Gilbertson Design to give this home a beautiful remodel.
Before the renovation, the formal living room was rarely used. The ivory carpet in the living room was removed and replaced with dark hardwood floors to match the new flooring in the rooms nearby. The hope was to make the living room a more open space that would be used more often. A minor alteration was replacing the walkway opening into the kitchen, changing it to an arched opening to match the arch found in the main entrance as well as being consistent with the arched windows.
Additionally in the living room, MA Peterson also re-enameled the entire millwork and fireplace surround with a warmer tone to update the space. Fresh paint and new custom silk drapery, along with a more informal approach to the placement of the furniture, allowed for better flow and communication between the adjoining family room and kitchen.
With a newfound walkway into the kitchen, the difference in lighting and elegance doesn’t go unnoticed. The homeowner loved the existing kitchen’s highly functional and large layout, but the design was stuck in the 90s. Per the homeowner's request, the countertops were left untouched and the cabinets simply were updated from a light oak to white enamel. The kitchen island was given a modern, yet subtle, facelift with contrasting light gray walls that connected the TV wall in the adjacent family room.
A kitchen remodel wouldn’t be complete without new lighting. Fredrick Raymond pendants were brought in over the kitchen island with a warm silver leaf finish, which accented the silver leaf finish on the kitchen cabinet hardware. The kitchen table and chairs were refinished with a new custom finish, tying the warm tones together within the space. Dark gray barstools with silver nail heads were added to complement the gray enameled kitchen island, and also bring together the dark ceiling and drapery in the room.
The ceiling in the adjoining family room and kitchen space was updated from a vaulted tray to a custom coffered beam ceiling, adding more of a dramatic and modern look. The ceiling was painted a dark stone to contrast the white-enameled beams to match the trim. The surrounding walls were painted light gray to add a subtle, yet noticeable, contrast to the refinished hardwood floors.
Adjacent to the kitchen is the family room, whose transformation was astonishing. Formerly, this room offered a fireplace that was rarely used, surrounded by a light oak built-in media center. With the wall as a focal point in the room, the media center clutter was less than desirable.
MA Peterson created the look and feel of having more open space by removing the media center and installing a custom-made entertainment wall, concealing the various wires and cords. Windows were added where the media center once stood, extending further down the wall and adding light to the space. The TV wall was painted a stormy gray to balance the color flow between the family room and kitchen cabinetry.
Bringing the continuity of colors together from one room to the next, adding custom details such as the arch and coffered beam ceiling created the open layout and comfortable entertaining space our homeowner was looking for. Sometimes, a space needs a simple Refresh and Repair to make it look new again, and that’s exactly what this homeowner did. That’s what MA Peterson’s RefreshRepair is all about -- small changes, big impact