Front Porch Makeover Reveal!

When Style Diva, Cathi Aycock, challenged me to make over a front porch for a feature for The Tennessean, I kicked it into high gear to find a porch that needed a serious update for the summer.

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This 1950’s home is located in a popular ranch neighborhood in Nashville.  This was the “before” of the home:

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Before

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Paint Your Paneling, Change Your Life

There is simply no reason you must live perpetually with a dated wood kitchen if you don’t want to. Or live in a dark, wood-paneled den just because your home contains one.  And, no, you don’t have to rip the wood paneling out.

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Pull Up a Comfy Chair and Read This Post

 

You need to paint it.  I know, I know:  your husband says “No way, Jose!”  Men have lots of reasons for leaving wood in its natural state as I expounded upon in my post, “Why Men Fear Painting Wood.”

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Men Think Wood Paneling is Sexy, But It’s Not

 

My clients spent 16 years with dark, dated wood cabinets and wood paneling in their kitchen and adjoining den.   Because their Nashville home is a 1970’s ranch, they honestly believed that they had no other choice but to live in that era as long as they lived in that home.  Not true!

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 Before of Kitchen with Dated Wood Cabinetry

 

Honestly, it took a bit of convincing to reassure my clients that my plan would work and not result in a half-baked result.  They thought they needed to rip out all their cabinetry and start over, which would have been prohibitively expensive.  They were paralyzed by fear and lack of vision.  Once I gained their trust, we began moving forward towards an amazing outcome.  The proof is in the photos.  Get ready for the transformation . . . [Read more...]

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