I wasn’t sure what direction I would take until after I visited Chicago for the Day of Design event in May.

I was so inspired by the water that surrounds the city, the history of Chicago and architectural details that have endured the test of time that I integrated a few of the elements into our kitchen design.

Take a look at what we were able to accomplish: In addition to the items mentioned above, here are few other things that I did to make the kitchen look a little better in itself and in our space.1. We received our new family room rug the same day that we had the carpets cleaned, so while waiting for the carpets to dry, I rolled it out in our living room. Okay, so what, can it be a good “before and after” with out a hideous “before”?

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Besides a few of the things I showed you that we did just to live in the space, I also tiled the back splash including a half wall as an accent for more interest and lastly adding some architectural character to the existing cabinets.

I found out that I can, in fact, update a kitchen without painting the oak cabinets! This was not that much of a stretch since turquoise and blue are a main color way in the last home, but bringing that color into the kitchen really helped the orange look nicer.

I told you all about my sad “no painting allowed” story on Wednesday.

How the Realtor said we couldn’t paint our cabinets because we had chosen to rent the house and that painting them would not be the best choice.

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When we moved into our lake cottage, we immediately decluttered the kitchen, removing wall hangings and ivy.

It instantly felt bigger and helped expose its charm.

She and Justin have remodeled three homes from top to bottom and are working on their fourth.

If you are getting tired of your outdated bathroom and it’s time for an update, what are you waiting for?

Cassity started Remodelaholic with her husband, Justin, to share their love for knocking out walls together.