Mountain Home Renovation Final Reveal

This post includes our DIY Mountain Home Renovation Final Reveal, with effective tips how to bring a 1980’s house into the present!

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Friends, as most of you know, we’ve spent the last couple of months renovating our mountain home here in central Oregon. It is finally finished, and today I’m sharing the before and after pictures with you, plus all the fun details!

My husband and I knew that this 1980’s mountain home was right for us, when Paul face timed with our realtor on a “walk-through” to check out the house.

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Mountain Home Renovation Final Reveal at ReluctantEntertainer.com

The house had good bones, and so many unique aspects to it. We loved all the wood, even though it was a bit too much wood for our taste, and the wood-framed windows, high cedar ceilings, and the overall “feel.” It also had the perfect space for our piano!

Mountain Home Renovation Final Reveal at ReluctantEntertainer.com

Mountain Home Renovation Final Reveal

I was in Italy, so I approved the house by seeing the pictures online (I know, this was a brave move). Back home, after we sold our house on Craigslist in 22 days, we were so ready to find a home that we would love, in this brand new area!

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Mountain Home Renovation Final Reveal at ReluctantEntertainer.com

Now, 3 months later, our house is everything we hoped for. We can’t believe we get to live in this marvelous space–in the great outdoors, surrounded by mountains and the high desert–with so many new experiences. We are truly grateful.

White Kitchen #1 Priority

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Mountain Home Renovation Final Reveal at ReluctantEntertainer.com

With all the wood, and original blue tile, the kitchen was our first project.

Food is a thread of commonality, so gathering with friends and family, and making new connections in our community, is very important to us.

Add Symmetry

We wanted to bring function and style to the home. In the center of the kitchen was a tall “monolith” that we knew had to come down (the original “blue” geese sitting on top). It made the house feel so small.

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On either side was a small pantry and a very small refrigerator. With the help of Ryobi tools, Paul and our boys brought the wall down, and it completely opened up a new space to “one great room!”

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We moved the fridge to the sink wall, in the place of a large pantry, and the lost pantry space was made up for under the new center island. The door? We repurposed the door for a desk in our bedroom.

New open space

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We always wanted a great room. So how to modernize it in a simple fashion was quite simple.

Mountain Home Renovation Final Reveal at ReluctantEntertainer.com

Mountain Home Renovation Final Reveal at ReluctantEntertainer.com

Mountain Home Renovation Final Reveal at ReluctantEntertainer.com

Low-profile furniture (from our friends at Terra Firma Home, in Medford, OR)
Paint the fireplace.
Paint the wood walls white (keeping the original wood cedar ceilings & beams). COLOR: Nuance White
Paint the kitchen cabinets white.
Update the appliances.
Update the tile.
Build a new center island.
Update and refurbish the lighting.
Remove all the window coverings in the house!

Want to see our bedroom?

Update the entry way

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Mountain Home Renovation Final Reveal at ReluctantEntertainer.com

Again, with everything all wood, we painted one wall white, added 2 new light fixtures from Joss & Main,  a small sconce when you walk in, and the hanging entry light, and painted the wood banisters and railing black.

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Add area rugs

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We kept all the floors in the house, both hardwood and brick, but added 2 large rugs from RugsStudio.

White Kitchen Design

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We painted the kitchen cabinets white, and replaced the hardware with stainless steel.

Mountain Home Renovation Final Reveal at ReluctantEntertainer.com

Mountain Home Renovation Final Reveal at ReluctantEntertainer.com

We refinished the butcher-block countertops (thank you Ryobi), and kept the original stainless steel sink, and replaced all the light plates with stainless steel.

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Mountain Home Renovation Final Reveal at ReluctantEntertainer.com

Mountain Home Renovation Final Reveal at ReluctantEntertainer.com

We chose an “open shelving” concept in 2 spaces. Open shelving is a great way to color and personality to a kitchen.

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The original black splash and tile went bye-bye. I was so proud of my husband to put up the new large Montagna Dapple Gray 6 in. x 24 in. Porcelain Floor and Wall Tile, which turned out to be so beautiful.

Here’s the original lighting, replaced by the new chandelier! (Bye-bye geese!)

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Mountain Home Renovation Final Reveal at ReluctantEntertainer.com

Mountain Home Renovation Final Reveal at ReluctantEntertainer.com

And we chose a Corian solid surface counter, SILVER BIRCH color, for the new center island.

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KitchenAid appliances

We replaced the original 1984 appliances with new KitchenAid appliances. And, Friends, the very first thing I baked in our new KitchenAid oven, were these Granola Chocolate Chip Cookies!

27″ Single Wall Oven with EvenHeat™ Thermal Bake/Broil

36″ Electric Cooktop with 5 Radiant Elements

20 cu. Ft. 36″ Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator with Interior Dispense

24″ 6-Cycle/5-Option Dishwasher, Pocket Handle

Proline Espresso Machine Mountain Home Renovation Final Reveal at ReluctantEntertainer.com

Mountain Home Renovation Final Reveal at ReluctantEntertainer.com

Disclosure: Thank you to the brands that partnered with us on our kitchen: KitchenAid, Rug Studio, HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams, and Ryobi Tools.

29 comments

  1. I saw our post retirement house for the first time after signing papers.  Trust. :)  Your home looks amazing!

  2. Sandy, it looks fabulous! What a great space to enjoy. So happy for you :)

  3. Wow – what a transformation! Absolutely gorgeous. I cannot believe how much wood was used around the original house. 

  4. Congratulations!! Well done!! 

  5. I just love it!!!! Where did you get the light in the kitchen? Nice job. i was just thinking the other day about your renovation.

  6. Wow absolutely stunning!!! Great job you guys!!

  7. Beautiful.  I agree, too much wood in the house.  Now, so much more a welcoming home in my opinion.  Great job.

  8. Your home is beautiful!

  9. It’s all so beautiful Sandy!! I can’t believe how much you guys have done in such a short time!

  10. Gorgeous!! I thought I had followed along pretty well on Snapchat but see so many beautiful surprises. Love it all. Very refreshing. And your creative work kind of influenced me to take the plunge and start editing here at the farm last month. Ironically, though, it was letting go of my piano that started the avalanche of change. LOL We are happy! Less clutter = more life.
    Enjoy!! xoxo

  11. I can’t wait to get there for myself and see it in real life! Looks amazing!

  12. So beautiful! I am obsessed with butcher block countertops. Your kitchen is stunning!

  13. Totally gorgeous Sandy! I love all of your choices! The “after” is so light and bright and open, while still cozy.

  14. I love what you’ve done to the place! It’s gorgeous, friend!

  15. wow what a new and exciting time of your life, all the kids gone, new BEAUTIFUL home… you guys did an amazing job it looks great!

    • We have a couple kids here, but probably not for long, Curtis. Small space, but we are loving it! Come visit it you’re over in Bend! :)

  16. Gorgeous!!! You all did a great job!!

  17. Looks soooo lovely, now, Sandy! I love everything you did and so quickly, too! Our kitchen remodel took 1.5 years (long story)! Enjoy!

  18. What a gorgeous transformation! So many beautiful and personal touches!!! Amazing!

  19. I’m curious if the cabinets in the kitchen are pine? They look so similar to ours. We’ve been wanting to at least refinish (or paint!) them but weren’t sure on how many coats and if we should DIY or hire. Seems like a messy job. We really like the clean and refreshing look your kitchen has! Welcome to central Oregon! -Erin (Sunriver) 

    • Hi, Erin! Yes, pine! You can email me, or wait until I put a post up on how to do it. It was super easy to DIY the project! Would love to meet you! :)

  20. Hi Sandy ~ Your new home is lovely! Both you and Paul are so very talented. I too enjoy windows without coverings, but don’t like the hot sun coming in during summer (and these days also!). I’ve been tempted to purchase blinds or drapes recently. Are your windows not situated on the hot side of the house, or do you just deal with the heat? Laurie in Southern California

    • Hi, Laurie. We are in the trees, so it did not get that hot this summer. We always joke around now, that we’re in a treehouse :) My old home we had to put heavy curtains in the upstairs because of the afternoon sun. Living in So. Ca, I bet you’ll need blinds or something?? I agree, I LOVE the look without. Thanks for visiting!

  21. Lovely! What paint did you use on the kitchen cabinets? How tough of a job was it to paint over the wood on the cabinets?

  22. It all looks beautiful, Sandy! It’s wonderful that you had so much character to work with, you did a great job freshening it up so it is inviting but still warm and personal.

  23. Love the renovation, especially the dining room table. All in all though, the cabin feel of this renovation is on point! :)

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