Before & After: Hello Lovely’s Kitchen Makeover

We’re revisiting my Arizona kitchen makeover…we have since sold this second home (bidding war…yay!) so it was a great investment and adventure. While we have gutted and renovated our fair share of kitchens as real life DIYers (translation: no crew, on a budget, no flipping business), this project was different. Since we didn’t have the luxury of time or access to our power tools at home, the goal was to completely avoid demo and dust but dramatically improve a builder grade special. Hence, Before & After: Hello Lovely’s Kitchen Makeover tells the story of our upgraded, gently made over, tranquil Arizona kitchen.

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Hello Lovely Studio – Before & After: Hello Lovely’s Kitchen Makeover

Before & After: Hello Lovely’s Kitchen Makeover

The DIY journey began here, and our goal for the forlorn, builder-grade, cookie cutter kitchen that came with our getaway home was to make it calm and ethereal, upgrade it without tearing apart, and avoid the headache of dust and construction.

BEFORE

The “after” surpassed my expectations.

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AFTER

You may remember we bought this second home as a warm vacay getaway to escape treacherous Chicagoland weather.

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PIN ME!

The home backs to a desert wash, came with a virtually maintenance-free landcape (and irrigation system), and was in wonderful condition.

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AFTER

It simply needed design love and a light touch. Below are some of the elements I incorporated into the kitchen:

Mood for the Kitchen

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ABOVE: Rachel Ashwell designed Shabby Chic Couture Linen, Calacatta Gold Marble, Blue-Grey Cabinets, Natural jute rug, and also Pewter finished hardware.

I actually used three different gorgeous Rachel Ashwell designed linen fabrics for the adjacent dining room.

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Shabby Chic Couture fabrics for the dining room…certainly lovely indeed.

My favorite colors are muted, faded, timeless, soft neutrals and blue-greys with plenty of expanses of creamy white. I feel most at home in serene, peaceful, ethereal, white, and bright spaces with abundant natural light. The style is European inspired, traditional, and tranquil.

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The kitchen is open to the living room (below) which has Belgian linen and soft blue accents.

Michele of Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio (Bemz Custom Belgian Linen Sofa Cover; still loving my HP Elitebook)

Serene Arizona Kitchen Makeover: Sink Wall

You could say I was NOT too fond of: the red painted “backsplash” trimmed in white plastic, mottled laminate counters which matched the floor tile, black appliances, and dinky crown moulding. However, I loved the ceiling height, the layout, the tile, and the condition of the sink and cabinets.

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BEFORE: Sink Wall

We chose to re-use the sink and faucet to save money, and what a difference opting for quartz counters and backsplash made!

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AFTER – Hello Lovely Studio…certainly an improvement indeed.
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Before & After DIY Serene Kitchen Makeover: Decidedly Smart Upgrades, No Demo or Dust.
BEFORE: Sink Wall
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Hello Lovely Studio – certainly more serene indeed.

Arizona Kitchen Reno: Range Wall

While I’m not a huge fan of the microwave over the range, by keeping this configuration, we saved ourselves demo, electrical, and carpentry work which would have been necessary for another arrangement.

BEFORE KITCHEN: BLACK/RED/GREEN
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AFTER – Hello Lovely Studio…certainly a more tranquil palette indeed.

While the black appliances functioned well, they were all wrong for the serene mood.

BEFORE: Range Wall

As you can see (above), there were just too many colors, and the space felt unappetizing to me.

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Cooling everything down and creating clean simplicity gave it a more pulled together, calm, and custom look.

DIY Kitchen Makeover: Frig Wall

BEFORE: Frig Wall

I just knew this part of the kitchen could get much better because it was all wrong.

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AFTER – Hello Lovely Studio…certainly far more simple and serene indeed.

But it was pretty upgrades and sweat equity to the rescue rather than deconstruction and a re-design. Time is money!

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DURING: Frig Wall
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Hello Lovely Studio - Before & After DIY Serene Kitchen Makeover: Decidedly Smart Upgrades, No Demo or Dust.
Photo: Hello Lovely Studio…certainly an improvement indeed.
White Slipcovered Sofa
French Basket
Courtney Lamp Base
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Rustic Reclaimed Elm Cabinet
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black Metal Accent Table
Galvanized Console Table
Gabriel Chevron Quilt Set
Metal Martini Table
Marble Subway Backsplash in My Kitchen
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Handmade Sunburst Mirror
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp
Venetian Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
French Panel Mirror
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Antique Chinese Weathered Bench
Helmsley Bronze Door Hardware
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Gertrude Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
San Jose Handleset for Front Door
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Campaign Style End Table
Louis Upholstered Bench
Oak Laminate Flooring
Knotty Alder Interior Door
French Accent Chair
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
Louis Ghost Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Linen Dining Chair
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
PARIS Framed Print
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
Tulip Style Modern Round Dining Table
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Holborn Lantern Pendant
Rustic End Table
Cedar & Blossom Candle
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute Area Rug
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
White Ruffle Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Polished Carrara Subway Tile
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Round Woven Placemat Set
Antiqued Sunburst Mirror
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Boheme Madera Bench
Round Marble Side Table
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Wicker Patio Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool

Before/After Kitchen: Statement Wall

I got really lucky with my statement wall in this kitchen because there were no wall cabinets to remove which meant no demo here either!

BEFORE: Back Wall

We covered the wall in a calacatta gold honed marble hex mosaic tile I fell in love with. I knew you would notice it as soon as you walked through the front door.

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AFTER – Hello Lovely Studio…certainly less busy indeed.

Originally, this is what you would see across the room:

BEFORE: Breakfast Bar

We used white grout for a very soft, interesting painterly effect that doesn’t feel trendy or too bold.

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AFTER – Hello Lovely Studio…certainly more airy and bright indeed.

It was just the right amount of movement and lyrical lightness the space needed.

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Smart Kitchen Design Upgrades: LG Viatera Quartz Countertops

We ditched the existing beige laminate countertops for a very luxe and hardworking LG Viatera quartz in a color called Soprano. (Read about why I chose Viatera for our Chicagoland home right here.)

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Photo: Hello Lovely Studio – Viatera Quartz in Soprano…certainly lovely indeed.

The day these Viatera quartz countertops were installed was one of my favorites since the old counters were holding down the quality of everything as well as stealing light from the space. 

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Hello Lovely Studio…Viatera quartz in Soprano backsplash is lovely indeed.

Since I have always admired the modern minimal look of a quartz backsplash, we continued the quartz on the backsplash as well.

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Soprano is a gorgeous choice to complement calacatta gold marble.

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Smart Kitchen Design Upgrade: Calacatta Gold Marble Mosaic Tile

Here are some detailed shots of the 2″ hex mosaic tile we chose for the statement wall in the kitchen.

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As you can see, there is beautiful variation with luscious caramel, creamy off white, light grey, and darker grey veining throughout.

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Detail of calacatta gold honed marble tile – Hello Lovely Studio…certainly lovely indeed.

I chose not to use this marble mosaic tile on the backsplash in the remainder of the kitchen for two reasons. (1) I wanted it to feel special, and (2) I wanted to avoid grout in areas where things would be splashing…like at the sink and range.

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No Demo/No Dust Kitchen Upgrades: Professional Style Stainless Appliances

I love this appliance collection from Kitchenaid! It has a special finish called Smudgeproof, and what a difference that makes!

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AFTER

I’m crazy about sexy commercial style handles on stainless appliances so these babies seduced me.

Hello Lovely Studio - Before & After DIY Serene Kitchen Makeover: Decidedly Smart Upgrades, No Demo or Dust.
AFTER: Frig Wall
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High Quality Cabinet Hardware

The cabinets we inherited came with no hardware so when we upgraded to the magnificent, hand-forged bronze cabinet hardware from Top Knobs (Aspen Collection)…ooh la la!

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DURING: After Painting Cabinets

What a profound impact, beautifully timeless pewter finish, and function this simple DIY upgraded addition made.

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Low Cost Kitchen Upgrade: Under-cabinet Lighting

We installed inexpensive battery-operated puck lights beneath the cabinets for easy mood lighting.

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Inexpensive Kitchen DIY: Grey Painted Cabinets

This kitchen receives strong southern light, and since I wanted a blue-grey color for the cabinets, I chose a color that may actually be considered a medium grey. With so much light, it reads light grey in this space.

Cabinet paint color: Behr Classic Silver

The paint color is Behr Classic Silver, and you can order samples from Home Depot with free shipping. I used a satin finish.

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During…

Cabinet Doors Back On!

After…

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Smart DIY Upgrade: Shaker Trim Around Window

Adding a simple wood trim around the window made a huge difference for me and probably cost $10. If we had kept the house a little longer, I would have added plantation shutters to many of the windows.

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Low Cost Kitchen Design Detail: Beadboard Panel on Breakfast Bar

Just like our main house, we installed horizontal beadboard paneling on the breakfast bar. For less than $20, you get a more durable surface and cottage charm.

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DIY Kitchen Renovation: Simple and Serene Kitchen Makeover With Smart Switchouts Too.
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DIY Kitchen Renovation: Serene, simple, chic kitchen remodel with Viatera quartz countertop and backsplash.

Smart Addition to DIY Makeover: Riser & Crown Molding on Cabinets

With 9′ ceilings in here, I knew we could add a piece of riser moulding to the top of the cabinets and then top it with a beefier crown.

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This is a low cost way to customize cookie cutter, builder-grade maple cabinets that look like a bunch of boring boxes.

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Other Ways We Saved Money

We kept the existing footprint. I didn’t even think of changing it because I knew that would mean headaches, dust, and surprises!

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Worked with the existing flooring. While I love wood floors, the linen color of the existing porcelain tiles worked with the plan for a serene kitchen so they stayed.

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Kept the existing stainless sink and faucet. I seriously considered adding a farm sink in here, but since it would involve re-working the sink base, carpentry work, and plumbing changes, I used the perfectly fine stainless features we inherited.

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Shopped local estate sales and Ikea for decor. I had so much fun picking up little things to try from Ikea and shopping estate sales. (The frames for the prints and succulents came from Ikea.)

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Calacatta Gold Mosaic Tile

For a calacatta marble hex mosaic option with predominantly light grey and white tones and without the gold and caramel, this option is a glorious one too:

Paint Colors Used in Kitchen

Wall Paint Color: Valspar Salute (7006-12).

Cabinet Paint Color: Behr Classic Silver.

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AFTER

Behind the Scenes Glimpses

To give the exterior wall of the kitchen extra wow factor and interest, we installed gorgeous Calacatta Gold marble hex wall tile, and I knew it would be perfect paired with the Soprano quartz which has swirls of caramel and grey.

Calacatta Gold marble hexagon mosaic tile from the Builder Depot
DIY Kitchen Renovation: Calacatta Gold Marble Hex Mosaic Tile

Calacatta Gold has a range of natural variation in the marble, and I love how the creamy white/grey/caramel tones play off the cool blue-greys elsewhere.

Progress on Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen
Installation of Calacatta Gold Marble Mosaic Wall Tile

While it may have been too busy a choice if used for the backsplash elsewhere, as a statement wall, it makes a bold statement without being overkill.

Progress pf Calacatta Gold marble mosaic wall at Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen
DIY Installation: Calacatta Gold Marble wall tile

There are plenty of other simple elements in the space that keep the overall look calm, yet the interest of the natural stone minimize the boring factor.

Installation of Calacatta Gold mosaic tile for statement wall in Hello Lovely Arizona kitchen
DURING: DIY Marble wall tile installation

Before the crown molding was painted…

Progress image of Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen
DURING: DIY Crown Molding Installed & Tile Going Up

Detail of honed marble:

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Calacatta Gold Marble Mosaic Tile after Grout

Before/After Arizona Kitchen

Thanks so much for checking out this before/after. Do let me know if you have any questions, but keep in mind I can’t take any photos since we sold the house!

FIND THE RESOURCE GUIDE WITH LINKS TO construction materials, decor, appliances, and paint RIGHT HERE!

Did you miss my post with adorable fall finds? I shared some lovely pinnable quotes and this poem which I adore:

Poem by Mary Oliver about autumn. Song of Autumn.

Thank you kindly, Viatera, The Builder Depot, and Top Knobs
for providing beautiful materials in this kitchen makeover.

I independently selected products in this post—if you buy from one of my links, I may earn a commission.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Basket
Courtney Lamp Base
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Rustic Reclaimed Elm Cabinet
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Linen Slipcovered Chairs
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black Metal Accent Table
Galvanized Console Table
Gabriel Chevron Quilt Set
Metal Martini Table
Marble Subway Backsplash in My Kitchen
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Handmade Sunburst Mirror
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp
Venetian Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
French Panel Mirror
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Antique Chinese Weathered Bench
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Accent Chair
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Cedar & Blossom Candle
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Ruffle Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
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Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
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Boheme Madera Bench
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Round Marble Side Table
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  1. September 1, 2019 / 11:54 am

    Happy Labor Day weekend! Oh my, I can’t even imagine tackling a renovation project from halfway across the country and making it a DIY project! And doing it dust free no less. I hope you got to enjoy the home a bit before you sold it. Glad it ended up being a great investment! Love all your choices, beautiful and dramatic before and afters!

    • Michele
      Author
      September 1, 2019 / 6:14 pm

      Thanks, Celia! We did enjoy that home for those 2 years, and it was all sort of an experiment from the beginning…how much time would we get to spend there and how would it be to retire there…? I discovered I would rather be cold in Illinois with my honey than balmy while alone in the desert, and his schedule isn’t flexible as mine is. I also discovered the floorplan wouldn’t work as a primary home in retirement. But the desert landscape appeals – the amenities of the community were perfect – and sunshine everyday made me so happy. Maybe a modern French farmhouse built slowly over a few years in the desert…we shall see. πŸ™‚

  2. Joanna
    September 1, 2019 / 2:49 pm

    My preference is a light coloured kitchen, as well. We spend a fair amount of time in our kitchens, so they should reflect our aesthetic. By surrounding yourself by light reflecting walls and stainless steel appliances your mood is lifted. I love what you’ve done with your Arizona kitchen. It’s a calming space yet the Calcutta Gold Mosaic tile adds a touch of drama.
    I’m excited to see your finished laundry room! I know whatever you do will be a dream. Mine is similar to your laundry room, so I plan on going to school on your design.

    Blessings
    ~Joanna

    • Michele
      Author
      September 1, 2019 / 6:06 pm

      Thanks, Joanna. We have made progress on it this weekend so maybe I’ll be able to share later this week. We opted for no demo just like the Arizona kitchen, but there has been a lot of dust with some additions. I wouldn’t call it a dream – more like a simple, achievable, frugal strategy to customize and do it ourselves. It is already so much more welcoming, and now is the fun part: adding a few pretty touches. πŸ™‚

  3. Margarita
    September 1, 2019 / 8:31 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful make over this is and it has your signature look all over it which I love. I can’t believe your work in progress pictures look so clean.

    • Michele
      Author
      September 1, 2019 / 9:23 pm

      I loved this project so much, and I picked a horrible time of day to shoot pics so thanks! It really is just me, my husband, and our folks occasionally helping us with these DIY projects…no fairies swooping in with hammers and cash! Ha! Thanks so much for making this fun to share. πŸ™‚

  4. Marilyn S.
    September 1, 2019 / 8:55 pm

    You are Goldilocks ! It’s always just right. I can’t say this enough I never ever tire of looking at your houses. I always see (or am directed) to a new detail. Thank you for pushing through and sharing with us day in and day out.

    • Michele
      Author
      September 1, 2019 / 9:20 pm

      Hahahaha – you’re so lovely, Marilyn. Thank you for this encouragement. Pushing through is soooooo dead on! Hahaha. I love having you here, and I’m so grateful to be joined on the journey. xox

  5. Rhonda
    September 6, 2019 / 10:57 am

    What an amazing make over kitchen! I too moved from cold Chicago to Phoenix. I miss home so much.
    Your remodels are simply the BEST!

    • Michele
      Author
      September 6, 2019 / 11:14 am

      Thanks so much, Rhonda. It was a labor of love, and I wish I could just collect houses…ha! You are so smart to relocate to Phoenix…truly! Wanna house swap when you need a Chicagoland fix? πŸ™‚

  6. Mumbai
    October 10, 2020 / 3:11 pm

    you put a lot of work into this apartment but it was worth. Congratulation. b.t.w. miss my last comments but no
    worry EUrope is too far away Haha

    • Michele
      Author
      October 10, 2020 / 8:47 pm

      Thanks so much – it was such an enjoyable process, and I’m ready for the next one! πŸ™‚

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