Durham Project: Progress City

The homeowners at the Durham project really steamrolled through this quick update with the help of their contractor who actually listened when they said, we have to finish this in a month before our baby is born.

What happened in about 3 weeks time? Interior paint, new flooring throughout most of the downstairs, kitchen cabinets painted, quartz counters on!

The Cosmos Carrara Classic counters are in, as well as their new faucet and single bowl undermount stainless steel sink. Subway tile backsplash awaits a light gray grout.

quartz countertop


Newly opened up space, combining the kitchen with the family room, the hub of the house. New flooring and paint color unites the space.

Flooring & paint progress

Unfortunately, the client couldn’t put hidden hinges on the existing cabinets, so they went on a quick hunt for polished nickel hinges to match our chosen kitchen cabinet hardware.

hardware matchup

Family room looking extremely fresh with new recessed lighting, Benjamin Moore Moonshine on the walls. The fireplace is primed in this photo. The homeowner liked the washed brick look and in a clutch decision decided not to paint the fireplace brick white.

Family Room moonshine

Horizontal backsplash border, some folks opt for a vertical bullnose border on the ends of the backsplash.

vertical backsplash border

Primed fireplace brick up close.

brick fireplace close

The TV is now mounted on the fireplace and the built-ins were repaired and got fitted with new shaker style cabinet doors.

TV installed2

Picking the right light gray grout for backsplash.

grout choice

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  • Coming along so quickly! Love a big impact change in a short amount of time! Great work y’all. <3

  • I love this blog! I live in a 1926 Bungalow, still with the dark wood everywhere and the red brick fireplace. I thought everything had to remain original- but wondering if a the white-wash look would be a good change? What did you use to white-wash or prime the brick?

    • Hey Stephanie,
      Thank you!
      The painters came in on the Durham Project and began the job and primed the fireplace. What you see in the photos is primer only. The homeowner actually liked just the primer. So they opted to keep it like that and fill in some uneven spots and that’s what they ended up with. You do not have to keep everything original, its your home make it work for you. There’s no shame in painting the trim white.

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