boost­ing the BRIGHT

A kitchen and master bath gain a cheer­ful new look and func­tion­al­ity thanks to the in­ven­tive ef­forts of the hands-on home­owner.

Do It Yourself - - Stuff We Love - WORDS ANN WILSON PHO­TO­GRAPHS ED­MUND BARR STYLING KAREN REINECKE

“THE HOME WAS A BIT OF AN EYE­SORE, AND NOT MY FIRST PICK, BUT ITS BEAU­TI­FUL, PRI­VATE CANYON LO­CA­TION PULLED US IN,” says Kelly McJunkin of the 1990s home she and hus­band Grant bought near San Diego in 2013. “But I knew we could up­date the house to suit our needs and style.”

Fast-for­ward a few years (with kids Kade and Te­gan in the house) when Kelly be­gan over­haul­ing the master bath and kitchen.

“I hadn’t done a lot of se­ri­ous DIY, but since I was home with the kids, I had time to draw on my creative side,” Kelly says. “If I could fig­ure out how to do a project and had the right tools, I knew I wouldn’t need to hire some­one.”

She tack­led the master bath­room first—paint­ing the cab­i­nets, re­fin­ish­ing the coun­ter­top, sten­cil­ing the floor, and gaining the con­fi­dence to un­der­take the kitchen makeover. The first to go in the cook space was the weirdly shaped is­land, which she re­placed with a Kelly-cus­tom­ized al­ter­na­tive. Af­ter paint­ing cab­i­nets white and choos­ing style-apt fit­tings and fur­nish­ings, this bright­ened kitchen now pro­motes con­gre­gat­ing and in­vites lin­ger­ing.

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