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.
“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.