Wooded Acres Refresh


One of our favorite recent projects has been this remodel in Sandy, Utah. We love that without any MAJOR construction the client was able to get a beautiful, functional, and cohesive final result that works so much better for their family! We’ve rounded up some glorious before and after photos to walk you through the transformation and show you just how big of a difference a few updates, refinished floors, and a fresh coat of paint can make!

The Living Room

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When we first met with this client - the main thing we talked about was making everything lighter, brighter, and more inviting. Right away, you can see how the new paint color lifts the mood of the entire house. We painted the walls a warm white from the Magnolia Home paint collection — One Horn White, which makes the front room ceilings feel endless!


Another change that made a huge impact was refinishing the hardwood floors throughout the home in a much richer color that adds texture and warmth to balance the light walls. We also added new rugs (two of which can be seen here) that were sourced from Loloi!

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Wrapping the existing ceiling beam in wood and creating some additional faux beams also helped to tie together that texture and break up the white, like this beam you can see in the dining room:

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We replaced the old light fixture that was here before with this new one from Currey and Company! When sourcing light fixtures, we like to choose something as “large-scale” as possible, especially when we have this kind of space to work with!

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In addition to wrapping the beams on the ceiling, we also wrapped the built-in shelves—again to offset the white and adds some great contrast and texture.

The Kitchen

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Kitchen remodels are sometimes intimidating for homeowners because they can be long, large-scale, and often one of the most expensive rooms to remodel in a house. Not only that but living in a home with no kitchen can be frustrating! These clients didn’t want to take on an entire kitchen remodel at once, so we did what we could to maximize the results without touching every corner of the room.

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We left the countertops and backsplash, but painted and refinished the cabinets!

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While we love the fresh, clean look of the white cabinets, we added this dark, warmer gray to the island. We think it makes the kitchen so much more unique and love how it draws attention to the large, inviting island - while still coordinating with their existing countertops.

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We ultimately were able to keep a lot of the existing colors and materials while still getting the client the light, bright finished kitchen they’d imagined!

The Breakfast Table

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We also updated the client’s breakfast table! One of the biggest changes was switching out the old light fixture for this new one from Currey and Company. The fixture grounds the space but acts as a statement piece too!

The Family Room

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The heavy paint and wood built-ins made this room feel dark and crowded. The refinished floors and new wall color continued into this room as well, and the difference is night and day! The clients also added several can lights to the space, and we switched out the rug and curtains to brighten the room.

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The clients were ready for an update on the original fireplace - both the dated tile surround and the mantle that shrunk the ceiling height in the room. We swapped out the old tile for new floor-to-ceiling brick and added a large wood mantle to the front using a beam the clients had been saving in the garage just for that! The firebox was replaced as well, and we love the finished result.

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We also painted out the dark built-ins to brighten up the space and make the room feel more open. We were able to do some styling throughout the home with the homeowner’s existing accessories, and they had some great things to work with - like these great crocks from France that they’ve used in front of the fireplace!

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The brighter color palette and softer wood tones really warm the space, and make the room feel so much more inviting than before!

The Power of a Refresh

Remodels don’t always have to touch every corner of your home or mean living in a 6 month construction zone — a few simple projects can result in big overall changes!


No matter the size of your project, Michelle Erin Interiors would love to help make your home a more beautiful place to live!

*Big shoutout to Kristina Bills Photography for the pictures!