Fixing Fairlawn

Our Fixing Fairlawn project came to an end last week as ShopDog packed up their bags and we went in to take pictures of the completed space.

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This Buffalo home started as a literal textbook 80s kitchen. Soffits and all. There was so much that needed to updated, the renovation kind of sprawled into the entire first floor. The clients were great to work with and had a good idea of their style and what they wanted from the beginning.

before kitchen

before kitchen

Soffits…. Soffits everywhere

Soffits…. Soffits everywhere

the wall taken down between the two rooms

the wall taken down between the two rooms

We started with taking the wall down in between the kitchen and dining room in order to be able to put an island in. For the breakfast nook, we ripped out the soffits and actually added about a foot to the existing wall in order to get a larger space for the stove wall.





Wood stain selections. So important!

Wood stain selections. So important!

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The entry tile to the house. We used three different tiles and arranged them in a Buffalo check pattern

The entry tile to the house. We used three different tiles and arranged them in a Buffalo check pattern

We picked clean and crisp finishes - like the bright white cabinets and chrome hardware, and paired them with softer elements - like the wallpaper and the hand-made tile, to balance out the overall look. 

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We went back and forth a few times on brass and black finishes or black and chrome. We ultimately ended up with chrome in the kitchen, and I’m glad we did! In order to get a bit of brass in the renovation, we used it in the powder room.



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The powder room is a lot more moody than the kitchen, but still feels cohesive in the space. I love that they were down for dark shiplap!

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The transition from wood flooring to the powder room floor we used a brass 3/8” shluter.  Because this room will get so much use, we used an epoxy grout so that it will be way harder to stain, and won’t discolor over time vs if we went with a lighter grout.

The transition from wood flooring to the powder room floor we used a brass 3/8” shluter.

Because this room will get so much use, we used an epoxy grout so that it will be way harder to stain, and won’t discolor over time vs if we went with a lighter grout.

The other updates through out the home included re-sanding and re-staining all the floors, we put up new doors and hardware (such a huge difference!), painted, and re-tiled the entryway. We also took out the front closet doors and replaced them with built-ins. This allowed a more functional mudroom space!

We are really happy with how this project turned out, and if you follow West End you probably have seen us tag @fixingfairlawn on Instagram! The client started the account to document the renovation and it was really fun to see it from her perspective. 

Cheers!