Handywoman says, “A little paint and creativity can completely shift the feeling of a room on a tiny budget.” And the home she and her husband Garrett have put together in Vancouver, WA is proof. Full of dramatic DIYs, the 1950s-era Mid-Century farmhouse they share is a visual feast the likes of which we rarely come across.
The space’s symphony of color and pattern came about after a previous rehab left Racheal feeling uncomfortable in her own home. She explains, “When I first renovated, I painted all the walls grey. I planned out this super neutral, ‘mature’ home. After living that way for a year, I finally stopped fighting my instincts and let the freak flag fly.”
Once she gave herself the freedom to throw out the rule book, Racheal didn’t waste any time. She gutted the bathrooms, created a “living” plant wall in the dining room, used Legos to amp up the kitchen and even built her children a treehouse in their bedroom. “Now I feel empowered and energized when I’m in my home,” Racheal says.
These custom elements are outstanding in their own right, but the touches that frame her designs truly highlight Racheal’s creative prowess. Using $3 paint samples from the hardware store, she’s given her family’s living area a rainbow, the media room a kaleidoscopic look and made a trendy bed frame feel custom.
With so much happening on the home’s walls, Racheal and Garrett didn’t need to do much accessorizing. Instead they’ve relied on simple plants and functional furniture that complement the real star of the show: those aforementioned DIYs. Scroll down to see how they pulled it all together, and enjoy. —
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Image above: The media room was so uninviting that Racheal often avoided hanging out there. Fed up with its mediocre look, she finally painted this abstract mural onto its main wall. It took her 70 hours to complete and is complemented by a sofa from Salvation Army.