Before & After: A Wood Feature Wall Warms Up a Seattle Home

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Project by: Sarah and Nick Karakaian of Nestrs LLC
Location: Seattle, Washington

Sarah’s sister found herself with a lovely, slightly imperfect home in Seattle. She called in the pros, aka Sarah and Nick, to help give her house some simple sophistication. A lucky find in the form of a brick wall, a few smart paint choices and a mix of DIY and shopped furniture pieces helped to create a warm and modern home.

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From Sarah and Nick: Last year my sister purchased her first home in one of the most expensive markets in the U.S…. Seattle, Washington.

Between the tech, aerospace and life science industries, Seattle’s real estate market is red hot. So red hot that, according to the Seattle Times, the median home price is now a staggering $722K. For your average home! That price gives us sticker shock and we’re from NYC!

Anyway, my sister and her hubby found a home on Zillow through the “Make Me Move” feature. They had a fabulous agent (message me if you need one in Seattle — she’s fantastic!) and snagged the house for $585K!

A bargain!

The house is situated on a corner lot and had a lot of potential. However, the floors needed brightening, part of a wall needed to be taken down, and a clever solution for enclosing a first-floor washer and dryer closet in a narrow hallway needed to be created.

But when the market is that competitive you decide what can be changed and what can’t and make a quick decision.

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Ever since they closed on the property they’ve been begging us to come out and help them make their kitchen/living combo space more their style, on a budget.

We jumped at the opportunity to leave NYC behind and spend a few weeks in the Emerald City!

They were pretty flexible with their wish list. They just knew they loved Seattle and wanted to bring as much of the oudoors in.

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One of the biggest changes we made was taking down half of a wall so when they’re cooking on the stove or when they’re at the sink they can converse with whoever they’re entertaining in the living room.

And THEN…where pans once hung above the stove…there was an odd bump out. It wasn’t a closet…and there isn’t a basement…so the only other thought we had was: CHIMNEY! Which means….


There’s brick behind that there wall!

They used to use IKEA bars to store their pans. But, now that we were exposing the brick they didn’t want to drill holes into the brick or mortar. So we moved the bars to the other side of the kitchen and attached them to a piece of reclaimed wood that we sanded and sealed. We updated the kitchen area lighting with pieces we found on Amazon.

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Remember how I said they were big fans of bringing more wood into their space? That’s usually Nestrs code for: WOOD FEATURE WALL!

So, we wrapped the kitchen peninsula with 1×6 pine from Home Depot, stained it with Minwax Dark Walnut, and voila! A gorgeous, warm backdrop for adorable, low maintenance air plants.

We searched high and low for the perfect behind-the-couch-table. Most were too big, small, or expensive. So we decided to make one for her. Because you can never have too many spots to rest your glass of wine.

Speaking of wine, our clients needed a spot for all their fancy bourbons and bottles of wine. We liked this bar cart from, you guessed it, Amazon, because it was a light ash grey. It went really well with the art piece we found at World Market. We even found the perfect coffee table on Amazon that we didn’t have to make.

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Let’s talk paint. You may or may not be able to tell from these photos, but these walls have that orange peel texture. It gets worse. Not only did the previous owner paint the walls this pale yellow color that had zero personality, but did so with semi-gloss paint.

Quick tip: Using flat or matte paints helps hide imperfections in your walls. Which means shiny paint HIGHLIGHTS imperfections…i.e. orange peel texture. So, since we didn’t want to float every wall in the house with mud we opted for paint with a flat finish. Our clients were floored with how much this masked the orange peel!

The dark blue walls, Sherwin Williams Smoky Blue SW-7604, added depth to the space. They have tons of natural light from all the windows and sky lights. We then paired that with Sherwin Williams Conservative Gray SW-6183 to add contrast.

They loved the outcome.

We did too!

Thanks, Sarah and Nick of Nestrs LLC !

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