A Dull and Dated Townhome’s Makeover Proves How Powerful Paint for Kitchen Cabinets Can Be

updated Dec 10, 2019

A Dull and Dated Townhome’s Makeover Proves How Powerful Paint for Kitchen Cabinets Can Be

updated Dec 10, 2019
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Homeowner: Melinda S.
Designers: Leigh Robinson and Jamie Tronzo of Maddox & Rose
Location: Kentucky
Size: 1000 square feet
Years Lived In: 10 years, owned

“This old world/new look townhome rehaul was a large renovation in a small space,” explains the designers behind the company Maddox & Rose. “Most everything was replaced besides kitchen cabinets, which we threw some beautiful sage paint on to transform in seconds, and selected furniture items that had personal meaning. Our client was reluctant to change but loved intentional design, wanting only items that told a story or had a story.”

Leigh Robinson and Jamie Tronzo of Maddox & Rose continue describing this home’s remodel: “We loved mixing new with old and finding updates that had meaning, for example, selecting a Magnolia home paint color named ‘Gathering.’ Her main purpose of the renovation was to create a welcoming space to gather and host, as she entered a new era in her life of retirement. With the removal of the center wall separating her kitchen from her living and dining space, and replacing the bland carpet with natural color floors, it created one continuous open space perfect for entertaining!”

“I love that my condo is free-standing; it’s like a little brick house,” explains Melinda, the homeowner. “My home is in a neighborhood that I was living in and I was wanting to downsize. I saw the condo and thought, ‘If it goes on the market, I’m making an offer.’ The next week a for-sale sign was posted, I made and offer and voilà, it’s mine. As I travel a good bit for work, I’ve not entertained a lot yet, but I did have twenty-six women over from my church and the new space was great! ”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Traditionally eclectic

Inspiration: Items I love and that have a story.

Favorite Element: The openness that was created by removing a wall that separated the kitchen and the living area.

Biggest Challenge: Storage is a challenge… I am overcoming it by getting rid of stuff!

Proudest DIY: I painted a piece of furniture (cabinet) with paint that matches the newly painted cabinets. Did I mention I’ve never painted anything before?

Best Advice: Work with people who will listen to understand what you want your home/space to become.

What’s your best home secret? Have items that you love and are meaningful.


“My BEST resource was Maddox & Rose owners, Leigh Robinson and Jamie Tronzo! We met on several occasions and had meaningful conversations about the remodeling project. I have never done any project like this before. Their knowledge, expertise, gifts, advice and furniture they found met every expectation I had!” writes Melinda.  


  • Magnolia Home – Gather
  • Cabinets – Smokey Sage PPG


  • Hardwood- Thousand Oaks – Sam Kinnaird’s 




Thanks Maddox & Rose and Melinda!