1906 Kitchen Renovation- Amazing Transformation!!!

 I’m so excited to share with you today one of the most amazing renovations I have ever worked on!  I’ve shared much of my client/friends, Amber and Keith’s home.  But today I’m finally going to share the amazing kitchen renovation that we recently completed in their 1906 home!  They used a local remodeling company name J&J Remodelers.  I’ve have been working with this group for the past year and they do amazing work.  They are the greatest group of guys who care so much for their customers and Keith and Amber’s job was no exception!

Here is a panoramic before picture of the kitchen…

Keith and Amber had done almost all of their home renovations themselves up to this point.  But they decided that the kitchen was not something they wanted to tackle.  After interviewing 5 other remodelers, they sat down with J&J and instantly decided it was going to be a perfect fit.  I was able to work with Keith and Amber throughout the entire process- from designing the layout  to cabinet hardware selection.  They were wonderful to work with and I am thrilled with how the kitchen turned out.

Here are the afters…

Before we came on board, Keith and Amber had done some demo and were ecstatic to find this beautiful brick wall.  We decided to make it a focal point of the kitchen.  The tapered range hood allowed more brick to show.  So much thought and planning was poured into this kitchen which made the end results amazing.

The beautiful walnut butcher block island top was done by a company that I found on Craigslist!!  The company’s name is Old Grove Workshop.

They do amazing work and are very reasonably priced.  I would highly recommend them if you are looking to add butcher block tops to your home.

One of Amber’s main requests was that the refrigerator and freezer be quite hidden.  She really wanted them to appear as cabinets so our cabinet designer at Scandia Custom Cabinets worked out a design that gave her exactly what she wanted!

Sorry if you develop fridge envy after this next pic.  Never knew I could be envious of someones refrigerator until now…

Always have to make room for wine!!

Simple white subway tile and black granite counter tops fit this 1906 home perfectly as well as the beautiful Kohler farm sink.

In an effort to keep all of the counter tops clear of clutter, we designed 2 deep appliance garages on each side of the range to store all of the misc. small appliances as well as the microwave.

And since their back entry walks directly into the kitchen, we made sure to include some great “mudroom” storage cabinets to house all of their misc. items.

So as you can see, J&J Remodelers does amazing work.  If you live in the Twin Cities Metro area and are considering a remodel, I’d highly recommend them!!  I assist all of their clients with the selection process and would love to work with you as well!


J&J Remodelers

Thanks for stopping in at JosieJones today!  Have a great day!!!





admin - This is AMAZING!!! Such a beautiful job!!!!

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The Girliest of Girls Rooms

 For the past year I have had the priviledge of working with Amber and Keith.  They have an amazing 1906 home here in Stillwater, MN and have completely renovated it over the last few years.  You may remember their master bath  that I shared a while back.  Well over a few posts I will be sharing the rest of their home with you as it is AMAZING!  I wish I could take credit for it, but it most of it was done before I came on board.  Today I’d like to share the girls rooms with you!

I’ll start with “H’s” room.

I love the color combo of brown, pink, and light blue.  Even with the dark walls, this room feels so light and refreshing.


The sisters rooms are connected by this adorable bathroom room that Keith and Amber completely renovated themselves a while back.

I love that they kept it period correct while throwing in some fun art, rugs, etc. for a contemporary flair.

From the bathroom you head into “P’s” room.  You’ll notice she has 2 beautiful twin beds in her room.  The sisters are just a year apart and are very best friends.  So even though they have their own rooms, they choose to sleep together in “P’s” room.  So sweet!!

Amber had custom bedding made when they lived down south.  It is absolutely beautiful!  I love how it is totally different, but still coordinates perfectly.

Well I hope you enjoyed these darling rooms!  I can’t wait to share more of Amber and Keith’s home with you!  Stay tuned for the 3rd floor family room/ game room, the guest room, and their incredible kitchen renovation!!!

Have a great day!!




The Kid Bath

Could you just kill me for leaving off the AFTER photos??!?!!  Sometimes life gets busy.  Here they are…

The BEFORE photos speak for themselves…

So, let’s rip it apart and start over…

{ Here is one where Brant is teaching Lincoln the remodel business }

To get us by for a while we only cleaned/disinfected and painted.  I painted the walls, trim and cabinet.  It wasn’t good enough and the kids have used our bathroom for a year.  One day, we just couldn’t take it and suddenly there was a cabinet on the front lawn.

Remember this island that came with the house?…

Well, I painted it, added new knobs, sanded and stained the top and sealed it all.  Brant added a sink and faucet and voila…new bathroom counter and storage.

Since the engineered hardwood flooring is so great with moisture, we decided just to extend it into this bath.

We let the kids leave a message on the subfloor when we tore out the flooring.  If anyone tears up the hardwood, they will find these lovely messages for the future.

We added planked walls using aromatic cedar.  It was super inexpensive and it smells awesome in there!  At first, it looked a bit too country with the wood being so orange.  I did some research and made a painting solution of white vinegar and steel wool pads to age the wood asap.  Using a glass jar, I filled it full of white vinegar, I added a steel wool pad and closed it tight.  It sat for two days to chemically react and then I had what I needed to paint the walls with the solution.  It was stinky for a few days but then it disappeared and the aromatic cedar smell returned and the walls had grayed nicely.  This room is not a bright room…almost no light enters and no windows.  It’s hard to see that they planks turned grey.

Glass Sink: Home Depot $100

Faucet: Home Depot $100 {including hardware needed}

Island: FREE

Light: IKEA $25 {plus $20 in extras to hang it}

Paint Color: Mix of a bunch of free stuff

Shower Curtain: It is actually 4 drape panels from Kirklands a long time ago on clearance for $20 for two panels

Mirror: 1940′s vintage lead mirror


The Le Garage Girls Autumn Sale!!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that I will be a guest vendor in the Le Garage Girls Autumn Sale!!!  The sale begins tomorrow evening.  If you haven’t been to one of their sales, you are missing out!  They are a group of crazy talented and creative gals so be sure to come and check them out!  Get your home spruced up for the holidays!

Have a great day!!!


admin - Not because of that Linda, but because I have a 9am and a 10:30am football game to get to:(((( It’s killing me to miss another sale!!

Linda - Oh no! Does this mean I will miss seeing you at my sale again?! Bummer. But best wishes to you for a fantastic sale of your own.

A BIG Makeover for a Small Kitchen


This past year I had the pleasure of working with one of the sweetest clients ever…  Her name is Lois and she has the most darling cottage that had a kitchen in need of a bit of a renovation.  Lois had been dreaming of this kitchen project for quite some time and finally decided to go for it and I’m so happy to have been able to work with her through it!!

Here are 2 before pictures…

As you can see, the kitchen is quite small but very “cottagie” and quaint.  For a brief moment we hashed over the ideas of knocking out walls, expanding, etc…  Then we decided that this petite kitchen needed to stay just that.  So instead of expanding, we worked with the existing walls but made the kitchen way more efficient and way more, well…darling!

Take a look at how it turned out!!

Notice the beautiful hardwood floors that were hiding under the vinyl!!

One wish on Lois’ list was to have a spot for her to sit, read, and drink her coffee in the morning so we found a spot at the end of the cabinet to leave an overhang for a stool to fit beneath. We had some great concealed under cabinet lighting installed which helps the kitchen function perfectly when Lois is baking and reading her recipe cards.

Stainless steel appliances helped to give the kitchen a more clean and contemporary feel.


Lois lived in Germany for several years and had many great pieces and collections that she wanted to be able to display, such as this darling canister set.

A fun splurge for Lois was adding some hi-tech eletrical upgrades such as this power strip charging station.  This is perfect for her to be able to use while cooking from recipes on her ipad!

Here is another view so that you can get the full layout of the kitchen.  We also added a pocket door that enters into a room she uses as her dining room.  Before this opening was added, she had to walk through much of the house to get to it.  We also updated her door to the basement complete with a darling crystal door knob to match her beautiful cabinet hardware.

{Please excuse the blue tape on the glass cabinets.  I was too excited to wait for the knobs to come in so I went ahead and shot without!}

We had custom scalloped valences cut to match existing ones in her dinette area.  I think they help maintain the kitchens charm.

So here’s one last side-by-side before & after…

Well I hope you enjoyed this BIG small kitchen remodel!!!

Please feel free in PIN or share any images.

Have a great day!!


admin - I love it!!!!


Well, it’s been a year since we moved to Nashville.  We still love everything about this place.  It’s been a bit of a different ride for me as I discover a little more about what I want to do for work.  I love discovering new things but I also love to concentrate on that one thing I really love and make it the very best.  I have finally landed on it.

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I will be putting these photography years to good use…stay tuned for some handsome photos and much more!!


1970′s Living Room Renovation

Today I want to share with you 2 spaces that I worked on a while back.  I was so excited to be asked by one of my favorite builders, Cates Fine Homes, to assist with the selections on a 1970′s rambler remodel.  The great room had the most dramatic before and afters.  This transformation really goes to show that anything is possible.  Here is the before…


 And here is the after…

 Obviously a ton was done to this home.  It was a major renovation but it turned out amazing.

Right off the the great room is the entry.  It’s very simple but I love how it turned out.  At the last minute we decided to paint the inside of the front door the same color we used on the kitchen island.


Hope you enjoyed this dramatic Before&After.  They don’t all have to be this dramatic, but when they are it is pretty fun!!!

Have a great day!!


admin - Thanks Jennifer!! They are both Benjamin Moore Colors. Walls are Revere Pewter, door is Aloof Gray.

Jennifer - Hi Natalie,

Great work on the remodel! Can I ask what paint colors were used in that hallway and on the door?