While not all of you will adore the color palette of this super successful Before & After, there are two lessons here to be learned by all. Number one, even if you rent your apartment or home, there's no reason not to ask your landlord for a little freedom in sprucing up your space. And, number two, a fresh coat of paint will brighten any room! Continue on for after pics as well as the interview originally published on Apartment Therapy's Color Cure.
The Color Cure: How long have you lived in your home?
Sophie: I've lived here for about 9 months.
The Color Cure: When did you overhaul the space?
Sophie: I've been doing a little here and a little there throughout my time here but I finished the cabinets and completed it about 2 months ago.
The Color Cure: How long did it take?
Sophie: I spent a little bit of time while living here working on it but the wallpaper and painting of the cabinets I completed in 1 day.
The Color Cure: Where did you find your color and design inspiration?
Sophie:I was looking at modern kitchens on blogs and Google and stumbled across a really nice one with deep pink lacquered cabinets.
The Color Cure: How much planning did you put into the project?
Sophie: I knew as soon as I moved in I was changing the kitchen as it was horrendous and my landlord never painted the cabinets white as agreed before I moved in. It took me about 2 months to decide what I wanted to do and I originally painted my cabinets steel gray. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. So about 2 months later I tiled the backsplash. I was walking down Spring Street and saw my lovely wall paper hanging in the window of the Janovic store and took a photo of it. At the time I didn't know where I would use it so I just kept it on my radar. When I decided to paint my cabinets pink, I immediately thought of it because it was so feminine and I knew it would look great with a pop of color. The whole idea for pink cabinets was really spur of the moment, I saw that inspiring kitchen on Google and 2 days later thought, hey, why not?
The Color Cure: What was the most challenging part of the project?
Sophie: There wasn't anything really challenging about the project, it was fairly simple.
The Color Cure: Did you learn a new skill during your home improvement project?
Sophie: I learned how to apply wall paper. It was my first time doing it and it turned out really well.
The Color Cure: Are you happy with the outcome?
Sophie: I'm very happy with the outcome. And when people come over they are always surprised by the hot pink kitchen.
The Color Cure: What, if anything, would you do differently next time around?
Sophie: Nothing I would do differently.
The Color Cure: If you had one piece of advice for Apartment Therapy readers, what would it be?
Sophie: Don't be afraid of color, it just might brighten up your every day :)
• Read more: Before & After: 2 Kitchens Overhauled with Bold Color & Painted Cabinets at Apartment Therapy
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(Images: Apartment Therapy)