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My fiancé and I have started a pretty exciting main floor makeover, and firstly, I'll share some of our before photos and inspiration shots.

The main floor consists of an open-concept kitchen, dining and living area, plus one staircase down and one staircase up. Last weekend, we actually painted the entire main floor, including the staircases with higher-than-I-thought ceilings. Needless to say, we put the "labour" in Labour Day weekend.

Here are a few before photos:

And here are a few photos that inspired the overall plan:

Before we started the cosmetics of our makeover, we had all the vents and ducts in the house cleaned out professionally by Sears Home Services. It was another item on our checklist to go along with our fresh start, and they did such a thorough job. Then came the cupboards. You may remember our plan to have the orangey-wood panels professionally sprayed out in a fresh white paint. (We've been meaning to get around to that for about a year now.) These Shaker-style doors are closest to ours, and I love the clean white paint paired with white walls, too. We opted for Benjamin Moore's Cloud White (OC-130) — a go-to here at H&H — and sent them away to True North Spraying Services to have them freshened up. We also painted three kitchen walls in Cloud White.

We both wanted a dramatic accent wall in the kitchen to break up all the white, and it's an eastern facing sunny room, so a dark wall could hold its own. This dining room from H&H's July 2008 issue strikes the perfect balance between dark and light — styled by the brilliant Stacey Smithers. The wall is painted in Farrow & Ball's London Clay (244), but I wanted a hue with cooler undertones.

Cameron MacNeil painted his interior doors out with Benjamin Moore's Overcoat (OC-544), and I thought this may be our winner (after an exhaustive search on H&H.com, of course). Cameron noted that it dried a bit lighter than he wanted — probably perfect for our accent wall.

When dreaming about a main floor makeover, I always come back to this dining room from Vogue Living Australia. There's something about the dramatic grey wall, crisp white moulding and mismatched Eames chairs that catches my eye every time I glance at my corkboard. I'm leaning towards four faux Eames chairs in shades of blue, green and purple.

And this drum pendant in grey felt from West Elm.

A former colleague, Emily Walker, swathed her home in a similar palette. I love how she used shades of white, grey and purple with pops of yellow here and there. Her bedroom has that bold grey wall I want, and her cute side table has inspired me to spray-paint a few vintage frames yellow for the kitchen wall.

Stay tuned for the after photos of the kitchen and dining room, plus more to come on the living room makeover!

See before and after photos of our bedroom and ensuite bathroom, too.

Photo credits:
1-5. Gwen McAuley
6. The Decorologist
7. House & Home July 2008 issue, photography by Michael Graydon
8. House & Home Makeovers 2009 special issue, photography by Michael Graydon
9. Vogue Living Australia via Decor Inspiration
10. Short Drum Pendant, West Elm
11. House & Home Makeovers 2009 special issue, photography by Donna Griffith

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Gwen McAuley

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