When Casey Marsch and her husband, Ryan, bought a ranch house in Covington Gardens this past summer, she immediately began making improvements. Built in 2002, the house was definitely showing its age.
“That 10 year mark is when a house becomes outdated so we wanted to add character to the home as well as making it look more modern,” she said.
An interior designer in sales at Mid-City Lumber, Marsch has helped many of her customers achieve their decorating vision and knows how to make changes on a budget.
“I chose to invest in paint and light fixtures and other touches that would make the largest impact with the least expense,” she said.
Outside that included building a fence in the backyard for her two Pugs and inside it included all new trim and painting the living room and kitchen walls in Pratt & Lambart Dawn Mist.
“I wanted to keep the walls in neutrals so the whole house is gray and beige,” she said.
She also added trendy eye-catching lighting and ceiling fans throughout the house. The most dramatic changes were made in the kitchen, where she went with a gray, black and white color scheme. She used Designer White to paint over the oak cabinets white and added a Wilson Laminate countertop in Black Alicante, Inter Ceramic white beveled subway tile was used for the backsplash. She left the hardwood floors but being a DIYer she added other touches.
“This is definitely the crafty house,” Marsch said.
She repainted the buffet, which she bought on Craigslist for $100, in a green Annie Sloan paint from Southbank, and then stained it and added blue as an accent color. On the wall behind it, she made a starburst mirror design.
“I bought the mirror and then used children’s poster board to make the leaves and painted the veins in gold,” she said.
The Blue Willow bowl on the dining table came from her grandmother’s china.
“I like to have the pieces in my home have meaning,” she said.
In one of the bedrooms, which is now serving as an office, her husband’s helmets from his Sprint Cars are displayed in a cabinet that her in-laws powder coated. There’s a sign from an old gas station with the number 2 on it, which is the number of her husband’s Sprint Car racing team. The curtains in the office were made out of the table runners from their wedding. The desk is a re-purposed interior door with a piece of glass on top and her husband built the sawhorses.
In the living room, an antique hutch that her husband’s great grandfather used as a gun cabinet was transformed into a liquor cabinet. Marsch stripped, re-sanded, and re-stained it and added glass to the door and lighted the inside. The prints hung on the wall beside it came from a flea market in Eldon and Marsch repainted the mats.
Going forward, she plans to redo the master bathroom and they’re finishing the basement and plan to tackle the landscaping.
“I still have so many projects I want to do, but we love our home,” she said. “My husband and I love fixing up homes and we usually make all cosmetic changes, but it’s amazing how a little goes along way.”