'Bargain Mansions': Tamara Day transforms 1986 colonial house with a 14-foot barnyard table in the kitchen
The house is 3,600 square feet and the selling price of the house was $275,000. Tamara’s father Ward, as always, was beside her to help her through the process
On the latest episode of ‘Bargain Mansions’ on November 30, Tamara Day picks a house spread across four acres from 1986 tucked away in one of the less populated areas of Kansas City. The house is 3,600 square feet and the selling price of the house was $275,000.
Tamara sets a renovation budget of $150,000 for the entire house. Level 1 of the renovation would include renovating the study area, the living area, kitchen and dining, painting the outside of the house and also painting the additional barn. Tamara’s father Ward, as always, was beside her to help her through the process.
First things first they cleared out the huge bushes that covered the house with their crew. Tamara’s sons also come along to help Tamara as she says, “I have learnt everything from my dad and I want to pass it on to my own children.” The boys do a good job and Tamara promises them hamburgers on the way back home.
Once the barn was cleared up the house started looking huge as Tamara’s dad said, “Now I can see the two storeys.” They discovered a barn that Tamara decided to paint in pink and red to make her childhood dream come true. For the kitchen, Tamara had the vision to break down the wall to the adjoining living room and make it one big space. She also gave windows for the kitchen and a door to the outside that didn’t exist before.
She also wanted to create a coffee nook with cabinets that would make a pantry and a dog space right under the coffee table. She said, “I love creating nooks and corners all over the house.” She put mirror tiles all over the kitchen walls and reflected light and made the kitchen look brighter and bigger.
She put a huge chimney top made of wood on top of the kitchen. Once the wall between the kitchen and the living space was torn down she decided to put a 14 feet kitchen table made out of reclaimed lumber wood. The table would seat about 20 people. She also put beautiful mosaic tile from the countertop to the ceiling for the rest of the space.
For the living space, Tamara decided to get a new mantle from her favorite antique store. Originally black, Tamara painted the '80s style mantle top in light gray for the living space. She decided to go with medallion wallpaper and with a center light in the living space and modern lighting and fixtures all over the study and living room meant the space was good for an open house. Tamara spent exactly $90,000 for level one of the renovation within eight weeks of time.
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