Nik Sharma can seemingly do anything. He not only has a degree in molecular biology, but has mastered both the art of cooking and food photography over at his blog A Brown Table. When it comes to home renovation, though, he encounters the same challenges and pitfalls the rest of us do. Continue reading to find out how he transformed the Oakland, CA home he and his husband recently moved into. All of the hard work has certainly paid off!

“There were a couple of challenges that we faced when we bought our home,” Nik says. “Believe me, it was daunting at first, but if you can find humor in all the crazy stuff you decide to put yourself through, it becomes much more enjoyable. At least that’s the attitude I decide to arm myself with when I embarked on redecorating our newly purchased home in Oakland.”

BEFORE

west elm - Nik Sharma Before + After

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“I decided to go the simple route and stay away from complicated designs that might prove to be challenging and time consuming. I gave the living room and dining room a fresh coat of white paint to make things bright and airy. We have a lot of windows all over the home and the light bounces off the white walls during the day making the rooms seem much more larger than they are.

“Before we moved in, I had the original hardwood floors in the house stained with a darker tone of walnut. The fireplace needed a bit sprucing up and I really wanted the old mantle to shine. With three layers of thick paint to peel and remove, it turned out to be the most challenging part of the home renovation. We started with a chemical peeler but after realizing how many buckets we’d need, we quickly switched to an electric sander before staining and polishing.”

west elm - Nik Sharma Before + After

west elm - Nik Sharma Before + After

“I accented both rooms with a lot of my favorite items from West Elm that were functional, yet relaxing. I’ve always wanted a large farm table to entertain and that table is one of my favorite pieces from West Elm.
The kitchen required the least amount of work but it’s also where I do all my cooking, recipe testing, writing and blogging.”

west elm - Nik Sharma Before + After

west elm - Nik Sharma Before + After

“I painted one wall black to match the tile in the kitchen, it ties everything together. Since I collect a lot of kitchen props—especially cake stands and baking pans of all shapes and sizes— this Mid-Century shelving system worked perfectly as a display for me to keep my favorite pieces out. I also like to keep some of favorite cookbooks stacked underneath the shelves for quick reference. My work desk was a bargain steal, $80 at a secondhand store!”

AFTER

west elm - Nik Sharma Before + After

west elm - Nik Sharma Before + After

west elm - Nik Sharma Before + After

west elm - Nik Sharma Before + After

west elm - Nik Sharma Before + After

west elm - Nik Sharma Before + After

west elm - Nik Sharma Before + After

west elm - Nik Sharma Before + After

west elm - Nik Sharma Before + After

west elm - Nik Sharma Before + After

west elm - Nik Sharma Before + After

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Rebecca Brooks

May 9, 2016

This looks awesome! I love to see the before & after photos. I’m so glad I was able to help you as your buyer’s agent & I’m going to send this link to the sellers so they can see what an awesome job you’ve done with their family home. 🙂

Kyle

May 9, 2016

What a beautiful home, Nik! You did a wonderful job. Enjoy your new home!

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