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Continued: Refreshing the '70s: 'Wall-to-wall white' gets makeover

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 28, 2013 - 3:41 PM

Kawell warmed up a stark white metal staircase dividing the living areas from the bedrooms by painting the spindles bronze and wrapping the railings, banisters and columns in mahogany. “By making sure function and design work together, we’ve given the new spaces a timeless quality,” he said.

After the great room area was finished, the couple tackled other parts of the 4,000-square-foot two-level townhouse, including scraping, smooth-coating and painting the popcorn ceilings in every room. They removed several of the home’s sliding doors, because “people didn’t know where to come and go,” said Johnson, and replaced them with windows.

Johnson and O’Donnell were fortunate to have a solid structure and smart layout as a starting point for refreshing their dated townhouse.

“We thought we’d just do a little cosmetic updating,” said Johnson. “Then we got on a roll and couldn’t stop.”

 

Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619

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