“Good Bones” stars Mina Starsiak and her mother, Karen Laine, have a knack for warm, homey designs. However, in their latest renovation, they go in a whole new direction.
In the “Old Biker Bar” episode, Starsiak and Laine buy an Indianapolis house that’s rumored to be an old biker bar.
The building is dark, packed with junk, and very small. With just one bathroom and no bedrooms, this house is a daunting fixer-upper. Still, this mother-daughter team is determined to turn it into a beautiful home with an industrial, masculine style.
In order to do that, though, Starsiak and Laine have to venture outside their comfort zone. Here are some of the home decor risks they take that might seem strange at first, but turn out totally worth it—and may be worth trying yourself!
1. Dark paint on the exterior lends a stylish industrial look
Starsiak decides on a gray-on-gray color scheme for the home’s exterior. While this color combination may be a risk because it could feel dark and bland, she’s hoping the muted tone will give this old biker bar the refined industrial look she’s going for.
The gray exterior ends up looking great, so Starsiak and Laine end up using the dark color as a show-stopping trim for the interior windows and doors.
When Laine and Starsiak are finally able to show potential buyers the finished home, Laine notes that the dark, moody trim isn’t typical for their designs.
“We’ve only done it once before,” she says, explaining that the darker color makes the space feel more masculine.
It’s a unique look, but buyers seem to love it.
2. Dark flooring adds a masculine vibe
Starsiak and Laine are determined to give this home a masculine, industrial style, but they have trouble deciding which shade of flooring fits this style best.
“I know we’ve been leaning toward light,” Starsiak tells Laine as she examines a dark flooring sample. “But I think this is going to ground it a lot. I think light would take away from that industrial vibe.”
So, they install dark, engineered plank flooring throughout, giving the whole house that dark, moody look they’re going for.
The deep-tone floor is a great choice, and with the same flooring running through the house, the space finally feels cohesive.
3. A bright accent color works well in the bathroom
While the dark paint and dark floors may already seem like daring color choices, Laine and Starsiak really experiment with color when it comes to the bathroom.
With all the dark tones downstairs, Starsiak wants to give the house a touch of color, while still maintaining the masculine theme. So, she chooses a dark red accent color for the master bathroom, even though she knows the bold tone is risky.
“It’s definitely out of our comfort zone,” she admits.
Still, when the renovation is finished, the red bathroom looks amazing. It gives the house a touch of color without departing from the theme.
Yet since the red paint could easily overwhelm the space, Starsiak and Laine end up softening the bathroom’s look with a sleek, white shower tile laid in a herringbone pattern. It gives the space a classic vibe that relaxes the look of the red paint.
4. A mustard velvet bar glams up the space
They want the house to be masculine but still homey, says Starsiak. “What you want to do is give a nod to the biker bar, not re-create a biker bar.”
So, while they include some fun biker-themed furnishings (like a fun console table made from motorcycle parts and a couch with brake lights), they decide to also add some furnishings that go against the grain. They end up buying a mustard velvet bar that gives the second-floor loft living space a glamorous feel.
“Part of the fun of converting an old biker bar into a home is embracing the history and adding a lot of sleek industrial touches,” Mina says of the home’s style. “But then we balance that out with soft textures and colors.”
This yellow velvet bar might seem like a risky choice, but it definitely brings a softer, more welcoming feel to the space.
5. Butcher block countertops can warm up a kitchen
Although granite or quartz counters are the traditional go-to’s during a kitchen renovation these days, Laine and Starsiak decide to use butcher block countertops instead. But why?
For one, Starsiak thinks this kitchen, with its dark cabinets and flooring, will benefit from some brighter butcher block hues. It’s light, but also warm and homey.
The countertops end up looking amazing. But in order to break up the color, Starsiak decides to include a small corner of stone slab on the end, which can serve as a coffee bar area. The dark stone against the light butcher block gives the counters a nice contrast—while still fitting in with the darker vibe of the rest of the kitchen.
How does this home clean up?
By taking a few risks outside their comfort zone, Starsiak and Laine rock the industrial look in this house. With bold colors and refined accents, their former biker bar has turned into a beautiful home. Plus, it has potential to make Starsiak and Laine a stunning profit.
They buy the house for $35,000 and spend $230,000 on the renovation. By the end of the episode, they plan to list it for $312,000, which would fetch them a profit of $47,000. That’s a sum worth toasting, even if the biker bar is no more!