Living room Re-do: Before & After

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A few before and after’s of a living room I did this year.  The house wasn’t in great repair, the floors were badly scuffed and worn down, the electrical had to be re-done which meant all new lighting, and the room needed to be painted.  To save money I opted to paint the original floors black and I used rugs …

BEFORE & AFTER: a kitchen gets a new look

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This kitchen has undergone a fairly dramatic transformation. The renovation consisted of a new layout of the space; as well as new flooring, cabinetry, appliances, counters, backsplash, lighting, sink and faucet, etc. I like how the new look came together, adding white cabinetry and butcher block counters creates a great vibe. The touch of black on the hardware and faucet …

Before & After: fireplace – no hook up required

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Since it’s officially the first day of fall, it’s a great time to dream about a fireplace.  If you’re keen on a fireplace but don’t want the hassle or expense of adding gas, electrical, etc. –  here is an option to consider.  In the living room above I added an eco-friendly fireplace burner by Eco Smart fireplace.  This is an …

Before & After: Painted kitchen cabinets

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I’ve been a fan of painting kitchen cabinets for many years.  I first painted an entire kitchen for a design segment on CBC back many years ago.  Since then I’ve painted a few of my own kitchens too. In the kitchen above, I bought store bought cabinets in a brown wooden finish and I painted them dark grey.  It was one …

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Before & After: Double Doors

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When I purchased my old house, I wanted to add ‘new’ doors at the back of the house from the kitchen. I thought this would add charm to the space and I liked the idea of outdoor access here for carrying in groceries and things to the kitchen. So I went on the hunt for doors.  Here are a few …

BEFORE & AFTER: floors & fireplace get an update

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In this living room I had no problem painting the original brick fireplace white, along with the shelves, mantel and hearth.  The walls, ceiling and trim throughout also got a fresh coat of paint. The other big (but subtle) change was having the floors redone. The original floors were marked by rugs being in place for many years.  I love …

BEFORE & AFTER: creating a den

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In this picture above you can get a peak into the den off the rest of the open concept main floor.  The den has my favourite double French doors and a large bookcase on the wall to the right. There’s a TV in here, two large windows and it’s a comfy room for reading or watching TV. The doors are …

Before & After: Affordable, DIY kitchen

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In this kitchen update, the only material I used was paint and that was the only cost involved!  This is what I would call a true paint makeover.  Here are a few BEFORE pictures: And a few more of the AFTER pictures.  I painted 8 different surfaces in this kitchen, can you spot the changes?   Painted surfaces included: 1. …

Before & After: Kitchen Side Door

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In my kitchen there is a side entry with a charming old door. I wanted to make this a functional area – an extension of the kitchen with the BBQ and a small porch off of this side of the house. I wanted to keep the original door (I even have the old skeleton key for it), but pretty well …

B&A: This small bedroom’s potential revealed!

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At DND, we always love a good Before & After. There is something magical about seeing the possibility of what a room could be. When I bought my old 1844 house, there were many rooms that felt a little tired and dated. When I saw this space I wanted to lighten and brighten it up. BEFORE AFTER Hereʼs what happened: …