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 …

Kitchen update: Faucet

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In my own kitchen I’ve been thinking about going with the gold/bronze coloured faucet instead of the standard chrome finish.  In my kitchen above you can see the faucet I have now.  I have the hardware in the kitchen in an antique brass finish and I like the warm metal finish with all the white in the space.  I think …

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 …

Open shelving in the kitchen

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In my weekly newspaper column, ‘Ask Deb Nelson’, I get a lot of questions about kitchens.  I think people ask about kitchens because renovations tend to be expensive and time consuming, so many people look for simple ways to update the space.   The trend towards open shelving creates a casual, relaxed look in the kitchen, but it isn’t for …

How to pick a backsplash for your kitchen

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I’ve been thinking a lot about backsplashes these days because I need to choose one for my own kitchen, which you can see above.  Typically my rule of thumb is to go with a fairly simple and quiet backsplash, but of course it completely depends on your counter material.  I normally go with a solid tile type of back splash …

Deb’s Top Three: Barstools

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Buying bar stools for your kitchen can take some thought.  The style should be in line with the look of your kitchen and there are a lot of different stools available.  Also, the function and comfort are very important depending on how you use the space – for example, is this an area where people will be sitting for hours …

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. …

Should I use a rug in my kitchen?

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Over the last few years there has been a trend towards rugs in kitchens. I like the look, it can add colour and pattern to the space. Of course it can also make it more comfortable for standing. I remember seeing a picture of this kitchen several years ago, and I think it was one of the first that jumped …

Using grey & gold in the kitchen

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There is still a huge trend happening with gold or antique brass finish in kitchens. There are many kitchens showing up with the hardware and faucets in a warm metal. Also still seeing lots of kitchens cabinets that go from light grey to dark/grey or black.  Personally I’m enjoying the lighter grey with gold these days. Here are a few …

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 …