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 …

Ask Deb Nelson: painted built-in cabinets

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In my ‘Ask Deb Nelson’ column I was asked about painting built-in cabinets.  We’re used to seeing built-in’s in a warm white, cream or ivory colour, like in the room above.  Typically it’s done to coordinate with the trim and other accents in the room. But this doesn’t mean you have to paint your built-ins white, you can definitely consider another …

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 …

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. …

Ask Deb Nelson: should I paint an antique?

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A question I get asked a lot, is whether or not I think it’s okay for people to paint an antique piece of furniture.  The answer to this is a definite: It Depends! It depends on many factors about the antique. Starting off with the type of wood, the style and value of the piece.  There are some formal, traditional styles …

BEFORE & AFTER: landing & stairs

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In my house I have a large landing between the second and third floors. I, of course, painted everything white.  It’s not how it looked before! Here it is in its original state with wallpaper and brown floors. The old plaster walls and ceilings were all in very rough shape (not to mention the layers of wallpaper in some areas), so …