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: 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: 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: …

Before & After: an entry gets a new look

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In a past renovation I gave this entry a full makeover. Here is the before picture from another angle (coming in the front door): This was one I did myself, so I spent a couple weeks one summer lifting the old floor, removing the wallpaper (the walls and border are paper), taking down the blinds and getting a new light …

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 …

DIY: update a coffee table

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This little DIY was something I thought would be an easy change.  I had this old coffee table and the brushed silver legs were feeling dated and tired.  To give the coffee table a new look, I’ve painted the legs with a metallic paint with a bronze iridescent finish.  Here is the BEFORE: And here is the AFTER. The process …

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BEFORE & AFTER: Bathroom gets a much needed reno

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This bathroom got a much needed makeover. Here’s a BEFORE picture: The plans were to replace everything in this bathroom. The room was opened right to the studs to do the proper wiring for the fan and lighting. The updates included: a new white hex tile floor, new drywall/paint/trim, new tub/shower, new toilet, new sink/faucet, new light fixture, new medicine …

Before and After: An office gets a serious makeover!

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Back a few years ago, I was renovating a space that is now my design office.  It was very industrial and rough when I got my hands on the space. This was another reno done with my talented cousin Mike, we (as in ‘he’ and I was the assistant) did new floors, walls, insulation, lighting, paint, baseboards, etc.  It was …

A room transformed with paint: before and after

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I’m a huge fan of paint as the most affordable way to drastically change a room.  I’m always talking about ‘paint makeovers’ and how much you can do with paint.  Hopefully these pictures back up my claim. The living room shown above is the same room as you see below, but with furniture.  I wanted to show how it looked …