before and after

Before & After: The Silver Lining Kitchen

by Maxwell Tielman

When lighting designer Sophie and her husband moved from Sydney to a small farmer’s cottage in Wagga Wagga, Australia, the last thing they expected was that their new home would become totally uninhabitable within just five weeks. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened when, in early 2012, flooding ravaged the New South Wales region of Australia. Along with the rest of their neighbors, Sophie and Tim were forced to evacuate, leaving their newly unpacked home behind. Ten months passed before they were finally able to return. Luckily, the couple’s home was insured, and the two were able to turn their troubles into treasure. “The major silver lining to a full on year is our shiny renovated home,” Sophie says. Indeed! The kitchen, which was pretty cute to begin with, has been given a fabulous upgrade, complete with a newly finished floor, open shelving, new appliances and adorable fixtures. Check out the full Before & After after the jump! — Max

Above image: Another silver lining surprise — when the couple removed the cabinet from the back of the kitchen, they discovered the home’s original oven!

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