before and afterDIY

Before & After: Two Rooms Transformed with Recycled Pieces and Thrifty Finds

by Maxwell Tielman



Kitchen and bathroom renovations, if done on a full scale, are notoriously expensive.  Even minuscule things like paint and tiles, when added to items like faucets and appliances, have a tendency of driving the price tag up into the stratosphere. It should be noted, however, that if one is willing to expend the necessary elbow grease, a beautiful, full-fledged room transformation is possible without dipping into the proverbial college fund. Take Sophie Leger’s recent home renovation, for instance. When Sophie and her husband decided to renovate their New Brunswick home’s bathroom and kitchen, they maintained a comparatively low budget by turning to repurposed and cheaply-sourced fixtures and doing most of the handiwork themselves. It certainly paid off—the end results are a far, far cry from the drab “befores”—bright, airy and modern, with a bit of rustic charm! Check out all of the photos plus Sophie’s design notes and sources after the jump! —Max




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“We renovated an entire kitchen cupboard to give an open feel,” Sophie notes. “We also removed the old cupboard doors and had some simple Shaker-style doors made. We put up a subway tile backsplash and replaced the faucet, countertops, and fixtures.” Light fixtures and countertops from IKEA. Faucet and subway tile from Homet Depot. Hardware from Lee Valley. Cupboard paint, “Evening Hush” by Behr.





“Since we were on a tight budget,” Sophie writes, “we opted to refinish in an eclectic style. We basically had to gut the entire room and start from scratch. We added wainscoting from floor to ceiling, repurposed an old dresser into a vanity, swapped out the dated lighting for a barn light fixture, replaced flooring, and added a pane glass door.” Mirror, sink and faucet from Home Depot. Antlers from a local antique shop.


Kitchen budget: Approx. $2000

Bathroom budget: Approx. $1700 (including new tub)

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