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When Lee moved into his apartment rental, the kitchen was stark white and sterile. Check out what some color and black and white self adhesive floor tiles can do…

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With the help of a hair dryer, he removed the old, cracked vinyl tiles, and replaced them with Armstrong self adhesive floor tiles (cost $90). By positioning them at an angle, he created a diamond pattern that helps to distracts the eye from the railroad apartment's "long & skinny" shape.

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He painted the cabinets California Paints's Riviera in semi-gloss, and placed the original cabinet hardware into hot water so the white paint would peel off.

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Finally, he chose a bright, electric avocado color for the accent wall; he wanted something colorful and festive that took his mind off the long and gray New York winters. The goal was to paint the wall and cabinets different colors, yet have them complement each other.

Thanks, Lee!

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Before & After: Light & Bright Updated Kitchen
Before & After: Sophisticated Master Bedroom Makeover

(Images: 1. Sarah Fenoglio, 2-4. Kate Legere)