Before & After: Small Changes Make a Big Difference in a Little Kitchen

Before & After: Small Changes Make a Big Difference in a Little Kitchen

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Nancy Mitchell
Nov 21, 2014
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Last week, we witnessed the transformation of Elizabeth's tiny bathroom, and today we're taking a look at the rest of her tw0-bedroom co-op. When Elizabeth bought the place, she originally planned to only remodel the bathroom, but her contractor helped her realize that with only a few small changes, she could have a whole apartment that she was really happy with.

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Elizabeth worked with a contractor, Gennadiy, to come up with some ideas for transforming not just the bathroom, but the rest of the apartment, all within the original budget. Convinced by Gennadiy's vision, Elizabeth signed on for the extra upgrades — and wound up with a whole new apartment, all within her original budget.

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Gennadiy realized that the kitchen cabinets were in very good condition — it was just the yellow paint and clunky crown molding that made them look dated. By removing some of the molding and painting the cabinets white, he gave the kitchen a much more, open look. A new countertop and backsplash, along with new undercabinet lighting, completes the transformation.

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Little changes make a big difference in the living room, too — Gennadiy cleaned up some of the molding details, and replaced dated light fixtures.

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In the bedroom, Gennadiy added some smart storage — a cubby on top of the closet that takes advantage of the apartment's 11 foot ceilings. Because in New York, who doesn't need a little extra space?

You can read more about Elizabeth's apartment remodel, and see more pictures, on Sweeten.

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