Close-Up: A Toronto Rental Gets an Overhaul

Close-Up: A Toronto Rental Gets an Overhaul

Sonia Zjawinski
May 12, 2009

Jason Simmons recently moved into a 680 square foot apartment in Toronto and updated it with his own personal flare. As many of you renters already know, myself included, the amount of changes you can do to a rental are minimal, but it's amazing what a fresh color of paint can do to a space. Proof positive is Jason's space. Above are photos showing before and afters of every corner of his living and dining rooms. After the break we breakdown all of Jason's freshness...

1-2: This is what you walk into. Jason put his 50-inch Toshiba on industrial shelving made by Tarrison Products Ltd. It's the same kind of shelving used in restaurants. Jason likes it because it's virtually dust free. The speakers are Cerwin Vega and all his DVDs are filed away on the same shelving seen by the windows.
3-4:The living room seen from the other side. The green paint job was inspired by the color swatch in Photoshop. He used one gallon of white paint and one gallon of emerald paint, "I started with a coat of white, and poured in a few cups of emerald then repainted repeating the process until the shade gradually darkened to look like a color swatch."
5-6:A view of the dining room with wallpaper made by Jason. He printed out photos found on his Flickr photostream via his Epson printer on photographic paper from Dollarama, 10 sheets for $1.
7-8:A view of Jason's office, which features an iMac, a MacBook Pro, with a second monitor plug in. This is where Jason updates his image focused blog, Running Dive (check it out, but be wary there are a lot of boobies).
9-10: More shots of Jason's great space. We really love the homemade wallpaper. It's like a grownup version of the photo collages we all used to past in our adolescent rooms.

(Images: Jason Simmons)

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