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Then & Now: Messy Storage Room to Party Room

Jane from Toronto sent us these photos of her Then and Now basement renovation. Look closely. A very messy storage room transformed into a lovely and functional entertainment centre—including a bar with seating, a fridge, sink, and lots of cupboards for storage—all on a tight budget.

Jane told us her story: “First I had to purge, reorganize, and move the items I was keeping. Then, I jumped right in and started to remove old pine from the walls, one plank at a time. I was so glad that (on my urging) my partner was able to repurpose this pine for the ceiling, which now has a Scandinavian look. Next, we took care of electrical wiring for new outlets and light fixtures. New plumbing was also started. The drywall went up, followed by repeated mudding and sanding. We painted next. Then the vapour barrier and the laminate flooring were installed.Through the days that followed, we installed cupboards, countertop, sink, and mirror, backsplash, lighting (under-cupboard, pot lights, ceiling fan), furnace room door, fridge, bar, and bar stools. A lot of our materials were repurposed or re-used, and most of the brand new items were purchased at clearance prices. We love having friends and family over. Everyone is so impressed!”

Have you done a renovation worth bragging about? If so, send us a few of your Then and Now photos, with a brief description (200 words or less) of what you did by clicking here (or emailing Watch for more Then and Now reno blogs.

By Zoë Waller
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