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Remodeled Gray Wet Bar With Butcher Block Countertop

For this wet bar makeover, dated veneer countertops were replaced with butcher block, and the faux brass trim on the mirror panels was sprayed with a dark gray matte paint. Light gray cabinets and walls brighten the space.

Modern Neutral Dining Room

This modern dining room features a dark wood table with Parsons chairs upholstered in a cocoa-colored fabric. The white walls and hardwood floors are left largely unadorned with the exception of a large painting.

Hidden Nightstand

A nightstand was upcycled and cut to fit inside of the bench seat. To use, simply pull it out.

Photo By: Don Hamilton Studio

Staging a Bookcase

Even bookcases should be properly staged. When staging a bookcase, remove all personal photos and clutter. Neutral art, books and plants when used sparingly can show off a bookcase at its best.

Plumbing Pipe Privacy Curtain

Plumbing pipe becomes a strong, ceiling mounted curtain rod to allow for privacy in the bathroom.

Photo By: Don Hamilton Studio

House Counselor Rental Kitchen Black Chalkboard Wall

Fun and functional. A wall of the galley kitchen was painted in black chalkboard paint, tying in to the color of the black appliances and creating a fun and useful message board.

French Press

Must. Have. Coffee. The process of making a cup of joe is much simpler and smaller when using a French press.

Photo By: Don Hamilton Studio

Vintage Drawer Organizer

This vintage drawer organizer was installed over the sink to hold soaps and sponges above the countertop. The wood is sealed to protect against water damage.

Photo By: Don Hamilton Studio

New U-Shaped Sink

Updates don't need to break the bank. A large, single-basin, stainless steel sink from Ikea is an affordable update, maximizing the impact of this refreshed kitchen.

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