Room Transformations From HGTV's Love It or List It
Designer Hilary Farr remakes rooms deemed too far gone by their homeowners into beautiful spaces as she tries to convince homeowners to love it, not list it, on Love It or List It. See the before-and-afters of her best makeovers.
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November 25, 2014
By: Jennifer Brake
KITCHEN, BEFORE: This lackluster kitchen lacked personality, and a wall separating it from the dining room made it difficult for the homeowners to entertain and keep an eye on their children during mealtimes.
A Bench and a Bar
KITCHEN/DINING ROOM, AFTER: Connecting the kitchen and the dining room by tearing down a wall made way for open eating areas at the new breakfast bar and around the table. A built-in bench by the window provides extra seating without taking up extra space.
A Dark Disaster
LIVING ROOM, BEFORE: Stark white walls, dark wood trim and a crumbling brick fireplace made this living room cold and run-down.
LIVING ROOM, AFTER: A warm wall color and chic furniture created a welcoming space for the homeowners and their guests to sit by the fireplace, which features a floor-to-ceiling natural slate back panel.
Bathing With the Fishes
BATHROOM, BEFORE: This bathroom was a decent size but needed a facelift to get rid of the childish ocean theme and old fixtures.
Room for Two
BATHROOM, AFTER: New fixtures and a new vanity give this bathroom a grown-up, polished look, and the double sink allows for more than one person to use the space at the same time.
Drab Wood Everywhere
DINING ROOM, BEFORE: The dark wood trim and floors made this small dining room feel even more cramped. The space lacked warmth and wasn't practical for having friends and family over for meals.
Sleek Black Cabinets
KITCHEN, AFTER: Designer Hilary Farr reconfigured the former dining room into a modern kitchen by adding stainless steel appliances and dark cabinets that pop against the wall's soft, neutral color. To keep some of the home's traditional character, crown molding was added to the new cabinets.
BASEMENT, BEFORE: Old furniture, clutter and several unnecessary walls made for a lot of wasted space in this basement.
Office and Guest Bedroom in One
BASEMENT, AFTER: Designer Hilary Farr utilized every inch of space in this tight basement to turn it into a home office and spare bedroom. Up to three people can sleep comfortably in the space as the desk can be raised to reveal a stowaway bed hidden in the wall, and the couch transforms into bunk beds with ease.
Old School Wood Trim
LIVING ROOM, BEFORE: Although this room had an abundance of natural light, the outdated dark wood trim and floors paired with stark white walls made the space feel small and cold.
Cozy Space With a Bay Window
LIVING ROOM, AFTER: Painting the molding white and adding a gray color to the walls made the living room feel warmer and inviting. The glass table and transparent chairs provide extra seating near the window without making the room feel overcrowded with furniture.
BATHROOM, BEFORE: Pink and yellow tile paired with a single purple sink wasn't exactly ideal for the homeowners.
Two Sinks, Two Mirrors
BATHROOM, AFTER: Designer Hilary Farr got rid of the outdated tile and replaced it with drywall painted a solid pastel blue. More workspace was added by installing a double sink, two mirrors and spacious updated cabinetry.
Food on Display
KITCHEN, BEFORE: A lack of storage space had the homeowner's food out in the open in this kitchen, making the space look unorganized and cluttered.
KITCHEN, AFTER: Dark-stained cabinets were installed to provide sleek storage space coupled with the modern tiled backsplash and stainless steel appliances. An island was also added to give the homeowner much-needed additional counter space for food preparation.