Our Trillium Drive project was a good example of home staging on a budget. The homeowner was willing to roll up their sleeves and get a little dirty with a paint brush, but quickly reaped the benefits of this kind of hard work.

We’ve shown you the bedroom and living room in previous “before and after” pictures, but the kitchen and bathroom were both particularly out of date and there was no money to invest in a basement renovation.


The bathroom was not pretty but I quickly realized that the bones of the basement kitchen and bathroom were good, meaning the permanent fixtures like tiles and back splash were relatively non-descript and neutral, and so it would be simple and inexpensive to give it a modern-day makeover.

After explaining my vision and the future return on investment value, the owner was willing to invest a weekend and some “elbow grease”. After a colour consultation, they got to work right away on the bathroom.

The owner didn’t have any experience with this type of project so we helped them with paint preparation and selection choices for the best possible finish. We also shared our recommendations for new hardware and provided a few tips and tricks for the best finish possible.


When we started on this basement nanny-suite/basement apartment, it was dark and dreary. But with a simple coat of paint and some expert furniture placement, decluttering and decor, it went from drab to fab.

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