Home Makeover Tour: Colorful Condo Remodel

A tour of a small Minneapolis condo transformed with color, pattern, and space-saving tricks.


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Living Large in a Small Space

    This small Minneapolis condo lives larger than its footprint thanks to clever storage, splashes of bright color, and abundant natural light. A built-in bookcase caps a sunny bank of windows, maximizing storage and providing visual interest. Original hardwood floors add warmth underfoot.

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Smart Storage

    A miniature home office tucks into a corner of the condo. The window ledge is put to good use, providing display space for the owners' assortment of potted plants. Built-in bookcases provide floor-to-ceiling storage for office supplies and other items, and a small wood desk takes up minimal floor space. It even doubles as a serving table during parties.

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BEFORE: Cramped Kitchen Quarters

    The condo's existing kitchen left much to be desired. A pair of half-walls blocked access to the living space, shallow cabinets offered very little storage, and dated appliances lessened the room's function. The owners decided to gut the kitchen completely to create a fresh space packed with storage, utility, and style.

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AFTER: Colorful Kitchen Redo

    The new kitchen is bright, open, and practical thanks to a new layout, a suite of small-scale appliances, and custom lower cabinets. The upper cabinets were saved and hung higher on the wall to visually expand the space.

    The owners stripped layers of old paint to reveal the cabinets' original glass panels, which complement the style of the room. Handmade Moroccan cement tiles grace the backsplash adding a punch of color.

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Small Kitchen Solutions

    This small kitchen is powered by the skinny appliances that give it full-size function. The gas range, with burners spanning the top of the unit, looks hunkier than its 24 inches. Concealed by cabinetry panels are an 18-inch dishwasher (under the upper cabinets) and a narrow refrigerator (right of the range).

    The apron-front sink looks expansive and was fitted with a high-arc faucet for a polished look. A framed pegboard--inspired by one in legendary cook Julia Child's kitchen--provides practical storage.

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BEFORE: Uninspired Entry

    In spite of character-building hardwood floors and trim, the original foyer lacked personality. At just 25 square feet, there wasn't much room to play around, but the owners were determined to bring it up to par with the style of the rest of their home.

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AFTER: Vibrant Foyer

    Colorful wallpaper, white-painted trim, and simple accessories transform the dull foyer into a welcoming entry. Bold paint colors or wall treatments, such as this bright patterned wallpaper, are a simple and budget-friendly way to revitalize a small space.

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Dining in Style

    The dining area takes advantage of sunlight streaming through the condo's large windows. A pedestal table makes the most of the small space, which is defined by a colorful area rug. An inexpensive Colonial chandelier gets a modern touch with unconventional round bulbs.

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