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In this makeover, designer Sarai Mitnik of Colette Patterns creates a cohesive look between the kitchen and dining room of her bungalow.

But first, some old linoleum has to come off...

In an old bungalow, you'll never quite know what you'll find underneath any surface. Years of other families can mean countless layers of wallpaper (I know of one person who discovered a layer of wallpaper held up by hot glue), paint or, as Sarai Mitnick discovered, linoleum. Below the unassuming flooring was the bungalow's original hardwood floors.

Removing old linoleum can be a gamble. Most of the time, the adhesive has bonded to the underlying layer, meaning you'll end up ripping out chunks of the original floor as you lift away the linoleum (if you're strong enough to even be able to rip away the linoleum). But if you decide to try, work section by section, using a heat gun to loosen the adhesive. (This can get a bit fume-y, so definitely keep the area ventilated, and wear a mask.) Then, lift away the linoleum, scoring it with a knife to keep the sections small and easy to deal with.

So, what's the after look like?

The wood floors were refinished, creating a natural transition between the dining room and kitchen area. In addition, Sarai painted all the built-in cabinetry white and replaced the hardware. The walls were painted in a soothing blue/green palette. (She used Benjamin Moore's Irish Mint.) To see more before and after photos from Sarai's bungalow makeover, visit Sweet Sassafrass.

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