Liz Kamarul’s 1890s New Orleans home may be old, but her kitchen could not have been newer. When the designer and her husband, Tim, moved into the Central City house just over a year ago, the modern cooking space, with its white Shaker cabinets and gray granite countertops, stuck out like a sore thumb against the tall ceilings, ornate moldings, and original plasterwork. Something had to change, but still the couple hesitated.
“It was hard to justify ripping out brand-new items; it felt very wasteful,” says Kamarul. The designer gave herself a goal: Reuse as much as possible. In the end Kamarul kept everything but the faucet—which she swapped for a matte black option from Kohler—during a whirlwind six-week renovation as part of the One Room Challenge. Here’s how she brought in texture and character—and saved at least $5,000 by salvaging all those materials.