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Monday, February 24, 2014

Painting the Old Kitchen Cabinets to Match Kraftmaid Canvas Color


Don't you love our newly painted cream cabinets? They didn't always look this good. We inherited a kitchen that was recently renovated but it was... meh. Just enough had been done to it to allow a seller to list a home as "renovated with granite counter tops", but very little design sensibility went into choosing the fixtures and colors.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Ikea Hack: Built-In Bookcases


Who would think you could jump-start your built-ins using inexpensive Ikea bookcases and and some decorative trim and get this? A beautiful home library! 

About 7 years ago in a previous home, I commissioned a contractor to build floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases along the hallway to house my library. It cost me about $5k in materials and labor. Here's what that looked like:


I opted to paint them myself to save money – and the task was a beast! All those shelves and trim pieces.

This time around, encouraged by the work of AM Dolce Vita and Centsational Girl, I hacked Ikea bookcases for about $800.  Here's the schematic that I drew up for my contractor.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets: Step by Step





The most important thing about painting cabinets is to take your time and go through every step. You will not get a good result by hurrying. Here's how you do it, step by step.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Bathroom Lighting & Storage



We are down to the wire! Literally.

It is time for me to firm up lighting specs and measure where the recesses for the medicine cabinet, tall side cabinet, and shower alcove will go.

It's always jarring in that stage of a renovation when you move from dream phase to purchase phase. It means the dreaming (and paging through Houzz and Pinterest) that I have been doing since I made the offer on this apartment in July is about to come to an end. But also that the end product is near.

So, these are my choices.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pet Stains on Hardwood Floors: Before and After Photos


I am in love with our floors! But this wasn't always the case. When we bought this place the floors were so damaged that the seller reduced the price significantly when I showed them the estimate from a floor restoration specialist. The extent of the pet damage was so great that it required not just refinishing but removal and replacement of certain damaged slats.