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These projects are for the experienced, intrepid, and foolishly brave D.I.Y’ers. The crafty creators, the relentless makers, and those brave souls who DARE to take on that floor sander.

Bathroom: how we stretched the budget

Last week I talked about the importance of the design process and posted a few tutorials (here and here) that might help all you DIY rebels with your renovations, or more specifically, planning your renovations. Now that we have decided to go for a full bathroom update, we really need the budget to work for us.  Unexpected renovations, especially in the middle of another ongoing renovation, are not ideal.  This means working under a lot of restrictions, and forgoing things…

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DIY DESIGN: creating simple elevations

This quick tutorial will give you a basic guideline on how to create your own elevation drawings for your renovation.  To create these you’ll need to start with a scaled floor plan.  Find out how to do that here. Creating an elevation, or a ‘wall view’ of the room you are designing, gives you a different perspective on the space, and allows you to plan vertically.  Drawing these to scale will let you test out different wall mounted elements, and…

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DIY DESIGN: Creating a simplified floor plan to scale

This quick tutorial will show you how to take the measurements of your space and turn them into a floor plan that is to scale, or directly proportionate to what is actually happening in the space.  These drawings will let you quickly reference how a new piece will fit (or if it will fit **crosses fingers**) and how it will work with existing elements in the room (walls, and other items that are not moving ie. the toilet shown here).…

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Designing a space – a basic process for DIY’ers

When planning for a renovation the most important advice I can give to all you DIY’ers is DON’T WING IT.  Plan everything possible before you begin.  This includes selecting all your finishes and fixtures, and making sure everything works together both aesthetically and spatially. There are several reasons to do this: PROJECT MANAGEMENT – purely from a project management point of view having everything pre-selected helps to avoid delays. You won’t get stuck having to back track, or redo something to make…

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Kitchen: Adding furniture style storage

Way back months and months ago (has it been a YEAR?) when we were staring work on the foyer, you might recall we removed the pantry that was in the kitchen (check out that progress here and here).  The pantry never functioned well for us. It was always messy because the shelves were difficult to access, and it took up space where more kitchen counter should have been. We also thought the pantry space would be better utilized as entry way storage,…

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Kitchen: We have a backsplash!

THE TILE I’ve had the backsplash for this kitchen selected for over a year.  I just wanted a simple, clean lined, WHITE, backsplash.  Nothing decorative, or detailed.  We went with a 3×11 in. white subway tile. A teeny bit different than the classic 3x6in subway, just a bit more modern with the elongated rectangular shape.  I know, just about anything might be better than this copper beauty: WHAT WE STARTED WITH There were actually two different backsplash finishes in the…

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Kitchen Cabinets: Painting Plastic Laminate

I was definitely hesitant to take on the challenge of painting out our kitchen cabinets. A.) because I knew we would not be spraying them and was concerned that we would not be able to achieve a smooth, quality finish and B.) the cabinets are a plastic laminate to which I believed NOTHING would stick. I absolutely think there are SO MANY things skilled and committed homeowners can take on and effectively DIY.  Refinishing a plastic laminate cabinet (which is not…

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NEW FLOOR FOR THE FOYER

After we installed the new foyer closet, we were left with a bit of a….mess. Removing the kitchen pantry to enlarge the foyer closet forced our renovation into the kitchen area (see that post here).  We were FULLY aware this was going to happen and already had a plan in place to do a little kitchen facelift along with the foyer update.  The floor, however, was not initially a part of that plan.  Well, it certainly is now…. The existing…

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THE CLOSET

Last progress post we left off with a great big hole in the foyer where the closet used to be.  Oh.  I mean a great big hole combined with a smaller hole where the pantry used to be.  SO.  Now what….. Typically at this point we would move any electrical necessary (there was an outlet inside the pantry closet) then frame, drywall, mud, and paint the interior of the closet.  We’d also frame the opening and add the doors; sliding, bi-fold,…

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HOW WE PLANNED AHEAD BEFORE RENOVATING

This foyer renovation has been on hold for a few years, life just takes over at times, but there was, and is,  another contributing factor that held up making these changes.  This was the consideration of making even BIGGER changes.  I always look at any space as a whole and am constantly assessing how we, as a family, use our home and what sort of changes could be made to make it function even better.  When it comes to the foyer, I have a grand plan…

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