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THE KITCHEN: A NEW SINK AND FAUCET

Oh the ‘splurge’.  I talk a lot about affordable, or do it yourself solutions here on the blog, because I believe functional design should be available to those DIY rebels, but there are also elements in any space that you just have to splurge on. Those things that you just can’t get any other way.  It might have a look, function, or uniqueness that is unparalleled,  so you spend a little more on these items.  There are also items that you need…

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KITCHEN: THE COFFEE BAR

A perfectly serendipitous thing has happened.  Ikea came out with matte black kitchen cabinetry, and it is perfect. Right now we are bouncing back and forth between finishing the kitchen and the bathroom, completing projects as time allows.  We recently finished up this section of the kitchen! When we started our kitchen facelift a little while ago (…we won’t say how long ago. My gawd, how long?) there was no black kitchen cabinet option from Ikea.  We happily went with the…

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Kitchen: The lighting dilemma

I am at a design impasse. The kitchen has been pretty functional for some time now.  There are several things left to finish this space, like the upper cabinets in the coffee bar area, and shelving above the new counter beside the range, but first I have to finally address the lighting issue…The lighting in the space needs some help…a lotta help, actually.  There are functional and aesthetic issues going on and I’ve been on the fence on how to…

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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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Kitchen Cabinets: A More Functional Layout

As part of our kitchen maintenance makeover madness (as I like to call it) we made the decision to refinish the laminate cabinets. This decision also allowed us to make some layout changes to the kitchen.  If we were going be painting, that means we can move some things around and the new paint finish will cover the adjustments!  Well, OK THEN.  The wheels get to turnin’. We always had an issue with the upper cabinets above the peninsula, but they provided…

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Our Kitchen: as we found it

We have been making our way through our main floor renovation, which focuses on the foyer and into the kitchen area.  This is what we have accomplished so far: removed all the decorative trim in the foyer refinished the walls in the foyer and up the stairs expanded and installed a new hall closet replaced the existing foyer AND kitchen floor That’s right, we’ve moved right into the kitchen area.  We had some wall repair to complete in the kitchen…

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