Step 1: Materials – Painters Tape – Newspaper – Fine Grit Sandpaper – Palm Sander (optional) – Rustoleum High Heat Spray Paint – Drop cloth – Work Gloves Step 2: Preparation Remove fireplace doors by unfastening four screws in each inside corner. Mine had thumbscrews, so it was easy to do without any tools. Cut… Continue reading Fireplace Door Refresh
It’s always a mystery trying to figure out why a previous homeowner made certain renovation decisions. When we moved in, our basement had a bulkhead that butted right up to the top of the trim around the sliding glass doors: This made it impossible to add any type of window coverings and privacy was a… Continue reading Drapery Pocket
I have to admit that most of the walls in our house are bare. I believe that artwork for the home should be personal and representative of its dwellers. It takes me forever to find the right subject matter to represent the family and also fit our design aesthetic. Having a background in architecture and… Continue reading Blueprint Art
I built these birdhouses a few years ago and have had mixed success. We’ve had birds poke around and a few have attempted to build nests. Squirrels have gnawed away at one of the openings: I recently took them all down to refinish the wood and add protection around the hole openings. I used metal… Continue reading Birdhouses
After eleven weeks of construction action and inaction, the kitchen is finally finished. We’ve been using the new space for two weeks and couldn’t be happier. Although we didn’t make many major changes, the new layout is more efficient, feels more spacious, and has improved our day-to-day living. Pictures below: We chose a combination of… Continue reading Kitchen – Before and After
The empty kitchen presents the perfect opportunity to set up our DIY solar eclipse viewer! Instructions for this can be found at DIY Eclipse Viewer.
Demolition officially kicked off today! We are now kitchenless over the next several weeks. We were able to relocate our old refrigerator to the basement and set up a makeshift kitchenette. Other appliances will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. Our contractor seems great so far. The only hiccup is a delayed dumpster delivery, so… Continue reading Demolition Day
The existing kitchen has adequate storage space, but counter prep space is lacking due to a choppy layout (door to carport, entrance from vestibule, and entrance from dining room) and unusable corner: The new layout provides more continuous counter space next to the relocated sink and wider counters on either side of the stove:
We are in the early stages of a kitchen remodel! Preliminary finishes have been selected to include a porcelain “slate” 12″ x 24″ floor tile, hexagon tile backsplash, cherry wood base cabinets, white painted upper cabinets, and quartz counters. Black stainless steel is a current trend with appliances. After reading some articles, we had concerns… Continue reading Kitchen!
The mailbox we inherited when we moved in was in pretty rough shape: A plastic mess with a faded red flag and peel-and-stick numbers that were half falling off sat on top of a weathered wood post. The hinges on the door were broken and on occasion the door would fall off. I spent a lot… Continue reading Deus Modern Mailboxes