Before and After: A Lackluster Kitchen gets a Massive Overhaul on a Budget

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jul 16, 2013

Before, this kitchen looked more like a giant storage unit with cabinets and a stove than a place that anyone would live in. Rest assured, however, this is actually someone's home and the transformation this kitchen has undergone is pretty impressive. And even more so, when you consider the fact that this massive overhaul came in at less than $4,500 in total. Check it out.   Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Revitalized New Kitchen

By: Faith-towers Jul 15, 2013

This old kitchen is dark and dingy, with too much wood and not very much style. But wait until you check out the revamped space - it's fresh, bright and contemporary. And the best part? The owners did everything themselves. Check out the amazing transformation after the jump.   

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Weeknight Meal Recipe: Chicken Korma & Fragrant Rice

By: Matt allison Jul 12, 2013

Chicken Korma with Fragrant Rice

I love Indian food. I grew up in Durban, a coastal town in South Africa with a large Indian population so curries and visiting spice markets were a large part of my upbringing.

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Turning 3 Billy Bookcases into 1 Beautiful Kitchen Island

By: Diy maven Jul 12, 2013

Courtney and company used 3 IKEA Billy bookcases to create a beautiful and practical kitchen center island. The bookcases were topped off with an IKEA Numerar butcher block countertop and wrappedContinue Reading

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Roundup: 10 DIY Outdoor Kitchen and Cooking Projects

By: Matt allison Jul 10, 2013

Round Up: DIY Outdoor Kitchen and Cooking Projects

These warmer months bring about the perfect opportunity to take entertaining outdoors. I've rounded up 10 practical DIY projects that make entertaining all that more enjoyable, from simple upcycling through full DIY outdoor kitchens, there is something for everyone, from the hobbyist to seasoned DIYer.

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Weeknight Meal Recipe: Chickpea, Eggplant and Bell Pepper Casserole

By: Matt allison Jul 05, 2013

Chickpea, Eggplant and Bell Pepper Casserole

More and more we find ourselves cutting meat out of our daily diet, replacing it with the likes of mushrooms, eggplants and chickpeas, all great, 'hearty' substitutes. If you're looking for a 'meaty' dish that even your omnivorous friends will enjoy, try this easy to make casserole.

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Before and After: An Affordable Galley Kitchen Makeover

By: Faith-towers Jul 02, 2013

Pink tiles, yellowing cabinets and an old laminate countertop made for a pretty dated kitchen... but with some creative thinking the owner was able to transform the space into an open, inviting place to cook.    

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Roundup: 20 Festive Fourth of July DIY Ideas

By: Faith-towers Jul 01, 2013

Independence Day is fast approaching, but there's still time to make some fun fourth of July inspired crafts. Whether you're hosting a big bash or just celebrating at home with family and friends, adding some red, white and blue will surely lend a festive feel to your day!    

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Rustic Bench Gets Modern Moroccan-Inspired Makeover

By: Diy maven Jun 21, 2013



(HEY! We're giving away a $200 Home Depot gift card at the bottom of this post! Read on to find out how to win!)

My dad was a jack of all trades as far as DIY was concerned. Plumbing, heating, engine repair. He did just about everything. The one thing he rarely did was make furniture. Only two such projects come to mind: a coffee table that was long gone by the time I came around, and there is the bench you see above. Dad's bench, as we refer to it, was never meant to be a 'beauty' piece, but rather a workbench of sorts for my mother. 

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It went on the auction block when they downsized about 6 years ago. As I stood watching the auctioneer offer up the bench, I decided I couldn't part with it and entered into a heated bidding war with a total stranger. I paid five bucks for it.

For being 60+ years old, it's in pretty good shape, and, thanks to box nails, it's still super sturdy. All it needed was some love and some Moroccan spice.Continue Reading

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Weeknight Meal Recipe: White Bean, Potato and Arugula Soup

By: Matt allison Jun 21, 2013

Weeknight Meal Recipe: White Bean, Potato and Arugula Soup

Today in the Southern Hemisphere we celebrate the winter solstice, making it the shortest day of the year. I've decided to share my favourite winter soup recipe, which of course can be enjoyed all year round, but is particularly relevant today.

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Genius: How to Turn a Wipe Container into a Pop-Up Plastic Bag Container

By: Diy maven Jun 21, 2013

That lengthy title says it all. An empty "wipe" container turned into a very handy pop-up plastic bag holder. Continue Reading

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Make It: Etched Glass Beer Mugs for Dad

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jun 14, 2013

Celebrate Dad this Father's Day with a pratical gift he'll really appreciate. These custom, etched glass beer mugs are easy enough for even the most novice crafter to conquer. Bonus: It's a fast one too. Complete a pair for Dad in around an hour.  Continue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Easy Food Crafts To Make With Kids

By: Matt allison Jun 14, 2013

10 Easy Food Crafts To Make With Kids

As father of a toddler and baby I'm always looking for fun and interesting ways to make food and cooking more appealing to them. I've found that involving them in these fun exercises has lead to them expressing more interest in our daily meal planning and preparation.

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DIY Idea: Make a Faux Fur Message Board

By: Matt allison Jun 12, 2013

Dedo Message Board

I stumbled across this faux fur message board by design by Portuguese designer Gonçalo Campos.

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Before and After: A Moroccan Inspired Kitchen Makeover

By: Faith-towers Jun 10, 2013

I know, I know... this kitchen isn't so bad. It is certainly livable, and the appliances are beautiful. But it doesn't have a lot of personality, and lacks cohesion. You'll just have to trust me that the "after" image is worth seeing.   

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