Jaw-Dropping IKEA and Semihandmade Kitchen Makeover

by DIY Maven

 

IKEA kitchen before
Photo: Allie at Home

The kitchen in Allie's 1978 home looks nothing like this anymore thanks in large part to some strategic demolition and IKEA. The demo bit came when she and her husband knock down the wall between their kitchen and dining room to create one open space. The wood flooring was removed and replaced with something that unified the expansion. When it came time to furnish the area, IKEA cabinets...

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10 Genius Kitchen Gadgets That Will Make Your Life Easier

by Faith Towers
10 Genius Kitchen Gadgets That Will Make Your Life Easier
Photo: Corynne Pless Designs

I love to cook but, like most people, I don't have a lot of time. So I can really appreciate any item that promises to make my life just that much easier. And I've found quite a few that I love... so today I'm sharing them with you. Here goes! 10 amazing tried-and-true kitchen gadgets that I would recommend to anybody who likes to be in the kitchen.   

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Before and After: An Ugly Wall to Open Kitchen Storage

by Jennifer Farley

Open Wall of Kitchen Storage

I have a tiny galley kitchen that will one day be fully renovated. I know you are wondering why I want to renovate it? There is much to love here with the yellow rounded countetop, the little desk area, the hard to clean textured vinyl floor, and multi-colored brick. Here is the deal...we are planning to renovate the kitchen from top to bottom in about three years. I had no shame in living with a 70's kitchen until then, but I only have three upper cabinets and three lower cabinets (not including the sink cabinet). I needed storage. And the cheapest place to gain some storage was right here on this wall.    

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Roundup: 10 Ways to Gain More Storage in Your Refrigerator

by Jennifer Farley

One of the New Years resolutions my family had in 2015 was to eat less processed and packaged foods. Believe me it was a challenge and we have not 100% switched over to all fresh foods, but we have noticed that our fridge storage is becoming more of a priority over our pantry storage. It feels like, to me, that the world is starting to make small or big changes in eating fresh foods and I am wondering if anyone you who are doing this are as frustrated with your fridge storage as I am? Today, here are some refrigerator storage ideas than can help you make full use of your fridge.      

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How to: Clear The Clutter In Your Cabinets Once and for All

by Lexy Ward
How to: Clear The Clutter In Your Cabinets Once and for All
photo: Inside Out Mar/Apr 09

I don't know if I can speak for everyone when I say that cabinets (especially closed ones) are hard to keep organized. The dishes stack up and can get put in the wrong place. Random knick knacks from around the house can be placed in that one cabinet in your home. And before you know it, the clutter overwhelms you. Here are a few tips to help you get rid of that clutter once and for all!      

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5 Tips for Organizing Your Drawers in the New Year

by DIY Maven

 

Is "being more organized" one of your new year's resolutions? With all resolutions, saying it is easy, but doing it can be....also easy! Especially when following some practical advice. In this post, we're going to tackle drawer organization. From dressers drawers to shop drawers to kitchen drawers, these 5 tips will help you start and keep "being more organized" now and throughout the year. But don't just read and...

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Easy-to-Keep New Year's Resolutions for Your Home

by DIY Maven
New Year's Resolutions Primary Pic
Photo: Curbly

 

Hello 2016! It's resolution time, and in the Curbly neighborhood that means getting much needed DIY projects started and, more importantly, completed. "This is the year I finally remove the popcorn ceilings!" Or, "This is the year I finally paint the kitchen cupboards!" Feeling stressed yet? Take a breath and put those big projects out of your mind, becaue this post is about EASY to keep resolutions. Namely, those little things

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How To: DIY Sphere Chandelier From A Glass Bowl

by Jennifer Farley

Glass Bowl Sphere Chandelier

Light fixtures are my favorite things to update in a space. The only problem is that they can be so expensive. Light fixture DIY can be intimidating but it is becoming so common that stores like Lowes and Home Depot are helping out more and more with great parts and foundational fixtures to get people started. A simaliar store-bought version of this fixture is pricey but check out how this DIY version is not that hard and very affordable.   

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Curbly Bookworm: Crafting with Wood Pallets

by DIY Maven
Crafting with Wood Pallets cover shot
Photo: Ulysess Press

Becky Lamb gets it: no matter what some people may say, crafting stuff out of wood pallets will continue to be popular. Her love of the humble shipping staple started a long time ago with a DIY shelf. Her love affair has culminated into a complete book packed with 25+ rustic projects using them, and they just might be the inspiration you need to finally start making stuff out of those pallets you've...

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Before and After: A Tiny Pantry Makeover

by Jennifer Farley

Tiny Pantry Makeover

I have an 18 inch wide pantry and this is how it has looked lately. We moved into our house with big dreams of a future kitchen renovation but until then, we must function out of very little storage. This pantry will some day be gone so I have no desire to spend tons of time and money modifying it to awesomeness. I honestly don't think it could get there anyway. My goal was to go to the store, grab some storage solutions and bring myself home the things that will make my pantry more usable.      

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