Okay. My ongoing investigations for my future kitchen re-model has uncovered some surprising facts that kind of blow my mind. First is the assumption--on my part and probably on others--that natural stone tile is the most durable. According to my tile guy, that's totally
Ugly laminate countertops can make us do crazy things, like trying to paint them. I've never really tried it but the thought has crossed my mind. Take a look at this resurfacing system that was developed in Canada and is being sold by ecocountertopsUSA, Canada and Australia.
One surefire way to jazz up a cookie cutter kitchen is to paint the kitchen cabinets a bold color to reflect your individuality. If you live in a neighborhood full of uninteresting kitchen cabinet choices that don't accurately represent your style, don't even hesitate - paint them!
Blair from WiseCraft has created one of those projects that make my DIY heart sing: using two materials - fabric and the lamination machine at Kinko's - way beyond their intended use. Adding a bit of fusible webbing gets anyone custom, handmade placemat for everyday of the week.
Sometimes we're so busy around the house with the big stuff that we disregard the little stuff. Follow This Old House’s advice to fix the latter to bring harmony home.
The 1950's: There's the overabundance of kitsch, and then there's doing it well. Cola Red stands out from shopping mall nostalgia stores, offering fine 1950s dinette sets from original manufacturers. I'm digging on these Corvette and Brooklyn sets. Chairs, stools, tables, and full sets are available in extensive vinyl and laminate options.
October's Twin Cities Home Improvement Magazine featured a great breakdown of counter top materials, comparing their stain, heat, scratch and impact resistance in relation to the costs of each. Here's a very handy graphic to keep in mind if you're in the market.
The price difference between replacing cabinetry and giving it a facelift can be in thousands, or even the tens of thousands.
- From the Kitchen Cabinetry Blog
- From This Old House
- Another from This Old House
- From Kitchen Refacing.Org
[Image from Marthamockford.co.uk]
If you’re interested in the diy-ability, comfort and cleanliness of wood laminate, but don’t particularly care for its hard, cold, noisy-to-walk-on surface, you might want to consider click-together cork flooring. The video from iFloor is a nice primer for do-it-yourself installation, which is similar, if not identical, to traditional laminate flooring. Pre-finished cork tiles can start around $2.60 a square foot. To peruse various manufacturers...
DIY site Awnings-and-Blinds have pooled five installtion secrets for laminate floorings. With the increasing popularity of these materials, as all major floorings companies manufacture it, it will soon join painting walls and pillow making as high up on the no-need-to-pay-someone-to-do-it-for-you list.
Say goodbye to beige carpet.
1) Manufacture Matchmaking
2) Installation Layout
3) Stick to the glue gun
4) Cut out...