Archive for the 'Kitchens' Category

The kitchen remodel is driving her to drink

If you've undergone your own kitchen remodel, you know about the stress.  There are strangers all around your house, inside, outside, in the driveway, in the street. There's noise and dust and chaos.  And just when you feel like heading into the kitchen for a pot of tea and comfort foods, AWK! The kitchen is [...]

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I love a rug in the kitchen . . . but is it practical?

What could be cozier than a rug in the kitchen? It's warm and cherry and softens the hard surfaces in the room. But, there's a good reason kitchen surfaces are hard: they need to be cleaned of grease and other food-related flying organic matter. And how about food that drops to the floor? Or water [...]

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How to build a brick pizza oven in your kitchen

The article is here. And the video is here: (Video: L.A. Times)

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Are you wild? Are you ready for a wild refrigerator?

Amana says it's thinking of putting out some new refrigerator designs but doesn't know which to create first. So your help is needed. Take this test to rate 10 refrigerator designs from 1 to 10, from least favorite to most favorite. In exchange, Amana will tell you what your choices indicate about your personality. Are you [...]

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Maximum glamour, minimum budget in a tract-house kitchen remodel – UPDATE

UPDATE: Did you notice the curtains of Swarovski crystal sparkling at the Academy Awards on Sunday? Talk about glamour! The original post: There's really nothing all that spectacular about the remodel of Vicki Reitz's galley kitchen. Sure, she's got a lovely wood floor, and granite counters, and really nicely painted original cabinets. So, yes, the kitchen [...]

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A ‘new’ kitchen, but with the same cabinets

The kitchen after the remodel. The cabinets were not replaced, but given an excellent oil-based paint job. The same kitchen before the remodel. Notice how the refrigerator in the rear of the photo was moved to make room for more counter space. Shortly after Vicki Reitz and her husband bought a 2,500-square-foot postwar, split-level home, he [...]

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The $12,000 luxury kitchen remodel revisited

Last year, we enjoyed reading about a $12,000 luxury kitchen remodel with granite counters, tile back splashes and nice appliances. Now that the economy is terrible, it's time to revisit the topic of what I like to call "tightwad remodeling." To the right, you see the kitchen being used for Christmastime cooking.  And isn't that [...]

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Famous folks at home: quiz

This kitchen works for me. I could definitely cook next to a fireplace, couldn’t you? So who lives here? Here are some facts: • The house, in the rolling hills of Montana, was built to look old. • The stone around the fireplace and doorway is from Montana. • Some flooring planks were salvaged from [...]

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Some assembly required . . . on steroids!

Behold the lovely Ikea Varde cabinet for $329 — sleek, elegant, understated. However, when you see how much work this requires for assembly, you may have a different opinion of it — confusing, complicated, mind-boggling. Check out this set of photos of a guy putting together the cabinet (click on Play Again when you see assembled [...]

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Hot or Not Hot? The blue-green tile kitchen

Me? I LOVE this kitchen. I can feel it in my bones. Maybe it's the $10,000 (or more) worth of earthy tile that gets my attention. The stove is freakishly small for the space, and I don't see why it couldn't be as wide as the blue tile section. I found this kitchen and several others [...]

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Where the money went: Angelo’s kitchen

Where the money went (selected items): Hutch: $800 Ceiling lights: $400 each Light over sink: $99 Stove: $5,000 Stools: $325 each Teak column: $800 Cabinets, stove vent, sink, faucet: $4,100 Drinking water filter and faucet: $270 Marble countertop: $850 Marble fabrication and installation: $1,500 Cork flooring and installation: $1,800 Subway tile: $350 Tile installation: $600 [...]

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Angelo’s kitchen remodel

See the before photo here and read the story here.

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Famous folks at home: quiz

Can you imagine yourself cooking here? I’m not sure if the famous former athlete whose home contains this kitchen actually cooks here. That’s what hired help is for, right? (Not that I have personal experience with having a professional cook in the house, but I’ve heard that it’s done.) Here’s what you should notice to [...]

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A little bit of celebrity right here on the blog

Reader Mary Kay Ulsamer writes in about her great experience having one of the “inspiration rooms” on Rate My Space, Angelo Surmelis’ new show. (You see above the kitchen Angelo redid.) On Rate My Space, Angelo makes over some room that really needs help. And here’s what I found out from Angelo: the show pays [...]

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Give me the sink and the view, and yes, we can become farmers

Becoming farmers in midlife is a new trend. An article in the New York Times tells the story of hotel executive Dan Gibson, who wanted to try his hand at farming instead. His wife Susan needed some persuading and she finally agreed, based on this sink and this view. “She was standing there with a [...]

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Joni’s kitchen remodel: Mystery of the slipping tile solved

Patti here. Since our weekend tile project, which Joni and I wrote about in a previous post, we have gathered some valuable information. First and foremost is that thinset should be the consistency of peanut butter! Ours was more the consistency of sour cream, so it was too thin. (Notice the food references; it is [...]

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Joni’s condo kitchen remodel: Setting the tile, finally

Patti here. I'm helping my friend and fellow nurse Joni spruce up her kitchen. See the whole project. Well, we got some tile up over the weekend. Whew, it was a lot of work. With this, as with everything else, there was quite a learning curve. We were extremely careful to plan the placement, have [...]

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Alternative to a massive stove hood

Here’s an unusual design in a Los Feliz kitchen. Instead of a massive stainless-steel or stucco-looking stove hood over the gigantic range and built-in grill, these homeowners opted for a fan hidden behind faux cabinets. Plus, there are some pot hangers tucked in there as well. I’m not sure I would do this, but I [...]

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Ceiling detail of the $20,000 kitchen remodel

I got a bunch of questions about the original ceiling and archway of the $20,000 kitchen remodel in the latest Rate This Remodel feature. So I thought I’d show the old and new compared here: What’s neat about the story, for me, is that Dani had a lot of time to think about her kitchen. [...]

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Joni’s condo kitchen remodel: a little snag in setting tile

Patti here. I'm helping my friend and fellow nurse Joni with the update of her condo kitchen. We were supposed to be laying the backsplash tile this week, but we hit a little snag. Well, it's a time snag more than anything else, probably costing a week and $100. As it turns out, we need [...]

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