Archive for the 'My Remodel' Category

Joni’s condo kitchen: Choosing cabinet color and backsplash tile

After the overhead cabinet came down in Joni’s kitchen, and sunlight from the back yard flooded in, she said: Ten years! I’ve wanted to do that for 10 years! With a $1,000 budget, she wants to update and brighten the kitchen, giving it what she calls a coffee-house feeling of comfort. Now, it just looks [...]

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DIY paintings: Hot or not hot?

For a cool contemporary home, these DIY paintings might be fun and flexible. These look so sophisticated. But actually, they’re simply canvases stretched on wood frames covered liberally with gesso-thickened paint. And where in the world would artists be without the miracle of gesso? Just moving one colored canvas in or out of a scene [...]

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Remodeling trend: males abandoning man-caves?

Men, could this be true? You’re abandoning your man-caves for man-kitchens and man-patios? This emerging (get it?) trend was announced in a press release for ReVision, a remodeling company that won an award for the outdoor man-kitchen you see here. Todd Senft, from the Canadian remodeling company, said the project was created for “a young [...]

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Joni’s condo kitchen remodel: Light goes up, cabinet comes down

Patti here, blogging about the kitchen remodel I’m helping my friend and fellow nurse Joni accomplish in her SoCal condo. I blogged about the beginning of this project last week. On Saturday my husband, Gary, and I stopped by to help. And Joni’s next-door neighbor helped as well. I appreciate all your votes on the [...]

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Indoor air polluted by paint fumes? Not for me, thank you

So I asked the guys at my local paint store about no-VOC and low-VOC paints. As you may know, VOC stands for volatile organic compounds, but you could also call them volatile chemical compounds. They are emitted as gases from paints and glues and sealants and other products and make people sick. Or, as the [...]

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Home Depot tile clinic well worth the money

The title of this post is a joke, of course, because there is no charge for clinics at Home Depot, Lowe’s and other places. It’s just a matter of signing up and showing up. The clinic I attended today consisted of a talented guy named Zac in aisle No. 7 with a table and some [...]

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The Human Footprint: Take the survey

The Human Footprint will be on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday at 9 p.m. The subtitle is: Everything you eat. Everything you drink. Everything you use. Your entire life’s consumption in one place at one time. The website includes these 10 ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Here’s my status and my goals. Post [...]

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10 brilliant things homeowners do . . .

. . . to create awesome remodels. Based on my experiences, here’s my list: 1. Being clear about what you want 2. Becoming clear about your budget 3. Getting professional design advice 4. Checking out the companies you’re considering 5. Not taking the lowest bid 6. Sticking to the plan during construction 7. Not overestimating [...]

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These pathetic garden swings: what to do?

During these lovely spring days, your thoughts may turn to buying an inexpensive metal garden swing with a charming fabric canopy. I have one short piece of advice for you: DON’T DO IT! Pictured here (bottom) is one of these swings I spotted on a SoCal balcony. The metal is rusted. The fabric is rotted [...]

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No date Saturday? Then you can watch the premiere of ‘Date My House’

If you don’t have a hot date for Saturday night, you can still get a little dating action with the premier of "Date My House" on the Learning Channel. It’s hosted by Bob Guiney of "The Bachelor" fame, with help from Los Angeles interior designer Nadia Geller. I just watched a sneak preview of the [...]

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Choosing kitchen paint colors in this land o’ plenty

I promised myself I’d be super careful when choosing my kitchen colors. Why? These events: First and foremost, and my daily reminder, is the garish green that got painted onto my exterior trim when I asked the budget painter guy to match colors on a house I’d seen. There I was, the morning the crew [...]

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Dining room makeover: ideas for my own situation

I see a couple of ideas here that are useful for my own remodeling. But the thing that really jumped out at me in this story is that the homeowner and I have nearly the same name: she is Kathryn Price, I am Kathy Price. However, she has three kids and a law degree. And [...]

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Combatting counter clutter

As I plan to paint and lighten up my kitchen, to spend around $200 on a beautiful, yet-to-be-determined backsplash and under-counter lighting, I got to thinking about how much stuff is on my counters. Do I need all that stuff out ALL the time? When I visit kitchens for my articles, the homeowners seem to [...]

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NEW: Green product checklist for remodels

When I visited Renata Kanclerz to see her gorgeous Hollywood Hills kitchen remodel, I asked her what kinds of green features and materials she used. She just seemed like the kind of person who would pay attention to that sort of thing. But . . . thinking green during the hectic planning and execution of [...]

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Meaningful remodeling: recycled-glass knobs that help homeless

While searching for cabinet hardware, I came across these glass knobs made by Aurora Glass. They are made of 100% post-consumer recycled glass and sales of them benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Eugene, Ore., which helps homeless people and others having a hard time in life. I love the idea of choosing [...]

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Do-it-yourself solar-powered fountain

After countless vain attempts to locate a solar-powered fountain similar to the one I stumbled upon at my local Home Depot, I’ve decided the better way is to find the components and assemble one myself. The elements are shown above: fountain + pump/solar panel = solar-powered fountain. Fountain: The fountains come from places like OSH, [...]

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The green kitchen remodel: adding moldings to existing doors

As you may recall, my current kitchen is a somewhat garish blue and orange with sage green counters. What is it with me and garish colors? Do you think I’m still trying to be noticed, to overcome a childhood feeling of invisibility? Nah! For my rethought remodel, I’m definitely keeping my current cabinets. They are [...]

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For HGTV’s Kim Myles, a good start

For Kim Myles fans who were put off by what one commenter here called a “bizarre” color scheme during HGTV’s “Myles of Style” show on Sunday, tonight’s presentation may have been her vindication. The boutique hotel décor of the reveal was stunning with a richly hued wall of puddling drapes and a three-toned upholstered headboard. [...]

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Choosing colors, the ‘rule of five’ comes alive

I’ve been lucky enough to meet two amazing TV decorators: Amanda Pays from Fine Living’s "Breathing Room," and Kitty Bartholomew from HGTV’s "You’re Home: Kitty Bartholomew." (Kitty and I later wrote a book together, now out of print). Amanda and Kitty shared with me two golden nuggets of decorating wisdom. But really, those nuggets never [...]

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Luxurious rain-type showerheads need not be pricey

I’m not big on showers. Baths are my daily therapy. (However, according to my poll, only 22% of you agree with me.) But I’ll admit that my husband’s rainfall-type showerhead makes for an extremely satisfying experience. And it occurred to me while reading an article about rainfall showerheads in the Chicago Tribune that standing under [...]

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