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Display Name: de63
Member Since: 4/16/14

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"MDF" and "treasure" are two words exclusive and should never appear in the same sentence as descriptors to each other.
Dump them.


Are These 1970s MDF Built-Ins Trash or Treasure? Good Questions
5/16/14 09:08 AM

I've never seen so much hate in a comment thread on AT. Wow.


Before & After: The Midcentury TV Console Cat Condo Reddit
5/14/14 04:13 PM

Stunning work. Handles look great, never mind the chorus.


Before & After: A \"Wreck\" Gets Beautifully Redone
5/8/14 10:07 PM

I don't care what style it's named, I have always loathed the scallop-y stuff. Thank you for removing it.


Before & After: Kim's Nursery Dresser
5/8/14 10:01 PM

I'm apparently the only person here that likes those colors... :D


Is There a Possible Gem Under the Terrible Paint on Mid-Century Bookcases? Good Questions
4/25/14 12:02 AM

If you HAVE to have sliding glass panels, consider getting a sliding glass shower door, removing the bottom trim, cutting the glass to size, then reinstalling the trim


Ideas for Adding DIY Panels to Open Cabinets? Good Questions
4/23/14 11:36 PM

That's what I was thinking, as well...


Ideas for Adding DIY Panels to Open Cabinets? Good Questions
4/23/14 11:34 PM

Another vote for corrugated steel.


Material Ideas for Finishing Fire-Feature Wall? Good Questions
4/19/14 04:19 PM

You lost me at "(and a lot of math)".


Before & After: An Entryway That Goes From Beige to Wow With a 3D Pattern
4/19/14 04:04 PM

"• Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy?"

Not after seeing Jennifer's San Francisco apartment, no...no, not really.


Jennifer's Sunny San Francisco Victorian House Call
4/19/14 04:03 PM

I have always been a 'no tv in bedroom' sort. So that was a good start.
Sometime in early February, I deactivated my Facebook account, and with it the habit of having the iPhone by the bed every night. iPad, too. Even stopped using the laptop before bed as well.

I like the focus I have, first thing in the morning, by not reaching for the thing and needing to see what the rest of the world was doing or had done while I was sleeping. I also like that my brain isn't given MORE stuff to stew on before I go to sleep... I already have enough ideas banging around in there; a site like this would make it even worse. I'd never sleep.

(note to harmala: I'm wagering it's your charger. There are filter capacitors in there and when they start to get out of spec they'll begin oscillating and make noise like that. Get a new charger.)


Banishing My Phone from The Bedside: The Results, One Month Later
4/17/14 09:27 PM

While filing through some materials in the shop today, it occurred to me: Consider doing the door insets in acrylic. Find a local plastics supply place, pick out the color and thickness you like, and have them cut to fit. You could get a translucent acrylic (provided you've painted the insets in a pleasing base, neutral color to begin with), or an opaque, or even a translucent frosted color.

Another option would be to paint the cabinets whatever color you like, then paint the insets with chalkboard paint. Cabinet contents, grocery list notes, love notes, etc., could all go on the doors.


What Color Would You Paint This Kitchen? Good Questions
4/17/14 08:35 PM

"cover", not "covert". I really wish we had editing capabilities for those times when the coffee hasn't fully kicked in...


Restoration Tips for Curbside-Find Credenza? Good Questions
4/17/14 11:04 AM

We have had great success with a product called Get Serious, for removing urine odor from carpets and other surfaces. In fact, a couple of weeks ago I salvaged some leather from a discarded couch, and one part of it had cat pee on it; Get Serious removed it completely.

I'm with some of the others: I think it's doable. It'll just require diligence and patience.

I would also consider teak oil or Danish oil as a final finish. However, if all else fails, you could paint it. I know, I'd hate to covert that wood, too, but it's better than dumping the thing.


Restoration Tips for Curbside-Find Credenza? Good Questions
4/17/14 11:04 AM

(It finally dawns on me that the chair, as it sits, looks like it came from the Captain's quarters on Star Trek/TNG...)


Upholstery Advice for Vintage Lounge Chairs? Good Questions
4/16/14 11:25 AM

I'm in the 'do something unexpected' camp. Random thoughts:

Old boat sails. Talk about hardy! I've used old boat sails on a couple of other projects and the results were quite pleasing. There's plenty of boat owners who are upgrading their sails or are simply tired of patching their current ones; even with patches, the sails are usually big enough to get large swaths of unbroken fabric out of.

Burlap coffee bags. No, they're not scratchy if you prep them right. Wash them by hand, dye if preferred, then apply water-repellent (I got mine from the same marina I got the sails from; comes in a spray bottle and works beautifully...). If they have interesting logos, even better.

Consider doing the arms in wood. Maybe there's a local woodworker/craftsman who's up for doing something a little out of the ordinary, or a student who could use the practice and exposure. Teak, rosewood, or ebony might be good choices for this. Even an old shipping pallet.
If you go with a light wood, maybe find a bright, bold color in aniline dye...something that pops but lets grain show, as well.

If going with leather, why not salvage it from some other unwanted couches and chairs? People are always disposing of old leather furniture (at least around here), because it's worn or torn, but there's plenty of good leather on the rest of the item. (You should see my supply of salvage leather; the other half says I 'have a problem', and I say she's just 'uncreative'...).


Upholstery Advice for Vintage Lounge Chairs? Good Questions
4/16/14 11:22 AM

Well, I actually kinda like the color, and I like the cabinets. Just not together.
And I can see how the color would quickly become tiring.

Upon seeing the cabinet details, my first thought was 'Mondrian'. Paint them white, paint the edge sections in primary, and the routs in between them a gloss black. Do the backsplash in classic white with black grout. Maybe do the walls in Behr's 'Elephant Skin'.

One thing about the space above the cabinets: Why not use that space for accent lighting, cove-style? Put warm-white LED strips up there, or at least some standard fixtures with WW LED and point them up to the ceiling, bounce some light from the top. Might as well paint the cabinet tops white, too, so you can get a little more reflectivity.


What Color Would You Paint This Kitchen? Good Questions
4/16/14 11:02 AM