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As general info, I think inexpensive laminate cabinets are called "thermofoil". Its a thin plastic layer. I removed it on a set of white kitchen cabinets (got them for free) with a heat gun, to reveal the smooth particle board below. Then I primed and painted, with great results.

Would You Paint this Bathroom Vanity Cabinet? | Apartment Therapy Chicago
6/3/10 06:51 PM

As to slippage, I had a problem with soap or soapdish slipping off the slightly slanted side of my small sink, but the only other place to keep it was the back of the toilet. I bought an oval soap dish, then squirted some strips of silicone caulk on the bottom. (Someone had done this on a rug to make it nonslip). Let it cure, instant nonslip.

What To Do With Built-in Soap Dishes? | Apartment Therapy New York
3/25/10 09:58 AM

How about spray painting the floor lamp cream, adding a new inexpensive cream shade, moving it next to the chair for a reading light. Then get a small table for next to the bed, paint it, put a small lamp on it.
A few other thoughts, if you aren't totally confused by now-

New shades- JC Penney has cordless honeycomb shades that retain heat, let in light, offer total privacy. They come in a variety of sizes, are inexpensive, very subtle. I actually cut mine to a custom size with a table saw.

Maybe a larger mirror over the bureau for your guests, and remove the pictures from the bureau. Repaint the red section of the bureau with the same green, or cream?

You could think about a larger mat and frame for the floral over the bed for more impact.

How Can I Bring This Bedroom Into 2010? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy New York
3/9/10 11:55 AM

It's only when you go searching for an older post that you realize how much content this site has everyday. Fab. I adore all the greenery seen from inside. I am seeing a flock of large miami birds flying on the big wall, as in pelicans or similar. If not available as decals, they could be cut from wallpaper. A block of color or wallpaper seems too rigid, but the birds will reference the outside, and could be a bold color or just black or grey. The recently posted wallpaper is what I have in mind, but that's too small. Good luck. Gorgeous place.

Help Up With Our Big White Wall? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy New York
2/17/10 01:22 PM

What a good idea. I loved the form, but didn't want a huge pepper grinder. A simple metal base might be great- there is a huge selection of wood and metal bases at this website- here is one:
A lamp is really easy to wire.

Source for Attractive DIY Lamp Kits? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy New York
2/2/10 10:21 AM

or a soft pale grey, picking up on all the silvery tones.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | What Color Would You Paint This Room? Good Questions
11/6/09 09:30 AM

Wow, I voted before I read the price point. That said, this would be a lovely design to replicate- have the metal supports fabricated at a metal shop.

Apartment Therapy New York | Karin Bench by Norman LeeDesign Showcase 2009
8/21/09 10:47 AM

It's beautiful, but as Madame mentioned, "uncomfortable". "Faux" headboards really bug me, because they are just a big bump you have to work around when propped up in bed.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Hot or Not: Oversized Frame as Headboard
8/11/09 08:55 AM

That lovely sea urchin lamp seems to be on sale at! About $63!

Apartment Therapy Chicago | House Tour: Terisa, Colin, Lauren's Family Home Chicago
7/21/09 07:32 AM

50 square feet can't be right, based on the photos.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Blogging...A Tiny Weekend RetreatFrom Automatism
7/14/09 12:17 PM

It's a great sculptural shape. How about silver leaf, which would be easy, or black lacquer, a bit more work.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Help! Can This 80s Faux Marble Coffee Table Be Modernized?
7/1/09 12:44 PM

First try removing the foam cushions and wrapping them with a layer or two of batting, available from upholstery supply places. This will plump them up and make the fabric covers fit more tightly.

Apartment Therapy New York | Good Questions: Saving a Saggy Sofa?
5/26/09 09:53 AM

Visually arresting. Could you read a book in that living room area, though? Would the ceiling lights be enough? I imagine this is just an area to receive guests in, and that reading of the Sunday New York Times must happen elsewhere.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Goodbye Montgomery Ward, Hello Palatial Penthouse Metropolitan Home
5/2/09 02:41 PM

Can you pop new stacking units into a closet somewhere and add counters/cabinets?

Apartment Therapy DC | Good Questions: Dealing with Laundry Facilities in the Kitchen?
4/30/09 09:31 AM

Since my husband tends to be negative about possibilities, I moved a large L-shaped formica kitchen counter from the garage, where the fabricators had delivered it, to the kitchen, where I installed it. I made a sort of huge skateboard out of two by fours and wheels, and wangled it in single-handedly. Satisfying.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Living Single Getting Things Done!
3/23/09 01:43 PM

The downside of open shelves is the regular washing of all the displayed items that is required- the closer to the stove, the more often they need washing. Even items fairly distant get greasy/grimy over time. Something to factor in.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Flickr Find: Open Shelves In The Kitchen
3/19/09 05:57 PM

why not a large inexpensive bookcase with a back on it- seems like it would totally hide it. (you can easily add a back if it doesn't come with one. )

Apartment Therapy New York | Good Questions: Work Around Our Ugly Fireplace?
3/19/09 04:26 PM

I will probably never paint my own house yellow, and am not quite sure why- too girly, too optimistic? But I love looking at yellow houses that others live in, for the same sense of verve and optimism.

Apartment Therapy DC | Roundup: Yellow Houses in Friendship Heights
3/10/09 06:22 PM

is the multicolored bedside lamp one of a kind? it's fab.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | House Call: Jim's High Rise Experiment
11/26/08 07:34 AM

Guess I'm in the minority. The problem with plain wood is that it starts out looking fabulous, but often quickly discolors in an uneven and unattractive way, even if treated. Unless you live by the ocean and get the resulting beautiful silver tone from the salt air. Don't know where your house is, but take a look at other unpainted houses and fences in the area to see how they have aged.

I think a white or cream color would be in keeping with your home's barn/farm look. Opaque stains look like paint, but last far longer because they slightly permeate the wood rather than sitting on top. Good luck.

Apartment Therapy New York | Good Questions: What Color Should I Paint My House?
11/20/08 05:12 PM