kmk355's Profile

Display Name: kmk355
Member Since: 3/17/11

Latest Comments...

@Corggirl, that's what eggs are for! Just choose a preparation you like. My favorite is medium-softish (poached, basted, soft-boiled, over-easy) over two handfuls of baby spinach, which I always keep on hand anyway. The heat of the eggs causes the spinach to wilt slightly, especially when the yolks are broken. It takes maybe five minutes and I love it (and of course you could throw in anything else you have on hand).

Tips for Sticking to a Budget: Getting Grocery Shopping Under Control Budget Living
5/16/14 02:53 PM

You can buy enamel appliance paint -- shouldn't be a problem. A lot of broiler drawers are on the floor, and everything on top of the stove (knobs included) gets hot when the oven is 400+. I think both of those are normal. I would just touch up the paint. It should be less than $10.

10 Ways To Be Less Frustrated With Your Rental Kitchen
5/2/14 04:53 PM

I'm not in love with all of these examples, but I definitely prefer to have the ceiling match the walls. I don't think you need to paint the trim in the same color, either.

My childhood bedroom was all a deep sky-blue, but if it had had molding/picture rail/etc., I would have done it in a crisp white. We did for the doors, door frames, window frames, and baseboards, and it looks great.

Try This: Paint Your Ceiling the Same Color as Your Walls
5/2/14 03:33 PM

It looks nice, but really, a twin set costs the same as a king? Not interested.

Brooklinen Uses Kickstarter to Bring You Affordable Luxury Bedding Design News
5/2/14 03:09 PM

If you wouldn't benefit from an accessible home, I would avoid it like the plague. I have low countertops in the kitchen, low sinks in the kitchen and bathroom, etc. -- not for accessibility, just because it's an older building -- and I absolutely hate it. It's the first thing I'd change about my apartment if I could. Even washing my hands is a pain -- forget about doing the dishes. I'm not even very tall, either.

What Have Been Your Small Space Sacrifices?
4/28/14 04:20 PM

My place is around 400-450 sq ft, and although I think the layout is what makes the biggest difference on this, storage is definitely what I miss most. No linen closet. No coat closet. No kitchen closet. Nowhere to store air conditioners, brooms, vacuums, an old-lady cart, hobby materials, musical instruments . . .

What Have Been Your Small Space Sacrifices?
4/28/14 02:49 PM

I agree the neon sign is ridiculous. It would be serious points off for me. The super visible cord of that nightstand lamp bugs me, too (and dark cream outlets vs. stark white trim).

The shelving deal looks pretty neat, but it seems like too much of a statement for a guy whose "before" looked like a hotel room. It's going to be obvious that he hired a designer, so it's clearly not an expression of his personal taste, which is also a little disappointing to me.

Moody & Masculine in Manhattan Professional Project
4/28/14 02:14 PM

It's to help with cleaning, and to protect from water (around a sink) and heat/fire (around a stove). If you don't ever cook, then you don't need one. I cook frequently, and it's a real pain not having one.

Move Over, Tile: 5 Backsplashes Made of Sheet Materials Kitchen Inspiration
4/23/14 04:13 PM

I really like the West Elm one, but I'm not such a fan of the price. Anyone remember any similar DIYs or knockoffs?

Small Space Living: Double Duty Ottoman Shopping Guide
4/22/14 04:53 PM

I've had everything on a pot rack for two years, and there hasn't been a single mark of wear on the wall. It probably helps that the paint is glossy, but on the other hand, it's white so anything would show up.

@Cambria, unfortunately this implementation doesn't look great and as you said, it's really inconvenient. I would look for any other options -- any spaces you haven't thought of, cabinets where you could store them vertically, cabinet sides you could hang them on, potential space for a new piece of furniture, maybe storing your less-used pans in a sideboard in another room, moving around other kitchen items so pans can take their place, adding closed storage for infrequently-used/seasonal items above your current cabinets . . . anything you can come up with. The current arrangement would be way too frustrating for me to live with for more than a week.

Hang Pots on Wall Week 4: Did It Work? The Big Pot Rail Reveal Spring Projects from The Kitchn
4/22/14 04:42 PM

I like a lot of these. When they're done right (not the pressed tin or plywood!) they're much easier to clean.

Move Over, Tile: 5 Backsplashes Made of Sheet Materials Kitchen Inspiration
4/22/14 04:32 PM

If the temperature is nice enough to keep your windows open, you still close them when it's going to rain. What do you do with all your other open windows? Let the rain come in on desks, counters, floors...?

Design Dozen: 12 Clever Space-Saving Solutions for Small Bedrooms
4/22/14 02:19 PM

I feel like hanging them this high defeats the purpose -- pot racks are supposed to make them easier to access. My pot rack is within grabbing range and it's way more convenient than having pots stashed in a cabinet. Your location does seem harder. I don't get it -- was this decision just for decoration?

Hang Pots on Wall Week 4: Did It Work? The Big Pot Rail Reveal Spring Projects from The Kitchn
4/22/14 01:29 PM

I agree it's worth asking your grandparents first, then figuring out how you can accommodate some of their requests (coolers and blankets!). I know my relatives would rather have a lukewarm family tradition than a foreign food, even if it's supposed to be room temp.

Easter Brunch Recipes That Can Be Served at Room Temperature? Good Questions
4/15/14 02:05 PM

I love the pot rack over the sink (what a great idea) and the huge robin's-egg-blue backsplash tiles. Not as much of a fan of open shelving . . . it does look great here, but I keep thinking that someone has to clean every speck of it. Especially around the stove.

I am super tired, though, of earthquake-country naysayers. If your area has big earthquakes, by all means don't have open shelves, or tall bookcases, or heavy pictures, or, or, or. But don't feel the need to inform us every time someone in a safe area has something you can't use.

Kitchen Before & After: A Truly Amazing Transformation for $3,500 Reader Kitchen Remodel
4/15/14 02:02 PM

SAND LAMINATE before you paint it -- then it'll be fine. Use a rough grit just to scuff up that mirror-smooth finish.

I bought a painted-laminate desk from someone who didn't realize. Looked okay until a drop of water got on it, and then the whole top peeled off. I took it out, sanded and repainted it, and it's held up fine since. Sanding is a pain, but better to do the whole procedure just once.

Before & After: From Boring Dresser to Fun & Functional Kitchen Storage
4/14/14 01:51 PM

Can you talk a little more about this? I'm in the exact same situation (prewar, plaster and lath and brick) and it never occurred to me my super might aid & abet! What products did you go with? May I ask about how much you tipped the super? Was your management company OK with all the holes or did your super not feel the need to mention it?

Small Space Secrets: Swap Your Bookcases for Wall Mounted Shelving
4/11/14 03:31 PM

I understand the concept in about that level of detail, but I'm having a hard time finding materials (not just anchors, but also shelves and brackets) that would handle the weight of all the books. Affordability is always a concern, so I'm wondering about even DIY-er options, starting with lumber or plywood, like 3dogma above.

I also really prefer the look of the thick shelves with no visible/obtrusive brackets, like the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th. How you do that in a way that holds hundreds of pounds I don't know!

Small Space Secrets: Swap Your Bookcases for Wall Mounted Shelving
4/11/14 02:26 PM

My best apartment purchase was a little Haier washing machine that hooks up to your sink. I paid all of $100 on Craigslist, and it's made my life so much easier. Drying is as simple as hanging clothes over your shower rod or on a garment rack. The only exception is blankets and other really big stuff -- sheet sets fit fine in the Haier, but since I have nowhere big enough to spread them out, they need a real dryer. Still, one trip is easier than a dozen!

5 Quick Tips: Making Trips to the Laundromat Less of a Pain
4/11/14 02:16 PM

I'm super into this, but I really wish you'd offer more technical info on how to choose sturdy shelves and hang them safely, especially for ones like these, beautifully jam-packed with books. Anyone can find and hang a little shelf for a tableau or two, but the ones that are practically solid with books -- how?

Small Space Secrets: Swap Your Bookcases for Wall Mounted Shelving
4/11/14 01:41 PM