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Display Name: Mike_in_Hawaii
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It looks like the wrinkled paint on the top was the result of a paint stripper. Zachary saw what was wrong and fixed it well and fine!

Thanks to the simple lines of the piece, it was "easy" to get down to the wood beneath the gunk.


Before & After: A Marvelous Mid-Century Modern Make-Under
7/26/14 04:32 PM

My old roomie made a couple of HUGE changes to his condo we shared,remoding the kitchen and bathroom. He hated the cabinet over the stove, so he had it removed and placed the stove and fridge 45° to each other. The loss of cabinetry resulted in 1/3 less storage space and a tighter more awkward kitchen flow, but he like the looks. His plan for the bathroom was even more drastic, replacing the shower stall and cabinets with a tiled in full sized bathtub for soaking and putting a washer/dryer in the hall linen closet. That would have wiped out all the shared storage space. Thankfully, the cost estimates from the builder were far above his budget*. I convinced him to upgrade the furniture instead, as most were hand-me-downs from his parents (the recliner had springs poking you in the back and more sensitve regions.

*I also conspired with the builder to give the high estimate.


Keep the Peace: 5 Tips for Making Design Decisions With Roommates
7/25/14 07:00 PM

Does this monitor sock do anything good? An emphatic YES! It lines the coffers of the manufacturer with money! Its another product aimed at folks thinking that technology will keep them safer, smater,healthier and grant them peace of mind. Now parents can pore over the massive amounts of data they get from their monitor sock and see if their bundle of worry, er, I mean joy, is doing okay and is with the normal range for his or her age.

My friends have and use a video monitor*. Used it a little in infancy. Using it a lot in toddler age. The little guy thinks mommy and daddy have X-ray eyes because they KNOW when he's not picking up the toys in his room!

*they joke it came as standard equipment with the baby (baby shower gift).


Baby Monitoring: How Much Is Too Much?
7/25/14 02:42 AM

Assuming the runner is 5' tall, this washing machine is nearly 12' tall! The regular wash cycle would be a good workout, but the spin cycle could give you a heart attack!


This Treadmill Washes Your Clothes While You Work Out Design News
7/25/14 02:18 AM

While a hardware store may have glass large enough, its always window glass. The ikea glass top is tempered, thus much stronger . Alas, tempered glass cannot be cut after the fact.


Before & After: Recycled Pallet Pops With New Purpose Instructables
7/25/14 02:13 AM

Its nice to start with a good framework to build upon (wink).


Before & After: A Rusty Reject Gets a Reclaimed Reno
7/24/14 12:09 AM

It looks like the original wood was birch or maple, two woods with very uneven stain absorbtion qualities, called blotching. Normally a wood conditioner is applied and wiped off the wood prior to staining to even out the absorbtion, but its not perfect. Dark stains like walnut are hard to do on light woods like birch or maple.

Though the walnut would have looked nice, the klien blue turns these nightstands into jewels. Great save on the play!


Before & After: Nightstand Nightmare No More
7/21/14 06:58 PM

Its a steal, co sidering that the median house price on Oahu is juuuust shy of $750,000 (three quarters of a million buck), and is much smaller than a simularly priced mainland home and usually with only 3 or less bedrooms and a tiny yard.


Got $24 Million? Get 200 Acres in Hawaii Design News
7/21/14 06:51 PM

I've got Mary's "Decorating on the Cheap" and I still use some of the ideas in it.


Style Time Capsule: Decorating Advice from 1981
7/18/14 02:18 AM

Methinks I'll need to do the One Cup/Bow/Plate/Cutlery plan. I find it far too easy to use up all my dishes before I wash them, creating havoc around the small kitchen I have.


The Easiest Way to Do Fewer Dishes
7/17/14 09:11 PM

There was some controversy about the new logo as being NSFW


Airbnb Gets a Rebrand Design News
7/17/14 09:09 PM

Don't most state goverments have the same exercise? The famous Red Tape Runaround?


Maryland, Missouri Name Official State Exercises Design News
7/17/14 08:59 PM

Aside from all the great tension rod ideas, I like the cut back shelf on #13. It keeps you from overloading the shelf and lets you get things up and down that wouldn't normally fit.


15+ Uses for Tension Rods You've Never Thought Of
7/17/14 08:58 PM

The original article states that 75 million gallons of unused paint alone in the US. Its not because of the "boring" cans, but economies of scale. A quart of paint costs $23, while a gallon goes for $32. You need 1-1/2 quarts of paint. Which would you get: 2 quarts totalling $46 or a gallon at $32? And will a quart do the job or will you need more coats, buying more quarts?


Designer Wants to Make Half Empty Paint Cans Obsolete Design News
7/15/14 03:01 PM

An oft underused tool is the carpet rake. It looks and acts just like a rake, but only this time it's pulling up the matted loops of yarn in the carpet.


3 Tips for Refreshing Old Carpet Renters Solutions
7/15/14 01:54 AM

Hi, I'm Mike and I'm a bedtime procrastinator. For some strange reason I stay on my computer or tablet way past the time I should stop: looking for new news stories, playing Text Twist over and over. And I like getting a good nights sleep too! I think I need help.


Are You a Bedtime Procrastinator? Sleep More By Going to Bed Sooner!
7/15/14 01:50 AM

If you are not using it for drinks, you can always have another set of planters boxes with plants in the table.

My workbench has this baslet in a table feature, too. One basket holds tools I'm not actively using, the other two the scraps, wood shavings and such get pushed into, keeping my work surface clear of stuff.


DIY an Outdoor Table with a Built-in Hidden Cooler Remodelaholic
7/12/14 03:25 PM

Substitute any kind of informal gathering for playdate and you'll get the same answer from me: come on in! Just give me a 1/2 hour notice to hide the worst of the worst (mainly to clean out the litter box). My friends know that there is always something that's being assembled on the dining table, there will be DVD covers scattered by the TV. But they came over to be with me, not my apartment. Be the center of attention and they'll forget the rest.


To Playdate or Not To Playdate When Your House is a Mess?
7/1/14 04:07 AM

I like the lanterns! They look easy to make and very calming.

The zip tie light on the otherhand, look hideous.


6 DIY Project Ideas Using Leftover Tomato Cages
6/28/14 02:35 AM

Having size 12 feet, all I can think of is "ouch!" when my toes would hit the pallet.

It is a good design and has a nice rustic feel to it. The secret would be the careful selection of the pallet. Not only looks but what was shipped on it. There are sealants you can use to lock in any nasty stuff, but they will give it a glossier appearance.


Brilliant Budget Idea: The Pallet Desk Pecurliar Mee
6/25/14 11:33 PM