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I agree with NOT painting the trim but ditching the rather fusty wall colors, especially the cream, which is making the wood trim look particularly dark and dingy. The wood does look like it could use something on the order of furniture polish to bring out the glow and make the space brighter.

You can always paint later; live with it first because it is the way the house is intended to look and UN-painting will be a huge chore. Best to be absolutely certain.

To Paint or Not To Paint Our Abundance of Wood Trim? Good Questions
4/21/14 07:35 PM

Rosewater makes a lovely addition to any yellow cake, especially if you are going to serve it with strawberries!

Recipe: Rose, Orange, and Cardamom Mini Layer Cakes Recipes from The Kitchn
4/17/14 08:44 PM

How about this one: Only $15

Affordable, Non-Plastic Containers for Storing Flour & Sugar? Good Questions
4/15/14 04:03 PM

I see the paint in the picture is alligatored. We have some paint like that in our bathroom -- it has been that way since before we moved in. After research, I think either the paint was applied when the temperature was too low (odd for an interior paint job, but possible) or it has to do with the previous paint layer being an incompatible type of paint.

I think new paint alone will fill in the small cracks in the finish, but if I just paint over am I setting myself up for the paint to fail in the same way again? A fairly large area is affected so I'd rather not be sanding the whole room. Anyone with experience dealing with this?

How To Repair and Prep Cracked and Crumbling Walls for Painting Apartment Therapy Tutorials
4/15/14 02:45 PM

I also vote "straight." The inspiration pic has white grout, de-emphasizing the staggered look on the walls so that the two staggered surfaces don't clash. Also, the shower doesn't have large slates in the inspiration picture.

For your bathroom, I think having staggered wall and floor tiles next to each other is too busy. That said, I don't think you will go very wrong either way. It is a fairly subtle difference.

What's the Best Tile Layout For My Bathroom?: Straight or Staggered?
4/11/14 10:55 AM

I agree. The renovation costs are similar to what we'd spend here in Seattle, yet it represents a much smaller portion of the overall property value. Seems reasonable to me, although I do sympathize with the idea that having $41,000 available for renovations can seem pretty daunting. We never have, instead choosing to do piecemeal remodeling as part of a long-term plan. That won't work in this case with the structural issues and size of the space dictating her moving out during the work.

The Budget for Jennifer's Small Space Kitchen Renovation Renovation Diary
4/10/14 02:51 PM

Read through the NY Times real estate section for a reality check on what it costs to get any kind of living space in New York City. Many of their first-time-buyer profiles end up buying outside of Manhatten. For the most recent one, their 2-bedroom condo budget was similar to what we paid for a 4 bedroom, 2 bath Craftsman bungalow in Seattle, which is not exactly the cheapest real estate market itself! I'm sure Jennifer feels lucky to have anything, and if she needs to sell her investment is quite likely to be fully returned if not increased.

The Budget for Jennifer's Small Space Kitchen Renovation Renovation Diary
4/10/14 02:16 PM

Lynnie, perhaps it varies by area, but I've planned to replace my countertops with laminate and found the price much higher than I expected. I'm currently looking for a handyman to do the job, which is what I've done in the past -- buy the sheets and have a guy build the counters on site. Very cheap, if you can find someone to do it. But the majority of laminate counters are now made in local production facilities to order, then installed. The cost for my kitchen, similar to the one in this post, is about $900. To me, that is a lot of money to spend if the current counters are not AWFUL, and I don't think the green is that bad. Home Depot has a handy comparison tool for countertops on their site, fyi. We beat their laminate price locally by a little bit, but the tool made a good starting point.

Help Me Give My Sad Galley Kitchen a Facelift! Good Questions
4/9/14 07:20 PM

I don't think you should paint the lower cabinets a dark color. I like that look in general, but in this case I think it may result in a more closed-in feeling. All white cabinets will maintain the retro vibe and look good with the green counters. How about a dark green/white checkerboard floor?

If you don't get the dishwasher and so must keep a drying rack, buy a fancier stainless steel one (Umbra has some cool choices, or perhaps Ikea) and try to keep it as empty as possible.

Put shelves on the wall where the clock is and use to store frequently-used items to relieve pressure on the cabinet space. Like this one: Also invest in sturdy shelving for your basement or garage and move as much kitchen stuff out there as you can.

Microwave above the stove might be a good idea. Or at least buy a very small microwave for the counter.

Help Me Give My Sad Galley Kitchen a Facelift! Good Questions
4/9/14 03:39 PM

I agree, this is going to be another good one! I can see how you lived with it all those years. It's inconvenient and crumbling, but it has a certain charm also. Very excited to see this room's next chapter.

Introducing Jennifer's Kitchen Renovation Renovation Diary
4/8/14 02:34 PM

You know, you can just email the author at AT when you find an error. No need to shame publicly.

I also just vacuum my baseboards. The ones in the kitchen and bath do benefit from an actual cleaning, though I rarely get around to it. I've read it is a good task for very little children, but when my children were very little having clean baseboards was not high on my priority list. They were probably pretty grimy back then.

Weekend Wipe Down: 6 Easy (& Some Weird) Ways to Clean Baseboards
4/7/14 04:16 PM

Even though I find the vintage tile in the kitchen and bath pretty charming, it did look rather worn out, and the kitchen layout was difficult. Good for you to make a small, unwanted house work for you! It's not easy finding a liveable, affordable house in the city these days!

Sandra's Sweet, Renovated Seattle Home House Call
4/5/14 07:06 PM

I kind of like the worn floor. Adds character.

A Charming Covered Porch on a Budget Professional Project
4/5/14 06:40 PM

Oh -- an easy and cheap upgrade is to replace the single bare bulb with a track light. Then you'll have THREE fixtures (or more, but check how much the circuit can bear -- you can reduce the load by using LED bulbs) and you can position them where you actually need the light.

Ideas for Redoing Odd Laundry Room? Good Questions
4/4/14 01:54 AM

Ahem, my little contribution to the April 1 festivities over here. I'd have thought the phrase "It's not to my taste" followed by advice that goes totally outside the purpose of the post, to completely change the room (to AT-iconic subway tiles + marble!) would instantly read as a joke ... but maybe not so much a few days later. Hey, possibly in the end the April Fool is me!

And getting back to the topic, I'd like to make the fake drawers in front of my kitchen sink into tilt-outs. I watched the youtube videos. The supplies are inexpensive. Yet a year after having the idea, I've done nothing.

The One Simple Fix that Transformed My Kitchen Kitchen Diaries: Kate in New York CIty
4/4/14 01:49 AM

Is all that exposed brick really practical? It seems like it would hold dust like crazy and wouldn't it be much colder in winter/warmer in summer? Even without insulation the drywall is another layer and a little air pocket before the exterior wall. "After" looks nice, though.

Before & After: A Dramatic Small Space Makeover... and What Makes it Work Lonny
4/3/14 11:01 AM

Great ideas so far! I have to say, I think the Naturestone epoxy is not that bad-looking for a laundry room floor. That said, if you want to put down a floating floor like laminate or bamboo, I don't think the current floor will pose any kind of problem. Just lay down the cork or other soft underlayment and float right on over it. But if it were me I'd live with the epoxy and put down some Flor carpet tiles -- with a little luck you can get a deal on the clearance tiles on their website.

My only other piece of advice is that everyone is saying you should separate the washer and dryer. I have a setup like that, and it is VERY inconvenient. Mine are not far apart -- maybe 30", there's a laundry sink between them. I really miss being able to toss items from the washer right into the dryer. Now I have to move the load in a laundry basket. It's doable, but I would not set up a laundry room like this on purpose! I say push yours closer together and put a small shelving unit or even just a mini-counter on the side that ends up with more space.

Ideas for Redoing Odd Laundry Room? Good Questions
4/3/14 02:40 AM

Go for it LalieMod! My sister tried this same fix and the results were awesome!

Before & After: This Busted Bed Gets Beautiful
4/1/14 05:49 PM

I did this! But I was almost out of oil so substituted water with just a couple spoonfuls of coconut oil. It came out good, but was basically not all that different from the usual way I make quinoa. Thought it needed a bit of salt.

Trend Watch: Deep-Fried Quinoa is the Hot New Thing You Need to Try
4/1/14 04:13 PM

Love the pops of color, but it would look better if you lined up all the pillows so the eye is naturally drawn to a focal point: perhaps the dreamcatcher or kleenex box.

Also, and sorry to bring this up AGAIN, but the angle of the "after" pic was slightly different than the "before." It's really hard to offer up a cogent critique under these circumstances.

Before & After: This Busted Bed Gets Beautiful
4/1/14 04:08 PM