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Display Name: floatchik
Member Since: 10/10/08

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For what it's worth, here's my story: when I moved into my circa 1968 house, the fridge and entire bathroom suite was avacado. The stove was brown. When you opened the front door, the first thing you saw was that fridge. I painted it with white latex with a roller. It was ok until I bought a new fridge. The bathroom was another story. My roommate broke the toilet, so got a white one @ Home Depot. Then I bought a wood vanity fron Ikea, countertop & faucet from Home Depot, and a stainless steel vanity sink from a used building materials salvage place, just when stainless steel sinks & appliances were getting popular. I hired Bath Fitter to install an acrylic tub right over the old one. I didn't get the tub surround, just the tub. I wish I had done it then. The walls in the tub area had just been replaced with Barker Tile sheets that looked like white ceramic tiles. The rest of the original walls are horizontal t&g varnished wood so it looks like a sauna. I think it looks pretty good. Good Luck!


Apartment Therapy New York | Good Questions: What Would You Do With This Bathroom?
3/2/09 05:31 PM

Great space! I love the deep shine on the floors and on your kitchen cupboards. Ant that pop of colour in your kitchen is great.
I also live in Vancouver, plus I suffer from S.A.D., so believe me I know about gray days! Being from L.A. must have been quite an adjustment for you!
May I humbly suggest buying a full spectrum S.A.D. lamp? Having it on - even for just a few minutes - in the morning before I go to work is like having a shot of espresso!
In the winter, if I am home all day on a gray day, I tilt it up and bounce the light onto the ceiling, so its more ambient than direct.


Apartment Therapy San Francisco | House Call: Celeste's Mount Pleasant Loft
1/14/09 11:04 PM

I would suggest installing simple floor to ceiling curtains in white or off white. Only a couple of holes in either the walls or in the ceiling, would be easy to patch when you move out. I cannot see the ceiling light fixture, but you could add a nice (& cheap) shade to soften the lighing, or ask the landlord if you can replace the fixture with a fixture with halogen spots to wash the walls with light. I did that with an old brass track light in my apartment kitchen. It was much better with 4 spot lights that that boring white glass globe that was there before. When I moved out, I didn't want it, so I just left it there for the next tenant. These ideas may make this space cozy, instead of making people feel uncomfortable walking thru your closet.


Apartment Therapy DC | Good Questions: Sprucing Up a Walk-Thru Closet?
1/6/09 11:41 AM

No disrespect indended towards Italian manufacturer Bellato, but this stepped wall shelf unit reminded me of a spiral cat staircase, made in the USA. Check the link at: http://www.iroquoisinnovations.com/gallery.html

(I am not afiliated in any way.)


Apartment Therapy Chicago | Giralot Storage System by Stefano Bettio
12/3/08 02:17 PM

HOW ABOUT RIPPING MY DRESS AT THE HAIR SALON 1 HOUR BEFORE MY BROTHER & SISTER-IN-LAW'S WEDDING?
I FINISHED GETTING MY HAIR DONE, TORE OFF TO THE NEAREST MALL, FOUND A 1 HR TAILOR AND I STOOD IN THE CHANGE ROOM WHILE THEY USED FUSABLE WEB TO REPAIR THE L SHAPED TEAR IN MY TAFETA-LOOK FLOOR LENGTH DRESS. NO ONE COULD TELL! EVEN THE NORMALLY STORMY VANCOUVER (BC, CANADA) WEATHER WAS DOWNRIGHT BALMY ON NOVEMBER 10TH FOR A WEDDING-DINNER-CRUISE! WHEW!


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Tool For the Holidays: Laugh is Off
12/1/08 04:28 PM

I once used a frosted Ikea shower curtain as a curtain for privacy. For curtain rods, I have used half inch diameter (I think) electrical conduit (silver colour) or half inch diameter copper pipe with copper end caps. Using these lets you use the 90* and 45* angle 'elbows' for those tricky bay windows everyone loves to complain about. They are also quite strong and come in 8 and 10 foot lengths. Also, I took the doors off my closet and used the Ikea DIGNITET or DEKA curtain wire and many, many LIL Tulle curtains, so that it is opaque. It looks like a wall of bridal veils. Other ideas I have tried: using a cheap polyester lave tablecloth as a light filtering/privacy curtain. Tea towels with a single blue stripe border as cafe curtains, with clips and a tension rod. For blackout window coverings, I have used fabric covered cardboard friction fit into the windows. Let me know if you like these ideas.


Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Three Sheets to the Wind is OK When They're Covering a Window San Francisco Chronicle: 10.04.08#comments#comments#comments
10/10/08 09:27 AM