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There was an excellent $2000 redo on apartment therapy yesterday, check it out. Check out Habitat for Humanity ReStores for deals on second hand kitchen materials. Here is my priority list: (1) stove and hood - function first and it may require changing some of your bottom cabinets (2) countertops and tile backsplash - stone places often have a seconds pile, you don't need much and subway tile can be cheap at big box stores (3) flooring (4) add cabinet or book case to end of island and put on bigger butcherblock top (see IKEA) with an 11 inch overhang for stools. Reface whole thing with cabinet end panels (Home Deport or IKEA) to make it look like a unit (5) new overhead light and/or pendant lights for island - home depot and lowes have surprisingly stylish lighting online (6) new faucet (7) new sink. If replacing the fridge is too much, freshen it up with appliance paint or blackboard paint. Plug for island so you can put microwave or toaster there?


What Can I Do with $2000 to Update This Kitchen? Good Questions
7/22/14 09:52 AM

Perfect update. The grey paint even makes the flooring look better.


Before & After: A Dated Kitchen's Fresh Face-lift on a Budget
7/21/14 10:58 AM

Get a new one sink countertop custom made for your existing or new double cabinet.


Does Anyone Make a Double-Size Vanity for Only One Sink? Good Questions
7/21/14 10:52 AM

I can only wish for high enough ceilings to house something like this.


Before & After: IKEA Hack Renders KURA Bed Unrecognizable...and Amazing Ikea Hackers
7/21/14 10:50 AM

Hmm, I think this only works in places where its not 95 degrees with 100% humidity at midnight during the summer.


No AC? No Problem! Try This Quick Trick to Keep Your Cool
7/21/14 10:47 AM

All in all great start on a student budget. How about replacing the bookcase/table combo with a more narrow wall hung shelf system like ELFE with a shelf deep enough to use a desk. Or get leaning bookcase with a desk for the space, see Crate and Barrel for examples. It would provide the functionality you want without using as much floor space. Or you could build a system with iron pipe fittings - see pinterest for examples. Unless you need them, I would move the existing bookcases somewhere else. They loom. Other than that I would add some funky patterned pillows and some graphic posters. Oh and replace the door mat with something completely plain or in your accent color. The rust is blah. It could be a fun project to paint over it.


Creating a Balanced Live-Work Space in Small Carriage House? Good Questions
7/18/14 10:38 AM

Great look for staging, but I agree with spanky, painted wood is impractical even with a cover. Maybe they used outdoor paint?


Before & After: Big Box Store No More
7/18/14 10:15 AM

Full pot and pan set. All you really need is a pasta pot, sauce pan and an oven safe 12 inch skillet.


Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 05:04 PM

Replacing the old painted over switch and outlet plates. Under a dollar a piece and it makes a world of difference. Fresh caulk and grout paint can also make a huge differnce. Another trick is a wood repair pen to cover up nicks and missing trim on cabinets.


6 Rental Updates that Won't Break Your Lease or Piss Off Your Landlord
7/7/14 05:01 PM

You can probably get away with a satin finish in a washable paint. Talk to your paint store.


10 Painted Kitchen Backsplashes Kitchen Inspiration
7/3/14 09:30 AM

I would start with a clean "box" with a good scrub and a clean coat of paint to the entire house in a classic neutral and temporarily swapping out things like lights and cabinet and door knobs, even fresh light switch and plug cover plates if they are bad. It will get rid of the builder-grade cookie cutter feel. Add floor to ceiling curtains to all your windows to create height and width. Then edit, edit, edit your own things to the items you love and that work in the space.


How Do I Leave My Heritage Home For a Cookie Cutter Duplex? Good Questions
7/2/14 10:51 AM

Cold cereal or peanut butter toast.


Not in the Mood Weekend Meditation
7/1/14 03:27 PM

I would paint it a bright modern pop of color,, see CB2 or Room and Board for color inspiration. They both have modern painted furniture. The pine is not going to stain well. Make sure to use a good primer first or those knots will bleed through.


Dark Stain or Colorful Paint for IKEA Norden Table? Good Questions
7/1/14 09:56 AM

Paint a neutral color. Add curtains mounted ceiling high. Get rid of the fireplace. Fill space with open shelfing -- maybe DYI wood and iron pipe shelfing -- with baskets or something similar on floor for closed storage. Smaller side tables. Swap out light kit on fan with something modern (drum shade?). Area rug. Ditch love seat for chairs. Storage ottoman for coffee table.


Help Brainstorm Ideas For Redoing My Living Room? Good Questions
6/30/14 01:59 PM

In an urban area it isn't even a question. My doors and windows are always locked, but I do have a security gate and my windows lock in a slighly ajar position so you can let in the breeze in safely. I am from a rural area and we also locked windows and doors before bed, although we kept the second story windows open for air. Open doors? Open invitation for animals to wander in.


Would You Sleep With The Doors Open?
6/27/14 01:34 PM

Seeing the benefit of cleaning the kitchen right away was a big "wow I'm an adult" moment for me.


Home Design Decisions Only Grown-Ups Will Make
6/26/14 04:28 PM

You could get ceiling mount curtain rods if there is a wood beam near by. Otherwise you can drill into brick, there are brick anchors especially for this purpose. For cheap extra long curtains- IKEA is the best. But you can also lengthen regular curtains by adding a panel of fabric (could be another curtain of similar width which means you dont' have to hem the sides) and sewing or fusing the panels together. There are examples all over Pinterest, search for lengthening a curtain. Another option is cotton dropclothes and drapery clip rings. Cheap and come in multiple sizes. See homedepot or lowes online.


How To Hang Curtains from Loft Window Frame? Good Questions
6/26/14 12:52 PM

Now that is an improvement we all can get behind. Nice eye to see the shape behind the hidious finish.


Before & After: A New Old Dresser
6/26/14 12:45 PM

I ditto the comment about living in the space for a while before making any major floor plan changes. For now the middle room would make a nice library/study. I can see incoporating the breakfast nook and the middle room into a larger dining room at some point. What is on the otherside of the middle room? If you need more storage, this could a good place for a closet opening up the other direction or even a half bath if you need one. Wait and see how the space works for you.


Help Lay Out Row of Compartmentalized Rooms? Good Questions
6/24/14 04:00 PM

Lovely. I noticed you kept the cabinets, flooring, appliances and light yet the kitchen looks twice as big and expensive. Shows what you can do with limited resources. Hard to believe those are wood counters. They look white.


Before & After: A Bright, Budget-Friendly DIY Kitchen Makeover Under $1500
6/23/14 01:38 PM