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I saw the post, and the link to the blog itself, but not having the time to look at it, my initial reaction to the photos here on AT, I agreed with Ranch52.

However, that said, now that I've seen the blog and more of the photos, I see what the OP did. Still though, her statement of having more prep space still isn't right as she has had it all along, even with the stuff on the counters in the before shots. She may have gained a touch more room. I'd have used the shelves for stacking every day dishes and glassware that get used often so as to be easier when emptying the dishwasher, and relied on the other cabinets for food storage but then I consider a kitchen a workhorse, a place to get in and use for its intended purpose, cutesy and all that are secondary.

Overall, this is a much lighter redo of a space that was very functional but dated. My one concern is how well the gold painted hardware will hold up. Sounded like they did copious research on the paint and found one that WORKS as painted cabinets tend to have problems with the paint eventually chipping off.

Overall, looks great!

Before & After: A DIY Dream Kitchen
7/31/14 04:13 PM

Jeanne52, my thoughts exactly.

Before & After: A DIY Dream Kitchen
7/31/14 02:04 PM

I should rephrase, I'd not go with pink, but with blue or yellow or turquoise instead.

Everything Old is New Again: Pink Tile in the Bathroom, Then & Now
7/31/14 02:00 PM

I'm all for vintage, or restoring to vintage like when necessary, however, not sure I'd go for pink, yellow or turquoise, or heck even gray would be preferred. Dear friends lived in a large house with daylight basement that had been built in 1958, the upstairs bathroom was tub and a separate shower if I recall, and had 2 sinks, all were gray if memory serves, though the counters were I think white tile, maybe Formica, I forget now as they've not owned the house in over a decade. They bought it in 1969, so they'd been in it for a very long time.

The downstairs bathroom, a 3/4 bath had yellow fixtures and I think yellow accent tiles. I loved them.

The house I grew up in had white fixtures, but had an all pink tile surround upstairs, and white with the occasional blue tile surround downstairs.

I'd love to find a vintage house with the original kitchen/bath from the late 50's, early 60's myself and keep it that way, or restore by replicating the look, but update it.

I love having a blue tub and sink in my current rental bathroom, sadly the finish on the tub leaves a lot to be desired, but it's a nice dusty light blue nonetheless. The tile surround is speckled white. I know yellow was used too, and that included the tile surround. Now, it's all being replaced as they redo the units. The building was built in 1960.

Everything Old is New Again: Pink Tile in the Bathroom, Then & Now
7/31/14 01:55 PM

Love this era, and even have some of it in my apartment. I hope to do more with my decor in the next place. Am in the search to find the right place, in my price range however.

10 Tell-Tale Signs Your Home Style Might Be: Mid-Century Modern
7/30/14 06:47 PM

Some things I do to help with things, even if the space itself is large, but is oddly subdivided.

My main living/dining room is one large space, roughly 11.5x17Ft, that's pretty decent sized, but small in actuality in terms of furniture placement.

When I enter my apartment, the front door is in a partial recess off to the side of the dining area, dining table is right in front of the kitchen, hallway is right beside the kitchen, and then the living area. The wall that backs up to my bedroom is about 9Ft long, the end wall that faces north (outside wall of unit) is 11.5Ft, and the space in front of my very large slider (3 section) is roughly 11Ft, so that limits my furniture placement, so I have ONLY chair that is placed into the room, but at an angle, and it lines up with the end table at the hallway entrance, but nothing that visually closes off the entire space. The entertainment unit sits in front of the slider, so while that isn't the best, it works due to how my furniture fits in the space while being able to enjoy the view out.

I have to shuffle past the dining table to get into the kitchen, but that's more how the space is laid out structurally than anything else.

So in this case, don't be afraid to float a chair if you need to, just leave plenty of space to get around said chair, and do not shove all furniture right up against the wall. Bring it out just a tad, a couple of inches should be enough to leave a bit of space behind it and the wall itself. In this case, my couch, which is on legs, and an antique Captain's chair have their backs to the wall, but not up against it, and while all, including end tables and a small trunk for a coffee table is a tad snug, it's not over whelming the space, and it works for what I have since I still use full sized components, speakers included which adds to the snug appearance, but it's not crowded, nor cluttered (when picked up that is).

I've enjoyed it for many years but am ready to move on though so now the living room is piled high with boxes of packed items. :-)

8 Sneaky Ways to Create the Illusion of More Space
7/29/14 04:14 PM

When I go on a road trip, I always plan things out in terms of where I'll be sleeping, what music to bring along etc.

That said, when traveling alone, I ALWAYS play music and like certain kinds for just such an activity. I find rock and roll/pop music tends to be some of the best road music around, and I love varying the eras and sub genres while at it. It's almost all CD/tape, or these days, the USB thumb drive, loaded up with my favorite mix CD's I've made that are great for the car.

Some things to keep in mind that'll help with the happy road trip is to plan and schedule things out for a very long drive, like from Tacoma Washington to Las Angeles CA, and should take roughly 2 days to do that trip going down I-5. When I did this trip in the summer of 2002, I was closing out my apartment and moving down to find work in LA. I ended up a day later than planned, and left at 3pm on the day I actually left due to taking longer to close out my apartment, and get the rest of my crap stored in a storage facility (ended up with two, to get things all put away, other than what I took with me).

The original plan was to drop in and see a friend in Sacramento, but that fell through and I ended up using Medford OR as the midway point, one I knew the town, and two, it was almost exactly the halfway point. So booked a motel room just off I-5 and stayed there overnight and drove straight through to LA the next day.

Two things to keep in mind is if you go over steep passes, such as the Syskiou Mountainns, DO NOT RIDE YOUR BRAKES, drop down to low gear in your car, that means first, or second gear in a manual, L1, or L2 in in an automatic, or if you have a sport stick, put it in manual mode and keep it in 1st, or 2nd gear, and let the engine do most of the braking for you. This will prevent brake fade and the brake fluid from boiling. Also, WATCH your temp gauge if you have one. I'd recommend you have your car gone over before leaving if driving in the hot summer months. If your temps begin to climb, turn on the heat, it'll help wonders there.

I did most of those things when needed, though I never had heating issues, though my temp gauge did increase a tad from normal through the ascent and descent. The car I had was a highish mileaged 1988 Honda Accord with no working AC (it was a fully loaded LX-I with all the electric stuff, like windows, mirrors, etc), equipped with a manual transmission.

Not having your car break down will help keep you in good spirits on such a trip as that. Also, I made a special CD for my drive down to LA called California or something like that, and all the songs were pulled from digital sources, all free, and/or from my music collection and included California Dreaming, I Love LA, Gone to California etc on it. Some songs were chosen because of where they sang about (Mendocino, and Going to San Francisco) or the song mentions a place in the lyrics (heading to Barstow for the night...), this last example was from Leaving Las Vegas by Cheryl Crow, you get the drift.

I put it in my portable CD player which was connected to my factory tape deck via the cassette adapter.

These days, I would recommend you upgrade to Bluetooth, USB ports and hands free cell phone capabilities and have your music on an ipod or similar mp3 device, or on thumb drives for ease of use, especially if doing your road trip solo and just plan it out BEFORE you leave.

5 Tips for a Better Roadtrip
7/28/14 11:00 PM

From what I've seen, move in ready generally means a home where you can move in and not have to do anything before hand.

As long as it's liveable, clean, it's move in ready in my view, even if it needs painting. The one thing I'd do BEFORE moving in is remove the carpeting in the main living areas, if not the bedrooms too if hardwoods underneath (common to older homes built before the mid 60's.).

Redoing the kitchen, painting the halls etc can come later on once I've been in the space and see how I use said space, and what I think will solve any major issues.

When Do You Consider A Place Move-In Ready?
7/28/14 04:38 PM

I'll have to check this out, love some of the nuttier tasting cheeses myself.

Why French Comté Cheese Needs to Be In Your Fridge Comté Cheese Tour
7/28/14 01:21 PM

Very much sound tips on being efficient with cleaning your place and keeping it that way. I still am largely good at putting things back where they come from, but other things, I've let slide as life got in the way.

I hope I renew some habits in the new place, once I find it and have the impetus to want to keep it clean and picked up.

7 Ways You’re Making House Cleaning Harder Than It Has To Be
7/27/14 01:43 PM

Wow, a great restoration here.

It looked like what saved this piece is that the original finish probably kept the paint from soaking into the wood, and it also looked like it may have been primered in whited before being painted in that garish blue, and then mistreated after that.

Nice save here and it's a lovely piece I will admit.

Before & After: A Marvelous Mid-Century Modern Make-Under
7/26/14 01:39 PM

This is a great post, however, it isn't just for those who live on the minimum wage income, but incomes that are well above, but not at a LIVING wage for the area in which they live. It's difficult to get by when your rent increases soon go any paycheck you bring home, so you might as well be making minimum wage.

That is my situation, and many like me who's income isn't keeping up with the cost of living increases.

We have had to scrimp, and save, just for the basics. I have a credit card, and it helps, but it's no panacea. You still have to pay it off, but it helps when you can pay the minimum payment each month, and when you have extra, pay more, eventually pay it off, and do your best to keep the balance on the low side of your credit limit if at all possible.

Overall, Tess has done it right as far as the general budget, and it's true that she didn't cover it all, but the more common basics, and it still proves a point.

Budget Living: Living On Minimum Wage
7/25/14 01:43 PM

I read about this I think a couple of years or so ago online, I forget where, and it IS a fascinating story, but an eerie one too.

The Boom and Bust of Bombay Beach
7/24/14 03:37 PM

Something I do that helps is put at least one lamp on a timer and set it to come on late in the afternoon, say 4pm during the summer, and don't adjust it for daylight savings, and it'll come on an hour earlier during the fall/winter months, if you've done it right and set it to go off at say 10pm, so when daylight savings is on, it'll go off an hour earlier.

This allows you to come home in the dark winter months at say 5pm or after, and there is a light on, especially if that lamp is in front of a window where you can see it when you approach your home/apartment.

For the past decade, I would see my late father's bedside lamp that my Mom had fashioned out of an old bombshell casing Dad brought home from Vietnam in '68 in the mid 70's for an anniversary of theirs. I love the lamp and it's great to look up at my 4th floor balcony and see it aglow when I come home from work in the fall/winter months.

Overall, the tips mentioned are great. One thing I'd add is don't eschew completely the overhead light. There will be times even with lamps it'll help augment them by evening out the light somewhat by removing the overly large shadows that may be present if it's off.

Change Your Space, Change Your Outlook: 10 Ways to Be Happier at Home
7/22/14 10:51 PM

An even better idea for scraping off dried dough, use a nylon scraper, it'll be less damaging to the wood by not accidentally gouging it, and it'll get off the bits of dough, this also works if the dough is still pliable too.

Otherwise, all great tips for all wooden rolling pins, not just the French ones as shown here.

How To Clean a Wood Rolling Pin Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn
7/22/14 01:00 PM


I think what she's saying isn't exactly new, but to reiterate that one shouldn't think that just because you don't own it doesn't mean that you CAN'T do these things (as long as it's OK that is).

If it will make you feel better, DO hang art on the walls, even if you don't actually paint the walls, but make it your HOME while living there.

One Minute Tip: Fay's Tip to Renters Apartment Therapy Videos
7/21/14 09:11 PM

Totally agree, watch Julia Child's shows, or precisely, her French Chef series. I hope they release her later shows on DVD, but the French Chef series is really more about a how to for basic steps, such as folding, whipping, braising etc.

Plus, she demystified French cooking, or a lot of it anyway by breaking down the various parts into their basic elements. That is largely how I learned how to cook when much younger.

As MissMeM indicated, take a basic culinary course to learn the basic methods in cooking, such as the saute, the braise, the broil etc, and it'll teach good knife skills too, and from those basics, is the basis of ALL cooking in nearly ALL cultures.

Good luck!

What Is the Best Way to Learn Kitchen Basics? Good Questions
7/21/14 04:26 PM

Really, I find a lot of people make a huge fuss over washing dishes by hand as I do it and really don't mind it at all.

Some tips I've found is, any large pots/pans etc that have stuff stuck on, fill the bottom with water and let sit. Otherwise, I get them first, put up to drip dry if possible, then get the dish pan that's been sitting in the drain basket filling up with flatware and cooking utensils, fill it with soap and hot water and wash them.

I rinse and place in drain basket, I then go onto dishes, then glassware and all the rest, using a drying mat along with dish drainer and within 20 minutes, max, I have the dishes done.

Sometimes, I have too many to fit as I'm a stacker, so I neatly arrange them on the counter until the next day when I can finish off everything, along with that night's dishes.

It never is a huge chore if you try to get to them daily, or at least every other day, and no, I never think oh I should reduce the dirty dishes by not doing mise en place or what you since it'll all get washed, and the time difference is negligible.

How Can I Make Hand-Washing Dishes Faster & More Fun? Good Questions
7/21/14 11:06 AM

I love how vintage the original kitchen was, though a bit too country/early american for my taste (mainly in the cabinets), however, love that yellow, and wished appliances would go back to colors like that.

The layout itself isn't bad at all, I'd have had the appliances gone over and restored and put back if it were me.

The after is nice, though I wished it had more of a nod to it's 1959 roots, and maybe a bit more space age modern. Overall it's very nice and you did a great job not cowtailing to all the current design cliches.

Before & After: Anne's Nod to Mid-Century Kitchen Overhaul The Big Reveal
7/21/14 10:53 AM

Now THIS is what I'd call, thinking outside of the box.

Nice going for a piece that no one seemed to want.

While it was a nice enough piece when new, when no one else wanted, it sometimes is best to repurpose it, or convert it to an all together new use as you did here.

Well done!

Before & After: From TV Armoire to Built-in Banquette Bench
7/20/14 08:29 PM