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I don't think the areas that were painted were birds-eye maple. Birds-eye maple is usually a veneer (unless it is an incredibly old, handmade piece and not an old-but-mass-produced one like this one) and often not used for the support structure, especially if those elements are thin or it would be difficult to veneer. You can see from the Before photo that the wood is different on this piece.

I think this piece is lovely and the new color really sets off the lovely maple.

Before & After: A Knockout Dresser Gets Even Better
5/27/14 09:14 AM

My sister has them in her house and took them to a car body shop to have a few dents taken out and to have them painted a very dark green. They look great in her historic row house kitchen with exposed brick walls and butcher block countertops. Going on 20 years (since she painted them--pobably 60 since they were installed) and they still look great. By all means get after market rollouts if they will make them cabinets more useful to you.

I had an original Youngstown kitchen in a 1949 apartment. They were a depressing banana yellow and I spray painted them white. They looked better at first glance but I regret the DIY paint job now. The landlord, however, paid for other apartments to have them painted and they did it with a roller and orange peel finish so I guess what I did really could have been worse.

Should I Refurbish My Vintage Steel Kitchen Cabinets or Buy New Ones? Good Questions
3/26/14 08:15 AM

I am in need of a new sink. I understand the convenience of a large single-bowl sink for soaking large items but...

-do you not have a garbage disposal? If you do, do you need to be sure to scrape all the items before filling the sink?
--how do you wash and then rinse? With a double sink, I use one side for washing and the other side for scraping plates into and then rinsing. I know, I know--it does mean I run the water more than I should but I collect items in a basket strainer that sits over half the area and then rinse a few items at a time.

Before & After: A Narrow Galley Kitchen Gets an Urban Update
3/17/14 12:52 PM

I opted not to have a dishwasher in my small kitchen and it only bothers me sometimes (and I've lived there 20 years). I could live without the microwave but the 25 year old thing still works, so why not.

I tried doing without a drier in the warm months but birds shat on my newly laundered clothes and sheets a few too many times. Now I dry dark, colored, shrinkable clothes on racks in the basement and the rest goes in the drier.

Before & After: A Narrow Galley Kitchen Gets an Urban Update
3/17/14 12:47 PM

Ditto on the greyhounds--they are great apartment dogs. I have two small papillons in my very small house but I would never have them in a space in which we shared walls. In many instances, small breeds were used as "alarm" dogs in tandem with the large, quieter "guard" dogs such as mastifs. My dogs do a great job of letting me know if someone is around the house (or a critter is running up the walls).

But for all you breeder dissers out there, please educate yourselves. Good, responsible breeders of purebred dogs are important to keeping those breeds healthy, both physically and tempermentally. Not all breeders are backyard breeders just in it for a quick buck or operators of puppy mills. Rescued dogs are not superior nor does having make you a superior person. I have one dog from a breeder and one was a foster I adopted--both are great.

Would You Have a Big(ish) Dog in a Small(ish) Apartment?
3/12/14 12:16 PM

It's hard to tell from the photo, but I don't think the green tile looks so bad. And many a top decorater says that having one discordant thing in the room is good--makes it seem less "decorated."

When I was a child we lived in a home built in the Revolutionary War era. Much of what was original to the home remained along with updates that had been made over the ensuing nearly 200 years. One was a fireplace surround of blue Delft tile, which I thought was gorgeous but didn't fit with my father's desire for a 1960's green and gold color scheme. My parents took a photo of it, which remained in an envelope under the clock on the mantel, and then painted the tiles the same white as the woodwork and walls. Photos show that it looked just fine that way.

We lived there for about 10 years and then moved across the country. Twenty-five years later I was in the vicinity of that village and went to see the house. The owner (only the second since we'd left) saw me and invited me inside. I was delighted to see that the Delft tiles had been cleaned of paint and looked fabulous with the owner's decorating.

Original Mantel Tile - Tacky or Classic? Good Questions
3/7/14 11:44 AM

"Expensive" is relative to your income, of course, but you can buy sheets of veneer in varying sizes so can choose to re-veneer the whole thing or just a section.

Those pulls are very common, both new and vintage. If you aren't aware of a local shop, you can certainly find them on the internet.

For more specific advice on fixing/refurbishing this piece of furniture, try a website/listserve for that specific purpose.

Advice for Renewing Much-Loved Heirloom Dresser? Good Questions
3/6/14 09:46 AM

A few more easy steps would really help this kitchen:

1) Remove the wood valance over the sink.
2) Paint the wood paneling by the table and covering the soffit above the cupboards--or remove it altogether. I'd paint the paneling by the table white and the soffit the same color as the cupboards.
3) Paint the the dark ceiling beams--white or do a treatment to make them lighter
4) There is a DIY paint-on stainless-steel product used for refinishing appliances. Use it on the range hood
5) Paint the vinyl floor (I recently saw a tutorial on a blog) and then put down a rug.

Kitchen Before & After: A Few Small Changes for a Big Impact! Reader Kitchen Remodel
3/6/14 08:48 AM

The flax itself probably is grown in Belgium, then exported and spun and woven into linen and sewn in China. You are conflating the raw material (flax) into the finished product (linen sheet), which is probably what RH wants you to do, but they didn't lie. I am sure many of the Egyptian cotton sheets out there are also made in China, not Egypt.

Just because a product is made in China, it is not necessarily of low quality. If the contracting company (RH) demands high standards and oversees quality control, the product can be as fine (or as disappointing) as if it were made in the U.S., Belgium, or Italy.

I also like to know where my products are manufactured, so I think the RH has been disingenuous on this point. They have taken advantage of many consumers' romantic sensibility. When I think of sheets made of Belgian flax, images of purple-hued flax fields, an ancient abbey, nuns with sewing needles follow.

Have Restoration Hardware Linen Sheets Always Been Made in China? Good Questions
2/27/14 08:52 AM

I like this! I never would have envisioned it myself. Love the stripes and the pulls. The pieces of furniture are pretty common and this transformed something in bad shape and rather hum-drum into something fun and personal.

Before & After: Karrie's Antique Dresser Rescue
1/27/14 11:58 AM

Overstock has all three of these for less money than shown in this post. And their description of at least one of them (I didn't look carefully at all of them) rightly names the color as royal blue--quite different from navy blue, if navy is what you want.

Splurge, Save, or Steal:
Navy Round Nailhead Ottomans

1/22/14 02:54 PM