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Posted by on Oct 6, 2011 | 0 comments

Old Meets New in Budget-Friendly Kitchen Remodel

Old Meets New in Budget-Friendly Kitchen Remodel

Michelle Myers’s 1930s kitchen needed help — the appliances were outdated, the walls and ceilings were uneven, and overall the space was dark and dingy. But due to financial constraints, a major gut and rehab was not in the cards. Working creatively, Michelle and her contractor devised a plan to update the kitchen, mixing old and new elements into a bright and open space while preserving the charm of the vintage home. Here are a few before shots of the kitchen (during renovation). And here’s the kitchen after the renovation. Michelle kept the original cabinets and the counter tops. The cabinets got a good sanding, a fresh coat of white paint, and new brushed chrome hardware. I love how the counter tops, quite possibly original to the house, are in near pristine condition. Very charming — and they look like they were meant to be next to the stainless steel appliances. As for the new elements, Michelle replaced the old white appliances and the oven vent with all new...

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Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 | 1 comment

DIY Teen: The Duct Tape Craze

DIY Teen: The Duct Tape Craze

I don’t have a teenager (yet) but I’ve always been fascinated with the teen subculture – music, fashion, and one of the latest fads, DIY duct tape projects. Take Claire and Samantha. They spend hours making accessories with duct tape that they buy in an astonishing variety of colors and patterns. Each roll costs about $5. They figured out how to make their creations by experimenting and making some “disasters” in the first few attempts. One afternoon after school, Claire and Samantha showed me the steps for making a duct-tape wallet and bracelet. Claire starts with recycled paper and makes the pattern. She then duct tapes the paper. She uses a different color “to add a little pop of color.” She traces a square and adds duct tape to create a small pocket inside the clutch. Samantha uses a strip of duct tape and folds it in half. She folds the tape into a circle to make a bracelet. Claire says that “you can pretty much duct tape anything,” which...

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2011 | 4 comments

2011 Art on the Avenue Favorite Finds

2011 Art on the Avenue Favorite Finds

Another year, another amazing Art on the Avenue. Despite rain and cold temps, the spirit of Del Ray prevailed. Thanks to Pat Miller and all the volunteers who make this annual event such an incredible success. I actually took three trips to the festivities — first a preview during an early morning jog as the artists were setting up, then with my family in tow during the lunch time rain, and finally a solo mission to take some pics of my favorite finds when the rain took an afternoon break. Although I didn’t capture everything, here’s a round-up of some of my favorite finds. You can find contact information for the artists on the Art on the Avenue website. For more photos, check out the 2011 Art on the Avenue flickr group. Clocks and Pots, Julie Zeelander http://clocksandpots.bigcartel.com/ Gourds by Suzanna, Susan Wolf  Fused glass by St. Coletta of Greater Washington Carved wood by Guirong Yuan Jack’s Lego Jewelry, Jack Durham Crocheted hats by Jen Keng Pierson http://www.etsy.com/shop/jenkeng Glass bottles turned planters and glasses by Marissa...

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