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Posted by on Dec 16, 2011 | 34 comments

A Kitchen Refresh on the Cheap

A Kitchen Refresh on the Cheap

Do you have old dingy cabinets but not enough money to replace with new ones? In this post Kelly Millspaugh Thompson, owner of a local furniture refinishing business Stylish Patina, shows how you can give drab old cabinets a completely new look — and without spending an arm and a leg. Thanks for sharing this great idea, Kelly! A client of mine from Del Ray wanted to brighten up their kitchen without fully renovating the space. We decided to paint the kitchen cabinets with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Paint really is a miracle worker! The beauty of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is that you don’t need to sand or prime the surface. Don’t tell anyone but we didn’t even take off the doors! Here’s the before shot: After the amazing after shot: The homeowner selected Old White as her color. This is a creamy white that adds warmth while still brightening the space. Now here are the steps for this kitchen refresh: Wipe down the cabinets with a warm...

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Posted by on Nov 14, 2011 | 3 comments

Reader Submission: DIY Murphy Bed

Reader Submission: DIY Murphy Bed

The Murphy Bed is the ultimate space saver, so we were so excited when we received the following story from a reader about making his own Murphy Bed. Landall is a pretty handy guy (see how he built his basement workbench) so the project wasn’t too difficult, but he does caution that this is not a project for a beginner. My wife and I bought our townhouse in Del Ray after we’d found out we were expecting our first child. We knew we’d turn the second bedroom into a nursery and would need a place for guests, namely grandparents, to stay when they came to visit. We didn’t really want to continually offer our guests a fold-out sofa or air mattress so we started to look into Murphy Bed options. There are a lot of Murphy Bed options out there but we settled on this style from http://www.wallbed.com/ because of the lack of vertical space in our basement. We need the bed to fold down horizontally rather than vertically, and...

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Posted by on Oct 10, 2011 | 4 comments

Reader Submission: Mosaic-Tiled Table

Reader Submission: Mosaic-Tiled Table

A reader submitted the following description of her fabulous mosaic-tiled IKEA tables. Looks awesome! Materials: A few years ago, we bought a set of two coffee tables from Ikea (now discontinued). I’m an architect and we had a box of tile sample chips that were going to be thrown out, so I “rescued” them and used them to mosaic the tables. Tile sample chips are only 1/8″ thick, so you are able to do a finer mosaic with them. I didn’t have enough of the sample tiles to do the big one also, so I used tile from Home Depot but I kept the same pattern theme. The Home Depot tiles were standard 4″x4″ tiles that are 1/4″ thick, so I wasn’t able to break them into as small of pieces. Step 1: Break the tiles and design the pattern To break the tiles, I put a few tiles in a ziploc bag, wrapped it in a towel and hit them with a hammer (not too hard) until I got pieces...

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Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 | 0 comments

Reader Submission: Basement Workbench

Reader Submission: Basement Workbench

Local resident Landall Proctor shares how he turn a cluttered corner of his basement into a functional, well-designed work area: As a competitive cyclist and general bike lover my wife and I have a lot of bicycles. There are four in the basement that should be kept in the house for security and neurotic reasons and two in the shed. I do all my own maintenance work and was getting a little frustrated with the lack of workspace I had in our basement for bike repairs. This past weekend I decided to better utilize the small space we have in our basement that I have taken over as my “bike room.” Here’s the before picture: First, I wanted to do this project on the cheap and my first thought was to use some old lumber from other projects I have tackled. Unfortunately none of it would quite get the job done so my wife and I took a trip to Community Forklift to try and get some inexpensive, recycled materials to...

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Posted by on Aug 22, 2011 | 2 comments

Reader Submission: Metal Pail Turned Garden Hose Organizer

Reader Submission: Metal Pail Turned Garden Hose Organizer

Kudos to local resident Terry Rowe for her ingenuity in turning a metal pail found in the trash into a spool for holding her garden hose and nozzles. Terry needed something to corral her garden hose. On trash day, she happened upon an old metal pail someone no longer needed and thought she could use it like a spool to hold the hose. Her husband drilled holes in the bottom and used a piece of scrap wood as a brace to attach the pail to their side porch railing. As you can see from the pictures, it works nicely to hold the hose. An added bonus, they can store the nozzles and a small sprinkler inside the pail. They decided against painting the pail because they liked its patina. The cost was nothing as the pail came from the trash and they used scrap wood and a couple of screws. Thanks Terry for submitting your project! If you have a project you’d like to share, send to diydelray[at]yahoo.com. Posted...

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