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Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 | 4 comments

Marcy and Jason’s DIY Kitchen Reno Part II

Marcy and Jason’s DIY Kitchen Reno Part II

Yesterday, we introduced you to Marcy and Jason who spent six months designing and rebuilding the kitchen in their classic Del Ray rowhouse. Here’s where we left off — the original kitchen when they purchased the home… The gutted kitchen… The new kitchen on the home stretch… And now, the finished kitchen! You can tell Marcy and Jason put their heart and souls into this project — they beamed while they gave us the tour — and their hard work definitely paid off. Aesthetically, they wanted to make the kitchen more their style. But they also wanted to make it more efficient and increase storage. They were committed to making this a green renovation. They donated the old cabinets to the local Restore, they sold the fridge on Craig’s list and they recycled the old stove with the city’s hazardous waste department, as it had a history of gas leaks. But let’s just look around and ooh and ahh at all the cool features like the mosaic-tiled backsplash. The various hues...

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Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 | 3 comments

Marcy and Jason’s DIY Kitchen Reno Part I

Marcy and Jason’s DIY Kitchen Reno Part I

Like many young couples, Marcy and Jason saved and saved until they could afford their first home, a rowhouse in Del Ray. The house they bought had good bones, beautiful wood floors, classic features and was located on a charming street. But the kitchen was the victim of ’90s style. Not only was it not their taste, it was dingy and over 20 years past its prime. Marcy and Jason are both architects (at Wnuk Spurlock and Cooper Carry respectively) and weren’t afraid to tackle this major first-time DIY project themselves. Their years of studying architecture and experience at work prepared them well for the job, and by doing this themselves, they could save a significant amount of money. Jason joked, “I think it’s some sort of rule that if you are an architect, you have to do at least one renovation on your own!” Here’s another before shot of the kitchen — the laminate countertops and appliances were overdue for an upgrade and boost of modern style. If you...

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Posted by on Sep 28, 2012 | 0 comments

Counter Tops for Classy Kitchens

Counter Tops for Classy Kitchens

When you renovate your kitchen, everyone always seems to notice the counters. Choose granite and your friends will ooh and ahh, “You got granite, nice!” Choose one of those newfangled manmade products and people are sure to marvel at the creativity and ingenuity, “Wow, that’s made of recycled sporks? No way!” With so many products, color choices, and price points, how do you make a smart decision? And will this decision affect your ability to sell your house down the road? “It seems everyone is doing granite of some kind now, but do what you like,” says local realtor Jen Walker. “Countertops are very personal and space specific.” If you are worried about potential resale, she adds, “The choice of countertops will not stop the sale of a home.” Phew! Liz and Cameron went with white Caesarstone, an extremely durable manmade product which boasts a lot of color choices and styles. Even though it’s bright white, caesarstone is known for being stain-resistant. Not to worry about spilling that red sauce in this...

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Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 | 1 comment

Top Five Kitchen Organizing Products

Top Five Kitchen Organizing Products

After organizing our linen closets and craft storage, we’re moving on to kitchens. Laine Hardman from Tidy Up Professional Organization offers some great ideas and insider tips to help you save space, money, and aggravation. We all spend a lot of time in our kitchens – preparing meals, packing lunches, baking for bake sales. So, having an organized kitchen can truly improve your daily life. Getting organized takes a little work up front. But, with a little know-how and the right products, you can have that organized kitchen you’ve always wanted. Here are my top five favorite kitchen organizing products to help you tidy up your kitchen. 1. Clear Drawer Organizers Messy kitchen drawers can only lead to frustration and time lost looking for that favorite wooden spoon. To solve this, first, remove everything from the drawer. Only keep the items that you use often. Then, measure the entire drawer: depth, width, and height before shopping for products. (If a drawer organizer is too tall, you won’t be able to...

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Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 | 10 comments

Mason Jars and Open Shelving: Pantry Storage at a Glance

Mason Jars and Open Shelving: Pantry Storage at a Glance

Rebecca Underly is the owner of Del Ray Cakery, a home-based business that specializes in cake pops, decorative and wedding cakes, and other sweet treats. A mother of two young children as well, she uses her kitchen for her business and as the center of her family life. It’s a wonder that every surface isn’t covered in thin layer of sprinkles, flour, goldfish crackers and pretzels. Some days this may be the case, but Rebecca has found a way to use dozens and dozens of mason jars to manage her baking inventory and keep life running smoothly in the snack department as well. Behold her open pantry, a floor-to-ceiling set of neatly arranged mason jars. In addition to her Del Ray Cakery business, Rebecca is also a recipe developer and food writer, which is why she says she has “so many different kinds of things in those jars.” Rebecca has a method for organizing the mason jar pantry: She marks the purchase dates of the dry good on the tops of...

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