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Installing 11-foot door jambs and casings by myself - 12

Installing 11-Foot Door Jambs & Casings By Myself (Plus, My Thoughts On Door Trim Color)

One of my goals yesterday was to get the door jambs and casings installed on the doorway/opening between the kitchen and breakfast room.  I have no idea why, but it didn't really occur to me until I was ready to get started that doing that by myself might be a bit of a challenge.  My brother had … [Read More...]

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The Hardest Part Is Finished!!! (Tile Installation On Kitchen Walls)

If you heard faint sounds of shouting, singing, dancing, and rejoicing at around 9:00pm (central time) last night, that was probably me as I put the very last tile into place on my kitchen walls. I'm so glad I pressed through and got it finished, but I can tell you that was the absolute least fun … [Read More...]

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Peninsula Drawer Front Makeover (From Flat Panel To Recessed Panel)

I finally gathered enough courage yesterday to remake one of the big drawer fronts.  If you'll remember, the final decision on how to make the gold leaf look balanced on the peninsula was to keep all of the small top drawers plain, with flat fronts, and just add brass cup pulls.  Then on the four … [Read More...]

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Fancy But Easy DIY Door Trim Design (Plus Seven Design Variations And How To Create Them)

Last week, I had several people ask for details on how I did the trim around my door in the kitchen, so today I'm sharing the details, plus several variations using stock trim from Home Depot or Lowe's. The trim I used around my door is very simple, both in design and in the skill it takes to … [Read More...]

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Kitchen Progress So Far: Three Walls (Almost!) Finished

Progress has been slow but steady in the kitchen. I'll be honest...those tiled walls have taken way longer than I expected. One of the most time-consuming parts was having to clean all of the grout lines with a razor blade before grouting. If I had been using white grout, it may not have been a big … [Read More...]

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The Countdown Is On (The Official List, Plus My Artwork Decision)

Y'all, I'm very excited today.  Do you know why?  I'll tell you.  It's because at the end of today, I will have three of the four walls of my kitchen finished -- the tiled wall, the refrigerator wall, and the wall of cabinets.  I'll only have the peninsula and the partial wall around it to go.  And … [Read More...]


Artwork Ideas For My Wall Of Tile

I spent yesterday fixing my mistake on the big wall of tile.  I got the bottom two rows of running bond tiles removed, moved the dividing line up, and filled in below with herringbone.  Removing those tiles made a mess of my wall, so it required lots of repair and patience (which I had in short … [Read More...]

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Weekend Progress: 600 Tiles And Counting

My weekend was all about tile.  And more tile.  And installing a vent hood, and then more tile.  And installing door facings, and then more tile.  And more tile. So far I've gone through six boxes of 100 subway tiles, and I've still got plenty more to do.  When I left you on Friday, the … [Read More...]

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How To Install A Herringbone Subway Tile Backsplash

I got a very late start on the kitchen yesterday, so I didn't get as far on the backsplash as I had hoped.  But things are moving right along!  So I thought I would take this chance to answer some questions I've been getting about tiling in general, tiling a herringbone backsplash, what kind of tile … [Read More...]

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Refrigerator Wall Cabinets Finished

I got all of the cabinet doors finished -- primed, sanded, painted, gold leafed, and polyurethaned -- and got them all installed at around midnight last night.  The gold leafing is my favorite part of the whole process, but wow, is it time-consuming!!  I stood on a ladder to get the whole view over … [Read More...]

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Brainstorming: Where Can I Put A Walk-In Pantry?

I didn't quite get the doors and drawers finished for the refrigerator wall of cabinets yesterday.  The primer and paint just weren't drying fast enough, so I still have to do all of the gold leafing.  I'll do that today and show you the finished cabinets (sans drawer and door pulls) tomorrow.  In … [Read More...]

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Refrigerator Wall Painted

Well, I had hoped to get some input on my kitchen floor yesterday.  I was so disappointed to see that nobody really had an opinion on it, and everyone was too shy to tell me what they really thought.  :-D Ha!  Obviously I'm joking.  I read all 520+ comments, and I don't think I've ever had … [Read More...]

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A Green Refrigerator Wall Of Cabinets (Plus, I’m Redoing My Kitchen Floor…Again)

First things first.  I finally have some green paint on the refrigerator wall of cabinets.  I got everything primed, and then one coat of green on the cabinets.  I'm going to do some fine sanding today (220-grit sandpaper) and then do the final coat today, and I'm hoping that I'll even be able to … [Read More...]

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Friday Randomness: Progress, Details, Cabinet Hardware, and My Pottery Barn Aversion

I can't believe it's already Friday!  This week has flown by for me, and it doesn't feel like I've gotten much done in the kitchen at all.  But I guess I really have.  I've been working on the refrigerator/range wall, and it feels like it has taken me forever to do all of the wood filling and … [Read More...]

FAQ: “How Does Matt Handle Your DIY Projects?”

I'm working on the fridge/range wall in the kitchen, and the progress has been kind of slow and boring (definitely not picture and blog post worthy, especially since it's basically a repeat of everything I did on the wall of cabinets). I'll show you the finished product, of course. But in the … [Read More...]

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My Cabinet Drawer And Gold Leafing Design Decision

Thank you so much for all of your input on my cabinet drawer and gold leafing question!  I read every single one of your 225+ comments and suggestions (on yesterday's post and on Facebook), and really gave them some thought.  And then my mom and brother came over just to look at it in person with me … [Read More...]

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Three Options For Adding Gold Leaf To The Kitchen Drawers

Now that I'm pretty much finished with the wall of cabinets, the other two sections should go faster.  However, there's one thing about the wall of cabinets that made things easy on me -- everything was symmetrical and all of the cabinets had doors.  Having all doors and everything symmetrical … [Read More...]

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Wall Of Cabinets Finished For Now

I didn't quite get everything done, but the wall of cabinets is done enough for now. I ended up having plain glass installed in the four upper cabinet doors.  The plain glass adds some shimmer while not adding yet another pattern/texture to the mix. I also got the base cabinets and … [Read More...]

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Painted But Not Topcoated (Because Of My Celebrity Status, Of Course)

I got the lower cabinets painted, but I didn't get them polyurethaned.  Why?  Well, because I went to Lowe's yesterday to get more matte finish polyurethane, and they were out.  I've never been more convinced of my celebrity status than I am now.  I'll explain, and I'm sure you'll agree, but first, … [Read More...]

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So Close, But Yet So Far Away

I was certain I'd have the bottom cabinets on the wall of cabinets finished by now.  And I probably would if it weren't for the weather not cooperating!!  It rained early Tuesday morning, and when the rain stopped, it was unbelievably hot and humid outside.  It wasn't one of those rains that clears … [Read More...]

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