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Are They Green Yet? Are They Green Yet?

That (and variations on that theme) has become the single most-asked question I get lately.  "When are you going to paint your cabinets?" "Are your cabinets next?" "How long until you paint your cabinets?" I swear, it's like I'm on a long road trip with small children.  "Are we there yet?"  "Are … [Read More...]

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Finished Concrete Countertops (Finishing Steps, Total Cost & Final Thoughts)

I sealed my new concrete countertops yesterday, and that means they are now completely finished!  And y'all, I absolutely love the way they turned out!  I honestly don't think I could have been any more pleased had I gone with my original idea of using marble. The subtle "movement" in the … [Read More...]

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I Fixed The Dent (And It Only Cost $500!)

Okay, let me put your mind at ease.  Fixing the dent in my concrete countertop didn't actually cost me $500.  But you'll understand soon why I made that joke.  :) I tried several things to fix the dent caused by my sander mishap. I tried using some of the concrete mixed to a thicker … [Read More...]

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Full View Of The Kitchen (Plus, Second-Guessing My Cabinet Color Choice & Other Randomness)

Quite a few of you have asked me to show a full view of the kitchen so that you could get your bearings and see how the three walls relate to each other in the space; soooo, here it is... And here's how the kitchen relates to the rest of the house, just in case you were feeling kind of … [Read More...]

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Creating The Kitchen Of “What If….?”

I'm about three months into my kitchen remodel. I'm very excited about how it's turning out, and very proud of the fact that most of it has been done by my own two hands on a relatively small budget. But every once in a while I think to myself, "What if...?" What if, instead of deciding to keep with … [Read More...]

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DIY Pour In Place Concrete Countertops – Part 2

Disclosure: Concrete Countertop Solutions provided me with the materials to make my own concrete countertops using their products free of charge, but they are not paying me to write this or any other post about their products. After researching the process and the products available for about two … [Read More...]

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It’s Concrete Countertop Weekend!

Okay, in all honesty, if you were standing in my kitchen or breakfast room right this minute, at 8:27 on Friday morning, you'd probably look around and tell me, "Kristi, there's absolutely no way that you can be ready to pour these countertops tomorrow!" I have just a tiny twinge of doubt in the … [Read More...]

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DIY Pour In Place Concrete Countertops – Part 1

Disclosure:  Concrete Countertop Solutions provided me with the materials to make my own concrete countertops using their products free of charge, but they are not paying me to write this or any other post about their products.  After researching the process and the products available for about two … [Read More...]

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A Primer On Concrete Countertops — Precast vs. Pour In Place

I finally started prepping for my concrete contertops yesterday!!  I didn't get very far at all, but it felt great to at least get something done.  In fact, this is the sum total of my countertop progress yesterday. Since I haven't gotten far enough to do an official "Part 1" post, I thought … [Read More...]

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Peninsula Cabinet Installation — Almost Finished!

Y'all, I am so close to being ready to move on to the next step of this kitchen remodel that I can taste it.  And it tastes like concrete.  Concrete countertops, that is.  :-D After eight days of not working on my kitchen, it felt good to get back in there yesterday and get some stuff done.  I … [Read More...]

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Perhaps Laughter Brings Clarity

Remember when I said on Friday that last week was just awful?  Well unfortunately, that horrible week continued right on through the weekend.  No need for details here.  There's nothing unique about my life, and we all have those days where nothing seems to go right.  I just happened to have seven … [Read More...]

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Slow, Frustrating Week

This week has been exhausting.  First with our photo-bombing cat getting sick and having to be admitted to the kitty hospital, and then with Matt having a really rough week with exhaustion and weakness (which in turn, takes a big toll on me), I've gotten virtually nothing done in the kitchen this … [Read More...]

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Moving On To New Backsplash Ideas For My Kitchen

Fair warning...this post is going to be a bit rambling.  My thoughts and ideas are pretty scattered, but hopefully I can get them all narrowed down to one great idea for my kitchen. I've just about given up on the idea of a back painted glass backsplash for my kitchen. I still love the … [Read More...]

Why I DIY (And Love Every Minute Of It)

The last two days have been a bit stressful around the Linauer household.  Our 12-year-old flame point Siamese cat Powder (the white-ish cat who always photo bombs my pictures) became very sick on Monday evening.  After an emergency after-hours call to the vet to describe symptoms, she said to keep … [Read More...]

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Refrigerator/Range Wall Build Complete (Plus Details On My Recessed Refrigerator Enclosure)

*My stove is sitting on a furniture dolly.  That's why it's so high.  I'll keep it on there until I'm ready to put it into place permanently after the countertops and painting are finished.  (Just thought I'd get that out of the way right off the bat this morning.)  :-D Anyway, I only got the … [Read More...]

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And Then I Hit A Roadblock

Things have gone so well and have moved along at a really good pace this week...until yesterday. Yesterday was one of those days where I hit a roadblock at every turn and felt like I was spinning my wheels all day long. The plan was to get the refrigerator/range wall completely built -- built-in … [Read More...]

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Fridge Wall Progress, Converting Wood Cabinet Doors To Glass, and Your FAQs Answered

I have lots to share with you today, so let's dive right in, shall we? Refrigerator/range wall progress: I made pretty good progress on the fridge/range wall yesterday!  I got the drywall taped and mudded (with the exception of that one area above the door...oops!), and then got all of the … [Read More...]

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The Wall Of Cabinets Build Is Finished (In-Cabinet Lights Installed, and Upper Cabinets Heightened To Ceiling)

I did it, y'all!  With the exception of eight small pieces of trim that I didn't have time to purchase, I'm finished with the building phase on the wall 'o cabinets. Remember the drawing I did? It's pretty darn close, right?!  (Corbels will be added after the backsplash is … [Read More...]

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DIY Decorative Feet For Stock Cabinets

The cabinets on the wall of cabinets are starting to look a bit more custom now!  I made and added the decorative feet yesterday, and it turned out just like I had envisioned.  I love it when that happens!  :-D That's quite a step up from the 2 x 4 bases that were showing the day before, … [Read More...]

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Wall Of Cabinets Installed (Plus, How To Install Upper Cabinets By Yourself)

It took me all weekend, but I got all of the cabinets on the wall of cabinets installed, including the upper cabinets, which I installed by myself.  :) I still don't have the decorative trim (cabinet topper, crown, toekick, decorative feet, etc.) in place.  I mean, I literally only got the … [Read More...]

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