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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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Upper Cabinets Finished (And I Finally Achieved The Perfect Sheen!!)

Show of hands...who among you actually thought that I was going to be satisfied with the finish I showed you yesterday on the cabinets?  And who among you actually thought that I was going to leave it alone?  And who among you actually believed that I really and truly thought that "good enough is … [Read More...]

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Painting Success (Kind Of ) And Sconces Installed

Well, y'all, I finally had some level of painting success.  I sprayed the cabinets, and the finish came out much better.  It's still not perfect, but better. And once again, it's that long flat piece at the top that's giving me trouble.  No matter what method of painting I use (roller, brush, … [Read More...]

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House Progress (And How Comparison Steals Contentment)

I love looking at bloggers' house tours online.  I can get so much inspiration from them, and I often find it more inspiring than looking through the pages of Elle Decor.  The homes of bloggers seem more real to me -- real people decorating real rooms in real homes on real budgets (for the most … [Read More...]

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Green, White, and….Black?

After I put forth the question about my breakfast room ceiling the other day, Matt and I had a discussion about vaulting the ceiling.  We both love that idea, and I think that will certainly be the long term plan.  But I think we both agreed that for now, it would probably have to wait.  If the … [Read More...]

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Adding Shimmer & Shine To My Cabinet Doors With Gold Leaf

Do y'all see that smile on my face?  It's real. Nothing fake about it. But it's not because I figured out my paint problems. It's because for the entire day yesterday, I didn't even give paint a thought. I gave my brain (and my body) a rest, and I did something crafty and fun instead. I've wanted … [Read More...]

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Paint Rant, Round 2

I promise that the day will come when you will show up here and find the usual happy, positive Kristi rambling on about how much she loves DIY and loves her kitchen and loves the process, blah, blah, blah.  I'll do everything in my power to try to make that happen tomorrow.  In fact, even if … [Read More...]

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Progress & Paint Frustrations

I did have quite a bit of down time this weekend, but I also worked on my kitchen cabinets...of course.  I got quite a bit done on the upper section of the wall of cabinets, but I'm just about at the end of my rope with paint problems. When I left you on Friday, my cabinets looked like this.  The … [Read More...]

Green kitchen cabinets -- Derbyshire from Sherwin Williams

Prepping Kitchen Cabinets For Paint (a.k.a., Why I Don’t Prime Or Paint Before Installation)

After I installed the cabinets in my kitchen, I had many people ask me why I didn't paint, or at least prime, the cabinets before I installed them.  I tried to explain why I do things in the order I do them, but today I thought I'd just show you.  Of course, I'm not saying that this way is the … [Read More...]

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