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

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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 big drawer fronts, I would remake those so that they have recessed panels, as well as the same gold … [Continue reading...]

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

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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 create it. I wanted something fancier than just plain trim, mitered at the corners, but I don't think … [Continue reading...]

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

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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 deal since the thin set mortar that I used was white. But since I was using a grout color called … [Continue reading...]

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

tiled kitchen walls - herringbone subway tile

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 the floor, of course. I'll probably still need to go back and finish up some little stuff on each … [Continue reading...]

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 supply yesterday).  But it's done. I love how this looks with the dividing line higher.  It's now … [Continue reading...]

Weekend Progress: 600 Tiles And Counting

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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 backsplash behind the stove looked like this... And now it looks like this... I tiled all the … [Continue reading...]

How To Install A Herringbone Subway Tile Backsplash

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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 saw I have, etc. Here is my fancy tile saw. :-D I bought it at Home Depot several years … [Continue reading...]

Refrigerator Wall Cabinets Finished

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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 the peninsula for this picture, which is why the perspective looks a bit funny and the refrigerator … [Continue reading...]

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

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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 the meantime, I thought I'd share with you an idea I've been thinking about -- adding a walk-in … [Continue reading...]

Refrigerator Wall Painted

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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 another "give your input" post where everyone was pretty much on the same page.  In all of those comments, … [Continue reading...]