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Make Mine Diamonds

I can’t get into the chevron thing. Oh yes, I do appreciate a lovely houndstooth or stripe, but diamonds are what make me happy. Ever since my very first apartment in college, I chose diamonds for my first decorative painting project. Later, diamonds were a part of the geometric design I stained into my desktop.…

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New Home in Suburbia

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted any of my suburban happenings. Life just kind of took over when we decided to sell our home and move. Our blended family of 4.5 only had 3 bedrooms and offering up the couch to our visiting daughter just didn’t seem right. She’s not really half a…

TV Wall

The TV Wall Gets a Makeover

For several years, our TV lived on the mantle, which was a nice location design-wise. Neck cramp wise, however, the location left much to be desired. I always wanted the TV to be installed on the large (very empty) wall adjacent to the mantle wall. So the day finally came that we acquired a wall…

Painted Switch Plates

Switch Plates Need Love Too!

I didn’t really like the way all of the light switch plates detracted from the harlequin tiled backsplash. Inspired by my Mom’s painted switch plates (shown on the right), I decided    I needed to paint mine too. My Mom has that wonderful glass tile and her painted switch plates blend in beautifully.    …

Cabinet Hinges After Rub N Buff

The Wonders of Rub N Buff

Next on the kitchen reno list was shopping for new hardware. Designers sometimes call this part “jewelry” for your cabinets. I shopped online and locally at the big box stores to hone in on what I liked. Ultimately, the best prices around were at Amazon and D. Lawless Hardware www.dlawlesshardware.com. I really wanted to buy from…

Under Cabinet Puck Lights

Under-Cabinet Lighting

We put these on our Christmas list and were happy to receive them. Thanks Dad! They are also available in multi-packs. If you decide to go with flourescent, you’ll also need to hide the ballast. This was a big part of why we decided to go with halogen. Also, Pay attention to whether the lights…

Granite for Christmas

About a week before Christmas, we received our fabulous gift. Granite Countertops! They were installed by TopMaster, but we purchased the product and installation through Nebraska Furniture Mart. I believe financing up to 30 months is allowed, but you do have to put a certain percentage down since the service is provided by an outside…

Goodbye golden oak. Hello gorgeous Red Mahogany!

Staining Oak Cabinets with Gel Stain

I have always hated our golden oak cabinets and once we decided that we were giving ourselves granite countertops for Christmas, I knew it was time to ditch the golden oak. I read up on all the different processes and after consulting the friendly associates at Sherwin Williams, I decided to sand them almost down…