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Oct 18

The Frightening Reason You Shouldn't Use Contact Paper in Your Kitchen Cabinets

An $8 roll of contact paper can do wonders for your home. You can use it to upgrade old furniture, modernize shelves, elevate countertops, or even forge a backsplash. For the budget-conscious, it’s almost too good to be true. And, as it turns out, some people say it just might be.

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Oct 18

Before & After: A Cookie Cutter Suburban Home-Turned-Vintage Surf Hideaway — House Tour

Name: Rachel and Nick Kuchar
Location: Ewa Beach, Hawaii
Size: 2,040 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years, owned

We turned our cookie cutter suburban home into the vintage surf hideaway we had dreamed of. We were given a 1950s Gordon & Smith longboard from a relative and that began our love affair with the era. I asked my husband, a graphic designer, to make some art for the house since I couldn’t find anything that was just right. My husband now sells the vintage style surf art he designed for our walls.

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Sep 18

7 Ways to Hack Your Way to a Kick-Ass Kitchen Island

I’m in the planning stages of a kitchen renovation and the first thing I knew I wanted to add was a kitchen island. There is almost no counter space in the kitchen, but tons of room in the middle, so I thought “Easy, we’ll just run to the store, build some cabinets, add a countertop, done.” If anyone else has looked into this, you’re probably laughing at me now, because here’s what I didn’t know: Any “permanent” island, by code, requires outlets. Which means ripping up the floor to run electrical to it. So I scratched the original plan, refocused, and now I’m on track to hack a pre-built option to meet our needs.

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Sep 18

10 of the Smartest Small Kitchens We've Ever Seen

When you have a snug space, you have to make every inch count with some smart layout tricks and storage solutions. Do that, and all of a sudden your 40-square-foot kitchen goes from meh to yay.

Still need a bit of info? You’re in luck—we’ve got 10 amazing spaces to inspire you.

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Aug 18

The Best Black Paint Colors for Your Kitchen Cabinets

It’s not for the faint of heart, certainly, but we have to say that we love the look of black cabinets in the kitchen. Lately we’ve seen black cabinets lending their sophisticated hue to more and more spaces. They’re striking in a modern kitchen, elegant and timeless in a more traditional one — and there can be quite a bit of variety within the shade we think of as “black.” Is this the look for you? Take a gander at some black paint colors at work in real-life kitchens and decide for yourself.

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Jul 18

10 Clever DIY Projects to Hide Household Eyesores

Here’s the unfortunate truth about 99% of all living spaces: every house and apartment—large or small—likely has something that’s weird, oddly placed, or just plain ugly. These persistent little problems (cords, vents, pipes, outlets) might drive you nuts, but stay they must, especially if you are a renter. The only solution is to get creative….

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Jul 18

Before and After: This New Kitchen Can Only Be Described As Classic

This St. Paul, Minnesota, kitchen was large, sunny, and full of storage, but its owners wanted something new and bold. With the help of a thoughtful designer, they now have the kitchen of their dreams.

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Jul 18

Before and After: You'll Love How This Kitchen Keeps Its Character

There’s often one element in old kitchens that we’re all rooting for, crossing our fingers that it survives the big renovation. For this kitchen makeover, I’m holding my breath that the amazing pink double oven makes the cut.

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Jul 18

Here's Proof That Kitchen Contractors Do IKEA Hacks Better Than The Rest of Us

When professional kitchen renovators get into the IKEA hacking game, the results are pretty spectacular. Combine NW Homeworks‘ knowledge and experience with IKEA’s products’ mutability, and you get things like the space above, which is chock full of special features and custom touches.

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Jul 18

The Biggest Mistake I Made in My Kitchen Renovation

About five years ago my husband and I bought an old, decrepit house, and renovated it top to bottom. (My whole renovation story is here, if you want to see!) Part of that renovation included adding on an open kitchen that we outfitted with a semi-custom IKEA kitchen.

I loved designing my kitchen from scratch, and we saved a ton of money by doing most of the design and work ourselves. But let me tell you—when you go the DIY route, you do run the risk of missing details that can make a big difference. Here’s the biggest (yet surprising) mistake we made.

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