Kitchen Chronicles: The Reveal

Oh happy day… the kitchen reveal is finally here! I can’t believe it! Five long months of countless hours, days & nights; blood, sweat and tears have finally paid off.

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Kitchen Chronicles: New Hardware & Paint

It’s kitchen update time!

In my last post I showed a photo of our new door pulls and knobs. I had my heart set on the cup style pulls paired with simple round knobs, and found these great inexpensive ones on Ebay. The seller was having a free shipping special so it came to just $38 for 25 pieces… can’t beat that!
 
They were exactly what I had hoped for in person, and the knobs went right in.
 
But then we got to the drawers and found an issue… they are double layered so the screws were too short (this one had 3 layers!)

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Building Mirror Frames

This entire process was so not fun, it almost pains me to write about it and relive the horror. To be honest, if I had to do it all over again, I’d probably just go buy some framed mirrors.

But, I owe it to you all to share my experience if anyone would like to tackle this project on their own.

To recap, here are my mirrors now and the frames I built last weekend:

Here are the same mirrors, as I purchased them:
They looked so naked, right? Everyone thought I was crazy and told me to leave them frameless, but I didn’t care. It had to be done.
I couldn’t do it by myself though.
And that’s where Dennis comes in. I met Dennis at a West Elm/Etsy collaboration event a few months ago, where ended up purchasing one of my maps...
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Do You Need Screens for Windows?

If you live in sunny Texas and your home isn’t surrounded by tall trees with plenty of foliage, you’ll have trouble with your air-conditioning bills, especially if you have windows that face south. The sun is likely to strike directly at your windows, bring in a lot of heat and stress your air-conditioning system. If […]Read More

Make the Master Room Shine

In the fast paced stressful world of today, it’s important to have a comfortable space at home to unwind and relax, and where is better to rest than your master bedroom. Its for this reason that we need to make sure this space shines full of peace and tranquility even on those difficult days. So what little changes can we make to our dull master room to bring out its light.

Make it personal

Give your master room that personal touch. Make it yours, it’s all very well having the fancy cushions and the pretty bedspread, but what about some nice family photos or maybe some art that the younger ones in your family did and having that framed, or better still your own art. You can pick up some great frames at JC Penney, of all different styles and sizes colours and shapes.

Add some luxury

Conside...

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Make the Master Room Shine

In the fast paced stressful world of today, it’s important to have a comfortable space at home to unwind and relax, and where is better to rest than your master bedroom. Its for this reason that we need to make sure this space shines full of peace and tranquility even on those difficult days. So what little changes can we make to our dull master room to bring out its light.

Make it personal

Give your master room that personal touch. Make it yours, it’s all very well having the fancy cushions and the pretty bedspread, but what about some nice family photos or maybe some art that the younger ones in your family did and having that framed, or better still your own art. You can pick up some great frames at JC Penney, of all different styles and sizes colours and shapes.

Add some luxury

Conside...

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How Often Should You Clean Your Carpet?

Your carpets will need a thorough cleaning every so often in order to keep your home sanitized and to maintain the integrity of your carpet. It’s important that you preserve your home’s carpeting so that it will last you for many more years.  Cleaning your carpet on a regular basis will keep it looking fresh and new all year round.

Vacuum Often

You should vacuum your carpet regularly in order to keep dirt and dust to a minimum. Dirt ends up damaging your carpet fibers, especially if family members, friends and even pets walk across the fibers on a daily basis. The carpet can lose its glossiness over time, making the high-traffic areas of the rugs look duller than other areas of the same carpeting.

It pays to use the vacuum twice a week in these high-traffic areas and vacuum at least once...

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Knowing When to Replace Your Water Heater

Your home’s water heater has seen better days. Whereas it was efficient and reliable when you first moved in, the water heater has become unpredictable and temperamental in recent years. As such, you’re currently on the fence about whether to repair or replace it. As you’ll find, there are numerous issues that warrant investing in a brand new water heater.

When to Replace

Sediment buildup is among the most common reasons for water heater replacement. If the water in your current locale is consistently hard, sediment can quickly accumulate within the heater and wreak havoc with its various components, ultimately shortening the device’s life. Additionally, if the heater frequently leaks or fails to properly heat water even after being reset, it may be time for a replacement...

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