The Complete Guide to Buying, Using & Maintaining Power Drills
The power drill is, to me, the most essential power tool anyone can have in their collection. It’s always the first thing I unpack after a move. In addition to curtains and blinds, it can also help hang shelves, place anchors for artwork, drill holes for cabinet hardware, and aid in DIY furniture projects. The list could go on forever! Here’s a guide to this indispensable tool. Cordless drill power is measured in volts, with the most powerful models being up to 20 volts.
Feb 28, 2014
Before & After: A Garage Sale Dining Set Gets Gorgeous
Rita wanted to really go bold, but keep her dining table and chairs at the same time (she lucked into these four chairs and table at a garage sale for just $6), so she found an ingenious way to spice up the set. Gorgeous! What an ingenious way to add lots of pattern and brighten up the room. From Rita: This material is what inspired me to paint the living room navy in the first place. I knew I wanted to make this fabric the focal point in the dining room, but I wasn’t sure how.
Feb 28, 2014
Inspired by Tidy Kitchens
Feb 28, 2014
10 Inexpensive Ways to Add Life to Any Space
Sometimes you feel like your home needs a refresh, but you aren’t looking to spend a lot of money. These are my 10 go-to tricks, whether I’m preparing for company, getting things photo shoot ready, or just feel the need for a little pick me up without spending much money. 1. Bring the outdoors in with houseplants. A little green can go a long ways towards bringing life into your space. Choose something low maintenance, like a succulent, if you have a less than green thumb. 2.
Feb 27, 2014
Maggie’s Cutest House in Georgetown
Name: Maggie Handel Location: Georgetown, Washington, DC Size: 1,024 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Owned “Nothing says 19th century like three exterior gas lamps,” said Maggie, who moved in to this mid-19th century home last year and promptly installed the lamps out front and in the side garden.
Feb 27, 2014
Before & After: A Modern Nursery Staple on the Cheap
Modern nurseries on a budget can be tough. Since changing tables have such a short lifespan, Whitney didn’t want to spend too much money on something that wouldn’t grow with her babe and when she saw this wood sideboard at a thrift shop for $25, she had a flash of vision. Wow, what a style transformation. With just a little cash, Whitney completely changed the look and feel of this piece and made it work for her family. Great job.
Feb 27, 2014
We Investigate: Does a Spoon in Champagne Keep it Bubbly?
(Image credit: Faith Durand) From The Kitchn → Can a Silver Spoon Keep Champagne Bubbly? I Decided to Find Out
Feb 27, 2014
A Cozy, Chic 400-Square-Foot California Studio
Name: Kelly Stewart Location: Rampart Village; Los Angeles, California Size: 400 square feet Years lived in: 1 years; rent Kelly lives in a quaint stylish studio apartment in Rampart Village, where she has indulged her interior design know how. Taking note of all she’s learned working along side various designers mixing that with her own personal aesthetic, she has created a wonderful place to call home. It’s pretty awesome what Kelly was able to accomplish in 400 square feet.
Feb 26, 2014
Before & After: Kaycee’s Customized Kofod Larsen Chairs
Lucky Kaycee scored these two Kofod Larsen Lounge Chairs on Craigslist for $225 each. The chairs came without cushions (and with a very strange patio-chair replacement for the original webbing) so Kaycee was able to put her own spin on these classic chairs. Kaycee paid around $200 per chair for professional upholstery — including new cushions, upholstery and webbing — and $140 for about 7 yards of fabric.
Feb 26, 2014
Dishwasher Maintenance Tips
(Image credit: l i g h t p o e t) shutterstock From The Kitchn → 10 Tips to Help the Dishwasher Run Better
Feb 26, 2014
Emilie’s 17th Century Cottage in France
Name: Emilie Location: France We live in a small stone cottage from the 17th century in a little hamlet at the top of hill in Dordogne, France. It’s our escape in the countryside. We furnished it only with flea markets and brocante stuff. Our favorite furnitures are in the kitchen, we found an old icebox furniture from the 50’s on “Le bon coin” (like Craiglist in France). Thanks, Emilie! • Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy?
Feb 25, 2014
Before & After: A Used IKEA Malm Gets the Makeover of Its Life
Aniko’s in the middle of a major master bedroom makeover but she’s not one to eschew perfectly functional furniture, so she found a super cheap and super chic way to revamp her 6-year old IKEA Malm headboard and make it worthy of her new space. Whoa! Crafty Aniko made herself an upholstered masterpiece without the huge price tag usually associated with such a stunning look.
Feb 25, 2014
Bree and Andy’s D.C. Home Hits the Bright Spot
Name: Bree, creator of Capitol Romance, and husband Andy Ryback Location: Trinidad, Washington, DC Size: 1250 square feet Years lived in: 3; Owned There’s no question Bree and Andy Ryback want you to feel welcome in their home, and they start up front, where their sunshine yellow door and mustache ‘Bonjour’ mat instantly brings a smile to your face.
Feb 25, 2014
Before & After: 3 Easy & Inexpensive Ideas for Making Rooms Look Larger
Every once in a while, we need a change. My husband and I loved our bedroom before: clean, cozy and colorful, it made us happy every time we were in it. That is, until I decided I was being smothered by it. When an apartment feels cluttered, regardless of space, sometimes it’s more about your own emotional issues with the space itself. Here are a few simple tips and tricks that can help to open up a space and give it the breath of fresh air that it (or you) so desperately needs. 1.
Feb 25, 2014
Get Motivated in the Kitchen: Cooking Cure
(Image credit: Leela Cyd) From The Kitchn → Get 4 Weeks of Help for Daily Cooking
Feb 25, 2014
Benne’s Cantina Turned Casa in the Yucatan
Name: Benne Location: Merida – Yucatan, Mexico Just over two years ago I sold my Austin, Texas home and moved to the Yucatan Peninsula. I bought a post-colonial corner 900 sq ft home with a small patio in the historic center of Merida, the largest city in the Yucatan. I immediately fell in love with the high ceilings and the mosaico tile floors. The house was a hovel making it difficult for most of my friends to see beyond the mess.
Feb 24, 2014
Before & After: A Retro Chair Gets a Cheerful Redo
You may think that at $25, Lesley overpaid for this sagging, stained chair (she called it, “well-worn”), but she seemed to have an inkling that those good bones deserved a second chance. Turns out Lesley was right — that cheerful and patterned fabric really highlights the chair’s great shape. What a vision.
Feb 24, 2014
Tips to Refresh Your Dining Room
Feb 24, 2014
Kate’s Cozy & Colorful Home
Name: Kate Location: San Francisco, California I’ve taken a long time to furnish our place on a budget. Flea markets, craigslist, and the occasional splurge. The challenges I’ve overcome include budget, small spaces, and a husband who is minimal (I’m maximal!). I’m proudest of the nursery which features wallpaper from the Beverly Hills Hotel (not visible in the photo I’m sending, but it’s there!), among other things.
Feb 23, 2014
Before & After: A Laminate Cabinet Gets a Face-lift
This laminate cabinet hadn’t seen the light of day in awhile, storing odds and ends in a basement. But when Jessica and her husband moved into their new house and were looking for furniture they could make their own, they decided to try and brighten this dark piece with paint to fit the style of their new dining room. From Jessica: It is a laminate cabinet that I first lightly sanded and then used a glossy surfaced primer on to give it a good base coat.
Feb 23, 2014
Laura & Ray’s Art-Filled Austin Home
Name: Ray and Laura Uhlir plus pups Milly and Ernie Location: Cherrywood neighborhood; Austin, Texas Size: 1350 square feet Years lived in: 4 years; owned You know those couples who are insanely talented individually and together are so perfect for each other you believe in the power of love? Laura and Ray are that couple.
Feb 23, 2014
A New Headboard by Bedtime: 12 Unusual & Affordable DIY Headboard Ideas
Looking to make a bold impact with your bedroom decor? We showed you unusual items to use as nightstands last week, but the sides of your bed aren’t the only place you can make a visual statement in your bedroom. Why not show off your personality with an unusual headboard, too? We’ve got 12 fun ideas you could DIY today. Top image: Hang a shag rug!
Feb 23, 2014
Before & After: From Heavy Hutch to Modern Kitchen Island
This heavy kitchen hutch was no doubt functional — with drawers and doors it’s got plenty of storage. But its dark color, outdated look and heavy feel wouldn’t make it welcome in any kitchen, let alone a bright one. That’s why Elise made some changes, and this hutch has been converted to a handy modern kitchen island. From Elise: We re-purposed the base of this kitchen hutch to serve as an island for a kitchen.
Feb 23, 2014
Before & After: Kristi’s DIY Reclaimed Wood Fireplace
Is your home saddled with a blah fireplace mantel and surround? Unless you like flaunting your big screen TV, the fireplace can often be the living room’s main visual focal point. Why not really make it stand out? That’s what Kristi did, reclaiming wood in the process. It took nearly eight hours for this transformation, but the end result is way worth it!
Feb 22, 2014
Martijn & Melissa’s Mauritius Apartment
Name: Martijn & Melissa Location: Mauritius We live currently in a small apartment in Mauritius, after a year in living in Martijn’s home country, Netherlands. The apartment was first just a “big” room with its own bathroom, but we decided to move in and make it a cozy apartment and save money till we are done building our next home. The size of the apartment was challenging, specially after we adopted Auggie our dog.
Feb 22, 2014
How to Lock Used Furniture (If the Keys Are Long Gone)
Have you ever come across a cool thrift store furniture find — perhaps a filing cabinet, desk or credenza — that had your style, but also had a lock with keys long since gone? Or have you lost your keys to a piece of furniture in your home? It’s not impossible to restore locking function to vintage and antique furniture finds; here are a few tips on where to start from a locksmith.
Feb 22, 2014
Before & After: Chelsea’s Buffet Transformation
Chelsea loves refinishing furniture, really believing in and being lured by the beautiful process of completely transforming an unwanted furniture piece in to one coveted! Structurally sound, heavy, sturdy and interesting, this buffet spotted at her local Goodwill thrift store had all the characteristics that Chelsea looks for when hunting for a piece to transform. And the $15 price tag was a sweet bonus! From Chelsea: This piece got a complete makeover, starting with hardware.
Feb 22, 2014
How to Stay Clean and Organized During Craft Projects
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of looking up at the completion of a project and realizing that a once perfectly tidy room has been destroyed by some sort of crafting whirlwind. I am usually that whirlwind. I think a lot of us are usually that whirlwind. I’ve put together a few tips to help us all stay clean and organized during future projects. It certainly makes crafting more fun when it doesn’t involve massive cleanup at the end! Start with a clean surface.
Feb 21, 2014
IKEA Responds: Expedit Versus Kallax
In response the the uproar about their discontinuation of EXPEDIT, IKEA released photos of the KALLAX yesterday. Like many of you mentioned in the comments, the KALLAX is a slight tweak on the beloved shelving system: a more scratch-resistant surface, slightly rounded corners, and thinner outer boards, but the same internal dimensions (see the full side-by-side image after the jump).
Feb 21, 2014
Peggy’s Bohemian Beach Home
Name: Peggy North, party designer and owner of Fire and Creme Kids Location: Venice; Los Angeles, California Size: 3,200 square feet Years lived in: 11 years We fell in love with Peggy’s home because it is an inspirational example of how to combine Craftsman architecture with a beach aesthetic, while adding in in your own personal artistic and bohemian flair. Peggy moved from Paris, so of course there is also a European vibe happening as well.
Feb 21, 2014
Before & After: A Dresser Gets Dressed Up With Contrast
Scott picked up this dresser years ago, long before he realized he could, “do cool things with his hands.” Just wait until you see what he did. White + gleamy wood has to be one of our favorite combinations ever. Nice choice.
Feb 21, 2014
We Tried It: Using a Water Bottle to Separate Eggs
(Image credit: Anjali Prasertong) From The Kitchn → Can You Use an Empty Water Bottle to Easily Separate Eggs?
Feb 21, 2014
7 Stellar Kitchen Wallpaper Looks
Feb 21, 2014
Jesse & Jolijn’s Art Appreciation in Antwerp
Name: Jesse & Jolijn Location: Antwerp, Belgium My girlfriend Jolijn and I bought this lovely home in an up-and-coming neighborhood of Antwerp exactly one year ago. We immediately fell in love with the light and the openness of the structure. We decided to keep it clean by painting everything white, and adding color by filling up the walls with art. Being a photographer, I use the walls of our home to try out different types of prints, frames, and combining my work with that of artists I love.
Feb 20, 2014
A Mid-C + Modern Mix in Denver
Name: Wedding Photographer Megan Wynn Location: Capitol Hill; Denver, Colorado Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; Rented Indiana native Megan Wynn is an incredible wedding photographer, a free spirit, and one inspiring lady. She recently decided to make a life change and move to a place that had always called her name. Leaving behind her 1930s duplex and vowing to have no regrets, Megan packed up a Uhaul, her golden retriever pup, and headed west for Colorado.
Feb 20, 2014
What’s the Cause of Stovetop Discoloration and How Do I Get Rid of It?
Q: I’ve been living in a new apartment for about six months. When we moved in, our white gas stovetop was impeccable. After using the stove, a brown discoloration started to appear under the most used burners. At first I was able to clean the discoloration using household cleaners (409 All Purpose or Windex Touch Ups) and a scrubbing pad.
Feb 20, 2014
Before & After: A Honey of a Secretary Desk Update
Heather’s master bedroom has a sitting area that was just crying out for a desk, but since she didn’t want to clutter up her sleeping space with visible papers, she began the hunt for a subtle secretary. It was her mom who came to the rescue and found this blue beauty at a second-hand shop. Heather decided to personalize with paint — a coat of white followed by a custom honeycomb stencil and a hand-painted bee motif. What a cute and kicky way to give it a big dose of fun.
Feb 20, 2014
Natural Cleaning 101: Get Your Microwave Clean With Just a Lemon
(Image credit: Emma Christensen) From The Kitchn → How To Clean Your Microwave Naturally With Just a Lemon
Feb 20, 2014
Before & After: Sarah’s Stairs Go Faux (In The Best Way Possible)
After she pulled up the carpet on her stairs, Sarah tried to cover her poor quality stair treads with paint, but she wasn’t satisfied. She really wanted oak, but didn’t have room in her budget so she got really, really creative. Sarah did an amazingly realistic faux bois to mirror the look and feel of wood and she managed to do it super affordably. She chose three paint colors to match the base, midtone, and darkest tone of her floor, and spent just $2.
Feb 19, 2014
What Are Your Secret Tips For An Organized Kitchen?
From The Kitchn → What’s Your Genius Kitchen Organizing Tip? Tell Us What Makes Your Proud!
Feb 19, 2014
Kim’s Petite Perch in Montmartre
Name: Kim Location: Montmartre – Paris, France I moved in to my Montmartre apartment in Paris five years ago and have steadily collected vintage finds (a mid century table, a Charlotte Perriand Lamp) and contemporary pieces (Verner Pantone chair, Habitat sofa, Ferm Living and Donna WIlson soft furnishings) to create a modern eclectic decor.
Feb 18, 2014
Before & After: 70s Cane Shelving Unit Gets a Bold, Bright Update
Erin found this vintage cane shelving unit online for $10. She was decorating her home office and really needed more storage, and the interesting details on this shelving unit caught her eye. She kept the project ultra low-budget by hitting up her garage for the materials for her makeover. Erin tells us she used an undercoat so there was no need to sand, and once dry, followed it up with two layers of glossy, red enamel spray paint. We just love her big, bold color choice.
Feb 18, 2014
How to Paint Over Vinyl Floor Tiles
Feb 18, 2014
10 Tips on Developing Your Own Style
I’ve always thought that the best House Tours on Apartment Therapy are the ones that clearly reflect individual styles and tastes. These looks into others’ homes definitely inspire us all to want to create spaces that show off our own personalities, but that sometimes can be easier said than done. If you are feeling stuck, here are some tips to help you be mindful and stay purposeful about developing your own style! 1. Surround yourself with inspiration.
Feb 17, 2014