It has ugly woodpaneling on the walls and behind that is ugly wallpaper.... The cabinets are quite dirty and the former owner lined them with some sort of strange sticky corkboard that is also filthy. I'm thinking about painting the walls Wildflower Honey from Behr. My first instinct was to paint the cabinets white and get some sort of hardware from Ikea. So far I have had a couple of comments from people that think I should leave the cabinets the way they are and just attempt to clean them. Which has me second guessing whether I should paint them. I think leaving the cabinets the color they are might make the kitchen too dark. What do you think? To paint or not to paint? Sent by CB. Editor: We have some experience here. Cleaning is a necessary step even if you decide to paint the cabinets so let us recommend a thorough cleaning of the cabinets and then take another look. If, on the other hand, you think they're still too dark, you're nearly done prepping for the big paint! Just keep in mind that painting cabinets doesn't always mean going white!
If the living room is the room where you do the max amount of living, it's important to make this room feel like a reflection of you. If this is your first foray into woodworking, start out with an easy project, like the minimalist table above, which I SPY DIY crafted out of hairpin legs and a wooden slab. For more inspiration, check out these 6 smart DIY coffee tables that combine style and storage. If your living room happens to share space with your kitchen or bedroom, divvy up the areas using a DIY wall divider. If you don't want to splurge on wallpapering the entire room, go for some big art pieces. Although you typically can't change the flooring in your rental space, you can DIY a large rug that will dramatically transform the look of the room. Replacing your rental's unattractive overhead fixture with a new chandelier can literally make you see the entire room in a new light. If your rental living room already has a hard-wired pendant lamp, you can easily swap in a fresh fixture. Can't get enough rental upgrade ideas? Get inspired by these 7 ways to improve a rental bathroom.
After seeing a handful of mirrors in the kitchen, we understand some reservation about the material in such a heavy-use space. Mirrors can show everything, from small smudges to cooking splatters. Which is what intrigued us with the mirror used in this kitchen in the Tarpon Run Southern Living Idea House. The mirrored backsplash is of antiqued 12x12 mirror tiles. Its worn surface warms the space and adds patina and a sense of age. The bonus? The antiquing disguises imperfections when the mirror isn't perfectly clean. If you like this home's design as much as we do, see more from the architects and interior designer.
Our new place has an eat-in kitchen, which we love, but no dining room. Although we prefer cocktail parties to sit-down dinner parties, it's nice to cook for a group sometimes. We were a little sad to lose our dining room until we realized we had an extra room just waiting to be transformed: our deck! We'll only be able to use it half the year, but it's big enough for a decent-sized dinner party.... We've been thinking about how we'll decorate our new seasonal dining room, hence our many posts on outdoor chairs. Add a nice table, some outdoor lighting, and some colorful accessories and we're set for summer. To those of you who have decks, patios, or yards: How do you use your outdoor rooms?
There's design that looks good, and then there's design that advances the ball. This dining table by Elad Kashi for Yanko Design falls into the latter category. We weren't sure what to make of TableSet at first until we realized that the undulating surface is actually ceramic. Ceramic plates and bowls together form the actual tabletop. When the meal is over, simply place all the pieces in the dishwasher.
Found through Japanese retailer Hiromatsu, but unfortunately not yet available in the U.S., these Sono chests of drawers seem like the perfect prototype for an adventurous DIYer. The striped pattern conceals varying depths of drawers and, in some cases, hides a flat cabinet door. If you're looking for ways to update an old dresser, this pattern of narrow stripes is more flexible that it seems.... The stripes conceal cabinets and drawers of different sizes. Wood stains in varying warm tones tie the color palette together. The repetitive pattern creates a trim, tailored look. For a similar look, we'd use painters tape to section off narrow stripes on a plain, flat-fronted chest of drawers, then center knobs between each stripe. The chest will seem like it houses several small drawers rather than a few big ones, creating a patterned effect.
If you haven't been to Turquoise yet, you're missing out on some incredible interior design and a showroom filled with mid century and vintage pieces that make our heads spin. Now everything in showroom on is 40% off through the end of the year.
Around Belmont and Milwaukee, a large vintage oak mirrored panel for $60. Seller says they intended to use it in a foyer with coat hooks, which we could easily imagine working well. It is an interesting piece with lots of potential to warm up an entry space. Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF..
Your small space is likely fitted with smaller versions of kitchen appliances and is almost certainly slim on drawers and cabinet space. If you use your kitchen frequently to cook, your limited storage space is probably filled to the brim with a mess of ingredients and tools. If you don't cook at home much, your kitchen problem might even be worse-try not to imagine what ancient expiration dates are printed on the stuff in the back. You'll likely get all kinds of accomplished, feel-good vibes by re-framing your kitchen cull from a subtractive exercise into an additive one: Instead of getting rid of things we don't want or need, we're opting instead to keep the things we do. To get started, grab three big-ish cardboard boxes and head into the kitchen. The mission today is to work your way around the kitchen, targeting one drawer, cabinet shelf or section of the fridge at a time. You can do it systematically across the whole kitchen, working from top down and left to right, or target your problem 'Departments,' such as frozen foods, cleaning supplies or cooking tools. As you work your way around the kitchen, you'll find you get better and faster at this. If you're finding that your small space isn't so small, and the idea of tackling all your kitchen storage in one go is daunting, that's fine.
'Clawfoot' is a much better word for marketing. Snooping around the vintage part of the web, we found Clawfoot Bathtub Warehouse in Texas. These guys are serious about tubs and stock tons of traditional shapes, finishes and foot options.... They started out selling antiques, but now they just do reproductions in traditional, slipper and double ended tub shapes. Slipper shapes start at $999, and traditional tubs at $750. For those looking for traditional soaking tub hardware, Clawfoot Bathtub stocks a range of cool, super chrome options as well, with shower wands that will make you want to climb into your bubble bath with a cowboy hat on.
There's no denying that exposed brick walls always command attention. What if you want to further enhance your beautiful brick? We've got wall decor ideas to help your enviable architectural detail command even more attention. Adding a subtle wash of white paint to a brick wall's surface makes for a complex texture. Paint your brick wall solidly with white paint for a surface that gives you a modern look while maintaining a great texture. The white brick wall above spotted in Before & After: Ideas from a Chic Boston Apartment Makeover. White still not bold enough for you? Try using a shocking paint color, like in Jen and Dave's Fixer-Upper Turned Colorful, Plant-Filled Austin Home. Add a big mirror to your brick wall, like the one in Bree and Andy's D.C. Home Hits the Bright Spot. The contrast between the brick wall's rough texture and the mirror's smooth reflection creates an exciting visual. Infuse a space with visual energy by decorating your brick wall with a collage of small wall decor, like the example in Jessica's Super Small NoLita Apartment. Using a rough, complex texture as the backdrop for decor is bold because your attention jumps between the brick wall to the decor and back again. Feeling left out because you don't have a brick wall to decorate? Create your own bold brick wall in a room, like this homeowner did: Before & After: Vickiann's DIY Real Brick Wall.
One of the challenges of living in a small space is that often, your living room is doing a lot of work: as workspace, lounge space, dining room, and maybe even guest room when the occasion demands. If you need a little inspiration for fitting it all in, look no further than these five apartments, where clever homeowners have managed to squeeze a lot of living into a little space. The living room of this New York apartment from Homepolish has a small space solution that we love: a wall-mounted console that runs the length of the room and serves as desk and storage. This living room from Design Sponge is quite narrow but still manages to get a lot done. Jessica and Milo's little apartment is only 325 square feet, but they've managed to fit a lot of living into their little space. Their coffee table is actually two tables that come apart as needed, which is useful for dining in the living room. The chairs can be moved around the room as needed, so the living room actually seats quite a few people, while maintaining a spacious feel. The living room of this Paris apartment, from IKEA Family Live via Apartment Therapy, is so packed with solutions it's hard to know where to start. It takes advantage of a sectional sofa, which can be quite a good solution if you need a lot of seating in a tight space. You can see the full floor plan of the apartment here.
AT:SF, What affordable coffee table for this high ceiling loft living room? This is a West Elm rug, 'furniture envy' couch, and IKEA entertainment center.