Category Archives: Kitchen

5 Reasons You Need a Portière

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Do you ever learn a word and think, “So that’s what it’s called? I’ve been doing it all this time and had no idea!”  For me recently, that word was portière.

While a portière sounds like a fancy piece of bathroom equipment (a portable bidet?), it is simply a curtain that hangs over a doorway. Continue reading to learn 5 reasons you need to use portières in your home.

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A DIY Kitchen Makeover: The Sweet Smell of Progress

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A year ago, I planned out a makeover/small remodel for my parents’ kitchen. To set the foundation for this makeover, I used Craftsman styling for inspiration. At the time, we didn’t anticipate it would take so long to complete.

But, life happens. The winter came and that hindered some of the work that had to be done outside, like cutting wood and tiles. Then in January, my mother passed away unexpectedly, which really changed things. If you’ve experienced this loss as a spouse or a child, you know your world is changed completely.

Thankfully, things have pretty much settled for my stepdad, so we jumped back into the makeover. In the last month or two, we’ve made some great progress. It’s a sweet feeling when you finally start seeing the fruits of your makeover labor, so I’m excited to share some photos with you!

Continue reading to check out our progress so far…

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Living in a White Box: Kick-Ass Kitchens

If you’re like me, you love to look at beautiful kitchens—the ones with freshly painted cabinets, lovely hardware, tons of storage, and perfect organization. And then you look back at your tiny apartment kitchen, sigh, and hope to have the perfect one someday.

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But just because you rent your home doesn’t mean you can’t have a wonderful kitchen! There are many ways you can customize your rental kitchen to be unique and suit your lifestyle. Continue reading for my tips and ideas that will help you turn a ho-hum rental kitchen into a kick-ass kitchen.

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Get Your Color On! Purple

Welcome to the latest edition of Get Your Color On!, my series that includes tips and examples in which you can decorate with a specific color. This month, I am featuring my product picks and other bloggers’ examples/projects with a color not commonly used in decor: purple.

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Living in a White Box: Dollar Store Decor

Are you a student who doesn’t have much money for extras like decor? Or have you just started living on your own and would like to experiment with decorating? Or are you just a thrifty person?

One of the issues renters face is how to decorate on a budget. With all the options out there it’s easy to go overboard with spending, even at stores like IKEA or Target. This latest post in my Living in a White Box series will show you how you can decorate frugally yet beautifully with items that are only a $1 each.

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Apartment Kitchen Makeover

When I moved into my new place in December, I had to set a gameplan for decorating. Having a blank canvas to decorate is both exhilarating and overwhelming! My plan was to decorate the rooms I use the most first. First up were my office and living room. Once I tackled those, I got to work on my kitchen.

It seems like the kitchen would be a pretty easy room to decorate, right? Just a few accessories and textiles? Not if you had my kitchen. Read along to find out what obstacles I met in my rental kitchen and how I overcame them.

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Get Your Color On! Pink

Come on, spring! If you’re in the Great Lakes area like myself, you’re also probably chomping at the bit for some spring weather. While we can’t change mother nature’s timing, we can start welcoming spring inside our homes.

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Read along to learn ways you can infuse spring into your decor with a color I associate with this season: pink. Check out DIY tutorials, inspiration, and my picks for decorating with this color. From blush to cotton candy to neon, you’re sure to find a way to enhance your space with pink.

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How to Make Chalkboard Labels and Stickers

You guys should know something. I love contact paper & shelf liner. It’s cheap, removable, and allows you to transform your decor easily.

So it should be no surprise that I’ve done yet another repurposing project with contact paper: DIY chalkboard stickers/labels. This chalkboard project is unique because the labels are removable, making it easy to wash or re-use the surface you apply them to.

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I created these labels to help organize my kitchen (namely my spice collection) but you could also use this tutorial for other chalkboard projects. Read along to find out how you can make these easy labels to help organize your home.

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How to Make Over Your Kitchen Cabinets Without Paint

how to make over kitchen cabinets without paint diy faux grasscloth burlap shelf liner rental apartment The DIY Homegirl tutorialWhen I moved into my new apartment, I was told I could paint the kitchen cabinets as long as I used a neutral color. At first, I thought this was pretty cool of the landlord and started visualizing a crisp white or a light, cool gray… something to really open up the small space.

But when I asked if they’d take some money off the rent for doing this, they said no. :( Dang. In spite of this, would all the work of painting still be worth it? And that answer was also no. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

So I then set out to find a Plan B for revamping over these fugly two-toned cabinets. Read along to see what I ended up using to give my kitchen a cheap yet impressive makeover and how easy it is for you to do the same.

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Apartment Kitchen Makeover

NOTE: In updating my site to reflect my new name, The DIY Homegirl, this post gave me some wackiness while editing. So I had to repost this as a brand new blog. This makeover was done in 2011, but it’s still pretty fly!

Completing my kitchen’s decor has been an ongoing project for quite some time now. I actually tried out a few different color schemes before deciding a mostly white palette would be best. And boy, was it.

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I won’t lie, this makeover was a challenge because I live in an apartment and can’t alter the cabinetry. But I did find a way to visually alter the cabinets without doing any harm. Find out how I completed this kitchen makeover after the jump.

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