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A while ago (in our Grout Dilemma post) we asked for your opinions on what color grout to go with the white subway tile that we picked out for our kitchen backsplash.  The majority of you went with white grout, which is what we ended up choosing!  Thank you for all your input. 

We went to several different tile/kitchen places for the subway tile and most places wanted between $2.50 and $3.50 per tile (for 3×6 white subway tiles).  We finally decided to go check out Home Depot to see if they had them and they didn’t, but someone there told us to go check out Lowes.  We are so glad we did because we got the tiles for $0.22 cents each!  This entire project with all the supplies cost us less than $85.oo! 

Here are a few before/prep shots:

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We spent one entire day installing the backsplash (about 7 hours), which was a little longer than expected.  Putting up each tile with the spacers and making all the cuts for the edges was really time consuming.  It’s a very messy DIY project too!

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We waited a full 48 hours before grouting, but that was quick and painless and we are very happy we went with the white grout!

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And finally everything is back in order and the only thing left to do now is the moulding on top of the cabinets.  Once that is done, a big kitchen reveal post will come!

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Backsplash installed by you.

We’re extremely happy with how it came out!  What do you think?

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I already posted about storage under the stairs a few days ago, but I came across the best idea yet for this space.  It’s from the popular mechanics website and was published in the March 2007 issue.

Since our foyer is small we were thinking that maybe a storage bench would take up too much space.  I love that this design provides drawer storage and a place to sit to put shoes on that are both built right into the wall!  We’d be able to keep the foyer as uncluttered as possible:

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Karl Champley (who wrote the article) said this, “Before doing any demolition, I checked to see if any mechanical systems ran through the walls—and found an air-conditioning return to watch out for.”  The only way I can think to do this is to cut a small hole and peek around with a flashlight to see if any plumbing or electrical lines are in that space.

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Since we’ll have leftover wainscoting from our guest room makeover we can definitely use the idea of adding it on the drawer and inside the seating area shown below: 

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Thanks Karl and Popular Mechanics for this wonderful spacesaver and storage idea!  We can’t wait to get started on this project.

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We’re hoping to finish this makeover in the next couple of days just in time for our guest who will be staying for the weekend.  We started on Saturday and have already finished painting the walls and putting up the wainscoting.  This is what the guest room looked like “before”:
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 Guest Room "before" by you.

It looked like this for a long time and we actually were mainly using it for storage until we finished other projects and could get around to fixing this room up.  We painted the room BM Sweet Pear:
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 Painted BM Sweet Pear by you.
   
 All painted by you.

 
We got the wainscoting from Home Depot and since we wanted 4′ and not the standard 3′ that they sell already cut, we decided to get the 8′ planks and cut them in half:
 Wainscoting cut to 4' lengths and ready to be put up by you.

We started on the wainscoting over the weekend and finished up most of it tonight:
  Wainscoting by you.   
Chair rail installed by you.

  
We just have to finish installing the chair rail, caulking and painting the wainscoting and then we can move on to decorating the room.

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Who doesn’t need more storage?  We definitely do (we’d like someday to actually be able to park our car in our garage) and have been talking about adding it under our stairs in the foyer.  We’d have to somehow see how much room we have under there, but we’re thinking of a cute little door or some drawers or even an open area with shelving.  It would definitely be a time consuming DIY project but well worth it I think.  
  
Drawers…

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Doors…
 
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Hidden doors…
  
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Or even wine storage…
  
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Maybe some storage IN the stairs…
 
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Do you have storage under your stairs? 
Did you take on this DIY project?  We’d love to hear all about it.

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Renovating our kitchen hasn’t been easy (those who also took on a DIY kitchen renovation know that!) but the hardest part by far was installing the cabinets.  From the beginning we were toying with the idea of installing the cabinets ourselves and when Home Depot quoted us almost $2,000 for installation, that sealed the deal.  With the help of some family members, we got the cabinets installed over a few weekends.
 
Below is a reminder of what the kitchen looked like on the day we closed:
  
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And what it looked like after demolishing the old and prepping for the new:        
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After almost exactly three months without a kitchen we finally had cabinets!   
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We worked with Home Depot to make some last minute changes before the cabinet order was final based on some suggestions from friends and family (and the HD designer himself).  One change that we’re glad we made was adding a corner shelving piece to the end of the upper cabinets:
  
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We also added a few other things like a hidden garbage, a lazy susan, roll-out drawers in the pantry and the cushion close option on each drawer:
  
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And finally, the completed cabinet installation with the appliances in place and the hardware installed (all the holes measured and drilled by yours truly!).  We chose rubbed bronze knobs for the doors and matching pulls for the drawers:    
   
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We are extremely happy with our experience at Home Depot and with the American Woodmark cabinets we chose.  Kitchen Renovation Parts V and VI to come…

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I posted about our guest room ideas the other day and after perusing the internet for ideas for small rooms I came across a few images of rooms with no closet doors.  I think this could be an option for our guest room and want to know what you guys think… doors or no doors?
     

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Doorless closet in guest room
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This is a cute look with wallpaper inside the closet complimenting the paint color on the walls and I also like the idea of having the dresser inside the closet to save space:
  
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We still have more decorating to do in our living room but here is the before, during and after from closing day to now:

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What we did
-added crown moulding and new base moulding
-ripped up carpet (the day after closing!) and installed new flooring
-painted (BM Nantucket Gray)
-added a ceiling fan/light
-put up shelving, decor, etc.
     
Still need/want to:
-put up curtains on sliding glass doors
-add wall decor over couch
-get new couches
-add a coffee table (or end tables if we get new couches)
-replace tower next to TV stand with one that has doors/drawers

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