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I would never buy a place with an under counter fridge and no room for a full-size fridge because even one bedroom can accommodate two people and I just don't see a couple (especially not one that cooks a lot) being able to use only an under counter fridge.

As for a separate fridge and freezer, you might find that there's room in a laundry area or something for one, but please don't try to shoehorn one into an area that is obviously a living space. There's just no way to make that look natural.

What's Better in Small Kitchen: More Cabinets or Full-Size Fridge? Good Questions
7/24/14 08:32 AM

Stove! Get a new and bigger stove. It looks like your boyfriend will cook a lot, so prioritize better appliances for ease of use. If you spend roughly $700 on a stove you could do Ikea butcher block counters or corian countertops with the rest of the money. It doesn't look like the island is in bad shape, so you can keep that if you must.

What Can I Do with $2000 to Update This Kitchen? Good Questions
7/22/14 02:05 PM

When people ask about my pet, one compromise is to say "I adopted..." instead of "when I got..." because then the person you're talking to knows you received your pet from a shelter, rather than a breeder. kimithy is right, a lot of people don't realize that shelter animals are 100% perfectly great. Even though there are adopted pets that are traumatized, they're not "broken" and just need some patience and love.

Want a Beagle With Your Billy Bookcase? IKEA Showcases Homeless Pets on the Showroom Floor
7/22/14 01:47 PM

This just isn't doable. You'll need to sacrifice the floor space and buy bookshelves. Heck, even IKEA recommends anchoring bookshelves to the wall sometimes. Your best bet is to buy bookshelves that are sturdy (I recommend the IKEA Hemnes) and get your landlord to agree to two holes for each bookcase (to anchor them).

How To Attach Wall Shelves Without Drilling Into Walls? Good Questions
7/16/14 10:16 AM

My caveat to #4 is if your purchase is more than $50. Then I definitely expect someone to be able to break the $100.

And I don't think it's rude to ask someone whether the something with a motor works. There are lots of people who aren't pros at selling vintage goods and they might not see value in something even if there are people who would gladly pay more than $2 for it. Maybe the fan had just been there for a long, long time and finally got reduced to $2. And maybe it still works!

As far as horning in on deals, if the object is small enough to take with you, take it with you when you talk to the vendor. If it's too big or a piece of furniture, make sure you talk to the vendor immediately. Even if someone else wants to buy it, you're talking to the vendor and that gives you dibs.

5 Things Not to Say (or Do) at the Flea Market
7/14/14 01:22 PM

This is definitely true, but even if my current home isn't my forever home I would rather lay flooring to the wall, not only to give myself more flexibility in the future but also because I hated that the previous owner didn't do it. I don't want to make the next person grumble with as much anger as I did. A little extra tile can't be that much more.

Should I Install Floor Tile or Cabinets First? Good Questions
7/14/14 09:31 AM

The bench in the first photo is gorgeous.

Reuse & Restyle: 10 Home DIY Project Ideas for Leftover Paint
7/14/14 09:16 AM

Your story got progressively more hilarious, thank you! Also, yes, I am that crazy hosta lady now. They're the one plant that has managed to look more or less just as healthy as when I got it and it's going to be a cold day in hell before I let the neighborhood critters get to it. I'm hoping the foxes in the area don't take a liking to them.

How to Cultivate a Wildlife Habitat in Your Outdoor Area Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer
7/14/14 08:38 AM

What happened to the other bed?

Before & After: Rebecca's Awesome Affordable Airstream Makeover
7/14/14 08:21 AM

Tile first and then put down the cabinets. Like Kitty from DC, when I replaced my vanity there was no flooring underneath and the vanity I had purchased was open at the bottom (i.e., no toe kick). I spent half the day laying down more hardwood so I could level the floor and set the vanity on top.

Should I Install Floor Tile or Cabinets First? Good Questions
7/14/14 08:18 AM

If you're concerned about the fruit releasing juices and making the cream a little runny, maybe you could freeze the fruit before adding it on top, and it can defrost in the fridge the day before you serve it.

Otherwise, I think it's best to keep the cream topping in the fridge and then assemble just before serving.

Recipe: Easy Summer Cake with Fruit & Cream Dessert Recipes from The Kitchn
7/11/14 04:18 PM

I don't think anyone really needs specialized pans. I made paella just fine in a regular high-sided pan and definitely don't need anything fancy to steam mussels!

Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 04:15 PM

Meat can defrost just fine in the fridge. You just have to plan farther ahead because it'll take longer to defrost.

Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 04:13 PM

This is making me rethink my bathroom remodeling plans. It's a small bathroom, but it's got a shower and I wanted a pedestal sink to save space. But since people hate them so much, I wonder whether it's better to just deal with a cabinet even if it means there's overall less free space in the bathroom.

How To Make the Most of a Bathroom with a Pedestal Sink Renters Solutions
7/11/14 04:11 PM

To be fair, you do have books - they're just electronic instead of paper and ink.

Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 02:43 PM

I think rabbits are sociopaths. They'll destroy everything around them just to watch you freak out. They're adorable and affectionate, but they do not care about your chair legs, shoes, carpet, or walls.

Tips For Negotiating a Lease with Exotic Pets
7/11/14 01:53 PM

You only eat food you can make in a toaster oven and microwave? That limits you so much. I can't imagine not being able to use a stove. What about fresh soups, stews, stir frys, and sauces?

Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 01:34 PM

For pure utility to prepare food, you don't need a steak knife. But you wouldn't cut into a juicy steak with a paring knife so I always keep steak knives for when we eat steak, or pork chops, or even big portabello tops.

Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 12:32 PM

You generally don't need permits for kitchen remodels unless you're adding windows or taking out walls.

The counter top people probably installed the sink (mine did. It was just an extra $100. And it's possible the sink was included in the cost of the counters). You wouldn't need a plumber if your appliances were in the exact same spot and you already had water lines run for the ice maker in your fridge. All you do is connect everything and plug in the fridge. And you wouldn't need an electrician unless you were moving outlets, adding outlets, etc. Changing the faceplate doesn't require special skill and the plates are cheap. YouTube told us how to install a garbage disposal.

Kitchen Before & After: An IKEA Kitchen Renovation for $8,700 Kitchen Remodel
7/11/14 10:34 AM

I'm 99.9% sure that's a chinchilla, not a mouse.

Tips For Negotiating a Lease with Exotic Pets
7/11/14 10:27 AM