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If you go with your boyfriend's layout, you might consider a articulating wall-mount for the TV. That way it can lay flat against the wall when you're not watching.

Better Living Layout Ideas? Good Questions
4/14/14 08:58 AM

We had awful results with this. The face frames and cab fronts started chipping immediately. And the process took forever! If we had it to do over, I'd check out the many good tutorials out there, and stick with these basics:
1. Sand all the flat surfaces (don't just use deglosser). Degloser is okay on curvy bits, but sanding is better. It's doesn't take as much time as you think. I swear.
2. Use a high quality semi- or high-gloss paint that designed for cabinetry (BM Advance or it's equivalent), and apply 3 coats.
3. Don't put poly over the paint. Poly is just another layer of protection. If you do a third coat of paint, you get that extra layer of protection without the disadvantages of poly (e.g., yellowing, difficulty doing touch ups, etc.)

Rust-Oleum Cabinet Refinishing Kit
3/6/14 03:16 PM

I plan on installing an on-cord dimmer (http://www.amazon.com/Lutron-LC-300H-WH-Attache-On-Cord-Dimmer/dp/B0000BYEF9) to a couple of lamps that have their on/off switches on the cord. Does anyone know if I can I replace that on/off switch w/ the dimmer?

How To Install a Dimmer Switch on a Table Lamp Apartment Therapy Video Tutorial
2/20/14 11:45 AM

Chef's Planet also makes a similar oil pourer. I get lots of compliments on it: http://www.wayfair.com/Chefs-Planet-Oil-Pourer-956-L3780-K~CVH1009.html?refid=GX21919338300-CVH1009&device=c&gclid=CMfeoe75vrkCFU-Z4AodpT4Auw

Dish Soap Cruet by Chef's Planet
9/9/13 02:33 PM

Beautiful job! Nice sofa, too.

Before & After: A Blank Living Room Gets Built-Ins
8/16/13 08:35 AM

One of the things I love about AT is seeing how regular people decorate their homes. While I can see this room providing inspiration for some, I really prefer to see kids' rooms decorated by the parents and kids. I've seen so many amazing kid rooms on this site and am happy to say that the amateurs are going strong.

Cooper's Blue & Pink Palace Kids Room Tour
8/6/13 07:37 PM

I really wanted to like this, but both my vegetarian husband and I had to choke it down. It was really smokey -- from the smoked paprika I assume. Next time, I'd cut the paprika in half. Or maybe leave it out entirely and substitute something else. My husband thinks it needs cheese, but that's his answer to everything.

Recipe: Lentil, Mushroom & Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie Recipes From The Kitchn
4/6/13 12:53 PM

We've had two Ikea kitchens over the years and would strongly recommend them. Of course there are higher quality cabinets out there, but after tons of research, we concluded that at this price point, Ikea is the clear winner. Even my father, who is a rather snooty kitchen designer, thinks they're a very good choice for the money.

BTW, the more expensive Ikea cabs are not of better quality. All the cabs use the same boxes, drawers, hardware, etc. Only the front panels differ, and yes, those do appear to be of higher quality. On our second kitchen, we skipped the Ikea fronts and went with solid wood Shaker front panels from Scherr's. The cost was about the same as the more expensive Ikea panels, and they look much better than the Ikea Adel. And we got to choose the color.

We installed both kitchens ourselves. I must say, it was much easier the second time, largely because Ikea seems to have streamlined the assembly of the drawers, hardware, etc. But adjusting the drawer fronts was rather time-consuming. Still, well worth it for the money saved (and spent on nice countertops and appliances). If you decide to go this route and run into trouble, you can get good advice from ikeafans.com.

Our first kitchen lasted us 15 years and still looked good when we sold our house. We did have to replace one drawer, but only the interior. No big deal. And it certainly held up better than the Merillat cabs my poor sister has suffered with. Her drawers started failing after only 5 years. We've had our second kitchen for almost a year, and I'm astonished at how much weight the big drawers can handle, not to mention the abuse from our kids.

Are IKEA Kitchen Cabinets a Good Idea? Good Questions
4/2/13 09:12 AM

It looks really good -- huge improvement. Exposed brick can be beautiful, by the brick on that fireplace was AWFUL. Much better painted! And that paneling also looks great painted. Great, inexpensive update.

Before & After: Home Theater Den Renovation Reddit
3/17/13 10:56 AM


Before & After: Cassity Steps Up Her Staircase
3/5/13 01:32 PM

For kitchen cabinet doors, also look at Scherr's (http://www.scherrs.com/). While most of the door designs were too traditional for my taste, they do make a very nice Shaker door/drawer front, and they'll paint it in the SW color of your choice. We were very happy with both quality and service. Best of all, the doors/drawers can be pre-drilled for Ikea cabs. About the same price as Ikea doors, too.

Make It Your Own: 10 Sources for Customizing IKEA Furniture
2/4/13 08:19 AM

Is MCM doomed to become passe? We are desperately in need of a new sofa and chairs. I've been eyeing an MCM sofa (Fillmore) and chairs (Truman) from Thrive, but this thread is making me nervous. I've liked MCM for a few years now, and haven't seen any other style of sofa that I particularly like. But my taste has changed a lot over the years -- thanks largely to many hours gazing at AT house tours. I'm confused, and I don't trust myself not to get sucked into trends (or maybe a cult...). Do you think MCM will be "so 2010s" in a few years? Will I come to hate that couch as much as I currently hate my overstuffed 90's couch?

Trend Prediction: What Do You Think is The Next Big Thing?
1/27/13 10:47 AM

I've had one of these for 6 months. It's held up very well, and I've even gotten compliments on it. I must admit, it does look nice in my kitchen. Easy to replace the head too.

Laid Back Dish Brush from Full Circle
1/15/13 12:53 PM

Looks great! Do you think it can be frozen?

Recipe: Lentil, Mushroom & Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie Recipes From The Kitchn
1/15/13 12:51 PM

I couldn't agree more with the other posters. That price is laughable. I made something similar using wooden knobs (from HD) that are the same shape as those pictured. I dipped them in plasti-dip, but you could just as easily paint them. They look really cool and only cost about $1.50 each. Silly DWR!

Black Dot Coat Hooks by Tveit & Tornøe
1/10/13 01:19 PM

We've made this twice and it's great. My very picky children like it, and I love it. Easy, tangy (is there another word for that yet?), and tender. Thank you!

How To Cook Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs in the Oven Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
12/1/12 06:26 PM

I think some pillows and a throw would be great, but you might prefer something more dramatic. Mabye this ikea hack for stenciling slipcovers: http://www.ikeahackers.net/2011/06/customize-your-henriksdal-slipcovers.html

How To Jazz Up White IKEA Slipcover? Good Questions
11/21/12 09:40 AM

Just thought I'd join the chorus: I hate videos too.

6 Fall Design Trends with Maxwell
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9/17/12 02:49 PM

Okay, now could you ask readers about what they love? What they think is timeless? What they've learned from AT that will serve them forever? Just when I was getting the hang of this site, I'm thinking I must be way behind.

Don't get me wrong -- I love the rants, but I'm decorating a new house and would love to hear ideas about inoffensive, classic design elements. The ranting has me all insecure about the Ikat pillows I was eyeing (and that I've now learned to NEVER chop). And yes, I get the part about using stuff you love, but it turns out I'm really malleable...

Until then, I'm off to live, laugh and love, because it's 5 O'clock somewhere, and I plan to sing like no one's listening. Preferably with a light coat of whitewash and distressed zinc.

What's Your Design Pet Peeve?
6/20/12 06:54 PM

Does anyone know where to get the cart in the photo? I googled everything I could think of, to no avail...

4 Uses for Industrial Restaurant Equipment in the Office
4/8/12 05:11 PM