Renovating

The Most Important Step When Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets — Paint Project

With any paint project, it's all about the prep. I learned this the hard way when I tried to paint without priming, or thought I might be able to get straight edges without using painters' tape — not possible (at least for me!).

But kitchen cabinets are especially tricky because, if you really do it properly, you need to take everything apart. We're talking everything. You have to take off every single door and drawer face. And every hinge. And every drawer pull and knob.

Besides it being a time-consuming process, it's one that can go wrong quickly if you don't do this one thing: Number the doors and drawers before you take them off.

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2 Things I Learned While Building a Fire Pit in My Backyard — Around the Fire Pit

This spring was finally going to be the spring I got a fire pit. I've wanted one for a very long time (fire pits are awesome!) and my husband and I had saved up the necessary funds.

We found a landscaper (hi, Sam!) through word of mouth and met with him to make a plan. I know, we could have just bought a premade fire pit from Home Depot, put some chairs around it, and called it a (much less expensive) day. But our yard is actually pretty buggy and slanty, so we wanted to carve out an official area for a patio and the fire pit. I wanted a space off to the side that would be private (a lot of our yard can be seen from the road) and give us an awesome place to hang out — and make s'mores! — with friends late into the summer nights.

"How hard could it be?" I stupidly asked.

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10 Kitchen Items to Donate for a Tax Write-Off — Treat Your Kitchen to a Tax Refund

Are you renovating or remodeling your kitchen? Good for you! Get even more good out of the situation by donating a lot of the stuff you're no longer using to a home salvage center. There are tons of organizations (on a local or national level) that will take your old stuff and either use it to build a home for a family in need or sell it for money to put toward a project. Some places may even handle the pick-up for you. You get a tax write-off, help those in need, and keep stuff out of landfills. It's a win-win-win!

Keep reading to see what you can donate. If you're unsure about something on this list (or even something that's not!), call a donation center near you and see what they say.

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Are Granite Countertops Almost Over? This Report Says Yes. — Kitchen Design

Once we all seemed to get over Formica, granite took over as the ever-present top pick for kitchen counters. For years now, it's been making its way into renovations, new builds, and even apartment makeovers. But now, the telltale speckled look just might now be ... dare we say it? Dated. According to The National Kitchen & Bath Association, there's a new Big Cheese in the house: quartz.

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Kitchen Crush of the Week: 3 Reasons to Heart This Cute Craftsman Space — Kitchen Crush

Kitchens get a lot of attention — and rightly so! We make several meals a day in there, and it's where everybody tends to congregate when guests come over (even though you've set out the drinks and the snacks in the living room). So, why not start your home renovation design plan in the place where you spend the most time?

That's what designer and blogger Brett did and the result is this stunning kitchen, which she shares with her husband, Brandon. There are tons of things to love about it, but we made a list of our favorites.

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Kitchen Crush of the Week: A Space Built from Scratch — Kitchen Crush

My kitchen is cute (the backsplash tile is pretty, and I did my best picking out new brass hardware and lighting), but let's call a spade a spade: A tiny box of a kitchen can only get so much admiration. That's why I'm crushing hard on this total kitchen overhaul from Victoria Hudgins at A Subtle Revelry.

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