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Each year Apartment Therapy has an event to find the best new home blogs and Revictorian’s been nominated in the DIY category! If you enjoy this blog, please consider throwing a vote my way. I may not win, but each and every vote provides valuable exposure for the work I do on this blog.
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Before I started this blog, we re-did the kitchen. It was the first major project we did after moving in two years ago. The budget-conscious goal was to spend $2000 or less on the whole thing. We didn’t quite achieve that, but we got close. And we’ve been really happy with the results.
Continue reading “Ye olde kitchen makeover”
As I’ve mentioned before, we re-did our kitchen on a tight budget before I started this blog. I’m in the middle of writing a semi-epic post on it because we learned a lot that I’d like to share. Stay tuned for lots of details.
Hey Internet friends. Been a lot going on lately, but most of it’s too boring to write about. Like budgeting! After doing our taxes (Okay, Randall did them without my help) we have determined that we should be able to do a full remodel of the bathroom in about one year. Maybe less, but that’s if no emergencies come up in the meantime. By the way, this is Mooncookie. She loves water and the dingy bathroom is her favorite place to be.
We may still tear down the kitchen ceiling for fun (that’s “fun”!) if we get bored and curious enough, but if we do it’ll remain open and unsightly until we can fix it up right. Meaning: after the bathroom.
In the meantime I can muse a lot on plans and materials. Tiles. Showers. We’ve already been over tubs. Toilets. Vanities. Paint. Lighting. I’ll break down some of those picks soon.
Photo by Elf
Have you ever seen an unusually narrow house wedged between two others? It’s possible it was a spite house, or at least the oddity that’s become known as a spite house.
Wikipedia defines a spite house as such:
A building constructed or modified to irritate neighbors or other parties with land stakes. Spite houses often serve as obstructions, blocking out light or access to neighboring buildings, or as flamboyant symbols of defiance. Because long-term occupation is at best a secondary consideration, spite houses frequently sport strange and impractical structures.
It turns out there’s a spite house here in Alameda (seen above).
Continue reading “House made of spite? You don’t say!”
I’ve been thinking a lot about what our next big project should be. Would you like to weigh in? The candidates are:
Remove the drop-ceiling in the kitchen or Total bathroom/laundry renovation.
Let’s look at the kitchen ceiling first. The late 1950s brought many changes to this house. The then-owners wanted a cozy kitchen in the style of the time, meaning dark wood cabinets, loud wallpaper and inset flourescent lighting. And of course, a lowered ceiling. Have you seen Betty Draper’s kitchen? It was a lot like that.
Click through for the breakdown and pics!
Continue reading “Our next project”