Our friends over at Apartment Therapy just revealed their most recent original makeover — this time a budget kitchen renovation in a small town in Illinois. If you missed the full kitchen reveal, head over to see all the before-and-after shots. They wound up spending less than $6,000 from head to toe, soup to nuts, which they felt pretty good about — especially given that the house sold less than a week (four days) after they shot the final kitchen.
As we recently wrote, tuxedo kitchen cabinets (when the top and bottom cabinets are different hues) are the best way to add color into a kitchen without going too overbaord. But here’s a wonderful added twist on painted cabinets we’re seeing lately: two-color kitchens with a section (or three) of raw wood. This wood adds a wonderful warmth and lots of character.
This is what Tara’s kitchen looked like when she first moved in. Not too pretty, eh? With her landlord’s approval, our friends at Apartment Therapy did a light reno that didn’t cost a lot, but made a major difference in both appearance and function. Spending money on a rental isn’t for everyone — but for those of you who love to cook, have a horrible kitchen, and plan to stay put for a while, then a little investment may well be worth the time and expense.
A fresh coat of paint changes the look and feel of an entire space, even in a weekend. If only paint would just get on the wall already, and brushes and rollers would clean themselves. Until there’s an app for that, make the whole project that much easier with these paint roller tips and hacks. Some paint rollers, by their very nature, are fuzzy.
Getting rid of things in order to save money certainly feels counterintuitive. But purging household items sets you up to waste less and spend less down the road. Here’s why. Go through your pantry, drawers, and cabinets and pull out all the things you just never use. Once the pile of discard stuff accumulates, add up how much you spent on all those items. It’s a harsh reminder when you see how much stuff you’ve bought that you didn’t really need.
As kitchens go, this one isn’t too shabby. There are really nice white countertops, classic subway tiles on the backsplash, and basic wood cabinets that look perfectly sound and in good condition. There’s no horribly dated light fixtures, no crappy peeling wallpaper, or any odd woodwork that needs to be ripped out. Even the walls are white and ready to go. Not much you can do to improve this space, right? So very, very wrong.
Supermarket bouquets are notorious for being a hodgepodge of flowers that don’t necessarily look great together. But even if you’re not a pro, it’s actually super easy to turn one inexpensive bunch into a series of beautiful arrangements. So skip the extra trip to the florist shop, and instead grab some cheap blooms while you do the rest of your grocery shopping.
I spend way too much time and money at Target. I don’t want to talk about how it feeds my unhealthy obsession with Key Lime LÄRABAR (I swear they go on sale every other week, just to tempt me), or mention all the other non-essentials I wind up buying before I leave. While wandering through the store the other day, I realized there’s one section that I always forget about, but it’s chock-full of handy, everyday items that are actually useful.
The perfect go-to gift — one that’s sure to please just about anyone and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg — is pretty hard to find. But there’s one thing at Trader Joe’s that I buy for everyone I know, and I’ll keep doing it until I die. I’m talking about succulents, those delightful diminutive plants that everyone’s crazy about these days. They’re cute and they are easy to care for.
I have a love/hate relationship with mugs. I don’t drink coffee, but I’ve still somehow managed to amass a pretty extensive mug collection, which I’m oddly and irrationally fond of. I see them as a scrapbook of my life. There are the ones from my alma mater, mugs gifted by visiting friends, and then some souvenirs from travel. Yet I probably only actually use one every week or so.
Wire grids are an organizational basic, which can then be outfitted and customized to suit any space in your house. They are one of the most versatile tools around, and also happen to be pretty affordable. Here are a handful of ways to hang and use them all over the place. There’s a swathe of space inside your kitchen cabinets (or bathroom vanity for that matter) that you’re overlooking, which can be used to store any number of things.
I’ve been writing a lot about Trader Joe’s fantastic seasonal pop-up items (like wheat stalks!) over on Apartment Therapy. It’s my go-to favorite store for lazy decorating on the fly, and on the cheap. Their latest offering: Dried lavender, which you can find in bundles right inside the front door and throw in your cart while you do the regular weekly grocery shopping. Buy these while they last at the store, because they’ll last forever at home.
Bed bugs get all the press these days. Comparatively, silverfish (and their cousin the firebrat) are pretty harmless, but man are they ugly. It doesn’t help that they hang out in cold, dark, damp places like the basement or under the bathroom sink. If you’ve spotted one of these lurking in your house, or have an infestation, we have some tips for first preventing their arrival, then getting rid of them.
I am sitting on my sofa right now, writing this, wearing a wool sweater, swaddled in a blanket, and I’m still freezing. My fingers, toes, and nose feel particularly arctic, and I dread leaving the house later to walk my dog. Yep, I’m one of those people: always cold. Like a heat-seeking missile, I will shamelessly and relentlessly navigate towards warmth, wherever and whenever I can. Here’s a neat hack I use to get through winter.
Do you love your kitchen 100 percent and not want to change a thing? If so, you might be one of the lucky few. Most of us have a least something that drives us bonkers, and that something is usually storage. If you could address this one thing and spend under $100, do you know what it would be? We have a suggestion for you. If you are concerned about kitchen storage, turns out, you are not alone. According to the Houzz 2018 Kitchen and Bath Study, clutter is at the forefront of our minds.
Having a small backyard area doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the outdoors as much as those with large, sweeping grass lawns (in fact, without all the mowing, you might just enjoy yourself more). We’ve rounded up 10 inspiring spaces that are both beautiful and smart uses of their tiny little selves. If you love small spaces, and don’t follow the Tiny Canal Cottage on Instagram, get your follow finger ready.
Sick of shiplap yet? It’s the little wall siding that could, chugging its way all across America these days. We’ve seen it in kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and even inside showers. Oh, and it is apparently all over a certain Texas town called Waco — maybe you’ve heard of it? Whether you are a diehard devotee, a grudging admirer, or just looking for another reason to hate it, know that shiplap has at least one major check in the “con” column.
Adam and Amber bought their first home — a 1940 Tudor in Knoxville, TN — in 2016 and have been carefully re-designing it ever since. One of the main projects was the “heart” of any home, the kitchen, which Amber described as “on the verge of cardiac arrest.” Amber likes to cook, so functionality was her biggest focus.
The best way to make a new place feel like home is to roll up your sleeves and give it a thorough cleaning. Here are the top five spots to hit when you move in. • 5 Spots To Clean in A Rental Apartment Therapy
It’s a question as old as time. What to do with an ugly rental kitchen that, per the terms of your lease, can’t be painted? Ginger reached out to get readers’ thoughts and ideas. • Ideas for A Rental Kitchen Apartment Therapy
Limited cooking space and large, unsightly appliances don’t easily mix. Our readers weigh in on ways to hide a washer & dryer, when the only hookups to be found are in a small apartment’s kitchen. • How to Hide Washer & Dryer in Cute Rental Kitchen? Apartment Therapy