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DIY modern kitchen renovation in a 1980 Contemporary cedar sided house.

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How to make and install a live edge walnut light fixture with Edison bulbs

Live edge walnut light fixture

A year before we bought our house, we purchased a live edge slab of wood (of questionable species) and damaged coffee table base from Crate & Barrel (the leg portion was fine) for our coffee ta…

How to make and install a live edge walnut light fixture

Live edge walnut light fixture

A year before we bought our house, we purchased a live edge slab of wood (of questionable species) and damaged coffee table base from Crate & Barrel (the leg portion was fine) for our coffee ta…

Installing solid walnut hardwood floors in our kitchen and foyer

Hardwood floor installation for the kitchen & foyer

The plan: install solid hardwood 3/4″ pre-finished walnut flooring in our kitchen, foyer, and master bedroom. (The three of these are connected). We already had existing honey-colored oak in …

Solid walnut hardwood floor installation for our kitchen and foyer. Using an air compressor and flooring nailer.

Hardwood floor installation for the kitchen & foyer

The plan: install solid hardwood 3/4″ pre-finished walnut flooring in our kitchen, foyer, and master bedroom. (The three of these are connected). We already had existing honey-colored oak in …

DIY concrete countertops and Ikea kitchen cabinets home renovation

Kitchen: DIY concrete countertops – reveal

The finished countertops revealed! They look pretty good if I do say so myself: We finished all of the countertops – except one against the left wall – in place… (that one we stri…

DIY kitchen concrete countertops. How to pour smooth concrete countertops reinforced with glass fiber & colored with black iron oxide.

Kitchen: DIY concrete countertops – reveal

The finished countertops revealed! They look pretty good if I do say so myself: We finished all of the countertops – except one against the left wall – in place… (that one we stri…

DIY kitchen concrete countertops – installation, sanding, and finishing

Kitchen: DIY concrete countertops – installation

Time for countertop installation! Just as a reminder, here is our kitchen with the cabinets installed, ready for the countertops. The island cabinets aren’t actually attached, so we could mov…

DIY kitchen concrete countertops – after installation but before finishing

Kitchen: DIY concrete countertops – installation

Time for countertop installation! Just as a reminder, here is our kitchen with the cabinets installed, ready for the countertops. The island cabinets aren’t actually attached, so we could mov…

Very dark grey walls in a kitchen during a renovation

Kitchen: DIY concrete countertops – installation

Time for countertop installation! Just as a reminder, here is our kitchen with the cabinets installed, ready for the countertops. The island cabinets aren’t actually attached, so we could mov…

DIY kitchen concrete countertops – smearing the concrete with a slurry coat, then sanding, & finishing.

Kitchen: DIY concrete countertops – finishing

As a refresher, this is where we left off with our countertops – poured & dry. If you haven’t read those posts, you can find them here and here. The countertops were still in their …

DIY concrete countertops - using foamular as a sink template

Kitchen: DIY concrete countertops – finishing

As a refresher, this is where we left off with our countertops – poured & dry. If you haven’t read those posts, you can find them here and here. The countertops were still in their …

How to pour your own concrete countertops (reinforced with glass fiber).

Kitchen: DIY concrete countertops – finishing

As a refresher, this is where we left off with our countertops – poured & dry. If you haven’t read those posts, you can find them here and here. The countertops were still in their …

Kitchen: DIY concrete countertops – finishing the countertops. Using an angle grinder to smooth the underside of the countertops, then flipping over and finishing with a slurry coat, sanding, & TK6 NanoCoat finish.

Kitchen: DIY concrete countertops – finishing

As a refresher, this is where we left off with our countertops – poured & dry. If you haven’t read those posts, you can find them here and here. The countertops were still in their …

Kitchen: diy concrete countertops – making concrete countertops reinforced with glass fibers. Packing in layers of concrete, then compacting with rollers.

Kitchen: diy concrete countertops – the second stage of making concrete countertops reinforced with glass fibers

Tis post is about the second stage of pouring our own concrete countertops, just moments after the first layer of concrete was spayed into the form. The “backer coat” for the concrete c…

Kitchen: diy concrete countertops – making concrete countertops reinforced with glass fibers. Packing in layers of concrete, then compacting with rollers.

Kitchen: diy concrete countertops – the second stage of making concrete countertops reinforced with glass fibers

Tis post is about the second stage of pouring our own concrete countertops, just moments after the first layer of concrete was spayed into the form. The “backer coat” for the concrete c…

Kitchen: diy concrete countertops – making concrete countertops reinforced with glass fibers

Kitchen: diy concrete countertops – the second stage of making concrete countertops reinforced with glass fibers

Tis post is about the second stage of pouring our own concrete countertops, just moments after the first layer of concrete was spayed into the form. The “backer coat” for the concrete c…