Today Andrea Lutz speaks with Torlando Hakes, owner of Color Theory. Torlando is donating his time to update the kitchen at Cedar Crest, the Sycamore Land Trust home office. Check out these great tips to rid your home of that outdated wallpaper.Read More
I think we can all agree that we have a love hate relationship with our garages!! They are like deep kitchen drawers. It seems there are so many things that perfectly belong in that space, but when you go to look for them they are nowhere to be found, clutter completely takes over.
I pride myself as someone who is organized and tidy, but year after year the garage wins. Donations pile up, sleds, shovels, gardening tools... all the other tools. It drives me bonkers to even park in there, walking past piles I know I don't have time to deal with right then.Read More
Loren Wood takes a break from his busy schedule to chat with us about his business, remodeling, new construction, and tiny homes.Read More
I'm here to tell you.... you don't need to have a lot of money to improve your home. It's easy to fall into the trap that you need thousands of dollars to renovate a room, but that simply isn't true. Case and point, this little laundry closet renovation I did this month.Read More
Ongoing maintenance of a home can be hard to keep track of. With busy lives and complicated schedules, it’s easy to forget important tasks that keep your home tiptop.
Coming into the new year, we hear talk of personal goals and resolutions, so why not think about your home. Here’s a calendar of new year’s resolutions specifically for your house. It really is the little things that, if not kept up, lead to big problems down the road.Read More
I must admit I am a total sucker for color. I love adding a splash of color or pattern to a room to create a fun and energized space. No one refutes that color and texture change the way a person feels, so why are we all so reluctant to make changes in our own homes?
So many of my friends have purchased beautiful homes, promising themselves to remove the tacky 80’s wallpaper as soon as they move in and they live with it for years. Taking a few days to remove the wallpaper will improve your experience in that room every day – so use a few of your days off this holiday season to spruce up your home. You won’t regret it.Read More
Unfortunately, cleaning your home is something you have to do somewhat regularly. I can't say I have a lot of passion for cleaning, but I can say I LOVE A CLEAN HOME! Here are a few tricks I've learned from over the years that may just make your next cleaning a little less painful.
Baking Soda and Vinegar should be mainstays in your cleaning arsenal. Together these two supplies can rid even the nastiest of smells. Along with being heavy hitters against all kinds of messes they are also cheap when compared to other cleaning supplies. You can experiment with how you use them but here are a few ways they have worked for me in the past.Read More
As I've mentioned before I have a love of paint. I just think it's so excellent that you can spend a little money on a can of paint and totally transform a space or an item. About 5 years ago I bought my current home. I didn't have a dining room table so I bought a cheap set off a friend. It needed a TON of love so I decided I would paint it. Painting furniture can be a total pain in the butt. If your item has a glossy lacquer on it (like this cherry dining set did) you have to strip it or sand it and prime it before you even get started, and the thought of all that prep work got me started with chalk paint.Read More
I’ve already mentioned my obsession with painting, but even if you don’t share my sickness many of you will come across painting that will need to be done in your home at one time or another. One project that is generally inexpensive but can totally transform a space is painting the woodwork. Out of date kitchen cabinets, doors and trimwork can make a home feel old or dark. Certainly, there is always the option to sand and stain woodwork another color, but since I’m painting obsessed I go for the paint can.
Painting woodwork takes a lot of time and patience but it can be done well, and when it is, it makes a world of difference. Here are the steps I take when tackling a project like this.Read More
Other than the tacky wallpaper, and the horrible kitchen, the fireplace mantel was one of the first projects I wanted to take on when I moved to my current home 5 years ago. I'm still not sure exactly why it bothered me so much, the old mantel was pretty standard stuff, but even so, I knew it wasn't going to be long before I got the project started.
Sure enough, within my first year here I got itchy and cut in. I heard that my then employer, Upland Brewing Company, (yeah! craft beer!) had some extra barn beams leftover from a reno project. It didn't take me long to get over there and stamp my name on one.Read More
If you know me, you know that my interest in home improvement never wanes. Two years ago I decided I couldn’t live with my kitchen island another day.
I had already tiled my backsplash (seafoam penny tile), replaced my countertops (Hyde Park quartz), purchased new appliances, removed wall paper and painted walls (Abelone by Benjamin Moore), and painted my kitchen cabinets (endless coats of Simply White Aura paint by Benjamin Moore). All of these stories for another day.Read More