Bruno & Alicia’s Kitchen Makeover, Part III: The Final Reveal

It’s Kitchen Month on Curbly! So Kelly, Melanie, and I will be doing a series of kitchen tours. We’ll walk you through our kitchens, point out what we love and what we don’t, and show how they got to be the way they are.

Our old kitchen

This week, I wrote about how our kitchen used to suck, and how we went through a tough DIY remodel to make it better. Today’s the kitchen tour! So without further ado … pretty pictures! Continue Reading

Refurbish Appliances With Stainless Steel Contact Paper

Still jonesing for stainless, but can't quite commit to painting your boring white kitchen appliances? Then take an even less permanent approach, and cover 'em with stainless steel contact paper!

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Use stainless steel contact paper to update appliances.
Photo: Fourth Wall Interiors


Grab a toothbrush, an effective cleaning solution, a stiff card, and your contact paper, and say goodbye to your harvest gold, awful cream, or ugly 90s black refrigerator, dishwasher, stove and microwave.

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Peal-and-Stick Metal Tiles

The possible applications for these peel-and-stick metal tiles from Chemetal are endless! The 4″ tiles come in brushed aluminum, satin aluminum or light stainless aluminum. They don’t need grout and they  can be cut with basic tools you have around the house. Available at interior51, they’re sold in packs of 54 for 79 bucks. You can also buy a sample pack that includes one of each style for $9.  Via.

How To Clean Stainless Steel.

Stainless steel is all the rage for kitchen appliances and decor, and is still a prime choice for high-end cookware. But a wet rag won’t always take the goo off, and often leaves streaks and dark spots. Here are several inexpensive, natural ways to clean the material using household products.

  • The gentlest method of cleaning stainless steel is to simply wipe the surface with hot water and a soft, clean cloth.
  • If plain water leaves behind some dirt or grease, try adding a gentle detergent to the water.
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The Secret Life of Toothpaste

Any gal with a diamond knows that a toothbrush and a little toothpaste will make that rock twinkle. But toothpaste has other more lowly pursuits than putting the spark in your bling.

Cast Iron Sinks

Toothpaste will remove pot marks from cast iron (and vitreous glass) sinks and it’s a cheap alternative to more expensive cleaners. My Pepsodent (the lowest-priced I could find at the store) is a fraction of the cost of Kohler’s fancy Cast Iron Kitchen Sink Cleaner. Continue Reading

Jonesing for Stainless

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Do you feel the need for stainless but don’t have the bucks to replace all your kitchen appliances? Thomas’ Kitchen Art Inc. has come up with a relatively cheap alternative to achieve the look you desire. Enter Liquid Stainless Steel. The brush on “paint” is 100% stainless and automotive grade. A large project kit, which includes “everything you need to transform an average size refrigerator, range and dishwasher,” will set you back $139. They also offer a small kit for 9 bucks, which covers approximately 6 square feet. Continue Reading