Category Archives: Kitchen

Quartz Countertop Dechippification

Mmmmm, chips! – Homer Simpson Not too long ago, we found a small chip on the edge of the sink. It was virtually invisible, but we knew it was there, and it made us both a little sad. We can’t … Continue reading

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Another Catastrophic Appliance Event

Ralph: I wanna be in the bake-off! Wiggum: There, there, I think your grilled crayon sandwich was delicious. Ralph: You only had a pretend bite. Wiggum: No, I’m eating it, look! Ralph: Can you taste the thumbtacks? Wiggum: Ah, crap. We … Continue reading

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A Farm Sink in Butcher Block for an English Country Kitchen

If you’re dissatisfied for any reason, I’ll repay you in acorns. – Cletus Coming up on a year ago, Helen and Geoff redid their kitchen. I love the classic white-and-wood look, the wall of windows, and all the SPACE. It’s a … Continue reading

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Installing a Dishwasher (Confusing a Cat)

I’m alive! And I owe it all to this feisty feline. – Homer Simpson Our dishwasher was a dozen years old, so it was time for a new one. Taking out the old dishwasher was simple. Back when we remodeled the … Continue reading

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Five Home Purchases We Never Regretted

Please pay for your purchases and get out. And come again! – Apu It’s still unseasonably cold here–just stupidly cold for November–and I’ve never been more thankful for our super-thick goose-down duvet. If this duvet is anything to go by, … Continue reading

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Keeping the DIY Dollar

Silly customer! You cannot hurt a Twinkie! – Apu When we were shopping for our dishwasher (now installed, about which more soon), I eliminated a specific large manufacturer from all our searches. I accidentally read specifications for one dishwasher from … Continue reading

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Patience is a Virtue–A Really Annoying Virtue

I only have two questions: “How much?” and “Give it to me!” – Homer Simpson I have a complicated relationship with consumerism. I don’t like parting with money at the best of times (my heritage is half Scots, if you want to … Continue reading

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Before and After: Tiled Kitchen Backsplash

FINALLY! – Bart Simpson Done and dusted. AT LAST. I would have had this done sooner, except I selected a fancy synthetic rubber caulk for the joint between the tile and the counter. I could not work with it — not the … Continue reading

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Our Quartz

Earlier this year, we installed quartz kitchen counters. We chose a low-contrast white “Riverstone” quartz offered through Menards. While all the fabrication is done for you, you have to provide and confirm measurements, then pick up and install the countertops. … Continue reading

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Tile Tile Tiley Tile 3

Welcome back to the neverending tile project! I thought the backsplash was done, but then we picked fancy porcelain switch and outlet covers. In addition to being fancy, they are small and unforgiving. The unforgiving covers of fanciness required that … Continue reading

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