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This will be the first part of a large dump of photos throughout our renovation process. I have tons of photos and information that I am trying to get organized. If there is interest I will post all of the different phases of construction here, from demolition, framing and structural work, floor plan and design, electrical, insulation, plumbing, heating and cooling, drywall, painting, trim and flooring, cabinet installation, tiling, and all kinds of finish work. This has been a huge learning process for me and I know there will be things that should've been done differently. If you have questions throughout the process let me know and I will try to get to them.

Part Two Here- Demolition- will fix when I’m home, the album didn’t upload properly.


I’m moving into my first house and I’m so excited! The big things like the appliances and counters are already done. Therefore, I am trying to look at other things I can update that will just make the place a bit more put together or updated. I’m looking for things that can realistically be done for less than $50 or $100. I’m not afraid to learn how to do a simple job.

Some examples:

Changing old gold door knobs to each room with brushed nickel ones

DIY paint bathroom cabinets (small space and my mom has experience doing this so I’m comfortable with it)

Changing shower heads (old ones are not water saving and covered in grit)

Changing hardware (kitchen and bathroom)

Painting “tile” onto concrete slab/patio in backyard


We recently moved home in the last 6 months. The house was in good shape but we’ve spent a lot of free time doing everything up. Since lot of our money has been tied into moving we looked to remodel our kitchen but looked at ways to do it on a budget. Thinking we would only be able to paint the walls I did some research and found there was kitchen cabinet paint. I was skeptical; we didn’t want something that looked amateurish but decided to try it.

The results very incredibly impressive. It took a lot of time to prep and carry out all the work but the cost of materials was less than £100. We also got carried away and painted the tiles (the brand of paint we used for the cabinets also made a paint for tiles)

I initially removed all the cabinet doors and washed everything down with sugar soap and elbow grease. Once the cabinets dried I lightly sanded them with 240 grit sandpaper and washed it down again. We applied the first coat of the cabinet paint (it was a two in 1 primer so no need to buy a separate primer) and let it dry. It took a total of 4 coats (because the cabinets were a dark wood).

In between coats I painted all the trims and side panels.

For the tiles these were washed down with sugar soap and then the paint was applied when dry.

The room feels so much brighter, it feels like a new kitchen. All for under £100.

See pictures here:

Materials used:

  1. V33 Kitchen Cabinet Paint in white

  2. V33 tile paint

  3. Sugar soap (concentrated)


From the title I’m sure you can guess what happen. Apologies if this isn’t the right subreddit for this question. My boyfriend turned our oven on with two pizza boxes in it from the night before. No damage or visible smoke thank god but our apartment smells like a bonfire. Any tips and tricks for clean the oven of the box remains and also helping with the smell?

Thank you in advance for any guidance!!!


Hey gang. I recently moved to a new studio and realized that things are a lot louder at night on weekends than I originally expected. I thought a set of earplugs was going to be all it takes to block out the noise, but alas I was wrong. I knew it was single pane glass, but I didn’t expect it to be that transparent when it comes to street noise, ambulances, cars revving up, bar goers yelling.

What other options do I have? I can’t change the windows since it’s a rented apartment. I heard good things of noise machines. Any tricks you used to make things better?


We are removing linoleum tile from the kitchen floor and underneath it is a thin plywood nailed to the original floor, then underneath that is something gray adhered to the wood floor. Perhaps from an older floor covering that is no more. Is the gray material adhered to the wood floor something we should worry about? We’ll have someone come out and test it either way but curious if anyone knows either way.

Thank you!

Flooring Pics


I’ve owned this house built in 1916 for about 2.5 years. It’s a great old house and was fully remodeled upstairs about 4 or 5 years ago, no issues there. My question is if anyone has some good ideas for my basement, I’m hoping to make it an area where I can work on home improvement projects, store my tools and other craft stuff.

Before the remodel it actually had a bathroom and bedroom as you can see in some pictures, but it would be considered an uninhabitable space. Mostly I’m looking for a good way seal/paint the floors and walls. Both need some work before doing anything to them as the cement patch job done prior to me buying the place is chipping/falling off on the floors and walls. What would be the best way to go about that and then once that is done what can I do for the floor and wall seal?

I work in IT but in a prior life did framing/trim carpentry and was a cabinet maker so I know my way around things but haven’t had to deal much with concrete and foundations. I’m not wanting it to look pretty by any means but I want something to help with foundation leaks and will hold up for awhile.

Any help would be much appreciated!

(Foundation was inspected by a structural engineer before we purchased and I am going to replace the stairs)


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