Archive for January, 2010

He Said, She Said: Our DIY Column Is Back

If this magazine cover looks familiar, then you’ve probably already noticed that the second appearance of our “He Said, She Said” column in Do It Yourself Magazine is out on newsstands.

Seeing it again was no less exciting than the first time we tackled decorating disputes from both sides of the gender line, especially since we got to cover even more reader questions (hooray for two-page spreads!). Plus we got the help of a professional illustrator to bring one of our floor plan suggestions to life. It felt like what we imagine providing descriptions to a police sketch artist must be like – though much less “make his eyes more sinister” and more “let’s make the coffee table slightly larger.” Catch a peek at it below (just click each image to enlarge it) or hit up your local Barnes & Noble or home improvement store (yup, they sell magazines) to see the whole she-bang.

Plus, if you want your guy vs. girl dilemma answered in the next issue – submit your question as a comment right here on this post for a chance to be picked by our editor for our next column (linking to a “before” pic on a site like flickr is welcome but not required). Heck, your space might even be the room we get to go all pro-illustration on again. Fun, fun, fun.



Reader Redesign: Backsplash Booyah

When Amy sent over her $100 backsplash makeover we were so inspired and just had to share. Here’s her letter:

I whipped this out in about five hours and am very excited about the results! I bought nine packages of these light, thin stainless wall tiles. The tiles include double-stick foam squares for hanging, so there is no messy tile work. Some reviewers recommended Liquid Nails, but I was worried about making corrections if thing didn’t line up properly. I can go back if there is a problem, but they feel very secure! You can cut these tiles with a pair of scissors and even bend the tiles! I snipped a cut on each side and bent them around a ruler to make a 90 degree angle for corners and to cut down the size on my top row. It looks fantastic, and now I don’t have to trim around an unfinished edge. One thing to look out for – here is a slight grain to the tiles and you will see a reflection difference if you don’t hang them all in the same direction. This was one of my easiest home projects ever! The entire 27 square feet of tile cost me $94.77 (with free shipping!) and I also bought new stainless switchplates to match, so my total came to about $110.00. Hope you enjoy! You’ve inspired a lot of projects in my house, but this is my favorite so far! Thank you! -Amy

Here’s the backsplash before the amazing (and amazingly priced) stainless tile makeover:

And here’s the whole shebang after Amy stepped back to admire the finished product:

Don’t you love how simple yet sleek that is? We’re excited to hear that it’s a quick fix for anyone (even renters!) who want to upgrade their kitchen and hide dated tile without breaking the bank. Thanks so much for sending the before and after pics our way Amy! What a lovely view you now have when you’re whipping up spaghetti.