A DIY countertop redo and a kitchen cabinet painting project

kitchen cabinets after DIY paint

Normally when I share DIY projects, they’re my own…but today I have two reader projects to show you! The first is from Sandra, who gave her counters a faux granite finish.  Here’s what she said: Hi Kristen, You might remember me from my floor tile grout painting pictures a couple of years ago. That had […]

You don’t need whiskers to do that.


Whenever my sister-in-law and I do a stereotypically male task, that’s what we say. She lays flooring, calls me, and says, “I didn’t need whiskers to do that.” I fix my dryer, call her, and say, “I did it without whiskers!” This phrase was inspired by hearing one too many women say things like, “Oh, […]

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

sawhorses for painting cabinets

Last summer, I tackled the project of painting my worn, outdated kitchen cabinets. I’m super happy with the results, but oof.  It was a big project, and I’m glad I won’t have to do this again soon! I don’t have a huge kitchen, but it still was a really time consuming project, and having my […]

Homemade Yogurt Troubleshooting Guide

yogurt troubleshooting

I regularly get emails from readers who wonder what went wrong when they tried to make yogurt, so I thought it might be helpful to put together a post detailing common mistakes. Making homemade yogurt is a fairly simple process, but there are some common things that can go wrong. If you’ve got a failed […]

I started the cabinet project (sort of)


I’m painting my kitchen cabinets this summer, and I’ll take you along for the ride by posting updates as I go through the process. And at the end, I’ll do a big ol’ how-to post, sharing what worked (and what didn’t!). Before I could start on the project of painting the cabinets, I decided to […]

How to get rid of black cutting board mildew

January 20131

Many years ago, I got a small cutting board, sort of as a joke gift. But it’s been awfully handy to have around, and as you can see by the scars, it’s been well used. The scars weren’t bothering me, but the black mildew, which happened because I didn’t ever put any protective oil on […]