Category Archives: Kitchens

Repairing Blemishes on Wood Shelves (5)

Easy Trick to Repair Blemishes on Stained Wood

Repairing Blemishes on Wood Shelves

My experience working with wood is minimal at best. I know just enough to be dangerous. When Scott and I made these rustic kitchen shelves & brackets we were quite proud of ourselves.

Until the time came to stain them.

When a product, aka wood glue, promotes itself as “stainable” you take for granted that it is.

Evidently my interpretation of stainable isn’t the same as their interpretation of stainable.

I then remembered how I fixed a similar problem several years ago. It was both cheap and oh, so easy and the perfect solution.  Continue reading

Rustic Wood Shelves

Rustic Kitchen Shelves

Rustic Wood Shelves

When you remodel a kitchen the decisions can be overwhelming. For every decision that needs to be made there seems to be 1,000 options not to mention cost concerns.

What color to paint the walls? Reuse existing cabinets or buy new? What color to paint the existing cabinets? If new, do we stain the cabinets? Which counter top to purchase? Tile for the backsplash? Tile floor? Wood floor? Appliances..white? black? stainless? Lighting? Fixtures? Hardware? Refinish wood floors? Are they salvageable? Install new floors?

And if you’re using wood for any of these projects, which wood is the best option?

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Orange Pantry Door

Gray & Orange Color Scheme with a Pantry Door Surprise

Valances for Kitchen Windows

This lovely home is situated on a small neighborhood lake with beautiful views and plenty of natural light streaming in along the back side of the house.

One of the main goals, as we designed the window treatments, was to enhanced the view without blocking it.

You may recognize the fabric and valance shown here. I previously shared this window treatment plus a tutorial and the valance above the kitchen sink but this is your first glimpse of the big picture.

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How to Paint a Harlequin Diamond Wall (4)

How to Paint a Harlequin Diamond Wall

Red Harlequin DiamondsWhen Emily was building her new home she began gathering inspiration pics and ideas she hoped to incorporate into her new home.

One of those inspiration pics was the above photo that she saved to her phone after stumbling across it on Pinterest. Later she showed the photo to her friend Shannon mentioning she’d like to have something similar painted in her kitchen.
It just so happened that Shannon knew me, knew about Beyond the Screen Door and the rest…as they say…is history!

If you follow along on Instagram or Facebook you may recognize this project! 

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Lakehouse Kitchen (10)

Cottage Lake House Kitchen Tour

Lakehouse Kitchen (10)

Imagine this bright and cheerful kitchen stuck in a 70’s timewarp.

Without before pictures (which I sure wish I had) it’s really hard to imagine. When my sister-in-law Gina and her husband George first purchased this lake house the best word to describe it was brown.

Brown woodwork, brown carpet, brown furniture…just brown. Top to bottom brown.

While a few remnants of it’s 70’s glory remain most of the house reflects it’s new bright and cheerful, full of charm, makeover.

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Cotton Lace Cafe Curtain

Simply Elegant Ivory Cotton Cafe Curtains

Cotton Lace Cafe Curtain

Builder’s don’t think about curtains.

It’s my job to think about curtains and I’ve come to the conclusion that Builders don’t think about curtains. Ever. Are you surprised?

Have you ever lived in a home with arched windows in a bedroom? A bedroom facing East, South or West?
Have you ever had windows built so close to the fireplace that they must have been part the fireplace design?
Or maybe you have a kitchen window reminiscent of the one above?

Then I imagine you agree with me.

But I digress.

This post isn’t about Builders it about these adorable, simply elegant, curtains!

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Kitchen Valance

Cinnamon Swirl Kitchen Valance

Kitchen ValanceWhile writing this post, I found myself insanely focused on what to call this valance.

It’s not a balloon valance, though it sort of resembles one.
It’s not a roman shade, though it appears it could be functional.
A Loose Fold Stationary Roman Shade

On the other hand…
It’s droopy and rufflely.
Has ooodles of ribbon fringe and charm so it needs a pretty name.
The AnnaMarie  

Or maybe The Sophie. Emmaline? How about Katherine?
I know…The Anna Katherine! I have a cousin named Anna Katherine. Always thought that was a pretty name.

Trim and Ruffled Valance Details

Can anyone say OCD?

Moving on to our valance…

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