IKEA Kitchen Cabinets FAQ (2)

It’s a bad scene all around, and since moving to the house the only thing we do in there is give dog baths. Now that the downstairs office & bedroom are almost complete, we’re turning our attention to the bathroom, and demo began this week. We removed the medicine cabinet from the wall, took down the drop ceiling, and started removing the plastic shower walls.

It can be done, but it’s not recommended, especially for walls. Cultured marble just isn’t a good substrate for ceramic tile – it’s not totally stable, and cultured marble is non-porous, so it’s difficult for the mastic to stick to it and dry thoroughly. If you want to avoid tearing out the cultured marble, you could cover it with a cement-based tile backer board, making sure the board is screwed all the way through the cultured marble and into the studs. Another possibility is to screw the cultured marble to studs to stabilize it, and rough up the surface using a belt sander with a 40-grit belt before applying mastic and tile. However, that’s the riskiest option.

Vanities are getting bigger and bigger every year, and for good reason — storage is in constant demand. Because of this, think about ways that you can add more to your space. An oversized or double vanity is always a good option, while wall-mounted cabinets and medicine cabinets are helpful too. If space is at a minimum, recessed or built-in designs can help save precious elbow room while adding enough spots to stash your toiletries. Organization is key to space-saving, so within any cabinets or shelving you add, incorporate drawer organizers, trays and bins to keep smaller accessories in check.

We paid premium for this little gem… mainly because we’re not the handiest folks and knew that there would be very little we could do ourselves. When we searched for a Shasta our biggest red flag to avoid was any sign of water damage inside. I’d seen many a video about people’s renovation horrors and knew I wasn’t up to that level of reconstruction. I can barely find a philips screwdriver in my house.

In any home with original wood floors, the homeowner considering home improvement projects, should avoid replacing the floors, at all cost. The older a wood floor is, the less likely it is that it can be replaced with an equally attractive floor. It is much better to refinish existing wood floors. Even in cases of the most extreme damage, laying a new floor over the original one is preferable to removing it.

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