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Build a Vertical DIY Bike Rack with 2x4s

Chris loves to cycle. With his three bikes (yes – 3!!) and my bike we have four that need a home in our garage. We’ve experimented with different storage solutions over the years, none of which have worked great. Last year Chris built this DIY bike rack and it’s been working perfectly. It fits in

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Cabinet Paint Colours

Selecting the perfect paint colour for your new kitchen cabinets can definitely be challenging. While white will always be classic there are so many other fun shades to pick from. Thanking of painting your cabinets yourself? Make sure to check out my definitive guide to painting kitchen cabinets! How to pick the best cabinet paint

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Reused Granite Countertop | Kitchen Makeover Reveal | House by the Bay Design

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets (2 ways)

Have you been thinking about giving your kitchen a new look? Paint is a great way to give your kitchen an update without a lot of expense. I thought I would put together this guide on how to paint kitchen cabinets based on my experience doing it six years ago. I’ve shared all my tricks

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Drinking tea with hot rollers

How I’m Staying Sane While Staying Home

Things are crazy right now. I think we’re into week three of our social distancing measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve. Maybe it’s week four? I’m already losing track. Whatever week it is, a lot of people are still trying to figure out this whole working from home thing

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My Work From Home Essentials

Are you starting to work from home for the first time? While I’m not an expert, I have been working from home for about four years now and have some of my own strategies & tips for staying productive. My Work From Home Essentials Good Lighting I think creating a well-lit workspace is essential to

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Butcher Block Kitchen Island | Kitchen Makeover Reveal | House by the Bay Design

Custom DIY Butcher Block Island Top

Our affordable DIY butcher block countertop solution for an oversized 92” x 47” island. Sure, you can spend a bunch of money on a custom island top or hours cutting and gluing together wood for a truly DIY butcher block, but why not compromise with an affordable, time-saving solution using prefabricated butcher block countertop pieces?

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blue vanity

How to Add Classic Blue into your Home Decor

The 2020 Pantone Color of the Year is Classic Blue. There are so many great ways to incorporate this colour into your home decor as either statement pieces or in small pops. Here are some of my favourites! Classic Blue Vanity I love the combination of a navy vanity and gold/brass hardware. I used to

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The Fastest Way to Remove Backsplash Tile

Mum’s kitchenette has officially been demoed! Because this was such a small kitchen removing the cabinets only took an afternoon and day two of demo was spent learning the fastest way to remove backsplash tile. I started by trying to remove the backsplash tile carefully without damaging the drywall using a small chisel and hammer.

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