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September 27, 2016

Revamp Champs Entry #18: Beat it bead board, we want subwaytile!– Ann Helfrich, South Portland, ME

We bought a bunch of subway tile off of craigslist to retile our kitchen backsplash and wall. The previous owner had bead board up. When we pulled off the bead board we were not thrilled to find a destroyed wall behind it. Some places the wall seemed to have no support, other places were just holes with insulation stuffed in. I reinforced the wall with 1/4″ hardie backer board. As the additional thickness of the hardie board, thinset and tile was more than that of the bead board I also had to replace the bottom piece of trim on the window above the sink with an old piece of trim from the house, that wasn’t tapered in such a way that the tile would come out farther than it on the wall (as the existing one was). Then Lindsay rented a tile saw and went to tiling, while I was out of town. We also used grey caulk to finish the look and match the grey grout. We are very happy with the results both in look and durability! 

March 31, 2015

Entry #41 Kitchen in Greens – Leigh Kellis, Portland ME

We used Ben Moore Natura in ‘Pale avocado’ and ‘split pea’ as well as Ben Moore high gloss white. And polyurethane to add shine to all wood finishes (from Atlantic Hardwoods). The guys in paint department at Maine Hardwood are always so informative and helpful. The pale avocado was used in both rooms (most not seen in these photos).

March 27, 2015

Entry #29 Kitchen Transformation – Colleen Foley, Cape Elizabeth ME

We transformed our kitchen by stripping, sanding, and painting all the cabinets and painting the kitchen walls.  We used Benjamin Moore paint for everything – Hawthorne yellow on the walls, an off white Butterfield on the cabinets and a bright white for crown and trim paint.  We soaked the existing hardware in a degreaser/cleaner we bought at Maine Hardware and on a recommendation of your staff, spray painted the hardware black with a rustoleum spray paint.  It took some time but saved us a ton of money on new hardware and the refinished cabinet hardware looks like new!  Our kitchen was completely transformed using just paint.

March 24, 2015

Entry #28 Kitchen Revamp – Kate Hanavan Ross

We recently bought our first house and returned back to the east coast after many years in San Francisco. The only thing that may have trumped the brutal weather we encountered in our first winter back was the reality of what a “fixer upper” really means! We have been humbled by the amount of work that goes into turning this 1907 New Englander into our dream home.

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