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Design an Unusual Counter

Design inspiration often comes from the most unexpected places. Stones for this unusual countertop, for example, were found on the building site and required no chiseling or shaping. Instead, they fit together like a puzzle over mortar.

Design Unique Drawer Pulls

These handsome one-of-a-kind drawer pulls are made from 1-inch dowels and chrome-plated rods.

Blend New with Old

If you have an old kitchen, don't throw out the vintage look when you remodel or redecorate. By blending old and new you'll get a room that looks like it evolved slowly over time. In this kitchen, for example, the homeowners kept the old cabinets but added glass front doors to give the small room more depth. A new backsplash in pale blue and white ceramic tiles laid in a checkerboard pattern add to the country theme and freshen up what was a downtrodden space.

Display Decorative Plates

Tall wainscot in this 30s-era kitchen provides the perfect opportunity for displaying heirloom plates. Simply top the paneling with a narrow shelf and you've got a place to perch your collection.

Build an Old-Fashioned Plate Rack

To duplicate a plate rack like this one, first measure the width and diameter of each plate. If they aren't from a matched set, the measurements will probably differ. Then, build the rack using dowels to hold the plates in place.

Paint on a Rug

This painted-on "area rug" is easier than you might think when the stripes that create the plaid design are based on one measurement that's multiplied by two or three. Tip: Our base measurement of 3 1/2 inches will net a finished design with an overall measurement of 105x140 inches. By adjusting our base measurement, you can adapt this "rug" to fit your floor.

To start, draw the floor design onto graph paper, adjusting the dimensions as necessary. Clean the floor, then paint it a base color. (We chose white.) When the paint dries, transfer the design to the floor using a yardstick and pencil or chalk line. Mask off the outer border and paint it a color that contrasts the base color (blue). Allow the paint to dry, then sponge over the outer border with a less intense color (yellow). Referring to the diagram, continue to mask, paint, and sponge the inner areas of the design, working on lighter-colored (yellow) areas first, then moving to darker (blue) areas. Finish with several coats of polyurethane.