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DIY thoughts, Kitchen tips, Used kitchen -

Buying a set of used kitchen cabinets can normally save you hundreds or thousands on your renovation. Along with these savings comes the challenge of making them work in your space. Here are a few things to consider when buying a used kitchen: Do you have enough to work with? More is always better when working with used cabinets if you have surplus pieces you have more options when doing your layout. Extra pieces can often be cut to create necessary filler strips and end panels where necessary.  New counter top or used one? Having a gorgeous granite counter top is a wonderful feature...

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Barn door, coolfinds, Local hardware -

  I recently came across a customer/consignor who had a box full of cool original barn door hardware that came from downtown Kitchener. I was able to salvage 3 sets of hardware, no rails unfortunately but some great rustic pieces. Super curious to see who buys these and how they will integrate them. 

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DIY Blog, Hardware, Renovation -

With people now considering tiny home and shipping container building projects, I'm reminded of a customer who walked into the store I was managing in 2011.  In the cramped and eclectic Studio District neighborhood of Toronto, He walked in and asked: "Would you happen to have any pulleys available?". We spent a few minutes scrounging the reclaimed hardware section but there were no pulleys to be found. I gave him directions to a nearby hardware store and as he was leaving I asked "Just curious, what are you doing with the pulleys?"  "I live in a loft, just up the...

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