Budget Friendly Renovation Ideas

Budget friendly renovation ideas serve a work with what you have purpose in the home improving the outdated with the updated game.

Today’s 6-10 blog post bookends the Home Improvement Ideas on a Budget companion post.

Here we go.

Budget Friendly Renovation Ideas

6.  Make the Decorative Call to Replace Outdated Window Treatments

(or elect not to use window treatments at all)

Period Architecture

Period Architecture

There’s no substitute for the beauty of natural light, but privacy concerns may trump this option.

If going with window treatments consider blinds, shutters, shades and even architectural salvage pieces.

Heidi Caillier

House Beautiful – Heidi Caillier Design

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House BeautifulLeanne Ford

Working or stationary, a pair of vintage shutters used as a complementing accent in your window treatment application take the finished look to new heights.

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The house we owned before the one we presently live in was a garden district charmer complete with interior French doors, original cast iron farmhouse kitchen sink with drain board, and casement windows.

The previous homeowners bleached the screened interior window frames that surrounded the casement windows above the kitchen sink.

We removed the screen and left them in place as the sole window treatment, hitting a work with what you have budget friendly renovation ideas home run.

Mahogany wood windows in the home of Michael and Ally Banks were bleached in keeping with a Belgian influenced result.

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I found this piece at Hobby Lobby, and the price is budget friendly renovation ideas right.

Embossed Medallion Metal Wall Decor

Stand out and be noticed unique is what we’re going for here, so the idea is to use the embossed medallion (36 ½” wide) as an inside mount valance.

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Dressing up a window frame with pediments, decorative corbels or architectural pieces is another decorative option that will help to achieve a custom look.

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7.  Shed New Light On The Situation

New lighting fixtures instantly update and turn on the visual wow factor.

white-tongue-and-groove-trim-on-island Heidi Caillier Design 

Pendant lights will be hanging around and on-trend for awhile.

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Alyssa Colagiacomo Interiors

I’m a huge fan of a lamp(s) on kitchen countertops.

LKM Design Bedford, NH Farmhouse Kitchen

LKM Design

A well placed lamp easily becomes a focal point of both function and fashion.

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Wireless LED puck lights mounted under cabinets are my first choice of affordable accent lighting.

Puck lights cast a lovely light at night- an all grown up night light.

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This is the original image I worked off of for this post, so Number 8 refers to furr-down.

8A. Places In The Home #1 Rule of Kitchen Remodels: Furr Down Be Gone!

Furr Down

A box-out at the ceiling typically 12″ high and 14″ deep.  Often used for AC duct work.  Kitchen cabinets are installed up to it creating a step effect.  Also called a soffit or bulkhead.

I am no fan of the furr down.

Removing an ornamental furr down takes years off the life of an outdated kitchen.

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Crown molding added to the tops of upper cabinets gives a finished top edge and ups the decorative ante.

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8B. New Sink + New Faucet = Hello, Current and Fresh Update

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Number 8 in this photo reflects the kitchen sink and faucet dilemma.

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Love, love, love the details and accents of this spectacular service kitchen by Jill Frey Kitchen Design.

Perfectly positioned accent lighting, statement flooring, gorgeous choice of countertop materials, excellent choice of window treatment, and a focal point sink prove the contrast engages the eye point.

Kraus KHU103-32 Undermount 32 inch 2-Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

Swiss Madison Ceramic Farmhouse Kitchen Sink with Apron

Swiss Madison Delice 30″ x 18″ Ceramic Farmhouse Kitchen Sink w/Apron

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Lyndhurst 2-Handle Bridge Kitchen Faucet with Side Sprayer in Matte Gold

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9.  Update Switches, Plugs and Plates

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Small changes make safe and stylish improvements and brings things into the 21st century.

10.  Countertop Solutions

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Studio MRS

In real estate it’s all about location, location, location.

In renovating it’s all about enhance, enhance, enhance.

Manufacturers pay very close attention to the design and decor needs and wants of the buying and renovating public, and the kitchen design industry has made huge strides in bringing to the retail marketplace affordable alternatives to expensive kitchen countertop materials.

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Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations

If the existing countertops are free of stains, marks, scratches and the like,  workable with your color palette, and not overly antiquated, you may be in business.

How to paint laminate countertops instructions from DIY Network HERE

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DAICH SpreadStone Mineral Select Countertop Refinishing Kit

Countertops are the utilitarian workhorse of kitchen, and as such should be crafted from quality materials coupled with a quality look.

If a quality, style and affordability tops the list, consider replacing existing outdated and worn laminate with new laminate in new and improved pattern selections.

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Laminate is back on the radar as an affordable and visually pleasing countertop and backsplash option.

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Bonus Suggestions

contemporary-bathroom Jill Sorensen Inc Design Firm

Wall sconce lighting is a versatile choice for ambient lighting in foyers, kitchens and bathrooms.

Changing vanity cabinet hardware takes years off a tired look.

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One Kings Lane – Photo by Tiffany Haynes

Color makes a big splash in small spaces.

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Make a big and bold statement by painting trim or wainscotting in a fabulous color and wallpapering the walls and/or ceiling.

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Domino – Photo by Ungano+Agriodimasy

Replace existing vent covers with decorative resin wall or ceiling vent covers.

Decorative Resin Wall or Ceiling Vent CoversVent Covers Unlimited

Fireplace built-ins come in as one of the top remodeling projects I love to tackle.

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Again color, texture, and pattern come into play.

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It’s amazing what you can do with a gallon of paint, new cabinet hardware and a roll(s) of gorgeous wallpaper.

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Works in the kitchen, too!

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Painting the built-ins and the bricks is a budget friendly step in the right direction.

For the DIY decorista project pros, covering over the bricks with tile or texture project may fit the bill.

Budget friendly?

Perhaps not, but in terms of resale and style at home value it can be a justified expense.

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Picture lights mounted at the center point at the top of each unit creates a stunning library effect, and wallpapering the back wall of the unit or painting in a fabulous designer color brings forth the decorative oomph in updated fashion.

Plenty of wall space to fill?

I love this DIY library wall project from Kristin Cadwallader of Bliss at Home as featured by Better Homes & Gardens with all the how to instructions.

Click on the above link to check it out.

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“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
—Theodore Roosevelt

Teddy’s words hammer and nail the sentiment of this budget friendly renovation ideas post.

Home improve what you can, with what you have, when you can.

Home Improvement Ideas On A Budget

The main objective of home improvement ideas on a budget is to update, refresh, and improve existing features in pretty on a penny fashion.

The same logic applies to blog posts in need of a refresh.

Caught up in the splendor of sourcing, I accidentally changed the status of this four year old post (time sure does fly) from published to draft, so it and its sister post is coming around again with improved upon budget friendly remodeling ideas.

Many of the conversations around Places In The Home center around renovating, updating and home improvement ideas on a budget.

We speak fluent all things house that make a home around here, and we love when renovating, updating and remodeling projects leave a little change in our pocket.

Design on a dime is good, but project on a penny is even better.

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Both our flipping and personal home owning portfolio has consisted of pre-owned homes in established neighborhoods flush with properties primed for remodeling.

Older properties appeal to a large portion of the buying market such as first time home buyers, downsizers, and fixer upper decoristas.

I decided to check out our local real estate listings for a newer older property to use as a visual guide.  Being familiar with the residential landscape, I thought I would score a great listing photo from particular areas known for 60s-80s ranch style homes.

Guess again.

What I learned is good news travels fast among sellers.

Living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms of older properties remain stuck in a time warp, but the kitchens rock the modern update.

You would have to be living under a rock if you do not know the value of and  demand for the updated kitchen.

I remembered I kept the image file of the flip house we entertained purchasing a couple of years ago.

The deal didn’t work for us, but the images do for this post.

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It’s a fact of real estate and home owner life that not everyone can afford a total renovation of their new older home after purchase.

A business associate shared with me her philosophy as to why so many occupied properties on the real estate listings channel are sparsely furnished.

Too much month at the end of the money.

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When there’s too much renovating at the end of the money work with what you have.

Let me share with you Dave the Builder’s short and to the point philosophy.

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Take it one bite at a time.

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Let’s look at 10 home improvement ideas on a budget to update and refresh the spaces and the places in the home.

1. Function isn’t always stylish, so dress it up!

Fluorescent lights offer reliable affordable lighting for main and task lighting in a kitchen.

That’s the good.

The bad?

Basic fluorescent lighting fixtures.

I’ve got a couple of solutions for this dilemma that are relatively simple and inexpensive.

framed fluorescent light

This is our kitchen renovation and remodel in progress, in two very different paint colors, and completed.

Note the framed fluorescent light.

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Frame an otherwise plain fluorescent light with decorative trim to introduce a custom look to the project.

Hudson pendantsY Lighting

Light Shaded Drum Chandelier

Lynden 5 Light Shaded Drum Pendant
Bowe 6 Light Shaded Drum Chandelier

Another option is to take down the fluorescent light and replace its ceiling footprint with a decorative panel.

Liz Caan & Co.

Liz Caan & Co.

I’m crazy about chandeliers and pendant lights on a Carrie Bradshaw Manolo Blahnik level.

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Destrey 3 – Light Lantern Square Pendant
Patrice 3 – Light Pendant
Landrum 2-Light Single Globe Pendant 
Vargo 1 – Light Single Dome Pendant

You’ve probably heard the reference “jewelry of the room” in regards to lighting fixtures.

Statement accessories and accents pull the entire look together and impress the eye.

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3-lights Chandelier with Drum Farmhouse Pendant
1-Light Brass Ring Hammered Hand Blown Glass Pendant w/ Clear Glass Shade
Keowee 4-Light Galvanized Orb Chandelier with Antique White Wood Accents
Calgary 1-Light Pebbled Rust Mini Pendant
Ferris 3-Light Blue Verde Patina Chandelier
1-Light Warm Brass Pendant

2.  Home on the Range

A new and/or improved range hood is is both an investment in function, safety, and updated style.

Christy Foran Design

Christy Foran Design

A contrasting finish and/or material creates a commanding focal point.

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beams

Reclaimed wood beams and scrap pieces strikingly fit in with home improvement ideas on a budget.

Scrap pieces of reclaimed wood left over from large jobs and demos can be bought at very affordable prices.

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Reclaimed wood beams camouflage a multitude of design and decorating sins.

When the tornado hit our house in 2017 and took most of our roof off, the kitchen ceiling suffered several issues including the exposure of tape joints on the drywall ceiling.

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After taking a project priority inventory, I consulted Dave and we decided to purchase a reclaimed wood beam from a local antiques store and install it over the joint in this image.

The current status on this update is project pending, patience waning, but I digress.

Standard-Tile-Photos-Chris-VeithStandard Tile-Photo by Chris Veith

Using decorative embellishments such as corbels, onlays and appliques will give an existing range hood and splatter guard a custom refresh.

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Home Depot

There’s renovating and decorating gold in them thar Etsy listings, home improvement stores, flea markets, and antiques stores.

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Iron Ornamental Grate

Architectural salvage pieces make visually interesting interior and exterior accent pieces.

An ornamental iron grate is beautifully put to decorative use as a splatter guard-fireback.

Antique 1800s Cast Iron Register GrateAntique 1800s Cast Iron Register Grate

3. Cabinets and the Techniques That Improve Them

Behr neutral colors

Behr

Select your color(s), grab a brush, bucket, roller, pan, painters tape, a couple of drop clothes and proceed to color your world!

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kitchen colorsPainting kitchen cabinets, walls, ceilings, and molding will bring forth an affordable change with instant visual gratification.

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Maureen Stevens Design

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Opposites attract comes to mind when I see these contrasting drawer fronts.

Contrast engages the eye and creates visual interest.

white-painted-cabinets-natural-wood-contrastBetter Homes & Gardens

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Maria Haidamus Interiors

Maria Haidamus Interiors

How about adding glass front inserts to existing cabinet doors?

DIY instructions HERE

Once the cut out is complete, I prefer to take the doors to a local glass company.

The pros measure, cut and install the glass, and the cost involved is surprisingly affordable.

Farmhouse is still the decorating style darling, and chicken wire cabinet doors will certainly achieve the style and put a unique twist on vintage chic.

How to instructions HERE

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I love this budget friendly idea for cabinet doors featured by Better Homes & Gardens.

Removing an existing cabinet door front and replacing it with a canvas art print results in a distinctive kitchen feature that’s anything but ordinary.

art-as-cabinet-doorsBetter Homes & Gardens

Ideas for this range from culinary art to black and white photography to photos from your own collection.

I’m seriously contemplating doing this with these photos on canvas of the Canadian snowbird’s wedding day and the wedding photo of my parent’s wedding cake.

Jade+Jackson-canvas

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Dave and I often have conversations about the design and decor features of the houses we lived in as kids.  One conversation is particularly easy as it goes since our present house is also my childhood home.

panelingMy mother with her grand-mother and two first cousins
in our paneling covered kitchen circa 1974

My parents did an extensive remodel and addition to the house in 1986, modernizing for the time the design and decor including the removal of any and all paneling.

Timeworn and let’s face it tacky faux wood paneling is not my wall covering of choice.

Removing paneling is certainly an option, but it can test the budget therefore, we usually go the fill the grooves with drywall joint compound and paint over it route.

Beadboard paneling is the exception to our remove the paneling rule.

If it is in good shape and great style, it stays.

beadboard-panelingBetter Homes & Gardens

The flip house was built in the late 1960s- a prime paneling period in the ranch style house portfolio.

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My home improvement ideas on a budget suggestions for this area:

Take down the upper cabinet unit to open up the space and enhance the sight line.

Keep the peninsula (note the bottom cabinets and drawers).

Replace the cabinet and drawer hardware.

Consider cabinet and drawer hardware in the same color family but different pattern and texture as the hardware choice for the main kitchen area to create statement contrast.

The canvas art idea as cabinet doors would work well in this area.

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Liberty Regal Square 3 in. Center-to-Center Champagne Bronze Drawer Pull

Square off (straight) the rounded edge countertop.

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Fill in the paneling grooves and paint the paneling in your color of choice.

Jenni-Kayne-kitchenRue Magazine

A decorative cabinet panel (under $20) added to the upper cabinet will cover and conceal any damage done in the process and give the end piece a fresh custom look.

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Open-shelving is on trend and would work in this location.

Swedish Farm Kitchen Island

Swedish Farm Kitchen Island

Hillsdale Furniture Weathered Grey Wood Granite Top Kitchen Island with 2 Baskets

Hillsdale Furniture Weathered Grey Wood Granite Top Kitchen Island 

Roll in a kitchen island for extra prep space.

kitchen island fixtures

Conard 1-Light Single Teardrop Pendant
Cavana 6 – Light Kitchen Island Linear Pendant
Maddox Collection Pendant
Carmen 6-Light Kitchen Island Linear Pendant
Freemont 5-Light Kitchen Island Linear Pendant

Carbon Loft Elisgner Industrial Black Metal 29-inch Kitchen Island Table

 

Carbon Loft Elisgner Industrial Black Metal 29-inch Kitchen Island Table

pantry cabinets

The logic of good bones applies here.

Storage wins out, and there’s a good amount of it in place on this wall.

My suggestions for this area:

Fill in the paneling grooves, allow to dry, and paint the back wall.

Remove the hardware, fill in holes with wood putty, prep cabinets, and paint in color of choice.

Adjust the countertop to your liking (we’ll cover budget friendly countertop surface options in part two).

As far as the louvered door and wall to the left of this area goes, and if the budget allows, I’d demo it down and open up the entire space, incorporating the den/dining room combination into an open floor plan plan.

Taking down the entire wall all the way over to the opposite door opening (not visible in this image) would include losing this area, running up the budget, and bring in load bearing wall issues.

4.  Hardware Schmardware

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Armac Martin

Replacing cabinet drawer and door hardware instantly updates the outdated.

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Consider replacing the hinges for a totally refreshed look.

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Home improvement stores clearance bins, Overstock, Amazon, eBay and Etsy are excellent places to pick up super affordable cabinet hardware.

5.  Floors & More

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Older properties sometimes surprise you with their quality design and decorative features, such as original hardwood or tile flooring.

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Unfortunately, older properties can also mean older color palettes where orange, yellow and avocado green reign 1970s supreme!

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Here’s a few suggestions:

Who doesn’t want to replace outdated flooring?

What we want, and what we can afford, don’t necessarily line up.

Don’t you hate when that happens?

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If new flooring is the area of priority, first search clearance sections of home improvement stores, discount building supply warehouses, liquidators, online retailers and eBay for discounted deals.

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When buying local shop prices.

Inquire about flooring goods left over from large jobs.

Retailers will often sell these at great discounts.

Dave the Builder wants me to share with you all a trade secret.

Shop flooring installation prices as well.

Negotiate the best price with the flooring retailer on the flooring and get a quote for the install.

Contact other independent and reputable installers in your area to see if you can negotiate a better price.

k2-_bce12373-d8f6-476c-b953-64e301551026.v3If replacing the existing flooring is a budget buster, kick your flooring plan into clean and save gear.

Often our flip house budget left no room for new flooring, so I would hire a local professional floor refinisher to come in and clean the existing flooring.

He taught me that a bucket of cold (yes, cold) water, several drops of Dawn dishwashing liquid, a mop, and a lot of good old fashioned elbow grease can bring an existing floor back to life.

Home Improvement Ideas On A BudgetMore times than not the flooring in older properties is a blast from the past.

New flooring is a major expense- sometimes an expense best left for another time and project.

In these cases, a well placed decorative area rug covers a multitude of outdated sins.

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A patch of sheet rock, framed piece of art or decorative architectural wall piece can cover yet more design sins of days past.

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In part two of this series, I’ll address home improvement ideas on a budget 6-10 and several budget friendly remodeling bonus ideas.

Holiday Kitchen Chatting Thanksgiving Turkey, Tools, and Tips

Thanksgiving is on the way to a holiday dining table near you, and today we’re holiday kitchen chatting Thanksgiving turkey, tools, and tips.

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Better Homes & Gardens

In this pre-Thanksgiving calm before the holiday prep, cook, and serve storm, I’m utilizing my time to gather the roasting pan, carving set, kitchen essentials and necessary information needed to ensure total Thanksgiving turkey success.

Thanksgiving turkeyHerb, Lemon, and Garlic Turkey

How big of a bird will I actually need?

How do I properly defrost the thing?

How long do I cook a Thanksgiving turkey?

To stuff, or not to stuff, that is the question.

You’ve got questions, and this blog post has got answers.

Let’s talk turkey.

From the folks at Delish:

How much turkey do you need?

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Thawing the Frozen Thanksgiving Turkey

For Refrigerator Thawing:

Place turkey on a tray to eliminate leakage to other areas of refrigerator.

Thaw breast side up, in original unopened wrapper on a tray in the fridge (40 degrees F or below).

Allow at least 1 day of thawing for every 4-5 lbs.

Suggested thawing time for a frozen turkey:

4 to 12 pound turkey:           1 to 3 days
12 to 16 pound turkey:         3 to 4 days
16 to 20 pound turkey:        4 to 5 days
20 to 24 pound turkey:        5 to 6 days

Cold Water Thawing:

Thaw breast side down, in original unopened wrapper.

Cover the turkey completely with cold water.  Change the water every 30 minutes.

Estimate a minimum thawing time of 30 minutes per pound.

4 to 12 pound turkey:        2 to 6 hours
12 to 16 pound turkey:      6 to 8 hours
16 to 20 pound turkey:     8 to 10 hours
20 to 24 pound turkey:     10 to 12 hours

The good people at Butterball offer cooking calculators and conversion charts for everything Thanksgiving turkey.

Here’s the link: Butterball Calculators and Conversions Chart

The Amazon Echo calls up Alexa the answer machine, now we’re cooking playlists, recipes, and the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line® (connect with the Talk-Line through social media, live chat, texting — even Amazon Alexa).

All-new Echo Dot (4th Gen) Smart speaker with Alexa in Twilight Blue

All-new Echo Dot (4th Gen) Smart speaker with Alexa in Twilight Blue

Prep the bird and don’t forget to tie those bad boy turkey legs together with cooking twine.

Taylor Kitchen Twine

Thawed turkey roasting times in a 325 °F regular oven:

6 to 10 pounds:      2 to 3 hours (unstuffed)       –     2¼-3½ hours (stuffed)

10 to 18 pounds:    3 to 3½ hours (unstuffed)   –     3¾-4½ hours (stuffed)

18 to 22 pounds:     3½-4 hours (unstuffed)    –      4½ – 5 hours (stuffed)

22-24 pounds:        4-4½ hours (unstuffed)     –     5-5½ hours (stuffed)

24-30 pounds:        4½-5 hours  (unstuffed)    –      5½-6½ hours (stuffed)

Thawed turkey roasting times in a 325 °F convection oven:

6 to 10 pounds:       1½-2 hours (unstuffed)       –    1¾-2½  hours (stuffed)

10 to 18 pounds:     2 to 2½ hours (unstuffed)   –    2½-3¼ hours (stuffed)

18 to 22 pounds:     2½-3 hours (unstuffed)      –      3¼ hours (stuffed)

22-24 pounds:        3-3½ hours (unstuffed)       –      3¾-4¼ hours (stuffed)

The turkey is done when the temperature with a meat thermometer reaches 170 °F  in breast or stuffing.   

Cuisinart Wireless Meat ThermometerCuisinart Wireless Meat Thermometer 

Use a food thermometer to check the turkey in the thickest part of the breast.

If you stuff the Thanksgiving turkey, the center of the stuffing must also reach 170 degrees F.

Cross contamination between turkey and stuffing is a concern, so just make sure both turkey and stuffing reach 170 degrees F.

Let the turkey stand 15 minutes before carving.

Safe Turkey Prep, Thawing, Stuffing, Cooking, Clean Up Tips:

Always wash your hands before and after preparing or eating food.

Thaw turkeys in the refrigerator, never on the counter.

Don’t wash raw poultry before cooking.  It can spread germs to other areas.

Place stuffing in the turkey just before cooking.

Cook raw poultry thoroughly to an internal temperature of 170 degrees.

Wash your counters, cutting boards, and utensils after they touch raw meat.

Don’t feed your pets raw food. 

Tools and Tips

Kitchen tools that get the job done are just one part of the turkey buying, thawing, prepping, and roasting are essential.

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Graniteware Oval Roaster

The black graniteware covered roaster speaks holidays to me, but I’m always open to a new trad roasting pan that gets the Thanksgiving turkey roasted to perfection.

Nordic Ware Copper Roaster XL Large

Nordic Ware Copper Roaster XL Large

Cajun Classic 15 Oval Aluminum Roaster GL10050

Cajun Classic 15″ Oval Aluminum Roaster GL10050

As I source and suggest I just ordered the Gibson Home Kenmar High Dome Oval Roaster Set.

Gibson Home Kenmar High Dome Oval Roaster Set

Gibson Home Kenmar High Dome Oval Roaster Set

All-Clad B1 Hard Anodized Nonstick Roaster with Rack

All-Clad B1 Hard Anodized Nonstick Roaster with Rack

Oster 18qt Roaster Oven Black CKSTRS18-BSBOster 18qt Roaster Oven Black CKSTRS18-BSB

Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 6.5qt Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer with High Gloss Finish

Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 6.5qt Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer with High Gloss Finish

Going the pressure cooker and air fryer route gives the holiday cook a holiday helping hand.

Turkey breast is the requested option of the Places In The Home crowd, and I usually go with a 3lb. bird breast.

Here’s my two-step how to air fry a Thanksgiving turkey:

Remove any netting from around the breast, lightly coat turkey breast with olive oil and season with preferred seasonings.

Select the air fryer or air crisp function and set fryer to 350 degrees.

The first round of “frying” is for 20 minutes.

Now comes step 2.

Using caution as not to burn yourself, turn the turkey breast and re-coat with olive oil and seasonings.

Set to air fryer or air crisp function at 350 degrees for an additional 30 minutes or until internal temperature of turkey breast reaches 165 degrees.

Allow turkey breast to rest in the place for 10-15 minutes.

 For the slow-cooker cooks:

Time saving culinary companion pieces aka time-saving kitchen tools and gadgets qualify in my recipe book as a sous chef.

Emile Henry Artisan Deep Ruffled Pie DishEmile Henry Artisan Deep Ruffled Pie Dish

Things can get mighty hectic in the holiday kitchen, and a cook is only as good as the kitchen gadgets, tools and accessories he or she uses.

Anchor Hocking Laurel 9.5" Rosewater Pie PanAnchor Hocking Laurel 9.5″ Rosewater Pie Pan

Historic-Farmhouse-Litchfield-Shines-After-Brightening-Restoration-cupboard

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

A well-stocked and organized holiday pantry becomes the star of the kitchen show everyday of the week, but it’s especially popular at holiday hosting time.

pantry-storage-containers Lock & Lock canisters from QVC are my go-to storage containers to store sweet potato puree to cornbread to chocolate walnut fudge.

Lock & Lock 4 piece Tall Canister Storage SetLock & Lock 4 piece Tall Canister Storage Set

Classic style measures up in the holiday kitchen.

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Corningware Cornflower 4 pc. Measuring Bowl Set

 

Aluminum Bundt PanAluminum Bundt Pan

Holiday in the Kitchen tip:

Choose dishes and recipes you’ve met and mastered to prevent a cooking-baking meltdown.

If your dying to try that new dish you saw in a cookbook, on social media, or on a cooking show, prepare it a week or so out to get the hang of it.

Nordic Ware Autumn Wreath Bundt® Pan

BakerEze 6 Pc Copper Nonstick Bakeware Set, Muffin Cake & Cookie Pans

BakerEze 6 Pc Copper Nonstick Bakeware Set, Muffin Cake & Cookie Pans

 

Lodge 7 Quart Oval Dutch Oven - Oyster WhiteLodge 7 Quart Oval Dutch Oven – Oyster White

Pots, pans, Dutch ovens, and cocottes with high performance cook and serve capability add a kick to your kitchen style.

Staub Ceramic 16-oz Petite Artichoke Cocotte - BasilStaub Ceramic 16-oz Petite Artichoke Cocotte – Basil

 

Lodge 5 Quart Seasoned Cast Iron Dutch OvenLodge 5 Quart Seasoned Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Holiday in the Kitchen tip:

Take an inventory of the dishes that have to be cooked on Thanksgiving day and the total prep to stove to oven to table time.

Allow ten extra minutes per recipe to help rule out any issues.

Circulon Innovatum 2qt Stainless Steel Nonstick Covered Straining Saucepan with Pour Spouts

Circulon Innovatum 2qt Stainless Steel Nonstick Covered Straining Saucepan with Pour Spouts

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Plymouth Silicone Spatula Set

Select by Calphalon 12" Cast Iron Round Skillet

Select by Calphalon 12″ Cast Iron Round Skillet

Instant Pot Duo 6qt 7-in-1 Pressure CookerInstant Pot Duo 6qt 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker

The Pioneer Woman Instant Pot DUO60 7-in-1 Frontier Rose 6-Quart Programable Multi-CookerThe Pioneer Woman Instant Pot 6-Quart Programmable Multi-Cooker

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Thyme & Table 4-Piece Copper Measuring Cup Set

Thyme & Table 4-Piece Copper Measuring Cup Set

Carbon Loft Owen Rolling Kitchen IslandCarbon Loft Owen Rolling Kitchen Island

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Mason Cash Mixing Bowls

mixing-bowls-hobnailTabletops Gallery Hobnail 4-pc. Mixing Bowl Set

 

Wilton Bake It Better Non-Stick Baking Pan Set, 3-PieceWilton Bake It Better Non-Stick Baking Pan Set, 3-Piece

Wilton Bake It Better Copper Oven Crisper BasketWilton Bake It Better Copper Oven Crisper Basket

Sing it with me, friends.

♫ I can mash potato, I can mash potato ♫

Starfrit Rotato Express Electric PeelerStarfrit Rotato Express Electric Peeler

Holiday in the Kitchen tip:

Mashed potatoes will stay warm for an hour or so in a slow cooker set to low.

Holiday in the Kitchen tip:

If you slightly scorch the gravy, don’t panic.

Add 1 teaspoon of smooth peanut butter until the burnt flavor is gone.

You may need to add more peanut butter.  Do so 1 teaspoon at a time.

Aladdin Heritage Vacuum Bottle 24oz, PlaidAladdin Heritage Vacuum Bottle 24oz, Plaid

Holiday in the Kitchen tip:

Use a vacuum bottle (Thermos) to keep the gravy warm and free up another stove burner.  

BLACK+DECKER ComfortGrip 9 Inch Electric KnifeBLACK+DECKER  9 Inch Electric Knife

 

Thyme & Table Gold Chef Knife Set, 3 PieceThyme & Table Gold Chef Knife Set, 3 Piece

open-refrigerator-House-BeautifulHouse Beautiful

Holiday in the Kitchen tip:

Cut up vegetables such as green onions, bell pepper, celery, garlic, and root vegetables ahead of time and store in the refrigerator in air tight containers.

Farberware 12 Inch by 18 Inch Hardwood Drip Trench Cutting BoardFarberware Hardwood Drip Trench Cutting Board

Pyrex® 6-piece Glass Food Storage Container Set with Wood Lids

Pyrex® 6-piece Glass Food Storage Container Set with Wood Lids

The countdown to Thanksgiving turkey times is on, here’s hoping this in the holiday kitchen chat offers the information and source suggestions  needed to ensure total Thanksgiving turkey success.

Relax.

Turn up the music.

Enjoy the day!

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Fall Traditions of Kitchen Style, Spice and Seasoning

Spending time in the Places In The Home kitchen on a fall afternoon coincides with traditions of kitchen style, spice and seasoning rooted in memories dating back to the little kitchen in our first home where my love of developing recipes inspired by the tastes of the fall ~autumn season all began.

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Designing, decorating and stocking the kitchen, pantry and cupboard with personal style, staples and spices became an adventure in discovery of taste and tastes.

When fall comes around each year, the memories flood my mind reminding me these are special times for making fall traditions of kitchen style, spice and seasoning.

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The crimson and gold Anjou and Bosc pears from the produce section of our local Kroger colorfully complemented my fall dining room decorating scheme, but as it goes with fresh fruit and shelf life, nothing lasts forever.

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Once photographed and admired, it’s time to give thought to delicious ways of putting a seasonal spin on it.

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Tradition is the key ingredient of my recipes.

The recipes and kitchen philosophies of my great grandmother, my darling Mama Two, inspire and influence the salads, entrees and desserts developed and prepared in the Places In The Home test kitchen.

Mason-Cash-mixing-bowlsMason Cash Mixing Bowls

I leave myself a mixing bowl full of wiggle room by referring to the Places In The Home kitchen as a test kitchen.  If a recipe exceeds taste expectations, my kitchen is the culinary kingdom in which I rule over complete with crown roast and wooden spoon scepter.  If a recipe fails, then my kitchen is simply a test kitchen where taste perfection is not an absolute and I remind the family that Domino’s delivers.

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A jar of Mrs. Bridges fig preserves is my autumn jam.  Fig and pear preserves were a Mama Two staple, especially in her baked goods that I associate with fall traditions of kitchen style, spice and seasoning.  Isn’t it funny the things that play traditional fall favorites with our memory?   It’s a question asked and deliciously answered by the fresh pear salad with sour cream, fig preserves and honey I came up with.

Fresh.

Delicious.

The taste of fall on an vintage porcelain dessert plate.

Slice a fresh pair of your flavor choice in two.  Using a spoon, gently spoon out the center of each pear half.  Place each pear halves core side up on a plate.  Spoon ½-1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice over pear halves.  Spoon a generous dollop of sour cream into center of each pear half.  Top sour cream with 1 heaping teaspoon of fig preserves.  Lightly drizzle honey over pear halves.

A perfect union of flavors for a fresh fall salad option, and a gathering of ideas for fall kitchen style, spice and seasoning.

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enjoy

 

A Most Fetching Friday: Pantry Envy

This week’s A Most Fetching Friday features kitchen or kitchen adjacent pantries of brilliant design, functionality and visual appeal worthy of pantry envy.

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pantry-architect-Jim-Joseph-AD

Architectural Digest

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Hayburn & Co.

Steven Gambrel

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Country Living

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John Lewis of Hungerford

Pantry Envy Accessories –

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pantry envy

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DecorPad

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Rafterhouse

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Junior League of High Point, North Carolina 2015 Designer Showhouse Kitchen

As I perused the Places In The Home Facebook page this week an image posted by Traditional Home magazine immediately caught my eye.

The Junior League of High Point, North Carolina 2015 Designer Showhouse kitchen designed by Charlotte, North Carolina Interior Designer Lisa Mende of Lisa Mende Design is visually captivating.

Junior League of High Point, North Carolina 2015 Designer Showhouse KitchenLisa Mende Design – Junior League of High Point, North Carolina, 2015 Designer Showhouse

Older homes have a history, a story to tell.

Lisa Mende tapped into the home’s history as inspiration for her thoroughly modern interior design concept and execution.

Distinctive details reminiscent of the emerging Art Deco times of the 19oos when the house was built, world events of the early 20th century and the sinking of the Titanic all played a large role in the kitchen design inspiration and influence.

Inspiration truly is everywhere!

Click on the link below the images to read the full story and view the gallery of images from the showhouse.

Lisa_Mende_Design_Showhouse_kitchen_1Lisa Mende Design – Junior League of High Point, North Carolina, 2015 Designer Showhouse

You never know when or where inspiration will strike or what home decor item will excite the eye.

Below is the swoonworthy beauty that did just that.

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The Pimlico Double Swing Arm Plug In  has found a place on my gotta have it list.

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Being the fan of art as a kitchen decor choice that I am, the above image speaks modern elegance to me.

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Disclosure: As it in life and disclosure policy compliance with FTC rules, honesty is the best policy. This post contains affiliate links. If you click on one of the product links and make a purchase from the retailer, I receive a commission from the sale.

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Abstract by Mayberry

The framed art piece and the swing arm lamp combination works, and works beautifully.

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I love keeping an eye out for designs, decorating applications and home decor that raises the bar, races the heart and inspires.

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Holiday Drama: Home Decor Statement Pieces

Home decor statement pieces aren’t expressly exclusive to holiday fashions.

Decoristas never need an excuse to home decor accent and accessorize, nor do they shy from reminding Santa it’s perfectly fine to add home decor statement pieces to his list.

At this most festive and stylish time of year, home is the star of the meeting, greeting and eating holiday show.

There’s no time like the present to add a few home decor statement pieces to your holiday wishlist.

I connected the dots to this Christmas wishlist conclusion as I sketched out a potential design alternative for a client.

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The homeowner wants several items that will stretch the budget tighter than tight, and realizing that fact commented, “I guess I could always ask for it as a Christmas present.”

 Christmas bells went off and the Elves got busy dropping hints.

Accent chests offer superb storage and style options for dining rooms as well as kitchens and breakfast areas.

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Cillian 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Farmhouse fabulous meets gotta have it list style with these particular kitchen islands.

Province Kitchen Island

Province Kitchen Island

Known as the hub of the home, the kitchen especially is the center of attention at the holiday time of year.

La Grange Hostyn Kitchen Island

La Grange Hostyn Kitchen Island

Whitewashed Wooden Columbia Kitchen Island with Wheels

Whitewashed Wooden Columbia Kitchen Island with Wheels

Reason number one why I love to “decorate” my kitchen for the holidays.

The Gray Barn Arden Kitchen Island

The Gray Barn Arden Kitchen Island

The polar opposite of boring-done to death-everybody else is doing it, mixing periods and styles is being embraced more and more as the new kid on the block in design style.

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Salento 6-Light Chandelier

The proof of the point hangs with this experimental pairing of an old-world charm of this Parisian white chandelier framed with two sleek and modern Hicks pendants in bronze and black.   

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Thomas O’Brien Hicks Small Pendant

We’re considering hanging this lighting trio over the island area.

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Architectural Digest

Leora Modern Glam Tufted Velvet Wingback Loveseat

Leora Modern Glam Tufted Velvet Wingback Loveseat

Alisa Grey Upholstered Settee Bench Loveseat

Alisa Grey Upholstered Settee Bench Loveseat

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Adesso High Back Chair by Ebanista

Toddman Light Beige Fabric High Back Accent Chair

Toddman Light Beige Fabric High Back Accent Chair

Dear Santa:

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Kitchen Cabinet Color Combinations

Summer is not only the season of outdoor living.

Warm weather and longer days come together to frame many a home improvement narrative.

We here at Places In The Home are prime examples of this. If it’s summer, and it’s the weekend, and the normal home maintenance honey do’s have been met and mastered, Dave the Builder is looking for project to start.

This picture is from one such project, one I must admit I am glad Dave the Builder convinced me to approve.

Dave convinced me that the refrigerator from our other house would be a better fit in our present home.

I took this picture before the panels were painted.

By no means is this my idea of striking kitchen cabinet color combinations.

kitchen-remodel

An email from This Old House appeared in my inbox last week with a subject line of targeted interest.

Kitchen design and decor makes the top five on my design and decor list, so you can only imagine how quick I opened the email when I read the subject line tag “Cabinet Color Combos That Really Cook.”  

Some of the kitchen cabinet color combinations I liked, one I really loved (see below) and a few just didn’t do it for me.

Different paint strokes for different folks!

kitchen with gray painted kitchen cabinets and green blue painted kitchen island, marble countertop and backsplash

In my post I Spy Summer: Summer Trends, I sourced a pair of outdoor throw pillows in the classic color combination black and beige.

The color combination has stayed on my mind.

Good interior design and decorating features will do that.

Experimental color pairings come and go in the world of interiors and exteriors, but classic color combinations trump trend and time.

green-kitchens

TV exec Alix Jaffe’s California kitchen

Most of us realize the white kitchen is not fading in trend or popularity.

As gorgeous as a white kitchen is when it is done right, painted cabinet doors and drawer fronts in show your true colors color can be the stars of the kitchen design show.

Rue Magazine

Paint grade cabinet door and drawer front materials put durability and affordability at the top of the let’s give this experimenting with kitchen cabinet color combinations thing a try list.

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Coming back to the classic color combinations conversation-

I could not resist the temptation to phone a client asking if I could make an amended presentation for her decorative consideration.

Of course the answer was an enthusiastic yes.

We design and decorating minded never tire or bore of new ideas.

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Odd numbers even the look.

lanternsPottery Barn

Finding myself deep into kitchen cabinet color combinations territory, I thought it prudent to discover and share a selection of kitchen cabinet color choices.

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Mendelson Group

Lisa Mende Design  ~ Junior League of High Point, North Carolina, 2015 Designer Showhouse

Cabinet color choices usually complement the overall palette choice, or at the very least the decor style.

kitchen cabinet color combinations

Take the statement a step further with decorative cabinet and drawer hardware.

This instant update option brings the look together.

Cabinet hardware is the jewelry of cabinetry.

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The end result from testing and trying color and/or color combinations on kitchen cabinets and drawer fronts may color you impressed and inspired to make a kitchen redo your summer project.

gray-kitchen-cabinet-colorBetter Homes & Gardens

In the life and the hands of the project minded,  the lazy days of summer are highly overrated.

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