Painted Hutch

This was a very simple application of updating existing built-in hutch and kitchen cabinets.  Customer selected Kelly Moore “Alameda”. in aPainted  Built in Hutch & Kitchen Cabinets semi-gloss finish.   This selection created a more consistent use of color found in the existing wallpaper and draperies than the previous “off white” finish.  As a result the room took on a new warmth and pleasant atmosphere.  This same treatment was applied to the kitchen.  Wainscot in the dining area and adjoining kitchen was painted “White Linen” by Kelly Moore Paints.  I would like to point out out that, I will work with any paint products, preferred by the customer.  I will also guide you on decisions.

In many cases you can select your color from unlimited “chip” sources or select existing colors from virtually anything, draperies, wallpaper, etc.

Experimenting is good, on this project we finished door panels for the customer to consider before proceeding. These cabinets were previously painted with enamel.  Surfaces were de-glossed, primed & painted.  This finish should fair well for years to come.

If you would like to discuss an update or renovation in your home or rental property, Call me and lets talk.  It’s the fastest way to get the information you need.  MC Handyman  972-814-4310


Tiled Counter

I regret, not taking a picture before I started this kitchen.  The original surface was a multicolored light green laminate.  The kitchen before title, was impressive, tile added substantial character & warmth.

We opted to frame all of the counter edges with a custom wood edging.  Original counter surface was removed, to insure a good tile bond.  I have seen some installers tile over laminate, I for one will not. 




Tile selection 6x6 inch , Grout was Poyblend sanded - Antique White

We modified the breakfast bar, expanding the top to accommodate the exact length and with of tiles.  This eliminate any need for cuts in the tile and greatly enhanced the appearance.

As you watch the pictures change you will see where new down lights were added over the counter.




Trellis, Carpenter WorkSome jobs are just downright fun.  I really enjoyed this one. What to do about that little stretch, from one place to another.  In this case its the carport and the back door.  Solution? Add a trellis & top it with translucent lightweight roofing .


Protection from the rain & sun, but still allowing light  to window and door below.  Get creative and if you need some ideas, lets get together and talk about it.  All of the trellis components were primed, painted to match house exterior, this item would have looked good stained  also.


Water Damaged Soffit

Sometimes you have some problems and you just have to get into the affected area to see what your dealing with.  In this case it was water damage caused by leaks in flashing where the fireplace meets the roof.

Actually the flashing had rusted out over the last 15 years or so.  Probable cause was a buildup of leaves and debris.  In the first picture, were looking at the roof from underneath.  The damaged Soffit has been removed.  You can see the extensive damage to the framing and truss

When ever you have water damage, inside or outside of your home.  It’s a good idea to look into it further.  This type of damage only get worst with time. 


Replacing  Cultured Marble with Custom Tiles


So what was wrong with the original tub? 

Well it was fine, until time, maybe a shift in the tub or foundation caused the front of the tub to crack.  And if you have a cultured marble tub, many are one-of-a-kind, and replacement pieces don’t exist.

This not a problem you see every day.  It does demonstrate that there is a way fix almost anything.  I looked over 4 or 5 of my favorite spots in Dallas to find tile & marble that could blend well with the existing marble.  You cant see it in the picture but, the height of the tile  at the front is 1 inch lower, part of the original design for drainage. 

Fixing the tub required installing laminations of wood, matching original curve front. Tile was then bonded to the new surface.   The tile used was 18 x 18, floor tile with a marble pattern.  The front of the tub arches forward so it was necessary to cut tile 6 inches wide to make the curve.  A custom tile repair with elegance, perhaps more so that the original.

If you have a unique problem?  I am willing to get creative to solve it.


The Works

New tile, wallpaper, paint & Faux molding make a great bathroom even greater. 

Also installed thermostatic controlled shower, removing and replacing original tiles as required.


New temperature controlled shower

Tile with custom Grout

New Wallpaper

Refinished Mirror Frame

New temperature controlled shower

Tile with custom Grout

New Wallpaper

Refinished Mirror Frame









Installed Counter with Stove / Range Top


Removed outdated tile and replaced with, a new Formica counter top and back splash.  Drawers displaced by the new oven were reinstalled in place of the 30 year old double ovens which were removed on the right 

New microwave, replaced older vent hood.


Removed Double Oven, Installed Formica Counter & Stove w / Oven, Relocated Displaced Drawers to Double Oven Space


New Counter Top


Replaced 30 year old counter, which had built in cutting board and blender.  New full size counter provides large work surface.  Installed cast Iron sink, disposal, back splash & under counter lighting.


Resurfaced Counter & Back Splash, Installed New Cast Iron Sink & Kitchen Faucet


More, Tumbled Stone Back Splash.


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