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I’ve lost count of the questions I’ve answered. It’s in the tens of thousands over the past 28 years. Most questions are pretty straightforward, and the answers are somewhat obvious. However, every now and then I’m blessed with an email from a homeowner who provides an incredible teaching moment.

So many renter kitchens and bathrooms are cursed with the cheap, ugly, and not all that functional iron shelves in the pantry or closet. TikTok creator @kelseyvenkov transformed her pantry by placing wood on top of the wire.

If you tend to gravitate toward a neutral color scheme in your home, check out this @diariesofmyhome Amazon kitchen find. The wood handles and sturdy tops make these cooking utensils a great buy.

You may wonder if the new belle of the ball, a 3D printed house, is really going to cost you less money to build than a normal house in these times of stratospheric lumber prices. Some publications fawn about new techniques like these and often only share the glitter and gleam of the technology. This is nothing new, as decades ago lots of bold forecasts were made about geodesic dome houses, A-frames and, most recently, straw-bale houses. All were flash-in-the-pan trends, and only time will tell what will happen with 3D printed homes.

Bekvam kitchen carts come without any finish, so they’re the perfect piece of Ikea furniture for an easy hack. TikTok creator @brookedarwin upcycled her kitchen cart with a fresh coat of paint and a realistic contact paper marble top.

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This 45-piece set includes play food, kitchen essentials and even working appliances with interactive lights and sounds, plus onboard storage options to keep the kitchen tidy when it’s not in use. Starting at $99.99 at Amazon

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