Let's not spent time on stupid introductions. Here is probably the cheapest fastest and the cleanest way to renovate a kitchen: paint your cabinets. And the good news is that you can do it under $100. Even for a large kitchen with 34 cabinets, you will need just 1 gal of primer and 1 gal of paint, a little bit of wood putty, a brush, and a couple of 6-inch rollers for smooth surfaces.

2x4 lumber is very cheap and widely available at any lumber yard or home improvement store. It is the most common building material for residential homes. It is inside our walls as studs every 16 inches. And we used to look at it as something rough, best case scenario suitable for some outdoor furniture, a workbench or "rustic Barnhouse" style.

I promised a detailed review of a General pocket hole jig. Here you go. I got the #854 Adjustable Pocket Hole Jig Kit. Usually, people read reviews and get things. I did the opposite. After the trip to Home Depot, I did a small research and read the reviews. After several of them, I had an urge to return the jig without even trying it and get one from Kreg.

Blueprint S470-5 was named the color of the year by Behr. That is a great color mixture of blue and grey. It looks like we are not moving completely away from the grey palette of the previous years but slowly drifting towards more solid colors. Last year Benjamin Moore tried to break this grey line with solid red, naming Caliente AF-290 a color of 2018.

UPDATE: As of July 2019 the store is CLOSED. I was passing Hardwoods in the Rough almost every day for the past several months but never had time to stop by and see what they have in store for me. Yesterday I finally stopped by. If you are passing through Manassas on Liberia ave you cannot miss that premier dealer of fine, unique and rare hardwoods for any home improvement or craft project.

The Classic Workbench from Benchcrafted ($2600) as they state on their website is based largely on the famous Plate 11 workbench from Roubo’s “The Art of the Joiner”. The Classic is a simpler, easier to build version of Roubo’s bench. French technical schools of the late 19th and early 20th centuries were outfitted with benches just like this.