Roseann Foley Henry

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roseann Foley Henry is a writer, editor, and home improvement buff. She and her partner and their two children live in Bayside, where they are ever-so-slowly renovating a classic 1920 Dutch Colonial. Among her writing credits are The Life of a House, the story of a tiny gatekeeper’s lodge that was once home to her great-grandparents in County Clare, Ireland. Check her out on Google +!

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NOVEMBER 1, 2011 | TUESDAY
Painting—The Gateway to DIY: The 12-Year Kitchen

I can’t remember when I first painted a room, but I was pretty young. Finding out that I was capable of improving my surroundings, and realizing how gratifying that is for me, was probabl...

OCTOBER 25, 2011 | TUESDAY
Make Room for Mud: The 12-Year Kitchen

I’ve always pined for a mud room—they seem like such remarkably efficient spaces for collecting coats, boots, sneakers, backpacks… all the clutter that drives me nuts when I see it piled ...

OCTOBER 18, 2011 | TUESDAY
Are You Smarter Than Your Refrigerator? The 12-Year Kitchen

We are so close to finished I can almost taste the ice. It’s been more than seven months since this project began, and although conventional wisdom is that it’s smart to do a kitchen in t...

OCTOBER 11, 2011 | TUESDAY
Counter Attack: The 12-Year Kitchen

We finally hit the milestone we’ve been waiting for: the countertop is in!This was a big one—the finish line has been in sight, but unreachable, until now. Everything that needed to be do...

OCTOBER 4, 2011 | TUESDAY
That Last .2 Mile: The 12-Year Kitchen

I overheard a snippet of dialogue on TV the other night, in which a woman mentions that a marathon is exactly 26. 2 miles long. To which her companion jokingly replies, “Sure, anyone can ...

SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 | TUESDAY
Cabinet Artistry: The 12-Year Kitchen

Anyone who embarks on a large-scale renovation like our kitchen project worries about it—it’s a huge expense and a major investment in time, with consequences you’re going to live with fo...

SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 | TUESDAY
A Game of (Quarter) Inches: The 12-Year Kitchen

Since the beginning of our kitchen renovation, we’ve had a running joke about a rogue quarter inch—we’re either missing it, or we're over by that much, at virtually every turn. But it’s a...

SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 | TUESDAY
Stepping Out: The 12-Year Kitchen

“This is how my father taught me to do it,” said Joe Salamone with a grin, looking proudly at our newly finished patio. “I don’t know how to do it any other way. ”It’s a good bet that he ...

SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 | TUESDAY
Timing Is Everything: The 12-Year Kitchen

We had started our kitchen renovation project in early March, so the early stages were hampered by the predictable weather that comes with any northeastern spring. I was glad we could mak...

AUGUST 30, 2011 | TUESDAY
It’s Electrifying: The 12-Year Kitchen

When we bought our house in 1999 (right), one of the things we did before we even moved in was to upgrade the electrical wiring. Overhead fixtures that operated on pull-chains got wall sw...