Posted by J L on December 10, 2012
Posted in Home and garden • Shopping | Tagged With: cabinets, kitchen, kitchen remodeling
In the months prior to hiring Dwayne to remodel our kitchen, my wife spent months pouring over kitchen remodeling magazines, picking out the different features that she wanted. She wanted an electric strip of outlets running along the length of the counters underneath the cabinets. She wanted an under-the cabinet mounted book rack to hold her cook book while she was cooking, and an under-the cabinet mounted knife rack for our sharp knives. She wanted to have a wrap-around counter that had an over-hang on one side to put bar stools under to be used as a dining surface when needed, and a specially designed wheeled cart that would tuck under the counter for storage. This cart had a drawer in it for silverware and shelves for the dishes. When it was time to unload the dishwasher the cart could be wheeled over to the dishwasher for easy unloading, and when it was time to set the table the cart could be wheeled over to the table for easy table-setting.
Right beside the dishwasher she wanted a revashelf mixer lift here to keep the Cuisinart food processor. And she wanted a flush-mounted butcher-block cutting board on the counter between the stove-top and the sink. The kitchen was breathtakingly beautiful when it was done.
One of the things that my wife and I enjoy doing together is watching “do it yourself” types of television shows. Especially the ones that involve renovating and remodeling old houses. Some of the television shows are really amazing with the tricks and techniques that the star decorator uses to accomplish fantastic results on a limited budget. For example, old and dilapidated kitchen cabinets do not all have to be ripped out and replaced with all brand new. There is a resurfacing product called Kitchen Magic that uses the existing cabinets and simply puts great looking new surfaces on them.
The finished Kitchen Magic cabinets look like they are really expensive sold maple or solid oak or (solid whatever) when in reality they are thin veneers of the wood that are glued to the existing framework of the existing cabinets. Doing that, and then replacing or resurfacing the kitchen counters and it will look like a brand new kitchen at about half of the cost of actually having that brand new kitchen! It really is quite clever how they do it!
The wife has decided that we our kitchen is in dire need of a make over. Thank goodness she isn’t wanting a huge remodeling job done, but big enough to where we really need to sit down and discuss everything that it would entail and start getting a few estimates together before really committing to it.
She recently visited an old high school friend of hers that she found on Facebook and was totally impressed with the Mosaic Tile that her friend had in her bathroom. So much so that she came home and started looking around online to see what types of Mosaic Tiles are out there these days that she could incorporate into her “new” kitchen that she is so excited about re doing.
So far the best selection and prices she found were at edenmosaictile.com and I can see why she is so impressed with them. They offer a great line of metal mosaic tile made of stainless steel, copper and aluminum, as well as a unique line of glass and stone tiles. We have a lot to figure out and I have a feeling that it will be a challenge trying to agree on certain things, but we have plenty of time to get it all squared away before signing on the dotted line.
Posted by J L on February 17, 2012
Posted in Friends and Family • Home and garden • Life • Opinion • Parenting • Pets | Tagged With: dogs, kids, kitchen
Whenever Troy comes over with his dog Munchkin, the first thing I do is grab the pet gates from the mud room and install them in the two kitchen doorways to keep the dog from running loose throughout the house. I used to let Munchkin just run loose throughout the house but a while back he had decided to use the bed in the guest room as his toilet and my wife was clearly very unhappy about that.
I can remember when our kids were young we had used baby gates to keep the kids out of trouble, but they are good for keeping friend’s dogs out of trouble too. My favorite kind of gate is the kind that is pressure mounted but is a “walk-thru” gate that actually has a gate within the gate that you can open and walk through it. They are a little bit tricky to install, but once you have it installed correctly the convenience of being able to walk through it is well worth the extra effort.