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Boston Common House contemporary-kitchen

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kawsmartt wrote:
Magnets on Blackboard? - Are those magnets on the blackboard? If so, how did you magnetize the wall?
   Comment   January 12, 2014
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Hello: Yes, that is a magnetic chalkboard. The substrate is medium density fiberboard, and it's treated with magnetic primer (Rustolium) and chalk board paint (Benjamin Moore). The magnetic part is tricky, and the primer is no longer very environmentally friendly, so consider it carefully. If you have an option to install a sheet metal substrate with the chalkboard coating, that might be a better solution now.
January 13, 2014 at 7:48AM   
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lindazar wrote:
Kitchen makeover - Can you tell me what the flooring is here. manufacturer and the name?
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Hello: The flooring here is quartersawn ash. It is a site-finished floor so there is not really a manufacturer. It simply came from a lumber mill in Vermont.
November 4, 2013 at 6:25AM   
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esterling wrote:
Gorgeous! Love the bench....dimentions? - Hello! I love this whole kitchen. Could you tell me the size of this built in bench please? Thanks!
   Comment   September 10, 2013
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Hi! That bench is about 7' long, and 24" deep to match the adjacent kitchen cabinets. It has a painted wood back that's slightly inclined for comfort, and loose upholstery cushions in washable fabric. The seat height was put a little higher than the chairs, so that the bench works well for small children.
September 11, 2013 at 6:40AM   
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Wow! Thank you for the speedy (and thorough) answer! the incline is a great idea (as is the slightly raised seat - I have children as well). I really love this space. Its just GORGEOUS!
September 11, 2013 at 6:51AM     
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psteadman666 wrote:
Is the table custom made? Is the top Caesar stone? - I am looking to make a similar table because wood gets destroyed in a kitchen and glass shows everything and gets scratched.
   Comment   February 24, 2013
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There are similar table legs at
July 23, 2013 at 1:50PM   
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Hello! The table is custom, and as others have noted, there are quite a few sources for metal table legs on line. The top here is a heavy duty matte lacquer, but Ceasarstone would be a good choice for durability.
August 23, 2013 at 1:55PM      Thanked by psteadman666
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schoolfieldh wrote:
Are the legs on this table custom made?
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Hello! The table itself is custom made, but the legs are stock. You can just google something like "metal table legs" and you'll find lots of options!
August 23, 2013 at 1:51PM   
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Laura Gaskill added this to How to Love Your Kitchen More, Right Now
4. Include something for the little ones. If your household includes children, you know it can be a challenge keeping small hands busy (and out of hot pans) in the kitchen. Add a chalkboard wall, convert a low cupboard to a secret play area, or keep a bin of Play-Doh and art supplies within reach.
Becky Harris added this to 19 Ways to Create a Cozy Breakfast Nook
Keep the kids in mind. Minimalism meets parenthood in this clever contemporary breakfast nook. Soft cushions, bright colors and a chalkboard create a kid-friendly zone. As most parents know, this will result in dust chalk on the upholstery, so if you go this route, plan your fabrics accordingly.More: How to Love Your Kitchen More, Right Now | More kitchen guides
These setups will also encourage your kids to spend time engaged with you in the kitchen. Even if you’re cooking dinner and they’re working on a project, you’re spending time together. Isn’t that the most important thing about a family home?

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Breakfast chalkboard
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Cubby eating area
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Pizarron magnetico
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Stairs out
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Chalkboard on one side of nook (save space & just do flat trim??)
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Reading area
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striped sofa and pillows
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chalk board
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Chalkboard wall behind
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straight nook
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kids wld love
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Chalk board
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family dining space with kids wall, cushioned bench and glossy white surfaces
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pedestal table
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chalkboard wall!
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Chalk wall
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breakfast nook
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Like the tabletop
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Goodness, I love these chairs...the reproductions look crappy....AHHHH
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put dining in a nook next to cabinets (which could hold desk or mudroom stuff)
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breackfast nook
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Here is a great breakfast nook idea....a fun place to eat with the kids.
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Cute idea above bench for playing
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Banquette with chalkboard wall above.
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Colors for nook
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white table top----way to add a modern approach
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Love the chalkboard
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Black magnet chalk board - like
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Chalk board
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The top here is a heavy duty matte lacquer, but Ceasarstone would be a good choice for durability.
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The top here is a heavy duty matte lacquer, but Ceasarstone would be a good choice for durability.
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More function
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Statement wall behind the nook, maybe dark board, maybe kids art, maybe.... :)
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chalkboard above banquette seat in kitchen. Accommodate dust chalk on fabric.
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Coin dinette!
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Simple bench seat
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Chair Chalkboard
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bench (under window) instead of chalkboard
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floating of the batnquete
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Comedor diario, pizarrón
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built in bench
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Should add whiteboard or chalk board wall.
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vasundhara, is this the color that you don't like?
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Magnetic primer Rustolium and Chalk paint Benjamin moore
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Breakfast nook--straight with recessed lights
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magnetic blackboard
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For Emma
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Cute nook for fun while cooking!
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Chalkboard Wall
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dining with sofa seating
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Clean lines. Seamless transition b/w storage to left and bench
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Chalk board in kitchen
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Cute idea above the table!
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Breakfast nook
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Place the nook at the end of single line kitchen
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Chalkboard idea
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Chalk board behind the nook
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Built in breakfast nook
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love the chalkboard behind the breakfast nook. magnetic too.
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chalkboard- good for darts
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Gotta have a chalk board wall and like how it's lit
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bench seating
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Banquet seating. Chalkboard somewhere near the kitchen.
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Banquette with chalkboard
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Table chalkboard
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Eating table.
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New idea for kitchen nook, floating bench.
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Chalkboard seating area
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Have a chalk wall in kitchen nook - for kids and menu
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layout - love it
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Table window bench
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