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Boston Common House contemporary kitchen

Boston Common House

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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?
   Comment   November 3, 2013
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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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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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Cushion 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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Blackboard benchseat
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Built in
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Comedor diario, pizarrón
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fun with the chalkboard behind it
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Like the idea of a chalkboard in the kitchen - maybe a framed corkboard sized one?
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built in bench
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Should add whiteboard or chalk board wall.
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kids roim
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Chalkboard wall for breakfast nook
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vasundhara, is this the color that you don't like?
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Bench seating
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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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Chalkboard in bfast nook...maybe a fun color?
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chalkboard wall
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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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February 12, 2014
Blackboard paint is cute and could bring together the playspace and dining area. If it's possible to hang a magnetic board there, then it can replace the lack of a magnetic fridge in the kitchen (for pictures, notes, holiday cards, etc).
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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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Chaulk board behind banquette
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chalkboard- good for darts
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la peretele scarii
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February 5, 2014
Gotta have a chalk board wall and like how it's lit
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Die Sitzbank ist schick.
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Steps to outside
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:D algo así quiero
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bench seating
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Banquet seating. Chalkboard somewhere near the kitchen.
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ktichen nook
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Nook chalkboard wall
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the bench
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Banquette with chalkboard
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Table chalkboard
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Eating table.
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alcove in living room
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scale of banquette beside cupboard - use of board/art
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New idea for kitchen nook, floating bench.
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Like the steps if we were going to convert the garage in to a kitchen diner
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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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Built in bench
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Table window bench
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Shelf-like but still storage (top?)
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chalkboard wall, but add cork board for notes, art, invites, etc
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bench at wall
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Built in bench cubby
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Good idea for children
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space saver
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Breakfast nook
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nook with chalkboard
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open base if register needs it
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Clean lines, chalk board!
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Bench seating
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bench along wall
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bench and storage
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I like the chalkboard wall
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like the chalkboard!
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Blackboard paint
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Darling family space banquette space
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Breakfast nook extra storage and seating
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Great table
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fun idea!
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breakfast nook
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Chalk board
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chalkboard space- would be great on the ends of the built-ins
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banquette nook
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Kitchen blackboard above bench
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Like cupboard lines
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Simple with colorful accents.
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bench nook with chalkboard
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kitchen nook
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Kid friendly kitchen table with chalk board behind it
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Bench seats
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Pantry next to seating
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