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Pearls of Wisdom From a Real-Life Kitchen Remodel

What your best friend would tell you if you were embarking on a renovation and she'd been there, done that Full Story
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Regarding base cabinet options, as others have said, go with drawers. In our smallish kitchen we had three big base cabinets, one was drawers, one had doors that opened and had pull outs, the third was the standard cabinet with a shelf. The drawers were amazing, held tons of stuff and easy to find everything. The pull outs were ok for a while but I have a lot of heavy pans and the glides started to fail. Also they held less than the drawers. The standard cabinet with a shelf was the worst. I had to sit on the floor to be able to see what was in there.
We're in the process of rebuilding that kitchen and all three of those cabinets will now be drawers. We also replaced a smaller lower cabinet with a pullout trash bin, which I am ridiculously excited about. We used to have the trash under the sink but it was inaccessible when anyone was using the sink so every holiday the trash can ended up in the middle of the room so people could help with cleanup!
I wasn't going to be home when the hardware went on so I used blue tape to let the carpenter know the directions I wanted things to go.
Pictures show the three new banks of drawers. The slab is the quartzite we chose for the countertops.
March 24, 2014 at 6:43pm     
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I have some beautiful granite looking Formica counters. I think Formica is fine if it is not used around the stove or sink. I live in an older house with a very large an unfitted kitchen, so the Formica works for us.

1. Love our white subway tile from Home Depot that we installed. It is holding up well after 6 years and 4 roommates and daily cooking at four separate times and occasional cooking dinner parties. I highly recommend it.

2. One thing I love but have not read much about here is a custom made stainless steel double drainboard sink that is seamless with a 12 inch inch integral backsplash and a backsplash mounted faucet. I would have a raised 1 to 1.5 inch lip all around the sink as you see on restaurant sinks with a sink depth of 7. Very much like the porcelain double drainboard sinks of the 1920's but out of stainless steel with a taller backsplash.

3. I love drawers and which we had installed them in the kitchen.

4. I prefer a magnetic knife holder installed in a drawer next to the stove rather then a on the wall. I also don't like the knife racks on the counter or in a drawer, both of them require pulling out each knife until you hit on the one you need for the job.

5. For spices I prefer a drawer with a spice grid, so the spices are leaning on their backs and you can see the row of spices above them and easily reach them.

6. I prefer a wall mounted pot rack for our most used pots and pans. I keep the lids in a dish drying rack in a cabinet shelf, every time I bend down to get them I think of how much easier it would be if I had drawers.

7. Our painter painted our kitchen walls with flat paint instead of washable kitchen paint that we requested be sure to use kitchen washable paint.

8. Install your upper cupboards lower then recommend 12 to 15 inches as opposed to 17 inches high and choose taller cabinets with tall doors that reach to the ceiling rather than stacking two cabinets on top of one another.

9. Slab front cabinet and drawer fronts don't have grooves to catch dirt and grease unlike shaker cabinets which I love the look of but don't love cleaning.

10. Round the corners of your countertops to prevent bruises on your hips and cuts to your running little ones.

11. Avoid building in your appliances, today's appliances don't last the 20 or 30 years they used to, and renovation is expensive,

12 Under cabinet lighting and plugs are a wonderful idea.
June 13, 2014 at 11:33am   
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How to Keep Your White Kitchen White

Sure, white kitchens are beautiful — when they’re sparkling clean. Here’s how to keep them that way Full Story
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I think it is the "how to" and interactivity of this thread that has made it so interesting and useful. I bookmarked it because there are many suggestions I want to keep. (Formica Calcutta Marble, Bon Ami, SCRUB, SCRUB, SCRUB!) Everyone has been so generous sharing. Thanks!
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Homeowner's Workbook: How to Remodel Your Kitchen

9 steps to a kitchen remodel, from gathering design ideas through construction and final review Full Story
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Erin Helene
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June 14, 2014 at 6:39pm     
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Could not find the workbook, is it a PDF and downloadable. I wass expecting checklists or FAQs - anything like that? Super thanks - rico mustafa in indonesia ( visit my website : )
June 17, 2014 at 3:26am   
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