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3 Steps to Choosing Kitchen Finishes Wisely

Lost your way in the field of options for countertop and cabinet finishes? This advice will put your kitchen renovation back on track Full Story
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Once the PLAN AND LAYOUT is firmly decided.... 90 percent at least, this is the process I take my clients through. Painlessly!! For the entire kitchen start to finish.

1. Pick your "flavor"! A country kitchen? A sleek urbane environment? Consider the feel of the rest of your home. A super modern kitchen in a colonial spec build in suburbia... may feel too out of sync for the next person if you sell. Get the "pop" of modern from smaller choices within your kitchen plan.
2. Now choose your cabinetry, and your flooring. The style of door, and whether it is light, white, flat, trimmed, recessed panel, raised panel, inset door, or full overlay door, or open shelving... will affect feel, and PRICE. You don't want these to disappear into the floor, so consider them together with your floor choice. Most times, the floor will be the same hardwood you have in an adjacent room. Tile is fine, but cooler, and it creates a "breaK" from the rest. The more changes in flooring surfaces in a home, the more cut up a house feels.
2.5!! Sink, appliances, faucet etc!! Sizes affect your cabinet plan, so to
the best of your ability, make those firm choices from the beginning.
A 48 inch professional range, will have different venting requirements than a 30 inch cook top
3. Choose your counter tops. Know that granite, often becomes a "color and pattern" so consider your adjacent rooms. If you want room for future change in adjacent areas... keep it light, and neutral, and low maintenance. Icy white Zodiaq looks super in a modern kitch, but watch for certain metals to mark it. Pewter, your jewelry, a belt buckle. Caution!
4. The backsplash: You CAN run a counter surface up the backsplash. The counter is the decider in any case. If you chose a "yogurt swirl" granite... you want a simple tumbled stone splash. If your "feel" is "high end Hamptons" white cabinets and a marble counter, a white subway tile, perhaps. Keep the flow and feel of the kitchen when you make your decision.
5. Lighting: Once you know how much, and what type, and where...pick all the low voltage such as under the counter, or any high style hanging pendants first. The electrician will need the specs, and the last thing you want is to
have to chop up new drywall.
6. Cabinet hardware. The one place you can take your time. As long as it is there for the finish! And if you are torn, and can't decide a backsplash, also know it happens almost dead last.... and can happen any time. Do not make yourself nuts, if you prefer to wait and see your counters installed.
The more advance planning ... the smoother the re-model. No waiting for apps and counters that were ordered too late!!!
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I have this in my laundry room. it has been discontinued…why? It is great. Looks like a basket weave.
October 3, 2013 at 5:50pm     
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Darian Schiffman
I called Mannington yesterday to see if they replaced it with something similar and they didn't. Apparently, they discontinued it back in 2008 so I guess it's unlikely I'll find it anywhere :(
I'll post something if I find anything similar.
October 4, 2013 at 7:42am   
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From the Pros: How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Want a major new look for your kitchen or bathroom cabinets on a DIY budget? Don't pick up a paintbrush until you read this Full Story
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lbisacca
What color should I paint this entry way? Need help and advice
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diyher
lbisacca, you need to start your own thread with your question :)
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