Lynda


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Inside Houzz: Refaced Cabinets Transform a Kitchen

No walls came down. No windows were added. But this once-dark kitchen looks completely different, thanks to bright new surfaces Full Story
     Comment   August 31, 2014
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Linda
I have to admit seeing the before then after has made me decide to keep my dark cabinets. I was debating whether to paint them but not now. I do love both but there is an elegance to the dark finish.
August 31, 2014 at 12:56PM     
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weatherwife
Jean Stryker, I was just about to post a comment on the other thread when I read yours. Thank you got starting this new (and much- needed!) thread!

I was thinking about your home and love the current "Crest" we are playing with.
I thought about your surroundings, specifically the trees, and I was thinking how beautiful the trees must look especially in and through the sunsets you describe. They must be dazzling shades of green.
I googled "emerald" and what it might symbolize, and read this:

"St. Hildegard of Bingen, the noted litjologist, declared, 'All the green of nature is concentrated within the Emerald.' ".

So I thought- "Emerald Crest" might be a lovely name to consider!
August 28, 2014 at 6:49AM        Thanked by stryker
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Lynda
The tile was cold and hard. But, the biggest issue was cleaning the grout. First I had lighter grout, which was a real pain, so I had it all restained darker and sealed. It was still a pain to clean. No matter what I tried it just never looked like it did when it was newly done, whereas the wood still looks beautiful! I do have tile in my bathrooms as I didn't want to have to worry about steam and moisture issues. Everyone has their own preference, though.
August 26, 2014 at 7:16AM   
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Lynda
The tiler said he had added something to help with sealing. However, when we changed the color it took it - we then had it sealed again. This was 10 years ago, so I would guess the new products out there are better. We just built a new home last year and tiled the whole basement including the kitchen (1700 sq ft mother-in-law apt) and we used a rectified? edge with a super skinny grout. I wasn't as worried about it since it wouldn't be used much.
August 26, 2014 at 7:47AM   
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Lynda
My cherry cabinets are stained a dark walnut and I don't think the money was wasted. You can still see the grain and from the OP's picture, I can see the grain on her sample piece. My cabinet maker was the one that recommended I go with cherry when I told him I wanted a darker stain?
August 26, 2014 at 11:21AM     
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Al Fortunato Furnituremaker
@ Lynda, Of course they are your cabinets and if you are happy with them that's great. As a furniture maker, I fail to see the logic of taking a high end wood that has beautiful natural color and staining them a color that is not even close to the natural color of the wood. There are many woods that are less expensive and have similar grain patterns that would be more cost effective to use for dark stains. The OP's sample seems to be walnut color (hard to tell on a computer), why not use walnut? It's a beautifully grained dark wood and only gets better with age.
August 26, 2014 at 11:47AM     
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Lynda
I have never been a fan of wallpaper in my home - harder to change versus paint. But, those are beautiful! If I were to wallpaper, would you suggest just the one wall?
August 26, 2014 at 7:58AM     
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Lynda
For those that think I should replace the rug with a square one...can you give me some examples? I have scoured the internet and am not having luck finding any that have cream, taupes, deep rust/red, or greens in it. The one I did like was only 7' 9" - which wouldn't work, right? The table is 54".
August 26, 2014 at 8:03AM   
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Lynda
I would definitely be up for a project - as long no artistic skills are involved. I have none! :-)
August 26, 2014 at 9:31AM   
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Ann
7'9" would be a bit small. You need to add 4' to the diameter of the table (which gives you the needed 2' for every chair to pull out). So, that comes to 8'6" (or bigger) for a rug size.
August 26, 2014 at 10:09AM   
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Lynda
Thanks Ann. I wasn't sure of the guidelines. That is helpful.
August 26, 2014 at 11:17AM     
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Lynda
I have the same interior doors in my home. I also have 2 doors (pantry and mud room) in my kitchen and my cabinets are square panel. I had never considered that the doors might need to match the kitchen? I will be interested in what the experts say. To me, it looks great with arch panel doors :-)
August 26, 2014 at 9:12AM   
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US Door & More Inc
Here is one of these Bifold Doors in the Kitchen:


August 26, 2014 at 10:40AM   
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groveraxle
The biggest problem with your room is that everything is either dark dark or very light. It's not so much color you lack, but variation in values. Plus that sofa is a real light sucker.

Everything in the renderings below is from West Elm except for the bamboo blinds which are from Home Depot.

I thought about just painting your coffee table with chalk paint, then decided to replace it with an upholstered ottoman which is much more friendly to baby noggins.
August 25, 2014 at 5:19PM        Thanked by Natalie C
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groveraxle
It starts with an awesome rug. This will be your most expensive item, but it's the one with the most impact. I figure you need a 6 x 9, and this one is $223 at Wayfair. (Note: I generally don't use Ikea rugs because they're never large enough.) Everything else in the room is from Ikea and is keyed off of it. Links below for the major items. The pillow covers and throw on the chaise are from Ikea and so is the art; it's a photo of the Eiffel tower that picks up the green in the rug. This whole room is about $400 (Less than one ottoman at West Elm; not bad.)

curtains: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20232301/

floor lamp: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80213597/

coffee table (make sure you get the white one): http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80262253/

awesome rug: http://www.wayfair.com/Dash-and-Albert-Rugs-Woven-Da-Bomb-Rug-RDA113-DAX1317.html
August 26, 2014 at 6:45AM     
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Lynda
I have SW Ancient Marble walls in my office and guest room. I absolutely love it - wish I would have done it in a few of my other rooms. I have the BM White Dove trim and it looks beautiful with the Ancient Marble. My vote would be for painting the shelves a soft white. :-)
August 25, 2014 at 6:34PM   
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Lynda
Oh wait, I see you said Antique Marble not Ancient Marble. Sorry. I still vote white shelves.
August 25, 2014 at 6:35PM   
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Lynda
Love it!
August 24, 2014 at 6:16PM   
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amelialouise3
Thank you for the tips! I will make sure not to use pieces with crowns. I learn so much on this forum.
August 25, 2014 at 6:44AM   
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mkritt
Beautiful!!
August 25, 2014 at 6:49AM      Thanked by qofmiwok
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Lynda
Beautiful!
August 24, 2014 at 6:15PM   
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Chelsea Construction Corporation
Great transformation and attention to finishes. Nice job! -Chelsea Construction
August 26, 2014 at 10:27AM      Thanked by KraftMaster Renovations
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KraftMaster Renovations
That would be a great spot to add a screen (Agreed) and some matching window treatments!
August 26, 2014 at 2:55PM   
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Lynda
Are you on a PC or using a phone or iPad app? On my iPad, you find a photo, click on Save or Add to Ideabook, if you already have some there - select which one you want to save it in, and hit Save. If you want it in a new Ideabook, click on the arrow or name of another Ideabook, and you'll see "add new Ideabook." Type in whatever name you want to describe it, and click add.
August 24, 2014 at 3:36PM   
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claralou1
I've tried this also but it won't save new idea books!!
August 25, 2014 at 3:46AM   
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   Comment   August 24, 2014
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sarainitaly
I am doing a bench, but i have 5 nieces and nephews. I also have 8 other chairs (that will be coordinated) at other tables that I can pull in and swap for the bench, as needed per dinner party. I love the look, and also love the fact that chair backs won't block the front view of my table. The two styles will be similar to these:
July 21, 2014 at 8:03AM        Thanked by Joe Nicklo
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Margo
If you are going for the softer look, Yes, replace the red drapes! Red is an aggressive color. I got a hot flash just looking at the photo'))
August 24, 2014 at 8:43AM     
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maryelia
I am with polarity, above. After 47 years of marriage and sleep disturbed by snoring, or restlessness, or trips to the bathroom, or one reading late or the other watching tv, or whatever, we now have our own rooms and sleep like babies. What a treat having the whole bed to myself! And all intimate relations are unchanged....we make visits! We love it!
August 24, 2014 at 4:55AM     
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Laura Redenbaugh
Whichever one the dogs decided I can have that night. At home, it's usually the left side & at our cabin where the dogs don't visit, it's the right side. Only correlation is that both have my feet pointing north and both are the side closest to the door. *whispers* Actually, at the cabin I sometimes sleep in the middle because I can.
August 24, 2014 at 7:46AM     
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soccernutz
I worked at a vet for 3 years. I'm not a vet and I'm not an expert but I did pick up on a few things while there assisting the docs. Danger signs for the wound: red, hot, puffy skin, yellow oozy stuff, green oozy stuff, a smell like rotting meat. If none of these things are present then all I'd do is wash the wound with soap and water twice per day and slather antibiotic ointment on it. Take a clean squirt bottle and fill with luke warm soapy water then rinse the wound well. Have another squirt bottle with plain water and rinse the soap off. Pat dry with a paper towel. Slather with antibiotic ointment. If you can wrap it to keep dirt out that would be good and also keeps goopy ointment on the dog and not your house. The trouble with old skin is that it's fragile and has a tendency to tear. I hope this helps.
August 24, 2014 at 6:21AM     
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