Kevin Strader


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Elizabethtown, Kentucky, United States 
About me:
City Planner with background in Architectural Design. Enjoy interior design and doing things in the house (when my wife lets me). 
My favorite style:
Traditional to Transitional 
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Dytecture
Paint brush, a primer and a can of paint of your choice.
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Kevin Strader
Make sure the brick is clean before you start.
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Kevin Strader
Wouldn't do a full curtain. Maybe just a valance.
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Vision Design
sorry here is the image...
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Mrsbaglady
what a pretty view... i would only add something that softens the top frame but no obstruct your view..
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Kevin Strader
Not sure if it can be sanded and stained (check with a flooring professional). Changing the lights to a cooler color might change the look somewhat.
Yesterday at 11:56am   
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meganlspringle
I agree with Kevin about the lights. Also, because you have warm tones in your cabinetry and on the walls and trim, it may be further heightening the orange in the floors. Perhaps you can try painting the walls a different color and see if that helps.
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Kevin Strader
Tan, gray, green overtones would all work. Best thing is to get some samples, bring them home and put them against the brick.
Yesterday at 11:53am     
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Kevin Strader
Be careful what type bulb you put in your pendants. We just redid our kitchen and the contractor put in some incandescent bulbs (60W) and it was like standing in an Easy Bake Oven. Switched them out for LED's and light is great and you don't feel like you in a tanning bed.
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Anne Dempsey Stough
I am looking at using the Galeana seeded glass mini pendant, which I found on Houzz, I am not sure about what light bulbs goes in there. I will have to check it out
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Anne Dempsey Stough
Image below, says a 100 watt bulb, so I am guessing two should suffice?
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Kevin Strader
Your floor is neutral and the cabinets are not dark so I see where the tile guy is coming from. We used a mosaic that had light, medium and dark colors. It's American Olean Emperador Mosaic. It would work, if you like the mosaic look.
Yesterday at 11:08am   
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You have a beautiful kitchen!! A suggestion would be, glass tiles as theses would be an elegant light generating addition. You can go with a neutral field tile and accent with a splash of color to tie in your beautiful counter top. This can be achieved by using anyone of our 37+ standard formats or 15+ Architectural assemblies, giving you a truly custom experience just for you. Feel free to browse our site for ideas. Wishing you a sparkling day.
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Kevin Strader
First you need to remove the cause of the moisture, which is what allows the mold to grow. Until you do that whatever you put up is going to have problems as well as mold continuing to grow. After the cause is corrected then you can paint, paper, whatever and it will be fine.
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expert said as the soil is moist underneath it will be a problem alwaz..so it cant be fixed..but wallpaper is slso gonaa chip off...what about sheets???is it going to stay or what?
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ProSource Memphis
You have a leak somewhere. Either the plumbing, the roofing, or some flashing somewhere is allowing moisture to infiltrate your walls. Fix the problem, not the symptom of the problem.
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Kevin Strader
Table is set like this and then we use clear glass plates.
on Monday at 12:37pm     
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2213 Inc.
Nothing crazy really, since I'm not so much into decoration, but flowers are all over the place. Since it is still to cold over here to have flowers outside we bring them in.
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I celebrated Persian New Year this year with my own version of a sofreye haft-sin, a display commemorating rebirth and life that is supposed to include seven items that start with the letter "s." I went with seven meaningful personal items (French literature, a friendship theme decanter) in addition to some traditional things (stylized goldfish, coins, mirror).
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Kevin Strader
Markraft has a bunch of different lines, Starmark, Woodmont, Ultracraft, Cardell, Kraftmaid & Legacy. Not knowing exactly which white or antique you are thinking about it's hard to visualize how they would look together. More information would be helpful.
on Monday at 11:54am   
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Kevin Strader
Your house has a balanced design (two wings and a central spine) so I would tend to lean more towards a balanced landscape design. Something like this would work.
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Thanks so much, Kevin! I love the landscape you have given it!
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Kevin Strader
Here are the Polyblend grays. Of the five that I saw on the sample card I think the Misty Gray or the Smoke Gray, the two lightest ones, look best with your tile. You have some darker grays & even some taupe in your granite but with the white cabinets and the backsplash, I think the darker grays would be too much.
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A granite with veining (flow) as well as one with movement would look good. Here is a mock up of each type. The first two pictures are your proposed granite which has flow and the next two have movement (they happen to be Colonial Gold).
on Monday at 6:36am   
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Kevin Strader
When you have it pieced together then I think you're going to notice it more if you use a granite that flows instead of moves. Seams will be more noticeable with the flow because of the interruption. Movement seams will be easier to hide. If your job will take more than one slab the yard may be able to make the cuts and seams where it is not as noticeable.
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Thank you very much. I will be more informed when I come to choose my granite. LeArning a lot as I move along.
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Kevin Strader
I have the Calphalon Commercial Hard Anodized aluminum. I've had it for years and prefer it over the Stainless and the non stick. You can still get it from Calphalon. I don't think most stores carry it however.
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michealdavid
I have not had Teflon or similar products in my kitchen for 30 years. I saw a video of a Teflon pan heated to 450 deg. with a canary also in the vicinity and the canary died.
canaries were used in the coal mines to determine if the air was safe to breathe .A dead canary ..time to leave.
anodized Calphalon is great ,long lasting.
Eggs over easy in SST , get pan hotter than you think ,add lipid of your choice ,then egg, when the white is partially set but not brown ,flip then 10 seconds and out.
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makaloco
I have a nonstick wok-skillet by Tefal (France) that's the best thing ever for making stirfry. Once I fell asleep while cooking brown rice in it, and by the time I woke up it had been on the stove for three hours. I was sure the pan was done for, but when I couldn't find a replacement, I went to work on it. After three days of boiling vinegar, baking soda, etc., and scraping at the mess with a nonstick utensil, it cleaned up fine, with no loss of coating that I could see.
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Kevin Strader
Hopefully some of this information will clear up some of the questions regarding surveys.

1) Someone questioned how 2 surveys with a common line could be different. Each surveyor may have used a different point of beginning. POB's are known locations, and since there are multiple points each surveyor would be correct.

2) A blanket statement that a survey is required before obtaining a construction permit is not true. This depends on the local jurisdiction and whether the mortgage company requires this. Not all do.

3) Surveys are now much closer than a "foot or two". With GPS technology it is now possible to obtain a much more precise location for property lines.

4) Everyone needs to be careful about making blanket statements like "you can't have an easement against your own property". This may be true in the area where you live but in some areas once an easement is recorded it stays until it is released either by re-platting the property or by a deed release.

5) Again, each area may be different (state or province) but in regards to "adverse possession", in our state there is no statute where the property automatically becomes yours. You still have to go through the courts with an adverse possession claim where any who feel they have a valid claim to the land are given the opportunity to challenge the adverse possession claim.

I've been a City Planner for the past 27+ years and I've seen most anything there is to see. Generally old parcels that have not been subdivided can be sold by "metes and bounds" descriptions, some of which can be over 100 years old. So that 12" oak tree that marked a boundary in 1943 is either a lot bigger than 12" or doesn't exist anymore. Also, once a property has been subdivided the only legal way to change the description of the parcel is to file an amended plat creating the parcel that is to be transferred. Filing and recording the plat does not transfer the property. New deeds must be prepared and recorded to finalize the transfer.

If you have any other questions I'll be glad to try and answer them.
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Abbey C
Mairece : we found out that the developler building behind us was trying to play a religious and family connecton to the neighborhood to get us all to let him do whatever he wanted. The sad part is not only did it back fire but his poor parents still live in the neighborhood and have to deal with the angry complaints about their terrible son! We can't prove it, but we know he also paid off or was friends with the guy on the planning and zoning board who actively pushed all his BAD plans through th process for him.
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I had a problem, with two neighbors, when I moved into an eleven year old subdivision. One neighbor was throwing their tree trimmings behind some trees on HER property. The other neighbor was complaining that I was cutting her grass and it was a different level and one foot inside her property line. I had a survey done for about three hundred dollars and it solved both problems. no more trash behind the trees and I no longer cut the tree inches of property that was hers.
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Kevin Strader
We used ORB with our cabinets. With your paint finish, I agree that they would look good.
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Jolana Knupp Interior Design
Go ahead and match the hardware with the faucet. I overlooked it in a picture originally, but agree with you it would look good.
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If you are talking about glass subway tiles as in the image below (ie tiles made of glass), the pricing is usually in the backing. Sometimes the glue seeps through and leaves nasty "blobs" behind the glass. So you really need to talk with your supplier and even see examples if you can....

last Friday at 1:05am     
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Kevin Strader
Somewhat attributable to thickness of glass too. When we were looking for backsplash tile for our kitchen renovation (12" x 12" mosaic) sheets we saw prices from $4 - $30 a sq. ft. We had just about decided that we were going to have to spend more to get what we liked (as Darzy states) when my wife found the perfect one and best of all it was only $5 sq. ft.
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I like a clean subway tile or the glass tiles, in my opinion, it will be less busy than option three, although I like option 3, I feel the small mosaic dates it a bit...
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Kevin Strader
Like the second one but with the linear style instead of the subway tile.
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Kevin Strader
When we redid our kitchen we wanted to maximize the space between the pantry (right side of the picture) and the island. We decided on 34" between the island and the base cabinet with the dishwasher (left side of the picture. It works for us.
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marybk1960
Thanks everyone, we actually have 40" we did a redesign
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Plenty of room then!
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In the comment section here, click o "attach images" below this box. Find the picture you have saved to your computer under "browse" then submit. Your photo will show up. Be sure the image is suitable size for the web and must be a jpg file photo to upload.
last Friday at 7:48am   
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Kevin Strader
With the light cherry cabinets you could try to match the flooring or go much darker or lighter. Having a picture would definitely help. If there is adequate light in the room I think a really dark plank (espresso) could look good. Here are some examples: 1)Espresso 2) Oak 3) Hickory.
last Friday at 7:49am   
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Kevin Strader
We have barstools in our newly renovated kitchen. We did an island with a raised portion just so we could do the stools. One note, we went with a backless saddle type stool because we wanted to keep a cleaner look (no backs sticking out into a travel aisle.
last Friday at 7:42am   
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Robin Hawkins
I actually removed the raise but the island is curved for the stools. We just moved in so the bar / island is messy. Will post a picture later.
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Kevin Strader
You can paint tile. There are specific paints made for this. Use a foam roller to smooth the finish out. It will look OK. Just remember that it is painted tile so it of course is going to look like painted tile. If the floral is embossed on the tile the shape will still show through the paint. You might want to think about removing it and just painting the walls (unless it is the tub surround which would need to stay if you have a shower.)
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Lorraine Aussant
the tile was the biggest issue in the bathroom we plan on putting tile on the floor and taking out old lino have to remove mirror as it is too big for the space and we are adding new soap dish and toothbrush holder on the wall as well as a new towel bar,some new silicone around the tub surround which is fairly new some paint and done. all my pics are on my iphone but I did put some of the kitchen under before and after you can't miss it it is yellow
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apple_pie_order
I see the yellow kitchen on someone else's thread: http://www.houzz.com/discussions/934529/Our-kitchen-before-and-after-renovation

You might want to move the photos to this thread instead. Wow, that was yellow.
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I like what you picked, however I purchased chrome fixtures for the bath and have green as an accent color. How did you pull those items together on the tile that is really neat? I have been looking for a board to pull my whole house together.
last Thursday at 8:20pm   
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Kevin Strader
First I copied and pasted your tile into Powerpoint. I then google images of paint, faucets, towels, etc. and save them in my pictures folder. You can use the format tool to remove the backgrounds if you want and then just paste them into the Powerpoint document and click save as, then save it with a name and as a JPEG instead of a presentation (if you are going to post it here, otherwise you can save it as a presentation). Sounds more involved that it really is.
last Friday at 7:36am   
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Kevin Strader
I would go to the ceiling. We did. Makes it more of a focal point.
last Thursday at 1:14pm   
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Inspired Interiors by Wendi, IIDA
Hi! I definitely recommend installing the back splash up to the ceiling or it will look unfinished.
last Thursday at 1:19pm   
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Kevin Strader
Traffic Master Allure is a snap together luxury vinyl plank. We put it in our basement because it is water proof. It isn't cheap and doesn't look cheap. Home Depot carries it.
last Thursday at 8:59am     
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hanna1984
We put it in our den. The kids, dog and spilled drinks and food have not marred, scratched or stained it. Our builder suggested it just for the den. We have wood everywhere else. He said he puts it in high end custom homes all the time for the same reasons we did! We are very happy with it and are so glad we decided to use it. :)
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Kevin Strader
Home Depot carries a 100% water proof vinyl plank flooring that snaps together like the laminates. It comes in different colors and wood patterns. We had a water pipe burst this past winter and we put this down. Traffic Master Allure it the name. There is one that sticks together with an adhesive strip that is less expensive but I would pay the extra for the interlocking type. We've been happy with ours. It's not inexpensive but the labor savings over tile is substantial.

The first picture is the one we used. They have one that looks hand scraped too.
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Merola Tile
If you're still interested in wood-look tile, there are definitely plenty of options that are durable and look great. Our Savana Moro 6"x18" (pictured) is among them, and it's super durable! If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks! (http://www.homedepot.com/p/Merola-Tile-Savana-Moro-6-in-x-18-in-Porcelain-Floor-and-Wall-Tile-12-sq-ft-case-FRN6SVM/203414016)
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Patricia Colwell
If your basement floods the first thing you need to do is rectify that problem. OUr house had a problem too when we bought it but some good excavating around the perimeter and some big_o and gravel took that problem away. Putting in tiles is not going to be the answer.
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Kevin Strader
Dark browns or taupe shades if pastels are not an option. Take a piece of the flooring to the paint store and pick out some samples.
last Thursday at 8:46am   
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I agree. Take a floor sample to the paint store and investigate.

I would not choose a color close to the major brown in that sample. If your floor is dark brown, and your walls are dark brown, the color in the room will be too matchy and also make it look like a cave. Rather, I would pick out the color that’s in the veins, which appears to be a warm cream. I don't consider these to be pastels, but they are light in color. Some examples are Benjamin Moore Sweet Cream or Bracken Cream. If these are too light for you, find them on a fan deck, then go "down" several hues so you have something in the same color family, but darker.
last Thursday at 9:02am   
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I think a lovely grey blue would look beautiful with this deep brown.
Try these farrow and ball colours
last Thursday at 9:25am   
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Kevin Strader
We have a 16' x 26' MB suite that has a HUGE drop in jetted tub, which we never use, and a shower that two of us can just fit in (stop those dirty thoughts, I'm just letting you know what size it is LOL). Given the choice I would do away with the tub and put a much larger shower in. If you have other bathrooms in the house that have a tub and you don't use the one in the master bath then by all means, do away with it and do the luxury shower.
April 9, 2014 at 1:45pm   
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unwantedadvice
It is absolutely okay not to have a tub in the master bath. We took ours out when we remodeled both of our bathrooms. The guest bath has a tub, so it works for us. Enjoy!
April 9, 2014 at 2:07pm     
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Kevin Strader
DUPLICATE POST! Posted in other post with picture of tile.
April 9, 2014 at 1:39pm   
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Kevin Strader
I agree that you need to stay away from the really ornate door styles. Your house is more traditional so that type of door would look better. Here's a couple of ideas.
April 9, 2014 at 12:35pm   
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RL MORTON & ASSOCIATES, PC
I like Kevin's pics with the door choices - remember as you add more glass to the door your level of privacy will go down. Definitely revise your side lites on each side of the door as Kevin has shown to bring in the light.
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I like hardwood throughout the main rooms and hallways/ stairs, but I prefer carpet in the bedroom.
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fortdrum2
Robotic cleaners work well on both hardwood/surfaces and carpet. A good balance in a home creates noise and textural balance. My favorite floor was a ceramic tiled bathroom with heat plant underneath in a former Condominium I had. Always a joy when getting ready in the morning in the north country!
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I think it depends on what kind of countertop you have too. I have oil rubbed bronze but my stainless sink is under mounted.
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Kevin Strader
We have ORB cabinet hardware as well as light fixtures. Even the outlet covers in the backsplash are ORB. Our sink and appliances are stainless. We went with an ORB faucet. I think it goes better with everything than stainless would.
April 9, 2014 at 12:17pm      Thanked by loviedovie3274
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Kevin Strader
I think it needs to be neutral, since your granite is so bold. Maybe a travertine.
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studio10001
I believe those were 4x12 ( and you could go larger). I suggest matching the grout to your tile selection, especially if you choose anything smaller than that, so the grout lines do not form an additional pattern of their own.
April 9, 2014 at 5:52pm        Thanked by lk cottage
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2eileen - Black subway tiles in what material? Won't the black close in my small kitchen?
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brittac123
Here's a pic
April 9, 2014 at 7:36am   
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Kevin Strader
With the cabinets and counters you could go in many different directions. Flooring color as well as adjacent rooms would also impact what colors might work best. Here are some mock ups to give you some ideas.
April 9, 2014 at 12:08pm     
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Kevin Strader
Another option would be a small console table up against the wall with a mirror above. Add a vase, some flowers and a small box to hold car keys, etc.
April 8, 2014 at 8:36am     
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jrwagner_author
If you consider removing the tile and replacing it with matching hardwood, the only way to truly match would be to install the same size and species of hardwood (unfinished), sand the existing finish from the surrounding areas then stain everything the same color. I would recommend using a pro to handle a project like that.
Good luck!
April 8, 2014 at 11:30am   
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Kevin Strader
The dining room set is nice wood so I would not paint it. If it was cheap and not worth anything then maybe but nice cherry "NO WAY" would I paint it. Definitely reupholster the chairs, do away with the wall paper and pick a fresh color out of the rug to paint above the chair rail.
April 7, 2014 at 1:55pm     
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njmomma
or these
April 9, 2014 at 11:35am   
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njmomma
Find blue curtains that you love first, then get paint to match.
April 9, 2014 at 11:36am   
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Kevin Strader
Maybe something painted, It could coordinate but not match. I like #3 better because the feet coordinate.
April 7, 2014 at 6:42am   
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travisinteriors
Make sure they are big. Your headboard is very tall so look for scale. It's also very traditional. So stay with that look. Brass is coming back try that on dark wood.
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Kim Horton
Thank you everyone! These are some great ideas!
April 9, 2014 at 1:39pm   
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Kevin Strader
Like pictures 2 & 3 better. #1 is too light.
April 7, 2014 at 6:11am   
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sally78
PS Love the quartz you choose!!!!!!!
April 7, 2014 at 6:17am   
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travisinteriors
The darker one.
April 7, 2014 at 9:02am   
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jn3344
I actually used this product on some melamine furniture. It is made for countertops. I was impressed. Though my furniture isn't the same as a countertop as far as daily use is concerned, I still think the finish has held up well. So if you are looking for something that will do a quick transformation while you decide what to do permanently, this might be it.
http://www.rustoleum.com/product-catalog/consumer-brands/specialty/countertop-paint
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Kevin Strader
That's what I had seen at Lowe's.
April 7, 2014 at 5:51am   
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Kevin Strader
Look at some taupe colors with green/gray overtones. I think those would go well with your brick.
April 4, 2014 at 1:27pm   
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libradesigneye
Sticking with my gray suggestions since you have a peachy pink brick going on. Green undertones can be great with red pinks but I'm not so much a fan with the peachy tones unless you just go green and you have good gray flash in your brick. Whatever you decide on - share it with us when you are done! We love to see progress. ..
April 7, 2014 at 11:36am   
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Paint the door and shutter white. It will make your house look brighter and clean
April 7, 2014 at 3:33pm   
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Thanks mollysmom123, call me after you've declutterd. I've always loved to decorate and love being a Houzzer. I probably missed my true calling when I went into nursing, or at least one of my (not so nice) supervisors thought so - at our annual office party, held at my house, I overheard her say to someone, " I think she missed her calling." I still get a good laugh when I think about that and I love telling the story!
@ beverlynn. Thanks, it is comfortable. Trust me, it doesn't always look that way. Usually the sofa cushions are everywhere, food all over the island - it's a lake house, and we just hang out, eat, hang out, eat some more. At dark, we're on the deck to wind down with a glass of wine or a cold one.
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beverlynn
Lake houses are meant to be relaxing! No better way to unwind at the lake than the way you do! Perfect ending of a great day!
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Black or a darker colour would certainly pop, whereas the brushed nickel would be a nice compliment to your fridge, but obviously not as prominent.
April 4, 2014 at 10:47am   
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Kevin Strader
ORB. Your cabinets are similar in finish to ours (lighter) and we used ORB on ours.
April 4, 2014 at 12:31pm   
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Kevin Strader
I like the siding color. I would just repaint the shutters to add some color. Maybe a deep red/maroon. Also, talk to your electric provider and see if they will let you paint the service that is on the side of the house to match the siding color.
April 4, 2014 at 12:28pm   
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Kevin Strader
Pick a gray cream or brown out of the flooring and paint the walls that color. Replace the multicolor rug with something that doesn't fight with the flooring (perhaps gray).
April 4, 2014 at 9:02am     
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I would cover 80% of it with a solid rug. Get a great light fixture.
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hanna1984
Am I seeing stairs on the left side of your picture? If so I think you need to consider how close the rug can be to the riser. You don't want anyone tripping on the edge of the rug. Also you don't want it curling up if everyone catches the edge as they step off of the tread onto the floor, and you have the floor vent to consider too. I LOVE Barnhart's mock-up of the calming solids. Use a "greige" wall color, the darker warm beige rug and lighter warm beige paint for the door. Pull the colors from the tile. It will look wonderful. Do Not Paint Or Tear Out That Tile! If you want to change out the ceiling light, keep it simple. A flush or semi-flush drum shade. Get some newspaper and make a template or use a sheet and fold it until the size looks balanced for the rug. It's going to look great! :)
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Kevin Strader
Punch it up with some light bright greens or yellow. I would leave the non bead board areas white or paint a different color.
April 4, 2014 at 8:51am      Thanked by lisadimatteo
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
It looks to me like Bricklin's idea offers a nice combination, tho I would select a lighter shade of turquoise than is in the art that brickin refers to. You could look at Sherwin-Williams Breaktime or Waterscape.


April 5, 2014 at 8:19am   
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brickln
Here it is with a similar wood tone:


April 5, 2014 at 1:31pm   
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Kevin Strader
I agree with painting the paneling. However, if you don't want to do that you could bring in things like rugs, window treatments, more or better lighting to brighten the space.
April 3, 2014 at 11:56am   
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susanmorrison80
yes, all floors are being buffed and polished.
April 3, 2014 at 12:18pm   
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Eagledzines
Since the paneling looks to be solid wood, I wouldn't paint it. I'd either leave it or replace it with drywall. The knots will show through eventually even if you seal them.

I would probably think about making the floor in the kitchen and sitting area the same.

Also perimeter lighting in the ceiling and under the wall cabinets to brighten things up.

The light colored countertops help to brighten things up too but if you wanted to update then a stone, quartz or quartzite is fashionable now.
April 3, 2014 at 12:22pm     
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Kevin Strader
It's almost impossible to find wood that has the character that your piece does anymore. Please don't cover up such beautiful grain with paint.
April 3, 2014 at 11:49am     
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Miss Kristen Levron
You can install Sink in a piece like this. You won't loose all the drawers if any if you do the vessel top sink. You can simply cut out the sections in the drawers to make room for the plumbing and simply add walls into the drawer units. I have seen it done and that is how it is done with custom made cabinetry with corporate companies. I can send you a photo of that done. =)
April 4, 2014 at 7:01am     
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Miss Kristen Levron
Hope this could help you visualize it. =)
April 4, 2014 at 7:03am     
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Kevin Strader
I agree with eagle other than I like your cabinets so much that I would go ahead and use them for the beverage station too.

By the way, I'm drooling over your double ovens. LOL
April 3, 2014 at 6:36am     
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susan180
Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I do agree to keep the same cabinet color and style. Since the color us dark, I may not bring it all the way to the ceiling for the beverage area. What do you agree?
Look forward to your feedback
April 4, 2014 at 4:46am   
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susan180
Question about my wall color Ora from Benjamin Moore "Cedar Key" is the color name. I don't remember the color code but if you can't find it, let me know
April 4, 2014 at 4:49am   
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Kevin Strader
If it doesn't interfere with function I would leave as is.
April 3, 2014 at 6:02am   
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robladahouse
Some pictures in the daylight.
April 3, 2014 at 7:49am   
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robladahouse
Thanks for all of the quick responses!!
April 3, 2014 at 7:50am   
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Eagledzines
I would find it easier to rip down the back of the pantry and leave the face frame intact. You will have to attach a back to the cabinet. I would make it 3/4" flush with the back and use a pocket cutter in order to attach it invisibly from the rear. That would be the most secure since you could use screws. You will also have to rip down the toe kick.

Since the cabinets go to the ceiling I'm assuming the toe kick is separate. If not and you managed to slide the cabinet in with an attached toe it would be pretty difficult to trim it any other way than from the back since the toe kick would be involved.

Or you could take it to a cabinet shop and have them do it.

Or you cut your losses and try to sell it and buy another one.
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Kevin Strader
We recently redid our kitchen and bought 24" deep pantries but had our contractor cut them down to 16" (so we could maintain a traffic flow between pantry & island. Worked out fine. Pantry is on wall behind island.
April 3, 2014 at 6:00am        Thanked by vcto2121
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karelina
Forgetting the dust, noise was the deciding factor. Bagless are much, much noisier.
April 2, 2014 at 9:45pm   
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Susan Bird
I have a German Delphin vacuum that pulls the dirt into water. I have had it for 7 years now and would never go back to other vacuums. I had a Dyson before that in which I was very happy with until I had a demo with the Delphin at my home.

The guy made me vacuum my rug for 15 minutes non stop with my Dyson then turned it back side facing up and then he vacuumed its behind with the Delphin (with its in-depth accessory head that vibrates). You all should have seen the dirt on the floor when he pulled it up!!! I couldn't believe my eyes! I had just vacuumed it for 15 mins and there was a ton of dirt still in it that had fell on the floor!! The he vacuumed it with the Delphin both ways and nada!

My husband and I bought it on the spot and never regretted it. Its easy to use also, you just pour out the water when finished, no dust in the face or cleaning it. I accept that it's veeeery expensive but every time I vacuum and see the water change to dark grey with dirt I love it even more. I now have no dirt stuck in my carpets that flies out when walked upon, only dust I have is from outside when windows are open. Definitely clean home :)

Recommend it to everyone :)
April 2, 2014 at 11:03pm     
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Kevin Strader
I agree with duplicating the existing 2nd floor with your addition. Add some shutters and the result could look something like this.
April 2, 2014 at 12:59pm      Thanked by tyniebubbles
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Steven W. Kirchoff Residential Design
Thanks for letting us take a look at your floor plan. At first glance I would say you have a very doable project. Whether you keep the garage and add a master suite over the garage or you decide to remove the garage to gain more living space on the main floor with the master suite above. If you decided to do away with the garage is it going to bother you to have your cars sitting outside or is there enough room on your lot to allow you to build a new garage either attached or detached.
Either way you are looking at a major remodeling project but one that will be well worth it when the project is over. Keep us posted on what you decide.
April 7, 2014 at 11:54am      Thanked by tyniebubbles
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Maria Smith
Wow, you are gonna gain a ton of space on the 1st floor by eliminating the breezeway. I gather that there is no bathroom on the first floor? Setting the garage back and maximizing the entry will get you the balance and curb appeal that you are looking for. The upstairs almost looks like it was three rooms. I think you are right to prepare yourself for a bit of pain and agree that it will be worth it. Looking forward to see the project evolve!
April 7, 2014 at 1:36pm   
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Kevin Strader
We used ORB hardware on our cabinets but they are a maple with chestnut stain and chocolate glaze. Even though yours are dark I would probably stay with ORB.
April 2, 2014 at 12:46pm      Thanked by onepickychick729
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Stone Harbor Hardware
Combining oil-rubbed bronze knobs and dark cabinets can create a very rich look, and the dark knobs would complement cream cabinets as well, especially if you're changing the rest of the hardware to oil-rubbed bronze.

You could also go for a vintage bronze finish as well - the coppery highlights might offer a little more contrast between the cabinets and the hardware.
April 2, 2014 at 1:48pm   
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onepickychick729
Perfect!!!! Thank you so much!!!!! I've been trying to find hardware with some of the coppery highlights!
April 2, 2014 at 1:55pm     
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Kevin Strader
Your backsplash looks just like ours (from Lowe's). We used a SW color match for Valspar Cincinnatian Hotel Hannaford. Here's what it looks like on our walls. It was a perfect color match for the cream color glass tiles in the backsplash.
April 2, 2014 at 12:43pm   
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karlvonallmen
Is the name of the paint hanlnaford. Does your tile have black and gray and brown stone? What color grout did you use. Where did you get the paint sample?
April 2, 2014 at 12:52pm   
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shelleyuk
I agree with nolan.

Change the thing you hate. Ikea do walnut veneered butcher block worktops or solid oak butcher block worktops for very little. All you need is someone to install them. It will transform your space in a flash for much less than $1000.
April 2, 2014 at 12:56am     
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Kevin Strader
@lillyjoon I use Powerpoint. I copy & paste your picture into a PP presentation and then using the polygon feature create a polygon over the part of the picture I want to recolor. Pick a color and a transparency level, then save as a JPEG file.
April 2, 2014 at 8:07am   
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Kevin Strader
Here are some ideas of color schemes 1) Tan 2) Taupe (graytone) 3) Creamy yellow tone 4) Khaki (green tone) I think they all would look good.
April 2, 2014 at 8:03am   
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mfwolfe
Five is a nice number for spires. No more please.
April 2, 2014 at 8:39am   
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Everything Beautiful Home Designs LLC
Candy tuff not spires.
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It's important to make sure your home works for you. So even though there's a suggestion of putting a pendant light every 2 feet over an island, if you need to use just 2 lights over your island so you can actually watch your TV as well, use 2! You may want to look for larger pendants or ones with more intricate designs because they look bigger than they actually are.
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Kevin Strader
It depends on what you use the island for. Ours is our main prep area so we went with 3 (7' island).
April 2, 2014 at 6:53am      Thanked by lspinella
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Kevin Strader
We have three. In the living room it is some candles, a mantel clock, the kids graduation photos and some dried yellow rose petals in a small glass container from when my mother passed away (yellow roses were her favorites). In the kitchen it is just some candles. In the family room it is some candles, some framed pictures I took of flowers and some antique fishing reels and lures that I have collected. Just a few, not too many.
April 2, 2014 at 6:49am     
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bethbevington
I am always struggling. Because spring is in the air and Easter around the corner, I did some fruit and a large carrot. Not that great, but just different. Love this question and look forward to great ideas.
April 2, 2014 at 9:37am     
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Emmeline Westin
A carrot - that's brilliant! Some Easter eggs, feather and bunnies would be nice in time for Easter too. These are two other ideas I like.

Springtime Decor

Dreamy whites
April 3, 2014 at 2:59am   
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Kevin Strader
Stay with the ORB. We recently did our kitchen and all our hardware, faucet & lighting is ORB. Appliances are Stainless. We have maple finished cabinets. I think the Santa Cecilia would go but maybe look at what we used (Colonial Gold) which has some of the same colors but is not as busy and frankly has not been over used like the SC. Here's some pics to give you an idea of how it came out.
April 2, 2014 at 6:44am        Thanked by Julia Brown
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I love it! I'm doing the glass cabinets on top too and love the look! What's the backsplash? I was planning on using a matte white (biscuit) ceramic subway tile and then glossy over the cooktop in a chevron pattern. If I go with the SC granite should I go with travertine instead?
April 2, 2014 at 12:37pm     
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Isn't that funny!? Then this job we did gave you a pretty good idea of what you're doing. I'm don't know the back splash, sorry. The customer was an interior designer, so he picked out all of those little touches himself. I'm not sure which back splash! They both sound beautiful. Probably the less busier of the two. You don't want the counter top and back splash competing for your eye.
April 7, 2014 at 6:13am        Thanked by Julia Brown
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Kevin Strader
With everyone now using lap tops, tablets and even smart phones to do their computing, I don't think desks need to be as large as they used to be. I'm a man but I vote for the 3' desk and the 4'8" wardrobe.
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And do t disregard the impact of iPads and tablets
April 5, 2014 at 2:10pm      Thanked by bevcourt
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bevcourt
Many thanks to all you Houzzers! With your input, a straw poll at work and influence from me the Great Silverback has accepted the storage over desk space idea. As many of you have said laptops etc rule and we can always provide a fold out table for anyone who wants one. Next part of the project is the "Secret Sink" in the kitchen space. I may even get bold and put up some pictures!!
April 5, 2014 at 3:22pm     
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Kevin Strader
The white is not really doing it for me. Black or dark red maybe. With the siding color you have a lot of options.
April 1, 2014 at 12:47pm   
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anne dee
I have no suggestions :-)
I wanted to post this pic 'cause it reminded me of your house
Both very nice

April 1, 2014 at 12:58pm   
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I agree with Kevin, maybe black shutters and a dark red on the door.
April 1, 2014 at 1:03pm     
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Kevin Strader
Here is a mockup of gray teal & purple. There's all kinds of ways you could go.
April 1, 2014 at 11:35am     
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brms
I would like to tell you guys that this piece is not teak. I would never paint teak. This wood is not valuable.
April 1, 2014 at 1:48pm   
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brms
We'll I'm not sure now. I don't think it is teak.
April 1, 2014 at 4:54pm   
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