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RE: Need help with BM white paint for kitchen cabinets + need adv (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: skyedog on 08.13.2011 at 12:09 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm attaching a link from the Colour me Happy Blog about how to work with beiges. She also has a section on how to pick whites for cabinets. Hope this helps you narrow down your search.

Here is a link that might be useful: how to pick beiges


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RE: Ticor Sink--Buehl's 405D (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: buehl on 01.28.2011 at 01:03 pm in Kitchens Forum


My sink went in a 36" sink base with no modifications. Our cabinets have 1/2" walls, so it is possible that if the cabinet walls were 3/4" thick it might have needed modifying, but I don't know that for certain. When I bought mine, the description stated it needed a minimum 36" cabinet.

Later, the site said 39". Then it went back to 36". It looks like it's back to 39"!

This is what the dimensions were when I bought looks like it's 1/8" wider now than mine was...but I'm sure you can still fit it in a 36" sink base.

Main Sink, Ticor S405D (Dimensions)

The sink grids were need to get smaller ones. The hole in the grid is slightly bigger than the drain, including the "frame", so it works fine.

Here is a link that might be useful: Current S405D at Galaxy Tool Supply


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Awesome window cleaner!!

posted by: Joiful on 09.27.2004 at 01:30 pm in Cleaning Tips Forum

I just got this tip from another board. It was posted by Lois. It works better than anything I have ever tried. Here's the info:

Posted by: LoisLaneTX Replies: 80 Posted on: 9/13/2001 7:10:47 PM
While in line at the grocery, I let a lady go ahead of me, because I had many items and she had only about 20 boxes of Corn Starch....I asked her what she was going to do with all that corn starch. She said she was a professional window cleaner and it was the best thing she'd ever found to make the windows sparkle.

Here's how: Just dilute a little bit in a bucket and make a solution. Take a clean terry cloth and dip into solution, wipe over mirror or window. Then take a clean/dry terry cloth and wipe excess. Turn cloth to dry side and polish'll see it sparkle and never buy that blue or green stuff again. Or use smelly vinegar!!!

I just put a few Tablespoons of cornstarch in a qt. spray bottle and fill 1/2 full with water. You can't store this solution for any length of time because it will start to smell. Just mix a small amount to use up each time you want to clean windows, mirrors, etc.


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RE: Tall Pull-Out Trash? Pics? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: jejvtr on 11.16.2007 at 09:44 pm in Remodeling Forum

this may help - 2 13 gal trash cans - door front sits on rails & slide out bottom - I also have it hooked up to a foot pedal

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket


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RE: 3 or 4 drawers per cabinet stack? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: artemis78 on 01.31.2011 at 02:25 am in Kitchens Forum

This all depends on what you want to store in them and what kind of cabinets (framed v. frameless) you have, I think.

We have three different sets of internal depths:
- a four-drawer (frameless) that's 4/6/6/6
- a three-drawer (frameless) that's 4/10/10
- a three-drawer (framed) that's 5/9/9 (was supposed to have shallower top drawers...long story! But as it turns out, they're just the right size for storing spices standing, so I think that's what's going in there)

The two sets of deep drawers are for cookware/storage and bakeware, respectively. Top drawers of each hold related utensils. The shallow drawers in the four-drawer bank are important, though---that's where wraps, potholders, wine corkscrews, dish towels, etc. all live. Putting those in a deep drawer is frustrating---I know, since that's where they were in the old kitchen! We also had a four-drawer framed cabinet that I really like because I could put bakeware into it in a single layer. Cabinetmaker and DH talked me out of replicating it exactly, so we switched it to a three-drawer setup instead---still not sure this was wise. I liked having the single layer!

I'd map out where you're storing what first to see whether or not having four-drawer banks makes sense. You might have a layout with enough top shallow drawers to compensate for only having deep lower drawers. Hope that's helpful...


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RE: Drawers vs Cabinet Rollouts (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: buehl on 08.04.2011 at 07:02 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm glad Suzannes1 has her question answered and her issue resolved. For future readers, I've linked several threads discussing drawer base configurations, one or two pulls per drawer, and drawers vs roll out tray shelves (ROTS) (a.k.a., pull out shelves). [KDs and cabinetmakers usually call them "ROTS".]

Thread: Drawers or doors with pull outs?
Thread: 3 or 4 drawers per cabinet stack?
Thread: Drawers over pull outs in Cabinets
Thread: Need help: 1 or 2 pulls on kitchen cabinet drawers?
Thread: Show me pics of your cabinet hardware placement please :-)
Thread: How many pulls on 36'' pan drawers?
Thread: number of cabinet pulls

Getting at items in the front...with ROTS, you still have to open the door(s) b/f you can even see what's in the front of an ROTS, then you have to close the door(s) (and move out of the way of the doors). With drawers, you only have to pull the drawer out enough to retrieve the item and then close having to stand aside or step back to open the door(s)...just far enough to open the drawer (and standing right next to it, not a step or two away).

Regarding items sticking out over the edges in framed (overlay and inset) cabinets...Sticking out over the front edge is fine, but there really isn't much room b/w the door and the ROTS. Sticking out over the sides, however, can be an issue...those handles, etc. can get hung up on the face frame and, if you force them, can ding/gouge your face frames and knock other items around (even off the ROTS). Frameless cabinets don't have a frame so it's not an issue (as long as the hinges aren't in the way) and this can be an advantage...but does this advantage outweigh some of the disadvantages? Only you can decide for yourself.

(Florantha...are you speaking about framed or frameless cabinets? Did you mean sticking out over the front, sides, or both?)


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RE: What is the best way to clean my new stainless appliances? (Follow-Up #29)

posted by: drachiele on 03.03.2011 at 02:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

A company called Bayes makes an EPA approved Stainless cleaner that is amazing. Use a micro fiber cloth and a few squirts. No fingerprinting and makes even old stainless look great.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bayes stainless cleaner


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RE: What is the best way to clean my new stainless appliances? (Follow-Up #25)

posted by: cat_mom on 03.01.2011 at 08:07 am in Kitchens Forum

marcolo--you gave me my first grin of the day! :-)

dretutz--I use anywhere from 30%-50% alcohol to water ratio, and between 12-20 drops of lavender oil. I really go by sense of smell (I like some alcohol smell, but too strong can be harsh, same with the lavender oil, enough to have scent, but not enough to knock ya out!). I also go by evaporation when sprayed/wiped (quickly enough to avoid streaking, but not instantaneous if that makes sense).

It's not an exact thing, and I'm always topping off the bottle, so just go by eye ("yeah, that looks like 1/3 or 1/2") and smell when refilling, and then tweak as needed 'til it "works" for me.


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RE: Faucet with a ball swivel to change direction of water. (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: buehl on 07.25.2011 at 05:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

That's probably me...

I suspect that any pull down faucet that doesn't have a magnet lock will do the same. Now that I think about it, probably even the ones w/the magnet lock will do the same.

Here's one of the pics:

Vinnata Faucet...angle spray

Could you go to a big box or plumbing store and check out the faucets?


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New To Kitchens? Posting Pics? Read Me! [Help keep on Page 1]

posted by: buehl on 06.25.2011 at 02:57 am in Kitchens Forum

Welcome! If you are new to Kitchens, you may find the following information and links helpful.

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pages contain helpful information about how to navigate this site as well as the world of kitchen renovations.

The Kitchen Forum Acronyms will help you understand some of the acronyms used frequently in posts.

The Finished Kitchens Blog has pictures and information about many GW members' finished kitchens. Not only can you see them alphabetically, but there is also a category list if you're looking for specific things like a kitchen w/a Beverage Center or a kitchen w/a mix of dark and light cabinets. Access the FKB Categories Page via a link in the navigation panel on the right of any FKB page. Additionally, there is also a link to "In-Progress Kitchens" for those members' kitchens that are not quite ready for the FKB. There is also a link to "Coming Soon Kitchens" for those kitchens that are ready for the FKB but have not yet been added. To access the "In-Progress Kitchens", the "Coming Soon Kitchens", and the "FKB Categories", see the links in the navigation panel that is on the right side of each main FKB page.

The Appliances Forum is very useful when you have questions specific to appliances.

To start off the kitchen remodel process...take the Sweeby Test. Then, move on to Beginning a Kitchen Plan.

Other topics such as layouts, planning for storage, and stone materials are discussed in later posts in this thread. Even more information can be found by doing a search on the forum.


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How are the home page and the Forum organized? (based on the Kitchen Forum's FAQs entries)

  • The Kitchens Forum home page lists 30 thread titles, starting with those that don't yet have a response. After the unanswered threads, threads are listed in order of most recent response. That first page displays the last 2 hours or so of activity. (If there is no response to a thread in an hour or two, the unanswered thread usually starts to drop.)
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  • Below that (and at the top of the thread list as well) is a space for you to switch to the Conversations or Gallery "sides" - these are set up similarly but are not nearly as active.
  • Next down is a Search box -- very important! This is also the Search box you should use (not the one at the top of the page.)
    • Always refresh the page two or three times b/f assuming a thread has disappeared right after starting it.
    • As to searching...a thread will not be found doing a GW search for up to 24 hours after it has been started. This may seem too technical, but...searches are done against what are known as "indexes". Indexes use key fields/words to find things. iVillage only indexes threads once a day. So, that means that until your thread is "indexed", it won't show up in a search. If you start a thread just before the index is taken, you will be able to retrieve your thread by searching soon after creation. If, however, you start your thread right after the daily index, then you will have to wait almost 24 hours for the next index.

  • Next is a place for you to start a new thread. And finally there are some instructions and links at the bottom.

Kitchen Forum "Sides"

Discussions: This is the "side" you are on. It is for on-topic discussions concerning kitchens...renovations, use of, etc.

Conversations: This is the "side" where you can post off topic threads such as regional get-togethers and non-kitchen subjects.

Gallery: This is the "side" where members often post pictures...especially if you're posting a lot or a finished kitchen. (Note: This is where StarPooh, our FKB person, wants you to post your finished kitchen prior to having it added to the FKB.)

Again, welcome and good luck! The journey is wild, sometimes bumpy, but fun and very rewarding in the end!


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The finished kitchen, lots of pics inside, beer too!

posted by: jgopp on 07.25.2011 at 04:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hey everyone, I know it's been a long time coming for me. I thought I was going to get a really good photographer to come in and take pics but it just hasn't panned out so I used my cell phone with the HD option on. Just a notice, it's not the greatest camera and my picture taking ability isn't that great, nor do I know how to use photoshop. So what you get is what you get. Hopefully they are good enough for you.

Now onto the details...

The project was conceptualized last October, construction began in mid November. We had semi functional use of it during Christmas but it still had a long way to go. After lots of structural repairs and slight idea changes along the way the project was probably completed with decorating done by late February. The place is considerably more functional and the floor is no longer going to collapse through to the basement. I decided to remove a large pantry which was taking up too much space, as well as remove the dining room closet which was too small to be used for anything. Those you can see in the before pictures. The lovely lady in those pictures is not me btw.

It took me many trips to the stores and many conversations to finally get everything dialed in exactly the way I wanted it. I feel that the style I have is very fitting to the home which is from 1922. Not sure exactly how I would categorize it but if I had to take a stab I'd say, somewhat traditional, somewhat french country, somewhat professional. But the final product came out very warm and inviting. We use the kitchen 10 fold now compared to the old one for entertaining purposes alone.

The old kitchen was a functional disaster and I wish I had some pictures of it before, but I only have pictures of the day of first removal. I have a video though of the kitchen before which I will post here...

Moving right along then... and since everyone loves to know what every little detail is I guess I'll have to run down the list which as follows:

Countertops: Super-white quartzite, and yes the island is all one single slab
Backsplash: herringbone Carrara marble with matte finish subway tiles
Flooring: Virginia hardwood wide plank hickory
Fridge: Sub-zero 36SXS
Micro: Viking designer series
Wall oven: Bertazzoni 24 inch classic electric
Range: 36 inch Bertazzoni gas
Hood: 40 inch Viking designer series with 650cfm
DW: Fisher and Paykel tall dishdrawer
Sink: Elkay stainless farmhouse
Bar sink: Kohler trough
Main faucet: Rohl country in satin
Bar faucet: Rohl country series, not exactly sure what model
Washer+dryer: Samsung front loaders
Chairs: Restoration hardware french cafe Madeline chairs
Other goodies: full extension soft close drawers, heavy cast knobs and pulls (some outfit in NJ) love the pulls because they actually are screwed directly into the face. The beer setup is a Khrome design tower with Perlick no drop faucets. Entryway color tiles on the stairs are from Pewabic pottery in Detroit, the steps are a shale of some sort.

Enough talk I'm sure you've already passed by all that and moved right down here to where I've stashed what you are all waiting for...



And completed:

Any other pictures of specific areas I will try and make happen if you'd like. Ask any questions as well, I'll be around to answer them for you. Thanks so much for looking, and thanks for the great ideas and the knowledge I've gained from using this fine website.


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RE: Kitchen Island in 12' kitchen (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: davidro1 on 03.10.2010 at 09:14 am in Remodeling Forum

OP may come up against the normal groupthink that exists in any community, and which absolutely does exist in the kitchen forum : I'll bet my boots that almost ALL the regulars will chime in that it's a tight aisle at only 3 feet, and giving that kind of input won't help or encourage. The best advice has already been given, above. Three feet is enough for one person, or two who are willing to coordinate. (Yes, if several people want to work there at the same time, they'll need to work it out somehow, coaching or communicating to achieve harmony and choreography.) On site, in person, nobody complains. On paper everyone will question it when they see the numbers. Saying it that way is paraphrasing Sarah Richardson :
"Minimize allowances
... I tend to push the limits by reducing the clearance (usually not less than 36 inches) in favor of achieving more counter and storage space. Lets face it, preparing meals is not a group effort in most homes, and there doesn't need to be enough space to choreograph a dance routine. In all my years of pushing the limits, no one has ever complained after their kitchen went in (it only seemed to be a problem on paper). ...."
It's the second to last paragraph in her article linked to below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sarah Richardson on HGTV


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