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Favorite dish towels, trivets and oven mitts

posted by: denali_2007 on 06.19.2012 at 10:16 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

We are just finishing up a kitchen reno and I need to get a few new kitchen items. What are your favorites. I need some oven mitts that are really heat resistant. I have a silicon "pot holder" but it lets the heat through before I even get to the counter. Any suggestions?


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Storage on back of cab doors--my solution

posted by: Bellsmom on 07.01.2012 at 01:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

Storage in my smallish kitchen is limited, even though it is immensely better than it was before remodel. In early June I posted a query about how to store small flat items on the backs of cabinet doors. Melaska and others helped me with ideas. I promised to post what I decided to do.

This is sort of a tempest in a teapot sort of post, but might be useful to someone.

I decided the strips were too inflexible and found these metal hooks with clear bases by Command. They worked perfectly.

The place I really wanted them was on the back of the sink door next to the microwave. I wanted to hang the plastic lids that I use to cover bowls and plates in the MW so the lids would be handy. This is the way it works:

These are definite keepers. The lids store awkwardly in drawers and perfectly here.

Then I decided to try some on the back of the super susan door which is next to the range. Hanging these small flat objects there saves me half a drawer's worth of prime space next to the range. The susan is used to store seldom used appliances like the sous vide, blender, mixer, and slow cooker. The door is not opened often, and the objects don't get in the way of removing the appliances.

I'm not certain I'll keep the hooks on the back of the susan door, but it is nice to have those things so handy to the range. And at only $1 per hook, no big deal. They come off easily without marring the finish.


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RE: What's above your fridge? (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: claybabe on 06.14.2012 at 11:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

I couldn't live without my tray and pan storage above the fridge, which is why I have a counter depth instead of a nice built in...but AnnieD, looks like you made both work. I might have to dig around for your kitchen reveal...



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RE: Will you PLEASE post a link to your kitchen?? (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: dragonfly08 on 05.23.2012 at 01:36 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's mine:

Here is a link that might be useful: dragonfly08's SW quartzite finished kitchen


clipped on: 06.09.2012 at 10:56 am    last updated on: 06.09.2012 at 10:56 am

Above oven vertical slotted storage

posted by: jamrock on 06.02.2012 at 12:38 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi all.

Still at it with punch list work, including cabinet & drawer inserts.

I am trying to figure out my over the ovens vertical slotted storage for muffin pans, baking pans, baking sheets, etc. (to have them stand on their sides like I have seen in many of your kitchens).

In case it matters, my over oven cabinet is one door that lifts up & stays up until pulled down.

For those of you with this type of storage, how wide are each of your slots and do you find that size to be suitable?

Also, are those slots as deep as the cabinet or is there a false back to that kind of storage?

Obviously too wide is better than too narrow because I can double or triple up on the pans in each slot, but it is hard and annoying to have to squeeze something in that doesn't quite fit.

I know that I can measure the pans I currently own and base my decision on that but I need some help. (Ex. - I have a 3 yr old & have only baked mini muffins. If some day I buy normal/big muffin pans, how thick/deep are those?)

I have seen pictures of some adjustable ones here but am afraid my cabinet maker will charge me an arm and a leg for that. Looks pricey...

Any info, recommendation, suggestion and pictures will be greatly appreciated.

I need to email my cabinet maker on this ASAP.

Thanks in advance.


clipped on: 06.06.2012 at 09:02 pm    last updated on: 06.06.2012 at 09:02 pm

Source for Drawer Knobs/Pulls

posted by: txjoyce on 05.18.2012 at 05:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

Can anyone recommend a good source to buy drawer pulls and knobs online? Thanks


clipped on: 05.21.2012 at 01:31 pm    last updated on: 05.21.2012 at 01:31 pm

RE: Contemplating cutting board storage... (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: buehl on 04.21.2012 at 01:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

I store mine under my prep sink. I have a corner prep sink, so I purchased two one piece/multiple slots tray dividers from WalMart and placed one on each side of the "black hole" corner sink base. My cutting boards are in one divider and my pizza stones and sole cast iron pan are in the other.

The cutting boards are on their side the long way so they stick back into the normally inaccessible corner. However, the end that sticks out the "front" is easily reached. (Ditto for the pizza stones and pan.) Here are some pics:

Prep Sink Cabinet

Cutting Board Storage under Prep Sink, Closeup of corner

I know you didn't ask, but my cooling racks, cookie sheets, etc. are above my ovens. I also used 3 of those same tray dividers for them:

Tray & Platter Storage, Cabinet Above the Ovens, 31

One thing...if your trash is under your sink, I would not store your cutting boards there as me, it does not seem sanitary.


Cutting Board/Cookie Sheet Storage
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Wood or Paint? Tying it all together.

posted by: ayerg73 on 04.04.2012 at 06:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm having second thoughts about the serving area cabinet in my plan...


The perimeter cabs are going to be a soft yellowy-cream. The island and banquette/window trim will be natural cherry.

I had planned to do that serving cabinet in cream as well. But, now that I'm thinking big-picture and choosing paint colors, I'm at a loss.

I am going to do a bluish gray in the kitchen and living room. I will probably match the green tile for paint in the dining room and add wainscoting in there. (that serving area will also have the backsplash tile, btw)

I was thinking of doing a cream to match the cabinets in the hallway and foyer. BUT, if I do that, then the cream will run right into that serving cabinet and it will all blend together.

Will it look strange to do that piece in cherry or should I consider different hallway colors?

BTW - the laundry room, where you see "To garage", will also have the natural cherry in there, but the door will usually be shut, so I'm not sure how much difference that makes.

I hope my question makes sense! Here are my colors if that helps....




Window treatment/color scheme
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Crystal cabinet knobs

posted by: FingNugSnug on 03.29.2012 at 09:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

Show me your crystal/glass cabinet knobs please! I'm thinking about using them on my island, and a coordinating nickel or pewter on perimeter cabs. My husband and kids think that this is an " old lady" style, but this old lady kinda likes it! Perimeter cabinets are a medium tone stained maple, and island is ivoryish with a glaze...antique linen is the name. Thanks so much!


Crystal knobs
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RE: Want to read with under cabinet light - suggestion please (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: davidtay on 02.07.2012 at 12:14 pm in Lighting Forum

Yes, that will provide the light, and yes it is simple to assemble.

Parts required
21" eW Profile LED bar (4000k)

eW Profile Switched wiring compartment
eW Profile leader cable 10'

I've included a link to a site that sells the light

For the T4 fluorescent,
Some assembly is also required

Here is a link that might be useful: Online source for ew Powercore


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RE: Cleaning your kitchen - What natural products do you use? (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: cat_mom on 02.16.2012 at 05:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

Alcohol and water (with a little lavender essential oil) is my fave for granite and for SS. If you do a search at the bottom of the forum page, you will find a bunch of recent threads here in Kitchens as well as Appliances, Home Dec re: alc-water spray.


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RE: Anasazi Soapstone - anyone know about it? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: MIssyV on 10.19.2011 at 12:14 am in Kitchens Forum

Your anasazi looks a bit different than the one we are considering. Or is it just me?!



Anasazi soapstone
clipped on: 12.20.2011 at 07:34 pm    last updated on: 12.20.2011 at 07:35 pm

Ben Moore white for cabinets with soapstone

posted by: slance66 on 10.22.2011 at 10:14 am in Kitchens Forum


Our maple cabinets are being built now and we're struggling with the color. The kitchen won't have much painted wall space when finished, so we're thinking of a light graphite glaze to accent the soapstone counter we plan to get and to avoid the "wall of white" look.

Does anyone have some suggestions that would work well with this combination? The island will be blue washed stain. I'd love to see some pictures of creamy/ivory white or white glazed cabinets with soapstone.


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RE: Kitchen appliance budget? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: cmm6797 on 09.13.2011 at 12:12 pm in Kitchens Forum

I found it helpful to browse online retailers such as AJMadison to get an idea of prices.

$30,000 seems really high to me unless you are getting top of the line everything, including a 48" oven and a built in 42" or 48" fridge. A Miele dishwasher is about double the cost of Bosch, which is just under $1000 (ballpark).

Definitely check the appliance forum here for reviews on certain brands. But then don't let the comments drive you crazy, as there will always be good and bad reviews. For around $10,000 you can get:
Wolf 36" ange (all gas)
Broan 42" hood
KitchenAid counter-depth fridge, 36" wide, not "built-in" but looks built in
Bosch dishwasher
Sharp built-in microwave drawer
GE Monogram under-counter beverage fridge

If you want a built-in R/F, like a Sub-Zero, or a much larger fridge, add on another $3-4K. We found that you can really save in some areas and the independently-owned appliance stores are a great place to shop. For example, we originally planned on a GE Monogram stove, figuring we weren't willing to pay a premium for Wolf. When we bought it Wolf was actually significantly less. Not sure why. So it's worth asking at the store.

Good luck!


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RE: Corner cabinet mess, advice please (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: buehl on 08.23.2011 at 12:46 pm in Kitchens Forum

There's also the 90-degree cut corner cabinet. If you have a custom cabinet maker, it could be sized to the way you wan BluBird's:

BluBird's Kitchen (small)

BluBird's Kitchen (Small)


corner cabinet
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Miscellaneous Information

posted by: buehl on 01.03.2011 at 05:34 am in Kitchens Forum


Helpful hints
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