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Dark Numerar Countertop from IKEA

posted by: reshal on 08.10.2009 at 10:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here are photos of one of a Numerar countertop we bought at Ikea. I stained it with the same stain as my floors and finished it with Waterlox satin. Grand total approx. $215 for wood and Waterlox. This is to the left of my refrigerator, I did another one with a sink for the right of my fridge. Just thought someone out there in GW land might be thinking how a dark stain would look on the inexpensive IKEA wood beech countertop...




clipped on: 08.21.2009 at 12:53 pm    last updated on: 08.21.2009 at 12:53 pm

RE: Stretching groceries (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: ilene_in_neok on 11.21.2008 at 06:23 am in Money Saving Tips Forum

In my area, Roma tomatoes are often marked down. So if you didn't grow any you can watch for sales. By and large, though, if I don't have home grown tomatoes, I buy diced tomatoes canned in tomato juice. They're great to have in the pantry. Drained, the chopped tomatoes will do for salad or tacos in a pinch. And you can drink the juice or use it in something else. I just looked to see what brand, and they are a store brand -- Great Value -- which is carried in our local Homeland (used to be Safeway) stores.

I do keep my dehydrated stuff in the freezer. A few years back I dehydrated quite a few bananas, put them in zip-lock bags and stored them away. A month or so later I noticed some kind of insects flying around, followed to the source, and, yup, they had actually made holes in the bags and ruined all my dried bananas! Plus sometimes if the dehydration process didn't get all the moisture or if some was attracted back in by humidity, you will get mold. Being dried, however, they will take up less space in the freezer and they are good to munch on. Peaches are absolutely the best.

If you have lots of space in your freezer, you can freeze whole grapes, sliced bananas, melon, apples, peaches. It does change the consistency and once frozen you can only eat them while still frozen or use them in cooked or baked dishes. Bananas can be frozen in the skin. The skin will turn black but the banana inside will keep its color and flavor. Apples and peaches need a dip in something, some people use ascorbic acid, I use 1 tbsp non-iodized salt in a gallon of water, to keep them from discoloring. Melon is good pureed and poured into popsickle molds.

Some veggies need to be steamed and cooled before they are frozen or they turn a little bitter in the freezing process. I'm not sure, but I think cabbage, cauliflower and carrot are in this category. For sure, if you cook your cabbage first in just a tiny bit of water, it will take up a lot less space in your freezer. --Ilene


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RE: building a kid's bed.. inside the wall (dutch bed) (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: mongoct on 02.24.2007 at 01:51 am in Remodeling Forum

Here's one I built for my daughter.

I started with the matress dimensions, added a few inches to each side for tucking in the blankets/comforter, etc.

The rectangle on the front comes off to allow better acess for changing out the matress should that ever ned to happen.

On the inside, bookshelves at the head and foor of the bed. Two wall sconces on the back wall. Dimmable halogen reading lights at the head. I built a shelf insode the front wall, above the opening, partially to act as a strongback to add strength to the front wall, but it was plenty strong without it. She uses that for beanie babies, etc.

Don't recall the budget, but about 7 sheets of 3/4" birch ply for the platform and bookshelf carcasses, a few sheets of 3/4" mdf for the raised panels, 1/2" mdf for the backs of the bookcases, and poplar for the stiles and rails, as well as the drawers.

The drawers are 30" deep on 30" K&V 150# full extension slides.

I remember spending about $380 on the wood and another $275 or so on hardware (drawer slides, hinges, knobs, bookshelf pins, lighting) and paint.

I spent quite bit of time trying to figure out how to safely incorporate a step up into the bed...only to discover my kids climbing up and jumping off the plaform while I was doing my head scratching. So there is no step, they simply climb right in with no problems. This was when my kids were 6 and 4 years old.

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Fun project, hope yours turns out well.


very cool
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RE: * Bill Vincent * Tile bathroom ceiling (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: bill_vincent on 01.30.2008 at 08:41 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Although any modified thinset can be used, I prefer one of the lightweight non-sag thinsets any time I'm sorking on anything other than floors, and ESPECIALLY when I'm installing a ceiling. These thinsets are much stickier than most and will really hang on alot better. Your best bet for ceiling success would be to trowel the ceiling using a notched trowel (for 6x6, use a 1/4x1/4 notch) and then use the flat edge to skimcoat the back of the tiles. Also, only spread a small area at a time, so the thinset on the ceiling doesn't have time to skin over.

Donna-- in your case, it's mandatory to tile the ceiling. As for sloping the ceiling, spec calls for 2 INCHES per foot. That's more than "slightly".


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Which Is The Best Paint ?

posted by: chipster_2007 on 09.03.2007 at 10:13 pm in Paint Forum

I am planning to paint the interior of my home and am trying to decide which is the best paint between Benjamin Moore, Behr, C2, Valspar, Pittsburgh paint? I want the paint that covers the best so I do the least amount of painting necessary to get a great job? Also, some of the colors I like do not seem to be as vibrant with some paints? I thought that C2 and Benjamin Moore were the best but recently saw that ?consumer reports gave Behr a great rating? Any assist is greatly appreciated. Also, i will be removing wallpaper, the walls have not been painted before. Will they need a finished coat of plaster before painting? Thanks


more paint stuff
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Good shower heads for low water pressure

posted by: lynne_melb on 11.30.2006 at 09:34 pm in Plumbing Forum

We are living in an area with low water pressure. Can anyone recommend some good shower heads for this condition? Thanks,


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RE: Free rain-compost barrels from your local car wash! (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: Tyrell on 08.24.2005 at 12:41 pm in Frugal Gardening Forum

Wow, a lot of great ideas and uses for these. I have some comments/suggestions, too, but firt let me give an alternative source for people who can't get their local car washes to part with them. I bought two from a guy who gets them from a famous soda bottler. (Don't want to give them free publicity.) They originally had syrup in them, any residue of which might actually be beneficial in soil!

I am using one of the barrels to keep my blackberry bush confined. I cut the top and bottom off the barrel, buried it in the ground with only a few inches showing- and yes, it was a lotta work!- then planted the bush inside it. One way berries spread is by root suckers. But the roots are so deep by the time they get "out of" the barrel, that they can't send up suckers.

If I was to use the barrels for strawberries or other plants, I would do one thing differently as far as drainage. I would drill the holes about 3 inches up the sides, not on the bottom. That would create a reservoir to collect water that ran down too quickly, without actually soaking the rootball. The water would slowly be drawn back up by capillary action. This is the principle behind self-watering pots.

I also would use the heaviest, clay soil I could find. To me, most potting soil looks like wood chips! Everybody hates clay "because it's so hard to work." But in the pots, you never work it- I haven't in my garden either for 34 years!- so that's irrelavant. Clay is not only the most nutritious soil, but it holds water best of any soil. I would also put a minimum of three inches of grass clippings on top of the soil, more if it fit. Between the clay soil, the mulch, and the drainage holes up the sides rather than the bottom, I bet people could water only a third as often.

The final suggestion is using these barrles to collect rain water. Like Mandy, I am mechanically challenged, so I can't help with installing spigots and stuff. But I wanted to mention that you can in effect turn several barrels into one large reservoir, by connecting them at the bottom with PVC pipes. You would only have to let rainwater into one barrel, and the PVC would let it fill up All of them. You could then put a spigot in the last one "in line," and get water from all of them when your garden needed it.
Oh, in these West Nile Virus times, you want to make sure to put screens over any openings.


blackberry barrel
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