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In search of outdoor furniture.

posted by: three3apples on 07.16.2014 at 10:24 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I have three spaces that need outdoor furniture: a covered patio, a non-covered patio that connects to the covered one, and a rectangular patio at the basement walk out. I'm thinking the patio off the covered patio will be where we will want a round table with an umbrella for dining. I don't know if the covered patio should have sofas, chairs, a chaise, etc., and I have no idea what to get for the narrow patio off the basement. But, I also need furniture that is high quality and will work with our Georgian style house. I am not a fan of anything contemporary, so it must work with the house. Any suggestions would be great. I'm looking into Frontgate, Pottery Barn, and a few others. None of our retail stores have anything in a remotely appropriate style for us, unfortunately. Th


clipped on: 07.30.2014 at 12:23 pm    last updated on: 07.30.2014 at 12:23 pm

RE: Painting Kitchen Cabinets White (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: llalla on 04.20.2013 at 10:47 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks everyone! I am sooooo happy with the results!! I will post some more pics, too.
This is what I did:
1. Removed all doors/drawers (and removed hardware from them. Also, number the doors on the inside hinge area to make it easier when putting them back on. There were 28 doors and 12 drawers.
2. Sanded all cabinet stiles & rails.
3. Cleaned all cabinet stiles & rails with TSP.
4. Primed all cabinet stiles & rails.
5. Put on two coats Benjamin Moore Aura Antique White paint with a brush. I tried rolling it with one of those mini rollers, but I wasn't getting as good of results. So, I brushed all of it.
6. Then I sanded all doors/drawers with an electric sander on flat surfaces & sanding blocks on curved edges.
7. Cleaned with TSP.
8. Set up all doors/drawers up in my garage on plywood held up by sawhorses. I had small scrap pieces of wood (from my husband's scrap wood pile) under them to elevate them.
9. I primed back of all doors/drawers. Allowed to dry.
10. Then primed front & sides of all doors/drawers & allowed to dry.
11. Put two coats paint on back of all doors/drawers.
12. Put two coats pain on front & side edges of all doors/drawers.
13. Put door/drawers back on.
14. Put new hardware on.
I would say I spent about 55-60 hours working on this. I work full time, so I worked on this during all of my spare time. It took at total of 9 days. I did it completely by myself without any of my husbands help!! :) It did really help to have an electric sander and a cordless drill.
Since I took these pictures, I have also had my husband install a new faucet in the same color as the handles/knobs. We are looking at granite to replace the Corian....and we will be doing a DIY project to make the crown molding bigger. I will also post pics when that is all done....but that may be a few months :) I would definitely recommend doing this to anyone who wants to update the look of their kitchen!!! It is A LOT of work....but definitely worth it. The one thing I found is that the Benjamin Moore Aura paint is a "thick" paint that doesn't keep a wet edge very long.....that was my only complaint about the paint. I did my bathroom cabinets last year with Benjamin Moore Aura in the color Black Bean Soup. I love them, too. They have held up perfectly. There is not even a single chip in the paint. For the kitchen I used a semi-gloss finish. For my bathroom I used a Satin finish. Please let me know if you have anymore questions. I will be happy to answer anything I can.


clipped on: 04.21.2013 at 03:06 pm    last updated on: 04.21.2013 at 03:06 pm

Coastal, breezy, plantation, West Indies?

posted by: myjodi on 02.20.2007 at 06:33 am in Home Decorating Forum

I need help with my MB decor. It is off of the great room and therefore, I do want to pay attention to "flow" however, I also want to go a slightly different direction (so as to be exciting and fresh). My great room (ie, living, dining, kitchen) are in shades of gold, fawn, honey, etc. with red and chocolate accents. We have antique cream kitchen cabinets and dark walnut furniture (LR, DR, MB). We also have medium tone Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring in the great room and MB. I've painted the "head wall" (the wall you face when you enter the MB) a deep and striking Mediterannien Blue/Turqoise, the other three walls are a chai tea color - you know, a dark "tan" with a hint of oranginess to it (I can post actual colors on next posting if necessary). I'm wanting to keep with the West Indies-ish feel that I've created in the other areas of the house, but also want to maximize on the ISLANDY (read, beach) part of the West Indies decor, as opposed to the FRENCH COLONIAL/Tropical print part of the decor (like in aforementioned greatroom). So, has anyone seen any coastal, breezy, lazy, cool (yet warm) BR decor anywhere (either in your house or elsewhere)that might provide some inspiration? Suggestions and referrals would be great. Otherwise, I will post pictures and see if any of you "experts" want to start from scratch with me... :) You are all so great! Very inspirational.


clipped on: 11.16.2010 at 07:25 am    last updated on: 11.16.2010 at 07:25 am

RE: Kathleen_LI - your crab cake recipe? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: ruthanna on 03.12.2010 at 11:06 am in Cooking Forum

I hesitate to post this because of the prevailing theory that the less filler, the better the crab cake, and that's what I always believed and tried to do. Then I made this recipe from a seafood restaurant in our area noted for its crab cakes and I'll never return to the purist concept.


1/4 cup grated celery
3 Tbs. grated onion
1 grated hard boiled egg
1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. parsley flakes

Add to the first mixture in the order given:
1 raw egg
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
3 Tbs. mayonnaise
dash of hot pepper sauce
3 slices white bread, crusts removed and then cut in TINY cubes

Mix until smooth. Then add 1 pound of lump crabmeat and mix gently with your fingers to avoid breaking up the crab.

Refrigerate for 1/2 hour; then form into six patties. Mixture will be wet. Sprinkle with paprika and put in greased pan and bake on center rack of oven at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes. Turn on broiler, leaving the cakes on the center rack and brown tops of patties.

Mixed and ready for shaping:


Ready to eat:



clipped on: 09.29.2010 at 08:17 am    last updated on: 09.29.2010 at 08:18 am