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RE: Over the range microwave with higher CFM fans (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: greengirl_va on 08.14.2007 at 12:33 am in Appliances Forum

We got the Samsung 7177 at the start of the year and love it! The new Consumer report does too, so I am happy. It is vented directly outside the wall it hangs on, so does not represent your scenario, but the 420 CFM fan moves a ton of air!! More than my previous vent hood that did 360 CM. The door to outside is right at it and it will literally blow your hair away. Having recirculating will negate most of that because all you will do is filter it. Most of the post here are from people who think that anything but a high end vent hood is useless, but we can't all have the situation or the money for the perect thing. Do check out the Samsung; it's not pricey does a fine job and looks good. Outside venting is the hitch.

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RE: Want to brag about how you saved money in your new kitchen? (Follow-Up #52)

posted by: pollyanna on 02.20.2007 at 07:16 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks Bobleilani, I was looking at Expo, and so many of their murals were from those 4inch tumbled marble & travertine squares. Then you can dress up the edges with decorative edging like they do for the murals. Some of them are pretty primitive, so it shouldnt be intimidating, just lay them out and sketch it out lightly with pencil. Michaels sells the medium I used. If you use a water based acrylic craft paint with the medium, you can wipe it off if you dont like something or you make a mistake, so you dont even have to waste the tiles. Once sealed they could be carefully cleaned, but in the laundry room they didnt get dirty anyway. I have seen a craft show where they transfered black & white photographs & wine lables onto those tiles to make coasters, thats another idea for backsplashes, just doing transfers. The tiles are kind of rustic and the tranfer comes out a bit aged looking, really a neat look. You just need the tranfer medium. Another inexpensive thing would be to tranfer or paint words or messages on the tiles, making a row of several tiles to make them large enough to easily read. Sorry if this is getting too off topic.

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clipped on: 02.22.2007 at 01:36 pm    last updated on: 02.22.2007 at 01:36 pm

RE: Where are your TV and phone? Pics? (Follow-Up #47)

posted by: firstwife on 02.17.2007 at 07:58 am in Kitchens Forum

We didn't want a tv, but we did put in ceiling speakers connected to a micro shelf stereo in a 12 inch wall cabinet.

We keep cell phone charges and an electric pencil sharpener in a drawer with a powerstrip.

And best of all, is the wall mounted cordless phone with no visible wires or big ugly transformer plug! We used the Leviton PowerJack. I attached the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Leviton Out-of-Sight PowerJack

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RE: Where are your TV and phone? Pics? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: zelmar on 01.01.2007 at 03:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our tv is above our fridge. This spot is viewable from both the eating area and kitchen. It works out very well. I like that the screen is far above the action away from messy splattering. Half of our above-fridge cabinet houses the tv on a pull out arm, the other half has tray dividers. Our phone base is in another room (and will be in a message center in our mudroom after renovations are completed there) and I leave the cordless phone on a counter if I think I'll need it while cooking. Our fridge is 36" wide.

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clipped on: 02.20.2007 at 11:32 am    last updated on: 02.20.2007 at 11:32 am

RE: New Kitchen Floor - not too cold, not too hard, over concrete (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: athomewith3 on 02.19.2007 at 11:08 am in Kitchens Forum

We went with mannington laminate in a stone look. We also have 3 very active children that drop and spill things ALL THE TIME and it has held up beautifully (3 years and counting!!!). Not at all cold on the feet as real tile. My brother and sister in law have vinyl and that may be a little warmer. Good luck with your choic.

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clipped on: 02.20.2007 at 10:26 am    last updated on: 02.20.2007 at 10:26 am

RE: Kitchen hardwood flooring questions (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: hybrid8 on 02.20.2007 at 09:49 am in Kitchens Forum

All good flooring manufacturers have products available with micro bevels which makes dirt-trapping a thing of the past. People who have problems with dirt in the bevels are likely using a product with older and wider bevels or bar or pub-style plank.

With a good installation and proper humidity levels in the home, the gap will be tight. Too tight for dirt accumulation.

I've lived with various hardwood installations my entire life. Installed it myself in my current home. Hardwood has been used in kitchens longer than anyone on this board has been alive and does stand the test of time. Wipe up any spills right away and you won't have a problem with water warpage.

I hate oak in any installation because of its open and very pronounced grain. It also isn't as hard as many other choices. It can be appropriate of course for some installations, especially if you're creating some type of period-based decor that requires a very classic look.

Currently we have Maple which is marginally harder than oak, but trust me that all finishes are not the same. Evaluate different brands in a showroom if you have the option.

My recommendation is to go with an exotic that is dark through-out. Maple for instance is a very light coloured wood which will show through any gouges, nicks or deep scratches in the finish. Many exotics are as dark as their finishes and when scratched look a lot more inconspicuous.

You can usually find exotics at the same price as Maple, so don''t let the name fool you into thinking the price differential will be astronomical.

If you buy from a reputable dealer and carefully choose what you're picking up, you can find some amazing prices that will definitely give you more than what you've paid for. You can buy better wood at $4 per square foot than someone else may have paid $10-12 for. Just know what it is you want and make sure to research many sources ahead of time.

Bruno

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RE: Pleae Post Pics of your Kitchens with Hardwood Floors. (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: meg711 on 02.07.2007 at 03:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's ours. It's supposedly four-inch quarter-sawn oak with a nutmeg stain. Swedish Finish. (I don't know what's wrong with it but it's jinxed.)

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RE: anyone transition from bar to counter height on island? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: patti823 on 02.08.2007 at 05:28 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have an 8 ft. counter/ bar height island. My kitchen was just finished last week, but so far I really love it!! I have tons of prep space on the counter side and room for 4 stools on the bar side. Still not quite finished with the island, we're waiting for panels to come in to match the cabinets, and just got the bar stools, so no picture of that yet.

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clipped on: 02.09.2007 at 12:17 pm    last updated on: 02.09.2007 at 12:18 pm

RE: Cabinet hardware: Knobs vs. pulls (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: cpovey on 02.06.2007 at 02:28 pm in Kitchens Forum

Around here, most people use two on 30" or wider, and one for 21" or less, leaving 24" & 27" for you to decide.

On unusually large or heavy drawers, you would obviously want 2.

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