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RE: Dark Numerar Countertop from IKEA (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: reshal on 08.11.2009 at 12:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thank you again for the compliments! I just checked the can and the stain is by ML Campbell, Woodsong II. The stain is oil based. The color is a custom mix my cabinet maker and I came up with for my cabinets. It's basically cherry stain with a lot of brown mixed in, which we now call "Browner Cherry" because I kept asking him to add more brown.

My husband is an experienced wood worker and a great finish carpenter, but doesn't do it for a living. He told me he used a 1/2" round over bit on the first pass on the edge and then an Ogee router bit for the second pass. I can get the model number of the bits if anyone needs them after he gets home from work. The sink hole was harder and took some time to get right.
To finish the countertops I first sealed them with Benite. Then I applied two coats of stain, the first with a brush that turned out all blotchy and then I flooded the surface with stain and hand wiped with a rag. I attempted to "streak" the surface so the wood would look more like the higher end wood countertops I've seen. I sort of faux finished them, I guess.

Then I did three coats of Waterlox original with a foam brush. They looked amazing, just way too shiny for my taste. I lightly sanded in between coats.

Then the nightmare began. I did a coat of Waterlox Satin with a foam brush. The countertop was splotchy and there were bumps in it. I posted on GW about my troubles. I finally got the surface right after another two coats of Satin, another coat of Original and then a two more coats of Satin. The final two coats were applied with a lambswood applicator. So there are a grand total of 10 coats of Waterlox on the counters. They feel great and don't look plastic-y close up.

Here are some photos of the sink hole (before and after) and another photo of the countertop that is installed.

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As for seams, each countertop is 6 feet long which a stock size Numerar, so there aren't any seams. I have these countertops for my laundry room also that form an "L". I'm not sure how my husband will handle the seam in there, probably biscuit join and glue them so the seam will be tight.

Thanks again for the nice responses!

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clipped on: 07.21.2014 at 10:21 pm    last updated on: 07.21.2014 at 10:25 pm

my beloved appliance garage

posted by: huango on 07.18.2014 at 10:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hola,
I've been wanting to share my beloved appliance garage set-up for a long time.
It works for me/my family SO well.
Hopefully it can help others.

So I have a G-shaped kitchen, with a long wall of windows/base cabinets between my fridge/WO wall and my induction cooktop/hood wall.

My layout after many many iterations/tweaking:

My wall of windows/base cabinets (Sorry for the bad cellphone pix):

Now you don't see it:
(see the 2 figures on the fridge made out of magnets? :)
Fridge, Advantium over wall oven


Now you do:


Love my beloved Vitamix, toaster, and electric can opener - all plugged in/ready to go:


Never having to lift my KitchenAid mixer from a base cabinet up again!
I designed it so that the mixer can even be UP, without hitting the door.
Yup, got this appliance tool (to swing the door up) from Ikea also.
Yes, I stand on a little step stool when using the mixer (I'm 4'11"). DH doesn't have to.


I never use both levels at the same time like this:

A closer look CLOSED:


Yes, that's how I keep my counters cleared.
I even have a pullout for my knife block.

Any questions?
Thanks for looking.

Amanda

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Big kitchen, but excellent use of appliance garage1
clipped on: 07.19.2014 at 11:07 am    last updated on: 07.19.2014 at 11:08 am

RE: Do blue and white cabinets work in this laundry room (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: nosoccermom on 03.29.2014 at 05:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

That's what most people do (lowers dark, uppers ligh). tHowever, this advice is contrary to today's painting the wainscoting white and a color above. Used to be the other way around, too.
There are quite a few European kitchens that have the lighter color on the bottom.

On the other hand, if you like blue/gray, I think it would be very nice with white appliances.








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clipped on: 06.02.2014 at 10:11 pm    last updated on: 06.02.2014 at 10:12 pm

RE: My half-baked kitchen (cross post) (Follow-Up #33)

posted by: mtnrdredux on 03.31.2014 at 11:20 am in Kitchens Forum

I have vacillated far more than usual because I have moved out of my normal "50 Shades of White" approach to decor!

Which is a nice segue for my decision. I have decided that what will work best for me personally, look most vintage and unfitted, and work in a somewhat dark room, is to use a mix of neutrals on the sink wall, with a navy and white sink skirt (TBD), and pick up the turq only in the back wall of the hutch and maybe dishtowels, vase, etc.

I am using two different neutrals for the custom wood pieces (the d/w front and table), cream and grey.

Here are the colors:
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Here is the new mockup:
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Of course, i may tweak the exact shades when I am there in person, but at least now I have a road map.

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clipped on: 05.28.2014 at 10:25 pm    last updated on: 05.28.2014 at 10:25 pm

kitchen reveal - completed staged kitchen - photo heavy

posted by: magsnj on 04.05.2014 at 08:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

First, I'd like to apologize if you had to click into this and you've seen it already. I posted it before it was finished or staged for pretty pics and while I was asking for backsplash advice. So here it is completed and staged (as for staging, it's pretty much how I live except I have a lot more storage than I have things for now, so I had to put in fillers......I don't normally have a toy truck in my pantry or keep dominoes sugar or Morton salt out in the open, but since I think the packaging is pretty, I put it out). I'm including a link to the original post which contains kitchen details. Thanks for indulging me!

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View from backdoor:
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View from pantry
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Not crazy about Super Susan.... storage feels awkward:
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I love my simplex teakettle... it whistles :)
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Don't judge me for storing supermarket bags :). Good storage for cutting boards and cookie trays.
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I use everything on the open shelves above the range often
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The sink that started it all.... my workhorse that spares my marble counters:
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Pantry
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Dishwasher
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Backdoor
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Here is a link that might be useful: Kitchen Details

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RE: Where are all the non-white kitchens? (Follow-Up #62)

posted by: Ott2 on 05.27.2014 at 03:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am in Texas, and I don't think I've ever seen a white kithen in real life in Texas! No reveal yet, and still getting settled in, but here is my non-white kitchen.

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clipped on: 05.28.2014 at 08:26 am    last updated on: 05.28.2014 at 08:26 am

Small things that get forgotten

posted by: Laura12 on 04.11.2012 at 06:01 pm in Building a Home Forum

I keep hearing that most people find that there are small things that they didn't think about until after they finished construction that they wish they would have added into their build, and I was curious if all of you would like to help me to compile a list for all of us to consider during planning!

So far I have
- Plugs in kitchen pantry for charging, or for items that may end up living there
- Full size broom cupboard in pantry or laundry room to hide all the cleaning items away from sight.
- Solar tubes in areas that don't get natural sunlight
- Prewire security system
- Run wire and prepare roof for future solar
- Central Vac with vac pans

Any others to add?

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RE: Which option is best? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: nyrgirl35 on 05.04.2014 at 09:35 am in Kitchens Forum

Or what about leaving it the way it is but changing the 39" cabinet for 36" drawers (what can be done with 3" of space?)
I'm not sure about the look of all those drawers together though? This coming from someone who never had base drawers before, other then the top drawer!

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clipped on: 05.05.2014 at 12:25 am    last updated on: 05.05.2014 at 12:25 am

RE: Banana Peels. Use or Toss? (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: Hawkeye_Belle on 09.16.2002 at 09:24 am in Organic Rose Growing Forum

Sorry I left out some vital information with the banana tonic. Yes you can freeze banana, peel and all. If it makes you feel better put them in a plastic bag.
When I have collected enough bananas, I place one banana, peel, too, minus the hard tip ends in the blender. (You can slice the banana easily if it is frozen). Put in enough water to cover the banana and liquify. Pour this mixture into a gallon container. (Milk containers are great, but you must use a funnel). Fill the container with water and pour this mixture on the rose at the crown and around the drip line. One banana per rose, one gallon of the tonic per plant. Simple.

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clipped on: 04.26.2008 at 02:31 pm    last updated on: 04.26.2008 at 02:34 pm

RE: Alfa Alfa tea recipe for roses (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: cavallo on 06.19.2007 at 01:01 pm in Organic Rose Growing Forum

There are many variations out there. I use the following (converted from English to SI units for your convenience);

75l water
2l alfalfa meal (the powdery stuff)
60ml epsom salts (magnesium sulfate)
15ml copperas (iron sulfate)
30ml miracle grow

All measures are by volume, and are very approximate. I'm sure the miracle grow isn't organic, but note that the proportion is about 1/10th the recommended rate of application, so I doubt it will appreciably harm the soil.

All I do is add the dry ingredients to a large plastic tub, fill it with water, and let it rot for a week. If I want it more aerobic, I'll stir it once every morning, and it doesn't stink as horribly when the week is up. As the season progresses, I drop the iron and magnesium.

After using the stinky liquid, I reuse the settled muck to make another, weaker batch for the following week. After that batch is spent, I pour the slurry into the small bed with my miniatures, rake it in, and start a new batch. In this way, there is always a tub of the stuff cooking in the back yard, every plant gets a gallon of the full-strength liquid once every two weeks, and nothing is wasted.

The results have been excellent.

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clipped on: 04.26.2008 at 02:18 pm    last updated on: 04.26.2008 at 02:19 pm