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RE: Compile the FAQ (Follow-Up #57)

posted by: dianalo on 07.29.2007 at 07:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hey all,
When searching for a thread you remember it helps to add any posters names to the search.

Such as:
red polka dot counters marypoppins

Then you would only get the threads that contained red polka dot counters that marypoppins posted on or was mentioned in.
The tough part may be remembering the members who were posting to that thread and/or spelling their names correctly, but if you were involved in it, just put your name and the search terms.


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RE: Compile the FAQ (Follow-Up #56)

posted by: vjrnts on 07.29.2007 at 07:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

Answer: Try using the search features at the top left of the page, or at the bottom near the posting area. If nothing comes up,(or if too MANY things come up!), it may mean the search feature is not working well. Try using a Google search. In Google, type in your search term, followed by
For example:
soapstone sinks site:
crema bordeaux granite site:
ikea cabinets or kraftmaid cabinets site:
do I need a KD? site:

That works if you want to search all of GW. If you only want to search the Kitchens forum use

It would be good to include both of these options. If you're looking for a thread that you clearly remember, then just searching the kitchen forum works, but if all you're after is information, you might want to search other forums too.


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RE: Whats the deal with all these 'repeat' questions lately? (Follow-Up #91)

posted by: paulines on 07.29.2007 at 09:54 am in Kitchens Forum

Well said, steveo.

I'd add that the folks that host this site have established rules to help keep this site an effective & efficient resource. It's not a matter of "control" on anyone's part, as maripossa has complained.

Our hosts have also established a 'Conversations' area, which sadly is seldom used anymore, for off-topic banter and more personal type chat, check it out!

Luna has made a great point regarding helping vs complaining. If any of the new folks here need help there's many folks here that you can count on to offer assistance.

Fairegold knows appliances and how to navigate gw; luna's the queen of how to design an 'unconventional-outside the box' kitchen; bmores & lascatx are design gurus; ivette (pirula~has she been around lately?) is a master of color; mindstorm, gina & fairegold, are wizzes with all thing contemporary; bill, well he's the tile and kompy the cabinet masters; dianalo, offers fabulous advice when it comes to resale/housing matters; roccoco is tops in interior design and folks like dmlove, celticmoon, zelmar, lowspark, talleysue, pharoah, sharon_s and igloochick freely & consistantly offer sound and experienced advice. kitchenkelly makes us laugh, you're a riot girl and starpooh, well, she's the bestest!

What I'm saying, is there's lots of *positive*, honest and knowledgable folks here that thrive on talking about all things kitchen! Oh, and welcome to the new folks ~ it's a great hang-out!


References of "the best" of GW Kitchen forum
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RE: Any ideas for distressing this dresser? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: lorinscott_1 on 02.25.2007 at 03:43 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Teacats tells how to easily distress a piece of furniture with paint and shoe polish. If you want a different color showing through (other than brown), you can use a tinted primer, then spray or bush paint it black. Use fine grained sandpaper to expose strategic areas of color beneath the black paint, remove dust and use 2 or 3 coats of polyurethane.

Here's a vintage dresser I found at a garage sale....solid maple and was unfortunately so dinged up I had to paint it. This is a slightly different look than the usual black to red distress....I used plain white primer and flat black paint, really just did a couple dry-brushed coats to simulate old milk paint. I painted the top gloss white and stenciled it in black, then freehanded the banding around the chest....
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RE: Well, it's official... (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: gellchom on 02.25.2007 at 11:15 am in Home Decorating Forum

johnmari, I'm so sorry. Thank you for trusting us with this news and knowing we want to be here for you.

I know it is very hard to move on from this house. You worked so hard on it, and you made such a perfect home for yourselves there. I know you will take the HOME with you to a new house, and I bet you'll have fun making that great, too. We'll all look forward to hearing your new adventures.

Even moves and changes that are ones we want are stressful and have down sides, but then, even the changes we don't want have a few good sides. I hope it doesn't sound too much like an empty platitude or tra-la-la pollyannaism, but I'll pass on what my Nana taught us: you can pretty much always anticipate what the worst parts of any change will be (e.g. in your case: giving up the house you love, hassle of selling it and finding and buying a new one, hassle of moving, adjusting to new community), but the very best parts are always things you could never foresee: the great new friend you'll meet, the cool feature of the new house, the lilac trees in the yard, the amazing library just a block away, the community bookstore that will ask you to give a book talk -- whatever the best thing will be, you just can't guess it now. But there will be something you will love, I promise you. It always helps me to remember that when I'm going through some kind of transition anxiety.

When we each got computers for the first time, we could anticipate the frustration of setting up computers and internet connections, learning how to use it all, and dealing with customer service -- but did any of us anticipate finding this site?

I know you have the strengths and tenacity you'll need. You can do it! Keep in touch with us as best you can during this busy time -- we're all rooting for you.


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RE: If you had it to do over again... (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: myview41 on 01.12.2006 at 11:32 am in Kitchens Forum

TrudyMom; Basically, after oiling the SS looks great. Once something is placed on it you have the imprint of that item and thus have to oil the area again and it usually does not
"match" with the already oiled area.

If we get crumbs on the SS we wipe it off and get "wipe" marks..we thought maybe we were putting too much oil and adjusted but that, but it wasnt the case.

If I have to clean anything with soap and water it is a big mess, causing mixing with the oil on the counter, leaves a big spot and have to reoil..I could reoil approx. 5 x or more a day..

We have decided to wash all countertops down with soapy water and try without the oil for a while..and we also have, what we think are "saw marks" on the counters. The company said they would resand but we are not sure this will help.
Also, the sample we got for these counters was not like this, never oiled, still looks great, no marks. Sorry so Long.


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