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RE: Help with Under Cabinet Lighting (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: lalitha on 03.29.2012 at 10:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

For under cab, we are doing CSL LED lighting. I liked it as it is mounted near the front of the uppers but the light is angled back. We are using LED tape for a couple of places for inside cab and sky wells.

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RE: Help with Under Cabinet Lighting (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: CEFreeman on 03.29.2012 at 11:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

I gotta tell you, this was confusing me so bad that I did nothing.

My electrician was telling me I needed transformers, etc. Mucho $$$.

Then, somehow we got on a conversation about them operating independently and wanting them on a switch.

I'll be darned if he just didn't pick up some nice LED strips at Lowe's and hard wired them in. NO huge big deal and although not cheap, do-able.

Christine

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RE: Help with Under Cabinet Lighting (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: Angie_DIY on 03.30.2012 at 01:42 am in Kitchens Forum

I wanted direct-wire, dimmable LEDs. I used Philips units. Very happy with them.

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RE: Pondering Stools (Follow-Up #28)

posted by: francoise47 on 10.11.2011 at 07:24 am in Kitchens Forum

I had good luck buying barstools from the website allbarstools.com. You can search by different types.

I just purchased the American Heritage Taylor Stool in White. It arrived in two days and seems very solid. I like the swivel seat. Backless is no problem because it is just for casual seating at the island, not for dining. Funny thing is, the "American Heritage" company makes their stools in China.

I'll be painting it F&B "radicchio to contrast with my white kitchen and will post pictures when I'm done.

Here is a link that might be useful: bar stools online

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clipped on: 03.16.2012 at 02:52 pm    last updated on: 03.16.2012 at 02:53 pm

Now that I have [X], I think I could have lived without it.

posted by: cate1337 on 07.15.2007 at 07:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi, all.

I want to know what all of you would fill in for [X] in the statement, "Now that I have [X], I think I could have lived without it."

For background:

I just read the great thread "Fill in - Now that I have [X], I would never go back to [Y]." (Thanks for starting that, Shannonplus2. It was very helpful as I wrap up my new layout.)

Shannon introduced the thread by referring to "biggest waste of money in your kitchen" or "best low-cost idea" threads. Well, I did a search for those threads and didn't find them. (Please let me know if I missed them, know I'm a noob, did search from the bottom searchbox but didn't feel like scrolling through the 40-some pages that came up.)

And I just decided to move my cooktop in the new kitchen to an island, so I'll need an island vent, so I'll need to cut corners somewhere. $1600 or more corners. *gasp*

So would any of you say, perhaps:

Now that I have the new engineered quartz counters, I think I could have lived with formica for a few years....

Now that I have a new refrigerator, I think I could have lived with the old one for a while...

Now that I have a double oven and a microwave, I never use all of them at once...

Now that I have a single-bowl, 10" deep sink, I think I could've lived with a 7"?

I.e., what would you cut from your kitchen design?

Thank you in advice for the answers and honesty,

Cate

Here is a link that might be useful: Never go back thread

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Gel stain vs. Polyshades

posted by: sherry74 on 01.23.2010 at 01:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

My kitchen has ugly orange oak cabinets. Replacing them is not an option now but likely in 5 or 6 years. I just want something other than paint to give them an updated look. No sense sanding or priming as they are junky "builder grade" cabinets.

I tried Minwax gel stain in Mahogany and was very disappointed. I cleaned and lightly sanded and rubbed on and off the stain. Very minimal color change and nowhere near the color shown on the can.

Tried a thicker coat and it was mess. No way to get an even coat no matter how I applied it whether by natural bristle brush, foam brush or by rag. Just too streaky and some bubbles. I called Minwax customer service and they said I should try Polyshades.

So, should I try another brand of gel stain? I heard General Finishes is a good product but I have to travel almost 30 miles to get it. Or should I give Polyshades a chance?

Im not looking for perfection but I just can not stand those cabinets any longer. My husband just installed a beautiful new laminate floor and it really showed just how bad those cabinets are. Thanks for any suggestions or tips.

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