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RE: Best organizing tips/worst mistakes (Follow-Up #45)

posted by: mustangs on 01.15.2007 at 09:23 am in Organizing the Home Forum

Catkin, Don't forget to cut out the pages that are in a foreign language. No sense in saving half a manual that you can't read.

As someone mentioned The worst thing for me is that I keep buying tools to organize, boxes and bins and baskets. I'm always searching for that perfect thing. This is my biggest bad idea. I end up having to organize the organizers just to eventually sell them at the annual garage sale.

This works for me, a vertical junk drawer (shoe holder) hidden behind the laundry room door.

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clipped on: 01.22.2007 at 09:13 pm    last updated on: 01.22.2007 at 09:13 pm

Now THIS is cool

posted by: maddiemom6 on 11.14.2006 at 08:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

For those who wanted pendants but have spots... this might be a good answer.. just ran into it


Here is a link that might be useful: Instant pendants


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RE: Finally FINISHED!!! (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: tfm1134 on 11.08.2006 at 04:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

cubby-your new kitchen is so beautiful. Love everything about it. Can you please tell me where you got that cute little shelf under your microwave. I have been looking for something like that for a while


barstools and granite
clipped on: 11.09.2006 at 09:45 pm    last updated on: 11.09.2006 at 09:45 pm

RE: Ever just make a DUMB decision?? (Follow-Up #43)

posted by: limoncello on 11.08.2006 at 12:07 pm in Kitchens Forum


The dust strip on Brookhaven cabinet doors is attached with VERY strong adhesive; you will make a mess of your doors if you try to remove it yourself (ask me how I know this ...). If you do decide to go with the trash can pullout attached to your door, ask your KD to modify your cabinetry order so that the factory doesn't attach the dust strip. Also ask that they NOT drill for hinges.

May I offer these door-mounted swing-out trash cans from Hafele as an alternative ... they are a lot easier to install than a pullout.

Good luck to you,


pail alterrnative
clipped on: 11.09.2006 at 09:15 pm    last updated on: 11.09.2006 at 09:16 pm

RE: EiklorFlame gas logs..Anyone know them? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: AnnaLeeF on 12.20.2005 at 09:53 am in Fireplaces Forum

Thanks for providing more detail! Eiklor is certainly worth a trip to investigate. I called NM and they now have a set hooked up & burning, so we hope to get up there within the next few days.

Golden Blount - we saw the Split Texas Bonfire burning at Novecky's in Danbury. Berkshire Fireplace carries the Texas Stack, which we thought we would prefer to the constant look of the split set-up; however, they have never unboxed and hooked it up and are very busy selling inserts and stoves, so we don't think that's going to happen this season. DH traveled to TX on business and went to the factory shop to view them. He liked the Texas Stack very much and could buy directly and save $$$, but he did not like the idea of the black box reducing the width of the log set, so he passed until we take one last look around at other choices. Enter Eiklor after reading your praises.

Thanks again for giving more information!


clipped on: 11.06.2006 at 07:16 am    last updated on: 11.06.2006 at 07:16 am

RE: Outlet plates in backsplash...must be other options (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: gunderson1909 on 10.20.2006 at 12:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here are a few options I found:
1. Lutron has a number of colors you can get in matte plastic. Link below. They will also custom match color with a hefty set-up fee, but they are still plastic. They have 7 standard gloss colors too. After trying to get info at 2 lighting/electric stores, I found pamphlets and color sample swatches at HD (which I dislike and normally avoid but they came through on this bit).

2. Restoration Hardware has some nice ceramic covers that are glossy - in stock in the store. They have some for GFCI outlets even though they do not show on the website. They are made by Lenape which I found on-line at, but RH is easier and instant gratification.

3. Some tile manufacturers make ceramic matte covers in a number of colors- one is Mission Tile West. I asked at a couple of boutique type tile places - one said no, another had a couple of lines available. Neither had them displayed.

After much research, I decided to opt for the off-white Restoration Hardware ones because of ease of purchase and I like the way they are molded, rather than flat. They seem appropriate for our 1906 house. We will put Lutron light almond gloss or eggshell matte outlets under the plates.

I think the key thing is to make sure the contractors place the outlets where you want them instead of some random place. Ours were really high and they are moving them down close to the counter so that the coffee maker, toaster etc. will be in front of the outlets.

There was another thread on this with some other creative solutions, including one person who put a picture of her granite behind a clear plastic cover.

Hope this helps.

Here is a link that might be useful: color switches and outlets


clipped on: 10.21.2006 at 07:48 pm    last updated on: 10.21.2006 at 07:48 pm

RE: Picture of my kitchen (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: flyleft on 08.27.2006 at 06:03 am in Kitchens Forum

The backsplash is pretty, and the counter looks nice really could be worse, much *my house originally* worse :)

I agree with all the suggestions and would add to get some different hanging light fixtures if those don't speak to you. Amazing what a differents those can make. Imagine some colored glass to go with some colors in the backsplash, or a metal that matches the pulls you select...:)


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RE: IKEAs Hjuvik faucet - I saw one today :-/ (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: jenng on 08.27.2006 at 07:50 am in Kitchens Forum

Rhome...yes you can turn down the water volume to have the spray come out more gently. It's just that with two boys (6 and 4), we never do LOL.

I haven't had any problems with the finish at all. I tend to give the Ikea display items the benefit of the doubt - with the number of people that are in and out of there on a daily basis (much less a monthly basis!), I'm quite sure that even with three kids we can't do that much damage! Not that my kids wouldn't give it a shot.

Some folks on the Ikea fansite ordered this faucet in place of the Hjuvik. It's gorgeous.

Kraus Pull-out Faucet

Here is a link that might be useful: Link to Kraus Faucet


clipped on: 08.27.2006 at 08:10 am    last updated on: 08.27.2006 at 08:10 am

Is this too industrial looking?

posted by: dixielogs on 08.04.2006 at 08:53 am in Kitchens Forum

We are building a log home that is nestled in the trees ( have a nice tree that goes right through the middle of our deck) and while it is not in any way 'rustic' it is a very warm place. We will have custom cabinets in alder with soapstone countertops. We have a fireplace centrally located in the house and the upstairs loft will have narrow iron pickets to match the wrought iron chandelier in the dining roon, very, very open.

anyway, do these seats look too industrial to you? we would use the ones with the herbs cust into the back, under the stone couty collection. I vacuum every day, and I think I will love not having the bar stool legs in the way, plus DH likes the open look under the bar which will be open to the great room. However, my mom is trying to tell me that this looks like a diner and that she thinks it will look awful.

Here is a link that might be useful: suspended seating


clipped on: 08.06.2006 at 08:14 am    last updated on: 08.06.2006 at 08:14 am

10K kitchen remodel blog

posted by: ttfweb on 08.05.2006 at 10:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all,

I am just starting a full kitchen remodel, doing all the work myself, including building the cabinets. The goal is to do the whole kitchen for about $10K.

Here is a link that might be useful:


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RE: Where to order soft close and full extension glides for drawe (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: tjacks24 on 08.01.2006 at 06:52 am in Kitchens Forum

I know of two brands of the soft close drawer slides. There is Blumotion from Blum and the Accuride Eclipse.

I am having my brother build cabinets that I designed and we are using Accuride Eclipse.

The best price I found was from Woodworkers Hardware. I purchased my knobs and pulls from them.

Here is a link that might be useful: Woodworkers Hardware


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RE: Where to order soft close and full extension glides for drawe (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: reagentmel on 08.01.2006 at 03:38 am in Kitchens Forum

My cabinets were custom made by someone my husband used for his new construction homes. He's used to doing pretty basic stuff, so my kitchen was a bit of a challenge for him. I wanted blumotion for my drawers, so I ordered the glides (slides) myself. After searching a bit on the web, I found A&H Turf was the best price for these. I am not yet living in the house where they are installed, but am very much looking forward to these drawers. There is a tool that you have to order along with the slides, if you are buying them to make yourself or for someone who doesn't already use them you'll want to get the tool as well as the drawer slides. Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: A&H Turf blumotion drawer slides


clipped on: 08.01.2006 at 12:00 pm    last updated on: 08.01.2006 at 12:00 pm

RE: Backsplash of Kitchen in Devil Wears Prada (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: coolmammajamma on 07.04.2006 at 02:39 am in Kitchens Forum

Just saw the movie last night, and I agree with you, the backsplash was great. Very striking. It looked like an irridescent glass mosaic tile. See the link below for something similar. I think it might be the Blue Topaz color you will see in the link.

Here is a link that might be useful: Illuminati irridescent glass mosaic tiles


clipped on: 07.04.2006 at 10:47 pm    last updated on: 07.04.2006 at 10:47 pm

RE: Unsightly jumble of phone cords (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: joepole on 07.04.2006 at 12:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

What we did was to have the outlets located below the counter and I ran a hole with a grommet into the cabinet to run all the cords (phone, phone power, compnuter monitor, monitor power, mouse, and keyboard) through. If you click on the pic below you'll see what I'm talking about.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pic of kitchen workstation


clipped on: 07.04.2006 at 10:29 pm    last updated on: 07.04.2006 at 10:29 pm