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RE: i need to order a breakfast room table (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: hostagrams on 11.24.2009 at 08:52 pm in Kitchens Forum

Kate, our last dining room tables and chairs were from Canadel. It's a "you design it" system -- you choose the tabletop shape, size and color, then choose the legs or pedestal. We chose an oval top with two leaves, and used two pedestals. Chairs are the same -- choose the back, seat, legs, colors, etc. The chairs were the most comfortable ones we've ever had and we're probably going to order a kitchen table for this house -- with the same chairs. The quality was excellent. Unfortunately, the buyers of our last house asked that we leave the set because it went with the bar stools and DH agreed to do so. I've been half ticked about it ever since!! Below is the set we loved.

Here is a link that might be useful: Canadel's website


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RE: i need to order a breakfast room table (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: kristin42 on 11.24.2009 at 05:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

kate, I used this company to make my kitchen table and I love it. They are in Sperryville, VA. I have a solid planked rectangular maple farm table. They are easy to work with and the pricing is straight forward. They will send you samples with the stains.


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RE: i need to order a breakfast room table (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: crescent50 on 11.24.2009 at 02:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Kate-
Have you tried British Home Emporium in Madison, NJ? I know they do custom tables.
The $ are high but I have seen their work and it is beautiful.
I am considering them for a trestle type table for our kitchen.

Hope all is going well- I have been looking on the building forum daily to check for any updated pictures from you :)!


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RE: i need to order a breakfast room table (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: carolinesmom on 11.24.2009 at 10:52 am in Kitchens Forum

I've been looking for a square, but with legs, not pedestal. Several of the amish sites I visited (keystone, I think, and amish tables), I emailed to inquire about customization beyond whats offered online and they can do it. Good luck! I'm looking at cherry instead of maple because I want the grain. Not sure if one is more durable.


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i need to order a breakfast room table

posted by: kateskouros on 11.24.2009 at 09:41 am in Kitchens Forum

i saw some by saloom out of new england that looked ok but wondering if i'm missing something. i want a single pedestal SQUARE table -which is unbelievably difficult to find. i was going to get one from hickory white but the price tag was hovering at around $4K. at half the price the saloom comes in a variety of finishes and options and i can get the square pedestal at around $2K for a 54x54. looked at a bunch of amish sellers but they don't seem to have the square table/pedestal option and a lot of the work looked a bit too rustic for me.
so, does anyone know of any other options i haven't found yet? any custom manufacturers i should look into? thanks for the continuing support and suggestions!

attached is a pic of the vanguard settee i've settled on. we will upholster in a sunbrella ivory sailcloth with nail head trim:


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RE: Finished Backsplash pics!!! (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: lmalm53 on 10.10.2009 at 04:46 am in Kitchens Forum

Prill your backsplash looks GREAT!

You might want to check out the LUTRON brand switchplates. They come in a variety of colors. Their Paladium color might be a match for your tile.

Here is their color chart:


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RE: How do you store a LARGE collection of spices? (Follow-Up #71)

posted by: imrainey on 03.23.2008 at 08:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

BTW, when freshness and using spices up in a reasonable amount of time is an issue there are many spice blends you can do yourself so you don't have to store every possible combination. Make as much or as little as you want. Most of these recipes fill a 4oz. spice jar.

Mixing them up is a wonderful sensory experience.

Here are a few that I do myself:

Apple Pie Blend
cup (or 24 parts) cinnamon
1 tablespoon (or 6 parts) allspice
2 teaspoon (or 4 parts) nutmeg
teaspoon (or 1 part) cardamom, optional

Pumpkin Pie Blend
cup (or 24 parts) cinnamon
2 tablespoon (or 12 parts) ginger
2 teaspoon (or 4 parts) ground cloves
1 teaspoon (or 2 parts) nutmeg
teaspoon (or 1 part) cardamom, optional

Curry Blend
1 tablespoon (or 1 part) cayenne
cup (or 8 parts) granulated garlic
cup (or 12 parts) paprika
cup (or 4 parts) turmeric
1 cup (or 24 parts) curry powder

Mexican Rub for Pork
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
teaspoon (or 8 parts) epizote
teaspoon (or 8 parts) kosher salt
teaspoon (or 4 parts) freshly ground black pepper
teaspoon (or 4 parts) ground cloves
teaspoon (or 2 parts) oregano
1 pinch (or 1 part) cinnamon

Emeril's "Essence"
2 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoon (or 2 parts) salt
2 tablespoon (or 2 parts) garlic powder
1 tablespoon (or 1 part) black pepper
1 tablespoon (or 1 part) onion powder
1 tablespoon (or 1 part) cayenne
1 tablespoon (or 1 part) dried oregano
1 tablespoon (or 1 part) dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.


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RE: 36' wide drawers - good or bad (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: buehl on 09.19.2009 at 02:46 pm in Kitchens Forum

36" drawers are are other sizes. I love my drawers! :-)

If I were you, I would get as many drawers as I could afford! For the vast majority of uses, they are much better than doors w/shelves...stationary or roll out!

I have all drawers in my kitchen except the sink bases, trash pull out, & Pet Center. Our Pet Center is the kind you're talking about having under your drawer w/two roll out trays beneath. (For some reason, I wasn't thinking when I ordered that last should have been a trash pull-out style cabinet. At least it's only used twice a day.)

Our drawers range in size from 18" to 36". The drawer stacks range in size from 24" to 36" (the 18" drawer is over our trash pullout).

The drawer stacks we have are:

  • 24" drawer stack w/4 drawers (holds flatware/silverware in the top drawer, wraps/plastic bags in the next, extension cords next, and bread in the bottom drawer)

  • 24" drawer stack w/3 drawers (holds pot holders in the top, cookie cutters/rolling pin/flour sifter in middle, and candles/candle holders/bread dish/popsicle makers/etc in the bottom.

  • 27" drawer stack w/3 drawers (holds serving utensils/oven tools in the top, mixing bowls/round casserole dishes/rectangular baking dishes in the middle, and pie tins/cake pans/jello molds/square baking dish in the bottom.

  • 30" drawer stack w/2 drawers + WD in the middle (holds baking tools/tools & utensils for gluten-free cooking/parchment paper/foil in top drawer and soup tureens/small round & rectangular baking dishes in bottom)

  • 31" drawer under the MW drawer (holds MW dishes & tools as well as all my colanders)

  • 31.5" drawer under the double ovens (holds XL serving bowls/loaf pans/soup tureen/rice cooker)

  • 33" drawer stack w/3 drawers (holds kitchen linens in the top, Tupperware in the middle, and a mix of non-Tupperware storage containers & water bottles in the bottom)

  • 36" drawer stack w/3 drawers under the cooktop (holds knives and other prep & cooking tools in top drawer, pots/ladles & turners in the middle, and pans & tea kettle in the bottom drawer; lids are stored with the pots & pans)

  • 27" drawer in Pet Center cabinet (holds flashlights, batteries, & misc related items)

  • 18" drawer in the Trash Pullout is our junk drawer. (Most people end up w/a junk plan for one so you control where it ends up.) most cases, I recommend you don't use the builder's inserts, they're usually much too expensive. Instead, go to Bed, Bath, & Beyond (w/20% off coupons) or one of the many online stores that sell various sized & configured inserts....they're usually much more reasonably priced. The one insert I would consider getting from your builder is a flatware/silverware insert...if it's custom-made for your drawer and if it's decently configured. However, even there you'll be spending probably 2 or 3 times what it would cost to purchase or make the inserts yourself. I've linked to several threads that discuss inserts.

    Thread: Drawer dividers - cutlery
    Thread: drawer dividers, organizers, shelf liner?
    Thread: Talk to me about knives in drawers....
    Thread: Knife rack in a drawer? Do you love it?
    Thread: 36 in Flatware drawer?
    Thread: What do you keep in the drawer below undercounter microwave?
    Thread: spice drawers/inserts recommendations
    Thread: How do you store a LARGE collection of spices?
    Thread: Where did you get your drawer organizers?

  • Here is a link that might be useful: Pics of Drawer Insides


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    RE: Clever idea for hiding those few inevitable hand washed items (Follow-Up #1)

    posted by: plllog on 09.06.2009 at 01:28 pm in Kitchens Forum

    Okay, we're talking about washed dishes you don't want to dry, right?

    I wouldn't want truly wet dishes inside a lower cabinet. The Euro drainers are very open, and they drip into the sink. Even if the front were mesh instead of integrated cabinetry, I would still worry that they could sour. I don't know how likely that would be, but it feels kind of creepy. Oh! The other thing about the Euro drainers is that they have plastic (melamine) insides. The American, wood version is open both front and bottom.

    I keep thinking of really clever things to do, and they all look worse than a really nice dish drainer with dishes in it.

    They make very attractive folding dishracks.

    Or maybe you could put a small dishrack into a dishpan that would be easy to take in and out of the sink?

    Or something like this, which has a low profile and an integrated pan (from HGTV)?

    drainer pan

    Maybe a drying mat from Williams Sonoma?

    mat has a colapsable dish drainer with a built in pan:



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