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RE: How to throw a GREAT party (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 01.04.2013 at 07:46 pm in Kitchens Forum

Well, first go to Home Depot and get plexiglass to cover the island...oh, ok, that was just me.

here are my tips:

Put the drinks in a room that nobody goes into. This way you will increase the flow of traffic and get the crowds moving away from the kitchen.

We did the food in the dining room. Again, it helped move the crowd.

Regarding what libations...We did one drink in a big dispenser, Mistletoe Martini--coconut rum, midori, sweet & sour mix, pineapple juice--equal parts. And we had one type of red wine and one type of white, and beer. We also had out a bottle of vodka and gin, along with OJ and tonic water. This was a big mistake. Couple of people (total strangers--it was a get to know you party for all the new neighbors) decided to tackle the Costco sized bottle of gin--they tried to finish it--3 people. Got a little messy, everybody walked to the party so thank goodness no driving, we would have had to cut them off. So, next time, I'm doing just martini, wine, and beer.

Sticky notes--put them on every serving platter and on every tray so you know what is going where, and also try to get a friend to help you and this will let them know where everything is going.

I forgot--if you are bringing several different social circles together, we have used a little game (and I hate games). You put famous people's names on a sticker, the guest upon arrival reaches into the hat pulls out a sticker and has it applied to their back. They can only ask one question of another guest while trying to figure out who they are. It really is a great ice breaker because after the question about "who am I?" they usually introduce themselves, etc.

This post was edited by beekeeperswife on Fri, Jan 4, 13 at 19:49


clipped on: 01.05.2013 at 09:56 pm    last updated on: 01.05.2013 at 09:56 pm

Green subway tile? Especially vintage looking?

posted by: ideagirl2 on 08.11.2011 at 11:39 pm in Kitchens Forum


As the title says, we're looking for green subway tile that has a vintage feel. Here's an inspiration picture to give you the gist. It's not a real kitchen, and it's not the exact layout we're planning; it's a photo I found and then photoshopped like crazy to get an idea of how our kitchen might feel:


So that's kind of what we're going for. We want a medium green, not too pastel or too dark, and with little if any grey or brown in it. So not muddy, not pastel, not emerald... and not a cool tone, because we're going for a warm feel. I've found surprisingly little green subway tile online, and almost all of it is glass--we prefer ceramic/porcelain, but would go with glass if we couldn't find the right color in those materials.

Any ideas?? Why is this hard?? :-)


clipped on: 10.02.2011 at 02:32 pm    last updated on: 10.02.2011 at 02:32 pm

soapstone before/after rehoning

posted by: farmgirlinky on 06.25.2011 at 11:42 am in Kitchens Forum

Hope this is useful to some soapstone folks. We were overall happy with our Jucca soapstone counters from Dorado, but I was bothered by the higher-than-expected sheen after dry waxing, which had the advantage of making the iron and quartz veining "pop" more, but also made the counters easier to visibly scratch (scratches in the wax?) and perhaps more likely to have watermarks trapped under wax. I wanted a more traditional soapstone feel, and through remodelfla and others, reached Joshua of Creative Stone in Florida, who put me in touch with a former colleague of his in Pennsylvania, David Mellinger (267-644-8388) who just happened to be passing through Connecticut one week later. He rehoned our counters and oiled them with Clark Stanley's Snake Oil Liniment (=mineral oil), and we are thrilled with the difference. He sanded first with 80 grit, then with 150 grit. Water was involved in the final stages, too, but I was in the office when it happened and can't cite chapter and verse.) We are now officially thrilled with the soapstone instead of pleased/anxious. The veining is more subtle, but that's fine. At the risk of boring those who have seen pictures from this kitchen ad nauseum: the first two pictures are before rehoning, the latter are after rehoning:










clipped on: 06.26.2011 at 07:25 am    last updated on: 06.26.2011 at 07:26 am

Finished period kitchen - 1925 Craftsman Bungalow

posted by: tito on 12.02.2007 at 11:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am thrilled to finally be able to post photos of our finished kitchen. Most of the work was done last December and January, but it took until September to get around to installing the backsplash. Id have posted sooner, but about a week after the backsplash was finished, we made an offer on a new house so Ive been busy dealing with the buying/selling/moving process. Were heartbroken to be leaving our new kitchen (and our house in general), but Im planning to recreate much of it in our new house which was built in 1921.

Here are a few before pics:

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Heres what the kitchen looks like now:

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We tried to be true to the period of the house (1925 craftsman bungalow) without being rigid about it. In our effort to make the kitchen somewhat authentic, we kept the original floors, light shades, and built-in ironing board. We also chose inset cabinets and polished nickel hardware. No one would mistake it for the original kitchen, but it does feel like it belongs. We couldnt have done it without help from countless posters on this forum. Thanks for all the help.

Here are the details on the new kitchen:

Floors refinished original fir
Cabinets Brookhaven Louisburg
Cabinet latches Crown Hardware (polished nickel)
Countertops Soapstone
Backsplash Subway Ceramics
Faucet Cifial Highlands Wall-Mount (polished nickel)
Sink Rohl Fireclay single bowl
Light fixtures Original shades in new fixtures from Rejuvenation
Undercabinet lighting Pegasus xenon pucks
Paint Benjamin Moore Weston Flax


Dishwasher - Bosch Integrated 4 cycle SHV46-C13UC
Range - Bosch Integra Pro Electric Range HEI7282
Range Hood - Zephyr Hurricane
Refrigerator - Fisher & Paykel E522B


black pencil line tile
clipped on: 05.09.2011 at 07:29 am    last updated on: 05.09.2011 at 07:30 am

RE: Amazing new Sarah Richardson Ikea kitchen (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: shanghaimom on 12.21.2010 at 05:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

Mine is Calcutta 3" hex tile similar to what's in young-gardeners gawgeous photo. The Sarah kitchen looks like there are more beige tones sprinkled in the pattern. Sarah's is very pretty!



clipped on: 03.11.2011 at 04:12 pm    last updated on: 03.11.2011 at 04:12 pm