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RE: That chair that I ebonized last summer (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: johnmari on 03.07.2008 at 02:32 pm in Home Decorating Forum

flyleft, if you have completely naked wood, you can use an alcohol-based DYE and it will neither raise the grain nor rub off (although for durability it's best to topcoat it). TransTint is one brand I've used - DH does woodcarving from time to time and for a while we had a bit of a "thing" for dyeing his carvings bright colors. :-) Arti Toymaker's Dye is completely nontoxic and even food-safe (if used with a food-safe finish like a "salad bowl finish"), although it's water-mixed and so will likely raise grain which has to be sanded back down. Supposedly General Finishes' water-based dye does not raise the grain, but I have not used it. In running a Google search for someone else recently, I came across a nontoxic, gel-format dye from a company called Clearwater, but I haven't seen it IRL.

Interesting pieces, Spanky. Back in college I had a chair much like the one you ebonized, although yours looks much better. Mine had the original orange upholstery, urk!

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clipped on: 03.08.2008 at 03:44 pm    last updated on: 03.08.2008 at 03:44 pm

RE: Okay, so how about deep brown/black espresso cabinet color? (Follow-Up #33)

posted by: johnmari on 03.07.2008 at 03:02 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Gosh denali, I'm blushing! I always feel sooooo good when I can be an "inspiration" for someone.

teesyl2, we did not use a tinted primer, we used plain old Kilz primer and two coats of paint and coverage was just dandy. I chose BM Regal semigloss because that's what most people seem to like for cabinetry and it wasn't too shiny, but I think satin would be just fine if you like the level of sheen. Polyurethane is unnecessary and can actually lift or bubble the paint. (Remember, when you ask for it at the store, ask for Bittersweet Chocolate or they probably won't know what you're talking about.)

Remember also when painting cabinets, put cabinet door bumpers on the inside of all doors and behind the drawerfronts, because the doors and drawers can stick together until the paint has completely cured which can take a few days to a few weeks depending on the weather, the humidity, thickness of the coats, yadda yadda. With the Bittersweet Chocolate the clear rubbery bumpers were too visible on the doors and too thick behind the drawerfronts, so I picked up some of the plain old-fashioned dark brown felt "dots" at the hardware store. They disappeared right into the paint color and were thin enough that the drawers closed properly but didn't stick together.

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put cabinet door bumpers on the inside of all doors and behind the drawerfronts, because the doors and drawers can stick together until the paint has completely cured which can take a few days to a few weeks depending on the weather, the humidity, thickness of the coats, yadda yadda.
clipped on: 03.08.2008 at 03:34 pm    last updated on: 03.08.2008 at 03:35 pm

In what order do things get done ?...

posted by: ani_t on 09.01.2007 at 11:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

I finally decided on the cabinet maker, havent finalized the design (I am going to be doing it myself first and then she will use her software to put it in place) The girl is going to have a baby soon and I dont want to stress her out asking her to change the design with a gazillion options!

This is my idea of the order of execution of tasks. I am going to put this into some sort of project plan and work with that.
I may be WAY off so please help me get this right.
0) Order cabinets
1) Buy appliances (Range, Warming drawer, vent) and have them delivered
1) Removal of laminate countertops.
2) disconnect sinks (small and large), range and dishwasher
3) Call some salvage company and see if THEY want the cabinets.
4) Have carpenter build halfwall to support countertop
5) get electrician to come in and put in wiring for vent
and move ceiling lights
6) get the vent installation people to come in and make duct work and hole in roof and mount the vent
7) install cabinets
8) call plumber ton install sinks and connect dishwasher/ fridge
9) granite templating for countertop and bar
10) granite installation in countertop and bar with holes cutout for outlets
11) call electrician to install outlets, install cabinet lighting (electrician again)
12) call whover (?) who - to install range
13) install tile floor

What huge thing did I miss ?
I am really unclear on who does what especially wrt appliances. I have very good references(crossing fingers) for electrician/plumber/carpenter.
Thanks in advance
Anita

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clipped on: 09.02.2007 at 12:23 am    last updated on: 09.02.2007 at 12:23 am