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RE: Show me your coffee table and how it's accessorized. (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: lynninnewmexico on 11.08.2011 at 07:14 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Family room coffee table is round and soapstone on an iron base. I keep it simple as we put our feet up there all the time:
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Living room coffee table is an old one from India. I can't remember what kind of wood the base is; just one indigenous to India. On it I keep a santo, a favorite book of Santa Fe artists, a couple candleholders and a tray for drinks. You never want to try and balance a drink on the grill part of this table (LOL)!
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I have 2 more coffee tables out on our front portal, but only have a pic of the smaller one. There I like to keep a candle . . . and Margaritas with chips & salsa whenever possible (LOL!!)
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Lynn


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clipped on: 11.17.2011 at 09:31 am    last updated on: 11.17.2011 at 09:31 am

My Cabinet Touchup Process for Minor Nicks and Flaws

posted by: lmalm53 on 11.19.2008 at 04:34 am in Kitchens Forum

I was asked by nomorebluekitchen to write up something about my process for touching up my old cabinets and to include some before and after pictures. Let me preface this by saying emphatically that I am NOT a refinisher and really have just been using trial and error to find something that works on minor nicks and water damage on the cabinet finish. In fact I would still like to know if there isn't some kind of final finish or wax that I should be applying to help keep my touchups protected from future moisture. But at least the touchups I did almost 6 months ago still look like new.

Please be aware that I have used this process only on natural solid wood cabinets that have been stained, not painted. This may not work on laminate surfaces or composite woods. If anyone out there has more experience with this type of repair, please add your input also. This is the process I used.

First off, my 19 year old dark cherry cabinets were in need of a good cleaning. I have read some negative posts about using any kind of oil soap on cabinets, but I have had no problems using Murphy's Oil soap for cleaning up greasy spots. I just dilute a small amount of the soap in a pail of warm water and using a soft microfiber cloth I clean up the cabinets. If I have any tough dried on gunk, I gently clean it off using a piece of 0000 fine steel wool.

After drying with a soft cloth I then like to put a little Orange Glo furniture cleaner and polish on a clean white cloth and further clean and polish up the wood finish. At this point I carefully inspect for signs of wear, worn finish or nicks in the wood. You will be surprised how much you thought was damage turns out to have just been dirt or specks that easily clean off. Be sure to open up all the drawers and cabinet doors where there is often damage to the finish just inside the doors. I use my Minwax Stain Marker pen which matches my cabinet color perfectly. (I use 225 red mahogany)

Using the stain pen I just start filling in the damaged spots. Sort of like filling in the lines in a coloring book. :) I apply the stain generously, wipe up any excess with a paper towel and then let it sit for awhile. You could probably let it sit for a few hours or overnight, but I get impatient and tend to move from one cabinet to another with the cleanup and touchup process then work back to the first cabinet again to check the stain and see if I need to apply a little more.

Once I am satisfied that I have done my best touching up any damage, I then like to get another clean soft microfiber cloth to buff up the cabinet faces. Some of the stain will come off on your cloth, but in most cases the areas of damaged finish will have absorbed enough stain to improve the cosmetic look greatly. If you need to reapply some stain in especially large damaged areas, I would let the stain sit longer before you buff it out.

Now this is where I am probably missing a step, because it seems logically there should be some kind of finish coat or preservative put on the cabinets to keep them protected. But I have not added anything yet after buffing out the stain. Since most of my cabinet finish was in good shape I couldn't see the need to apply any all over sealer, but I guess a real refinisher would use something to seal the damaged areas. I am hoping my stain doesn't all come off the next time I deep clean the cabinets!

So...buyer beware!... but I was asked to explain how I do it so this is it. Here are some pics if it helps to see the types of damage that can be greatly improved without going to a lot of expense and trouble.

Here are the touchup supplies I use:
CABINET TOUCHUP SUPPLIES

STEEL WOOL

STAIN PEN

And here are some before and after pictures:

Small Cabinet Drawer Face Before Touchup
CABINET DRAWER BEFORE RETOUCH

After Touchup
CABINET DRAWER AFTER RETOUCH

Cabinet Center Panel Before Touchup
CABINET BEFORE TOUCHUP

After Touchup of Center Panel only
CABINET CENTER PANEL AFTER TOUCHUP

Whole Cabinet after Hardware Removed and Before Touchup
19 YEAR OLD CHERRY CABS BEFORE CLEANUP

After Touchup and New Hardware installed
19 YEAR OLD CHERRY CABS AFTER CLEANUP

I will say that there are some types of damage that this process cannot repair. I have yet to figure out what I will do with my laundry room cabinet that has had so much water damage that the finish has turned a milky white in places. I suspect in that case I may need to strip the old finish down to the raw wood, restain and reseal completely. That will be a project I will tackle after I have done some more research!

But for now here is my updated kitchen. I saved a lot by keeping the 19 year old cabinets and by touching them up myself, instead of having them professionally refaced or refinished. Only time will tell how long my process holds up, but at this point I feel it was worth it! Most of my guests think the cabinets are brand new.
KITCHEN AT NIGHT

Hope this is helpful to someone. I am sure there are others who can improve on my methods, so please add your comments.

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clipped on: 06.23.2011 at 10:26 pm    last updated on: 06.23.2011 at 10:26 pm

RE: backsplash for colonial cream granite countertop (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: cali_wendy on 03.02.2011 at 05:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thank you for the compliment Breezy. :)

My counters are actually Colonial Gold, but I think it is still very similar to Colonial Cream.

My backsplash is Crema Marfil tumbled marble in a simple 2x3 brick pattern.

I don't have any super pics of it, but here are two. The one with the under cabinets lights on wash it out and make it look lighter than it actually is. The next one looks darker than it actually is. The true color is somewhere in between.

Hope that helps. :)

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clipped on: 06.18.2011 at 07:42 pm    last updated on: 06.18.2011 at 07:42 pm

DIY - No Tile Cut Backsplash - See Mine! (pics)

posted by: haley_comet on 10.18.2010 at 09:22 am in Kitchens Forum

Perhaps this is 'old news' but it wasn't for me till someone told me so I thought I would share my experience in tiling my kitchen backsplash without having to do one single tile cut.

This only works with certain tiles types that come in various tile sizes.

I purchased what I wanted which was a 2x4 polished marble in a brick mosiac.
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The tip I received was to then purchase several sheets in a 2x2 as that is a perfect cut half of a 2x4!

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Then I purchase a couple sheets of 1x2's which again was another half of 2x2 and a perfect quater of a 2x4.

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Again perhaps this is obvious trick that many know about but maybe my post will inform one person who did not know and it may inspire them to do a DIY and give it a try.

One very important note is that you need to PREPLAN your tile placement and start points prior to any mortor - preplanning ensures that your tiles fall properly over plugs and lightswitches to perfect accomadate the sizes of tiles that you have.

Here are some pictures of my - please ignore the mess and note we are not done - we still need to grout etc etc but we just did this work last night. The whole process took us about 4 hours.

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We were also pretty pumped as we purchased our tile on Craiglist. It is a Crema Marfil polished marble that was purchased from Turkey from a housing developer in my area who purchased too much and we got it for 1/3 the price - a total steal!

Anyways hope this was written clearly and it helpful. I will post final product pictures once we are done.

Haley

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clipped on: 06.18.2011 at 06:24 pm    last updated on: 06.18.2011 at 07:14 pm

RE: Help...Please show pics of your creamy white kitchens (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: mdmc on 11.02.2008 at 11:25 am in Kitchens Forum

I don't have the same granite as you (we chose Santa Cecilia and used it on both) but I do have white cabinets with a cherry island. I love the look.
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clipped on: 06.18.2011 at 06:36 pm    last updated on: 06.18.2011 at 06:36 pm

New & Improved Laundry Room with Before/After

posted by: theotherbox on 05.31.2009 at 11:52 am in Laundry Room Forum

This is my first post, even though I've been lurking around here for awhile.

My first project in my 1970's home that has never been remodeled. I grew up in this house, and recently took over when I got married this past April. My first project...the laundry room. I picked the laundry room, to test my abilities of refinishing cabinets, since these cabinets are the same in the kitchen. The laundry room is not yet complete, but you get the jist.

I used SW Alabaster in a semi-gloss on the cabinets, and the walls are painted BM Saybrook Sage in eggshell. I wanted a nice clean relaxing color in here, because I absolutely HATE doing laundry!!

Suggestions & ideas are very welcomed!!!

Laundry Room Before:
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Laundry Room After:
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Cabinets Before:
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Cabinets After:
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clipped on: 05.31.2009 at 11:53 am    last updated on: 05.31.2009 at 11:53 am