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RE: Gel Stain Hell (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: meghane on 04.02.2008 at 07:46 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I used to wipe off, but had the same experience. So now I apply it like paint, and that works great. For these cabinets, which started life as 1980s style builder's grade honey oak, I first used wood filler to get rid of the grain (and can't thanks Mari enough for that suggestion). Then I primed (Kilz water based), painted with Behr Chocolate Mountain (satin) 2 coats, then applied the gel stain (Minwax, Walnut)in 2 light coats, NO wiping. I finished with 2 coats of satin polyurethane. You can't see in the picture the brush strokes that show a little of the lighter paint through the stain, which is what I wanted.

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clipped on: 04.09.2008 at 08:42 am    last updated on: 04.09.2008 at 08:42 am

Finished Kitchen Photos!

posted by: alywa on 03.07.2008 at 04:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

First of all, thank you to all of you who helped answer questions and share ideas along the way. This is a very valuable community, and you all made the process a lot easier.

Rather than post a big section of before / after photos, I'll just post the finished product pics... there was so much demolished / rearranged (walls, stairs, doors, basically everything) that true before / after photos are difficult.

The stats:

6 months from start to finish (Concurrent with an extensive whole-house renovation)

Cost: 15% over budget (has anyone ever made their budget???)

Range: 48" Electrolux Icon
Hood: 48" Best By Broan, In-line blower, baffle filters
Fridge: 36" GE Monogram, Bottom Freezer
Oven Stack: Advantium 240V (Monogram), 30" Monogram WD
DW: Jenn-Air (The only appliance from our old kitchen, had to buy it prior to renovation due to the death of the vintage Hobart DW)

Butler's Pantry:

Existing Frigidaire Top Freezer Fridge
Black GE Dishwasher
Frigidaire Front-Loading Washer / Dryer

Cabinets: Custom, locally made Maple

Countertops: Granite... "Copper Green"

Sinks: Pegasus "Granite" (Made by Blanco for Home Depot)
Insinkerator Evolution x3
Faucets: Delta (various types depending on sink)

Kitchen Overview

Display / China Hutch

Fridge / Range

Electrolux 48

Kitchen Overview

View from Entry #1

View from Entry #2

L-Island / Prep Area

Oven Stack / Computer

Fridge / Walk-in Pantry

Walk-in Pantry

Butler's Pantry

Butler's Pantry / Laundry

Laundry / Folding Table

Butler's Pantry

Built-in Ironing Board

Instahot / Faucet / Purified Water Disp.

Whew... that's a lot of pictures! If anyone has any questions or wants any reviews of the appliances / plumbing let me know!

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IKEA CABINET HARDWARE "VINNA" 128mm and 320mm metric screws ...good quality and much less expense than HD
clipped on: 03.09.2008 at 08:39 pm    last updated on: 03.09.2008 at 08:52 pm

RE: How to insert a pic from an online 'page' or catalog? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: dgmarie on 02.29.2008 at 04:49 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Easily enough.

Right click the photo
Copy and entire URL address
Past it between the " " in this string:

img src="put the address here"

Stick a < in front and another > behind the entire string without any spaces.

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clipped on: 03.01.2008 at 08:53 am    last updated on: 03.01.2008 at 08:53 am

RE: Do you have wasted space or fillers in your cabinets? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: bmorepanic on 02.28.2008 at 11:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

I don't have a problem with trading drawers for lazy susan or such - you need to allow 1.5 inches of filler on both side of the corner to make sure the drawers can open.

Perhaps this type of filler pullout from rev-a-shelf? Its a 434 series.

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clipped on: 02.29.2008 at 08:10 am    last updated on: 02.29.2008 at 08:10 am

RE: Drywall repair question (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: green-zeus on 02.15.2008 at 09:24 am in Remodeling Forum

I had a similar situation in a rental property I owned when I tore paneling off a wall. I just tore all the glue off, without regard as to if the paper on the drywall came off or not. I had hundreds of gouge marks, tears,etc. Take a spray bottle full of water and wet those areas, then fill them in with drywall mud. Wetting the areas keeps the drywall from sucking up the moisture from the patch, which can make adhering a problem.

I ended up painting that wall in a semi-gloss, which can REALLY show up any defects. Even looking down the wall from an angle, you couldn't tell that anything was done to the wall!! So that repair went very well for me and with some attention to detail, you can do the same with your wall.

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clipped on: 02.19.2008 at 10:49 am    last updated on: 02.19.2008 at 10:49 am

RE: What goes with taupe? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: donnamp14 on 01.31.2008 at 02:59 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Here's what I copied from these boards a year or so ago:

Taupe Loves
- Pure white paint
- Dark stained wood
- Purple undertoned natural linens
- Stones that contain grey or blue
- Metals such as silver, chrome and stainless steel
- The companionship of grey or brown
- Dramatic accents of green, purple or red
- Clear glass
Taupe Hates
- Anything that contains yellow, such as buttery paint
- Golden woods, such as oak
- Yellow-hued linens
- Tan leathers
- Stones that contain beige
- Accessories that hint at yellow, such as dark cream porcelain.


Good luck with taupe (which I love) and also in your new and improved bedroom and your very much improved new life!

-Donna

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clipped on: 02.05.2008 at 02:21 pm    last updated on: 02.05.2008 at 02:21 pm

RE: How do I include pics in the post? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: chijim on 01.20.2008 at 08:42 am in Home Decorating Forum

The easiest way is open a free Photobucket acct - upload your pics into it.
When you want to add or create a message > open message box > goto Photobucket and find photo and underneath box click on HTML Code > Copied will come up - then go back to the message and paste it in - you'll see a series of numbers and words > click on Preview Message and your pic will appear in copy - You can also edit at this time or add more pics if you choose - then click on submit message and it will post.

Jim

I hope this helps.

Here's what it looks like when you copy the code to paste

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clipped on: 01.22.2008 at 09:23 pm    last updated on: 01.22.2008 at 09:23 pm