Sep 15, 2017
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Granite- A great countertop for a kitchen

Kitchen granite countertops are created by nature and fashioned by man are a beautiful, durable and cost effective choice for kitchens and baths. The term granite comes from the Latin root word granum, which means “grain.”

Granite is often imported from Europe, Africa, Brazil and other regions of the world rich in natural stone. Granite is an attractive natural stone that will add color and warmth to your kitchen. Granite is an extremely hard material that will not blister, scratch or crack.
The hardness of granite is rivaled only be the hardness of diamonds. In fact diamonds are used to cut and polish granite.

Over the last 10 years kitchen granite countertops have become popular with homeowners, after first being popular with designers for decades. Granite is available in hundreds of colors, from various shades of white to browns, reds, greens, blues, and black. The most popular tones are brown and beige.

As well as being hard kitchen granite countertops can take hot items, like pots and pans, and is very stain resistant to hot grease and oil if it is sealed with a silicone-based impregnator. It can easily be cleaned and cut for a basin. Granite has a cool polished surface that makes it an excellent surface for rolling out pastry dough. The polished finish of granite will not wear off.

Kitchen granite countertops are unique because no two pieces of granite are exactly the same, therefore granite provides an interesting design element and adds certain richness and texture to your kitchen not found in other surfaces. Kitchen granite countertops can create a brilliance and elegance that is only found in nature. Granite adds a personality and character to kitchen countertops that is unsurpassed. Kitchen granite countertops have a natural beauty that is capable of complementing any tone of wood or style of cabinets.

It doesn’t matter if you are planning a new home or remodeling an existing kitchen, with granite kitchen countertops you can be sure that you will add to value of your home.

Kitchen remodelers and home builders have experienced a boom in the demand for kitchen granite countertops. Although it can be more expensive to put in granite countertops, they remain the odds on favorite choice for more upscale homes, since they keep their value better than most home improvements

The investment you make in kitchen granite countertops should pay you back at least three times what you invested. If you are selling your home you will find that home buyers wanting kitchen granite countertops will be willing to pay more for your home than if you have ceramic tile or plastic laminate.

Planning out your kitchen granite countertop first involves selecting the right granite color. You should concentrate on the most popular colors. Even though granite tones are usually neutral, you may find that a certain color goes well for your kitchen design.

If you are replacing the old countertop material in your kitchen with granite, carefully diagram all the measurements for the granite installer. If installing new cabinets is part of your kitchen remodel ask the granite fabricator what they recommend for cabinetry.

Since you are using such a superior product as granite, you should think about the right type of sink to go with your new kitchen granite countertop. You should definitely consider going with an undermount stainless steel sink, as opposed to an overmount sink that would be difficult to clean around.

In addition to getting the right kind of sink installed, it is also important to select the just the right faucet to go with the sink. A stainless steel faucet would go well with the looks of a rich kitchen granite countertop.

The next important area is upgrading your cabinet hardware. The handles and knobs should also be of high quality in order to provide good accent to the overall look of the kitchen. Even if you are not replacing the cabinetry having high quality hardware with make those cabinets and the whole kitchen
stand out.

So in planning your kitchen remodeling, just remember that kitchen granite countertops will make a provide a world-class addition and increase the re-sale value of your home.

James Mahoney is the author of many kitchen design articles and has a site about kitchen design ideas at Kitchen Designers Ideas.com. He also publishes a newletter on kitchen design.

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Sep 12, 2017
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Choosing the Right Color Cabinet

White

White remains a more popular choice for areas that are going to be decked out in white, black and grey. These custom cupboards will coordinate perfectly with a modern home or complement an elegant look, making them a versatile choice that will help them last for years regardless of how many remodels a home sees or what style a homeowner prefers.

On the downside, white shows dirt easier than any other color. If the house is full of small children with dirty hands, homeowners are going to feel as though they spend half of their day scrubbing dirt off of the doors and drawers, particularly if they are place in high traffic areas. This color also shows dirt and dents easier than any other color, as well as imperfections like scratches. Homeowners with several children, or grandchildren, that are always in and out of the eating area may want to consider another option.

Black

Custom black rta cabinets will add a sleek look to any modern home. This color will not show every single smudge or fingerprint, letting homeowners wipe them down when they have the time to instead of when they can see the dirty smudges.

The primary downside to owning custom black cabinetry is that it tends to show scratches just as easily as white ones, if not more so. The only other con listed by consumers is that black is simply not as versatile as white. These will complement modern styles, but won’t look well if a homeowners wants to remodel and change everything over to a traditional style.

Grey

Custom grey rta cabinets may seem a bit outside of the box, but that is exactly what makes this color so popular. Instead of wood or going with a black and white, grey allows homeowners to showcase their unique personality and style. They also give the perfect combination of pros from both black and white. For example, they coordinate wonderfully with several different decorating schemes, from modern to elegant. Grey will not hide dirt as easily as black, but it won’t show dirt the same way that white does either. It doesn’t show scratches as much, but doesn’t completely hide them either.

Custom Grey kitchen cabinets give the perfect balance between the benefits and downfalls of black and white.

Wood

Wood kitchen cupboards come in a variety of colors, but the same basics of black white and grey can be applied to the shade of wood. For example, darker woods will show scratches easier, but they will not show dirt as well. Lighter colored wood is more versatile, and will stand the test of time as it coordinates perfectly with one remodel after another.

The important thing to consider when choosing wooden rta kitchen cabinets is the type of wood. Harder woods are usually suggested due to their durability.

Designing rta kitchen cabinets is a great way for couples to make their home look unique as they showcase their personality through every single detail of their home.

Domain Cabinets Direct offers customers a variety of choices to help their home both look unique and suite their needs. Both kitchen and bathroom cabinets can be customized to be the perfect size and the ideal color. RTA kitchen and bathroom cabinets are also available for purchase.
Cabinets are available in a wide array of colors, styles and materials. Some of the more popular choices include: grey shaker kitchen cabinets, bamboo bathroom and kitchen cabinets, and customized cabinetry. A full list of products, complete with pictures, and the latest sales can be found on the company website. All products are covered by a one year warranty that covers manufacturer defects.

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Sep 7, 2017
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Thinking of Painting your Cabinets – Must Read

As a professional interior decorator I often get asked great home improvement questions. Not long ago someone I know asked me for advice on painting their kitchen cabinets. I know a lot of DIY (do-it-yourself) websites and many TV shows promote painting your kitchen cabinets. My opinion is a little different. I want you to know some unpopular truths about painting your kitchen cabinets.

1. Painting the kitchen cabinets is not a weekend project:

The work required to properly prep the surface of the door fronts and the boxes which requires removing hardware, washing several times, sanding all the surfaces, wiping off all the sanding dust can take some considerable time. Now add to that taping off the areas in the kitchen you don’t want to get paint on and removing items in the drawers, removing all the door fronts. You need to place the door fronts on a level surface. The next step is priming all surfaces and letting it dry. Now you can actually start painting but be sure to do several thin layers of paint and have the paint thoroughly dry between the coats for the best finish. It is easily a 2 weekend project if not 5 to 6 days to do the job right and not make it look like an amateur. Once all the cabinets are painted, let them dry and cure for 2 weeks – yes, weeks – before you re-assemble and use your kitchen.

2. Painting the cabinets is a “band-aid” – not a long term remedy

Even if done properly and with great care, the products available for the home DIY just won’t last. When painting the cabinets plan to get 5 years out of it before it needs a touch up or more. Yes, for a quick solution or if you need to put the house on the market – Painting cabinets is a solution. If you plan on staying in your house for the foreseeable future – plan on painting them again. Painted kitchen cabinets are not for the long term.

3. Painted cabinets are not for you, if you are a ‘clean freak’

If you use cleaners to wipe down your cabinets, think again. You need to treat painted cabinets very carefully. Cleaners can weaken the paint on the cabinets and actually soften it. Cleaning them frequently will wear away the paint and they will look worse than they did before. You just can’t use typical cleaners on painted surfaces. Most of the time people paint cabinets some variation of white or cream. Over time those colors show dirt, grease, and stains very easily even with gloss paint.

4. Kitchen cabinets are the most used piece of furniture in the house.

Kitchens get the most traffic of the whole house (along with the bathroom) . Three or more times a day people are opening, shutting, splattering, steaming the surface of the cabinets. Imagine if you had a painted piece of furniture – like a much loved chair – that was used as much and in conditions like a kitchen for years – would it hold up? no. It will be worn, marked and chipped before you know it. If you seldom use your kitchen (you know the take-out phone number by heart) than painting your cabinets may be for you.

5. Professional direct-from-factory cabinets hold up better than any DIY job

The factory has the tools, machines and drying facilities to bake the paint on. You do not. You just can’t get the durability from a home project. if you like the painted look, the manufactured cabinets that are already painted are so much better. Save the $100 you would have spent on paint and use it to start saving for a true solution. Our society always want a quick fix. Quick change is not always the best solution in the long run.

So to summarize: Yes, in pinch and for the short term (less than 5 years) painting cabinets works beautifully. Long term solution in my professional opinion is No. So…did that person (the clean freak, family of five, done-in-one-weekend person) who wanted advice listen to me?  No –  they did not. I’ll be talking to them again sooner than they think.

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