30 October 2008

Outdoor Kitchen Flooring Style

Which floor you select really set the tone for the whole outdoor kitchen design.
Different materials and different colors set the background for moods. Always remember to consider style, durability, and the pleasure that makes the kitchen comfortable. Here are some factors to consider when selecting the right flooring material for your outdoor kitchen :

SAFETY
  • Avoid glazed or porous tiles and stone since they can be slippery when wet, especially if you have children or elder people in house.
  • Better if you choose this materials: concrete, brick or natural stone.
  • Ceramic tile is also a popular choice that offers a variety of colors and finishes choose from and slip resistance.
BUDGET
Cost influenced by quality, type of material, affordability, durability and difficulty of installation! Because of its affordability and durability, concrete is still far and away the most popular outdoor flooring option. Stamping, coloring or a rock-salt finish are increasingly popular ways of improving the appearance of concrete to meet today's design trends.

The most popular outdoor flooring option presently is concrete because of it's affordability and durability and suitable for you who have medium budget. Concrete can be expertly colored and stained to mimic real stone. You can mix bar-tile trim stamps with cobblestone or Ashlar Cut patterns."

Cal-Ga-Crete of Rancho Dominguez, wet casts into molds that resemble hundreds of varieties of tile pavers. Cal-Ga-Crete's surface styles include variations of traditional mission and chateau pavers and replications of some surprisingly authentic looking antique pavers. Its color pallet includes saturated, rich colors that can be quite effective in creating Spanish, Mexican, Italian or French rustic styles, or a Pacific or Caribbean island effect.

To add a trendy look you could choose stamping, coloring or a rock-salt finish. For higher budgets try considering authentic flagstone which are available in a variety of colors and textures.

STYLE
When you've already used stone or brick in other outdoor rooms or landscaping, it's also important to choose an outdoor kitchen floor that either matches or complements the style of those features.
Here are some of Cohen's favorite style-flooring material match-ups :

Contemporary. Try slate or cast-concrete tiles designed to be outdoors, such as Cal-Ga-Crete or clean, washed concrete in integral colors. Slate is an extremely durable natural stone product, and comes in many colors, textures, shapes and sizes and is also stain-resistant.
Tuscan style. Tuscan style are inspired by the elements of nature. The look of Tuscan style decorating is rustic, warm, and inviting. Nothing should look shiny and new. Tumbled Pavers, unhoned travertine, deep-washed exposed aggregate or stone-texture stamped concrete. English/Traditional. English/Traditional style make use of Brick or darker flagstones, washed concrete or stamped cobblestone concrete. Tropical. Flagstone or faux rock texture-stamped concrete.Old World. Repurposed brick, exposed aggregate, Windsor Cobblestone texture stamps, fleur-de-lis and grape vine borders.

PLACEMENT AND MAINTENANCE
There's also a knack to placing the flooring.
  • Using stamps such as vintage grape vine detail or fleur-de-lis patterns to create a frame around the outdoor kitchen space.
  • Take a couple of practical steps to make sure your outdoor floor lasts for a long time.
  • Be careful to select a stamp pattern that's not too deep to drain or to allow you to set outdoor furniture level on top of it.
  • Apply a good-quality penetrating sealer around any floor that's in the cooking or dining areas to protect your flooring from oil and wine spills.

Cabinet Door Types

The type of cabinet door is determined, not by how it looks, but by how the door fits the front of cabinet box.

1. Frameless (Full-Access/European)
Frameless cabinets have no added face frame, very popular in Europe and there’s only one option available : Full Overlay
  • The doors and drawers are mounted to the side panel of the cabinet on one side, and overlap the opposite side panel when closed.
  • Some sort of knob is necessary to open the door.
  • Hinges are concealed.
2. Framed
Framed cabinets have a face frame added to the front of the cabinet box. This style is an American standard.
Framed cabinets have some option available :

  • Inset
  • Lipped
  • Overlay
  • Full Overlay
3. Specialty
Tambour doors have their own frame and can be used on both framed and frameless cabinets.

Inset Door
  • Inset door often used to achieve a formal colonial look/rustic farmhouse style
  • Inset doors are designed to sit within the rails and stiles of the cabinet frame and flush with the front edges of the cabinet box.
  • Inset doors are only assembled to a framed construction, but the same look can be achieved on frameless cabinets using vertical pilasters.
  • Door pulls/knobs are needed to open the doors and drawers
  • Hinges exposed
Lipped Cabinet Door
  • Lipped doors are similar to inset doors in that a part of the door still sits within the cabinet frame.
  • The lipped door has a rabbet (groove) cut all the way around the door on the back edge.
  • This groove allows part of the door to rest in the cabinet and leaves the remaining part resting on the surface of the cabinet.
  • Door pulls/knobs are needed to open the doors and drawers because the door sits tight in the frame.
  • When viewed from the front, this door appears to be an Overlay door. When the door, or drawer, is opened will you see that it is actually a Lipped door.
Partial/Traditional Overlay Door
  • Partial Overlay door is the most common type of cabinet door
  • The term 'Overlay' refers to the amount of front frame covered by the door and drawer.
  • Partial overlay doors fronts are mounted on the face frame.
  • The part of the frame that remains visible is often called the reveal.
  • Partial overlay doors typically leave 1 inch of reveal on the face frame.
  • The overlay is usually a ½", with 1" of the face frame exposed (reveal). The reveal on
  • Traditional Overlay cabinets is typically 1"
Full Overlay Door
  • Full overlay doors has a smaller reveal standard Overlay and practically cover the entire reveal.
  • Full overlay doors have less than 1/8” is left on the face frame between doors.
  • Full overlay doors are also used on frameless cabinets but they can still be assembled on framed cabinets as well. Framed or frameless? Just open the door and check for rails and stiles.
  • Door pulls/knobs are needed to open the doors and drawers
  • Hinges exposed
Tambour
  • Tambour doors consist of many separate pieces that are aligned together and attached to a flexible backing sheet.
  • This sheet is installed in a track which allows it to slide around a corner or roll up much like a shade.
  • Ideal for appliance garages or in any cabinet where you want the door to remain open without getting in the way.
  • Roll up models can be installed under straight or corner cabinets.
  • Tambour style can be made to look like a raised panel door, or even stainless steel.
Cabinet Door Styles add even more options to the final look of your cabinets.

29 October 2008

Kitchen Cabinet Door Material, Design and Decoration

Each person has a different taste for the kitchen doors and the choice will represent owner personal style. Durability and low maintenance should be the main consideration to choose the cabinet material is. As most of the cabinet carcasses nowadays are made of chipboard, the only thing you have to worry about is the finish of the kitchen doors. First of all it is important to choose which material you want to use for the kitchen doors.

Now that you have considered both the type and shape of your cabinet door, its time for you to consider how you plan to decorate the door.

Wood veneer
  • Wood veneer is a thin slice of solid wood applied to plywood or particleboard with glue to give it strength.
  • It’s cheaper than solid wood.
  • Its uniform in finish and its grain very consistent.
  • Wood veneer provides constancy by minimizing its shrinking and expansion in climate changes which ultimately eliminates cracking and splitting.
  • Wood veneer can be glossed, painted, color washed or waxed.
Stain
  • A great way to enhance color to natural wood cabinets.
Paint
  • So many colors available to choose.
  • It can be made to look smooth, glossy, or utensils can be used to give it a special texture.
  • Paint will eventually reveal hairline cracks at the joints of solid wood doors. These cracks are formed when the wood expands and contracts.
Plastic Laminate
  • Plastic Laminate available in all kinds of colors, patterns, shine and textures.
  • Maintenance free, very resilient, stain-resistant, and easy to clean just wipe it.
  • Plastic laminates can be decorated with a stainless steel, brass, or wood trim or solid-color laminate.
  • Laminate kitchen doors suffer from a lot less wear and tear and will stay fresh for a good number of years.
Polyester
  • It is definitely more expensive than paint and requires much more time and effort to achieve your desired results.
  • It can be either glossy or matte finish.
  • Polyester fills the pores of the door giving it a solid look and feel.
Stainless Steel
  • Stainless steel give a sleek, clean and professional look effect to the kitchen and available only in several color.
  • Resistant to corrosion and staining, low maintenance and very durable.
  • Can be costly.
  • Watch out for fingerprints and scratches.
  • The metal covers an inner core material which prevents it from sounding to clangy.
  • If you choose to use stainless steel for your cupboards, make sure your room doesn't get a clinical feel about it. Try to combine it with wood or a warm
  • color on the wall.
Glass
  • Cabinets with glass can be ribbed or etched with a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal angle.
  • Some prefer that the glass be ribbed or etched so that it hides what is behind the cabinet door.
  • You also have the option of making the glass clear or colored.
  • Use glass kitchen doors for protected display of your crockery, or use frosted glass for a concealed, but still open look.
  • Glass will look beautiful in both traditional and contemporary rooms, whereas frosted glass works best in a contemporary kitchen.
Kitchen cabinets are a great investment in the house. You'll want to make sure you are choosing the right cabinets contractor for your new house and your budget.

28 October 2008

Small Kitchen Solution

Kitchens have become the functional and social hubs for many families. Of course everyone one the best for kitchen, include the design, the appliances, storage, utensils and all stuff that were needed. But, there’s always a design flaw in each kitchen, and this flaw can be changed to make the space more workable.

There’s always a problem for many people when want to start make a changing for their kitchen; tight budget, building restrictions, tiny condominium where you must work with the space allotted, it’s horrible. Do I have options to transform my kitchen? Yes, of course. Let’s check this out.

Appliances
Energy efficiency is a key factor to keep in mind when purchasing home appliances. It is usually more cost-effective to purchase household appliances with high efficiencies.

For homeowners who entertain regularly the kitchen wine refrigerator has become very popular. There are even counter-top fridges to keep just a few bottles at a time properly chilled. Install a tile back splash on all the walls above the counters, stove and sink. This can quickly change the look of the kitchen and make it easier to clean.

Storage
You can squeeze as many cabinets into your design as possible but always consider the placement. Install a deep cabinet for hold plate and placed it near the dishwasher. While large cabinet with slide out drawers should be placed near the oven. Built in a storage for food and other materials, and other storage for bread storage. This design will give the kitchen a cleaner look. Change the cabinet and drawer knobs. This is a very simple and affordable option that will give the kitchen an extra special touch.

Put a wire basket on the inside of the cabinet under the sink on the back of the cabinet door to hold trash bags and other frequently used items.

Counter Space
Counter space is needed so that can make you easier to work coz there is free space. Don’t cover this area with appliances too much. If the difference in floor space is a matter of a few square feet, plan your design with deeper counters.

This Counter can be made from granite, marble and stainless steel but it’s expensive. For lower price you can make it from laminate. Different materials can make different environment.

For example, marble and granite offer cool surfaces for handling dough while the butcher block allows one to easily chop and prepare food. You can also combine those materials to create a unique look and a more functional kitchen.

Sinks
If you are in an apartment or a small house, a large sink in the kitchen can serve double duty as a utility sink. Large sink can make your job easier to clean large pots and pans, and is a great place to stash the dirty pots before you have a chance to rinse.

Install water heater on the sink. Installing such a device will usually replace the sprayer or soap. This really useful if you indulge in a cup of tea or instant coffee each day.

Roll-Out Pantry
If there isn't enough room for a closet pantry, install roll-out pantries. These can be pulled out to view the items you have, but rolled back into a space about 18 inches wide and 5-1/2 feet tall. If there isn't room for any type of pantry, consider converting a closet outside of the kitchen to a storage area for fine china, large pots and infrequently used items.

Lighting
Under-counter lighting and clean halogen lights can make the space appear larger and more comfortable.

Styling With a Small Kitchen

It’s been centuries, kitchen always been ignored. Even though you get attention it, still become the last priority after living room and family room. A dirty and worn out kitchen make the entire house not cheerful and spiritable. Kitchen often be the smallest room inside the house and located in the corner. If the house that you’ve been bought has already been like this, don’t be lose heart. Even it’s small, kitchen still can be stylish. Let’s scrutinize this next small kitchen.

Not a bit women reluctant entering kitchen just because they feel the kitchen uncomfortable for working. Until now, we still can found a kitchen in condition just like this even in a luxurious house. Designing a kitchen should consider the location, put the utensils and appliances in an appropriate place. So it would not disturb you when cooking. Design the kitchen with nice appearance, so we feel comfortable to stay for long time.

This picture show a very small kitchen, but the owner can organize the kitchen so that this mini kitchen look nice. The cabinets are only in one side of the wall. That’s why plates not placed in the cabinets so that kitchen utensils such as pan or wok can be placed inside those cabinets.
Plates and other utensils for eat were store in glass cabinet that adhere next the kitchen cabinets. This glass cabinet become a lovely screen or partition between kitchen and the other room. Want a little sweet touch for your kitchen? Look at the shelf! There are three shelfs at the corner and made in different size. It’s only a small idea but great, right?
Kitchen under the stairs? Why not! If we have to make this space as a kitchen, no problem! Let’s see how to organize it. Design your kitchen like letter L. The space is alloted, we can’t give many decorations and install wasteful cabinet. Just make a simple cabinet (see the picture), and let the shelf opened to the air (no door). We can put couple utensils inside which also become as decoration. Remember, don’t put many stuff in this shelf.

You can paint your kitchen in two colors. Soft light color is better than a glaring color. You can also add a small shelf in this room with medium altitude. You can put a decoration or use it as an entrance to the kitchen.

Our next kitchen, is a small kitchen too. Design the cabinets just like letter U. Because the space is very limited, There is not enough space for chopping or put dishes which has been wash. For solve this problem, the owner add a board next to the sink. When you want to use it, you just raise it, when it’s done, fold it back.

Pay attention to the color combination, between, white, green and the wood and all the decoration. Remember, lovely kitchen is not depends on how many decoration you have!

You can use these three kitchen as a sample and model, adjust it with you own purpose and desire. Don’t let your kitchen messy and dirty place. But, make the kitchen as a pleasant place to cook and serve a luscious servings you’re your lovely family.

25 October 2008

Decorating Kitchen with Minimum Expense

What can you do if you want to remodeling you kitchen but your budget can't fulfill you're your wish?
Here, the simple, easy and cheap steps you can do by yourself to make your kitchen more comfortable.

Go Change the Curtain
If there's curtain in your kitchen, go change it with different color and motive to give a brand new nuance. You can pick a bright and clear color, squared motive or vegetable and fruity motive to give a fresh nuance in kitchen.

Change the Wall Painting Color
You can combine few colors in one room without give a crowded and tacky impression. For example, paint yellow as a basic color then paint teracota color on the border. You still can combine with other color such as dark yellow or dark peach. Just like the curtain, alteration of the wall painting color can change the nuance significantly.

Give "Touch" on the Kitchen Cabinet
Let's do some experiment on the kitchen cabinet! Such as repaint with stretch line motive. You also can add some pictures, such as flower or seasoning which you like. If the cabinets start to peel or look dirty, repaint it. Your cabinets will look new.

Putt a Lovely Decoration
Try to put a hand made kid creation. You can not just put this decoration on the refrigerator but also can be put on the wall with a pretty frame.

23 October 2008

Refacing Kitchen Cabinets

You can freshen up your cabinets and don’t have to buy the new one by reface it. Refacing kitchen cabinets involves installing a new veneer on the exterior of the cabinet box and replacing the doors and drawer fronts, and this work should be handled by a professional.

These processes are much faster and cheaper than installing new cabinets because the cabinets remain intact and the work is done onsite. If you’re in need of a refreshed kitchen look but are happy with the current layout of your kitchen and your cabinet quality, refacing may be just the route to take. It gives a new face while using the same body.

Refacing process :
  • Remove old doors, drawer fronts, and hardware
  • Resurfacing the frames
  • Exposed cabinet ends with hardwood veneer
The veneer is stained and finished through doors, which are then installed to the recently refreshed frames.

You also can add molding or valences to dress up the cabinets. Another options? You can add new cabinetry or an island to existing the design. Still confuse? You can consult to the refacers which one is good.

Check out the warranty: it generally will cover the new products only, not the new cabinet. You will be applying veneer to the surface, not solid wood.
Your cabinets interiors will remain the same be sure you’re currently comfortable with the way they look and the ease of cleaning them.

Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets

You can freshen up your cabinets and don't have to buy the new one by refinishing the cabinets. It's fast and inexpensive way to have a brand new look kitchen!

So, let's check these several methods and you can find out how to start it.

Paint
Paint is a great way to hide imperfections on otherwise perfect cabinetry. So long as the innerworkings are functioning well, a fresh look is just a few steps away. While it's important to speak to your manufacturer or local hardware shop about which specific steps are needed for your cabinets, the following overview should give you a solid idea of the project's scope.

Steps :
  1. First, clean the cabinet's surface.
  2. Fill in any scratches or indentations with wood filler.
  3. Sand with 180- to 220-grit sandpaper.
  4. Apply a coat of shellac based sealer to help the paint adhere.

Suggestion :
  • If you want your kitchen look more attractive and unique, you can use, decorative painting or use a two tone color scheme (painting your moulding a different shade than the cabinet itself).
  • If you're confuse and can't decide which color you're gona use, you can consult to a local hardware store to find the appropriate kind of paint
Sponging
Effect and result of the painting using this method could be various, depend on the way you apply the paint. Contrasting colors pack a punch, while similar shades blend more seamlessly. An easy finish to keep up with, future cabinet dents or scratched can be quickly covered.

Suggestion :
  • Use a natural sea sponge for the best result. Avoid sponge from kitchen sink!
Color washing
This painting produces floating color and if you apply it heavier, it will looks cloud like similar to parchment paper.

Rag rolling
This method produces a rag-like effect, as if moderately-sized patches of paint were applied with a rag.

Pickling
You can highlight the wood's natural grain by pickling The cabinets wood. It is best done on open-pored woods like oak and ash, because the majority of the pigment remains in the pores, making the grain more apparent.
Semi-transparent white or off-white pickling stains can be purchased.

Stenciling
With roots that reach back to Egyptian times, stenciling is a tried and true way to add visual interest to uninspired cabinets.

Stippling/Pouncing
this technique mimics a textured sandy effect. Consider this decorative method for your moulding and trim.

Steps :
  1. Clean the wood before apply the stain.
  2. Apply an even coat to a manageable area.
  3. Don't fuss too much over a perfect application apparent brush strokes won't be a problem.
  4. Allow the stain to sit for approximately 10 minutes to permeate the wood.
  5. Remove the stain in long soft strokes using Using a folded wiping cloth until desired look achieved.
  6. You can repeat the process if you think it's not enough dark.
  7. the final step : to protect the pickling, coat it with two coats of satin or flat water-based topcoat finish.

Kitchen Cabinets Maintenance

Maintenance your kitchen could be thrifty rather than buy a brand new look cabinets, coz it could spent more lot of money. You can maintenance your kitchen cabinets by cleaning and bleaching the cabinets.

Cleaning
Before start to clean, better if you consult with installation or owners manual. The cabinet manufacturer should have provided specific cleaning instructions for the product.

You don't have to use harsh cleaners to clean your cabinet. Try to use a mild soap or detergent mixed with warm water. Avoid ammonia-based cleaners, soaps containing dye, abrasive scouring pads, or the use of your kitchen sponge.

Don't ever let your cabinet damp coz dampness can damage cabinet wood and finish, wipe off any water or liquid drips immediately. When cleaning glass inserts, spray your glass cleaner directly on the cloth it's these types of flyaway drips that cause harm. Always dry your cabinets off after cleaning them!

If you want to remove an unwanted layer, start with a wood cleaner or by mixing a solution of 3 tbsp turpentine, 3 tbsp linseed oil, and one quart boiling water. Only use the mixture when warm and don't forget to wear a rubber gloves for protection.

Bleaching
Well, bleach isn't just for whites anymore. It could do more such as antidote the wood stains, bleach cabinets to lighten the color and brighten a dull kitchen.

So, which bleacher should I use? You can choose commercial wood bleach, it's available at hardware stores or home centers or you can make the bleacher with your own. How to make it? Make a solution with one part chlorine bleach to 10 parts water. Household bleaches are weaker and may require several treatments. The shock-treatments used for swimming pools have a higher concentration and can up the power a bit.

Before you begin to undress your cabinets, make sure you're protected. Rubber gloves are a must, and goggles are a smart precaution. Bleacher can make your skin dry and the smell is not good. Put down a drop cloth or newspaper to protect the flooring from drips. Be sure to read and follow manufacturers directions carefully, and test a scrap or out-of-the-way spot before you tackle the entire kitchen.

Apply the mixture and let stand for several minutes. The longer it stays on, the lighter it gets. Wash the wood thoroughly with water to neutralize the bleach.

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