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July 18, 2014
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New Trend Alert: The Bejeweled Kitchen

The kitchen is often the focal point of the home, and spending extra time crafting the perfect design is well worth the effort. Most people like to create a theme with their kitchen cabinet layout, including specific choices on hardware and finish. The newest trend on the block is “bejeweled kitchens” that mimic the glamour of a regal home without the cost. Here we take a look at the ways you can transform your kitchen into a jewel of a room.

Paint and Accent Pieces

Gemstone colors are bright, but you can use them sparingly if you’d still like to present a traditional kitchen look. This trend can be adapted for any personal taste. The easiest step: paint the cabinets! Whether you prefer a vibrant green jade or a deep smoky quartz, painting your kitchen cabinets is the first step to a bejeweled kitchen. Go full force and paint the cabinets in full, or consider using a jewel tone as a framing color for just a splash.

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Adding elegant accents such as brass or chrome door pulls and lighting fixtures will add to the gemstone coloring. Unusual lights or faucets will add to the older-era feel.

Counters and Backsplashes

Sleek and colorful granite countertops provide a way to inject color into your kitchen.  Depending on the color desired you may have to search but there is a good selection of blue, red, green, and other combinations to discover. Alternately, a backsplash behind the counter can offer some shine. Typically silver or gold, backsplashes can add a bit of glamour.

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See the examples below to discover new ideas! While bejeweled kitchens may be on-trend, choosing just a few jewel tones here and there is a great way to create a new subtle look.

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(Source: Houzz)

Are you going to jump on the bejeweled trend for your kitchen design? Tell us about it! Share you pictures here, or with us on our Bejeweled Kitchens Pinterest board. We’d love to see what you come up with!

June 23, 2014
by Susie Bafico
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Making the Rounds: CSH’s Recent Collaborations

Custom Service Hardware is a company that believes in providing high quality customer service as much as we believe in selling top notch hardware. We’ve embarked on many collaborations over the years with charities, new businesses, home bloggers, and more. Here’s a look at some of the great projects we’ve contributed our hardware to recently!

Making It Lovely

Nicole from the blog Making It Lovely has a gorgeous Victorian home. We were in touch with her when she was in the early stages of planning floor to ceiling bookshelves and envisioning a rolling ladder. We decided to help her out in the ladder department, and the results couldn’t have been more amazing!

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May 19, 2014
by Susie Bafico
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How to Choose the Right RTA Cabinet for Your Home

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When it’s time to search for a new kitchen cabinet, the process isn’t just a simple one-stop shopping adventure. Overhauling your kitchen, arguably one of the most important rooms in the home, requires a great deal of time for research and to evaluate your options before committing to purchase. Let’s look over the best ways to start searching for a ready to assemble kitchen cabinet. CS Hardware has undergone a full site design, making it easier than ever before to navigate the ready to assemble kitchen cabinet section. Take a look at the highlighted categories that make your decision process easier:

Top Selling Cabinets

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May 1, 2014
by Susie Bafico
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Decoding Door Hinges: Metal Installation and Terms

We’ve written about hinges in the past, mostly focusing on the different types of hinges and how you can use them in your home. Whether you’re installing new cabinet door hinges in your kitchen or need to replace old hinges on a bedroom door, the extensive options can sometimes feel overwhelming. Today we’re looking at some more specific aspects of installing hinges on metal doors instead of traditional wood, as well as what certain terms like “fire rated” mean.

Installing on Metal

You’re more likely to see metal doors in commercial uses, such as businesses, medical clean rooms, and exterior home doors. However, there are smaller scale uses for hinges on metal doors, such as a safe or metal cabinet. Continue Reading →

April 25, 2014
by Susie Bafico
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Rolling Library Ladders are Taking Over

The rolling library ladder is so much more than its name these days. You’ll find people installing ladders in their homes, in their businesses, and more due to their aesthetic appeal and great function. Depending on the amount of space in your home, you could conceivably install a library ladder just about anywhere. Look at all the different ways our ladder hardware is being used below!

Contractors love our ladder hardware. It’s easy to install and we offer a variety of custom options. Best of all, our library ladders are manufactured in the USA, making it an attractive purchase for those looking to support domestic production. This rolling library ladder comes with our Quiet Glide technology, which ensures a smooth ride however you need to use it. We had the ladder on display at the International Builders’ Show and created a video to show the ladder in action.

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April 4, 2014
by Susie Bafico
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Hidden Door Storage: More Ways to Conceal

In the DIY and home construction world, you can almost guarantee that anything you dream up will become a reality. This is especially true when it comes to specialty and hidden storage. False drawer bottoms, removable panels in the floor boards, or secret spots. Creating a storage space in your home that is hidden in plain sight can offer security and peace of mind.

From small hidden pieces to whole secret rooms, people have been creating unique designs for homes for a very long time. There are even entire homes, like this brownstone below, created as a fake front for managing subway train lines!

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March 25, 2014
by Susie Bafico
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Rolling Barn Door on Display at IBS 2014

Rolling barn doors have increased in popularity over the years, with an increased focus coming from design blogs around the world. These rolling doors can provide a new look and style, and often can be used to hide an otherwise unsightly section of the home.

Homeowners with a “laundry wall” (versus a laundry room) love the rolling barn door because it seamlessly hides the machines when not in use. The same goes for large pantry closets, children’s closets, or an extra storage area. Using a rolling barn door for these kinds of closets and rooms doesn’t take up much space and lets you put a more creative spin on your home.

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March 7, 2014
by Susie Bafico
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CSH Steps Up with a Library Ladder for the Room to Dream Foundation

Last fall CS Hardware answered the call for a rolling library ladder needed to help outfit rooms for a family and their daughter who is living with a chronic illness. The Room to Dream Foundation was getting started on a new project for a child in need, and they contacted CS Hardware to get involved. Sydni, a young girl tackling a chronic illness, and her family, received a great home makeover with three re-vamped bedrooms. The bedroom CS Hardware worked on is a room with bunk beds for two children, which needing a rolling library ladder for easy access. Kids love having bunk beds and sharing a room with their siblings when they’re growing up. (Then of course, we all reach that age where “space” becomes paramount.)

 

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February 13, 2014
by Susie Bafico
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CSH at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas

What happened in Vegas did not stay in Vegas with last week’s International Builders’ Show as thousands of manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and dealers gathered to showcase, learn and explore what’s new in the residential construction industry. From Feburary 4 -6, CSH had a booth at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show on the exhibition floor, which covered nearly 440,000 square feet of space in the convention center.

CS Hardware has gone to IBS for eight years now, and they always brings some of their best products to showcase on the floor. They set up shop at booth C4516 for the three-day event with their ready-to-assemble cabinets, rolling door, bi-fold InvisiDoor hidden bookcase door, and rolling library ladder on display. The CSH team agrees that IBS is by far the best show and they love returning year after year. The popular products they show let attendees see the wood finishes and functionality at work first-hand. See below for a video of the bi-fold InvisiDoor at this show.

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