How to Secure Valuables Inside Your Home

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Where do you keep your valuables? If they’re stashed in your dresser drawer, bedroom closet, or maybe even your freezer, they’re exactly where a thief will search first. Other places they’re sure to check are under your mattress, in medicine cabinets, inside toilet tanks, and in bookshelves (including false books). If you’re going to thwart a potential burglar, you’re going to have to do better.

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How to Plan Your New Kitchen Remodeling Project

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If your household is like many others, your kitchen is a lot more than just a single-cook, utilitarian space. It may serve as a room where multiple cooks work together at once, where you entertain guests, or where spend a lot of time with your family. It might even be a combination of a dining space and a cooking area, making it even more of a central component of your home. Because of this, you want your kitchen to look attractive and inviting–a place where both your family and your guests will feel at home. Here are some steps to make sure you plan the kitchen that is the right fit for your needs, especially if you’re replacing the cabinets and and redesigning the kitchen layout. Continue reading “How to Plan Your New Kitchen Remodeling Project”

Should You Use RTA Cabinets for Your Kitchen Renovation?

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The prospect of replacing your kitchen cabinets can be daunting, but there are many good reasons to do it. You might be concerned about the sturdiness or age of your current cabinets, or maybe the layout doesn’t work for your specific needs. Whatever the reason, there’s a very good chance that buying ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets is a great option for your cabinet replacement project.

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Organizing Cabinets & Shelves: In The Kitchen

With the holiday cooking season upon us, it’s time to make the most of the space we have available. This week we focus on kitchen cabinets and shelving, next week closet storage space.

Being organized has its advantages, all throughout your home.

“Finally, all done with cooking – now where is that glass container? What about the cinnamon — there it is, oh wait, it’s cumin!” Sound familiar? Then it’s time to get organized.

Remodeling or upgrading kitchen cabinets is a great step towards perfecting your home’s kitchen, but having a functional workspace to craft your culinary concoctions is indispensable. This week we want to feature some great ways to streamline your kitchen cabinets and shelving – the more focus is on the joy of cooking, and the less on where the utensils are, the better. Especially if you’ve got a house full of family – or will be cooking for one!

 

Cabinet Door Storage Trays / Bins

With a little bit of effort, cabinet space can be maximized – using both the interior as well as the door. These white storage trays are an example of either direct mounting or using convenient accessory brackets.

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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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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!

Spring Cleaning: Your Kitchen

The term “spring cleaning” can be applied to a variety of different areas of your home: your closet, your garage, or even your bathrooms. But one area that can probably benefit the most from a good spring cleaning is your kitchen. Since the kitchen is used daily for food preparation, dining and much more, making sure it's always clean and organized is a must. With the new season approaching quickly, now is the best time to spend a weekend spring cleaning. Here are a few areas to focus on cleaning and some tips and tricks.

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Your cabinets– Your kitchen cabinets hold everything from dishes to food, so you want them to look good on both the outside and inside. For the inside, empty out the contents and give the cabinet a good dusting. Get rid of any dust, crumbs or debris that has collected. You can always line your cabinets with paper or linens to help with this. Before putting the contents back in the cabinets, get rid of anything that is broken, old, stained or useless. For the outside of your cabinets, give them a nice cleaning with some cleaning products (you can generally use soap and water, but each type of wood or surface requires different cleaning products). This will get rid of any fingerprints or stains and make your cabinets look like new.

pots and pans

Your pots and pans– Over time, your pots and pans can take quite a beating. If you use them infrequently, it's a good idea to give them a good cleaning to get rid of any dust. If you use them often, chances are they have some build-up or damage from frequent cooking. If this is the case, give them a deep clean to get rid of any build-up, scratches or debris. Each material requires different cleaning methods, so be careful to use the appropriate one. Generally, a soft cloth and white vinegar gets the job done on stainless steel.

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Range hood, stove and oven– Starting at the top, it might be time to check and replace the filter in your range hood vent. These need to be changed periodically and cleaned, so spring is the perfect time. Give your stove a nice cleaning to get rid of any grit, food debris or burnt spots. Most ovens have a self-cleaning feature, which makes the final step fairly easy. If not, you can always give the inside a good scrub with baking soda and water (or a store-bought oven cleaner). Let it sit and then scrape any debris off and you're good to go.

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Garbage and waste storage– An often-neglected area of the kitchen is the waste baskets and pull-outs. Give your garbage cans a thorough cleaning with a basic bleach-and-water solution and let them dry. If your bins have seen better days, replace them with new ones. This is also a great time to stock up on garbage bags and store them for future use.

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Sink and garbage disposal- Your sink can always use a good scrubbing- and now is the ideal time. Disinfect your sink with a cup of bleach and a sink full of water. Rinse it out and use a wipe to give it a nice shine. Don't forget to shine the faucet and knobs as well. If you have a garbage disposal, try running a lemon through it to get rid of any bad odors. If you have a clogged sink, use a store-bought product to clear this problem up.