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By Pamela tiu 10 May, 2016
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By Pamela tiu 27 Apr, 2016
Looking for easy ideas for updating your kitchen countertops? Know when it's time to replace, or when you can get away with refinishing or resurfacing your kitchen counters.

When to Replace

Have your tile or laminate countertops seen better days? If you're tired of cleaning crumbs or from grout lines, or are numbed by the dull, matte look of your ages-old laminate counters, chances are your kitchen counters can benefit from a complete refresh.

Solid surfaces like Corian are a budget-friendly option, while granite or engineered quartz may be considered more of a splurge. You'll find an overwhelming amount of colors and patterns to choose from, whether you choose stone or stone-look, so you're bound to find the look that fits your style.

When to Refinish

If replacing countertops all together isn't in the budget forecast, consider refinishing to extend the lifeline of your existing counters. While many nicks, scratches or dings can be sanded down by the homeowner (butcher blocks and solid surfaces), certain materials, like granite or stone, require help from the pros. All surfaces should be structurally sound before attempting to refinish.

When to Resurface

For a cost-effective makeover of tired laminate countertops, consider covering up the existing material with a tiled surface, or transforming it to like-new with paint or a layer of Rust-Oleum countertop coating.


Source:  http://www.hgtv.com/design/rooms/kitchens/ideas-for-updating-kitchen-countertops

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By Pamela tiu 10 May, 2016
L-R Top to Bottom: Marble Carrara, Xander Fab, Ferro, Acacia Cherry, Xaviera
By Pamela tiu 27 Apr, 2016
Looking for easy ideas for updating your kitchen countertops? Know when it's time to replace, or when you can get away with refinishing or resurfacing your kitchen counters.

When to Replace

Have your tile or laminate countertops seen better days? If you're tired of cleaning crumbs or from grout lines, or are numbed by the dull, matte look of your ages-old laminate counters, chances are your kitchen counters can benefit from a complete refresh.

Solid surfaces like Corian are a budget-friendly option, while granite or engineered quartz may be considered more of a splurge. You'll find an overwhelming amount of colors and patterns to choose from, whether you choose stone or stone-look, so you're bound to find the look that fits your style.

When to Refinish

If replacing countertops all together isn't in the budget forecast, consider refinishing to extend the lifeline of your existing counters. While many nicks, scratches or dings can be sanded down by the homeowner (butcher blocks and solid surfaces), certain materials, like granite or stone, require help from the pros. All surfaces should be structurally sound before attempting to refinish.

When to Resurface

For a cost-effective makeover of tired laminate countertops, consider covering up the existing material with a tiled surface, or transforming it to like-new with paint or a layer of Rust-Oleum countertop coating.


Source:  http://www.hgtv.com/design/rooms/kitchens/ideas-for-updating-kitchen-countertops

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By Pamela tiu 20 Apr, 2016
Kitchen cabinetry can take up over 30% of the average kitchen renovation budget. If you want to keep expenses down, consider alternative options such as laminate kitchen cabinets, which typically cost much less than wood.

Laminate is a synthetic material placed on particleboard, which is made of compressed wood. It comes in high-pressure and low-pressure varieties. High-pressure laminate is the higher quality of the two and is sold under brand names such as Formica and Pionite. Laminate doors are made by applying the synthetic material on top of particleboard or MDF. Because of the way laminate doors are made, the seams of the underlying particle board (which is brown) may show, which is often considered a drawback to using laminate. Low-pressure laminate, such melamine, is used on the less-expensive kitchen cabinets and is not as durable as the high-pressure variety. It also comes in fewer colors, so it is less appealing among homeowners looking for a wide variety of color options.

One of the major advantages to using laminate, other than its low cost, is that it is a durable material that will hold up to the heavy use of the average kitchen. It doesn't warp with time like wood can, and it's resistant to fading. It also holds stain color uniformly so each cabinet will be exactly the same throughout your kitchen. Laminate is also available in a wide variety of colors, patterns and door styles, so it can be used in both traditional and modern kitchens, depending on your specific style and taste.

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  • Laminate Kitchen Cabinets
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Homeowners have a wide range of styles to choose from when it comes to laminate cabinets. In general, laminate is best suited for contemporary or modern kitchen designs; however, styles that replicate more traditional cabinet designs are also available.

If you're looking for a versatile, durable and low cost alternative to wood cabinets—in particular if you have a contemporary or modern look in mind for your kitchen—laminate cabinets can be a great choice for your kitchen design.


Source:  http://www.hgtv.com/design/rooms/kitchens/laminate-kitchen-cabinets


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By Pamela tiu 08 Apr, 2016

Solid Surface  is the go-to surface for many homeowners for their bathroom remodel. Formed from plastics bonded under pressure, solid surface countertops resist moisture and require virtually no maintenance. New colors and patterns offer more—and better-looking—options than ever. A good choice for basic bath makeovers, it's fairly easy to install and quite economical.

Improvements in the manufacturing process have yielded a laminate that bears little resemblance to the 1950s staple. Marble, granite, slate, travertine, limestone, soapstone—all the breathtaking natural stone countertops have laminate doppelgangers. If stone's not your style, you can go retro with bright colors. If you want to go luxe with laminate, consider these factors:

  • Measurements:   Solid Surface is quite thin.   Choose from a variety of edge options, including square, rolled, beveled or wrapped.
  • Feel:   The highest-end solid surface  are created with a cutting-edge print process and realistic finishes—that means surfaces contain subtle crevices and textures to feel more like the real thing.
  • Practicality:   A great bath option, laminate resists water and stains. Be careful with hot curling irons and straighteners, as it is not heat resistant. The surface can dull and wear over time, and heavy damage is difficult to repair.
  • Sink Types:   Options include drop-in, framed and vessel styles. Undermount sinks are now available from select manufacturers.
  • Price:   A wide range of cost options makes laminate a versatile choice. If you're staying in your home, buy the best you can afford for years of durability and style. If you want a quick update or are prepping your house for the market, choose a more economical option.
  • Installation options:   DIYers can tackle the job alone with a prefabricated surface, though pros generally do the best job.
  • Eco-friendly choices:   Some solid surface styles contain recycled material and meet air-quality standards for low emissions.

Source:  http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/bathroom-remodel/laminate-countertop

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By Pamela tiu 12 Mar, 2016

Indoor cooking and entertaining become more important in our lives during the winter months, so take an especially good look at your kitchen and bathrooms. Are the cabinets in good shape? Do they need painting, staining or replacing?

BASICS OF CABINET CONSTRUCTION

The first step is to understand how cabinets are made. Then you must decide between wood and laminate - or perhaps a combination, such as a wood cabinet box with laminate doors.

When selecting a cabinet design, you must differentiate between cabinet boxes and their doors, said Linda Fennessy of Kitchen Magic, Inc., with 12 New Jersey locations including Wayne.

"Our cabinets are always ¾-inch birch luon, a strengthened wood composite," she said. "This is furniture-grade quality, will withstand years of use and is the strongest cabinet box material."

According to Fennessy, maple and cherry are the most popular woods right now for doors - "Wood doors can be stained and glazed to your preference, giving a rich and sophisticated look to every new kitchen."

She said wood can last a long time in a kitchen, but it needs the right maintenance. "Wooden cabinets should be lemon-oiled regularly," she advised. "The kitchen is a hot and humid environment and can take its toll on wood doors over time, if they are not cared for properly."

However, Fennessy explained, purchasing cabinets with laminate rather than wood doors can help you control costs. "Laminate doors are less expensive than solid wood, which can help when budgeting for a new kitchen remodel," she said. "Any savings can be reinvested in upgrading to stone countertops or new appliances."

Another point in their favor is their low maintenance. "Laminate doors only need a quick wipe and can last forever," Fennessy said. "These doors can receive years of abuse in the most-used room in the house and never have to be replaced or re-stained."

LAMINATE PROS AND CONS

Laminate is a synthetic coating glued to the cabinet box and/or doors. Usually craft paper and resin fused with heat, it can be manufactured in a wide variety of colors, patterns and textures, including wood grain. A high-pressure laminate (HPL) is fused at a higher temperature and pressure, and lasts longer, than a low-pressure laminate (LPL).

"With laminates, as with most everything in life, you get what you pay for," said Fred Salerno of Manor House Cabinetry, Inc., Saddle Brook. "When selecting a laminate cabinet, you should ask about the substrate - the cabinet box under the laminate coating. Is it plywood, particle board or fiberboard? A cabinet box made from a lower-grade particle board will not hold up well."

"The advantage of a laminate cabinet is that it is easy to keep clean," Salerno added, "but if it's not properly cared for, the finish can come off." He explained that, unlike with wood cabinets, it is difficult to repair laminate if it gets damaged. Also, if the coating is scratched or dented, moisture can penetrate the cabinet box and ruin it.

For the bath, however, Fennessy recommended using only laminates. "The bathroom is much more humid than the kitchen, and wood doors will most definitely break down - warping, peeling and chipping," she said. "The stain also will break down and fade over time."

She added, "About 80 percent of our customers are choosing laminate because it is maintenance-free, has a beautiful look and as durable. Years ago, you could only get laminate in solids, but now the faux-wood colors and styles are endless."

- Teri Gatto


Source:  http://www.northjersey.com/news/are-all-wood-or-laminate-cabinets-best-for-you-1.1070110


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