Greening your kitchen with bamboo

Just saw a great article on greening your kitchen, by Construction Review Online.

They discuss a whole range of options and make a few fantastic suggestions. Being a recycle devotee, I loved this design (don’t know who’s it is, but kudo’s to you). Notice the stunning bamboo shaker doors!

Bamboo shaker doors in an eco-friendly kitchen design

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Small Spaces and Interior Design

Every professional interior designer knows that decorating a small space is almost always more difficult than decorating a large space, but with some thinking and imagination, a small room can look and function just as well as a large one.  Here are a few guidelines and tips that interior designers keep in mind when furnishing a smaller space. [Read more...]

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Excellent Ideas For Kitchen Remodeling

The kitchen area would be the heart of any home.  It can be the warmest, most active room in most homes.  This is where the family meets, cooks, eats and at times entertains.  You might thus, want to make it the kind of location that may be functionally sound and comfortable for entertaining or family members bonding.  Should you previously have a kitchen, it is possible to opt for San Francisco Kitchen Remodeling to make it more suitable for your wants. [Read more...]

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DIY Guide to Glazing Kitchen Cabinets

Steps in Glazing Kitchen Cabinets

Whether you desire to add character or appeal to your already painted kitchen cabinets, or you just want to darken up stained wood cabinetries, furnishing them with a regal and antique look with the use of colorant and some techniques is pretty easy. The following are the simple steps in glazing kitchen cabinets.

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Incorporating Wrought Iron Staircases, Doors and Fences To Improve The Quality, Value, And Comfort Of Your Household

Several builders today are constructing the least expensive possible houses, and completely forgetting about the style and longevity of the home. This, obviously, is because buyers are demanding the most achievable square footage, at the least expensive feasible rate. This is a pattern that is changing considerably as home buyers are seeking more inspired features in their new homes.

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Which bamboo finishing products should I use for my project?

We’re often asked which products to use for their bamboo finishing.

So here we have a guideline for you to follow when finishing your bamboo countertop or bamboo plywood project.

Preparation

Preparation is always the most critical step in any bamboo finishing application, get that wrong and the quality and durability of your finish is drastically reduced.

The first step is to give the surface a light sand just to remove the grime.

Bamboo finishing – oil

Oil is one of the most traditional finishes used.

Oils do not provide as much protection as the more modern finishes e.g. varnish. Oil finishes however, bring out the natural beauty of bamboo boards and counter tops. If you want to stain your bamboo prior to oiling it, use a water-based stain. Oil-based dyes will clog-up the bamboo’s “pores”, stopping the oil finish from soaking in effectively. [Read more...]

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What to Decide Before Starting a Kitchen Remodel

A kitchen remodel is an exciting proposition.  There are many things to consider—and frankly—fun things to decide.  Decisions have to be made about cabinets, countertops, appliances, a shiny new faucet and flooring to name a few.  Unfortunately, like most home improvement projects, there are some things to consider before starting kitchen remodels. [Read more...]

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The Basics of Furniture Refinishing

Furniture was originally designed to provide for resting provisions and also serve as storage spaces. But it’s much more than just ‘furniture’ … they mark the aesthetics of the place, indicates the tastes of the people living and are hence regarded as assets.  But with time, as it is with everything else, things start to wear out with use. To prevent such damage to furniture, refinishing is done. [Read more...]

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Front Door Security

Solid Bamboo door blanks make for sturdy and durable doors

Solid Bamboo door blanks make for sturdy and durable doors

Door Security measure

67% of break-ins take place through the front door. Standard door locks (Yale variety) on its own is actually not really enough. The door should also be fitted with other locks at points along the door. These types of locks should become some thing similar to a five lever mortice deadlock, though insurance firms will probably accept a rim automatic deadlock. [Read more...]

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Being Eco Friendly at Home

Living a more eco friendly or sustainable lifestyle is quickly becoming a very hot topic for many South Africans. Not only is this a matter of saving the earth, it is also a matter of being frugal, too. Kids aren’t cheap and recycling and reusing are great ways to help save the Earth and save money. A lot of people really just make it a hobby to find creative new ways to recycle and reuse various household items such as shredded paper for example. Here are some great and simple ideas for recycling paper, conserving water, saving electricity, and adding eco friendly furniture to your home. [Read more...]

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