At evening’s end the majority of the house basically remained pre-party perfect, however, based on the state of the kitchen it was indeed the happening holiday party place to mix, mingle and holiday jingle.
Some may opine my needle appears stuck on antiques and vintage accents.
Long my preferred go-to choice, I find the charm and character quotient appeals to my desire to incorporate unique pieces in with new traditional promotes conversation and balances the visual points of interest of a space.
If the four figure price tag is out of your range (get it?), consider a refresh via spray paint.
I call this the priming stage.
Remove the knobs from stove. Wash the knobs in a warm water mixture of several drops of Dawn dishwashing liquid and a generous pour of white vinegar. Rinse well with warm water and allow knobs to dry completely.
Holding the spray paint can approximately eight (8) inches from knob, apply spray paint in a back-and-forth motion in even layers. I like to suggest applying two to three (2-3) coats of spray paint. For a smooth polished finish, it is crucial you allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next.
What about range knobs with markings?
The first step is to take out your phone, device, or point and shoot camera and take a photo of the knob(s). If a photo is not an option, draw out a template of the knob and settings placement.
After painting, use a black Sharpie to remark.
Now comes the oven door handle.
I’ve got a paint in place option and a remove the handle and paint tutorial.
For those of you who don’t want to fool with removing the oven handle, here’s your how-to.
Wear a mask (you should have plenty of practice with this 😄) and adequately ventilate the area by opening a window or door.
Tape off the areas above and below the handle using painter’s tape and proceed to spray paint the handle while in place.
For those of you who prefer to remove the handle, here’s the how-to.
Open the oven door and locate the screws on the top edge. Using a screwdriver, remove each screw and set aside. There’s a front and a back side to the panel. You’ll want to lift the back panel of the door up to remove.
Using a nut driver, remove the two nuts on the inside of the door holding the handle in place; usually located on each side of oven door. Remove the door handle.
Holding the spray paint can approximately eight (8) inches from the handle, apply spray paint in a back-and-forth motion in even layers. Apply two to three (2-3) coats of spray paint, allowing handle to dry completely before applying the next coat.
Once the handle is completely dry, put back into place by lining up handle into the holes, placing nuts on each end, and tightening the nuts with the nut driver.
Bring door panels back together, line up with openings, insert nuts/screws and tighten.
I believe all this show and tell about affordable all-around kitchen hacks is inspiring me to bring about a bit of change to the Places In The Home kitchen.
What got this backsplash show and tell started was this farmhouse butler’s pantry redo by Cathy and Garrett Poshusta of The Grit and Polish and their rather impressive side-mounted sink placement choice.
Gorgeous, n’est-ce pas?
In real estate and renovation, it’s all about location, location, location.
The renovator used a scrap piece of marble for the backsplash, cutting the curved design himself.
My skills do not include this talent, but I can source the faucet with the best of them.
These two fixtures are from my personal inventory.
The iron and crystal chandelier an eBay find, the bamboo chandelier an estate sale treasure.
For approximately $150 all in including the fixtures, two rewires, aesthetic adjustments, a couple of coats of paint, and clear coat applications, two new to me custom chandeliers replaced two drab and outdated fixtures long past their prime style days.
Think outside the box when it comes to a particular area in the kitchen.
I don’t know what’s more of a showstopper- the collection of ironstone or the pantry doors made from louvered arched wood shutters.
In keeping with the rustic and natural theme associated with Thanksgiving, farmhouse, and a woodland Christmas, artisan wood bark natural decorative bowls become an eye catching addition to your holiday kitchen accessories portfolio.
Copper is a delightful color complement to the shades of the fall and Thanksgiving color palette, however, I’m thinking the KitchenAid Artisan Empire stand mixer in holiday happening red is the way to mix things up.
Cooking, baking, and delicious treat making goes with the seasonal territory, and remember, Santa does love his cookies.
Undertaking a kitchen remodel or renovation comes with a myriad of decisions.
The answer to the kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on question is subjective to personal taste and lifestyle, while strongly influenced by and tailored to the existing structure, layout and budget.
Now that that’s established, let’s delve into the topic of kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on.
We are a thirsty nation with a design need to accommodate said thirst.
The increase in demand for kitchen specialty stations and specialty appliances is responsible for moving the gourmet coffee machine, commercial ice maker and wine chiller out of the luxury extra column and into the kitchen features splurge column.
Optimum kitchen design successfully integrates lifestyle and necessity.
Personal preference, purpose and performance drive the kitchen countertop choice.
The durability in design and function makes granite an ever popular choice of kitchen countertop.
Granite is a heat resistant natural stone that stands up and stands out in the kitchen.
When we were choosing materials for our kitchen, I knew I wanted granite countertops. Finding the cost of solid slabs prohibitive to budget control, granite tiles offered the look I wanted resulting in a save on feature.
Remodeling and renovation budgets adore quality products that deliver on all points of impressive design, style and affordability.
Laminate, an affordable save on alternative, comes in striking pattern and color choices with the stylish look of a full granite.
Change is a constant in kitchen styles and personal taste.
The affordability of laminate countertops makes changing out the countertops in let’s say five years, when the next big trend in kitchen design floods the pins of Pinterest, or when the budget permits a valid option.
James Michael Howard
Dollars saved by going with a less expensive backsplash option such as subway tile equals dollars well spent on details such as a custom range hood.
Subway tile is classic, on-trend, and budget friendly.
Immersed in natural light from floor to ceiling, the kitchen in this historic Livingston, New York, home features antique architectural elements.
The kitchen cabinets are fashioned from antique windows, and the well placed pendant lights, center island lantern and black and white tile flooring only serves to further enhance the predominately white color palette.
Unpretentious in design, this white hot kitchen is farmhouse fabulous on steroids.
Highlighting the effectiveness of natural light coupled with distinctive Louisiana architectural elements, this kitchen-dining space combination becomes the design feature of this custom home from award winning St. Tammany, Louisiana Highland Homes.
The rich natural accent colors present in the decorative wood beams and flooring play well to the white countertops, striking center island chandelier, kitchen cabinetry and custom range hood.
Happy Earth Day! April 22, 1970 was the first Earth Day, and the celebration of the environmental awareness has continued each year since. My darling mother’s father preached water conservation to her from an early age, and that conservation conversation is had on a frequent basis here at Places In The Home. Also from reading this blog you may know that my favorite travel destination and desert oasis is Las Vegas. Water conservation is indeed a big concern for Las Vegas, which sits in the middle of the Mojave Desert. I distinctly remember a conversation I had with an engineer from Las Vegas on a flight out to the desert. His firm worked on the concept, building, and installation of The Fountains of Bellagio. He explained to me how the water recycled from a well beneath the property for conservation and earth friendly responsibility. Kudos, Bellagio!
As I am considering replacing the not in use at the moment dressing area sink faucet set in the master bathroom, I am taking a few things into consideration. High on my list is water conservation, savings, reducing energy consumption, and as always- sustainable style.
The Virtue Widespread Bath Faucet from Pfister is the stylish and logical choice, all things better for the environment considered. With its brushed nickel finish, unique texture and elegant attention to detail, the Virtue Widespread Bath Faucet satisfies my desired function meets form meets style requirement.
The Virtue is WaterSense Certified, meaning it meets or exceeds EPA WaterSense Standards, which reduces water consumption by 30% and helps average households save up to $200 in their annual water bill, will satisfy my darling mother’s water conserving requirement. It’s a win-win situation for Earth Day and everyday, baby!