Kitchen Tables – Erasing Scratches From Them is Easy

Scratches happen. Scratches on your kitchen tables are going to happen. Your kitchen table is probably the busiest place in your home, where everything lands, where you drop your keys, where you eat your meals and the kids do their homework. Removing those scratches can be challenging, but not impossible. How you will remove scratches will depend on what type of table you have.

Glass Tables

First, make sure the scratches really are scratches. Often smudges streaks and other marks can look just like scratches and make you think they are. Clean the table thoroughly so you can tell what scratches, and what are not.

Once you have determined what really are scratches and are not, it's time to get some jewelers rouge or compound. This is the type of material that jewelers use to fill in scratches in gemstones. You can purchase this type of material at a jeweler's store or a supply store for jewelers.

Apply the compound according to the instructions. Make sure to remove any remaining compound from the surface. Once it has set or dried you should clean the table once again, to make sure any remaining residue is removed.

Your table is ready to use.

Wood Tables

Once you notice scratches in your wooden kitchen table, the same first rule applications – clean the table. Again, you want to make sure what you think are scratches really are, and are not just dirt or food residue that looks like table damage.

The easy way out is to use a wood repair kit, which can be purchased at your local hardware store. In this case follow the instructions.

If you would prefer a more do-it-yourself method, you will need a nut. Walnut and pecan nuts are used for this. What you need to do is open the nut and rub the meat into the scratches in the wood tabletop. This takes a little repetition and patience. As you rub back and forth, the meat of the nut will warm up from the friction and the oils from the nut will then start to liquefy and fill up the crack. Make sure the whole area feels warm before you stop rubbing the nut.

Take a quick look at the area and see how well it has worked. Sometimes it takes more than once to completely fill the scratch.

One problem you may notice is that there is a slight color difference in the scratch area (from the nut meat) to the rest of your table. This can be easily solved by breaking into the kid's art supply box. Find a crayon that is as close to the color of your table as you can and lightly the scratch.

This is not an exact science the first time, so you may need to be patient and try the method a time or two to get it to completely look the way you want.

Once upon a time scratches in kitchen tables were just a focus of frustration …

Age Spot Erasing Made Easy And Right From Your Own Kitchen

If you’re anything like most baby boomers, after graying hair, poor eyesight, weight gain and winkles, age spots rank fifth on your list of aging nuisances. But you can find comfort in erasing those age advertisers right from your own kitchen.

What Causes Age Spots

To protect your skin against excessive sun exposure, your skin makes cells called melanocytes. Melanocytes create the dark brown pigment called melanin. The melanin makes your skin look darker or suntanned.

But sometimes, your typical day in the sun causes an uneven jump in melanocytes. This awkward production creates irregular coloring or pigmentation of the skin.

The resulting solar lentigines, or what most people call liver spots or age spots, can appear brown, black or gray. Age spots pop up on the areas of the skin most readily exposed to the sun, like the chest, back, face and hands.

Even youngsters can get age spots with too much unprotected sun exposure.

How to Avoid Age Spots Completely

Preventing age spots proves the best way to completely avoid them. This includes:

1. Avoiding intense sunlight hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2. Wearing a hat and long sleeve shirt in the sun.

3. Applying sunscreen 20 minutes before going outdoors and reapplying it every two hours.

Precautions

Additionally, note that the sun and excess chemicals don’t mix. For instance,

most often in middle-aged women, might mistake irregular areas of reddish-brown pigmentation called poikiloderma for age spots.

Poikiloderma results from chronic sun exposure combined with sun-sensitive chemicals in cosmetics or perfume. Hence, poikiloderma most frequently appears on the side of the neck or on the cheeks.

Sunscreen Is More Potent Than You Thought

You may feel annoyed with the repeated advise of slathering yourself with sunscreen, but a study published in the October 14, 1993 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine gives you reason to appreciate your sunscreen an effective age spot eraser.

In the study, researchers found that among sunscreen users, those who rubbed on the most cream with the greatest regularity had the largest reduction in actinic keratoses.

Actinic keratoses (AKs) describe the rough, red, scaly patches, crusts or sores that measure anywhere from one-quarter to one-inch in diameter. Like most other age spots, you’ll find actinic keratoses on body areas most readily exposed to the sun.

How To Minimize the Appearance of Age Spots

Eat your age spots away

Research studies also reveal the benefits of eating your nutrients to reduce the appearance of age spots. The water-soluble pigment found in most vegetables, fruits, grain, flowers, seeds, leaves and bark, called flavanoid provides numerous antioxidant properties.

In research studies, flavanoids even prevented cancer formation in animals.

Likewise, you’ll find age spot reducing properties in soy products. The protein extracts of soybean and soymilk contain several different estrogen-like substances called isoflavones. One study showed that soy isoflavones might lighten age spots.

Home Remedies

Erasing your age spots can begin right in your own kitchen. In Japan, the rice based drink, sake, serves …

Kitchen Appliances With Professional Appeal

Whether you own your own restaurant or only cook for your family, it is important to have a functioning kitchen.

Old, worn out equipment can be hazardous to your health – possibly undercooking food or malfunctioning and causing injury or property damage. If you are going to replace your old appliances, it makes sense to upgrade with the most advanced technology.

Redoing your cooking area can be a huge task. Knowing what equipment you want, however, makes the job easier. Once you have had a look at everything available, you should be able to decide what items and features best suit your needs.

Without question, an essential kitchen appliance is the stove. These days, stoves and ranges come in such variety, you should be able to find the one you want with the features you need. Technology has given us the electric range in addition to the traditional gas models.

Both kinds have strengths and weaknesses that can influence your decision. Professional kitchens, however, usually employ gas ranges because of the higher heating temperatures and faster cooking times.

The electric stove is not a complete write off, though. A solid surface electric stove does offer you uniformly flat surfaces and multi-sized burners that allow you to use a greater range of sizes in your pots and pans.

Gas stove manufacturers do make stoves with multi sized grates or continuous grates for larger pots and easier movement.

Gas stoves, with their raised heating elements, heat far hotter than electric ones, shaving minutes from your cooking time. Though electric stoves take longer to thoroughly cook food, they are greener than traditional units.

Both types of ranges offer features such as digital panels instead of dials and LCDs for time and temperature. With so many features available, the hard part will be getting your choice to your kitchen.

Another kitchen appliance necessity is your refrigerator. It is, arguably, the most important element in preparing a meal. In this day and age, the refrigerator models you can choose from are nearly endless and full of different features.

Fridges now come with certain tasks in mind, like keeping fresh foods extra cold; keeping fruits and vegetables crisp and fresh; or making the most of storage space with specialized racks for wine bottles, 2-liter bottles, and pizza boxes in your freezer.

If you are thinking about the efficiency of your fridge, there are energy conserving models to suit everyone. These energy saving models are easy on your budget as well, making them worth the initial cost.

In addition to a refrigerator, a restaurant kitchen needs a large walk-in freezer. Keeping your meats and produce fresh will be a major consideration when you are equipping your cooking space. The only limiting factor here is how much space you have to work with.

You don’t have to stop with two major kitchen appliances. If you are remodeling your kitchen area, you should also consider quiet dishwashers, European style hoods for your stoves, professional ice makers, and speed blenders. …

Survival Tips For Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

Homeowners often report that a kitchen remodeling project is worth the hassle, but only if they’ve had a few months to remove themselves from the experience! If you’re considering starting a project of this magnitude, here are a few ways that you can make the entire experience more bearable and less stressful.

Know Where Your Water Shut Off Valves Are Before Starting Kitchen Remodeling

If you’re having a new faucet or dishwasher put in, you’re going to need to turn off the water before removing the old fixtures. Some homes have a shut off valve under the sink that enables homeowners to simply turn off the access to the sink and dishwasher. If you don’t have these, you’ll likely have to turn off the water to your entire home! Luckily, installing a shut off valve that controls the kitchen’s access to water is simple and can typically be done by a handyman before you start your project. It’s a small step, but one that can definitely make your life easier during the remodel.

Move Your Refrigerator

If you’re replacing the flooring or changing the layout of your cabinets, you probably need to move your refrigerator to another part of the home. If you can, plug it in so that it can run in another room in your house. It may be a slight hassle to have to go to another room to get a glass or milk or a snack, but having access to perishables can cut down on the meals that you have to purchase during your kitchen remodeling.

Try To Eat Healthily

You may not expect to gain weight during your kitchen remodeling, but the truth is that most people do gain a little. When you don’t have access to an oven, you may feel forced to eat restaurant foods like burgers and fries or pizza. If you can, look for healthier options such as cold cut subs with light mayo or salads with lower calorie dressings (if your fridge is working, add your own dressing so that you know just how many calories are in each tablespoon of salad dressing!). If possible, try to find a few healthy slow cooker recipes that can be cooked without using your oven. Grocery stores even sell plastic slow cooker liners that can minimize the mess.

Use Disposable Dishes

Now isn’t the time to do dishes by hand, especially if your sink isn’t connected to a water supply. To help make your life easier, buy a supply of disposable cutlery, plates and bowls. While this isn’t a very eco-friendly option, it will be temporary. Once your sink and dishwasher are connected, you’ll be able to go back to washing your own dishes instead of using disposable ones.

While it’s true that a kitchen remodeling project can wreck havoc on your home life, most homeowners report that the end result is well worth the hassle. To help your family survive, use these tips and you’ll end up with a kitchen of your …

Why You Should Use Stone Pavers In Your Bathroom

Apart from the fact that they look amazing, there are many practical reasons that you should incorporate stone pavers into your bathroom design. It does not matter whether you’re renovating your own private ensuite retreat or doing up the family bathroom, stone pavers can be a useful and aesthetically appealing addition.

Firstly, stone pavers are highly durable. They will be able to handle the general wear and tear that comes with a bathroom, especially a family one, and will not easily chip or break. Most stones also have natural salt and stain resistance, or can be sealed to do so; messy children (or partners) are no issue.

Stone pavers can be highly versatile, especially in a bathroom environment. They can be used as floors, walls, cladding – anything you want. Imagine stepping into a shower that is covered floor to ceiling in pavers so that you feel as if you’re in a stone cave or underneath a waterfall. Or think of yourself sliding into a spa bath that has been lined with smooth stone pavers in an array of natural looking textures and colors. These bathrooms look and sound fantastic and highly relaxing.

Not only do they look nice, stone pavers act as insulators without you having to do anything more than lay them. They heat up slowly during the day and release that heat at night, great for winter when you don’t want the kids walking around on cold bathroom floors. In summer, they also stay nice and cool during the day when your feet need a cool off.

If you have used pavers in other areas of your house, such as in the kitchen or living areas or even outside, you can continue the theme in your bathroom by using the same sort of stone. It’s very aesthetically pleasing and you will find that having a continuous theme to your pavers will make it an easy transition from room to room, area to area.

As well as all this, using pavers of stone in your bathroom can really add value to your home. They are fireproof, vermin-proof (meaning bugs and pests can’t get through them) and rot resistant, making your stone pavers a great selling point if you ever decide it’s time to move on.

But what stone pavers should I use in my bathroom? Pavers made of sandstone, once they have been tested for quality, are slip resistant and so make an ideal choice. Limestone and travertine pavers are also highly popular as they can be sealed and look really nice in the bathroom. Quartzite has low water absorption, making it suitable for wet areas, as does bluestone, which is also slip resistant. With the range of choices available, you’ll find pavers to suit every bathroom.…

Bathroom Stretching Ideas For People, Big Families and Small on Bathrooms

"It's weird," I thought. "We have ten people in two bathrooms at home. At the beach we often have 20 people using one bathroom. Why is it that half the number of bathrooms for double the user goes more smoothly? Pun intended of course.

Over the years I pondered this situation and saw over and again that it is true; one bathroom at the beach works even better than two at home. By implementing these bathroom-stretching ideas learned from the beach you can stretch your bathroom without adding on!

The most important principle is simply that at the beach bathroom usage is limited to things you can only do in a bathroom: personal hygiene, bathing, and using the toilet. At home we use the bathroom for so much more. We put on our makeup, style our hair, take our vitamins, do our nails, and many other things in the bathrooms that do not have to be done there. We also often common store things there like medicines in "medicine cabinets." In fact, many people even keep reading material by the toilet and call it the "library."

If you want to learn along with me from the beach, you could sum it up by saying, "Move it out." Here are 7 moving out ideas:

1. Store some regular Band-Aids in an easy access location. I have a small wooden basket with a leather handle that holds about a hundred Band-Aids (I have some Spiderman and plain ones there) and a tube of antibiotic salve hanging on the side of an iron shelf system near my kitchen. This keeps quick fixes the out of the bathroom and if they do need a sink and a paper towel they are nearby.

2. Keep over-the-counter and prescription medicines outside of the bathroom. Things for stomachaches, diarrhea, sore throats, eyes, and itches do not need to be kept in a bathroom. A bin or shelf near water is nice since many need to be taken with a sip of water.

3. Move out the other medicinal items like heating pads and thermometers too.

4. Set aside your hair care items to keep in a separate location. Try keeping your hot curlers, curling iron, and blow dryer along with a comb, brush, mirror, water bottle, and hair pretties (barrettes, clips, scrunchies, etc.) somewhere else. All you need nearby is a mirror and an electrical outlet.

5. Designate a "Fast Fixer Up Spot" near your departure door. Keep a hairbrush, comb, hair spray, and mirror near the door you tend to dash from. This is also nice to have when unexpected company comes calling and the bathroom is in use.

6. Make up does not have to be applied in a bathroom. Keep your beauty potions and toiletries somewhere with good natural light along with some wet wipes and a mirror.

7. If possible considering putting a wall and a door to separate the toilet and tub from the sinks. This greatly increases the bathroom's efficiency.

If …

Cabinet Door Hinges – A Kitchen Essential

So you've decided to give your kitchen a facelift. You've decided on a paint color, picked out a new counter top and are re-facing your cabinets. Heck you might even throw in a new fridge or range.

Once you've decided on the big items like stainless steel appliances and granite countertops it is important not to forget the little things that make your kitchen complete. Cabinet hardware can make or break the look you just sent so much money to achieve.

For example if you want a sleek and modern kitchen you would not want a traditional cabinet door hinges or decorative hinges that will take away from the streamlined look you worked so hard to achieve. You also want yours to match your knobs and pulls in finish and style.

Hinges come in a seemingly endless variety of styles, sizes and shapes. But if you know the basics you will able to find the right ones for your project in a flash. Do not worry about whether the hinge is labeled left or right handed. All this means is what side of the door you are hanging the hinges on, but all you need to do is flip them over and you can use them on the other side. You may also be unsure of what size of hinge you need. As long as it is proportional to the size of the door you need not worry. Hinges are extremely strong. In fact they are generally eight to ten times stronger than the job they are called on to do.

When it comes to cabinet door hinges the right ones depend on the type of door you have. Basically there are three types of doors lipped, overlay and flush. The lipped door is one in which a lip has been cut completely around the door. The overlay door is cut larger than the opening so that its edges rest on the door frame. Flush doors sit inside the frame with their faces flush inside it. Each type of door dictates different types of hinges.

Pivot hinges, one of the most popular styles, are designed for overlay doors. One hinge is mounted on top the other on the bottom with portions of each screwed into the frame resulting in a perceived hinge.

Butterfly hinges are really decorative butt hinges that when fully opened have the look of a butterfly. They are used only on flush doors and add a decorative touch. If you want your cabinets to close by themselves which is always popular you need a spring loaded cabinet hinge. So called because they have a tiny spring inside that when released closes the door by itself. As versatile as they are popular they can be used on all three types of doors.

Once you have found the right type of hinges for your cabinets you get to have fun choosing the finish to match your other hardware. After all, no kitchen is complete without cabinet door hinges and …

Make Your New Home Experience Easy – Work With an Interior Designer

So you purchased a new home, congratulations! Now, as you start to unpack and look around, your thoughts are where do I start? Call a Designer. Lets start out by dismissing the myth that you need to be “Rich” to hire a designer. There are many ways to work with a designer/decorator on you your decorating projects. Before you call in a professional interior designer make a list of questions and concerns you may have. Next make a “wish list” of everything you would like in your new home.

Decide your budget, and make a true budget, then call several designers to see their work, talk to them, see if any friends can recommend a designer, and go with the one you feel most comfortable with since you will be working together for a while.

Ask upfront about fees, and services provided. If your budget can not accommodate a full time designer, ask about hourly fees. Hourly fees work well if you consider yourself to have a “good eye”, and just need some guidance. If not, you can work from room to room. A good hint is to start in the most used room in your home, the family room, complete it and move on from there. This not only finishes one room completely, but also allows you to review your designers work . Another note , do not be afraid to question your designer/decorators choice. It is still your home and you still have the final say, but also listen to your professional interior designer or interior decorator , you hired them, listen to them.

If you decide to hire an interior designer, have a game plan. Get the mess out of the way first. Start with a proposal of any construction changes, electrical changes or additions, plumbing changes, wall covering removal, any surround sound and speaker additions, hard flooring installations, and any moldings that are to be added. Now, after the mess is all cleaned up,it is time to have the real fun.

Have your designer start with a scaled floor plan of furniture placement, also know as space planning. This will show furniture placement only. With a scale, the interior designer can accurately give you sizes and walk areas that will be needed and available. A material board should then be presented to show all the fabrics, wall finishes, furniture finishes, actual photographs of the furniture that is proposed to be used, drapery and window treatments, and an itemized proposal. Now, after all this is place, there should be no surprises.

The entry or foyer is the calling card for you and your home, so pay special attention when planing this space. The feel when you enter a home will say a lot about what to expect in the rest of the home. If you are more laid back, have an elegant but casual feel in the foyer, if you are looking for the dramatic, go for”WOW” factor. Either way, let the foyer be warm and comfortable.…

Things To Consider When Choosing Kitchen Appliances

There are few things in life more exciting in life than knowing that you've got the money and the resources to create a brand new kitchen design that you'll be able to enjoy and take advantage of for years to come. One of the most important factors in kitchen design is choosing the right kitchen appliances that will accentuate the image and the décor that you're choosing to create. Because of this, we've come up with these tips to help you choose the right kitchen appliances to contribute to your wonderful new room.

Size: There is absolutely no way of getting around this one! Whilst the whole 'bigger is better' thing is a long way from being true when it comes to kitchen appliances, getting the size right is incredibly important! The amount of disasters that occur as a result of people not taking size of appliances into consideration are many and varied, and all result in a massive waste of money! Always – and we mean always – carefully measure any kitchen appliances that you want to install to ensure they'll fit perfectly into your design.

Colors: Kitchen design in general has many different factors to consider in itself to ensure that all of the décor and features that you choose to integrate into your perfect room all accentuate each other and make the perfect combination. If there's a factor more important than color in this list, we do not know what it is! Typically, appliances will usually come in a set amount of different colors (generally based around greys, blues, whites, etc) so it's important to make sure that whatever you have planned for your kitchen design, the colors of the appliances will still fit in .

Functionality: One of the main reasons that people typically want to have a redesign of their kitchen done is that their current model is simply not serving their needs in the right way. Well, if this is you then it's a very good idea to spend time considering what you need from your new appliances. If you're a host or hostess who loves to have people around for drinks, then the chances are that you'll want a really good dishwasher (as well as a good cocktail mixer!), Whereas if you've got a large family who you love to cook for then a large range oven might be the ideal choice. If you're looking to invest in new kitchen appliances, then you might as well do it properly!

Compatibility: Without doubt also a very important factor in choosing the right kitchen appliances, there are plenty of compatibility problems and energy efficiency things to think about. Aside from the obvious thing to consider such as the amount of plugs that you'll need to get the job done, there's also the fact that many appliances such washing machines and tumble dryers may need a necessary outlet pipe as well as the input of water necessary to do their job to the required level. …

Contemporary Kitchen Furniture – Points to Remember

When picking out contemporary kitchen furniture there are one or two things everyone should remember to avoid mistakes and an uneven finish to their new kitchen.

Firstly, do not assume you know exactly what contemporary means in relation to kitchen furniture. Do your homework and look at what's out there in terms of modern designs and ideas. You might be surprised at what constituents contemporary furniture and determined that it is not for you after all.

Always think about your kitchen when you're looking around showrooms. It's very easy to let a salesman tell you that particular furniture will look great in your contemporary kitchen, but if he has not seen your kitchen, how does he know? All kitchens are different in terms of light and space and will need different shapes and sizes of furniture to work effectively. Contemporary kitchen furniture is never one size fits all.

Sometimes the most important advice when it comes to picking out furniture for your kitchen is to remain consistent. If you go around picking out different bits and pieces without thinking about how they will go together, you can end up with a very disjointed and awkward looking kitchen.

Contemporary kitchen furniture needs to give off the impression of seamlessness and have clean lines in order to be authentic. This is not to say that your kitchen has a cold and sterile place to work in. You can add warmth and color to your kitchen by using the right materials and accessories.

These are just a few useful tips to help you ensure you get the contemporary kitchen that suits your needs. …