Yesterday, I had the pleasure of having a long conversation with my big brother about home improvements. You see, he and his wife bought a new/old house last year that needed quite a bit of TLC. One room in particular in need of attention was the kitchen. Because circumstances being what they are, big bro will be selling this house in then next 2 years, so he's been doing his improvements with an eye toward resale. When it came to replacing the old laminate countertop, bro had to install what everyone is
A quick search on the Google tells us that one stone cabinet knob can cost upwards to$14 a pop. That is all kinds of crazy expensive, especially when you’re outfitting an entire kitchen. Mine, for example, has 30 knobs. Multiply that by 14 and you’re talking $420 just for knobs. I decided there MUST be a more cost-effective way to get the stone look for less.
I don't know about you, but I'm very skeptical of those 'looks just like the real thing' kinds of finishing techniques. Especially stainless and granite wannabes. That's why Tanya's remarks about her recent countertop makeover were of particular interest. The countertop before looks like it was a standard
Gibson Architects were faced with a monumental task. Their building site for this Colorado home was at an altitude of 8500 feet on a granite outcropping. But a bunch of ginormous boulders weren't going to stop them. No, no, no. They just incorporated the rocks into the home's design. The result is nothing less than amazing. Take a look:
The people that brought us Liquid Stainless now offers Liquid Granite. Per the manufacturer's website, Liquid Granite is a 'unique blend of polymers and minerals' that will make such surfaces as Formica, laminate, cultured marble and ceramic tile, among others, look like granite.
Recently my buddy Don was presented with a conundrum. A friend of his needed to drill seven 1/4" holes through 1 ½" thick granite. His friend had burned up 3 masonry bits trying to get the job done before he gave up. Don then reached into his bag of tricks and pulled out a whopper.
To perform this feat-of-nearly-magic, you’ll need:
A plastic cap that’s at least 3/4" deep. (Those from a medicine bottle work particularly well.)
Oil to act as a...
October's Twin Cities Home Improvement Magazine featured a great breakdown of counter top materials, comparing their stain, heat, scratch and impact resistance in relation to the costs of each. Here's a very handy graphic to keep in mind if you're in the market.