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There’s nothing more beautiful than the spotless, gleaming stainless in our kitchen.  But with the daily wear and tear, the gleaming stainless equipment we haul from the showroom not so long time ago lost its luster.  So, here are some practical tips in keeping your stainless gleaming and spotless.

stainless cookware

Stainless Cookware

The Cookware

The Problem:  Stains

The Fix:  Excessive heat can cause permanent bluish stains in the stainless steel.  To prevent this, avoid turning the heat too high when you are using stainless steel pot or pan.  If you are using a gas burner, make sure that the bottom surface completely covers the flame so it doesn’t crawl up the side.

Stainless Counter

Stainless Counter

The Countertops

The Problem: Water Spots

The Fix:  If you have stainless countertops, believe it or not, water is your worst enemy.  Water can easily leave spots to it, so make sure to wipe the countertops with a clean, dry towel every time it gets wet.  If the water mark stays, apply undiluted liquid dish detergent or clean the area with a soft cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol.

Stainless Flatware

Stainless Flatware

The Flatware

The Problem: Pitting

The Fix:  Acids and salts in food can pit stainless flatware, so rinse surface as soon as possible after use.  Then machine-wash or hand-wash with detergent and hot water.

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cabinet knobs
This is the third post for the Kitchen Mini Makeover series. The Kitchen Mini Makeover topic aims to help you to have a low-cost but high impact makeover tricks on your kitchen. On previous posts on Kitchen Mini Makeover, I have discussed about the lighting effect on the kitchen and the floor redo. On this post we will discuss about perking up your cabinets. We will help you spice up those boring and bland cabinets.

Mini Makeover Trick: For a fresh look, spending as little as few dollars, replace cabinet knobs, drawer pulls, and hinges, if they show.

What To Buy: Understated metals such as stainless steel and brushed nickel are in. So swap out your cabinets to date.
If you’ve got cabinets with no hardware, add some knobs or pulls. Just make sure that they are coordinated with the style of your cabinet or drawer. As a rule, the more contemporary the cabinet, the simpler and sleeker the hardware should be. A traditional cabinet goes well with vintage-style hardware. For more beautiful effect, try installing light-reflecting glass knobs on the upper unit and metals on the bases. Ceramic knobs can look pretty with anything. You can include some cute knobs, like apple-shaped knobs or chili pepper pulls, but use them sparingly. Reserved them on special piece, like a hutch.

Tip: Try knobs before buying them. Pick out three favorites, purchase on of each, screw them into your cabinets, and live with them before you commit.

Cost: You can spice up your cabinet hardware for a little as a few dollars, depending on the style and materials chosen.

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Kitchen With Pendant Light

Kitchen With Pendant Light

This is the second post for my eight-part Kitchen Mini Makeover “episode”. The Kitchen Mini Makeover topic aims to help you to have a low-cost but high impact makeover tricks on your kitchen. On the previous post I have discussed the Kitchen Mini Makeover: Redo The Floor part. This post will be all about the lighting effect on your kitchen.

Mini Makeover Trick: The right lighting can make a kitchen glow and give small space an airier ambiance. New lighting is also cheaper than carving out windows or skylights.

What To Buy: Replacing a boring ceiling light with a fancy chandelier can create more design impact. Also consider a bulb makeover. According to Joseph Rey-Barreau, the education consultant of American Lighting Association and associate professor of University of Kentucky-College of Design, “swapping your old incandescent for new, color-enhancing fluorescents can make your worn cabinets looks brighter and better. Bulbs rated 2,700 degrees Kelvin casts a light similar to incandescent bulb. Try 4,200 Kelvin fluorescent for a white look. For working areas, under cabinet halogen, xenon or fluorescent task light can do the trick because they cast fewer shadows.

Tip: For a designer look, hang two or three pendant lights over an island or a sink. s

Cost: About $60 to $70 per foot for under cabinet lights about $3 for high-color-rendering compact fluorescent bulbs. For pendants lights average about $100 per piece.

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Kitchen With Stone-Look Plastic Laminate

Kitchen Floor With Stone-Look Plastic Laminate

An ultra-modern and gleaming kitchen is one of the ultimate dreams of a homemaker.  When you stroll into those gleaming kitchen, you wish you can just demolish your kitchen and implement all those changes and improvements you want.  Brake! Remodeling a kitchen from a scratch can dent your saving very badly; it can cost you thousands of hard-earned dollars.  But there are some tricks that can make your kitchen like a center-fold kitchen model by just shelling few dollars.

The Kitchen Mini Makeover topic will help you to apply a low-cost but high impact makeover tricks on your kitchen.  The Kitchen Mini Makeover will be an eight-part post, and we will start by redoing the floor.

Mini Makeover Trick:
Cover your grungy old floor with something new and brighten up your whole kitchen.
What You Need: If your floor is relatively flat, you can simply put-on a wood-look or stone-look plastic laminate board that can be fit into place without glue or fastener.  These plastic laminate board are called “floating” laminates.   Another option is the linoleum or vinyl floor.  You can have a professional to do it or you simply follow some procedure and do-it-yourself.   They might not be your dream floor, but it’s a good substitute until you are ready to do an all-out floor renovation.

The Cost: Linoleum or vinyl cost around $3 to $7 per square foot.  The plastic laminate cost around $4 to $10 per square foot.  The pre-finished hardwood runs from $7 to $12 per square foot.  (The installation is usually included in the price.)

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