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Aug-21-14

perfect kitchen countertop

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The first steps in selecting the perfect countertop for your design is identifying the overall style you wish to achieve and browsing pictures of counter tops in our popular online design showrooms to discover the endless number of looks you can achieve with today’s top products. These key kitchen décor elements are available in a wide range of materials and price points, each bringing with it a distinctive look able to blend harmoniously with a variety of design styles. Our ‘do it yourself’ experts suggest moving away from outdated tiled kitchen backsplashes and counters and instead look towards today’s hottest design trends. Counter top ideas for 2014 tend to fall into 3 major categories – organic stone, innovative engineered products, or unique alternative options.  Read ahead to discover how each of these groups can individually enhance a variety of popular kitchen décor styles.

perfect kitchen countertop

Jul-1-10

New Kitchen design 2

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New Kitchen design 2

Kitchen cabinets with handles of various sizes that also act as windows. In this way the user can choose what to expose and what to hide. In this way the kitchen can easily change character and will be much more personal

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Lift is a new kitchen concept that fulfils our daily needs for modular and dynamic systems. Apartments and houses are becoming smaller therefore we need to design products that are able to offer a lot and at the same time be compact. Our design features different sliding (up and down) modules containing all the necessary tools a kitchen must have. While your not working or cooking you can close the sliding units together and create different kinds of sideboards. Lift can be well positioned in a one bedroom apartment, in a studio, in a loft or in a open space kitchen / living room area.

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As a barrier-free, mobile and flexible kitchen, the Ideal Kitchen, with its L-shaped countertop, offers a high degree of design freedom and a very high level of design, in the opinion of the jurors. The countertop is suspended from the wall, so that it can be set at any height. A 17 cm-wide rear spine serves not only as a storage option for kitchen implements, spices and electric appliances, but also to keep the wall clean. Mobile containers and a kitchen cabinet offer additional storage space.

Since space comes as a premium, we need to design for a flexible lifestyle. Case in point is the kitchen. This design by Wiwat Pitakpongsanit takes multidisciplinary worktops to the extreme. This kitchen counter top is a place to cook, serve, meet, party, eat, and work. By reconfiguring the different sections, you can create a work surface to meet your needs.

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Designed to improve the mentality of a kitchen both physically and mentally. Every function a traditional kitchen has is hidden behind the kitchen wall allowing easier clear up of the kitchen. The form of hiding saves the room of the house, which exhibits a sense of freedom and comfort. Psychologically, hiding state conveys satisfaction to some extent for only the kitchen host to know exactly where all the things are. The tile colors can be changed and arranged to fit your personal style.

The CookIsland table consists of a worktop with integrated table top. The integrated dining table can seat up to five people. Centered on a rotation point the table can be pulled out, pushed in or rotated. This allows the CookIsland to be positioned right up against the wall of a small room, making optimal use of function and space. The front of the worktop, with drawers and a three-plate ceramic hob, is available in seven high-gloss colors. The body is white or silvery white.

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May-19-10

How to Create a Mosaic Countertop

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How to Create a Mosaic Countertop

You have been planning your kitchen redesign. You have looked through magazines and watched the home improvement and home decorating shows on television. You saw a simply fabulous kitchen redesign using mosaic tiles to create a pattern on a countertop. You want to do the same. You can do it yourself in a few easy steps.Mosaic Countertop

A mosaic is a decorative design created by setting small colored pieces of tile into a setting such as a countertop. The first thing you want to do is visit a tile shop and look at the tiles and colors that are available. Take some time to research what you want to do. You can find books in the library on creating tile countertops with mosaics. Since you are using tiles for your entire countertop, you will want to buy tiles in the size you need for the major area and complementary colored tiles for the mosaic area. Sketch your idea on a piece of paper before you go shopping. Measure your countertop. The salesperson as the tile store can help to determine how many tiles you will need for your major surface and how much you should purchase to create your mosaic.Mosaic Countertop

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Sketch your pattern onto the surface where you will lay the tiles. Since you are creating a mosaic you want to break up the tiles you will use for it. The easy way to do this is to wrap the tiles in a towel and hit them with a hammer.

You will need small pieces for your mosaic and larger pieces for your border. You can use a tile nibbler to break the tiles into the size you need.Mosaic Countertop

Place the tiles on top of the sketch to make sure you are pleased with the pattern and the colors you have selected. Mark the location of the tiles with a magic marker. When laying the tiles on your countertop, you should start from the center and work outward.Mosaic Countertop

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  • The steps in creating your mosaic are:

    1. Prepare the surface by scoring it with a utility knife and then coating the surface with a mixture of watered down white glue.

    2. Spread a thin coat of tile cement (thin set or mortar), about one-eighth of an inch, over the surface.

    3. Score your mortar with a trowel.

    4. Place your tiles in the cement according to the pattern you drew.

    5. After the cement has set, apply tile grout over all the tiles.

    6. Apply the grout with a trowel. Smooth it over all of the seams between the individual tiles.

    7. Wipe away the excess grout with a sponge.

    8. Let it dry overnight.

    You can purchase grout in a variety of colors, not just white, to match the decor of your kitchen.

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