By Aidan Payne. The Kitchen. Published at Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 - 02:27:48 AM.
To Distress Or Not To Distress? When it comes to installing stone kitchen counter tops, Granite tends to be the material of choice because it is so durable. Marble is much more likely to chip and break and it is more at risk form the day to day kitchen accidents like broken glasses and spilled food or wine. Granite is much more able to withstand this type of ongoing punishment and is far less likely to fall victim to staining like Marble is. Some people actually see this as positive thing in relation to marble. They like the aesthetic effect of a little bit of wear and tear on their counter tops to give a slightly vintage look to them, in such the same way as people often do with intentionally distressed clothing. Marble is quite often likened to a fine wine which gets better as it matures. One of the main benefits of Marble is that it is completely waterproof and will not suffer damage from steam or splashes from washing dishes. However, to really prolong its life the stone does need to be sealed by a professional. This needs to been repeated every so often to maintain the seal. The manufacturer should be able to offer advice about how often this needs to be carried out.
Having a TV for the kitchen is not that unheard of, many people do it these days for a number of reasons. Some people like to have the set in there so that they can keep up with the news and weather as they get ready for work or school. Some like to have a television in the kitchen so that they can watch cooking programs, especially if they are trying their hand at a tricky new type of recipe or trying to master a new cooking technique. What kind of TV set you need for your kitchen might depend on the size of the room, the available space you have and of course your actual needs.
The television in the kitchen has also evolved beyond a budget 14 inch box perched on top of the refrigerator with funny rabbit ears. With the cost of LCD and plasma TV's coming down in price, the smaller ones are becoming highly favoured for use in the kitchen. The new technology screens are so flat that they can easily be mounted anywhere, where there is a vacant space. There are also water proof versions available. The kitchen TV can be mounted directly onto the wall in a fixed position or onto a hinged bracket that can be swiveled for optimum viewing. If available wall space is a problem, then there are kitchen TV models that can unfold from the ceiling and swivel. Technology has also solved the overall size issue and extra stuff is packed into a small package. You can now get a television that has a built in DVD player. Optional extras can be hard drive storage to USB connections for mp3 players or ipods. Because of the kitchen TV there is no longer a need for a hifi system. The sound quality on most kitchen televisions has enough volume and quality for even the discerning ear.
Cork, Bamboo or Recycled Flooring: When it comes to green kitchen tips, your choosing an eco friendly kitchen flooring can go a long way towards being green. Consider using a cork, bamboo or some other type of natural or recycled flooring product. There are a number of options out there, and most are very durable. The most readily available recycled flooring is a rubber flooring. These are made of 80 - 100% post consumer product including tires. Rubber floors are extremely durable and come in a variety of colors and styles. Cork and bamboo, while not recycled, both offer quickly renewable products that do not require deforestation of millions of trees to produce these types of floors. Both cork and bamboo are natural products as well.
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