No, I’m not asking about your body. Although, a nip tuck or full-face lift is synonymous with restoring, remodeling or renovating the human body. Let me be clear, I have no qualms about going under the knife. To each his own. After all, hosting another human inside your body five separate times is taxing on the mind, soul and body.

In this instance, however, I’m asking about your kitchen cabinets and its condition. When was the last time it had a checkup?

Like the human body, your cabinets experience wears and tear from daily usage. Are your cabinet doors closing properly? No? The differential diagnosis could vary from a hinge being slightly out of place to the hinge or hinges needing to be replaced. An onsite assessment can be conducted to rule out (R/O) one or the other.

Most homeowners aren’t aware that their kitchen cabinets need to be maintained just like their human bodies, furnace, chimney, gutters; etc.

Have you any idea what a brand-new kitchen cost? A decent sized custom kitchen can cost upwards of $30,000 depending on the size, style, and finish (paint or stain). Just think… this doesn’t even include the appliances yet.

If your kitchen cabinets have good bones and is structurally sound, a nip tuck or restoration can be both cost effective and give the appearance of brand new.

A partial-face lift on the other hand, will cost more but gives you the chance to change the style of your panels (doors and drawer face) from a traditional – raised panel to modern – recess panel; also giving the appearance of brand new.

Finally, a full-face lift means everything is brand new – starting with the design, panel style, finish, knobs and pulls, organization systems, type stone, backsplash; etc.

How would one go about getting their kitchen cabinets diagnosed?

Well you’d first need to research your area for a professional custom cabinet service provider using the words kitchen refinishing, kitchen restoration, or cabinet repairs in your browser. Ask your friends or co-workers if they know of any professional cabinet service providers. It’s always best to get a second and third opinion.

During the triage, take notes of each service providers:

  • Diagnosis/Dx: what’s going on with your cabinets.
  • Treatment/Tx: repair and refinish or partial or complete overhaul.
  • Prognosis/Px: what your cabinets will look like after; result, and the method(s) that will be used to revive the condition of your cabinets.

Keeping your kitchen looking beautiful and functioning properly depends on you.




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New Beginnings

Posted On: April 14, 2017

New Beginnings

A new year usually means new beginings for many. Some silently make lists, while others are very verbal about it. As these lists are being made, organization is almost always at the top. Whether it's to organize or re-organize that linen closet, the kitchen cabinets, drawers and pantry, our always over booked schedules or home office, it's on the list.

The task of organizing can be overwhelming if we attempt to tackle more than one project at a time. Since we have become an "instant gratification" generation, you may want to start with smaller scale projects. Ones that can be accompolished within 3-4 hours, working your way up to the Big One. Below are a few links to help you get started. Deep breath - inhale, exhale, repeat. Now you're ready. -

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Furniture Cleaning Tips

Posted On: April 14, 2017


From time to time we get asked "What should I use to clean my wood furniture?" Most furniture polishing products eat into the finish of the furniture and causes a build up of oils/resins over time.

We recommend the use of microfiber cloths. They come in an array of colors and shapes and can also be used to clean a multitude of things. Yes, even your glasses as well as clean the interior and exterior of your car, it's a never ending list.

Here's how:

Materials: 2 clean microfiber cloths and water

Step 1: Inspect your surface for any damages (nicks, dents, scratches). If you notice any of these things on the surface be careful so as not to make more damage.

Step 2: Take a clean microfiber cloth, wet it with water. Squeeze out the excess water and gently wipe the area.

Step 3: Take the 2nd clean microfiber cloth and go over the same area.

That's it, easy as 1,2,3!

Check back soon for tips on removing grease safely from your kitchen cabinets. For questions or topics that you would like more information on, click on the Contact Us tab and fill in the information.  



She Sheds Making Waves

Posted On: April 14, 2017

You're all familiar with the popular tongue twister "Sally sold sea shells by the sea shore". Apparently, Sally has upgraded. Yes, Sally sells "She Sheds" in the store by the sea shore. Try saying that three times in a row. Still a tongue twister. 

She Sheds are all the rave this summer. What started out as a typical gardening shed for women has evolved into a full blown retreat that rivals the "Man Cave". And guess what? The men are leaving their "Man Caves" to enjoy the comfort and serenity of the "She Shed". 


For more ideas click on the links below. Let the battle begin "She Shed" Vs "Man Cave". Nice title for an HGTV show....who doesn't like a little friendly competition? Stay tuned.....


Disclaimer: The above pictures were obtained via Google images.


Exterior Finishing in the Northeast

Posted On: April 14, 2017

There are two seasons that are best for exterior finishing projects in the Northeast, autumn and spring. You need indirect sunlight, low to no wind,  and temperatures between 70 degrees and 65 degrees for the best results. Temperatures vary by the components of the material. For instance, the temperatures  previously mentioned relate to oil based exterior finishes. Other materials can be used in less temperatures because they have components in those materials that  once applied, sets faster.  This reduces the chance of uncontrollable variables sticking to the finish. Always fully research the products you intend to use.

  Here are a few things you need to know before you start the project:

     Plan ahead. Is it for a special occasion? Are you sprucing up for autumn, spring or any other season.If you are focusing on the exterior, then you already know that it's a autumn or spring project. This means for autumn,  you have to start planning in July and start watching the weather in early September. 

    Estimate your preparation time. How long it will take for you to protect all the areas that you do not want to get the material on. Also, it is very important to find out how much drying time is needed between applications                                                           

      Check your surroundings for variables that can affect your finish. Have the leaves and acorns begun to fall? If spring, is it windy and is the pollen blowing around?

 Ask yourself, "have I acquired all the information I need to know and do I have all the supplies required?"


   Knowing the above information will give great insight as to how much time you will need to set aside for this project, from start to completion. Timed just right you can get the best results.

 As November draws near, temperatures are not ideal for this type of project. Timing is everything, so remember there’s always spring!      




Posted On: April 14, 2017

Color has no voice, yet it speaks loudly. Color evokes emotions, putting them on display for all to see. It is a well-known fact that we express ourselves through color. These expressions are visible through home décor, conference rooms, beauty products and clothing. Colors are representative of success, innocence, tranquility and peace. Simply put, the psychology of color matters and Tyrian is one of those colors.

This summer and coming fall, let color speak for you in your garden areas, guest bedrooms, and even your foyers. Purple flowers such as Summer Snapdragons exhibiting a lavender hue, and Wave Petunias with pink to purple blooms, in a garden exudes nobility. As a matter of fact, Tyrian also known as purple, originated in the ancient Phoenician trading city of Tyre, now modern day Lebanon. The dye fabric traders used was obtained from small mollusks found near the Mediterranean Sea region of Tyre. Purple fabric was so expensive that only monarchs or reigning emperors could afford this shade. Purple represents royalty, power and wealth.

Did you know that during the Elizabethan era (1558-1603), the Sumptuary Laws of Queen Elizabeth I forbade anyone who were not close relatives of the royals from wearing the color purple? This demonstrates how much color is a representation of who we are, and how powerful the people wearing it can be.

Ladies with green, hazel and brown eyes, top makeup artists recommend shades of purple eye shadow to make them pop. Gentlemen, purple is for you too. Statistic show that women find men who wear purple more attractive.

Not fond of the color purple yet? Purple comes in many shades, from light lavenders to deep violets. Give your guests the royal treatment; decorative pillows in soft shades of lavender on their bed, lavender scented oils and candles are another way. For a welcoming touch in your foyer, a Purple Orchid Plant or a lavender ribbon tied around a plain crystal or white vase can do the trick.

Find a shade of Tyrian you like and make a powerful statement. What emotion or statement are you displaying today?