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Posted by Joseph     1 Comments Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Low Cost Kitchen Makeover - The "Light Remodel"
This is a great time of year to spend time giving the kitchen a bit of a makeover. If you are not able to execute a full scale kitchen remodel because of associated costs, then consider a "Light Remodel"! A Light Remodel can be anything from a simple cabinet reface, appliance purchase, paint, and/or new lighting, to a simple cabinet refresh and some paint.



If you have wood cabinets that have a tired stain finish, you can give the cabinets new life with a great product called Restor-A-Finish by Howard Products. We used to sell the entire line when we had a brick and mortar store and it flew out the door. People would regularly come back and give rave reviews of the product. It is available in a wide variety of colors as well as neutral. It isn't really a stain per say. It does however, penetrate the clear coat finish and smooths out scratches, water stains and evens out sun bleached stains. It really is pretty amazing stuff. I have used it myself on furniture. My sister and friends have also used it on their cabinets and interior wood trim and wow...what a difference it made. For an even greater change, consider painting your cabinets. You can also change out some of the doors with glass insert doors.

The next step in sprucing up those kitchen cabinets is to change out the door hardware. If you currently have a single hole pull, then it is very easy to change out the pulls. If you always wanted hand pulls rather than the single pull, then you can use the existing hole and drill a new hole for the hand pull. Remember, hand pulls can be mounted vertically as well as horizontally. Lets say that you want to change out your existing polished brass pulls with oil rubbed bronze pulls but your hinges are also polished brass. You can order new hinges in the bronze finish or you can simply spray paint them! My sister did. She kept the existing pulls and just painted them with a satin nickel paint.

Oak Park Home & Hardware offers some inexpensive cabinet knob designs such as the ones below. The simple square pyramid head knob is just $4.50. The mortise and tenon handles are offered in 3 finishes and start at $10.16. The octagon cast bronze knobs are just $6.15.



Another great way to bring new life into a kitchen is with new lighting. A single ceiling light can make a big statement and quite possibly bring more light into the room. Consider a ceiling light fixture with 4 sockets. 4 sockets at 60 watts each will give you a total of 240 watts of light. Many of the fixtures we offer are available in a variety of glass and finish options. A nice white glass is great for a kitchen light. Here's just a few great lights for a kitchen ceiling (remember...any glass, any finish):



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Posted by Joseph     1 Comments Saturday, February 6, 2010
New Motawi Tile Designs for 2010
New Motawi Tile Designs and Colorways for 2010



We love this time of year because many or most of our Craftsmen, manufacturers, and suppliers will introduce new product designs. In the process, many of their designs (or colors) will also become discontinued. In the case with Motawi Tileworks, new designs get added, some designs discontinued (or not offered within the gift tile line), and some colorways are no longer offered and new colorways introduced.

This year, Motawi has introduced many new tile designs and colorways. One of our favorite new designs is theMotawi 6" March Tile, which is offered in 2 colorways. Also, new is a very nice8 x 8 horizontal version of their landscape tiles. This tile can be used in a continuous horizontal fashion which is great for a fireplace design or back splash. Many of the new tiles are offered in the olive colorway, including the ever so popular 8 x 8 songbirds tile.


Motawi tiles are perfect gifts and have become very collectable. They can be framed, used on a tile easel or just hung all by themselves. Oak Park Home & Hardware offers the entire line of Motawi Gift Tiles.
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Oak Park Home & Hardware offer high quality lighting designs. We provide customized lighting solutions with manufacturers such as Arroyo Craftsman Lighting, Mica Lamp Company, 2nd Ave Lighting, and UltraLights Lighting.

We also offer quality lighting products with manufacturers such as Quoizel, James Mattson Coppercraft, and Lundberg Studios. Please check out our unique lighting designs in the style of Greene and Greene!

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