"Surfaces in the kitchen are often coated with grease, even when foods are seldom fried. When foods are fried, countless miniscule particles of grease become airborne, and they settle on everything from blinds to kitchen cabinets. When the kitchen cabinets are coated with grease they feel sticky and gummy, and dust particles further compound the problem. The kitchen cabinets end up looking dull and dirty, but it is possible to remove grease build-up without having to sand or refinish the surface. Try the following safe and easy ways to remove grease build-up on kitchen cabinets, and stop the build-up from continuing to accumulate while collecting dust and grime.Precautionary Statement
Never use multi-surface sprays, vinegar, citrus juice, chemical products containing ammonia, bleach, erasing sponges, or any other questionable cleaners or products on wood cabinets or any other wood surfaces. They can remove and permanently damage the finish. Play it safe and read all product label instructions before attempting to remove grease build-up on cabinets. Take the time to remove grease build-up properly and kitchen cabinets will turn out clean and look as good as new.
Remove Build-Up with Oil Soap and Elbow Grease
Oil soap is a fantastic cleaner, and it will safely remove grease build-up on kitchen cabinets. According to the Murphy's Oil Soap label, it will safely clean wood and laminate surfaces. However, it should not be used on unfinished or unsealed wood. The instructions say to dilute one-quarter cup in one gallon of warm water. After cleaning, a dry rag should be used to soak up any excess moisture, but rinsing is not required. It leaves behind nothing more than a clean fresh scent, and it will remove all traces of grease build-up. I would not use any other cleaner to remove grease build-up on wood surfaces in my kitchen. Best of all it is a reasonably priced cleaner that goes a long way. One pint was $1.50 at Dollar General, and at one-quarter cup per gallon of water, it will go a long way to remove grease build-up on kitchen cabinets and other wood furnishings.
Follow up with Citrus Oil and a Microfiber Cloth
After cleaning away the grease build-up on kitchen cabinets, it is a good idea to go over wood surfaces with natural citrus oil and a microfiber cloth. Natural orange is my citrus oil of choice. The smell is fresh and clean, and it does a fantastic job of protecting wood surfaces, especially in the kitchen. Simply apply a small amount of orange oil to a clean dry microfiber cloth, and rub it over wood kitchen cabinets that have been properly cleaned and dried. The natural oil will protect the sealed wood surfaces, and they will smell great for weeks on end".
Ray, Crystal. "How to Remove Grease Build-Up on Kitchen Cabinets." Yahoo Contributor Network. Voices.yahoo.com, 9 Oct. 2009. Web. 05 Apr. 2014. <http://voices.yahoo.com/how-remove-grease-build-kitchen-cabinets-4603149.html?cat=6>.
"Choosing kitchen cabinets can easily be the most involved portion of redecorating any kitchen space. The good news is that selecting the right kind of wood to make them out of doesn't have to be a difficult process. The bad news is that you will have to do a bit of research before settling on the right wood type. You'll need to consider the style of the kitchen and how much you can afford to spend.
No matter what kind of wood kitchen cabinets you are looking at, make sure that they are 100% solid wood. Many manufacturers use particle board, a wood composite, in order to cut costs. The problem with particle board is that it won't last as long, or look as good, as solid wood. If you are redoing your whole kitchen, then it's usually worth the investment to purchase solid wood cabinets.
Oak is by far the most popular wood choice for kitchen cabinets. The trees can be found all over the globe, so the materials are easy to find. Oak takes well to stain, it is durable, and it is aesthetically appealing. Most homeowners who choose oak cabinets prefer a natural or honey stained look to any kind or darker stain, though darker colors are available.
Ponderosa, white, and yellow are all types of pine wood that are frequently fashioned into cabinets. White and yellow pine are the most versatile, since both can be easily stained without any added fuss. On the other hand, ponderosa pine can be difficult to work with if you plan to stain your own cabinets. If you prefer the look of ponderosa pine, cabinets made from this type of wood can be purchased pre-stained.
Maple is a type of wood that many contractors prize for its sheer adaptability. It can be stained in any shade and will still maintain its natural wood grain. You'll also find that maple tends to be more cost-effective than pine or oak, since maple trees can be found in Asia, and many maple wood kitchen cabinets are manufactured in that part of the world.
Unlike maple, cherry wood is expensive, though it is quite stunning to look at. It is unique in that it turns from a light wood color to a deep red color with time, and once the wood has been stained, exposure to sunlight over many years will bring out its natural red hue. This is precisely why many people pay a higher price for it.
Mahogany wood kitchen cabinets are rare, but they have a rich and luxurious look that many homeowners love. If style and class is what you're after, then mahogany may be the type of wood that you are seeking".
Geek, Wise. "How Do I Choose the Best Wood Kitchen Cabinets?" WiseGEEK. Wisegeek.com, n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2014. <http://www.wisegeek.org/how-do-i-choose-the-best-wood-kitchen-cabinets.htm>.
"People enjoy a good old-fashioned barbecue. On a beautiful sunny day, people just love to cook and eat outside. For some reason, food cooked outside just tastes better. It might have something to do with the mouth-watering scent filling the air for miles or the chef escaping from the walls of the kitchen and becoming one with nature. Whatever the reason, it seems as the weather heats up, so do our outdoor grills.
For the past two weeks, we have been talking about outdoor renovations. We can’t properly talk about outdoor spaces without mentioning the barbecue — or shall we say, the outdoor kitchen.
More people are remodeling their patios into an outdoor entertaining space with the same entertaining concepts as the modern great room. This means there is a space for gathering (seating area), a space for dining and a place for food preparation. The outdoor kitchen allows for the guests to congregate around the outdoor cooking action and makes it possible for the outdoor chef to be a part of the party.
The backyard culinary experience has moved far beyond a simple barbecue on the patio. Now, manufacturers of appliances and cabinetry are producing products to create complete outdoor kitchens. A trip to the nearest home-improvement center will confirm the wide range of free-standing barbecues that are available. Pushing aside the lowly kettle barbecue, huge, stainless steel barbecue behemoths stand ready to meet your every need.
Barbecues don't just grill anymore. Some come equipped with rotisseries and can double as smokers. Additional stove-top burners are also available in some models, so you can prepare the whole meal without ever stepping foot in the "real" kitchen.
For some, a giant, all-inclusive barbecue just isn't enough. These intrepid grillers want more — an actual outdoor kitchen. Only stainless-steel appliances can be used to equip an outdoor kitchen. These may include an under-counter refrigerator, beverage cooler and small cooktop (usually one or two burners). Some outdoor kitchens are even equipped with wood-fired pizza ovens.
Stainless steel sinks and faucets are often used as well, and, of course, we can't forget the barbecue itself. Built-in barbecues resemble an interior cooktop that is built into a counter with shelves or cabinets below.
Large grilling "islands" are produced commercially and include all these amenities in one free-standing unit. Remember when you are considering purchasing one of these islands that the placement in your yard or on your patio is critical. Check the manufacturer's requirements for clearance, which ranges between 12 inches and 36 inches. This distance is required both for reasons of venting the barbecue and for keeping heat away from combustible materials.
Some homeowners decide to build a permanent structure of their own design so it can be customized to their particular needs and wants. Safety is a primary concern when designing a grilling station. The barbecue itself is best supported by fire-resistant masonry, though this only works if you have a ground-level patio. Steel studs with concrete backerboard (in place of wallboard) is a common assembly that is fire-proof and weather-resistant. Any kind of concrete, stone or brick is suitable finish material for an outdoor kitchen, as are stainless steel, pre-manufactured cabinets.
When laying out your design, try to provide ample counter space on either side of the barbecue. The counters must take exposure to wind and water, as well as Utah's freezing temperatures. Stone, tile, stainless steel or concrete are appropriate materials.
Often homeowners want a roof over their outdoor cooking space. Technically, no wood should be used over a barbecue, whether in the form of a roof or a pergola. If a roof is a must, consider partially covering the area, leaving the barbecue in the open. A frame can also be constructed of steel and a metal roof applied if a full roof is non-negotiable.
Barbecues produce a lot of smoke, so keep in mind the prevailing winds in your area when placing your grilling station. You will also need to consider plumbing issues, as you may want a water line and a permanent gas line to the area, in addition to electric power, which may be needed for lighting, refrigeration and rotisserie. Finally, the design of the outdoor kitchen should have some relation in terms of size and style to the design of your home.
So, get ready to grill! Plan ahead now and you just might be ready for the Fourth of July extravaganza of your dreams".
Robinson, Ann, and Annie V. Schwemmer. "Outdoor Kitchens Are Gaining Popularity."DeseretNews.com. Http://www.deseretnews.com, 12 Apr. 2013. Web. 31 Mar. 2014. <http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865578151/Outdoor-kitchens-are-gaining-popularity.html?pg=all>.
"What your cabinets are made of determines how they look and how they'll stand up to daily use. To help you strike a balance between style and structural support, here's a look at the most common cabinetry materials.
Most cabinets are made from hardwoods, but to reduce costs, these hardwoods are often applied as veneers over a substrate, such as plywood.
Wood warps easily as its moisture content changes. That's why it's important that the wood be finished on all sides before it leaves the factory. Unfinished cabinetry should be finished on-site as soon as possible to prevent warping. Veneered cabinets are more stable than solid lumber in high-humidity areas.
Features to Consider
Cost GuidelinesWood or wood-and-plywood cabinets start at about $80 per linear foot, especially in the stock and semicustom realm. The cost can rise to well over $165 per linear foot for the rarest woods, custom designs, and so on.
Features to ConsiderAvailability. Laminate and Thermofoil cabinets are readily available at home centers and even some assemble-it-yourself home stores. If you need new cabinets in a hurry, and don't have a lot to spend, this is a good choice.
Durability. The construction of particleboard-substrate cabinets is not as strong as other options. The joinery on the least expensive options is likely to be staples, which are not as sturdy as other construction options.
Door style. Your choice is likely to be limited to flat front, although the laminate and Thermofoil processes can accommodate the curves of raised-panel doors.
Cost GuidelinesThis is the lower end of cabinetry options, compared to wood or wood veneer. Expect to pay $50 to $75 per linear foot for wall and base cabinets chosen from a stock selection. High-pressure laminates are more expensive than lower grades but are also more durable (though also hard to repair). Thermofoil will vary in cost from $35 to $45 per linear foot.
Manufactured wood products known as substrates are hidden behind laminate, vinyl film, or wood veneers. Here are the various types used:
BHG.com, "Understand Cabinet Materials." Better Homes & Gardens. Bhg.com, n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. <http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/cabinets/styles/kitchen-cabinet-material-types/>.
"More than just storage for pots and plates, cabinetry defines the look of your cook space. The experts at This Old House help you pick the right style for your budget and your needs
Cabinetry Rules of ThumbWhile cabinets can be configured in myriad ways, they're typically built and installed using well-established dimensions. Follow these guidelines during the planning stages to imagine how your kitchen will look and function.
1. Distance between countertop and upper cabinets: 18 inches
2. Upper cabinet depth: 12 inches
3. Lower cabinet depth: 24 inches
4. Countertop overhang: ¾ to 1 inch
5. Countertop height: 36 inches
6. Kickspace: 4 inches high, 3 inches deep
Feirer, Mark. "All About Kitchen Cabinets." This Old House. Thisoldhouse.com, n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2014. <http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0%2C%2C20413909%2C00.html>.
"Kitchens of every size should be outfitted with both style and function. See how these wow-worthy kitchens live large with smart layouts, luxe materials, and professional-grade appliances.
Modern Medley: Island
The kitchen is often the hub for the everyday hustle and bustle of family life. A sleek furniture-style island in the center of this narrow kitchen makes the most of the limited area and helps the hardworking kitchen space feel more livable. The island fuses modern hardware with utilitarian conveniences to create a space that’s suited to both cooking and entertaining.
Light & Livable: Expansion
Reconfiguring existing space is less complicated and costly than adding on. Here, a slice of space stolen from the garage gave this narrow galley kitchen room to grow. The kitchen now features a spacious center island and a slender floor-to-ceiling pantry wall, adding style and function where it was lacking before.
Peick, Annika. "Dreamy Space-Smart Kitchens." Better Homes & Gardens. Bhg.com, n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. <http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/styles/dream-kitchens/small-dream-kitchens/>.
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Fun Facts about the Irish
34 million Americans have Irish ancestry, according to the 2003 US Census. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million people.
Nine of the people who signed our Declaration Of Independence were of Irish origin, and nineteen Presidents of the United States proudly claim Irish heritage -- including our first President, George Washington.
Some American towns have “Irish” names. You could visit: Mount Gay-Shamrock, West Virginia; Shamrock Lakes, Indiana; Shamrock, Oklahoma; Shamrock, Texas; Dublin, California and Dublin, Ohio.
The harp is the symbol of Ireland. The color green is also commonly associated with Ireland, also known as “the Emerald Isle.”
The Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolizes the people of the south, and orange, the people of the north. White represents the peace that brings them together as a nation.
The name “leprechaun” has several origins. It could be from the Irish Gaelic word “leipreachan,” which means “a kind of aqueous sprite.” Or, it could be from “leath bhrogan,” which means “shoemaker.”
Fun Facts about Clovers
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the highest number of leaves found on a clover is 14.
One estimate suggests that there are about 10,000 regular three-leaf clovers for every lucky four-leaf clover.
Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.
Wsaw. "Fun Facts about St. Patrick's Day." WSAW RSS. Http://www.wsaw.com, 15 Mar. 2014. Web. 14 Mar. 2014. <http://www.wsaw.com/seasonal/misc/40129602.html>.
HGTV. "12 Luxurious Celebrity Kitchens." FrontDoor Newest Galleries. Frontdoor.com, n.d. Web. 12 Mar. 2014. <http://www.frontdoor.com/photos/12-luxurious-celebrity-kitchens>.