Creative Kitchen Ideas – Kitchen Island from Dresser

Here are some pictures of kitchens with creative islands made from dressers. These have the advantage of being truly unique and may even be less expensive. And do not forget to dress it up with you premium sink and faucet from ANO.

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Barrington Bathroom Faucet From Freendo and ANO

The Barrington lav/bathroom faucet from Freendo and ANO is available in brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze.

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Eclipse Stainless Updates the Popular KPS3029 Shasta

Coming in the first quarter is a major up date on the KPS3029 Shasta pull-out kitchen faucet.  The updated head will be more stylish and lighter than the original. The head will still be sand-cast stainless steel like all the Eclipse Stainless faucets.

New head for 3029

New KPS3029C Shasta

 

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Advantages of Solid Stainless Steel faucets with no finish

Eclipse Stainless steel faucets are made of sand cast stainless steel. This method of constructing faucets has a number of advantages. cut away stainless

  • No finish to peel or come off. Here is an exert from an article on how to repair chrome faucets. The information can be applied other finishes as well.
    Chrome plating is the process of bonding a layer of chromium onto other objects to give them a chrome finish. For faucet fixtures, chrome provides several benefits — it has a sheen that works well in kitchens and bathrooms, it is relatively inexpensive to manufacture, and it is highly resistant to corrosion. However, the chrome plating can become scratched or damaged with frequent use. Serious damage requires a full replacement of the fixture.  Read more : http://www.ehow.com/info_12175649_can-patch-chrome-faucet.html
  • All components are made using the same process so they all match. Many faucet even brand name faucet are finish applied on brass or plastic and because the process is different on the different parts there can be significant difference in the color on the different structures of the faucet – head, neck and body.
  • Eclipse Stainless faucets are made from 304 stainless steel just like the Eclipse sinks. As part of the Total Eclipse package they will match you Eclipse sink now and for the life of the sinks and faucet.
  • Eclipse faucets have a spring to retract the head not a weight like most gooseneck pull down faucets.  Weights can bang on plumbing, hang up on pipes and will not work if there are boxes or other storage beneath the sink.
  • The handles on most faucets can be mounted in any direction 360 degrees.

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Why install Eclipse Stainless Sink in Your New Stone Countertop

In this series of videos we explain why you should install a Eclipse premium sink in your new countertop.

 

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Eclipse Soap Dispenser Maintenance Video

In a previous post on the blog we discussed how to maintain a soap dispenser. Soap dispensers are made to handle high viscosity soap (thick liquid.) However over time they can become clogged with caking soap particularly if left unused for long periods of time like vacations. Soap dispensers should be cleaned periodically.

If you prefer a video here is a short video of the procedure.

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International Surfaces Event East Miami Beach, FL

One of the things that ANO does to keep up with developments in the marketplace is attend a number of trade shows throughout the US. In October we attended The International Surfaces Event in Miami Beach. FL. We talk to customers, prospects and competitors so we can serve our customers better. Here is a picture of our booth at the Miami Beach show.

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Desk/Computer Station in Kitchen

One of the features of a modern kitchen is a built in desk area or more specifically an are where you can put your computer so you can access all those great online recipes.

Here are some great examples.

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Why Marble is not as Good as Granite for Kitchen Countertops

Marble is often mentioned in the same breath as granite when discussing countertops but there are significant differences. Marble was used to make countertops by many countertop fabricator because it is easier to cut than granite. However, as better cutting and polishing tools became available granite became more common.

Marble is generally softer that granite and while beautiful is generally considered not as good a material for kitchen countertops. Marble is particularly acid including acids in foods such as lemons. Marble is also more susceptible to stains from food products such as red wine. If you choose marble for your kitchen work surface you should understand that it will require more maintenance than granite.

Here are some pictures of problems that can occur.

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The high cost of cheap granite countertops

As the price of granite drops we are seeing more fabricators cutting corners to save money on fabrication including using mismatched slabs, rushing and not installing workmanlike seams, bad bracing and second quality granite. Here are a few examples of what you might get with your cheap granite countertop. ANO has an employee who had granite coutertops installed in their kitchen a year before they came to work for ANO. Recently they had a granite bar and granite vanity top installed in their basement. They came to work the day after the second project complaining not about the new project but the first. This employee used a fabricator recommended by ANO for the second job and they had not realized how bad the first project was until they saw how good the second was.

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