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A word of advice {ceramic sinks}

This is the last post I made up before going underground from blogging these past few many gazillion weeks.  And I was not able to keep from DIY, just like a was saying in my last post.  I started on a sign for the laundry room and I’m loving it so far.  I ordered Sure Cuts A  Lot for my Cricut to cut out some lettering, and I expect it in the mail any day (maybe tomorrow?!)  I put on a second coat of paint on the canvas, so all I need is a little time to get it put together and another chunk to compose the blog post…so I’ll get it on here by July.  Just kidding.  I hope… :)

Here’s the post:

My aunt warned me about ceramic sinks long before we built our house.  I don’t recall how we got on the subject, but she pulled me into the kitchen to check out how scratched up her ceramic sink was.  “Don’t ever choose ceramic!” was her advice to me.

So when we were picking out miscellaneous things during construction, I made it a point to tell our builder that I wanted a stainless steel sink.  A nice one, but in stainless steel.  Problem solved.  You’d think.  But then why would I be posting this particular “word of advice”?

We came out to the new house during construction almost daily.  On one particular visit, they had just an hour or so prior installed our brand spankin new ceramic kitchen sink.  It was the first thing that I saw when I walked in the house–it was very white and popped visually against the black countertops.  I immediately pointed out the error and the foreman was apologetic, but he did NOT want to take that thing out.  He said they always put in ceramic because it is more high end and looks great.  And it did.  So pretty and white.  He gave us our ceramic sink at stainless steel cost.

I so wish I had stuck to my guns.  Within the first year we had small scratches.  They multiplied every year.  This is what I’ve got now:

I have even been careful with the sink over the years. I always use a plastic mat when doing dishes and for years I never used anything abrasive to clean it. Now I use Soft Scrub with Bleach on it.

Now, to be fair, it does clean up nice:

But the scratches seem to discolor again really quick.  And you have to use something with bleach to get it looking nice.  I have even been known to keep a small squirt bottle under the sink with diluted bleach in it so I could touch up during the week and get it looking decent again.

The sink also shows marks if you are cleaning pots and pans and they rub against the ceramic.  Kind of like my Pfaltzgraff plates do when you cut anything with a knife on it.  Which is another hint:  those marks come off if you use the Pfaltzgraff cleaner on the sink too.

So there you have it.  Just my two cents, but we will eventually replace that sink with stainless steel.  I’d love an undermount one this time around!

A word of advice {stainless steel appliances}

I’m starting to get itchy–before now I was submerged in what I was doing, but now that I’m getting to the end of the stint I took on, projects are starting to poke into my temporary bubble of “no DIYing”.  The one that is threatening to pop it is a sign for the laundry room.  That one just might make it in before I’m actually done with all this, because it’s becoming pretty insistent…  :)

Okay, here’s another post that I typed up before the craziness started:

I love the look of stainless steel and our kitchen appliances all have that shiny, industrial finish.  They look so nice…for about 5 seconds after they are wiped off.  If you are looking at new stainless steel appliances, I’d like to throw this out there for you to consider:

This is what you will be looking at 99.8 percent of the time.  See the fingerprints at the top?  Lovely drip marks everywhere else?  Unless you want to spend a fair amount of time wiping down every stainless steel surface, buck the trend.

My other appliances do not look as bad because they don’t have a towel on them, inviting drips from wet hands.  But they do show fingerprints and other misc. marks.  If you think about it, it is a light, shiny surface so it only makes sense that anything that gets on it is going to show up for all to see.

Another word of warning that I wish I had known (and have heard from others who discovered this a little too late as well)–stainless steel does not hold a magnet.  Maybe this is common knowledge, but I didn’t realize it.  Now we have had to replace our frig since we built (lasted only 6 years–run from Frigidaire brand) so I was able to get a stainless steel look that does hold a magnet in the replacement frig.  But be aware of this and ask about it if you like to use magnets!  Also, if you use a magnet so that you know if the dishwasher is clean or dirty–won’t work.  I made one of these to hang on the handle:

We did buy a second, replacement frig with the stainless steel look because we wanted all the appliances to match.  If you end up not liking the stainless steel, it is a vicious circle unless you change out all your appliances at once, because when one goes you have to get the replacement to match.

Just thought I’d give you a heads up!  My daughter asked why I was taking a picture of the dishwasher.  When I told her, she said “You’re going to show that on the computer?!”.  Even she knows this isn’t something you want other people seeing in your home!

A word of advice {decorating}

Sorry for the neglect lately!!  The blog isn’t the only thing I’ve had to cut back on–there have been two fatalities due to lack of nutrition (no, none of my children).  Two of my houseplants that do not thrive in desert conditions have bit the dust.  The others are eeking by on the occasional soaking until I’m back to my old self.

In anticipation of this time, I had put together some quickie posts I thought would still be helpful to the DIYers who read Pink Toes and Power Tools before I was pulled away.  I haven’t even had time to click the “Publish” button lately!!  But I had a few moments today, so here is one of them.  Now I must go water the plants that are managing to hang on…

Ever been out at a store, been looking at some accessory and wondered whether it matched the current decor in your house?  I have.  So I started to do this:

I keep the paint chips from the color the room is painted as well as fabric swatches from some of the pieces in the room.  If it isn’t possible to get a fabric swatch, match some paint chips to the colors in the fabric and use those instead.  I mark the back of the chips with what room it represents.

This has been a huge time saver for me.  Instead of buying and returning an item when I get it home and it doesn’t work, I’ve got my colors with me at all times in a dedicated pocket of my wallet.

A word of advice {painting}

We have spent a lot of time painting our house.  We did all the walls and ceilings during the build–which were all white because we had no clue what colors we wanted.  Now, there are only 3 walls in the house that are white, and I was the one who painted them their current colors.  Luckily I like to paint!

One tip I have run across that I use when painting is how to store the leftover paint once you are done.  You want to keep some on hand for touch-ups if need be.  I save plastic peanut butter containers and use them.

There is less air that the paint is exposed to this way and you don’t have to store mostly empty gallon cans.  Write all the information on the cap and the date that you painted the room.

A word of advice {decorating}

Sorry for the neglect lately!!  The blog isn’t the only thing I’ve had to cut back on–there have been two fatalities due to lack of nutrition (no, none of my children).  Two of my houseplants that do not thrive in desert conditions have bit the dust.  The others are eeking by on the occasional soaking until I’m back to my old self.

In anticipation of this time, I had put together some quickie posts I thought would still be helpful to the DIYers who read Pink Toes and Power Tools before I was pulled away.  I haven’t even had time to click the “Publish” button lately!!  But I had a few moments today, so here is one of them.  Now I must go water the plants that are managing to hang on…

Ever been out at a store, been looking at some accessory and wondered whether it matched the current decor in your house?  I have.  So I started to do this:

I keep the paint chips from the color the room is painted as well as fabric swatches from some of the pieces in the room.  If it isn’t possible to get a fabric swatch, match some paint chips to the colors in the fabric and use those instead.  I mark the back of the chips with what room it represents.

This has been a huge time saver for me.  Instead of buying and returning an item when I get it home and it doesn’t work, I’ve got my colors with me at all times in a dedicated pocket of my wallet.

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