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Quick Column Summary: How to use wood filler Hard to match the look of wood Filler keeps stain uneven Wood conditioners can help DEAR TIM: I’ve never had great success filling cracks in stained wood surfaces. I’ve tried different wood fillers and the crack looks the same or worse after the repair. When I use […]

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Kitchen islands provide great working surfaces. You don't always have to purchase a new island for your kitchen. Classified websites can help you find a used island that you can refinish to match your kitchen cabinetry.

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Granite makes a great countertop. When reviewing your kitchen countertop options, be sure to consider granite countertops. If you use granite tiles, you will need a granite countertop support system. A one-piece countertop doesn't require a support due to the granite countertop thickness.

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A soapstone countertop looks great. However, soapstone kitchen countertops require a lot of care. Here are some of the soapstone countertops pros and cons.

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Limestone countertops make an interesting counter top. The various shades of limestone and the embedded fossils look great. Limestone kitchen countertops should be sealed. Sealing limestone countertops will help prevent stains.

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Kitchen tile backsplash are great for decorating your home. A tile backsplash is waterproof and is available in a variety of color, styles and textures. You can get a glass tile backsplash or a ceramic tile backsplash. Consider your opinions carefully before purchasing. Backsplashes are a long term decorating product, expensive and takes a significant amount of labor to install.

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Granite sealer is to granite as urethane is to hardwood flooring. Granite sealers must be applied to granite countertops to prevent deep stains within the stone. Not all granite countertop sealers are the same. There are different levels of quality. Look for a granite counter sealer that offers years of protection, and costs the most amount of money. These are usually the best.

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Stencils are an inexpensive and impressive way to embellish many surfaces. Applying stencils to kitchen countertops and continuing the design onto the backsplash is a creative way to customize your kitchen. Be sure to seal your stenciling with at least 3 coats of clear urethane to protect the design for years to come.

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From local craft stores to the Internet, stencil patterns can be found anywhere in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs. Here is a list of some well-known stencil companies.

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Call the following manufacturers if you would like to receive some beautiful color literature illustrating all the colors, patterns, styles, etc. of plastic laminate and edge treatments. Be sure to ask for both pieces of literature. In almost all instances, they will tell you the location of their closest dealer.

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