Kitchen Remodel

I use Mrs. Meyers counter spray on my quartz counters. It shines them up nicely.

Our faucet has the pull-out sprayer. Grohe, I think. There are two Grohes, with a difference between them. We also have a hot water dispenser, which is used every single day. I couldn’t survive without it.

The double ovens are full size with a warming drawer under. I don’t like to stoop, so the micro is at (my) eye level.

@looking forward - my freezer drawer has 4 compartments - essentially the bottom part is divided into two and ther are two additional drawers above so it keeps things pretty well organized. I would mention that a previous bottom freezer we had was divided by wire baskets and I hated stuff falling out of them so would recommend looking for solid sided freezer bins.
@mamaduck, thanks for the explanation re different granite finishes - I chose ours by eliminating all the others in the showroom I didn’t like so good to know what it is.

@Consolation,

They’re the same. You might pay more for “leathered” though. :wink: When they polish granite they go through increasingly fine levels of grit to polish it. Where they stop may be a few numbers lower for “leathered” than “honed”, but the end effect is the same-not shiny. Shiny requires a wet sand with a high # grit and a buffing, then sealing. (my grandfather owned a countertop shop).

@BunsenBurner, I love my sink. It’s a beast. :slight_smile: It is the only thing in the kitchen that I am completely happy with.

My lab coworkers dumped so much nasties down those Elkay sinks in the good old days when no one gave a hoot about salmons and whatnot… and the sinks still looked awesome. I think my next sink will be an Elkay. :slight_smile:

There are two differences between honed and leathered granite: leathered finish adds texture to the surface, and it closes the pores making it more stain-resistant. Additionally, the color of the leathered finish looks darker and richer (though this may depend on the granite type)

This is a good description:
http://graniteimports.net/blog/leathered-granite-from-granite-imports-adding-greater-dimension-to-your-granite-countertops-in-denver/

We have stainless sink and drain boards on either side of the sink, as well as stainless deep laundry sink. We also have a white fridge and dishwasher and black and stainless oven, microwave and cooktop. The counters are off white coriander with subtle swirl pattern. We think everything looks great together. The walls and cabinets are white.

We love stainless sinks and drain boards. They still look great after decades of use and abuse by us.

I don’t know if I believe the marketing on the leathered finish having fewer pores. It’s got more surface area per square inch, due to the texturing, so how could it possibly be less porous? I’m not buyin’ it…

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I am not an expert, but it looks like epoxy resin is used to fill in the pores. You can always google for more info. Btw, resin is also the reason why the colors become deeper and more vibrant. My counter looks and feels “waxed” to the touch, and it’s very dark. I saw the same granite when it was honed, and it looked much paler and I did not like the look at all. Big difference!
Either way, everyone should use what they like and what fits their budget.

^^Now I’m just really curious to see it in person :slight_smile:

I’ve had a flat rack thingy in the right side of my double sink for years. It acts as a dish rack. Occasionally I run it through the dishwasher. It’s about an inch think, not as flat as this example… .but serves the same purpose for drying area - http://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-Home-6103-M5-WHT-Sink-Rack/dp/B000QONDU4/ref=sr_1_3?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1451873251&sr=1-3&keywords=dish+sink+rack

@Consolation and @BunsenBurner – What’s the best way to clean a stainless sink on a day-to-day basis? I’ve always had porcelain sinks that were easy to keep sparkling ckean but my new place has a deep stainless sink and I haven’t quite figured out how to care for it. I have some stainless steel cleaner but it smells terrible and doesn’t really seem appropriate for daily use. Any good tips for keeping it nice and clean and free of water spots?

H uses Bon Ami as needed. It doesn’t scratch and has no irritating scent.

I really like using baking soda to clean anything stainless steel. I use it on all of my pots. I used to use it on my old stainless sink. It’s very much like Bon Ami but far less expensive.

Your sink will sparkle, and it will smell great!

Frankly, I am not concerned with keeping my sink free of water spots.

Bon Ami or Miracle Maid cloths. Drench the cloths with water, wring out thoroughly, and wipe down the SS. Works on the fridge front, too.

Barkeeper’s Friend is a good cleaner for SS sinks and pots. It goes a longer way than baking soda.

My cup, you are quite right

Many stones are impregnated with resin, especially light colored ones and those with special surfaces. Mine were, even though they are no special finish. Fancy stones are more likely to have/need this support. It was easy to see, look at the edge of the slab in the stone-yard.

@nottelling - For anything that is sticking to the sink, I use some comet on a paper towel. Then rinsing, and if you feel motivated, rinsing with hot water (Second that vote for the instant-hot water!) and drying with a towel. Don’t use a knife edge to get off dried pasta, I learned the hard way (made a scratch). BTW this advice is only necessary if you share your sink with someone who doesn’t rinse it out after use. (Sigh) :wink:

This seems to differentiate the fans of stainless steel sinks from me. I have stainless steel and hate it because it always looks like someone just brushed their teeth in the sink. Yuck! It’s easy to clean and shine, but only lasts until the next person needs to run water, which is about 2 seconds.

Can’t wait to get my Silgranit sink.