Published at Monday, July 03rd, 2017 - 08:46:11 AM. Drawer. By justin.
Shopping for Antique Drawer Pulls Antique drawer pulls are a great way to pay homage to times past, and they can add a classic look of elegance for any space. The most common use for these pulls is on antique furniture, but some people also choose an antique style for their kitchen or bathroom cabinets. Whatever the reason for selecting antique drawer pulls, there are a number of things that must be considered before a decision is made. It is important to realize that there are many different periods that are considered antique, and even within this wide range of styles there will still be plenty of decisions to make. Most antique pulls are made of metal, and it is rare to find any that are made of other materials. Glass might also be coming onto the antique drawer scene now, but metal is still the predominant material. However, the metal that was used to make antique drawer pulls may be different than the metal that is used in pulls today. Here are some other things that will be very helpful to understand the process of shopping for antique pulls. Style While you might think that the style of the antique drawer pulls has already been selected, remember that antique covers many different styles over many centuries. Some antique drawer pulls are very ornate, while others are far simpler. Most people choose antique because they like the ornate designs many drawer pulls once had, but some people also like the simpler days. It all just depends on what kind of design and style you are using in your kitchen or bathroom. It also depends on whether you are purchasing the pulls for a piece of furniture that is actually antique and just needs new hardware. Material The question of material is a little bit more complicated for antique drawer hardware than it is for todays hardware. This is because while most of the pieces are metal, truly authentic-looking pieces may not be made of the same types of metal used today. It is up to you to determine how authentic you want the pieces to be. Truly antique pieces are sometimes made of cast iron, which is not in use much today. However, it may be worth it to pay the extra money for a piece that is made of cast iron because this will truly complete the antique look you are trying to accomplish. Other Considerations There are also some other important considerations that must be made when choosing drawer pulls, whether they are antique or not. For example, remember to take into account the size of the hardware and the size of the drawer. This is especially important with antique drawer pulls because often the more ornate patterns can take up quite a bit of space on the drawers. In some cases it may be a good idea to find hardware that comes in several different sizes. This way it will be a lot easier to match the size of the drawer with the size of the hardware in a proportional way. In addition to proportions, also remember that some antique pulls look very dainty and small. These smaller pulls may not look great on very large, clunky drawers. The size of the hardware should make it look like it belongs on the drawer. It may help to measure the size of the drawers face and then measuring the size of the drawer pull before making a decision. Do not forget to factor in the size of the base pieces of the hardware because that is what can really make the hardware mesh well with the drawer.
Kitchen Organzing Solutions - Top 4 Secrets for Organizing Kitchen Drawers Since you spend so much time in your kitchen, why not make the most efficient use of that time? I wanted to come up with an efficient kitchen organizing solution for kitchen drawers that was easy and effective. Although the contents in your kitchen drawers arent exposed and no one can see them, they still can effect how functional your kitchen runs. Sometimes it is just easier to grab an item off the counter and place it in a drawer, but by finding an organizing solution that helps declutter, it will help keep the clutter under control. Its always a good feeling of knowing exactly where items are and a bonus when you or other family members can find them easily. This method described below keeps in mind the 3Es of organizing I always focus on, which are make it EASY, EFFICIENT and EFFECTIVE. Heres how to Declutter those drawers fast! 1. One Drawer at a Time: Tackle one drawer at a time. Organizing solutions need not take a long time. Set aside a specified amount of time. Limit a maximum of 30 minutes for a large drawer or one that hold lots of items. Smaller, less full drawers put 10-15 minutes time maximum on these sized drawers. This way you stay focused, dont waste time, and you get done quicker and leave more time for other things. When kitchen drawer organizing is done in small, manageable chinks of time, then I find I am more likely to do it more often so will you. 2. Simple Kitchen Organizing Solution Questions to Ask Yourself: Ask yourself these simple questions. How often do I use this item? If regularly used doesnt come top of mind, then toss the item into the garbage or put aside to give to charity. Also, for multiples of the same thing, ask yourself how many do I use? Recently, I found I had multiple wooden spoons, four of them in fact; I really only use 2 of the 4 - why keep 4 when 2 are used? So I put them in a give away pile for charity, in my case Value Village. 3. Sort: Any kitchen organizing solution begins with uncluttering. Take everything out of the drawer. Sort items into one of 3 piles based on how regularly you use the item. Sorting by your/family usage is easier and helps weed out under utilized or infrequently used kitchen items. For each item place it in one of three piles; regularly used pile; less often used pile or, almost/never used pile. This way you are getting rid of kitchen declutter. The almost never used pile of items is the pile for charity or to throw out. The exception are those items, like a turkey baster for instance, used for annual events like holidays. Try and keep these items to a minimum or better yet store them away with the other same seasonal items. For instance, the nut cracker you pull out every December, keep it with your other items you store for this time of year. For the less often used pile look to dispose of duplicates, worn out, novelty items no longer used. Keep the regularly used items. A general rule of thumb is 25% of the stuff we currently have, we can live without. See if you are living by this rule. 4. Put Things Back: There are some great drawer organizers for your kitchen organizing solutions. I personally like the 2 tiered kind with the top used for cutlery and when its pushed back you have a second layer below for other things. For cooking utensils you can either put these in an upright holder on your counter by your stove to help declutter and expand your drawer space or, if you have the drawer space keep them in a drawer. Getting organized one drawer at a time takes only minutes. Pick a drawer, set the timer and go to it. The feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment is inspiring. This system can be used for any kind of drawer that requires decluttering. Every kitchen is different and space may be limited but by finding a kitchen organizing solution for your kitchen will help make the most out of what space you have. Again, the goal is to have a functional kitchen where everything has its place and you actually enjoy being in it!
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