Photo By: Parks Realty, a member of Luxury Portfolio International
Custom-Stained Alder Kitchen Cabinets
Custom-stained alder cabinets with Shaker-style doors and granite counters are the backdrop for this contemporary makeover. The aim was to create a kitchen that felt and looked more spacious, had ample storage and created a connection with the backyard.
Choose a stain color for the wood that matches the decor in your home. Apply stain to the wood slats using the brush. Allow to dry completely. If you prefer a distressed look, use a sander to lightly sand the wood slats.
Stained alder cabinets and granite counters are the backdrop for this contemporary makeover. The aim was to create a kitchen that felt and looked more spacious, had ample storage and created a connection with the backyard.
While sealers mainly darken a concrete patio's appearance and paints turn the surface completely opaque, stains offer a middle ground with a variety of colorful tones and textures dependent upon application. They come in two types: acid-based chemical and water-based acrylic. Both will permanently apply color to your concrete patio.
An stained cedar board-on-board fence has an organic design that fits with the outdoor setting. The fence, by Topiarius, a full-service landscape design, build and maintenance firm in Chicago, is made using applied decorative panels.
If you have some basic gift tags that need a little pick-me-up, think about soaking them in a mixture of water and instant coffee. The longer you let the tags soak, the darker the intended look will be. For added color variation, sprinkle with instant coffee grounds and allow it to air dry.
Elements of this entrance mimic features inside the library for a cohesive look. Sconces framing the doorway resemble the dramatic pendant light over the fireplace. The doorframe's stain color matches the tray ceiling stain in the library.