Choosing Your Cabinet Color

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Remodeling your kitchen can become a huge task. Homeowners want their renovation to be perfect because they are spending a lot of money. If you find yourself searching for all the remodeling possibilities, let us help. We have five creative cabinet color suggestions to help homeowners during their kitchen remodel.

5 Creative Cabinet Colors:

From the cabinets to the walls, you want a color other than white. Determining the perfect kitchen color can be tricky, but we have five colors other than white for your cabinets that you may want to try.

  1. Greige: As you can imagine, this color is a mixture of the colors gray and beige and it is quite beautiful. This color is the perfect solution for homeowners looking for a warm, soft color in their kitchen. It is subtle, but breath-taking. You will fall in love with this color.

  2. Black: What is the opposite of white? If you are bold enough, try using black. It can create a sleek and defined look in kitchens and it is not as dreary as you might think. Try incorporating lighter colors to accent the black and you will have a stunning kitchen.

  3. Charcoal Gray: Can you say obsessed? Charcoal gray is perfection wrapped up in a paint can. This rich color will have you smiling from ear to ear. It is dramatic enough to add depth, but light enough to really pop. Try incorporating splashes of color throughout your kitchen to accentuate its beauty.

  4. Navy Blue: Take a tip from the ocean and go all in with this enriched color. The best part about navy blue is that it works well with almost any other color out there. You can incorporate colors that may not work well with other cabinet colors like orange or teal!

  5. Pastels: Pastel cabinetry is taking the kitchen industry by storm with their soft, delicate beauty. They provide a bright and refreshening energy in kitchens and pair well with light colored countertops.

Finish your kitchen remodel off with brand new flooring from us! We have a wide selection and variety of flooring available that will match perfectly with your new cabinets. Visit us at one of our 10 locations to view our showroom and meet our staff!

Butcher Block Countertops

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Solid surface counter tops have been so popular for years, everybody has them. Butcher block is a nice alternative to solid surface counter tops. Find out in this read if wood counter tops are right for you!

This product is more affordable than marble or granite. It is also more durable and easy to install. The price can vary depending on the thickness and wood species.

Wood tops give a warmer look to any kitchen. They literally feel warm, compared to other solid surface tops. Being a raw material, butcher block adds life to a space.

One consideration to take into account is that butcher block tops should be paired with painted cabinets. Placing this material with wood finishes will create a wood overload. White or black painted cabinets look fabulous when paired with a wood top. Different species of woods are available. It is possible to get a light yellow finish or a warmer red tone. There is not one specific color, many different tones are available for purchase.

It is nice to be able to prep anywhere on the counter top. No need to grab a cutting board, simply cut right on the block. As time goes by, a light sanding will give you a brand-new look! This product does require light maintenance. Either it needs to be sealed once a year, or oiled monthly. Some people prefer to oil it, because they desire the sheen that oil provides. It is a glossy look, as opposed to a matte finish.

Butcher block countertops are perfect for a chef’s kitchen. It looks and feels warm. Prep work is a breeze. Some people prefer the look of the scratch marks. It shows character and feels more casual. This would be a great choice for anyone who wants a warm feel and loves to cook!

Adding a Backsplash to your Contemporary Kitchen

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Ready to take your kitchen’s decor to the next level? Then you might want to consider installing a backsplash. Gone are the days when the typical backsplash were boring tile pieces or a thin piece of silver behind the stove area. Intricately designed backsplashes featuring all kinds of colors and patterns have become increasing popular in the contemporary kitchen. How can you get on the wave of this trend?

While a backsplash can add interest to any style of kitchen, it can really benefit a contemporary kitchen. With it’s stark lines and clean contours this style of kitchen can feel impersonal and lack feeling. Therefore, adding a backsplash will bring some character to area. Once you’ve decided to incorporate this into your design scheme, here’s how you can successfully execute it.

Keep the Backsplash Cohesive With Your Design

If you’re simply interested in adding just a bit of style and not making a bold statement than you want to be sure that your backsplash blends in with your the decor of your kitchen while adding a bit of pizzazz. The key is to choose the appropriate material and give consideration to how your backsplash tiles are installed.

Elaborate Design Scheme

If you really want to make your kitchen pop and make a bold statement than you should select an elaborate backsplash design scheme. For instance, if your kitchen features a lot of neutral colors such as white or black, you can install a red backsplash. The way the field tiles are placed can also create emphasis. Take a look at how color was implemented in this contemporary kitchen.

When selecting a backsplash be sure to think outside the box. Yes, your unique ideas can lead to a super stylish kitchen.

Hidden Vegetable Spaghetti

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If your child is going through a picky eating stage, or are just picky all together find out a way to make a healthier spaghetti.  This recipe hides one whole, vitamin rich vegetable. The Avocado sneaks into this dish, undetectable.

What You Will Need:

1 pound ground beef or turkey.

24 oz. Spaghetti sauce (any brand)

1 avocado

1 tbsp. Lawry’s Garlic Salt

1 tsp. Cracked Black Pepper

Spaghetti Noodles (we like Ritoni pasta)

Food processor

 

Directions:

Brown the meat in a large sauce pan. Once cooked, drain the fat out by using a strainer. Place meat back in the sauce pan. On medium to high heat, add the spaghetti sauce. Next add a tablespoon of garlic salt and the black pepper. Mix well and allow sauce to simmer. Once simmering turn down the heat to low and cover.

Add one avocado to the food processor and add one tablespoon of water. Blend until a thick guacamole type paste is formed. Add the avocado paste to sauce mix and turn the heat back up to medium high. Once the sauce is simmering, turn the heat down to low and cover once more.

At this time cook the pasta. Once the pasta is drained you can either serve the sauce on top of the pasta or mix the pasta with the sauce. 

A Perfect Renovation

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It can be hard to know where to start when you are planning a renovation for your kitchen. There are so many different styles out there and each serves a different purpose and will evoke a certain emotional response—let’s face it, our kitchens are where emotions can sometimes run high and sometimes be full of love. Taking the time to really think through your redesign will ensure that your kitchen’s end result will be something you and your family are happy with. 

 

First rule of thumb is don’t be afraid to ask for help. When you are choosing materials be sure to have all of your questions answered about the material. Questions such as durability, maintenance, ease of cleaning, etc. These are the types of questions that will be more practical but very important when you are making your decision. You and your family’s lifestyles may dictate you choosing one material over another but you’ll never know if you don’t first ask the questions. We are more than happy to help you during the remodeling process — contact Dolphin Carpet with any questions!

 

Once you have your materials chosen you will want to start thinking about the colors you want to use, such as your paint, tile, natural stone, decorations. All of these should have a thematic threat that ties them together. Your natural preferences will dictate this, but look to things in your life for inspiration if you can’t come up with an idea. Perhaps you are an outdoorsy person. You might think about using more natural colors with pops of color to keep it fresh. You might also think about a more modern design if you tend to like clean lines and simple coloring.

 

Finally, once you’ve decided on a theme for your kitchen you will want to start obtaining samples and bringing them to your kitchen so that you can see what they look like when they are seen under your kitchen’s natural lighting and light at night. You may be surprised by how a material you were certain would be the right now will look completely different under your kitchen’s lighting.

 

Once you’ve narrowed down your materials it’s time to start ordering everything and preparing for the renovation! Come on down to Dolphin Carpet and Tile and let our experienced professionals help you choose the right materials for your kitchen renovation.

Kitchen Facelift

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Do you find yourself wanting to give your kitchen a small face lift, but unsure of ways to do so? There are many ways you can give your kitchen a new look, some of them projects that you can do it yourself! Don’t be discouraged if you feel like you can’t think of anything, here are a couple of fun ways to give your kitchen a new look.

 

The most dramatic change in a kitchen comes from replacement.  Replacing floor is an amazing place to start and can be done without breaking the bank.  Worn floors in a small space can exude a dingy feeling.  Have you always dreamed of wood floors in your kitchen but thought it was impossible with all of the moisture?  Take a look at wood-look tile!  With the advances in digital printing, many wood-look tiles are difficult to distinguish from wood planks. The maintenance for these tiles is the same as other porcelain tile,  

 

One great way to make the space look new is to use the idea of hanging kitchen items. You might add a pots and pans holder that hands from the ceiling over your kitchen island. Or if you have a large wall that is either empty or housing that same old tired picture that’s been there for years, take it down and add hooks around the wall randomly and hang your cooking utensils! For a relatively inexpensive price you can go out and get some new utensils if you don’t like the ones you have and purchase some that appeal to you. Depending on your handiness, you might even be able to build the pots and pans holder yourself!

 

Another great way to give your kitchen a facelift is to change the color. Find a color you would love, and paint an accent wall. Then go out and find a few nice kitchen items in that color, such as a colored mixing bowl or kitchen towels. These items don’t have to be regulated to kitchen related things, you could also find decorations you like ore replace your kitchen blinds. These items being scattered around your kitchen will create pops of color that relate back to your accent wall. 

 

The freest of all of these ideas? Floor plan and do a complete shuffle of your kitchen. Move your kitchen table, reorganize all of your cabinets and make it look like a completely new kitchen! It may take some time to get used to the new layout, but oftentimes just updating the layout of a room can really make it feel brand new.

 

These are just a few suggestions for someone who may be thinking about a kitchen update. These ideas may be just the thing you’re looking for!

Harvest Panini

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One of the best meals to make for your family during those chilly fall nights is everybody’s favorite meal—grilled cheese. It’s something that virtually everyone enjoys from children to adults. There are so many great variations on this American classic, but this time of year a grilled cheese made of gouda, green onions, chile butter and corn has just right touch of fall harvest. Spice it up even more and add some substance by adding baked and cubed sweet potatoes. 

 

These ingredients come together to create the perfect fall sandwich but you will need to make a quick run to the grocery store for the following ingredients:

 

  • 4 tablespoons butter at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder 
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 loaf of sourdough bread
  • 8 slices of gouda and 8 slices of cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup of corn (can be canned or fresh off of the cob)
  • 1 bunch of green onions
  • 1 sweet potato 

 

  1. The first thing you will want to do is preheat the oven to 425 degrees. While the oven is preheating, cube the sweet potato. Place the cubes evenly spread along a cookie sheet and lightly cover them in olive oil. Spread salt over per your tastes. Once preheated, place the sheets into the oven and cook for 30 minutes. Check at 30 minutes and if they need more time to brown. Cook for more time if necessary.
  2. Next, mix the butter (microwave if necessary), cayenne pepper and chile powder until mixed.
  3. Preheat your panini maker. Or prepare your pan if you will be cooking the sandwiches in a frying pan.
  4. Spread your butter mixture on the outside of each slice of bread. Assemble your sandwiches next. Put down your cheese first. You can mix and match or do strictly one cheese or the other. Top with corn and scallions and sweet potatoes. Finally put another slice on top with the butter side facing out. 
  5. Grill your sandwiches in either your panini maker or in your pan until cheese is melted. and each side is properly toasted.
  6. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a minute.

 

Now enjoy your fall inspired Harvest Panini!

How To Clean and Sanitize a Dishwasher

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Whether we like it or not, appliances need to be cleaned just as well as the dishes that go in them. It’s never much fun to clean a refrigerator, stove, oven, or dishwasher, but there are definitely ways to make the job easier. Try this awesome trick to return your dishwasher to its former glory!

It will save you tons of time and elbow grease. It’s also an eco-friendly method, and that’s tough to come by when you’re cleaning major fixtures in a home. It’s also really effective for getting in the micro-areas in the dishwasher that you can’t possibly reach, even with a toothbrush. You can be sure that even the tiny spaces won’t have any residual food, mold, or ick left when you’re done! As with any new cleaning method, make sure you check with your manufacturer’s instructions so you don’t void the warranty!

Ingredients:

  • Baking soda – 3 tablespoons (will ‘scrub’ the inside of the dishwasher)
  • Hydrogen peroxide – 2 cups (will sanitize and whiten the inside of the dishwasher)
  • Essential oil – approximately 15 drops (gives the dishwasher a fresh scent when you’re done)
  • Liquid dish detergent – 1 tablespoon
  • Vinegar – 2 cups

Supplies

  • Parchment paper
  • Mixing bowl
  • Ceramic/glass bowl
  • Large spoon
  • Cookie sheet

How To:

  1. Line the cookie sheet with one sheet of parchment paper.
  2. Perform a quick, basic cleanup of the dishwasher by using a damp sponge. Wipe around the door, along the edges, and wipe any food bits out of the drain.
  3. Combine hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and essential oil in the mixing bowl. It should feel similar to damp sand when you’re done mixing.
  4. Use the spoon to scoop the mixture and create balls. Kind of like you would when making cookies from cookie dough, but bigger. Place the balls on the parchment paper. Allow them to dry for several hours or overnight.
  5. Pour the vinegar into the ceramic/glass bowl and add the dishwashing detergent. Mix together, and place on the top rack of your dishwasher.
  6. Place one baking soda bomb on the bottom rack in the cutlery basket. Then set your dishwasher to its hottest setting and run it.
  7. Open it and boom! The trick worked and your dishwasher looks and smells super fresh and clean!
  8. Put the rest of the balls in a container with a lid and use them as needed.