Home & Garden

March 14, 2014

Try ‘Kitchen Ideas’ for remodeling tips

Remodeling your kitchen gives you a chance to make the heart of your home both functional and beautiful.

Remodeling your kitchen gives you a chance to make the heart of your home both functional and beautiful.

Chris Peterson’s Kitchen Ideas You Can Use offers ideas and inspiration to help you do that.

The book is filled with photos of kitchens in a range of styles, along with both decorative and utilitarian ideas. You’ll learn about the many choices in elements such as cabinets, counter-top materials, flooring and lighting, and you’ll be introduced to storage options, handy extras and other features you probably didn’t know existed. One section is devoted to bringing color into the kitchen.

Peterson aims the book at homeowners who are considering major renovations, but you can also take away ideas for making smaller, less-expensive updates to a current kitchen.

Kitchen Ideas You Can Use is published by Cool Springs Press and sells for $17.99 in softcover.

Q&A

Q: Do you have the answer for removing coffee stains from the inside of ceramic coffee mugs? I don’t know where to start, as they are badly discolored.

A: Sara Vestal, a china and crystal restoration expert with Replacements Ltd., recommended mixing equal parts dishwasher detergent and hot water and applying it to the stains. Let it soak 10 minutes, then rinse.

If that doesn’t work, she suggested trying Polident denture-cleaning tablets. Fill each cup with water, drop in a tablet and let it soak.

Other cleaning experts recommend a mixture of lemon juice and salt for removing coffee stains. Apply it with a sponge, rub and rinse.

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