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Mention “concrete kitchen countertops” or “concrete kitchen sinks” to some people and they envision Fred and Wilma Flintstone eating their brontosaurus burgers at a primitive (no pun intended) cold slab … while some, worse yet, think of a kitchen that looks strangely like their sidewalks or the local interstate.
The reality is … this could not be further from the truth.
The type of “concrete” we are talking about is beautiful and unique — a natural handcrafted look and feel, which allows for a variety of colors, textures, and design … and can fit any décor, from rustic to modern. You can even add inlays of glass, stone or other custom materials to concrete for a one-of-a-kind look (for instance, a cutting board can be permanently inlaid into a concrete kitchen countertop). You really can create a unique look that is an original work of art.
To learn more about the amazing possibilities that concrete can offer your kitchen — new or old — stop in and talk to one of our helpful designers.
Planning a kitchen remodel? Your choices just improved… as did our cabinetry!
Morris Black Designs announces that – as of today – we have become an Authorized Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry dealer. Rutt offers top-of-the-line quality, including:
These details are indicators of the level of craftsmanship that Rutt offers. If you’re unsure of the benefits of inset styling or matched wood grains, talk to a Morris Black Designer. Soon we’ll have beautiful door samples and sample cabinets that showcase the Rutt quality. Learn more at our Rutt page. Or better yet, visit our showroom at 984 Marcon Blvd, in Allentown and talk to a Morris Black Designer. We’d love to help with your next project!
After your kitchen cabinets have been installed, periodic maintenance is required to keep them looking new. Oil, grease and dust can accumulate and eventually affect the finish.
Both the exterior and interior of your cabinets can be cleaned with a damp microfiber cloth. Immediately dry with a clean cloth. If you are looking to remove oil or grease, use a dampened cloth with a mild soap (such as Dawn for dishes). Rinse with a clean, damp cloth; then dry thoroughly with a clean, dry cloth.
Never use harsh detergents, soaps, abrasive cleaners or self-polishing waxes. All of these can damage the cabinet finish. Also, do not use your dishcloth to dry or wipe down cabinets – it main contain remnants of grease or detergents.
If you have glass inserts in your doors, the glass can be cleaned with ammonia-free glass cleaner. Never spray the glass directly; spray a clean, lint-free cloth and wipe the glass to a streak-free clean.
With proper care, your cabinets will look good for years to come.
by Morris Black Designer Elizabeth Kerkusz, AKBD
Thinking about a new countertop in your kitchen or bathroom? A new countertop in your kitchen or bathroom can transform the look of your room. There are many options, but two popular choices for countertops today are natural granite and engineered stone.
Granite is a naturally-occurring type of igneous rock that is mined from a quarry to produce countertops and tile. The pyramids in Egypt were constructed of granite blocks in the 26th century BC. It comes in a range of colors ranging from pinks and whites through black. Granite has a strong, porous surface that needs to be sealed yearly to provide extra protection from staining. No two slabs of granite are exactly alike and, for that reason, it cannot be replicated. It is important to visit the granite supplier to choose your stone, as each piece could contain a variety of colors and patterns. Your Morris Black designer can help with advice and recommendations.
What do Goldilocks and kitchen seating have in common? Well, just like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, you’ll want to try the small, medium and big versions of seating as you design your new kitchen. If you are planning a kitchen snack bar – and that’s one of the most popular features Morris Black does – you need to consider the counter and seat height options. First, think purpose. Most countertop seating is for in-kitchen casual dining or relaxing, like reading the morning paper or browsing cookbooks. Typically, you will be choosing from three standard snack bar or table heights: 30”, 36” or 42”
The normal table height is 30” high, with chair height of 18”. If you opt to have an extended kitchen counter top as your snack bar, it will be 36” high. Since the bar height is 6” more than table height, you should increase the seat height 6” to 24” high. Similarly, if the bar is 42” high, you should have seats 30” high.