Tips For Managing Stress During A Big Renovation

Remodeling your home, whether it’s the family bathroom, the kitchen or a whole-house project, is an exciting and creative way to add value to your property and increase your enjoyment of it – but it can be stressful too. Here are some tips for managing stress through your project, from our kitchen countertop edges team.

  • Decide on a project budget: Do some research on what you can afford to spend on your remodel, get quotes in to see how much various projects will cost, and develop a proper budget. To be safe, add 10% on for unplanned expenses. Most arguments around a remodel deal with expenses, so it’s good to have this settled from the start.
  • Work with what you have: Unless you’re very lucky, the home you have simply won’t be able to make that transformation into your dream property. What works in massive kitchen spaces simply won’t work in an apartment, so it’s important to stay realistic. Matching your space with designs suited to it is guaranteed to bring out the best result!
  • Research your contractor: Your contractor can make or break your remodel, so only go with someone you can trust to do a great job. Check for references and get recommendations from friends and family, but don’t leave it there – go visit the properties and see their work yourself. Also, always choose someone who is fully licensed and bonded, for your peace of mind.
  • Know your timeline: From getting permits to ordering cabinets and countertops, it takes time to receive products and install them in your home – and it’s often longer than you may think. For example, cabinetry can take a month if it’s standard, and even longer if it’s custom made, and then it can take days to install. Speak with all suppliers and your contractor, and develop a timeline well in advance of starting your project so that you can co-ordinate different suppliers and jobs to streamline the project.
  • Don’t let the small stuff get to you: The reality is, remodels are dirty and dusty and inconvenient – but the results are more than worth it. Try not to let the smaller things get to you, and try keep the end goals in mind. Try to also put a positive spin on it – it’s not a kitchen renovation, it’s backyard grill time – and remember that it isn’t forever!

Partner with the specialists in kitchen countertop edge options! 

One of the most important tips for making your home remodel a breeze, is that you should always partner with the best! At Keuhn Bevel, we use over 20 years of experience and the latest manufacturing technology to ensure that you get highly durable and stylish results at an affordable price. We also work with all the top laminate countertop brands, making us a leading provider of kitchen countertop edge options, including Wilsonart and Formica edges.

 

For more information about our products or to speak to our friendly sales staff at your local installers, please contact us or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/

What Were the Best Kitchen Products For 2017?

Whether you’re stocking a new kitchen, replacing old items or love experimenting with the latest tech, it’s always good to know what kitchen products are trending. Here are some of 2017’s best must-have items for your home from our laminate countertop edging team.

  1. Organic Wooden Bamboo Utensils:

Beautiful to look at, great to use, and eco-friendly as well, these utensils have everything going for them. Although the wood gives them a traditional feel, you can find designs that look great even in the most modern kitchen.

  1. Sous-Vide Cookers:

The trendy alternative to slow-cookers, the sous-vide has seen a rise in popularity over the last few years thanks to a simple, effective design as well as its use on the top cooking shows. While it sounds incredibly fussy and fancy, it involves nothing more than sealing food in plastic and popping it into the cooker, where all the work is done for you. It’s fantastic for rib-eye steaks, poaching pears and cooking fish too!

  1. Microplane Graters:

Incredibly sharp and effective, these hand-held graters are easy to use and easier to clean. Grate anything from chocolate and parmesan to lemon zest and potatoes, then simply put it in the dishwasher.

  1. Cake Decorating Sets:

Baking is seeing a huge surge in popularity, and learning some simple decorating tricks is all you need to take your cake and turn it into a work of art! From disposable pastry bags and edible marking pens to fun icing nozzles and cut-outs, you’ll make birthdays and other special events a breeze.

  1. Spiralizer:

Add a touch of fun to your cooking with a spiralizer, a small, simple device that adds creativity and makes healthy eating easier. These are great for making zucchini spaghetti, carrot ribbons, sweet potato curly fries, and cucumber ribbons.

  1. Wi-Fi-Enabled Helpers:

From the Amazon Dash and the Hiku to GeniCan, tech is helping us make grocery shopping easier by generating automated shopping lists and recording what we use. Some, like the Dash, also include grocery selection and delivery services!

Make Your Kitchen Your Creative Space with Durable, Stylish Laminate Countertop Edging 

Designing your dream kitchen? Make your space truly yours with customizable countertop edges available in wood, laminate, and solid surface in a wide range of designs. At Kuehn Bevel, we use over 20 years of experience and the latest manufacturing technology to ensure that you get highly durable and stylish results at an affordable price. We also work with all the top laminate countertop brands, making us a leading provider of laminate countertop edging options, including Wilsonart and Formica edges.

 

For more information about our products please contact us or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com , or speak with the friendly sales staff at your local installers.

Replace, Reface or Refurbish Your Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchens are the heart of the home. And, as a result, they must withstand a lot of heavy work and traffic. Over time, they can start to look a bit tired, old, and dated – especially as trends change. One way to breathe life into a kitchen and transform it into a fresh, new space is to change your cabinets. But what’s the best option? Should they be replaced, refaced or refurbished?

 

  • Replacing Your Kitchen Cabinets 

 

This is the most drastic option. It should only be considered if you want to make major changes to the design of your space. It is a good idea to replace them if they are damaged, of a very poor quality, or in the event that the carcasses (the shelving and structure) are compromised. Even though this is an expensive and time-consuming job, there are quite a few positives to this option, since you end up with exactly the design you want – no compromises anywhere!

 

One thing to keep in mind is that this is best done as an entire kitchen remodel. Your new cabinets are likely to be very different in size and shape to your old ones. This may affect where your appliances are positioned, your countertop size and shape, and it may influence your tiling and kitchen backsplash.

 

  • Refacing Your Kitchen Cabinets 

 

This is a great middle-ground option. “Refacing” means that your kitchen cabinet doors are removed and replaced with updated options. This keeps your kitchen layout and shelving intact, and can be done quickly with minimal labor and hassle. In fact, with the right planning, it’s an easy DIY project.

 

This is an option that works well if the walls and shelving of your cabinets are in good condition, are undamaged, and are not warped. It can be useful if you are doing a partial renovation as well, if you are making your kitchen open plan or adding in appliances.

 

  • Repainting Your Kitchen Cabinets 

 

This is a great, budget-friendly way to give your kitchen a facelift! You will be surprised at just how much of a difference a fresh coat of paint makes! You can choose how much of your kitchen cabinet you want to be painted – the whole carcass or just the doors – and there is a wide range of paint colors on offer. Although painting sounds like a simple job, it is recommended that this is done by a professional. Unless, of course, you have the right experience. This is because you will need to use the right type of paint, prepare the surfaces of the cabinets properly, and know how to operate a spray gun. Often, cabinets require 3 coats of paint as well as priming. However, the labor is worth the result.

 

This technique works best on wood, wood laminate, and even metal cabinets. Unfortunately, laminate and plastic cabinets don’t take paint well. Be sure to remove all doors and drawers, fix any cracks or signs of wear, and clean surfaces well before you start painting. One good tip is to label where each drawer door and drawer goes as you remove them, so that they can go back into the right place.

Laminate Edging Options and Countertops Add Fresh, New Life to Your Kitchen 

Laminate is one of the most affordable and effective ways to revitalize your kitchen – it is the perfect complement to your new or refurbished cabinets. Using the latest in technological innovations, laminate delivers an effective and stylish result. At Kuehn Bevel, we use our expertise as America’s leading manufacturer of countertop edge products to add additional durability and style to your countertops. We work with all the top names in the world of laminate, from Formica to Wilsonart, and offer a wide range of customizable styles including beveled edge laminate countertop options.

For more information about our products please contact us or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com , or you can speak with the friendly sales staff at your local installers.

 

How to Choose the Perfect Color Scheme for Your Bathroom

Choosing a color palette for your bathroom is an important part of getting the best result from your remodel. Colors are a powerful way of creating mood and style, so getting the colors right is just as important as finding the perfect tub. Here are some tips from Kuehn Bevel, the experts in countertop edge options.

Step One – The Colors You Love

Visit a paint store and pick out the colors that appeal to you. Take as many cards as you like, but be very firm on what really appeals to you (rather than what you think is trendy, or will be easy to clean, etc.) There really is no point in having a gray bathroom if you hate gray!

Step Two – The Feel You’re Aiming For 

This is the style that appeals to you, and what you’re focusing on achieving with the overall result. Do you want to feel like you’re in a high-end spa? Do you prefer something fresh and funky? Are your tastes very modern or more traditional? Do you want something very individual and artistic? Or do you want something cool, clean and relaxing?

Some colors suit certain styles better than others, and this can help you narrow down your choices. Modern, vibrant bathrooms often have up to three colors, and they tend to have at least one bold and one contrasting color. For example, bright white walls with a deep, dark blue tile and a lime green feature wall. Other colors suit more relaxing, spa-like bathrooms, for example, shades of white, soft neutrals, and cool greens and blues.

Step Three – The Rule of Three 

This is a popular interior design rule that’s very useful when you want color without overwhelming your space. You choose three colors and follow a 70-20-10 distribution following your color gradient. This means that your lightest color covers 70% of your space, your middle color 20%, and your brightest or boldest color gets 10%. If you’re sticking with neutrals but don’t want to end up with something bland, choose two neutrals and follow a 70-30 proportion. This creates visual interest through contrast and really brings out the two chosen colors. You can follow through with this rule through the whole of your bathroom design, including your accessories.

Expertly Crafted Laminate Countertop Edging Options for Bathrooms 

Your bathroom deserves to have the perfect finishing touches, whether they’re luxurious towels or custom countertop edge options. At Kuehn Bevel, we have over 20 years of experience in the countertop edging industry and with a huge range of options including Formica ideal edges, granite-like laminate, solid surface, and wood, we can create the custom detail your bathroom remodel is looking for.

 

For more information about our products please contact us or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com , or you can also speak with the friendly sales staff at your local installers.

Design Tips for Remodeling a Small Kitchen

When it comes to having a great kitchen, size is not the most important factor – design is. In fact, with the right design, small kitchens are often far more efficient and enjoyable to use than big ones! Here are some remodeling tips from the specialists in countertop edges to turn your small space into a dream kitchen.

  • Wall-Mounted Pot Racks:

You likely don’t have the space for big, rectangular pot racks hanging from your ceiling, but there are some great alternative storage solutions, including pot racks that mount onto your walls.

  • Wall-Mounted Utensil Storage:

Maximizing counter and cabinet space are essential in small kitchens, so moving those everyday utensils onto the wall near your cooktop keeps them out of the way and handy for when you are cooking. Wall magnets are also a great way of storing your knives, just be sure to mount them out of your kid’s reach.

  • Smart Appliance Storage:

Everyday appliances like toasters, microwaves, mixers, juicers and smoothie makers take up a huge amount of counter space. Instead, install shelving or cabinets where you can access them easily. You can even install plug points inside the cabinets. If you have a kettle, invest in a stovetop option that won’t use a plug point or counter space.

  • Storage, Storage, Storage:

Make the most of the vertical space you have by installing cabinets and shelves all the way to the ceiling. Even if you can’t access the highest shelves without a step ladder, they still make great storage for items you use very infrequently but take up a lot of space.

  • Include A Corner Pantry or Long Cupboard:

It might not sound like a big deal, and you will have to sacrifice some counter space, but this really does add a huge amount of useful space to your kitchen. It is easier for storing your pantry items, additional appliances, and even cleaning equipment. Be sure to put in nice, deep shelves right up to your ceiling.

  • A Breakfast Bar:

If you’re able to knock through and put in a breakfast bar between your kitchen and living space, you won’t regret it. This can have storage on both sides, and with a wide counter you’ll get lots of prep space and your bar stools can slide right underneath it. This is also a fantastic way of adding natural light to your kitchen, and it is more sociable too – you can chat, pour drinks and get help prepping food without tripping over people in the kitchen space itself.

Quality Laminate Countertop Edging Options That Add Durability and Style 

Kuehn Bevel is America’s leading producer of countertop edges. With over 20 years of experience, we have the technology and expert skills to produce high-quality decorative countertop edging options in laminate, solid surface and wood. From Formica edges to backsplashes and wall trim, we do it all.

For more information about our products please contact us or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com , or you can speak to the friendly sales staff at your local installers.

Get Inspired With These Kitchen Cabinet Ideas!

Kitchen cabinets, their design and installation make a significant impact on how we use our kitchens – and how much we enjoy doing so. Here are some inspirational tips to help you get the most out of your storage, from the specialists in Formica countertop edging.

  • Need more cabinets? Get an island: If you have an open plan kitchen, chances are that your biggest challenge is having enough storage space. Fortunately, there is an easy solution that won’t mean you have to remodel – invest in a kitchen island. These can be made to your exact specifications, including size and features, and add considerable storage and countertop space. Just make sure that there is enough space to easily walk around the island.
  • A corner cabinet: Large, tall storage space is a huge benefit in any kitchen, large or small, and the easiest way to include this is with a triangular corner cabinet with deep shelves. This has the advantage of not taking up a significant amount of space while providing a surprising amount of very convenient storage. Many people use these for storing dry goods, small appliances, cleaning equipment, pet food and much more.
  • Refurbish, repaint, recycle: Any homeowner who has considered remodeling their kitchen knows that it’s an expensive job, even when you aren’t after the latest and most exclusive trends. Refurbishing your current cabinets with a coat of paint can make an incredible difference, and combining that with a new countertop can give the same result as a full remodel at a fraction of the cost – and you can do it yourself. Another good idea is to source secondhand cabinets and use those – you’d be amazed at what you can find, from antiques and retro cabinets to great cabinets that have been discarded from other homes.
  • Extend your cabinets to the ceiling: In most kitchens, cabinets are set a good distance from the ceiling – which makes sense, as this is the height range that makes them easily accessible for most people. However, this is also lost storage space. Installing cabinets to the ceiling is a great way of storing stuff that you don’t use often, especially if you don’t have a lot of storage space in your home as a whole. Additional crockery, holiday table decorations, small appliances and more can all be safely stored out of sight, and easily reached with a step ladder.

Add style and durability with laminate countertop edging 

Kuehn Bevel is a leader in the manufacture of decorative countertop edging and profiles. Our products include beveled edge laminate countertop trim, Formica edges, solid surface edging and Corian countertop edges, amongst others. Our aim is to give our clients access to beautiful and stylish products that deliver the best in protective countertop edging and interior design but without the hefty price tag.

For more information about our countertop edge profiles, please contact us and speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers, or visit our website today at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/.

Black – An Edgy, Sophisticated Color For The Modern Kitchen

Homeowners and interior designers are getting more and more creative with what we can achieve in the kitchen. Bright colors, glossy laminate countertops and molded edge options, thick wooden kitchen islands, and glittering solid surface counters… but what about black? This color is still seen as risky in the kitchen, but it can give your home that eye-catching sophistication you’re looking for if done right!

Inspiration for using black in the kitchen 

  • Black countertops: Glossy and elegant, black countertops come in solid colors as well as with flecks of iridescence and grays. You can go for a similar granite look for less in high resolution granite like laminate. They add a bold touch to your home and pair well with white cabinetry, natural wood and stainless steel.
  • Black cabinets: This can be achieved either by buying in black cabinets or simply repainting your own, as black easily covers other colors. If you have a lot of cabinetry, choose light colors for the rest of your space to create balance.
  • Black accessories and extras: If you just want a touch of drama, black accessories are the perfect way to go. Black shades over lamps, black backsplashes or tiles, or even a black wall would look great. If you are looking at textiles, try choosing a glossy black option to reflect light, and if you are looking at matte options, those that include grays and flecks add texture and depth.

Balance is key to using black in the kitchen 

Adding black to your kitchen is a balancing act that can go wrong if you overdo it, so it’s important to look at all your options and choose where your focal points will be. Also, lighting is very important in dark kitchens, especially natural lighting, so ensure that yours is properly planned and that you have sufficient light-reflecting surfaces (like light-colored cabinetry and ceilings) to keep the space warm and welcoming.

Laminate countertop edge options from top brands in the USA

At Kuehn Bevel, we work with all the major brands, from Formica, Pionite and Wilsonart to Corian and more, giving you access to the most extensive range of laminate patterns, textures and designs. With our technology and design process, we can offer a huge range of custom combinations and product styles, letting you have full control over how the finished product will look.

For more information about our granite like laminate edge options, Formica ideal edges or other laminate countertop edging options, speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/  today.

 

Tips For Choosing The Right Colors For Your Kitchen

Kitchens aren’t just used for cooking and meal preparation – they’re multi-functional spaces that function as family gathering spaces, entertainment areas and general living areas. This can make it a challenge to come up with the perfect color scheme for your space. Here are some tips from the specialists in laminate kitchen countertop edges.

  • Start off with a big selection: This step involves popping down to your local home depot and selecting every paint card that appeals to you. This is a great chance for experimenting with some creative, out-of-the-box thinking, so step out of your comfort zone and get colors that are bright, warm, neutral, cool and vibrant so that you can create different looks.
  • Trends will only take you so far: Paint and color trends are a great guide, but you should always choose what makes you happy over what’s in fashion. Think of your best memories – do you love walking in the woods? Visiting the beach? The change of the leaves in the fall? Take a look at your colors and group them according to those that connect you with each memory. Remember, it’s not about re-creating the leaves or beach itself, but choosing colors that remind you of that feeling of peacefulness, relaxation or fun.
  • Match against your furnishings: If you’ve already got your cabinet and countertop colors, now’s the right time to see how each inspiring palette looks with your furnishings and appliances. Different colors will bring out different aspects of your furnishings, and remember that you can cool down or warm up a tone in every color to change this, even with neutrals.
  • Don’t be afraid to get creative: When it comes to color, kitchens are very forgiving spaces. This is because there are very limited spaces for color, so it doesn’t become overwhelming. If you’re considering more creative colors, one good tip is to focus on a single aspect of your space and keep the rest more neutral. For example, deep red walls look gorgeous with black laminate or granite like laminate countertops and white cabinetry.

New laminate countertops? We have the countertop edging options! 

At Kuehn Bevel, we offer expertly manufactured kitchen countertop edge options and profiles to enhance and protect your investment. Whether you need beveled edge laminate countertop trim or a backsplash, we can offer you a design, edge profile and final product that adds style to your space without breaking your budget.

For more information about our products or speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers, please contact us and visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/ .

 

Are Corian Countertops And Edges The Right Choice For Your Home?

Corian countertops are one of the most popular premium materials for high-end kitchens, and offer homeowners a great opportunity for adding value and aesthetic appeal to their homes – but is it the right choice for you? Here are some insights from the specialists in Corian countertop edges.

What are Corian countertops? 

This is DuPont’s flagship solid surface countertop brand, a 66% to 33% man-made blend of resins and minerals. Made with real granite that is ground and blended, the result is a more uniform stone surface that offers a more subtle texture and look than slab granite. Because it is so rich in granite, it is in a similar cost bracket of around $0-$65 per square foot (installed).

Maintenance and cleaning 

Corian is fairly non-porous and very hygienic. However, unlike granite, it doesn’t need to be sealed every 2 years to prevent stains and any stains that do occur can be buffed out. It is also resistant to acidic materials and any minor scratches can be removed easily. While it can be scorched by very hot pans and pots, it is generally heat resistant.

Professional installation 

Like other stone countertops, Corian will need to be installed by professionals and you will have to have cabinets that can handle the weight of the countertops. Because of its more uniform look, seams are virtually invisible, giving it a very clean and uniform appearance.

Customization and edging 

Because it is man-made, Corian countertops come in a wide range of very different colors, from classic black, grey and white to vibrant reds and iridescent hues. In addition to a unique color scheme, you also have the opportunity to include custom edge profiles in your design to add that final personal touch. These edges are perfectly matched to your countertop and can be created in single or double bevel, bullnose, curved or other designs that match your overall aesthetic.

Bring out the best in your Corian countertops with custom decorative edging 

Kuehn Bevel is a leader in the manufacture of decorative countertop edging and profiles. Our products include beveled edge laminate countertop trim, Formica edges, solid surface edging and Corian countertop edges, amongst others. Our aim is to give our clients access to beautiful and stylish products that deliver the best in protective countertop edging and interior design but without the hefty price tag.

For more information about our countertop edge profiles, please contact us and speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers, or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/ today.

How to maintain your countertop edge profiles

Like your countertops themselves, laminate countertop edges need to be maintained in order to keep them looking good. Here is a how-to guide from the specialists in countertop edge profiles.

  • Avoid bumps and sharp edges: While laminate is very durable, it can still be damaged if repeatedly knocked and cut by heavy or sharp objects. Keep knives away from the edges and cut only on chopping boards, and put bumper material between the edge and heavy items that may knock into it, for example, the refrigerator door or a table.
  • Don’t pick at damage: Older laminate countertops, especially those with standard, factory-made edging, often suffer from wear after years of heavy use. If damage is noticed, it should be repaired as quickly as possible, as it can quickly collect debris and moisture, making it a hygiene risk. Picking at the damage will only make it worse and increase the risks of mold, swelling and other issues.
  • Avoid moisture: Standard laminate countertop edging often means dealing with that fine brown line where the substrate is exposed under the printed design. This isn’t just unsightly, it also puts your countertop at risk of absorbing moisture through this small crack. In order to prevent this, it is important to clean up any spills as soon as they happen, and not to let water stand on the countertops at all.
  • Invest in custom-manufactured laminate countertop edges: While laminate manufacturers are the leaders in creating high-quality countertops, they simply can’t offer the quality and variety that an edging specialist can. Using cutting-edge manufacturing equipment, these edging options are far more durable and attractive than standard options, without affecting your budget. They not only ensure that your countertops last longer, are easier to maintain and look better, they also fit onto your countertop seamlessly to eliminate that unsightly brown line.

Treat your kitchen to lasting quality with affordable laminate countertop edges 

At Kuehn Bevel, we offer expertly manufactured kitchen countertop edge options and profiles to enhance and protect your investment. Whether you need laminate countertop edging options, beveled edge laminate countertops, or Formica edges, we can offer you a design, edge profile and final product that adds style to your space without breaking your budget.

For more information about our laminate countertop edging or speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers, please contact us and visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/ today.