DIY Wooden Cutting Board

If you are in the kitchen a lot, you understand the importance of owning a quality cutting board. You can never have too many cutting boards when you are trying to prepare a giant meal. Buying wooden cutting boards can quickly become expensive. This summer, make your own wooden cutting board:

Supply List:
A Piece of Poplar Wood (Preferably: 1×10 x 3’)
Hand Saw
Drill and 5/8” Drill Bit
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Butcher Block Oil
220-Grit Sanding Block
Cloth/Rag
Mild Dish Soap
Clean Dish Rag

Step One. Take your poplar wood and measure 16 inches. Mark a spot at the 16 inch mark and use a speed square to help you draw a straight line from the bottom of the wood to the top of the wood.

Step Two. Grab your hand saw and cut through the line you just drew.

Step Three. Now you are going to make a hole in the wood by taking your measuring tape and marking 1-1/2” from the perpendicular sides on the top left corner. Ultimately, you will have drawn a plus sign.

Step Four. Take your 5/8” drill bit and drill a hole through the plus sign.

Step Five. Using your sanding block, begin to sand off the any uneven corners of the wooden board. All sanding should be done gently and be aware off the edges.

Step Six. Pour your butcher block oil onto a cloth or rag. Then you will take the rag and begin to rub the butcher block oil onto the wood.

Step Seven. Let your wooden board dry overnight before using.

Step Eight. Clean off your board with mild, no dye dish soap and warm water. Make sure to completely dry off the wooden board with a clean dish rag.

Note: Try to not let any food sit on the cutting board for an extended period of time. Always clean your wooden cutting board as soon as possible to keep it in great condition.

Cutting boards are not only great gifts for yourself, but they are great gifts for families and friends. People will love this unique gift idea and cherish the craftsmanship.

Ice Machines

Variations among Ice Making appliances

Choose between Clear Ice Cubes or Conventional Frozen Cubes

Do you have a bar area or entertaining center where you'd like to have a supply of ice? There are several choices of ice making appliances that might fit your needs. You could add an under counter refrigerator/ice maker like this U-Line model.

U-Line-Refer-IceMaker

It makes ice, much like the ice maker in your full sized refrigerator/freezer. If you have separate storage for your beverages you could choose just an ice maker like the model below. In either case, you'll need a water line to make the ice, and ideally a nearby sink for cleanup of dropped ice cubes, or ice cubes that are stuck together, etc.

U-Line-Icemaker

You may prefer a clear ice machine such as this KitchenAid model. Clear ice cubes are made in a special way so that all impurities are removed and the resulting cubes are not only purified; they are completely clear, and odorless.

Kitchen-Aid-Icemaker

Incoming water is sprayed upward against a cold metal surface. As the water continues to be sprayed upward the water molecules begin to freeze and adhere to the metal surface. Impurities in the water do not freeze, leaving the frozen pure, clear, ice. In some ice machines the ice machine cuts this block of ice into cubes, and in others the metal form itself actually shapes the cubes:

Ice-Cubes

The water impurities from ice machines is a residue that to some extent can be filtered as the water flows through the ice machine. Unfortunately, some of the residue builds up in the working parts of the ice machine, requiring regular cleaning every few months. In addition, the clear ice machines do need to have a drain. Something to consider in the planning stage.

A variation of the ice machines above is an ice machine from Scotsman that produces soft chewable ice nuggets.

Ice-Nuggets

While not clear, a similar process is used to create this ice which is also tasteless, odorless, and a fun way to please the family with chewable flavored drinks.

Click the link below to see just a few of the choices available at Arizona Wholesale and call one of our locations below for information on major appliances, water purificaion, floor coverings. or window treatments.

Freestanding IceMaker Options at Arizona Wholesale


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Cleaning Hacks

Cleaning can be difficult and time-consuming. You want to make sure you clean your home effectively yet efficiently. You do not have endless time that you can devote to cleaning home, we get it. Let us help you navigate through cleaning your home in a time worthy manner.

Cleaning Hacks:

Dirty Microwave. Place one cup of water inside your microwave. Press two minutes on the keypad and let the water heat. After the two minutes, take a microfiber cloth and wipe down the inside of the microwave. The steam produced by the cup of water will help clean off leftover food and residue.

Smelly Fridge. Clean out your refrigerator and wipe down all the shelves. To reduce odor produced by food, place a small bowl of coffee grounds in the back of your fridge. This is a natural remedy to reduce odor in smelly refrigerators.

Grimy Mirror. Sometimes, our beauty products or toothpaste leave an noticeable residue on bathroom mirrors. To remove the residue, dip a cotton ball in some rubbing alcohol and wipe off the dirty marks.

Filthy Shower Head. Fill a sandwich bag with white vinegar. Attach the bag by tying a rubber band to the shower head. Have the bag sit overnight. In the morning, turn on your shower water and let it run for five minutes.

Allergy-Causing Sheets. The dirty sheets in your bedroom can increase any symptoms from your allergies. Make sure to wash your linens once a week to prevent these allergies.

Dusty Decorations. Decorations can collect a lot of dust in homes. Run a duster overtop of all decorations and framed photos. Spend extra time on wiping off your framed photos, because they tend to be a big dust collector.

Crumby Couch. Couches are home to food crumbs and dirt. Make sure to vacuum your sofa often to prevent unwanted pests.

Fabric Softener Build-up. Have you ever notice that your clothing iron is dirty? Make sure to clean your iron often to reduce the build up of fabric softener. You can combine baking soda with water to clean off the residue. Take the mixture and gently rub in circular motions. Lastly, you will need to take a damp cloth and rub away all leftover product.
Note: Try not to get the baking soda mixture inside the iron’s steam holes.

Now that is cleaning done fast and easy! What cleaning hacks do you use in your own home? Share your cleaning hacks with us in the comment section below.

Creating Privacy at Home

Currently, we are in an age where social media has made our lives somewhat well-known to others. Just by the click of a button, others can know things about your family, the coffee shop you always go to, or the name of the first pet you owned. We tend to put a lot out there but, there are some things that should be left private. Your home should be a place of comfort and privacy, a place where you are at ease. Let us consider the layout of your home and some things you can potentially update to add privacy.

Outdoors.

Your backyard can be an oasis from the busyness going on inside your home. Backyards are an escape to tranquility without dropping the big bucks for a glamorous beach getaway.

Fences are a great solution towards adding privacy in your backyard. Fences are fantastic if you have small children or pets that will be playing in your yard.

Line your yard with bushes, trees, shrubs, etc. Plants will bring life to your yard while incorporating a sense of privacy from any unwanted eyes.

Outdoor deck curtains allow homeowners to choose when they desire their privacy. These curtains will also provide an aesthetic appeal to your deck. They can provide an opportunity to add color where you did not think was possible.

Indoors.

If you are fighting for privacy in a space, a room divider can be a method for creating privacy. Whether you are blocking off an office from a bedroom or two siblings who share a room together, adding a room divider can be an inexpensive way to add privacy.

Curtains are an easy solution for privacy. You can actually use curtains throughout your home and not just on your windows.

Sometimes the arch design of a doorway makes it difficult to put on an actual door. Barn Doors are great for oddly shaped arches that need a touch of privacy.

Privacy may be an extremely important factor for you in your home. If so, how do you provide privacy in your home? Share your thoughts with us below.

Create a Romantic Breakfast in Bed

A Special Treat for the One Who Has It All

We live in a world where items can be purchased online or in person and be enjoyed immediately, so this doesn’t leave a lot of room when it comes to gift giving. What do you do for a special person in your life, whether it’s your parents, spouse or a friend coming to visit? Consider a kind gesture instead. The act of giving of one’s self without the need for something in return is something the person you do it for will not soon forget. One of the ways you can do something kind for someone, especially if they are in your home with you permanently or temporarily is to make them breakfast in bed. This shows you care for them and their needs while they are with you, and you want them to be as comfortable and welcomed as possible. You can make it a surprise or you can tell them in advance that they need not leave their room for breakfast time since it will be coming to them. That way you can inquire about their preferences for their meal. It can be as simple as a black coffee, orange juice and bowl of oatmeal or as fancy as a cappuccino, chocolate crepes and fresh fruit assortment-this is all about making the recipient feel valued.

Once they have placed their order, ask them what time would be best for them to receive their at-home room service and start gathering your supplies. To really make it special, use a large wooden serving tray with placemat covering and fabric napkin. Include a morning newspaper if they so desire and plate their food on a washable plate with silverware-no plastic forks or paper plates! For the final touch, add a handwritten note mentioning how much you appreciate them and the role they play in your life. At the end of their morning meal, they will hopefully be energized, ready for the day and grateful to have a wonderful person like you in their life. Never underestimate the impact of a kind gesture.

Guest Bedroom Must Haves

When getting a guest room ready for house guest, there are some things to consider. The guests should be comfortable and have some necessities. Read along to get a better understanding of stocking this room for comfort.

The bedding should be comfortable and versatile. Make sure the bedding is soft and layered. Always use the top sheet covered by a duvet or comforter. It is also nice to have a throw or quit folded up at the end of the bed. Do so just in case it gets cold at night. Guest can always take blankets away, but they can’t add warm bedding if it is not available to them.

Make sure there is storage space for their clothing, belongings and their suitcase. Storage for clothing should be a dresser with some free drawers available. It is a good idea to have room in a closet with empty hangers. It is nice to have the option to hang clothes when traveling. Also make sure there is enough room in the closet for guest to store their suitcase. If no closet is available add a luggage rack or two at the end of the bed. This is convenient for packing and unpacking, using the bed as a place to fold and get organized. Having the suitcases at the end of the bed on luggage racks, makes it easier to pack. Plus, the bedding will not get stains from dirty suitcase wheels.

Place at least one night stand next to the bed. Add a bedside lamp to the night stand as well. A bedside lamp will add extra lighting for guest to use at night.

Place clean towels on the bed before visitors arrive. Whenever possible have a place for people to hang their damp towels. It is nice to have racks on the back of the door. This allows for someone to get ready in their bedroom without having to go back to the bathroom and find a place to hang a damp towel.

Details make for an inviting space. To make the room extra welcoming add a vase of fresh flowers to the night stand or a dresser. Visitors will be very appreciative of your hospitality if you take the details into account.

Banquette Style Seating

While standard kitchen chairs are great, banquette style seating is chic and it is a great way to add an area of interest to your kitchen. Banquette seating are built in benches that you would normally see in a restaurant. However, in recent years this style has transcended into homes becoming an increasingly popular seating option for the kitchen area.

If you’re in the process of redesigning your kitchen here’s why you should consider adding banquette style kitchen furniture.

Short on space? Perhaps the greatest feature of banquettes is that they allow you to maximize the available space. Tables and chairs require clearances between other kitchen furniture so that your family is able to navigate through the kitchen. Since banquettes are built into the walls usually taking on a U-shape that opens up the traffic flow in the kitchen. Usually, banquettes are installed in corner or near the windows. Such locations allows you to use the remaining real estate as you desire.

Depending upon the build of the banquette you can fold the bench in when it’s not in use. In addition, you can turn your banquette into storage. When you lift up the seat there will be space where you can store extra dish ware and linen.

Banquettes seating is cozy and creates an intimate atmosphere. Just think, during family meals and when you entertain guests you won’t be seated far from each other which allows you to enjoy discussion. This can also serve as a work station and a relaxing area for the children to do their homework.

If you’re considering implementing a banquette seating arrangement in your kitchen know that their numerous design styles on the market. You can purchase benches that have been upholstered with print designs and padding for comfort such as the banquette bench below.

For added sense of charm you can purchase a wooden crafted banquette table. When choosing a banquette table and bench get creative. Don’t limit yourself to more traditional banquette tables and benches.

Yes, banquette style seating is ultra stylish, flexible and can be just what your kitchen needs to add drama and character to the space.

Bringing the Bed And Breakfast to Your Home

Who doesn’t love a getaway? There’s nothing like escaping to your favorite bed and breakfast in the mountains and getting pampered for the weekend. If you’re really set on the bed and breakfast experience then it’s time to bring the getaway to your home.

Bringing the bed and breakfast feel to your home doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are simple and affordable ways you can get started.

One of the best parts of a bed and breakfast is getting to relax in a fresh and clean room that’s free of clutter. So the first order of business is to declutter and declutter some more. That means all those old magazines in the corner and the storage bins filled with old clothes taking up space needs to go. There’s nothing that will kill the romance and relaxation faster than junk. You’ll want to make sure the room is cleaned every day and that the bed is made up.

  1. Quality bedding is a must have to simulate the feel of a bed and breakfast. There’s no way you’ll feel totally relaxed on cheap scratchy sheets. Therefore, you’ll want to invest in quality sheets and comforters with a high thread count. Purchase pretty sheets with a nice pattern that you will love to look at, and will bring you joy.

  2. Don’t forget the layers of warmth which will include the fluffy decorator pillows and the duvet. There’s nothing like sinking into a bunch of comfy pillows at the end of the night. Set the mood by setting up candles, investing up to a faux fireplace or purchasing glowing lampshades.

  3. You’ll want the bedroom to smell really good. Try using a linen spray to freshen up the sheets and the air in the room. Also, give some thought to the colors that you use to decorate the space. Because colors can contribute to the mood.

  4. Although you’re at home you can really make it a true getaway experience. That means you’ll want to be surrounded by beauty, peace and quiet. Enjoy!