Furniture Shopping Tips You Should Know

In the process of furnishing your home? Whether you’re starting from scratch or simply looking for a few new pieces to update your home, shopping for furniture can be overwhelming. Picking the right pieces are essential because everyone knows that the decor can make or break a home’s design. Whether you’ve decided to take the hunt online or you’re shopping at your local outlet here are some tips you should take into consideration.

Test the Measurements
There’s nothing worse than purchasing the perfect piece of furniture only to discover down the line that it doesn’t fit into the space. That’s why you should always check the measurements of an item before you swipe your credit card. The piece of furniture may look one way in a picture or in the store but the scale of it is totally different once it’s in your home. You can use blue tape to measure furniture in the store. Use blue tape to measure the width and length of the allotted space and see if it will be proportionate based on the dimensions of the item online.

Everything Doesn’t Have to Match
Although, you want your furniture pieces to harmonize with each other everything doesn’t have to exactly match. While it’s the safest decision it can be way too much and create a bland look. It’s all about finding a balance that works for your space. Since opposites attract you can mix styles. For instance, if you’ve opted for a traditional sofa you can mix things up with an eclectic recliner or a chic coffee table.

Sample Swatches
Don’t sleep on the sample swatches. The texture of a material can be completely different from what you thought it looked like in a showroom or on the computer screen. Get samples of fabric swatches just to see how the material would look in your space.

Impulse Buys
Avoid making the final decision on impulse. Just because you love the item at the moment doesn’t mean you’ll like it later. Buying furniture is a big decision so take a day to think it over. See what kind of pieces are out there before you make your final decision.

Fixing Common Household Mishaps

Do you ever get frustrated and feel like your home is always falling apart? Do not fear, because we have easy solutions to fix those common household mishaps.

How to Fix Common Household Mishaps:
Smelly Garbage Disposal: With your garbage disposal off, pour two full cups of ice down the disposal. Let the disposal crush the ice then rinse it with water. While the garbage disposal is off, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar down the disposal. This will cause a reaction that you will be able to hear and see. Let the mixture sit for a couple of minutes then pour a pot of boiling water down the disposal to take away any remaining gunk.

Note: After you are done with eating your citrus fruits, throw the rimes down the disposal. The disposal will shred them and make a pleasant citrus smell. This is dually beneficial, because the citrus can help break down any remaining grim left in the disposal while smelling delectable.

Stinky Washing Machines: Mix together 1/2 cup of water with 1/2 cup of vinegar. Take a wash cloth and dip it into the mixture. Run your wash cloth around the door’s rubber seal and leave the door open to air it out. Now, add one cup of baking soda to your empty washing machine tub. Then pour one cup of distilled white vinegar in the detergent dispenser. Lastly, put the washing machine on a hot cycle with these two ingredients in place. It will help take out any unwanted smells and clean the machine.

Broken Toilet Flush Arm: Take off the toilet’s tank lid and unchain the toilet’s lift chain. Take a crescent wrench and remove the nut that attaches the current handle to the bowl. Make sure to replace the handle with the same type of handle from your local home improvement store. Tightly attach your new handle to the toilet bowl, hook the toilet’s lift chain and place the toilet tank lid back in place. Test the new handle by flushing your toilet to see if it works properly.

Squeaky Doors:Take off the hinge pin from the squeaky door. Apply a coat of petroleum jelly directly on the hinge then put it back in place. Test out the door and the squeaking should have stopped.

Dead Doorbell: Unscrew the screws on your current doorbell and take out the pushbutton. You will need to disconnect the wires from the pushbutton and touch them together. Listen for a “ding, dong” and it is fixed! Go to your local home improvement store and purchase a new doorbell replacement. You will need to follow the specific installation instructions, but you should have a properly working doorbell.

Ta-da, we hope you enjoyed these easy fixes to various household problems. Do you have any other suggestions you would like to share with us? Leave it in the comment section below.

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Kitchen Remodel Ideas

To help you take on your next remodeling project, we have created ten tips for a kitchen remodel. Let’s get started!

Kitchen Remodel Ideas:

  1. Wide Walkways.
    Narrow walkways can cause unexpected accidents and frustration for the homeowner. Instead, homeowners should discuss with their contractor about adding wide walkways into their kitchen. The wide walkways will give you more room to move around and work throughout the kitchen.

  2. The Right Height.
    A lot of times, homeowners will place their appliances wherever it looks best rather than measuring the appropriate height for themselves. To ensure you have the best kitchen, you want to place your microwave and oven at the right height for you. If you are shorter or taller, this will adjust depending on your preferences.

  3. Do Not Cut Corners.
    Corner cabinets can be a frustrating topic, because they tend to have difficulties opening when another cabinet is open. Instead, discuss with your contractor the different solutions you can have for this corner cabinet.

  4. A Purpose-Filled Island.
    Islands are terrific place to add a must-needed feature in your home without wasting anymore space. If you are in need of an extra sink or even storage, your island can come in handy. Be sure to incorporate these essential features into your island for maximum functionality.

  5. Count on Counters.
    During a remodel, you want to make sure that you buy a solid countertop. You want to choose one that is easy to maintain and easy on your wallet. Discuss with your contractor the different options before you settle on one.

  6. One Less Trip.
    If you have extra money in your budget, you may want to consider adding a fill-up station near your stovetop. You would have the contractor install a water faucet over the stove to fill up your pots without an extra trip.

  7. Chalk It Up To A Fantastic Idea.
    Chalkboard walls are a stylish and functional option. They are the perfect solution for busy homeowners who need a place to write their grocery list. They also make for a great kid distraction while you are cooking dinner.

  8. Get Plugged In.
    Take a look at the amount of outlets you currently have in your kitchen. If you feel like you could use more, now is the time to get some more added. Extra outlets will come in handy for big meals.

  9. Small Spaces = Soft Shades.
    If you have a small kitchen, expert designers recommend sticking with soft shades. Darker shades tend to make the room feel smaller.

  10. The Main Event.
    Just like in any room, you want to create a focal point. Whatever your point of interest may be, try to make it grand and elaborate.

Are your kitchen floors looking worn out and old? We would love to help you complete your kitchen remodel with gorgeous new floors from Arizona Wholesale Supply. Stop in today or call us at (602•258•7901) for more information and pricing.

Kitchen Appliances 101

From cooking holiday meals to baking cookies for an entire class, your kitchen has gone through a lot over the years. You have decided to take your kitchen to the next level by replacing your current appliances and we want to help you make the best decision for your kitchen remodel.

Kitchen Appliances 101:

Microwave.
Most homeowners buy the most inexpensive microwave that they can find on the market, but we recommend spending a little extra time researching microwaves. If you buy a high-quality microwave, it can eliminate the need to buy two ovens for your home.

Oven.
You can save a lot of money by purchasing a convection oven rather than a tradition oven for your household. Homeowners typically prefer the convention oven because of its speed, heating capabilities, and size. But if you are big on baking, you will want to buy a traditional oven that offers the classic modes like bake, roast or broil.

Refrigerator.
The quality of your refrigerator’s compressor will depend on how long you want to keep your food fresh. People who spend a lot of money on groceries may want to buy a dual-compressor unit to keep their food fresh for a longer time. Dual-compressors are typically more expensive than a single-compressor unit and it is important for homeowners to understand their need before shopping for refrigerators.

Sink.
Sinks have become more personalized to fit different homeowner’s cooking styles. There are cutting board attachments for prepping, deep sinks for extra space, and a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes for whatever your needs may be. Experts recommend buying a high-quality sink if you buy expensive countertops. The reason behind this theory is that low-quality sinks may need to be repaired and taken up. If that happens, you have to take up the countertop around it and could ruin the expensive countertop your splurged on buying. We recommend buying a high-quality sink that meets your cooking preferences.

Stovetop.
Your mind may immediately go to either gas or electric. Each homeowner has a preference depending on the way they cook. But before you choose, we would like to remind you of induction heat cooktops. With induction cooktops, you can keep the most amount of heat on your pan. Experts say that “40% of heat is lost from gas stovetops.” If you are looking for a high-performing stovetop, consider buying an induction heat cooktop.

We hope that this guide will help make your life a little bit easier. If you are looking to replace your kitchen flooring, take a look around our online store. We feature various types of flooring at an affordable, competitive rate. Call us at (602-258-7901) for more information.

Kitchen Organization Tips You Should Know

If you do a lot of cooking, entertaining and working in the kitchen then you’ll need to learn how to ensure that things run smoothly. That’s why implementing key organization tips can make completing tasks in your kitchen much easier. Here are some tips from the experts.

Keep Tools Within Reach
When setting up your kitchen make sure you keep your pots, pans and other cooking tools within reach. You can store your pots and pans in a drawer beneath the stove. Additional tools should be in a drawer adjacent. Frequently used food seasoning can be held in the cabinet over the stove so that you can easily grab them while you’re cooking.

Keep the Pantry Stock
There’s nothing worse than going into the pantry for something you need to complete a recipe and you don’t have it. Keep an backup of every item you tend to use frequently in the pantry and once you use it put it on your grocery list to place when you go food shopping for the week.

Label Everything
Having a well organized pantry is essential so that you’ll be able to find things when you need it. Use glass jars to hold some of your food items and apply a label to them.This is especially ideal if you tend to purchase things in bulk. Be sure you put the larger jars towards the back and the short ones in the front so that you can clearly see what you have.

Use All White Dishes
While dishware with bold colors and patterns are fun, all white dishware are versatile. You can use them when entertaining guests because they compliment any color scheme and they’re also ideal for casual use.

Organization is Key
Of course is organization is key when creating an efficient kitchen. Here are tips:
– Organize eating utensils by use
– Hang up mugs on a hanging rack
– Use wicker baskets to store extra items
– Expand cabinet space by using organizers with adjustable dividers within them
– Use double duty containers that can work as function as serving dishes but allow you to also store
food items in the space.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today and everyday, we honor your legacy.

Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color Ideas

Thinking about giving your kitchen cabinets a new look by painting them a fresh new color? Know that your color choice will set the tone for the entire space. Yes, choosing the right hue is important because it will affect how you feel about your kitchen every time you enter the room.

There are literally hundreds of different colors to choose from. The best way to narrow down your choices is to examine color palettes from different manufacturers. Hues can vary depending on the brand. What color stands out to you? The hue that you like the most should serve as the dominant cabinet color. Next, you can select complementary colors for the trim and accent. Once you’ve narrowed down your color selections you’re nearly halfway through the process of getting your beautiful updated cabinets.

What are some great colors you can dress your cabinetry up with? Well, cool blues and greens creates a relaxed feeling. Which is ideal if you want the color to fade into the background, but still have some interest. Red and orange are intense hues that may leave you on edge. So if you’re interested in a bold and edgy look than you should consider using a palette from this hue. Maybe black cabinets are your style. Although, black is neutral color it contrasts beautifully against white walls. If you decide to go with this look, then you make sure you contrast with other lighter elements so the kitchen doesn’t look dark and overwhelming.

Interested in something light and cheery? Than steer towards sunny oranges and yellows. Of course, white is an ideal choice to go with since it’s simple offering a clean and streamlined look. The great thing about an all white cabinetry pallet is that you can play around with different accent colors.

Do you desire a modest yet modern look? Than stick with neutrals like white, beige and gray. You can spice up neutral palettes with different coloring effects by painting eclectic stripes or creating an unusual trim design. You can also create a two-toned ombre like effect on your cabinets for a unique look.