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    Kitchens

    Kitchens. Being I am asking these questions why not add one more and will keep it separate from the painting rooms one. What does everyone do with the kitchen walls?? Do you paint them or wall paper?? Right now mine are wall paper but that all comes out. The cabinets will be a light colored tan wood. Also what about floor covering in Kitchen. Imitation wood or imitation tile. Basically 2 walls showing. Thanks.
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    I live in the Uk but the same thought process would apply

    Walls
    In the Uk you are able to purchase paints in a number of different finishes eg, Matt, Flat matt, silk ,vinyl silk

    If your walls are uneven then a flat matt finish will help hide any imperfections as the finish reflects less light Conversely silk and vinyl silk reflect more light but will amplify any imperfections

    One finish available in the Uk is called Diamond matt This is a paint is 10 times harder than ordinary emulsion and is wipeable so it is more suited to Kitchens and high traffic areas of the house where there is a greater likelihood of the walls becoming marked

    Floors
    The main issue I found here is wood and laminate finishes get scuff marks over time The best approach is to speak to friends or look at the types of flooring used in shops and pubic places

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    John, Most people would probably consider wallpaper a "dated" look, but the right paper might still look nice. What about your backsplash area? . That takes tons of abuse. Ceramic tile is durable, but tends to make a busier look. If the walls are smooth enough, you can consider laminate for your backsplash? Some paints are durable enough for that area as well, but make sure they are labeled as scrub-able. Depending on your tastes, natural light in the room and colors throughout the house, you can do a bit of color on the walls. Most people will tell you to chose your cabinets, then countertops, then backsplash, then flooring and then finally paint. This is basically because paint is available in infinitely more colors and thus easier to find one that looks good with your other choices. Consider reading "Kitchen Discussions" in the Gardenweb portion of Houzz. There are literally 1000s of posts and photos showing how people did their kitchens and the outcomes. Don't let the over-the-top kitchens that cost more than my home scare you. There is lots of really good info there.

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    Please donít use wallpaper, unless itís an accent wall or something. Paint it, white or grey if you want it up to date. Anything else will look old.
    Iíll be installing LVT over my dated ceramic tile.

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    After papering the main living areas of a house & then having to strip & paint said house several years later, I decided that I would never do that to myself again. Nothing gets dated looking faster than wall paper & it's so much work to remove & clean up.

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    We had our ceramic tile floor replaced with waterproof vinyl.

    Its a matter of taste, but I would not put wallpaper in a kitchen.

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    Paint. I'm not fond of wall paper, honestly, but that's a subjective thing. For paint, just be sure to use something that's scrubbable, such as SW Emerald or BM Aura. Splatters happen... (and yes that includes the ceiling...DAMHIKT!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa Starr View Post
    John, Most people would probably consider wallpaper a "dated" look, but the right paper might still look nice. What about your backsplash area? . That takes tons of abuse. Ceramic tile is durable, but tends to make a busier look. If the walls are smooth enough, you can consider laminate for your backsplash? Some paints are durable enough for that area as well, but make sure they are labeled as scrub-able. Depending on your tastes, natural light in the room and colors throughout the house, you can do a bit of color on the walls. Most people will tell you to chose your cabinets, then countertops, then backsplash, then flooring and then finally paint. This is basically because paint is available in infinitely more colors and thus easier to find one that looks good with your other choices. Consider reading "Kitchen Discussions" in the Gardenweb portion of Houzz. There are literally 1000s of posts and photos showing how people did their kitchens and the outcomes. Don't let the over-the-top kitchens that cost more than my home scare you. There is lots of really good info there.
    Great info thanks
    John T.

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    Yes there is wallpaper on the walls now and I think from steam and heat from oven it has rolled the seams back so paper is out. The other thought I had was wainscoting and paint on top. Kicking that one around. Also ceramic tile on floors is out it will be a vinyl product or laminate. Tile backspalsh.

    Another question has come up. My current cabinets have about a 10" or 12" blank space on top. Should I go with cabinets that go all the way to ceiling or just keep space on top. I can not reach much higher than what cabinets are at now. The space is sheetrocked and has that same ugly wall paper on it. What is the trend today. ?? Thanks again everyone this is a huge help.
    John T.

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    John, for your uppers, there's an advantage to going all the way up in that it does provide additional storage space (usually and extra shelf worth), even though it might require a step stool occasionally if you need to get to "that thing" that is stored and not used very often. If you don't go all the way up, unless you have a specific display thing planned, put in a soffit so the tops of the cabinets are not just dust collectors. One other suggestion...give serious consideration to deeper upper cabinets. I did that here in this property and it's been wonderful. Even the 12" "chargers" I use for special meals fit in flat-stacked. The home we are buying has the more traditional 12" cabinets so that's going to take some getting used to...we're spoiled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Becker View Post
    Splatters happen... (and yes that includes the ceiling...DAMHIKT!)
    Yeah - I did hot soup in the blender exactly once. (there's that "little" expansion rate of steam issue) Then I bought an immersion blender.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Seng View Post
    Yeah - I did hot soup in the blender exactly once. (there's that "little" expansion rate of steam issue) Then I bought an immersion blender.
    Did you know that if you drop a large pot with 10+ lbs of mashed potatoes in it, and it hits the floor perfectly flat, there can be a bit of hydraulic magic? Best description I know of is a 'potato cannon' - and no, I'm not talking some pneumatic raw potato sissy gun. This is a man's cannon! Ceilings are no match for it.
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    After the painful experience of removing wallpaper from a bedroom, I would never choose to use it again. Floors: we have an oak kitchen floor, and while wood is warmer and more resilient than tile, I would prefer tile or even a high grade vinyl. Wood looks nice, but in a kitchen there are inevitably spills and leaks that can cause warping. Our dishwasher, for example, leaked enough to damage the floor around it for several square feet. Water slops from the sink, dog bowl, etc. And then there are the scratches from pets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malcolm McLeod View Post
    Did you know that if you drop a large pot with 10+ lbs of mashed potatoes in it, and it hits the floor perfectly flat, there can be a bit of hydraulic magic? Best description I know of is a 'potato cannon' - and no, I'm not talking some pneumatic raw potato sissy gun. This is a man's cannon! Ceilings are no match for it.
    Haha! Same with a bottle of ketchup. And that stuff is hell to get off a popcorn texture ceiling

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Pratt View Post
    Haha! Same with a bottle of ketchup. And that stuff is hell to get off a popcorn texture ceiling
    And painting over it is equally "fun"....

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    I'm about to have to deal with old wallpaper in one area of our house that has to come down before painting. It's a thankless, messy task. And even the very best wall paper application eventually can have issues. Paint is so much easier to renew.
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