Properly Caring for Wood Kitchen Cabinets

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Wood Kitchen Cabinets

A one-stop source for lumber, millwork, doors, and windows, Home Supply & Lumber Center in Hawthorne, New Jersey, has been serving customers for more than 50 years. Possessing an experienced staff that is committed to customer satisfaction, Home Supply & Lumber installs high-quality kitchens.

Following a kitchen redesign, it’s important that homeowners properly care for their wood cabinets if they want to maximize their life. Most wood fixtures in a kitchen require regular dusting with a clean, lint-free cotton cloth. Avoid using pre-moistened sheets or packaged dusting sheets when undertaking routine cleaning in your kitchen, as they can dull the finish on your cabinets and may leave scratches.

Beyond regular cleaning, you should also wipe up splatters and spills immediately. Since kitchens are often the center of your home, it’s likely that your cabinets will be subjected to spilled water, food, or grease splatters at some point. If you do not clean up spills immediately, you run the risk of your cabinets becoming discolored and damaged. When cleaning your cabinets, you should avoid using harsh detergents or abrasive cleaning products. At most, you may have to scrub a little harder with a soft cloth to remove heavy grease buildup.

In addition, you should reduce the amount of direct sunlight that hits your kitchen cabinets daily. Exposure to sunlight could darken the color of the natural wood and fade wood surfaces. While blinds are a great way of keeping cabinets out of direct light, they can reduce the amount of natural light that enters the kitchen. If natural light is important to you, opt for drapes instead.


Trusted, Sustainable Stanley Hand Tool Production

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Home Supply & Lumber Center in Hawthorne, New Jersey, is a one-stop resource for property owners’ custom kitchen and bathroom design needs. With nearly four decades of experience working with clients in Hawthorne and surrounding areas, Home Supply & Lumber has established relationships with some of the most trusted manufacturers of paints and equipment, including Stanley brand hand tools.

Stanley is a proud supporter of EcoSmart standards. The organization’s commitment to smart, environmentally sound business practices can be seen in everything from manufacturing facility operations to the carbon footprint of finished products. Stanley expects a similar commitment from suppliers, while seeking to improve the sustainability of surrounding communities, one customer at a time. One recent EcoSmart renovation involved the installation of a high-efficiency electroplating line at a Stanley facility, resulting in a reduction of 78 percent in chrome waste year-over-year and a 13-million-gallon decrease in cooling water runoff.

The Stanley dedication to sustainable business operations has resulted in no decrease in quality. Stanley tools, which are covered by a full lifetime warranty, either adhere to or surpass specifications set forth by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Furthermore, tools are treated with a complete chrome finish to help ward off corrosion and other types of damage. More information on EcoSmart initiatives and the Stanley commitment to quality tools can be found online at

Synthetic Versus Wood Decking

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For more than 50 years, Home Supply & Lumber Center has been serving builders, architects, and neighbors in Hawthorne, New Jersey, and its surrounding communities. In addition to its lumber operation, Home Supply & Lumber helps customers install kitchens, purchase windows and doors, and buy decking.

Synthetic materials include plastic, vinyl, and rubber and are typically very durable. They tend to have a higher upfront cost than some wood decking depending on the specific material homeowners choose. However, their long-term costs are lower because they do not require as much maintenance as wood decking. This doesn’t mean that synthetic decks are completely maintenance free, though. Synthetic materials are susceptible to scratches, warping, fading, and mold, and homeowners must analyze each type of decking to ensure they are getting the protection they need.

Meanwhile, wood decking remains the standard for high-quality decking options. It can be made from redwood, cedar, pine, or many other wood options to ensure homeowners get the look, feel, and smell they want and may range from affordable to expensive depending on the wood being used and the size of the deck. In terms of upkeep, wood decks must be stained and sealed every few years to preserve the wood and prevent warping. Homeowners can do this themselves, but many prefer hiring a professional. Unfortunately, this can increase the long-term cost of wood decking beyond a homeowner’s budget.

What is the Difference Between Hardwood and Softwood?

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Home Supply & Lumber is a supplier of quality lumber and home-improvement supplies. Home Supply & Lumber’s showroom and lumber center in Hawthorne, New Jersey, houses a large inventory of different lumber products.

It can be a challenge to know which kind of lumber is the correct choice for a particular project. To begin any construction or woodworking project, one must know the difference between hard- and softwoods.

Softwoods are sourced from fast-growing coniferous, or evergreen, trees. Common coniferous woods include spruce, pine, fir, and cedar. The wood harvested from these trees is very soft, and can often be dented with just a fingernail. This type of wood is able to absorb a large amount of moisture, and must be stored and handled accordingly. Softwoods have tiny pores, so the grain pattern is closed and straight, and may be difficult to discern. Lumber of this type is usually used for construction and framing projects outdoors.

Hardwoods come from deciduous trees, or trees that drop their leaves in the fall. These trees have a harder, more dense wood than conifers, but they are also more expensive due to their slow growth. Lumber from deciduous trees can have interesting and beautiful grain patterns, making hardwood the more desirable choice for woodworking projects.

Tips for Staining Wood

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From its home base in Hawthorne, New Jersey, Home Supply & Lumber Center has provided the materials, tools, and advice needed for home improvements for more than 35 years. Home Supply & Lumber stocks a broad range of high-quality stains and can help customers put them to effective use.

The process of staining wood begins with preparation of the surface itself. The wood first needs to be unfinished, as stains cannot be absorbed into a finished surface. Wood should be bare and prepared with sandpaper. Medium-grit sandpaper works best to begin, and fine-grit, 220-grade sandpaper finishes the job, leaving a smooth surface.

Experts recommend applying a thin layer of wood conditioner to the prepared surface before staining. After 15 minutes, the surface is ready to stain. Both cloths and brushes work well, although brushes often require a bit of extra pressure to work the stain into the open pores. This is particularly true for woods such as mahogany and oak, which have particularly large pores.

Once the wood is completely coated, immediately brushing off the stain will result in a lighter color. Those who prefer a darker stain may wish to leave the product on the wood for five to 10 extra minutes. Once the stain dries, a clear topcoat helps to protect the surface and create a more polished appearance.

The Safety Importance of Address Plaque and House Number Visibility

Headquartered in Hawthorne, New Jersey, remodeling and lumber distribution company Home Supply & Lumber Center offers homeowners a range of exterior accessories, such as door hardware and knockers. Also available through Home Supply & Lumber are house numbers and address plaques

It is important that house numbers and address plaques remain visible during exterior renovations. These important identifiers help guests and postal delivery services locate a residency when maps and navigation applications become unavailable. In addition, fire departments and emergency response personnel rely heavily on address plaques and house numbers to find residencies. Although most fire departments possess detailed maps of the surrounding neighborhood, house numbers offer faster and more efficient guidance during dire situations.

To promote address visibility, the Live Safe Foundation established a list of criteria for the display of house numbers and address plaques. The criteria require numbers be printed in Arabic numerals at least four inches high against a contrasting background color. Addresses must remain visible from the street, unobstructed and positioned no further than 45 feet from the front property line. Properties with dwellings located more than 45 feet may place address plaques on fences, mailboxes, or gate posts.

Homeowners Can Select On-Trend Paints for Every Room

Based in Hawthorne, New Jersey, Home Supply & Lumber Center is a source for kitchen installations and high-quality building materials. Home Supply & Lumber also carries a comprehensive line of paints for use in every type of home improvement project. Before selecting paints for their interior spaces, homeowners can learn about current paint trends.

Each year, leading paint manufacturers provide forecasts on what they expect to see as the most popular paint colors during the upcoming year. One major company projected that silvery-green hues would earn increased adoption since they could act as a neutral tone, with a hint of color. Another company projected that a dark shade called Noir, would complement dramatic color palettes. For homeowners who prefer bold colors, a vibrant coral can add life to any room and work with a range of design styles, from vintage to contemporary.

Other popular paints include various shades of blue, including a vivid teal, ocean blue, and deep blue-gray, among others. For those who prefer a more subdued look to their walls, selecting an on-trend earthy brown or graphite gray can provide a versatile backdrop for furnishings and accessories.