Happy 2019 readers! We hope you had a safe & happy holiday season!
Now is the time for us to set our goals for the year for a productive 2019!
Everyday we make choices which, in turn, lead us closer (or sometimes farther) from our goals. Every day that passes by us influences the future tomorrow and it's what you do today and everyday that determines what your tomorrows will bring. Weather it's mentally, physically, personal, or even a group effort; everyone's New Years Resolution looks different. What does yours look like? We may not be able to make you skinny, rich, or super successful - but, if you're looking for a refresher for your home in the new year you've come to the right place!
Looking for article "DIY: How To Remove Deep Stains In Your Natural Stone Countertops"? See our Ask The Experts column at the bottom of this post!
- P.S. Stay tuned for our exciting new feature in our Fabrication Forum column!
- DESIGN SPOTLIGHT -
Refresh for the New Year with a white & bright kitchen - Let's face it, everywhere you look home decor it's white & light these days - it simply gives you more from your space making your small or cramped room to appear more spacious with the help of light natural tones and bright natural light. Some of us are still stuck in the dark ages, but the evidence doesn't lie - white is a reflective color that does not absorb any color where as black and other dark colors absorb one or a multitude of other colors. White is clean and simple without the issue of other colors being absorbed cluttering up the visual design.
Our eyes are trained by our brains to look for the multiple colors we see in a single hue. Though we aren't aware - it runs in the back of our heads subconsciously as a nature of our design. We are conditioned to see imperfections.
That being said, white, which absorbs no additional colors is simplistic both in its visual appeal and to our subconscious mind. Instead, it reflects all colors and light which is what makes an all white room seem so bright, hence making the illusion of a larger space!
The facts are there (and scientifically backed) to say that light and bright is the new preferred design. After many years on trend, without sign of slowing down, it looks like this trend is here to stay! If you're looking to bring in a new way to freshen up your home give us a call to see how we can remodel your space from dark and dreary to light and cheery!
Have you gotten work done by Custom Stone Co. & want to see your home on our Design Spotlight segment? Email pictures & details to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject titled "Stone Post" & you may be featured in our next issue!
- FABRICATION FORUM -
~ New Feature Alert! ~ We've take a back seat as the creators - now you can design your very own kitchen, bathroom, or counter-top edge with our brand new Virtual Room Designer tool, brought to you by MSI.
In this segment of Design Spotlight we will discuss the new app that helps you design in the most realistic way!
This new - free - feature is officially up and running on our website (Yahaoo!)
To use this new feature click here!
What kind of features does the Virtual Room Designer have? Great question! Not only does it show you a plethora of material and color options for your countertops; it also gives you endless options of cabinet colors, flooring options, along with back-splash & tile options all displayed on stylish demos for both kitchens or bathrooms.
With so many choices in each category, this design app lets you mix and match over thousands of choices together - save your favorite (or ten) & use them to piece your dream kitchen or bathroom together. And with an added bonus - the application also allows you to choose from different angles and rooms. You can even print your favorite color combinations!
We have also added a stacked stone catalog on our fireplace page & a natural stone catalog on our Countertop page. Can't find the product your looking for? Search by color, material finish, slab size, country of origin, or even where you plan to use it in your home!
We hope that you enjoy our new features!
- ASK THE EXPERTS -
Q: DIY: How To Remove Deep Stains In Your Natural Stone Countertops.
A: If you have natural stone countertops that are prone to staining you know the uneasy feeling - a glass of red wine sitting on your countertop and all you can think about is dreadful a ring or stain to be left behind. Once its there it's there for life and the countertop it ruined!!! - Wrong - Here's the inside secret on how to remove stubborn stains:
1) Get the good stuff - You'll want to get a professional grade stain remover specifically for natural stone. It doesn't have to be too expensive. For example, we use "Mangia Macchia" for only $21 sold by our neighbors Regent Stone Products. It's also available online here!
It's important not to skimp and get a low grade solution.
2) Follow directions - Other stain removers may have different directions; however, when we remove stains from our customers' countertops we typically apply the paste a quarter thick, making sure it's even across the entire stain.
3) Seal it in - the true secret is to get a thin plastic layer over top of the paste, such as saran wrap, and secure the plastic with painters tape to make a air tight seal. This way the serum can do it's magic. By creating a vapor area it will allow to draw the stain out and trap it into the paste.
4) Done - after 24 hours undo the seal and clean up the paste. If the stain is still visible repeat these steps until the stain has completely been removed from the natural stone. Clean with mild soap and water (do not use bleach or any harsh chemicals or dyes).
Have a question about stone? We have the answer! Email us your question at email@example.com with the subject line "Stone Post - Ask The Experts" & you may be featured on our monthly blog post!
Thank you for joining us for another issue of Stone Post - until next time!
- Stone Post: January, 2019