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Ric Plummer is a longtime veteran of the remodeling industry and owner of Ric’s Kitchen & Bath Showroom, a Diamond Certified company since 2003. He can be reached at (510) 371-4954 or by email.

Catalyzed Conversion Varnish for Cabinets

Posted on June 13, 2018 by James Florence

CASTRO VALLEY — When buying new cabinets, an important aspect to consider is the finish. A cabinet’s finish seals the stain/paint and protects it from scratches, dents, water damage, and sun fading. For this reason, a cabinet’s finish has a considerable impact on its long-term performance.

There are several different finishes used on cabinets today. One of the most common is lacquer, a single-component clear coat that’s air-cured following application. However, a better option is a catalyzed conversion varnish, a two-component, chemical-cured finish that’s reinforced with a hardening agent added during application. Since a catalyzed conversion varnish has twice the dry film thickness as lacquer, it offers superior durability against wear. Additionally, conversion varnish is slightly more elastic than lacquer, Read more

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Remodeling to Maximize Space

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Mari Patrick

When it comes to remodeling, many homeowners underestimate what can be done with their interior spaces. A common assumption is that any changes made to a room have to conform to its existing layout. In reality, a room’s layout can often be substantially altered to maximize its space and utility.

For example, if your kitchen has always been too small for your needs, there are several ways to make it more spacious and functional. One common practice is relocating a kitchen closet or pantry to an adjacent hallway, which will give you more room to work when preparing meals. Additionally, removing and/or relocating walls can further open up a cramped space.

As you prepare for your remodeling project, Read more

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