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Remodeling anything in your home is a big project, but none bigger than your kitchen. When you choose to remodel a kitchen, you are picking your finishes that you want to keep for the next five or ten years. And since they are typically very expensive, it can be scary trying to pick a bunch of finishes that all will look good together in the same room without actually seeing the finished product. With all this as consideration, here are some tips for choosing your kitchen finishes.
Countertops should be first
The first thing you should do is pick your countertops. You can always find things to match your countertops, but you can’t always find countertops that match the other finishes you have put in the room. You may pick a stone that you fell in love with at the store with flecks of pink and blue. Meanwhile, you were planning a kitchen with completely different colors. If you get your countertop first, you’ll be much better off.
When picking something for your countertop, choose something durable that will last a while. The reason most people pick stone right now is because it can withstand heat, so you don’t have to worry about the material melting. You can also cut your food directly on it since it won’t be damaged by the knife. Many people also like to match their kitchen and bathroom countertops for consistency throughout the home.
Pick your cabinets
If you are remodeling and want to go all the way, picking completely new cabinets will give you a very high-end finish and allows you to pick features in your cabinets you didn’t have already. To save some money, though, you can paint or stain your current cabinets as long as they are in good condition. Whatever you choose, pick lighter colors to help brighten up the room. The trend for the last couple of years has been white cabinetry, but that isn’t the case anymore. Lighter woods and paints are in style. Some people even choose a bright color.
Paint and backsplash
The next big things to consider is painting the walls and a backsplash. While paint can easily be changed if you are unhappy with the color, it is very difficult to remove and re-tile a backsplash. Pick something neutral and beautiful to give your kitchen the final look you really want. Put on your baseboard heater covers to get rid of the eyesore in the room, and paint with neutral colors to make decorating easier later.
This biggest thing to remember when picking your finishes in the kitchen is to pick simple finishes and to stick with a few main colors. The more colors or materials you add to the mix, the messier it will begin to look. Get hardware, lighting, and furniture all of a similar style and color scheme. The final touches should go with the overall theme of the kitchen, though accent pieces are also important. Add color with the decorations you leave on the counter and put on the wall.
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" (188 mm) will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" (238 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" (140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" (191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.