Ask the Expert: Lacquer

In our second installment of “Ask the Expert”, Sean McDonald, our M.L. Campbell Product Manager, sheds some light on one of the questions he gets most often. Sean has been managing M.L. Campbell products since 1989 and has been with Atlantic for almost 11 years-  5 of those as our MLC manager.

 

What is the difference between nitrocellulose lacquer and catalyzed coatings ?

 

Basic Nitrocellulose Lacquer was developed in the 1920’s after World War I. There were large stockpiles of cotton used in the manufacturing of smokeless gun powder left over from the war. Chemists found that they could turn this cotton into a fast drying finish.  By treating the cellulose fibers of cotton with nitric and sulphuric acid, they were able to develop Nitrocellulose. This helped to give lacquer its fast drying qualities. Resins were added to give the coating better building qualities,  plasticizers were added to improve the flexibility of the coating, and finally, solvents were added so the coating could be atomized into small particles when sprayed through a spray gun. The drying process of Nitrocellulose Lacquer occurs through the evaporation of the solvents in the coating. This fast evaporation of solvents results in fast curing of the coating but makes it difficult to brush. The continued popularity of the basic nitrocellulose lacquer is mainly due to the ease of application, fast dry time, the variety of solvents that can be used allowing you to apply in all weather conditions, and the ease to repairing. Some of the cons to using a nitrocellulose lacquer are the lower durability characteristics of the coating including scratch resistance and water resistance, and the possibility of softening with heat as it is a thermoplastic coating. ML Campbell’s Design-R-Classic Lacquer was recently to their line to fill the increased need of a nitrocellulose lacquer due to furniture manufacturing returning to the United States from China.

 

Catalyzed coatings, also known as conversion finishes,  were developed in the 1930’s.  They were developed for the furniture industry where consumers often demanded a higher durability finish. There are many types of catalyzed coatings in the industry but the main types we use in the cabinet and furniture industry are pre-catalyzed and  post- catalyzed coatings. Catalyzed coatings do not cure by solvent evaporation, but rather by the addition of a catalyst. The addition of the catalyst starts a reaction between the amino and alkyd resins and causes them to crosslink and form a very durable finish. Pre-catalyzed coating have the catalyst already added to the finish with enough solvent to keep the reaction from starting before the coating is applied. As the pre-catalyzed coating is applied, the solvents will start to evaporate and the curing process will begin. Pre-catalyzed lacquers have a limited shelf life, (120 days for ML Campbell’s MagnaMax, 1 year for ML Campbell’s Magnalac) that is catalyzed at the factory. Shelf lives should be indicated on the can or you can contact your ML Campbell Lacquer Specialist. Post catalyzed lacquers like ML Campbell’s Krystal or KlearVar use a stronger catalyst that must be added to the product by the end user just prior to spraying the product. The pot life of post catalyzed coatings can range from 12 hours to 24 hours, depending on the product. Refer to the product information sheet or contact your ML Campbell Lacquer Specialist for proper pot life. A catalyzed coating past it’s pot life will normally cure, but the durability will be greatly diminished. It is highly recommended to stay within the specs of the product.  A catalyzed lacquer like ML Campbell DuraVar is basically the same as a conversion varnish with the exception of nitrocellulose being added to a catalyzed lacquer to speed up the curing process. The addition of the nitrocelluse will slightly lower the durability of the product and will cause the coating to amber over time.  While all catalyzed coatings have excellent scratch, mar, and water durability, you will find a post-catalyzed coating to be more durable and typically out-perform a pre-catalyzed coating. I would recommend a post-catalyzed coating on tables and areas with high water contact such as bath vanities.  Some of the disadvantages of using a catalyzed coating would be the shorter pot life of the coatings, and the difficulty to repair or strip the coating once cured.

 

In summary:

 

 

For additional technical assistance with M.L. Campbell products, contact Sean or your local Lacquer Specialist.

 

Sean can be reached at 781-424-4413 and smcdonald@atlanticplywood.com

 

 

Ask the Expert: Formica® Adhesives

ask the expert

 

We’re trying something new this week that we hope to make a regular thing here on the blog. At Atlantic Plywood, we have three specialty product managers; Sean McDonald- Lacquer, Ken Zarrella- Formica® Surfaces, and Joe Yvon- Formica® Adhesives. The three of them work with our Branch Product Specialists (Lacquer, Surfacing & Specification) and Outside Sales Reps to not only grow these product lines, but also help our reps become product experts and resources for our customers. They have an incredible wealth of knowledge that we want to tap into here on the blog where they will address some frequently asked questions and common concerns they come across in their travels. If you have something specific you would like them to help out with, comment here or send an email to info@atlanticplywood.com

First up is our newest product manager- Joe Yvon. Joe joined Atlantic Plywood last August as our Formica Adhesive Product Manager and came with more than 13 years experience in the plywood/distribution industry. Joe has spent a significant amount learning about adhesives and traveling with our Outside Reps to learn about our customer’s needs and issues.

 

formica golden glue

 

Q1: Are there any significant differences between the leading brands of Type 1 and Type 2 PVA wood glues? 

 

A1: For the most part wood glues are very similar when you are talking about a Type 1 (interior) or Type 2 (exterior) carpenter’s glue.  The original formulation, which is mostly PVA glue and water, is 80 to 90 years old.  Between competitors, the solids content, thickness viscosity, and set up times are very similar.  The basic formula of the original Type 1 and Type 2 PVA Wood Glues has remained unchanged, as it has performed well over time. At Atlantic Plywood we stock Formica Adhesives and their Golden Wood Glues.  Formica 714 is our Type 1 interior golden glue and Formica 716 is our Type 2 exterior golden glue.  There is no performance difference between yellow and white glue- the only difference between the two being the addition of yellow dye to the yellow glue.

The leading brands of interior and exterior wood glue are sold in big box stores and hardware stores throughout the county.  As with many mattress and furniture companies, much of the mark-up in retail products comes from marketing and promotional costs. Buying directly from Atlantic Plywood & Formica, you should see decent savings on your wood glues.


Q2:
 Your contact cement is more expensive, why should I buy from you?

 

A2: When buying contact cement, the performance of the product is obviously a top priority, but when you go beyond that, you need to look at the bonded square foot price of the product.  When I initially talk about this product with our customers, they talk about their pail price or their price per gallon.  If you are paying $90 for a 5 gallon pail from a competitor, why would you consider our 5 gallon pail at $150?  It is important to look a little deeper and peel back the onion a bit to compare the solids content (the actual glue) and the coverage rates of the two products.  Your $90 pail may contain 17% solids and give you 131 bonded square feet per gallon at cost of about 14 cents per bonded square foot.  Whereas my $150 dollar pail is 36% solids and gets 275 bonded square feet per gallon which comes out to a cost of about 11 cents per bonded square foot.  In this instance, the $150 pail could save you more than 20% in glue costs versus the $90 pail.  Where wood glues are very similar and pricing differences are dictated by marketing and advertising, with contact cement, it is important to consider the performance and coverage of the same size product.

 

Joe can be reached at 339-223-2025 and jyvon@atlanticplywood.com

January Sales Meeting

In January, we once again gathered together for our Annual Sales Meeting in Albany, NY. After a big year in 2015 where we launched our new partnership with Formica® Corporation, this year’s meeting was focused on sales and technology training. Our IT Department worked hard the last few months to get the newest version of our CRM program ready to launch at the meeting.

 

 

Our day concluded as it always does with our Award ceremony and dinner, where we get the chance to recognize some of our exceptional employees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We started the night with an opening greeting from our President, Paul Vella, who gave out a special prize to those individuals who excelled in participation during our training sessions.

 

L to R: Paul Vella, Eric Brooks, Steve Ciecura, Wally Quinn, Ed Negron

 

Each year we take a moment to recognize those employees who reached milestone anniversaries during the previous year.

10 Years:

Sean McDonald

Dana Ames

Mike Crockett

15 Years:

Mike Hachey

20 Years:

Darcie McFadries

25 Years:

Robert Dudley

30 Years:

Jim Norcross

Matt Willard

35 Years:

Buddy Lafayette

This year marked the first time in more than 25 years that John Blakeney was not with us to share his “Fun Facts” during his annual wrap-up. After 26 years with Atlantic Plywood, John retired from his role of CFO on Jan 1, 2016.  During his tenure at Atlantic, he guided us through the ownership of our founders, to the sale to Longpoint Capital, to the formation of our current ESOP.  His dedication, honesty, intelligence, and common sense were always at the forefront and have enabled Atlantic Plywood to become successful during all of our ownership structures.  Not only was John a stellar CFO, his business acumen was instrumental in all of our major decisions.  He was well respected by all who interacted with APC on a financial level and was considered by many to be the best CFO in our industry. While John will remain with Atlantic in an advisory role for now, we wish him the best as he improves his golf game and spends time with his new grandchild.

Replacing John is a huge feat and we have tapped two people to assist in the transition. Jeff Engelbrecht has been promoted to VP of Operations and will oversee all Warehousing, IT, Operations, Safety, and Logistics. Additionally, Wayne Moriarty has been promoted to VP of Finance. Wayne will oversee our Credit, Accounting, HR, and Purchasing departments. Congratulations to both!

The first award of the night was the Pride Award. This award is given each year to individuals who make an extra effort to make a difference in their branch and at Atlantic Plywood as a whole. The people that receive this award have not only consistently accomplished the task and goals that have been asked of them, but have also shown a strong commitment to Atlantic’s missions and values. They take great Pride in not only getting the job done, but also going beyond what is expected of them in contributing their time, energy, and talents to further the growth and development of our Company.

Pride is a personal commitment! It is an attitude which separates! Because to them “It is a Matter of Pride”

This year’s winners were: Jason Pacheco- East Providence; Ben Tibbetts- South Windsor, NPP; Mark Fisher- Carlstadt; Tim Woodger- Corporate.

Jason Pacheco: Jason takes immense pride in his work and is huge resource for Radio Beacon issues,  Value Add, branch level  IT, and Product Knowledge- he’s our overall BLUM Expert, KV Expert, Luxe Expert, Element Designs Expert and also oversees the Beadboard operation in E. Providence.  Many Salesmen rely on Jason to help get things done quickly, efficiently and correctly.

Ben Tibbetts: Ben takes care to document each detail and then even more importantly, communicate with all involved people with regards to NPP orders/problems. Ben has been instrumental in helping us secure numerous Redilam orders by chasing down lead times for core and face material and nailing down lead times prior to even having an order in hand.  We expect Ben will continue to be a huge resource to help us to continue to grow sales and market share in this product category.

Ben Tibbetts, Mike Natale

 

Mark Fisher: Mark’s title may be warehouse supervisor, but he certainly does more than that. Besides running a clean, efficient, and accurate warehouse, he works well with the OSRs to make sure we service our customers to the best of our abilities. He even takes sales orders from customers and outside sales reps as well. Mark has helped NJ to become the newest HUB for Formica. His knowledge of radio beacon and Nxtrend is outstanding. With his can-do attitude, the future is very bright for the New Jersey branch.

Tim Woodger: Over the years Tim has proved to be a valuable asset to Atlantic Plywood and 2015 was no different. Tim has been instrumental in the success of the Formica laminate rollout as well as the organization of the ML Campbell Department over the past year. Beginning in January, Tim was hauling steel into the air erecting laminate racks in New Jersey, only to turn around and do it a few months later in Bethpage. Furthermore, Tim has been a rock of stability in the ML Campbell department in a year filled with transition. From revamping storage rooms for bulk purchases to training, to covering for personnel Tim has been a crucial lynch pin in the success of the paint department as a whole. Tim Woodger approaches any challenge presented to him with determination, safety, and efficiency and does anything he can to make Atlantic Plywood a better company.

Tim Woodger, Mike Natale

 

The next award was the Above & Beyond Award.  This award is a way to recognize the outstanding commitment demonstrated by employees who consistently exceed expectations in the performance of their duties. These employees continually go beyond what is expected of them and do whatever is necessary to accomplish the task assigned.  He or she is continually willing to go above and beyond their regular job responsibilities and show the ability and willingness to work cooperatively with fellow employees and management.  Often, these unsung acts of service go unrecognized.

The first winner this year was Dave Laing- Woburn.  Dave Laing consistently does more than inside sales function to help the branch and company in many ways. As a guy who maintains his Class B drivers license, Dave drove delivery trucks several times when drivers were out sick or any other time when asked. Dave drove trucks to New Jersey for body swaps on several occasions. Dave made several night and weekend trips to the Woburn branch to address alarm issue on nights and weekends. Dave has put the team and the Company above himself to help wherever and whenever asked.

The second winner this year was Joel Wilson- Rochester. Occasionally, you have an employee that stands out not only in sales, but in every aspect of what he does on a daily basis. Someone that keeps a positive attitude no matter the situation. This year’s winner is a family man with two small children and a wife at home, who knows his job is never done. He was given his goals at the beginning of the year and he told his manager, “No, we are going to do way more than that.” and that is exactly what he did! Through hard work, long hours, working from the office, working in the field and at times even delivering his own products, Joel Wilson has demonstrated what it means to deserve the Above and Beyond award.

 

Joel Wilson, Mike Natale

 

The next award given out was for Inside Sales Rep of the Year. This person exemplifies what we feel Atlantic Plywood inside salespeople of the future should be- in work ethic, intelligence, follow through, pride of accomplishment, and overall attitude.  He/She is perceived by his/her peers to be the Best of the Best. The nominees for ISR of the Year were: Pete Correia- East Providence, and Bill Littell- Westbrook. This year’s winner was Bill Littell. Bill has always been a customer favorite. In 2015 Bill increased the number of sales orders generated by over 1800. Of the 8 inside sales reps in the Woburn/Westbrook/Providence Region, Bill was the only one to increase his sales, margins, and number of orders written in 2015.

The next award was for Product Specialist of the Year. This person should best represent and have accomplished the goals set forth by his/her product manager.  He or she should not only be a great sales representative of Atlantic Plywood, but also a great teacher of his or her product line.  He or she must show quantitative results in selling their product line and also be perceived as the best by their peers. This year’s nominees were: Joel Wilson- Lacquer Specialist, Rochester, Matt Griffin- Lacquer Specialist, Westbrook. Those of you who work with this person know he is a consummate Professional and takes on all challenges head on. His product growth exceeded 15% in 2015 and his level of customer service is unmatched.  Congratulations to this year’s winner- Matt Griffin.

Paul Vella, Marty Wojick, Matt Griffin, Sean McDonald

 

Our next award was a first this year. The top award is named for an individual who has excelled in his or her particular field over many years and whose name has become synonymous with being the absolute best in that field. Last year we had the honor of recognizing Bob McKenna and his accomplishments in his time at Atlantic Plywood. The 2015 award for Outside Sales Rep of the year was renamed the Bob McKenna Award for Excellence. Nominees for this award best represent and have accomplished the goals that each manager has set forth for that individual.  He/She is a good representative of Atlantic Plywood on the street and shows quantitative results in selling the whole product line. He/She is perceived by their peers as the best of the best! This year’s nominees were Tom Rader- Rochester, Lew Paine- Westbrook, Arsenio Alvarez- Carlstadt, and Chris Ripley- East Providence. 

This year’s winner showed a total increase in sales of 24% over 2014. He showed increases in over 30 of our product lines including hardwood plywood, pre-finished plywood, ML Campbell, Redilam, and Abrasives.  He is also very well respected in both his market and by his peers.

For the first ever winner of the Bob McKenna Award for Excellence, congratulations to Tom Rader.

 

Paul Vella, Marty Wojick, Tom Rader, Justin Krasinski

 

Our final individual awards of the night were for our Gold Circle of Excellence. The Gold Circle recognizes those individuals who not only accept difficult assignments, but complete them with results beyond expectations. These individuals recognize challenges on their own and take it upon themselves to find a solution or come up with an idea that will make Atlantic Plywood a better company.

To all of us, these individuals are worth their weight in gold.

Past winners include Gail O’Keefe, David Beaudry, Jeff Engelbrecht, Wayne Moriarty, Tom Palie, Lew Paine, Earl Nelson and Charlie WoodgerBob McKenna, Pete Correia, Ken Gill, Sean McDonaldDavid Prifti and Eric Brooks.

Each of these individuals received an engraved watch and a Solid Gold Eagle coin and has their name engraved on the Gold Circle of Excellence plaque that hangs in the corporate offices reception area for all to see.

This year’s Gold Circle winner is someone who has been with Atlantic Plywood for more than 18 years. This recipient has performed very consistently over the years in supporting all branches. This person has taken on additional responsibilities over the years as the company has grown and handled them with the highest efficiency. This person plays a key support role to all locations and departments and has daily interaction with many people. This person is a person many people in this room have turned to in their time of need and this person has come through for them and taken care of them. This person has shown the utmost dedication to Atlantic Plywood and making it a successful business. This person stays at the office when work needs to be done and puts in whatever time needed to get the job done. This person keeps tabs on many of the company assets, many times better than the person who is in charge of those assets. You are not likely to find a person at Atlantic Plywood location that this person has not had a positive impact on. Congratulations to this year’s winner- Ann Marie Forrester!

We added a special award this year for Most Improved Branch/Region. This region improved from prior year by posting a substantial increase in both sales and gross profit. This region decreased their expenses while exceeding their 2015 sales targets. Congratulations to the Rochester/Albany Region!

 

Paul Vella, Justin Krasinski, Marty Wojick

 

Our final award of the evening was for Branch of the Year. This branch increased sales significantly while also decreasing expenses. This branch exceeded their 2-15 budget by 25%.  They top all branches in efficiency and handling of daily transfers between branches. We have seen tremendous growth in volume and efficiency in their Redilam Department and their Call Center rates among the best in servicing our customers. Their talented sales staff and product specialists worked as a team in 2015 to generate great results. This year’s branch of the year was South Windsor, CT.

 

L to R: Ben Tibbetts, Kevin Chouinard, Bob McKenna, Andrea Hallett, Paul Vella, Rory Kennedy, Marty Wojick, Jim Hawkes, Claudia Norcross, Mike Natale

 

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners! We are looking forward to another exceptional year in 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

Backpainted Glass- New Colors, New Options

Element Designs introduced backpainted glass in 2013 and it has quickly become one of our more requested products. All of Element’s low-iron glass is custom manufactured to your size specifications and features a high-quality, environmentally friendly water-based coating system. Backpainted glass is now available in 9 standard colors, 177 non-standard colors, and custom colors. Element Designs can custom match any color for a small fee which covers the paint matching process and 2, 12″ x 12″ samples. Backpainted glass is tempered when the diagonal exceeds 17″.

 

 

Backpainted glass panels are available in 4 thicknesses: 4mm, 6mm, 10mm, & 12mm.

4mm: available in matte & gloss, ideal for horizontal and vertical applications like door inserts and framed applications

6mm: available in matte & gloss, ideal for horizontal and vertical applications like backsplashes, wall cladding, and shelving

10mm: available in gloss only, ideal for horizontal applications like tabletops, countertops, and shelving

12mm: available in matte and gloss, ideal for tabletops and countertops
All thicknesses are available in flat and seamed edge finishes, while 10mm & 12mm panels may also be finished with a beveled edge.

Element Designs can also accommodate fabrication requests like cutouts, notches, holes, and non-rectangular shapes. Lead times for standard colors are about 2 weeks while non-standard colors are about 3.  Custom color orders are two to three weeks from color approval.

Backpainted glass is ideal for applications like backsplashes, wall panels, cabinet doors, tabletops, shelving, and more.

Need some inspiration?? Let’s take a look at some beautiful installation images from Element Designs’ newest catalog, available HERE.

Black matte backpainted glass backsplash, matte red backpainted glass cabinet inserts on AF010 profile

 

White backpainted 6mm glass tradeshow floor application

 

Custom color panels

Backpainted glass countertops (12mm) in light green with custom etched backpainted glass wall panels in charcoal (4mm)

 

Custom etched 6mm mirror glass with safety backing

 

Custom etched backpainted glass

 

 

Custom metallic backpainted glass top with custom logo (12mm), backpainted glass desk privacy panels, white magnetic markerboard, BS001 aluminum frame base system in natural aluminum

 

Custom metallic backpainted glass tabletop (12mm)

 

Magnetic Markerboards

Take your backpainted glass panels one step further with magnetic markerboards. Available in standard (white gloss, olive gloss, charcoal gloss, sand gloss, silver gloss, mocha gloss) and non-standard colors, panels are manufactured with an integrated magnetic backer. Panels are durable, easy to clean, and stain resistant. Magentic markerboards are available in sizes up to 48″ by 120″.

 

Magnetic markerboards in custom color

 

Element Designs can add custom graphics to magnetic markerboards like maps, calendars, signage, logos, monograms, and more.

 

 

All magnetic markerboards are manufactured with streamlined mounting brackets that make the panels low profile. The special Z-Clip mechanism makes them easy to install yet sturdy enough to support large panels.

 

Olive backpainted glass

 

Contact us today for samples and more information about backpainted glass and magnetic markerboard.

We’ve Got Barn Door Hardware!

Knape and Vogt recently introduced a line of Barn Door Hardware. The collection features 3 styles that can work with everything from uber-contemporary to farmhouse-chic designs. KV has conducted extensive market research to develop hardware that is design-forward and competitively priced.

KV’s line is available with stainless steel round & flat rails, steel round tracks and aluminum flat rails with coordinating carriers for each style.

Stainless Steel Round & Flat Rails feature high-quality stainless steel rails with quiet and fluid ball-bearing carriers. They are ideal for wood or glass doors up to 1-1/2″ thick and up to 250lbs. Round rails come in 78-3/4″ lengths and flat rails 72″. These are expandable with rail connectors. Both Round & Flat rails are sold in kits that include all mounting hardware, bumpers, and floor guides.

 

 

6 carrier options are available for round rails. Carriers are only sold as part of a kit with the rail and mounting hardware.

 

 

And one carrier option for flat rails-

 

 

 

Solid steel round tracks are uniquely designed to offer the utmost in ease of installation by supporting wall mounting brackets at any point along the length of the track. Solid steel round rails are available in black, oil rubbed bronze, and satin nickle powder coated finishes and in 4′, 6′, and 8′ track lengths which can be expanded with a Splice Kit (sold separately). Solid steel round rails can accommodate wood doors up to 1-1/2″ thick and 250lbs with standard wall mount bracket. Optional long bracket supports door thicknesses of 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″.

 

 

Hardware kits for steel round rails include 2 carriers, 5 wall mounts, end stops, floor guides, and fasteners. TRACKS ARE SOLD SEPARATELY.

 

KV’s third hardware option is Aluminum Flat Rails. Flat rails feature a durable black powder coating and are available in 4′, 6′, and 8′ rails with expandable splice kits available. Flat rails can accommodate wood doors up to 1-1/2″ thick and 250lbs.

 

 

 

4 different carrier kits are available for aluminum flat rails that include 2 carriers, 5 wall mounts, end stops, floor guides, and fasteners. FLAT RAILS SOLD SEPARATELY.

 

 

 

Barn Door Hardware is ideal for applications like room dividers, lofts and offices, hotel closets and bathrooms, museums and galleries, bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchen/pantry dividers, or even enclosures for wall-mounted TVs and much more. Check out the inspiration photos below and contact us for additional information.

 

 

 

 

Bethpage Harbor Cruise

On a beautiful Friday evening in September, Atlantic Plywood employees were joined by Representatives from Formica Corporation and some valued customers for a harbor cruise celebrating our new partnership with Formica.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bethpage Branch, L to R: Joe Patterson, Doug Erlagen, Pat Dziomba, Irwin Weinfeld, Ralph Badia, Letitia Aldohonda, John Svitek

 

Thank you to all customers and our Formica Representatives who were able to join us for this fun evening!

 

CLICK HERE to view the full photo album

 

 

Links We Like- 6/30/15

 

1. The 33 Best Pizza Places in America

2. Tour Google’s Secret Data Centers: Google networks run at speeds that are more than 200,000 times faster than a typical home Internet connection

3. 14 Email Etiquette Rules Every Professional Should Know

4. 20 Side Dishes to Make All Summer Long

5. World’s Most Dangerous Footpath: Are you brave enough?

6. The Definitive Ranking of All 50 States: Do you agree?

Band Against Cancer

On March 14, Atlantic Plywood gathered with friends, family, and vendors to support our President, Paul Vella, and his band Old Dogs New Tricks at the Third Annual Band Against Cancer. Joining the band this year was none other than our own Kevin Chouinard, drummer extraordinaire. Each year, all profits are donated to Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Dana-Farber Institute specializes in adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world.

Thanks to our Corporate Sponsors, donations, ticket sales, and raffle sales, we raised $55,000 for Dana Farber. On Thursday, May 28, the Old Dogs New Tricks visited the Institute to present them with the donation. Including this year’s donation, the Band Against Cancer has raised more than $125,000 for the Jimmy Fund in 3 years.

A special thank you to Mike Natale and David Beaudry for their assistance again this year. We would not be where we are today without them. We would also like to extend our gratitude to Eric Brooks and Tom Manzi for joining David in making the raffle the most entertaining part of the evening.

Before the picture overload, we would like to recognize our sponsors who helped us reach our goal this year.

Platinum

Columbia Forest Products

Gold

Formica Corporation

Silver

Arauco
Enterprise
Hutton Forest Products
Oceanside Rubbish

Bronze

Darlington Veneer
Fred Church
ML Campbell
Salt International
Tafisa

Copper

Blum
CA Technologies
Choice Brands
Edgemate
Extira
Far East American
Garnica
Georgia Pacific
Hi Tech Veneer
IKE
IMG
Interior Products
Island Propane
IWCI
L&S
Luxe/Grupo Alvic
Mirka
Nitco
Plum Creek
Richwood
Russell Plywood
Steel Equities
Sierra Pine
Uniboard
Veneer One
Veneer Tech

We would also like to thank those individuals and companies who donated raffle prizes:

The Davis Family
The Brehaut Family
The Lyon Family
The Ekstedt Family
The Natale Family
The Beaudry Family
Neil Madramootoo
Mt. Sunapee Resort
Crossfit Nor-Conn
Tri-City Sales 
ML Campbell 
The Haven

 

 

raffle caricature

Transitional Kitchens

We’ve looked at contemporary kitchens and traditional kitchens. Somewhere in between the two lies what is becoming one of the most popular options- the transitional kitchen. “Transitional” is hard to define and is therefore typically said to be “transitioning” or going somewhere. Transitional kitchens take traditional elements from the past and put a twist on them to make them fresh and updated. You will notice familiar elements mixed with something new and different to blend the old with the new. A transitional kitchen is a great option if you are looking to freshen up your home without doing a complete gut renovation.

Here are some ways to blend styles and create your own transitional kitchen-

Instead of traditional polished granite, consider a matte finish like honed granite, cement, or soapstone.

 

Soapstone Countertops

 

Honed Granite Countertops

 

Concrete Countertops

 

If natural stone is not in your budget, consider a super-realistic alternative like Formica’s Soapstone Sequoia Laminate.

 

Formica® Soapstone Sequoia Laminate Countertops

Formica® Soapstone Sequoia Laminate Countertops

 

Mix colors! Instead of keeping your cabinets or countertops the same throughout your kitchen, switch it up! Change the cabinet or countertop color of your island for a modern update.

 

 

 

You can never go wrong with traditional black and white but think about modernizing the combo with unexpected elements.

Brass hardware, butcherblock countertops, open shelving, and dark grout elevate these classic cabinets.

 

classic black and white kitchen with a twist

 

Industrial stools, steel windows, and glass cabinets update the traditional color pairing.

 

transitional black and white kitchen

via Canadian House and Home

 

Mix up wood components like moldings, corbels, doors, brackets, and legs-

 

 

transitional grey and white kitchen

 

transitional white kitchen subway tile glass doors

 

Have fun with your design! Transitional kitchens work in all types of homes and don’t limit you to sticking with one “style”. Experiment with lighting, colors, found objects, and new materials. Something as simple as changing out your hardware or pendant lights can freshen up your space without breaking the bank.

 

transitional white kitchen with glass doors

rustic meets classic

mix of colors in transitional kitchen

mixed colors and door styles in transitional kitchen

 

get the look-transitional kitchens

1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. // 9. // 10.