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October 30th, 2008

The Blue Heron Relocation Project


The Blue Heron relocation project was recently completed, and DJ Dietz Designs is proud to have been a part of the beautiful restoration and transformation, of what was a former bank, turned long-term empty store front, and now the lovely Blue Heron! Owners Kay & Larry Schroeder have really done a wonderful job with the building, and the home furnishings store is just the start of additional plans for the building’s future, including retail and office space for lease.

DJ Dietz Designs’ Kari Dvorak designed the Kitchen and Island, Reception Desk, Fabric Hutch, and Material Sample Centers. Kari utilized a number of interesting design techniques to create functional cabinetry pieces for the home furnishing store. Some of the DJ Dietz contributions are:

Reception Desk & Hutch:“Warm Traditions"

Door styles: KraftMaid’s Atwater Maple in “Biscotti w/Cocoa” Glaze & “Natural w/Cocoa Highlights”
Countertops: Wilsonart laminate using “Jeweled Coral”

Notice the main desk uses doors that have the same finishes as both the Fabric Hutch area and the Material Sample Island. The Fabric Hutch features a custom designed crown molding.


Kitchen:“Eclectic Charm "

Door styles:
Perimeter - KraftMaid’s Orrin Park Cherry in “Ginger w/ Sable”
Glaze Island - KraftMaid’s Breckenridge Cherry in “Vintage Willow”
Paint Molding - Cherry wood with “Cognac” finish

Perimeter - Wilsonart laminate using “Tumbled Roca”
Island - Granite “Tropic Green”
Glass Inserts -“Clear Seedy”

Perimeter - Hafele “Antique Pewter”
Island - Hafele “Black Antique”
Faucet - Pegasus “Brushed Nickel”
Sink - Elkay “Stainless Steel”


Notice that the new Vintage Willow finish creates the appearance of well-used and loved heirloom cabinetry. First, the unfinished door and drawer fronts are distressed and over-sanded, and then several coats of heavily pigmented stain are applied to saturate the wood, creating a beautiful, rich color. These finishes are semi-opaque; allowing the natural beauty of the wood grain to show through.

Next, corners and edges of doors and drawer fronts are over-sanded again to reveal the natural beauty of the wood through the finish. To complete the finish process, the DuraKraft™ topcoat is applied, oven-cured and hand-sanded between coats for a beautiful, long-lasting finish. As with any hand-crafted finish, no two doors will look alike, adding unique character to the cabinetry.



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