When wooden kitchen worktops can go beyond the kitchen

It seems so obvious when you think about it but across all the rooms of your home, wood is a constant feature. Whether it is for bedroom wardrobes, living room side tables or bathroom dressing tables.

At Discount Worktop Store, we are quite proud of the quality wooden worktops that we can offer our customers. Not just because they are such low prices, but because of the actual quality of the wood. It is so good that we have actually had existing customers of DWS come back to us after ordering a kitchen to order more wood for other projects they are having done across the home.

So, at DWS, whilst we like to offer our customers the very best in quality in kitchen worktops, we also like the idea that we can help you make your home something special. So this week, our latest article is all about using wooden kitchen worktops outside of the kitchen.


The Home Office

If you are wanting to make your home office somewhere with a little bit more presence, then a thick wooden desk can be a great way of making a statement. At DWS, we can supply wooden worktops to the size you need and then all you need to do is fit some stylish legs and hey presto a fairly substantial looking home office desk. You can of course go one step further with the idea and have a whole conference room table but for a lot of you, the home office table may do just fine.


Home Dinner Table


Whether the table is in the kitchen room itself or a separate dinning room, a solid oak dining table can be quite a stunning piece of furniture. If it is in the same room as the rest of the kitchen then it is a great way of matching the same wood style with the wood you may be using in the kitchen worktops themselves.


Home Furnishing


Shelves, cabinets, tv stands…the list goes on. If you are looking for quality oak wood for your home furniture project then DWS may just be able to help with that one.

Safety tips for a safe family kitchen

When it comes to updating your kitchen; you will be wanting a nice warm, clean and SAFE kitchen environment that yourself and your family can use throughout the year.

From preparing the food with plenty of work space to dining with the family and any extra friends that might join you. The layout of your kitchen is incredibly important considering how often it is used daily.

Now you may be wondering – what is a kitchen worktop company who sell exclusively online with some of the best deals on quality kitchen worktops doing giving advise on top tips for making a kitchen safe for the family? Well the truth is – we love kitchens – not just worktops. And we recognise that a new kitchen is a big investment for any house, so we want you to get the most out of it as possible. And that is why we go beyond giving advise on just kitchen worktops; we love to talk about everything from advise on colour choices, styles, flooring, cabinets and of course to child safety. So here are some top tips on what to do in your kitchen to make it safer for your loved ones.

1 – Wipe Clean Walls.

Now we are not suggesting that your walls be lined in some form of super slippery wipe down material like you would find in a kids softplay. What we mean is tiles, splash back features and even an oil based paint specially tailored for kitchens. Whether you are making Spaghetti bolongas or blending a smoothy, all it takes is a little splatter from a tough stain to ruin a pristine piece of wallpaper or paint (that is not oil based).

2 – A durable work surface.

A family kitchen is a hard working kitchen. There are more mouths to feed and more meals to prepare. And with all of this comes mess. So having a hard wearing work surface that can easily be wiped down regularly is not just important from a visual point of view but it is important for general hygiene in the kitchen area.

3 – Wipe Down Furniture.

Modern flats and even some houses are now featuring combination kitchen/living room/lounge options so that you can sit and relax while the soup heats up. So if you happen to have a sofa in your kitchen/lounge area, we would suggest it is made from an easy to wipe down material like leather. Because all it takes is one cup of spilt milk on a fabric sofa to cause some serious issues (and smells).

4 – Space for the kids.

By this we mean a space for them to lay out their toys that WON’T be in the path of you carrying hot pasta water. While we absolutely love Kitchen Islands, kids also love them as part of an obstacle course. And kids should never be running around next to a hot stove. So always bare that in mind.

5 – Child Locks.

You might be surprised that it took us this long to get to child locks but there you go. Kids like bright colourful things and bleach bottles, washing up bottles and even glass jars of curry sauce can prove to be a tempting new play toy for kids. If you have children young enough then we strongly suggest you invest in some child locks. Or if this is simply not an option then at least keep all the dangerous cleaning chemicals high up and out of reach.

6 – Soft Close Cupboard and Drawers.

They are a cool feature and they definitely reduce the amount of banging noise emitting from a kitchen but most importantly for this list – they can help to prevent tender fingers from being caught. And that is all we feel we needs to say about soft closing drawers.

7 – A Drop Down TV.

Tv’s can be an unsightly issue that puts people off having them in the kitchen and we are not promoting TV as a good parenting tool but let’s face facts – having a TV in the kitchen can keep kids sitting still and that means when you are needing to keep an eye on them but have to cook tea at the same time, they are not becoming a bull int he china shop.

8 – Induction Hobs.

Gas Hobs are great but if you are safety conscious then induction hobs are the way forward. Not only is there no longer the worry that you left the stove on but the hobs are also cold to touch (they use a magnetic friction in the bowl to create the heat) so there is little chance of your loved one burning themselves.

We hope this has helped you as you plan out your dream kitchen.

Kitchen trends that don’t go away

It can be a daunting experience having to decide on the design of your new kitchen. There are so many kitchen worktop materials and colours to choose from, cabinet door designs, door handles, floors, backsplash panels….the list goes on.

Now we may just be a kitchen worktop / countertop supplier dealing exclusively online with some of the biggest discounts on kitchen worktops around. But that doesn’t mean that we don;t want to help you get the dream itchen that you always wanted. So we always try to help with useful advice not just about worktops but also about general kitchen trends, designs, colours, lighting and so on.

This week, we wanted to talk about some of the top trending design styles that WON’T go out of fashion.

Why you might ask? Well because if you think back to kitchens from the 70’s. Browns and beige designs which at the time looked bang up to date – now – they are a bit of an eye sore to most.

So starting with number 1 – Neutral Paint Colours.

This isn’t the 70’s so browns and beiges are not the colour of choice and it is not the 90’s with techno coloured this that and the other thing. But through the decades, neutral colours have always shone through. Lighter neutral colours are great at making spaces seem lighter and warmer and if you are struggling for space in your kitchen, can even make it seem bigger.

Number 2

So if you are looking for a ‘Farm Style’ Kitchen then there are two things to consider. One is wooden worktops. The second is Shaker style cabinets. Shaker cabinets have been used in kitchens for over 100 years which in itself is proof that this style does not go out. Whilst they may be popular with farm style kitchen designs, they go great with a lot of different kitchen options.

Number 3 – Drawer Organisers.

Okay so this may not be a design option, more an organisation option BUT they are incredibly handy and will help to declutter the kitchen and make it more organised. And that in itself is a design plus.

Number 4 – Retro this and retro that.

So this is a bold choice and some may think we are crazy but retro appliances (ie a Smeg fridge) look great and can really set off a kitchen. Little retro knick knacks can add charm to a kitchen and can’t really go out of style because of their emotional ties to our culture.

Number 5 – Nature is your friend.

Marble is of course a natural stone and has been around for a very very long time. So has wood and so has granite. Granite kitchen worktops look absolutely amazing and because they are a natural material, will never go out of style. If you crave that modern look then go for it but remember, that modern look is modern today – not tomorrow.

Number 6 – Butcher Block Countertops.

Another classic style that has been around long enough to prove to us all that it is in fact timeless. If you want that farmhouse kitchen then this is a must for you.

Number 7 – Art Nouveau Metro tiles.

You will have seen them in so many kitchen brochures. Beautiful white tiles that have their origin in the Art Nouveau movement from the early 20th Century. They are a beautiful and practical addition to any kitchen and are a timeless piece.

Number 8 – Rustic Features.

So if you are going for that rustic look in your kitchen then the little things like a brass lamp, Le Creuset pots and occasionally wooden trinkets dotted around the kitchen can not only add a great visual design element to the room but they are also timeless. Rustic farmhouse kitchen designs take their inspiration not just from one of two style but many kitchen styles spanning over many different decades. They have all merged together into one category which you can work to your advantage as you seek to get the dream kitchen you have always wanted.

How to add some colour to your kitchen

Whether your kitchen currently suffers from poor natural lighting or it simply looks a bit dark and gloomy, adding some colour to your kitchen can be a simple option with big results.


Now you may be thinkging ‘hang on a minute, you sell kitchen worktops, why are you giving advise on kitchen interior design?’

The simple answer is that we want to help.  Just because we offer some of the best deals and lowest prices on kitchen worktops not just on the internet but over the high street stores as well doesn’t mean that we just stop at kitchen worktops.  If you are looking for kitchen worktops it is because you are planning on getting a new kitchen and we want you to get the best kitchen you can.  So we have put together articles like this one that hopefully help you in your decision making, not just for kitchen worktops but also for the rest of your new dream kitchen (and if we can save you some money here and there – all the better).


So, adding colour in the kitchen.  It may sound simple and in actual fact it is.  But doing it tastefully is the challenge.


1 – Add some brighter painted walls.

A painted wall is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to add colour to your kitchen.  It doesn’t have to be all of the walls – it can even just be little spashes of colour on surfaces like the side of a kitchen island, a backsplash etc.  If you paint your kitchen island, aqua/tropical colours can work really well.


2 – Add a colourful rug.

While some shy away from fabrics on the floor of a kitchen ie. carpet.  A rug can be a great option that adds colour and is easy enough to clean.  It can even sit outside of the ususal heavy traffic areas. Just make sure that you have under rug grippers so that you won’t go slipping and sliding while carrying a pot of hot water.


3 – Change your plates and bowls for more dramatic and colourful options and show them off.

If you have shelves in your kitchen, store your plates and bowls there and use bright coloured options.  You can create an amazing rainbow of colour in a very minamilist and stylish way.


4 – Painted Furniture

So if you have a side table or a kitchen dresser, can you add some splashes of colour to them?  There are loads of video tutorials on how to create a great rustic look to painted furniture. Or you can hire a professional painter.


5 – Colourful Light Fixtures.


If you have a pendant light, maybe you can change the light shade to something a bit more dramatic and colourful.  It will set the rest of the kitchen off perfectly.


6 – A colourful apron

If you hang your apron up in full view then why would you have a boring dark apron.  Liven it up with something a bit more colourful.


You see, there are so many easy ways to add a splash of colour to your kitchen to really jazz it up.  We hope this helps.

Kitchen Flooring Ideas

At Discount Worktop Store we are, naturally, all about offering great quality kitchen worktops at fantastic discounted prices whilst offering great customer service.

But that doesn’t mean we only care about your kitchen worktops.  We fundamentally want you to have a great looking kitchen.  So from worktops to cabinets, lighting to flooring, we are here to help with some ‘food for thought’ advise that you can use to help you get the dream kitchen that you have always dreamed of.

And todays topic is flooring. Whilst cabinets and worktops are important, something that a lot of first time kitchen buying/designing clients forget about is flooring.

A kitchen floor has to be hard wearing, easy to clean and complimentary to the rest of the kitchen design.  So what are your options?  We there is wooden plank flooring, flagstones, parquet flooring, stone flooring, concrete flooring, rubber flooring, vinyl and tiles.  And withing all of those categories, there are countless styles, patterns and colours.

You may have noticed that we didn’t mention carpet as an option.  That is because, whilst there have been some great strides in carpet material of late, there are so many added issues that have to be considered with carpet from vacuuming up crumbs to cleaning up stains which can be done so much more quickly and easily on other flooring material.  If you want a carpet floor in your kitchen, go ahead, there are some great options but make sure you check that the carpet you have in mind will be able to withstand the wear and tear of heavy foot traffic and the constant chemical cleaning of spilt tomato soup, red wine and beetroot.

So outside of carpet flooring, what is best for you?  Well a question you need to ask yourself is what kind of feeling do you want from your kitchen.  Do you want the warmth of a wooden floor or the cool feel of tiles.  Tiles are very easy to maintain and clean and whether you go for a mosaic patterned tile design that falls back to Victorian times or you go for a modern high gloss and bright white option, there are no shortage of options.


If you go for wooden flooring, there are a few care and maintenance issue that you will have to contend with but nothing too daunting.  One word of warning for wood is that if you go for wooden kitchen worktops then you will need to keep an eye on the colour and grain style of the floor.  Think of it in the same way as having a light pine wooden chest of drawers next to a dark mahogany example, the contrast may not be what you are looking for.


When it comes to kitchen flooring, the best advise we can give you is to pick something that will work with how you want to use the kitchen.  And once you have narrowed down the flooring material, you can then work on picking colours and patterns to go with your dream kitchen.

Kitchen Lighting Tips

While we are all about great quality kitchen worktops and discounted online prices, we still wan your kitchen to look absolutely amazing.  So whether you are getting a whole new kitchen, cabinets, worktops and all or you are simply getting a few things replaced like your worktops then you still want to be able to see your lovely new kitchen come night or day.  And that means you need to have a wee think about lighting.


Whether it is the actual lighting that allows you to see what you are doing while creating a meal or the mood lighting you want to make the meal itself that little bit more intimate; you need to plan it all out.

And the best time to plan for installing lighting is in the planning stages.  It makes it easier to install it all and it is a lot easier to have it the way you want it.  So simple things like how you will control the lighting can be tackled right at the start.   Where will the light switches be?  Will you have more than one location for the switches?  Will there be a dimmer function?


Once you have decided this then you can look at the styles of lighting.  Pendant lighting features, spot lighting fixtures and under cabinet lighting are popular.  It means you can have spot lighting for bright lights so that you can see what you are doing, then pendant lighting for more mood lighting and then under cabinet lighting that can be used for either.


There is one type of lighting that we have not mentioned yet and that is natural lighting.  Natural light can be an invaluable addition to a kitchen, especially for breakfast and lunch times.  Try to make sure that your window lighting allows for as much light to enter and fill the room with a warm glow.


Whatever lighting options you are thinking of, always remember that it is your kitchen and therefore you should have it the way you want it.  Think about how you use the kitchen, is it just for cooking food in or do you dine there as well.  Do your children do their school homework in the kitchen and would more task lighting be useful.


With lighting, it is up to you, but our main advise will always be to plan in advance.




Top tips for small kitchens

While we all dream of our ideal kitchen, there are always limiting factors and one of the main ones can be space.  If you live in an apartment, flat or small house then you will most likely have a small kitchen.  More modern flats and apartments have moved into an ‘open plan’ architectural style for kitchen/living rooms to maximise the space and make the kitchen area more appealing but it doesn’t change the fact that you have limited space to work with.


So what can be done about that.  Well at Discount Worktop Store, we are here to help.  While we may be know for offering great quality kitchen worktops online at some of the best discounted prices around, one of our main goals is to offer your a great service so that you get a great kitchen.


So if you have a small kitchen space to work with then we are here to help with 10 top tips for maximising your space and making your kitchen a nicer place to be.


1 – Use the top of your cabinets.

So if you have cupboards and cabinets running along the walls of your kitchen, what is on top of them?  This can be a great place to store some of the lesser used kitchen equipment that you can’t live without but actually only use a couple of times a month.  So things like your slow cooker.  A great cooking tool that produces truly tasty food.  It doens’t have to live on your kitchen worktop all day every day and if it sits in a cupboard, then it is taking up a lot of space.  So put it up high and out of the way.  When you know you are going to need it, simply reach up high to bring it down.


2 – Storage on top of the fridge.

Keeping it going with storage up high, your fridge.  If you have a large freestanding fridge or fridge freezer then there will be space on top of that for so many things.  Cooking books?  Serving trays?  Even your spice rack can live up there.


3 – Use your window bay as storage.

You might be thinking we have gone mad but a tall pot with all your wooden spoons and other cooking utensils can easily sit on your window ledge.  You can have a hanging bar running across your window higher up that would be a great place to hang pots and pans.  In a small kitchen, these kind of storage methods not only help increase worktop space but also add design features that others will just love.


4 – Add freestanding shelves.

So if you have a fairly restricting kitchen architecture that limits the size of the kitchen worktops and cabinets then maybe there is free standing space where shelves can be added.  There are so many shapes, sizes and styles of freestanding shelves that can really add a visual wow factor to your kitchen.  And the added bonus is that you can even hand things like a bag of onions, bananas, apples etc off these shelves to really add a visual factor to the room.


5 – Magnetic Knife Bar.

You will have seen these on so many kitchens but they really are a useful tool.  If you are struggling for drawer space and you don’t want a knife block taking up valuable worktop space then a wall mounted knife rack is a great solution.  And once again, this can add a real visual element to the room.  The only downside – you should make sure you have nice looking kitchen knives.


6 – Use the side of your cabinets.

So in your cosy little kitchen, there will logically be a space where the cabinets simply stop.  What is there?  If it is simply a space then use it.  You could have some hanging hooks for things like utensils, drainers, frying pans and more.  Obviously if you have small children of pets then this may be inadvisable but if you don’t then once again, this is free space.


7 – The underside of your cupboards and cabinets.

Okay so on some cupboards, this may simply not work however if you imagine a cupboard with dishes in it.  If the shelf is say 50cm high and you stack your plates up high but still only take half that space, why not add some hooks to the underside of the top shelf and use it to hand some cups and mugs?  


8 – Turn your stove top into a worktop / countertop.

What!!!  Did you just say turn your stove hob area into more worktop surface space?  This is more for those that have gas hobs.  But a wooden worktop that is cut the same dimensions as your stove top can then sit onto of the stove when it is not used.  The worktop can be stored away in a space (for example) next to the fridge freezer when you are using the stove.  And this little method can add a great contrasting worktop material to once again make your kitchen more than just a little space to cook food.


9 – Add shelves in all the spaces.

Okay so if all your cupboards are full then what can you do.  The space between your worktop and the higher cupboards above is a prime place to add a shelf riser and make a visual feature. This is a great place to add your herbs and spices.  Easy to access and cool to look at.


10 – Hang things over the stove.

This is probably a bit more obvious but hanging things above your stove is one of the easiest ways of freeing up space.  Whether it is pots, pans, utensils, a plate rack, shelves for your dry goods like pasta and rice…it doesn’t matter.  Make use of the space to free up more space everywhere else.


And there you go, 10 top tips to free up some space in small kitchens.  We hope this has helped.  And remember, if you have any questions about anything kitchen related (especially if it is about worktops) then call Discount Worktop Store today.


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10 Tips to avoid when getting your kitchen redone

At Discount Worktop Store, we don’t want to offer you JUST great prices on kitchen worktops.  We want you to get the best kitchen you can.  So to help you, here are some top tips on things to AVOID DOING when you are getting your new kitchen cabinets, units, appliances and of course, kitchen worktops.


Don’t Over Spend

If you have a budget then that is your budget.  Yes it is nice to have wiggle room but don’t go crazy.  Keep an eye on what you are spending and lay it all out.  The last thing you want is to over spend on the appliances and cabinets and then not have enough for the worktops that you wanted (thankfully with Discount Worktop Store, you will find the best deals for kitchen worktops online).

Match the style to the house

While you may want a rustic farm kitchen, it will look somewhat out of place in a new build home.  Likewise, a shiny new kitchen with reflective tiled flooring and bright white led under cabinet lighting will not suite a home that was built 100 years ago.

Keep an eye on the trends

Whilst you want your kitchen to last, it is always nice to have the latest ‘now’ look.  Though saying that, we have all seen 1970’s brown kitchens that were the latest thing then.  Keep an eye on the trends for design AND technology.  The last thing you want is to get the kitchen fitted and then find out about hidden socket options that you COULD have had.

Keep the plumbing where it is

Obviously if you really really really want the kitchen sink in front of the window then you may have to move the plumbing but a great way of saving on costs of a new kitchen is to keep the existing plumbing fittings where they are.  New fittings will require the floor boards to be taken up which in itself will add costs.

Keep the traffic flowing

What we mean by that is that in a kitchen, there is a clear flow of human traffic movements.  From when you grab the chopping board to getting the ingredients out the fridge and cupboards to grabbing the pots to cook with then plating it all when it is ready – and finally where it is stacked, washed, cleaned, dried and put away.  There is a process, a flow that should be observed.  Try to keep the flow of your kitchen to match where things will be kept.

Don’t ignore the free advise options

Whether it is CAD visual options so that you can see your new kitchen in 3D or advise about what materials would work best AND what to avoid (ie. wooden worktops right next to the kitchen sink).  Take the advise where you can.

Don’t get rid of perfectly good cabinets

If your new kitchen is going to keep the location of existing cabinets then (as long as they are still in good condition) keep the actually cabinets. You can replace the doors for the cabinets and save some serious money by doing it.

Know where to save and where to spend

A fitted oven or integrated dishwasher is a lot harder to replace than other items in a kitchen. Whilst nothing lasts forever these days, a quality dishwasher will stand up better than a cheaper budget brand.  And of course with kitchen worktops, the feel of a quality worktop will be appreciated each and every day whereas a lower quality worktop can be noticed easily and is harder to replace.

Don’t mismatch brands

It is not essential but it is a small touch.  A dishwasher, oven, fridge and freezer all from the same brand can really help to set off the kitchen and adds a sign of quality.

Don’t forget the usual suspects

This comes back to budgeting. Make sure you have budgeted for everything.  Does the new cabinets come with door handles or do you have to get them as well.  And does the kitchen sink come with the deal?  And finally, if the general look of the kitchen has a matt finish then make sure that the rest of the room continues that trend.  A gloss finish will look out of place with the rest of the kitchen and can make it all seem a bit ‘patchy’

Cheap Kitchen Tips

When it comes to reviving your kitchen space, a completely new kitchen can be an expensive proposition. So what do you do if you are on a tight budget?  Go for the cheapest kitchen? Cut corners on the quality of the cabinets or go for smaller worktop space?


At the Kitchen Worktop Store, we want to help you save money, not just on your kitchen worktops but in other areas of your kitchen.  Which is why we have a nice wee list of some top tips to help you save some cash yet get the kitchen you always dreamed of.


1 – New door handles.

If the cabinet doors themselves are still fresh but there is something dated about the actual handles then change them.  Most hardware stores have an entire aisle filled with door handles and knobs that can easily be switched with your existing ones.  Retaining your existing cabinet doors but simply switching the handles can save you a lot of money.  In fact, it is a very popular choice with a lot of our customers.  They retain the cabinets but replace their existing kitchen worktops with new ones from discount worktop store.  They basically get a new kitchen look but save some serious dosh at the same time.


2 – Painting the cabinets.

If switching the door handles is not enough, give them a coat of paint.  Either as a DIY job yourself over a rainy weekend were you are stuck indoors anyway or by bringing in a painter.  Painters are not just about living room walls, they can add great textured effects, rustic wear effect and more that can potentially transform your kitchen cabinets.


3 – Swap those doors.

So if switching the door knobs or painting the cabinet doors is simply not enough then what about replacing the doors.  The question is – was your existing cabinet door set up okay?  Was a new kitchen going to completely rip out your existing cabinets and replace them like for like?  Swapping the cabinet doors and replacing your kitchen worktop can be all you need to do to get a whole new kitchen.


4 – Paint another wall.

It may be that the actual kitchen worktops, cabinets and door handles are absolutely fine but there is something that is missing.  A fresh coat of paint can add a genuine refresh to the whole look of your kitchen.  A lighter, brighter, fresher shade can be all you need.  And lets be honest, a tin of paint is not that expensive.


5 – Switch the lighting.

Natural light is always best but if you don’t have that much of it, then maybe you should look at increasing the lighting options in the kitchen.  Spot lights, a main central pendant light and even under cabinet and kick board lighting options can turn a dark space into a bright and light environment.


6 – Replace your old boring mugs with feature items.

So if your mug/tea cup collection just sits in a cupboard hidden away, replace it with a decorative matching or complimenting set that sit in a cup holder frame.  That way, you are adding splashes of colour and vibrance that can lift a room.  It is a bit like adding funky pillows the liven up your living room.


7 – Back splash replacement.

So behind your worktop heating hobs, you will have (most likely) a painted wall or some tiles.  What would happen if you replaced the tiles with something a bit more funky?  Or adding a splash back/backsplash panel that matched or complimented the worktops of your kitchen.


8 – The worktops.

It was only a matter of time before we got to it wasn’t it.  Replacing your kitchen worktops.

It may seem like a big cost but you would be surprised.  We are not your average high street kitchen worktop store.  Are prices are not inflated with the usual running costs of a high street store.  We work with the exact same worktop manufacturers as those high street stores – the difference is that we offer our worktops at better than trade pricing.  So if you want to make savings on a new kitchen then replacing your kitchen worktops may be the perfect thing.  If the cabinets, the doors and the handles are all good then a new kitchn worktop in a new material, colour or style may be all you need to completely transform your kitchen from a place to cook and eat into one of the centre pieces of your home.


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Happy New Year


All of us at Discount Worktop Store would like to wish you a very Happy New Year. We hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to 2019. Don’t miss out on even bigger discounts in our New Year Sale, where we’re offering up to 65% off Corian, quartz, composite and granite kitchen worktops. Give us a call today for a quote to get your New Year project started.