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panic on ucls--help!!!

posted by: Ashe42 on 06.14.2013 at 09:48 am in Kitchens Forum

I have a lot on my plate at the moment, the least of which is the painful kitchen reno, and hadn't picked UCLs due to indecision about enormous cost. Had meant to just get cheap option fluorescents and ran down to Lowe's between hospital visits, HATED lights.

So I bought LEDs but smaller strips--18" under several 29" cabinets. Electrician was asking did I want him to install them at the back of the cabinet or the front. Was just looking placement info and read that gaps will make create shadows. Has anyone experienced this? I'm flipping out a little--wish I'd never asked for UCLs.


clipped on: 06.17.2013 at 03:34 pm    last updated on: 06.17.2013 at 03:34 pm

RE: What to do if you don't love anything? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: Ashe42 on 06.14.2013 at 02:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

You may grow to love it. (I don't have good enough taste to think I can find perfection.) Unless you get a really great price, maybe you should keep looking, however.

Or maybe you should consider tile--the impression I get from home magazines is that granite is a little out of date now. Sounds like you have a better rapport with tile.

I'm going with large-scale tiles with minimal grout lines. Haven't found the right ones yet, but I will! I too didn't really like granite (meh...) except for the leathered granite, which is out of my price range.


clipped on: 06.14.2013 at 02:44 pm    last updated on: 06.14.2013 at 02:44 pm

Samsung Platinum finish on 26 cu ft fridge

posted by: Ashe42 on 05.29.2013 at 12:20 pm in Appliances Forum

Does anyone have this finish or experience with Samsung fridges in general? We have had bad experiences with appliances in the past (to the extent that I'm hanging onto my lamentable-looking washer and dryer because they STILL FUNCTION and I dread buying new). I don't know anything about the platinum finish but it sure doesn't smudge as much!


clipped on: 05.29.2013 at 12:21 pm    last updated on: 05.29.2013 at 12:21 pm

Anyone have a Samsung Platinum finish fridge?

posted by: Ashe42 on 05.28.2013 at 08:43 am in Kitchens Forum

We're looking for a fridge (French door, no water dispenser because of dripping and space). The new Platinum finish smudges much less, but is it durable, and do you like it?

I'm slightly concerned that the color may not quite go with our other stainless steel, but I doubt it's a huge issue.


clipped on: 05.29.2013 at 12:16 pm    last updated on: 05.29.2013 at 12:16 pm

Finished Kitchen: White-ish, charcoal counters and blue glass bs

posted by: alexx on 05.29.2013 at 12:30 am in Kitchens Forum

First, thank you to everyone who participates in this forum for keeping me sane during this project. Reading the threads of those who had the same detailed questions, being able to ask questions. I am grateful.

I both overthought the kitchen and stressed over the details and in many cases, the attention to detail and research really paid off (I had a good idea of what needed to go where around the sink, the importance of good seams, etc.) I also stressed over details of whether I picked the right backsplash, pulls, color cabs, etc. In the end, I like it so much and it is so much better than it was but I’m not sure I could change thinking about it so much in whatever our next remodel project is (Lesson learned: educate yourself, pick something, make sure it is installed correctly, then let it go and enjoy.)

We had a white kitchen for 8 years before the remodel and still liked it. So guess what, I wanted another white-ish kitchen. I don't care if it is on or off trend. We wanted the light (only one window in the kitchen) and we are happy with this choice.

We began our kitchen remodel in December 2012 (ordered the cabs, began the engineering drawings as we were removing a load bearing wall and needed to put in a huge support beam), the cabs arrived a month later, and it took another month to get the permits. Then after three more months, we are finished (minus the dimmers for the lights.) Happy May 2013!

Our family is thrilled with the result! We had a few major goals:
1) Open up the wall of a galley kitchen that only had a pass through so that the person in the kitchen (me) didn’t feel cut off from the rest of the activities happening in the dining and living areas.
2) Create more counter space. We did this mainly by raising up the window to counter height and adding cabinets below. Also more counter by adding the overhang peninsula.
3) Add storage. We had boxes everywhere. Now there is a place for everything. We pared things down to only those that we love and are functional. We gave away mismatched stuff and yes, bought a new set of dishes (at Target.)
4) Get great countertops (ours were cut up, stained and not in great shape--they were butcherblock that could’ve been refinished but my DH and I really wanted quartz and he wanted “antimicrobial” so we ended up with Silestone.
5) Oh, and my DH would say this is #1: we have an oven that closes all the way, heats at the correct temperature and a range hood that on which he doesn’t constantly hit his head.

The look:
We were going for clean, not too modern, not too traditional. A blue pottery bowl and the ocean/beach were my inspiration. Off white shaker cabs (called Coconut), charcoal grey counters, a blue/grey tile floor that looks a lot like barn wood, pale blue glass subway backsplash and a linen shade that looks like sand or very pale driftwood (adds a little texture.)

The details:
-Diamond kitchen cabinets. Shaker (5 piece) all wood (except the middles of doors which are MDF) in a color called Coconut. I didn’t want a stark white. Purchased through local wholesaler but also available at Home Depot etc. Not sure the wholesaler really saved us money. We had some problems with fillers matching our GC had to paint. A pain but we really do like the cabs.
-Countertop: Silestone in a color called Altair with a 1.5 inch mitered edge and 1.5 inch overhang over the cabinets. (that may be the same thing.) We ended up using 2 jumbo slabs. 15 inch overhang on the dining room side.
-Backsplash: Ann Sacks, Lucien, color: Azure, size: 3x6
-Hardware: Restoration Hardware, Bistro pulls, Brushed Nickel in 6 and 8 inch sizes. Restoration Hardware “Traditonal Clear glass knob”on glass cab (1.25 inch)
-Faucet: Delta 9197T-DST, Cassidy, with Touch2O technology (touch on and off) in Arctic Stainless color
-dishwasher: reused our Bosch
-Sink: Elkay, EKELU281610 (10 inches deep)
-Refrigerator: Samsung, RF4287HARS, full depth
-Range: LG, LDG3016ST 30 inch
-Range Hood: Kobe, RA-092 36 inch hood, (RS9236SQB)with baffles no mesh, 6 inch round ducting,
-Counter Stools: Restoration Hardware, Remy, Backless, Gunmetal
-Undercabinet lights:, 24 inch bar in neutral white, HBNW24
Floor: Tile that looks like wood. Grey/Blue/Brown. (Best I can read my notes, I lost this original invoice is Ott color: YM 207, about 35.5 length and 7.75 inches wide, grout “Winter Grey”
-Shade: Custom size through, pattern: Korithos, color: Fleck, Style: Roman Flat
Paint: BM Edgecomb Gray (on wall in kitchen, family room and living room) Trim: Dunn Edwards: Swiss Coffee (throughout house)
-Microwave: Panasonic from Target to fit the opening.
-Drawer organizers: Bed, Bath and Beyond, various, bamboo
-Canned lights: unknown, 4 inch, LED
-In beam lights: unknown (inset puck lights) LED
-air switch. Unknown
-air gap: Delta bought with faucet. Same color.

Still to do:
Put in dimmers and find some sort of bumpers for the doors (or maybe hinges that don’t allow some of the doors to open past 90 degrees)

-Someone on GW suggested keeping a notebook of invoices, orders, bids, notes to GC. I did that and it has been a terrific resource. I highly recommend this.
-I wish I were here on the day of the floor tile and electrical install. I would’ve had the tile guys mix the tiles up a little more to my liking (I had some favorite patterns).
-I wish we had room for the pendant lights I had planned in the beam but they would’ve hung too low and obstructed the view for which I opened up the kitchen. It is a clean look and nothing to clean ☺
-The red mixer may or may not stay. It is my 16 year old DS's favorite color and we have used it for years in our baking projects (maybe emerald green???)

THE INSPIRATION (I love pottery!)
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The glass hutch for dishes--seeded glass:
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Tile floor:
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Transition between saltillo tiles (throughout the house and I was not replacing) and new tile floor:
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So many drawers!
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Undercab lights:
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Ceiling lights:
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Bad pic but LED lights in beam over counter--all dimmable:  photo DSC_1165.jpg

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My husband's favorite--a TV--it has an arm that pulls out and can be watched from the counter--sorry for the small pics (iphone):
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pantry cab insides (each of the three are 24 inches wide)
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and yes we used one of our cabs for water--I wanted it hidden and we have the shelves in case we change our minds later:
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The seam (we got so lucky it was small and they did a great job):
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The seam from a bit further back:
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One more angle (that is the door to the garage--it may or may not end up with a chalkboard insert)
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Thanks again and good luck on your projects!

This post was edited by alexx on Wed, May 29, 13 at 1:41


clipped on: 05.29.2013 at 12:05 pm    last updated on: 05.29.2013 at 12:05 pm

Butcher block or tile counters?

posted by: Ashe42 on 05.23.2013 at 11:55 am in Kitchens Forum

Priced out what I REALLY want for about 85 sq feet of counters and it's too high for this house. Don't want laminate. So...I'm struggling with the alternatives that I'm OK with. I'm nervous about our messy family and butcher block (pomegranates! Coffee!) although I like the look, and I hear so much negative stuff about tile. Does anyone have any strong opinions about either? My cabinets are white and the floor is maple. If I go with tile I'd go for minimal grout lines, and possibly even those huge 24 x 24 tiles.


clipped on: 05.23.2013 at 11:56 am    last updated on: 05.28.2013 at 08:39 am

How white are your white cabinets?

posted by: Mom23Es on 04.26.2012 at 08:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

I keep being advised against bright white cabinets. People say it's cold looking, shows too much dirt, or too much contrast. I really don't want cream. I've seen bunches of pictures with antiqued cream cabinets. I definitely do not want that creamy yellowish color in my kitchen. (fine for others but it's not what I'm trying to accomplish.). I want white. I want to see my cabinets and think "white". There are a bazillion shades of white and it's overwhelming to figure out what people are using on their cabinets. Our cabinets will be medallion brand so we're choosing between white icing and divinity. On their own, they both look white to me. Side by side, the divinity is definitely a warmer shade of white.

Anyway , just trying to ask if most people actually use a pure bright white in their white kitchens or if people tend to use a softer warmer white? (and I'm wondering if my often overly "helpful" family is right. Lol!!!)


clipped on: 05.23.2013 at 02:25 pm    last updated on: 05.23.2013 at 02:25 pm

Butcher Block vs Corian Countertops

posted by: eva6in7 on 05.22.2013 at 02:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

In a heavily-used kitchen with quite a lot of kids and visiting cooks, which do you think makes more sense, butcher block or Corian countertops? It would be a walnut butcher block stained a dark black/brown and oiled as needed. Corian would be a dark black/brown in a matte finish. We'll have white base cabinets and white shelves with a few glass front cabinets for uppers. We eat at our kitchen table, which will be a custom table with a walnut butcher block top, but not stained (only oiled) and probably from a different source as the countertops so we'd have some variation (if we decide to go with butcher block countertops). Any other countertop surface is out, for a variety of reasons. (The ancient counter top oven is being replaced by double wall ovens at the opposite end of the room. The layout stays the same otherwise.) What do you think?


clipped on: 05.23.2013 at 02:18 pm    last updated on: 05.23.2013 at 02:19 pm