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Kitchen finished! White cabs, quartzite, leathered black. Whew!

posted by: babs711 on 07.14.2012 at 12:25 am in Kitchens Forum

We moved into our new build about three weeks ago. While I say the kitchen (and house) are complete, some things are missing that need to be done like counter stools that aren't here yet, a window seat cushion, upholstered chairs at the table that will be ordered, BLADES for the living room ceiling fan that aren't in yet. I've hardly hung a thing on the walls and am working on window treatments now. You get the picture! But we're in! And the months of planning and stewing are over! So here are some pics of the kitchen/dining/living room. I'm sure I'll have updates as I go.

Cabinets: Eudora Frameless
Island countertop: White Macaubus Quartzite
Perimeter countertop: Leathered Absolute Black Granite
Sink: Kohler Riverby Cast Iron
Faucet: Moen Woodmere in Stainless
Hardware on solid doors/drawers: Amerock Highland Ridge in polished nickel
Glass knobs and Bin Pulls in polished nickel: Van Dyke's
Range & Dishwasher: Thermador
Refrigerator: Kitchenaid Pro
Refrigerator Drawers: Electrolux
Sharp Microwave Drawer

Close up of the tile. It's hard to get an accurate color since it's so glossy. It's more blue/green than portrayed in pics:

I was standing on a chair when I took this. I feel like it makes the dining table look like toy furniture! Ha!

Behold...the unfinished bar and the fan with no blades. We live in the deep judging the fan! Behind those closed doors lies my DH's very unfinished man cave.

And you'd know that the day after I took these, my new sofa cushion inserts came in. It's all fluffy and new looking again. Oh well!

The Pantry is actually the same color as the entry you see right past the range wall in the kitchen (BM Gray Wisp). But I didn't use a flash so it looks funky here:


Wall Paint - BM Chelsea Gray 75%
Tile: Settecento Gray/Green
clipped on: 01.18.2015 at 08:39 am    last updated on: 01.18.2015 at 08:40 am

My just-about-finished Super White kitchen **pics**

posted by: dragonfly08 on 03.28.2012 at 02:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our 10wk-long kitchen renovation that began on Jan 2nd finally came to an end 2 weeks ago. Moving into the kitchen has been a slow but fun process and we are enjoying every minute we spend in it. We are still missing some key items, an appliance garage (currently being made at the cabinet-maker's), microwave, furniture... but gradually, we are making this place the heart of our home.

House is a cozy colonial situated in central NY built in the 1980s that came with a magnificent piece of property. The inside, however, needed (and still needs) much update. We ripped out all the (irregular) flooring on the first floor and had them replaced. Structural changes took place in the mudroom/garage-entry area as well as the wall between kitchen and dining room (widened).

Prior to renovations, I had ZERO experience with reno of any sort, let alone in design. I stumbled upon GW and my world changed! You have all been fantastic and an invaluable source of information and support. I direct all my renovating friends here now! Your finished kitchens have all been sources of inspiration for me and I have most definitely borrowed some of your ideas (built-in paper towel holder, motion detector light switch in pantry, stone window sill...).

Lastly, this is my dream kitchen in the home we hope to raise our family in. White kitchens are fairly uncommon around these parts and so far, that is one main feature people are taken by when they first walk into our kitchen. I hope you all enjoy the photos!

Cabinets: Custom-made by Concepts in Wood (Syracuse, NY), Shaker-style doors, painted BM Chantilly Lace
Counters: Super white quartzite and titanium soapstone
Main Sink: Shaws Original Sink by Rohl - 30"
Main Faucet: Single Side Lever Country Kitchen Faucet with extended spout and sidespray by Rohl
Bar sink: inexpensive stainless sink from Ebay
Bar Faucet: EcoPure filter faucet (runs water from an RO system)
Range: 36" Bluestar with griddle
Hood: Vent-a-hood
Dishwasher: Kitchenaid
Refrigerator: old Kitchenaid that came with house (plan to replace in a year or 2)
Island pendants: Restored vintage hologen industrial pendants with original Heisey glass
Hardware: Highland Ridge by Amerock in 4" and 6"
Backsplash: Bellevue 3x6 ceramic tiles in Glacier by Best Tile


Before (view into dining room):

Before (view into garage entry):

Before (pantry with crazy-deep shelving):

Before (view into family room):










Coffee/Wine bar:

Titanium Soapstone:

View from Mudroom:


Microwave will sit on counter atop drawers:

Mudroom (closet on opposite wall):

I have to include this photo of our backsplash in the midst of being grouted, taken while my GC was at lunch. Amazing what a difference grout makes!

Lastly, a fun shot of my girls having fun with bubble wrap and packing paper one evening when I was trying to move all my junk back in:


clipped on: 01.18.2015 at 08:25 am    last updated on: 01.18.2015 at 08:25 am

Thank you for my kitchen! (Long, lots of pics)

posted by: jsweenc on 07.05.2010 at 02:36 pm in Kitchens Forum

Start: Jan. 19, 2010
Finish: July 5, 2010

It is not an exaggeration to say that this kitchen is a result of GW�s collective wisdom. I did not ask that many questions but I gleaned untold amounts of information from searches and reading and participating in others� threads and revisiting the FKB every time I had a new detail to conquer.

There are so many of you who have a good eye for the big picture as well as details when looking at layouts; and even more impressive and appreciated is that you take the time to walk each person through with honest, detailed feedback and encouragement. Thank you for looking so consistently at all the posts requesting help. rhome and buehl come to mind immediately -- I know there are others who do that as well and I am sorry for not remembering everyone to acknowledge.

Many others have kitchens posted to the FKB that gave me great inspiration, answers to questions and solutions to problems. You were a huge help and didn't know it, and I wish I could list every single one of you! (Many of these were not white shaker inset kitchens.)

Special thanks to jrueter for counter help and encouragement, among other things -- aside from the layout itself, that was one of my biggest challenges.

It feels good to be finished, and now I hope I can start to give back a fraction of what I received. Thank you to everyone!

DW - Bosch
Like - Gets dishes clean
Don�t like - Plastics are wet in am unless I leave the door ajar; door catch is already broken, door won't stay halfway open (should be covered under warranty)
Hood - VAH PRH18, 36", 350 cfm (wish I had gotten more, salesman talked us out of it)
Fridge - Whirlpool Gold french door
Range - Electrolux Induction slide-in; still learning it but love it so far
MW - Sharp

Tar River Custom Cabinets, Creedmoor, NC, white inset with Blum glides
Like - Looks, the 30" and 36" drawer bases
Don�t like - Not as much useable space with inset; drawer glides don�t all work smoothly

Counters -
Leathered Impala Black, 3 cm, 3" radius corners, 1" radius corners, no radius
Love - Easy to keep clean, don�t show fingerprints, just the color I was looking for in a matte finish (didn�t want shiny)
Don�t like - sink reveal is not uniform, slightly negative in most places (I asked for flush, was told that slope of sink prevented exact flush but in one area it�s actually positive, one it�s flush, so sink is not set in perfectly; not being picky and preferring to have it finished, I am leaving it alone)
Supplier - Daltile
Fabricator - The Countertop Factory, Raleigh NC

Wood counter - Walnut edge grain, classical edge minus one bead from; finished for non-food use

Sinks - Blanco Silgranit in Anthracite ordered from
Clean up - BlancoDiamond Super Single (drop in) 33"
Prep - BlancoPrecis Large (undermount) 24"
Like - Looks, size, location, maintenance
Faucets - Delta Leland 978 (Main) 9978 (Prep) (ordered from
Like - Looks, function, ease of use

Hardware - Amerock
Like - Looks, feel
Don�t like - One set of cup pulls, on my one deep drawer, were not placed well but it was too late by the time I saw it

Pendants - Edison by Hudson Valley, with glass # D12 (~$600 total for 3 pendants)
Like - Looks, adjustable length
Tracks - WAC

Paint - Timberlake Painting, Mickey Smith
Kitchen walls - BM Quiet Moments (LR walls @ 50% formula of QM)
Laundry walls - Valspar Safari Beige
Garage hall walls - Valspar Oatbran (on same strip as Safari Beige)
Trim, ceiling, etc - White gloss (don�t know color, just agreed with painter to do white)

Floors - red oak, refinished with oil-based poly satin finish

Windows - Monarch double casement

Backsplash - Adex Neri White 3x6 beveled subway tiles, 1/2 round liners

Trash pullout, tall pan divider

Sweeby Test
warm or cool, tranquil and soothing or energetic and vibrant? calm, happy, dramatic?
Cool, tranquil, soothing, calm

cozy or spacious? light and bright or dark and rich?
Open, spacious, light, bright

subtle tone-on-tone, boldly colorful, textured?, woody or painted?
Simple, unobtrusive, painted (maybe not exactly subtle but not bold, overstated colors)

modern, traditional, vintage, rustic, artsy, retro, Old World, Arts & Crafts, Tuscan?
Backdrop rather than focal point, no particular theme, time period or style to stand out (vintage would be closest but not overtly so)

elegant, casual? sleekly simple, elaborately detailed, or somewhere in between?
Casual, simple (not sleek), understated touches of elegance, but not be intimidating

pristine or weathered, professional or homey?
Simple, summer cottage; Clean (pristine?), homey

whimsical, sophisticated, accessible, romantic? masculine or feminine?
Accessible, maybe a touch of whimsy and zing (in decorative elements); Neither overly masculine nor feminine (functional, clean straight lines for ease of construction, with a few rounded edges to soften)

How much zing? and where?
Quiet, unobtrusive but a breath of fresh air so when people walk in, invites but does not distract from fellowship

I've been saying "I really like my kitchen". DH was surprised that I wasn't saying "I love my kitchen". That's because it wasn't truly finished and clean until today when we got everything hung and most everything put away (still a few very minor things to do). So as of today, I can say "I LOVE my kitchen". I also LOVE my utility room just as much!

We are not completely finished with the house; we plan to add to the front to expand the LR and add a MBR. With the kitchen construction, we were all crammed into a small room together during the day, but with the addition, we have a refuge with our new kitchen.

View 1
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Still need a piece of molding on either end to cover up the holes made to install Plugmold, which I couldn't stand and had replaced with Sillites

View 2

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Mudroom Photobucket

Baskets - World Market
Bag - Belvah, custom embroidered by
Shelf - salvaged from 200 yo house DH bought for office
Hooks - Pier 1 Imports

Pantry Photobucket
Countertop and pullout shelves recycled from previous kitchen
Upper shelves built by carpenter

Laundry from kitchen


Laundry toward kitchen


Communication center and laundry shelving
4" shelves built by carpenter
Upper box shelves - Pottery Barn Outlet
Calendars, etc -
Fabric boxes - World Market, Target

Here is a link that might be useful: Photobucket link


clipped on: 10.06.2014 at 07:17 am    last updated on: 10.06.2014 at 07:18 am

RE: Porcelin Tile just installed & I need help! (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: bill_vincent on 11.09.2006 at 06:25 pm in Remodeling Forum

I have a feeling that the installer may have a "porcelain" blade on the saw (sometimes known as a "hotdog" blade). It's very easy to tell, because it has thin slots in the blade to help cool it. The problem is that it also leaves a little more of a chipped cut. If this is a heavy duty porcelain that he's using, this is almost unavoidable. But if it's a normal porcelain, a regular blade can be used, giving you an almost chipless cut.


clipped on: 10.04.2014 at 08:20 am    last updated on: 10.04.2014 at 08:20 am

Tile edge question

posted by: Walkerlife on 02.08.2014 at 12:54 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Is this chipping on the edges result of poor cutting or because I'm using cheap tile from Home Depot?

It's going to drive me nuts!


clipped on: 10.03.2014 at 08:19 pm    last updated on: 10.03.2014 at 08:19 pm

Bathroom Reveal, Thanks to the Bathroom and Remodel Forums! (pic

posted by: enduring on 04.05.2013 at 06:17 pm in Bathrooms Forum

From this:
east view of bathroom, note the white duct tape used to repair the hole in plaster at the tub flange photo IMG_1653_zps21245233.jpg

faux wainscot using embossed paster to look like tile photo IMG_1655_zps74d02890.jpg

To this:
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My vision
I wanted to blend this bathroom with the kitchen remodel that was done in the summer of 2011. I wanted a nice area for guest to use when visiting. Our other BR is at the other end of the house so not a great choice for guest. I wanted something soothing and “lovely”. I wanted some luxurious aspects to the room too. Overall, with the kitchen and with the BR, there was this theme I had in mind to keep the style of the original build. My Bathroom is a shed roof constructed addition, built on to the house in 1930 or so, when the house got moved from town to the farm. It’s a tiny house. The BR walls still had the original plaster embossed 4x4 tile look wainscot that the plasterer did. So I wanted to keep that style - but make it real tile. I realize having the bathroom off of the kitchen is not a desirable location and I could have closed the door and created a new one on the porch, but I chose to keep the original door location. My sister was surprised. I was originally going to take out the tub and put my W/D in there, but my DS was so sentimental about the room and taking baths there when a (dirty) little guy, that I kept the tub in the plans, scratching the W/D. I wanted to keep the BR looking somewhat similar in cabinet make and style as the kitchen, except painted cabinetry. I had in mind who I wanted to make my cabinets too. I saw some of his work and was impressed. And finally, I wanted to make more soapstone counters ☺ which ended up turning into a sink because I could be assured of a larger sink and still fit my constraint of 18” depth vanity.

So my vision didn't evolve in isolation. I took into account the history of the farm, house, family, function, friends, local craftspeople, and my design.

There were functional issues I wanted to improve upon, and some functional aspects I wanted to keep. I wanted to move the toilet out from behind the door so that the door didn’t bang into the rim each time it was opened. I was surprised that the toilet tolerated this treatment over the years. I wanted a somewhat accessible bathroom in case a wheel chair or walker was in the future. I planned the layout to meet ideal spacing for the most part. That was why I needed the 18” deep vanity and the round bowl toilet that I chose. I selected the tub to be low enough to get dogs and kids in and out of. Storage was a premium and I added roll out shelving and a pull out upper, in a small tower. These new cabinets replicate what was already there, but are new and with more style and function. I may not be able to cram as much junk into the cabinets with the roll outs, but what is there is accessible. I don’t need all that extra stuff anyway. I drew multiple floor plans, measuring everything to be sure the small space could work with my vision. Once I found my measurements I could start the selection of elements to fill the room.

The room was totally gutted down to the studs. All the electrical replaced and all the plumbing taken out and replaced. I kept the flooring and subflooring because the wood was in such good shape and it was probably old growth timber, nice tight grain. Can't beat that. We added 2x8 joist (DH did :) to strengthen the floor for stone tile. I prepped the floor for the self leveling compound to a T as instructed by Bill V.

To add the element of luxury, I put in radiant floor heating. I used a high-end tub filler with shower wand, and matching high-end wall mounted faucet. There is LED lighting under the vanity shelf and behind the mirror for night lighting. I used a marble listello to give some style to the wainscot. And of course my SS sink with the wonderfully lovely vanity base that Brett made for me. Oh, I can’t forget that I put in the slate floor in a herringbone pattern to add another style element. Remembering how Angie DIY cut all her tiles for her kitchen, I cut my 12x12 tiles down for herringbone. Thanks to Mongo for helping me on the layout and the tile cutting equation.

This was a DIY project except for the plumbing and the electrical. All of the heavy stuff got delegated to DH and DS, with me being the boss :) Of course if something needed problem solving, DH stepped up and helped me. Although, he did not help me with the grunting, I mean grouting. He just stayed in his office and periodically asked if I was ok. He has farmed all his life and in a previous life was an aerospace engineer out of college as well as a stint in the army. I used his smarts to help me along the way. I used the remodel forum a lot to figure out how work with the joist/flooring support to ready it for stone. Brickeyee, Renovator8, Worthy, sombreuil_mongrel (aka Casey) helped a lot with that one. Someone commented that it was one of the most over thought floors on the forum in a long time. Mongo and Bill V. helped with both the floor and the tiling. Mongo really explains things well, beyond tile. I went over Stacyneil’s thread about self leveling compound with a fine toothed comb. The JB forum was a lot of help too! I ran by my Ditra issues both here and on JB. Regarding the dry wall Brickeyee was very helpful. He coached me through it all. I had a big hole in my ceiling too that I fixed with the remodel forum’s help.

One benefit of taking a year, is that it gave me time to really think about things before committing to them. Since I have never done this before it was so helpful to have the time to learn. The down side with taking a year is that it gives you time to change your mind on finishes too many times, and end up with not only chrome, but polished nickel, polished stainless steel, worn pewter, and natural iron in the mix! Oh well, it will give it a layered look, right?

One last point, I messed with my Photobucket account last month and all of my old posts no longer have images attached to them !!! :( I will add a few from those old post to show some of the process and progress along the way.


2. Lights, Norwell, Emily sconce 100watts each, chrome

3. Window, Windsor Windows

4. Tub Filler & Hand Shower, wall mounted, chrome, Hansgrohe Axor Montreux with handheld shower

5. Faucet, Hansgrohe Axor Montreux wall mount chrome with cross handles

6. Tub, Kohler Bellwether 837, white cast iron

7. Tub drain, Kohler K-T37397-CP PureFlo™ Victorian Push Button bath drain trim

8. Floor, special order black slate from Home Depot in 12x12 gauged.

9. Floor heating system, 240 volt Warm Wire by Sun Touch; wire system with thermostat and 2 temp probes (one not hooked up but in the electrical box in case the other fails)

10. Tile underlayment, Ditra over the ply that Bill Vincent specifies in his FAQ site.

11. Thin set, Ditra-Set un-modified, for the floor; Hydroment Single-Flex for the walls, modified.

12. Wall tiles:
a. 4x4 white ceramic tiles that I got off of Craigslist

b.listello is “Hampton” marble mosaic from The Tile Shop (I cut it apart because the spacing was not good and some of the tiles where different sizes so where culled)

c. Crown, Johnson Tile that I got off of Craigs List. When I ran out was able to locate them at Best Tile in Syracuse, NY.

d. Base board tile from The Tile Shop.

13. Grout and caulk, Laticrete caulk to match the grout. Spectralock epoxy grout in Silver Shadow for the walls. Platinum and Silver Shadow 3:1 ratio for the floor.

14. Moisture barrier for tub walls, HydroBan

15. Paint, all Benjamin Moore, except lacquer, which was colored to BM colors
a. Bath and Spa for the walls in Bunny Gray

b. Vanity is ML Campbell lacquer, colored to BM “Thundercloud Gray", #2124-40
c. Cabinets, ML Campbell lacquer colored to "Distant Gray" #2124-70
d. Casement around door and window, BM Super White
e. Painted Pine standing cupboard, BM misty gray 2124-60

16. Built-in Cabinets and Vanity, Brett Arganbright, proprietor of River Valley Woodcraft.

17. Sink, Soapstone remnant that I got from Bertini’s Tile and Marble.

18. Counters, Soapstone remnant that I got from Bertini’s Tile and Marble.

19. Toilet, Toto Promenade, round front, ADA height.

20. Toilet seat, Inax Advanced Toilet Seat L-series (round) CW-W130-LU

21. Grab bars, Kohler (?model) 24” and 18” at tub in polished stainless steel. 24” is used as towel bar.

22. Hardware
a. Amerock knobs on vanity and tub cabinet in worn nickel (pewter color)

b. Emtec door hinges (black) and lever handle (Napoli in silver patina on bathroom side and black on kitchen side)

c. Rockler hinges for painted pine cupboard, 3/8'' Inset Partial Wrap Hinges - Oil Rubbed Bronze, 3 pair

d. HD Martha Stewart knobs (black?) x 2, on painted pine cupboard

e. Towel bar on vanity, Baldwin in chrome that I cut down to 13 or 14 inchs.

CLICK on the image and it will take you to Photobucket where the images are shown in a "story board" format that Photobucket has created. I will try this technique and if things don't work out, I will post a few pictures.
Bathroom Reveal East 2013

edited 4-6-13 to correct the floor warming wire product name to Sun Touch.

This post was edited by enduring on Mon, Apr 8, 13 at 22:09


clipped on: 02.11.2014 at 08:21 pm    last updated on: 04.01.2014 at 06:37 am

RE: Painted ship lap ceiling in kitchen??? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: acountryfarm on 05.23.2008 at 03:28 pm in Kitchens Forum

We have pine " tung & groove" ceilings in various locations in our home, kitchen, bedrooms, porches.
Too busy? absolutely not. Classic, cottage-y beautiful. Most of my pics don't show it painted yet. Almost to that point. I tried to include pics of all areas.
Our "tung & groove" is 5 in wide with a mid groove so it looks like it has a groove every 2 1/2 inches . They are 16 ft. long so it minimized our cutting. They really are beautiful. I hope these pics help, feel free to ask questions if you have any.

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clipped on: 03.30.2014 at 04:33 pm    last updated on: 03.30.2014 at 04:33 pm

Homebuyer23's REVEAL!

posted by: homebuyer23 on 01.12.2014 at 10:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

Huge Thank You to everyone on this Forum & to whoever invented this forum! I am still amazed at the free help offered here, you are all wonderful!

We live in a suburban 1980s center hall colonial. We moved in 5 years ago and cosmetically updated the whole house. Then we did the bathrooms. Finally it was time to make a real change to the kitchen. I had absolutely no counter space. The kitchen was just too small for our growing family of 5, but we did not have enough space in our backyard to expand. It has always frustrated me that our kitchen was so small, yet we had a large formal living room in the front of our house which we never ever used. Here is our old layout:

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I saw a picture of this kitchen on Houzz that was my inspiration for my layout. It was a long narrow kitchen and I knew our house could fit the same basic layout.

We decided to take out a load bearing wall which separated our family room and our formal living room. We turned the formal living room space into our main family room. This allowed us to spread our kitchen out through the back of the house, using the space where our old family room was.

Using my graph paper sketch and the paint feature on the computer, I came up with this drawing and this is what we used to do the project. No architect. No designer. It was scarey and likely stupid. We had a couple obstacles along the way and it would've been great to have an expert in my corner as we went along. But it ended up working out Ok.

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There were many advantages to this plan for our family & the way we live here. We have been using the space for a couple months now and just went through the holidays hosting many gatherings large and small, and I am relieved to say I am really glad we did what we did & its working out just how we hoped. Hosting large gatherings is a huge difference but also day to day we just have more room to spread out, and of course, we gained so much more room in the kitchen and I enjoy cooking way more than before. Its such a luxury to have so much counter space, a huge sink, and new appliances. Ahhh.

The fireplace & dining area still does not look how I’d like it. We’ll have to come back to it in a year, or in a few years. I want some sort of cabinetry on both sides of fireplace, a new mantle, new furniture and a new rug. We will see. I also want new furniture for the family room.

We plan to make our old formal dining room into an office/den, but right now its serving mainly as a catch all room which is driving us crazy.

I believe we ended up with a pretty functional layout even by GW standards. I became so obsessed with the guidelines/rules here for a while & it really stressed me out! In the end, I broke a couple rules but I am happy to report that it hasn’t ruined my life! We have a 12” overhang instead of the recommended 15”, and we don’t miss it one bit, even my 6’3” DH. The aisle between our sink & island is about 38”, 36 in front of apron sink. There was no way we could get any wider, and I’d never choose to give up my little island for a few more inches to scoot around each other. (That being said I fully admit when the DW door is open it is rather tight! If you can give yourself a wider aisle in front of DW, do so. Otherwise the aisle is not a problem.) We also have no prep sink and I don’t miss it. Having never had a prep sink, the huge sink is luxury enough for me and I don’t think I had the real estate to give to a second sink.

Sometimes I still look hard and wonder what I could’ve/would’ve done differently. I love my solid gray quartz counters for their function and because I like solid counters. However, I sometimes wish I picked a warmer color, and then maybe did a warmer backsplash. I had a hard time balancing my longtime love of warm earthy colors & furnishings I can’t afford to replace yet, with my desire to go with the refreshing cool white kitchens I kept seeing everywhere. I really wanted to end up with a white kitchen that was still warm and cozy. Most of the time I think I achieved that, but sometimes I have regrets & think it doesn’t look exactly like I wish it did. But I am queen of regrets & never being satisfied, im just one of those people!

In the end what really is important is that I have a new more functional space which allows me to enjoy cooking more and allows our family to be more comfortable together in the house and that’s all that matters. I am so grateful for what we have and I love using it! Thanks again to everyone on this forum for advice and support.

Cabinets - Oxford Cabinet shop, Oxford, PA. Custom beaded inset shaker style Maple painted BM White Dove. Island cabinet cherry wood with “coffee” stain

Perimeter counter - Silestone Gray Expo.
Island counter - Calacutta Vagli Marble, honed.
Backsplash - “Hamptons Cararra” marble satin finish subway tile from The Tile Shop.
Hardware - Amerock Westerly in brushed nickel
REF - Samsung counter depth
Dishwasher - Bosch 800 series
Wall Oven - Bosch 500 series
Induction cooktop - Bosch 36” 500 series
Hood - Broan E4 Evolution
Microwave 24” Sharp Microwave drawer
Garbage Disposal - Insinkerator 3/4hp batch feed from Home Depot
Sink - Kohler Whitehaven 36” w/ 9” apron ordered through
Faucet - Hansgrohe Talis C in Chrome
Undercabinet lighting - Sea Gull LED bars
Recessed lighting 4” LED CREE from Home Depot
Island pendant - Overstock
Dining Room chandelier - Quoizel ordered through Lighting Direct.
Floors - site finished Red Oak with Golden Oak stain
Patio Doors - Andersen 400 series sliding doors from Home Depot
Kitchen/DR/Fam Rm wall paint color - BM Revere Pewter
Foyer, powder room, mudroom closet color - SW Smokey Blue

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Kitchen TV...Now you see it
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Now you don't
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Now you don't, even though you should...(ugh, this was discussed w cabinet maker and I was told the doors should go all the way back, maybe stick out an inch. They stick out 4", and I cant see TV while cooking if I wanted to. I'm still waiting for a solution to this.)
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RE: Is my shower floor ruined? (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: mongoct on 12.12.2012 at 11:18 pm in Bathrooms Forum

In your next shower I'd recommend you look into using a topical membrane with a flanged drain.

I've used Kerdi with the Kerdi drain, and Hydroban with the laticrete drain. For a Steam shower I'll force you towards Kerdi. For a non-steam shower, Hydroban.

With these showers, your installer will put down a sloped layer of deck mud, and the flanged drain will be set in that mud. On that sloped mud bed goes your topical membrane; Kerdi or Hydroban. The same membrane goes on the walls. You then tile right on the membrane.

The advantage? With a topical membrane, all that can get wet is the tile, the grout, and the thinset used to set the tile. There is no deep wetting under the tile.

With your problem shower, you have tile, then an inch or two of deck mud under the tile, then your membrane. So your tile, grout, thinset, and the one or two inch thickness of deck mud can get wet.

Big difference.

Here's a little primer on a Kerdi Shower. To do a Hydroban shower, all the prep work is pretty much the same. But instead of thinsetting sheets of Kerdi to the walls and floor, you apply Hydroban to the floor and walls with a roller, brush, or trowel.


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Basically done - white and cherry shaker kitchen reveal

posted by: soibean on 06.22.2013 at 04:09 pm in Kitchens Forum

It's been a long journey to this point, but our kitchen, mudroom, eating area, and family room are finally done. Our project started out purely functional: we needed more storage space for all the extra pots, pans, dishes, and sundry that go with a kosher kitchen; we wanted functional space, as well; our appliances were breaking down; and we had no mud room - the back entrance to our house opened directly into our kitchen table.

I found GW in the course of researching appliances. I had never seen a white kitchen. I had never seen Houzz. I had no idea there was such a thing as inset cabinets, framed vs. frameless cabinets, what etching really meant, what quartzite was, the list goes on and on. Now nearly two years later, I've driven myself crazy researching things like faucets, ventilation, induction, countertops, backslashes, floors, paint colors, cabinet hardware - you get the idea.

Like most people here, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to GW. GW grounded me when I was trying to work through the layout of my kitchen, gave me a rich source of information for all of my decisions, and even led me to Dutch Wood, who made our cabinets. We literally would not be where we are without GW. So a huge thank you to everyone for sharing so freely.

Now for details:
Cabinets: Dutch Wood custom in Dove White and mahogany-stained cherry, mix of inset and full overlay
Backsplash - Heath ceramic tile 3"x9" in Frost glossy with white grout
Hardware: RH bin pulls and Amerock Highland Ridge handles and knobs in polished nickel
Faucets: Rubinet Ice and Moen 90 Degree in chrome
Gaggenau double-ovens (open box, half price on eBay)
Thermador 36" Induction cooktop (also eBay, open box)
Fisher and Paykel double DishDrawers (eBay, brand new on clearance)
Thermador 30" refrigerator and 18" freezer fully integrated columns
Franke Orca stainless steel sink (lplus a second 21" stainless sink)
Zephyr 42" Monsoon DCBL hood liner
Snowflakes granite
Room & Board Doyle counter stools, and glass table
WAC lighting clarity pendants
LZF Link pendant (eating area)
floors - red oak, not stained

Before pictures:
Old Kitchen

Old Kitchen

Old Kitchen

After (we added about 200 sq. ft. to the house in total):





looking toward eating area and mudroom

spice storage

mixer cabinet

k-cup storage

cutting boards and paper towels:

custom full-height trash and recycle pull-out

One of two integrated Dish Drawers

tray storage:

cookbook holder

eating area


"doggie cabinet" (custom made by Dutch Wood)



Family room (built-ins also custom made by Dutch Wood)



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Finished Bathroom

posted by: Joga on 08.03.2013 at 05:53 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Since I've spent so much time here getting helpful hints and ideas for our bathroom remodel, I wanted to post the results.

My husband did ALL the work himself (except hang the drywall and shower glass). It took him 10 months working evenings and weekends.

Our house was built in 1921 so we tried to go for a vintage feel.

If anyone wants to know what materials we used let me know and I will dig the info up :)

Our bathroom before:

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fini - ikea cabs,curbless shower,porcelain plank floor,fake marbl

posted by: elphaba on 04.15.2013 at 09:03 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Can't believe how much planning and thought and still amateur mistakes but overall, we are pleased (thank goodness because this wasn't cheap.)


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RE: Any clever bathroom storage ideas? (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: treasuretheday on 01.29.2013 at 02:57 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We have his and hers vanities that each have towers with adjustable shelves, outlets, and a valance. I prefer to have just the pretty countertop accessories out so I designed my side with all concealed storage.


I'm right-handed so the things I use each day are on the right side cabinet, toiletries etc on the top and hairdryer & curling brushes on the bottom.


The left side has storage for some misc bathroom accessories and my contact lens supplies on the top. My curling iron and brushes fit on the bottom.


My husband's vanity and towers are very similar but he preferered to have open shelves on the lower half of his towers so that the things he uses each day are in view.


I love threads like this because there are always some really creative ideas that I would have never thought of!


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RE: why do so few people post pics of their finished bathrooms? (Follow-Up #31)

posted by: jolynna on 06.10.2010 at 12:58 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Here's mine;

Master Bath


Master Bath



His & Her closets and bath

Master Bath



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RE: why do so few people post pics of their finished bathrooms? (Follow-Up #25)

posted by: sundownr on 06.08.2010 at 07:22 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I really wanted to see more bath photos when I was designing mine and there aren't that many. While I love the high budget bathrooms I also really like to see the small budget ones. And the really small budget ones. Seeing the small budget ones helps with ideas for updating bathrooms.

I like seeing the same pictures in multiple threads. Especially when it answers the question the poster asks and many times it brings out elements I didn't notice before. Most posters here notice more details than I do. :) I've posted mine in several threads and I hope people aren't bothered by it.

lukkiirish, love your bathroom! Your granite and cabinetry are so pretty.

massagerocks, I love yours too! The marble floor and the shower floor are gorgeous. I have SW Rainwashed in my master bathroom and it is hard to photograph also and it's a shame because it's so pretty.

minette99, I just commented on your bathroom on another thread. You have a small space and turned it into a jewel box with the blue colors and prettiness. :)

I think I'll post both of mine again, just for grins. :-)
#1 bath


#2 bath



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RE: decent calcatta marble-like tile (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 11.05.2012 at 10:25 am in Bathrooms Forum

I'm a little late, but I did my master bath in the 18x18 tiles from Mission Stone & Tile. $4.35 sq. ft.



Michelle16 used the same tile in her laundry and she loves it too.

Here is a link that might be useful: Calacatta Porcelain


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Finished Kitchen Pictures (except backsplash)

posted by: alliern on 11.24.2008 at 12:22 am in Kitchens Forum

Hello! I am happy to finally be able to say that our house is done and we moved from NYC to Colorado 3 weeks ago! Here are some pictures of our new kitchen...I am so enjoying it! I am still undecided about what to do for a backsplash...have to make a decision soon but I wanted to live in the house for a little while before deciding :)

DW, Fridge, microwave/convection oven (Kitchen Aid)
6 burner dual-fuel 36" range (Thermador)
Thermador Traditional Silent 42" Hood w/remote blower
Perimeter countertop Black Minas Soapstone from Dorado Soapstone
Island Countertop Honed Statuario Marble
Perimeter Cabinets custom built with BM Simply White paint
Island Custom Built Alder
Floor Owens PlankFloor 6" Walnut with Satin Water Based Polyurethane
Delta Allura Faucet and soap dispenser
Danze Pot Filler
Cabinet hardware from Restoration Hardware






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Finally finished~photos

posted by: katieob on 04.18.2012 at 09:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all.

It's been a long year, but we moved in a few weeks ago and we're so thrilled!
Again, I'm so thankful to all the gracious forum members here. I get so much great information and inspiration here and your encouragement with Round 2 has been so helpful!

This is a whole house remodel of a 1940's Cape that we purchased last Spring after selling our house. The kitchen is an addition. We still need to paint the window trim and wall above sink, but who knows when....Also, the black front and back door will have better handle hardware soon, just so you know...

I still seem to have giant pics from photobucket, apologies.

Cabs~ Shaker, inset, BM White Dove, custom (same cabinetmaker)
Counters~ Danby Marble on perimeter and walnut on island
Backsplash~Walker Zanger Gramercy Park in Heirloom White
Sink~Shaw's 30 inch
Faucet~Perrin and Rowe, polished nickel
Pendants~ Circa Lighting Small Yoke, polished nickel
Hardware~All PN. Schaub (thanks kateskouros) for appliances, RH Gilmore pulls, RH Glass knobs, Rejuvenation utility latches, Cliffside Brass icebox latches
Stools~Cottage Maine
Range~Viking (mistake, me thinks)
Pot filler~Rohl Swing Arm
DW~ Miele (I think Inspira?)
Fridge Drawers~Kitchen Aid (Love, love,love)
Microwave Drawer~Sharp 24 inch

Thanks for looking !!



Love the Liebherr fridge, thanks Marthavila.





Banquette. Will eventually have cushions, etc.


View from kitchen to front door



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RE: Poof! Marble etches gone! (pics) (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: 2LittleFishies on 01.26.2014 at 11:22 am in Kitchens Forum

I'm not exactly sure what the question is here but I'll give my experience so far with my HONED Imperial Danby marble.

It etches, of course. It doesn't bother me much because they seem to blend in after a while. However, if I get a really distinct glass mark in a noticeable spot (we get lots of sun on our marble), I do use a green scrubby and kind of blend the edges. Yes, in an answer to someone else's question that area does get a bit duller than the rest- but it isn't that noticeable and you have to use a light hand. Even honed marble has a BIT of a shine but after regular use I think it gets less and less so. If you use a green scrubby or Comet the whole thing (which I think is something Vermont Danby website recommends) and then seal it it makes further etches/scrubby repairs less noticeable. (I did not do this.)

Anyway, my marble is sealed with DuPont Bulletproof Sealer.

If you use a scrubby or comet YES IT WILL REMOVE SOME/ALL of your sealer. (I don't know the specifics) so you'd have to re-seal from time to time- perhaps more often than normally recommended?

I was a bit worried about getting marble at first and then after months of looking for an alternative- I never did find one! I LOVED the marble so much I decided I didn't care if it etched or not! Over a year later, it is still one of my favorite things in the kitchen and I'd never get rid of it! : )

AND, I barely have any etches & NO stains. I do have a walnut island though and that's where I do all of my prep. Also I keep an 18" square imperial danby marble tile to the left of my sink b/c that is where I was getting the most etches from dirty glasses and dishes. That tile is very etched which I don't care of course : )

Oh, I also have 2 clear acrylic placemat type things-- one on either side of the cooktop… They are hard- not flexible ones.


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Full Kitchen Reveal...lots of pictures!

posted by: bowyer123 on 05.22.2013 at 01:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello~I thought I'd go ahead and post the pictures to of our kitchen. This is new construction and we moved in back in early March. We planned this build before I found this amazing site. Knowing what I know now from reading the posts here on GW, I would have made a few changes, but we are very pleased overall. (Some of you may have seen it when I showed my BS last week, so sorry if this is redundant).

The kitchen measures approximately 21' wide X 15' deep. The ceilings are 10' tall. Cabinets are custom built. I hope you enjoy and feel free to ask any questions you may have, and thank you for answering mine as we progressed.

The island is 9'-2" x 4'-8" The granite, which we love is delicatus juparana.

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Another view

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The floors are site-finished quarter and rift-sawn white oak stained in 'spice' color, I forget the manufacturer. The distance between the cook top and sink is wider than what is usually preferred, but we love it...lots of room to maneuver and great for entertaining a crowd. It's 56" wide.

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We went with the 'package' of Thermador appliances. Dual Topaz dishwasher (LOVE having 2 of them!) and a 33" Krauss single-bowl SS sink. I need to find better outlet covers, ones not so wide, and possibly not white...looks a bit odd.

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Alsoi went with a Krauss faucet. I love it, my wife thinks it is a bit too large. For the price, $300, I feel it is a good deal and looks fine. We wanted something to stand out and give some height on the island. The Waterstone we liked was just too much money, maybe we will get something different down the road. The soap dispenser needs to be longer, and this one 0 stars for it! Also, there are drawers inside the two sets of doors on either side of the cook top. Looking back, I wish we had just used regular drawers, but we may elect to do that in the future.

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The double ovens work great and are accurate with the temperatures, I have used 2 thermometers to verify this. The microwave is huge inside, but a handle would be better...there are constantly fingerprints all over it...having 4 kids doesn't help!

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Storage on both ends of the island and the back as well...we like it! No knobs on either side, we don't want to 'catch' them as we walk by.

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Different pulls up high for the small glass-fronts

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A good look at the granite island

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3 x 6 Henry tile is bone finish...color is off in picture, but we like this tile

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A look at the BS. 36" Thermador cook top. PS...that is a Lodge griddle/grill, we love it and it gets used nearly every day. Best $45 dollars spent in a long time. 600cfm hood from Thermador.

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42" Thermador fridge, no in-door ice, we have another fridge in our nearby laundry room. Again, very happy with this refrigerator.

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A few more...just for fun!

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I hope this helps someone, and I figured I'd get some pictures while it was relatively clean! Have a great day!


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2LittleFishies Yellow Kitchen Reveal !!! LONG!

posted by: 2LittleFishies on 02.08.2013 at 09:07 am in Kitchens Forum

OK, here is my finished yellow kitchen thread! Can't believe it is here!
I can't thank ALL of you enough (or at least those who shared in my vision!) for all the help. Like most of us I really spent so much time on every decision. I joke that nothing happened by accident.
There are so many of you that contributed your thoughts and ideas but I want to especially thank lavender_lass and marcolo for all of their wise words and helping me find and stay true to my vision.
I found the hardest part of renovating is not going off track every time you have to make a decision and not letting others sway you to do things you really don't want to do!

What is NOT finished:
*Still waiting on banquette bench for between the 2 built-ins
*New Dining Table
*2 ends of the Backsplash Tile are not installed yet b/c they were sent back to manufacturer to get a bull-nosed edge.
*Custom light switch cover to match BS tile.
*Deciding on window treatments-whether or not to do them...


*Custom Cabinetry- Gilreath Cabinetry in Harrisburg PA
Perimeter is 36" finished, island is 34" high, baking area 33" high

*Colors of Cabinetry- BM Barley 199, BM Mascarpone AF-20 Cabinets were finished with a catalyzed lacquer (not paint) and clear top coat.

*Wall Paint- Kitchen- BM Elephant Tusk OC-8
Dining Area/Living Room BM Woodlawn Blue HC-147
Living Room BM Putnam Ivory HC-39

*Countertops- Vermont Imperial Danby Marble 3cm (purchased from PMI in NJ); Black Walnut 2" Thick Island Top finished with Satin Waterlox (constructed by our Cabinet Maker)

*Island Size is 9 feet x 51 inches *We keep 5 stools at the island but 6 fit fine (2 at the end)

Thermador CIT365GM 36" Induction Cooktop (mirrored finish)
Electrolux Icon Double Ovens- Professional Series E30EW85GPS6
Electrolux Icon French Door Fridge- Professional Series E23BC68JPS5
Bosch 800 Plus Dishwasher- SHV7ER53UC
Miele H4080BM Speed Oven
Marvel 60RDEBBO Fridge Drawers

*Floors- Red Oak finished with Minwax Provincial Stain and Vermeister Commercial Finish Poly. Matte

Renovation Hardware Gilmore Cup Pulls in Chrome
Top Knobs Cabinet Latches in Chrome
Emtek Old Town Clear Knob in Chrome
Schaub & Company 6" Chrome Pulls and 12" pull for Dishwasher

UCL & In Cabs- Seagull LED lights 3000K temp
Drum Pendants- Lamps Plus
5 light Chandelier- Visual Comfort- Michael S Smith Eiffel Chandelier in Polished Nickel

Main- Kohler Whitehaven K-6489 36" Apron Front Cast Iron Sink
Prep- Kohler K-6584 Iron/Tones Cast Iron Sink

Main- Moen Woodmere in Chrome S7208C
Prep- Moen Woodmere Prep Faucet in Chrome S6208C
Soap dispensers- Moen
Pot Filler- Moen Showhouse

*Insinkerator Evolution Essential Disposal
Insinkerator Instahot Faucet F-HC2215 Chrome
Insinkerator SST-FLTR

*Backsplash by Wizard Tile
Design is Ribbons & Feathers with Crackle Glaze in Custom Color

*Stools- Counter Height from Grandinroad

BEFORE: This project included pushing out the entire back of our 1950 Cape 7 feet. Also, removing about 5' of our living room wall which involved moving the basement steps over. Removing a wall between the dining room and kitchen, adding a covered porch. We also did all new siding and other exterior things but I'll stick to inside.

Kitchen was originally a galley measuring about 19' x 9 1/2'. Dining Room was about 8 1/2' wide. Now it's really one large room 28' x 16 1/2'. Kitchen side alone is 16' x 16 1/2'

Choosing reveal photos was worse than narrowing down pics for our Wedding Album! SO sorry in advance for the quantity! Hopefully you'll never have to ask me for more pics : )

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Most of my drawers like these are adjustable which I'd highly recommend. If they weren't I wouldn't have been able to remove partitions to fit taller pieces.

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Key Cabinet

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My KitchenAid

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TV Pocket Doors Over Fridge

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Thanks, Breezy : )

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Storage at Back of Island (Shelves are 9 1/2" deep)

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MY ORGANIZATIONAL SPOT (cork back, file drawer, printer, BluRay player, desk items, charging drawer)

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CUSTOM SLIDING DOORS-- These were at one point supposed to be pocket doors but I didn't want to close off views by having 3' of wall pocket on either side so came up with this which is working well at blocking sound but still gives an open feeling to the space.
I also love the 3 lights on the top so it's less busy and easier to clean!

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The blue looks brighter than it does IRL:

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THANK YOU GW for this FUN, FULFILLING, (and often STRESSFUL) Experience : )

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Justmakeit just made it -- finished kitchen photos

posted by: justmakeit on 06.08.2013 at 01:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

I know it's customary to thank the GW forum for all the help in doing research and getting feedback, but I can't imagine anyone spending more TKO time poring over posts old and new than I did. Anyone who's spent time here will recognize the debt my kitchen owes to mpagmom, breezygirl, a2gemini. But many others have helped in many ways, large and small, seen and unseen. The generosity of the folks in this community is amazing, and helpful even for those of us who don't post often.

I'm an empty nester (at least for now), DH and I are vegetarians, and DH is a celiac. I cook dinner every night DH is in town, from scratch. We decided to renovate not because the kitchen was so bad, but just because we thought it could be a lot better. Wow, were we right! I wanted something uncluttered, bright and airy, using the same footprint as the original kitchen. I toyed with the idea of opening up the kitchen to the dining room, but took to heart Rosie's comment that it's sometimes nice to have a different room to be in. My house didn't seem to want to be opened up that way, and I like having my little kitchen dominion be separate. We did, though, add three big windows across the back of the kitchen, bumping them out about 14 inches, and running the counter out to them. This is definitely the best part of the kitchen for me -- light, air, more counter space, the illusion of a bigger kitchen. Not much of a downside there.

Here are a few details:

Cabinets: Ovation On-U Frameless
Cabinet pulls: Tob Knobs Princetonian
Counters: honed Ocean Stone quartzite
Floors: Duro Design glue-down cork
Stove: 36" Bluestar
Refrigerator: 36" Liebherr
Warming drawer: Dacor integrated
Dishwasher: Bosch (only thing we kept from the old kitchen)
Microwave: Countertop Panasonic
Sink: Custom stainless steel, two bowls, 9" and 21"
Faucet: Waterstone 5300
Backsplash: Sunflower Ming Green and Thassos, also 12 x 12 Thassos in toaster nook
Hood: 36" Vent-a-Hood
Windows: Marvin
Wall paint: Benjamin Moore Moonshine
Ceiling cans: 6" Ecosmart LEDs from Home Depot
Under cabinet lights: LED puck lights
Pendant over kitchen table: TBA, ask me 6 months from now if I've picked one by then (decision fatigue has definitely set in)

First, the old kitchen (my daughters were sad to say goodbye to the chile pepper border):




And now the new kitchen:

Stove wall

Window wall

The all-important toaster niche for DH:
Fridge wall

Breakfast nook


Window run 1

Window outside

The window's deep enough that this wand really helps with opening it. (Thanks for expert window wand modeling by DD.)
Window wand

The other result of such a big window bump out was that we needed battery operated shades -- !
Window shades

We took an empty space in the back hall, just outside the kitchen, to put in a dumping ground/charging station/recycling bin/phone area. Soooo helpful! Gets the junk out of the kitchen.
Back hall junk counter

We also transformed the back coat closet into a handy pantry.

Breakfast table

The GC made this little between-the-studs niche for me, which I asked for on a whim. It's incredibly useful, though, for stashing little odds and ends like the garage door remote.
Niche closed

Niche opened

We needed a plug on the sink run where there was no backsplash. GW to the rescue -- I found this one in an old thread. KD likes it better than any other he's tried.
Pop up plug, open

Unseemly faucet love.
Running water

Cork floor.
Cork floor and old slippers

Spice drawer.
Spice drawer

Double decker dish drawer -- two drawers behind one drawer front. DH was alarmed at the extra step required to get to the silverware, but he's adjusting nicely now.
Double decker dish drawer

Double decker plastics drawer

Elf, straws and preserved lemons

Edited to add yet another photo.

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RE: Ventilation - Wolf or Vent-a-Hood? (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: cleo_2007 on 03.01.2010 at 11:28 am in Appliances Forum

I have a 36 inch GE MONOGRAM range with a grill. As far as ventilation goes, I have the 600 cfm 42 inch x 22.5 deep VAH (which they say is equivalent to 900 cfm).

The cfms are more than adequate for the grill and a few burners, but I definitely recommend a 24 inch deep capture area like wa8b said. I do have smoke escape occasionally if I have food too close to the front of the grill with the 22.5 inch deep one.


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RE: Torquay is AMAZING! (Follow-Up #32)

posted by: positano on 04.20.2012 at 05:41 am in Kitchens Forum

I used Torquay in my bathroom and I'm very happy with it. It definitely is creamy though, which I didn't mind. I paired it with white subway and it looks great. Mine has a lot of gray in it along with a little beige. It works well with my gray cabinet.
I haven't really used the bathroom yet, but I'm sure it will be easy to take care of!
From Bathroom Renovation

From Bathroom Renovation

From Bathroom Renovation


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Finished Finished! Rancher Remodel, dark to light! (tons pix)

posted by: firsthouse_mp on 06.28.2010 at 02:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are done, we are moved in.....after 17mos living with my mom and enduring living out of cardboard boxes! Love love love my new kitchen!! Thank you to all of you who deeply inspired me (redroze,elizpiz,rm,theanimala,segbrown,many many more!), and I hope you don't mind that there's a piece of each of your kitchens that I copied because I admired it so much. I learned so much by lurking, reading everything then finally posting.

--Our cabinets were so reasonable and they work beautifully. We LOVE Precision Cabinets! Their install was immaculate and perfect. When we had a glitch with the warming drawer, they fixed it perfectly! While I couldn't afford every "bell & whistle" inside the cabinets, I love them.
--White Princess honed. It's gorgeous and I no longer have the OCD urge to constantly wipe my counters (our old granite was polished). I also love my backsplash done in the same material--I am attracted to visual simplicity so couldn't pick a tile :)
--Cheap dishwasher. Paid $500 and we love it.
--Deep cheap sinks. Our main Ebay sink is awesome($500)! Love the 10" big single bowl. The island sink was cheap too, and is the perfect size, $150.
--White everywhere and one big room. Not for everyone, but my DH and I love the big open light-filled room. Far cry from the dark rancher that it was. We tore down two walls and raised the ceiling.
--The soapstone buffet. It was a remnant piece and I love that it doesn't match the rest of the kitchen. Sets it apart and boy does the texture feel nice!
--The papertowel niche. Not important, but I like that the towels are off my counter and totally accessible.
--The two hidden cabinets in the island near the stools. All my Xmas dishes, Thanksgiving platters and everything fit in here!

--The Vent Hood: Modernaire was a NIGHTMARE to deal with here in the NorCal area. You have to go through a distributor who will upcharge you $2,000 to order a hood. Modernaire won't sell directly to anyone who is in the area of one of their distributors. The rep here was a complete idiot, ripped me off and in the end didn't deliver what I had ordered. I had to then hire someone else to fix the goofs. Not worth it!

--Order our range through AJ Madison. Total pain to get this stove delivered. The rest of our appliances came without a hitch but the delivery of the range was a disaster. They refused to deliver it until we had a concrete pathway, but our city had some issues with solid pathways and the runoff, etc. Had 4 delivery dates and they turned around each time and refused to bring it in the house. In the end I would have purchased this through our local store (there was no discount on this by buying on internet, unlike the other appliances).

--Help me pick kitchen table chairs! Those pictured are folding chairs for holidays. Our old ones were falling apart, so we ditched them in the move. What should I put there?
--Shades ordered and we are waiting for them to come and be hung.
--The stools (CB2 Vapor) are too tall and we need to have the legs cut down. They only come in 30" or 24" and one is too tall and the other is too short. Sigh.

Cabinetry�Precision Cabinets, Brentwood, CA; painted in stock color which matches Simply White
Walls�BM Simply White
Kitchen Counters�White Princess granite, from DaVinci Marble & Stone in San Carlos, CA, with 2.25" mitred square edge
Buffet Counter�Brazilian Black soapstone from Texeira, SF, with no edge finish
Door and Drawer Pulls�Top Knobs, Square Pulls, Polished Chrome; ordered off the internet
Main Sink�Ebay purchase 36" SS Farmhouse w/apron front , single bowl, flushmount
Island Sink�Dawn 19X17 single bowl, undermount
Main Faucet�Blanco Meridien Semi-Professional in Brushed
Island Faucet�Santec Penza pull out in Brushed
Refrigerator�Electrolux WaveTouch; ordered off
Dishwasher�Whirlpool Gold Quiet Partner III; ordered from AJ Madison
Microwave Drawer�Sharp 24"; ordered from AJ Madison
Range�Viking Range w/6 burners and griddle; ordered from AJ Madison
Hood� Modernaire custom hood
Trash Compactor�GE Profile in SS; ordered from AJ Madison
Warming Drawer�Kitchenaid Architect Series II; ordered off; panel from cabinet co.
Backsplash�White Princess granite
Flooring-DuChateau pre-engineered floors in Lugano
Big Slider Door�Custom made 10� bypass doors by McFarland Doors, w/custom screen
Island Pendants�Hudson Valley Pelham 13" ordered from Butler Lighting
Breakfast Table Pendant�Round 26" linen chandelier by Restoration Hardware
Buffet Sconces�Boston Library Sconces by

Before Remodel
Family room:Before Remodel
Before Remodel



Honed white princess granite
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RE: super white quartzite irl--omg!!!!!!!!! (Follow-Up #28)

posted by: firsthouse_mp on 03.21.2011 at 02:40 am in Kitchens Forum

Breezy: I know the White Granite totally "speaks" to you, as it did to me. My White Princess (what it was named by the slabyard), has a decidedly less gray cast to it than those shown by sparklekitty or erinct. Perhaps seeing if the next shipment might be more uniform in color? The graining on mine is quite fine and not very distinct which makes it appear much more white. On fact, if anything, there appears to be a slight greenish tone to it. If you look carefully, you can see some blue-ish/greenish stones embedded in the slabs.

I spoke directly with the owner of Davinci Marble and Tile in San Carlos, CA (Joe) and he was very helpful when ordering these slabs. He told me the scheduling of the next shipment, how many slabs he had purchased, etc. At Davinci they called it White Princess. The picture below on the conveyor belt is the photo he sent me to preview before I even came in.


I chose Simply White by BM for the paint of the cabinets and all of my walls. Simply White is fairly creamy but in large doses looks fairly white but with a warm tone.

Good Luck! Hope you get it!


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RE: Solid hardwood over radiant heat (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: WarmboardRep on 03.13.2012 at 05:08 pm in Flooring Forum

Hardwood floors over radiant is a beautiful thing & very comfortable. If installed correctly you can use virtually any type of hardwood on top of radiant, whether its solid, engineered, nailed down, nailed & glued down or floated. It is a misconception that radiant floor hurts hardwood, but really it is the relative humidity of the home & the hardwood that makes wood expand & contract. If you want to speak with a great hardwood company go to they warranty all their wood products on top of radiant & have testing facilities of their own. Additionally, the company I work for, Warmboard, uses lower water temperatures than other systems. You can also nail hardwood directly to our product. Feel free to call or email if you have any questiosn 877-338-5493


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RE: Is there a warm, white granite/quarzite? (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: michelle16 on 10.23.2012 at 08:22 am in Kitchens Forum

calacutta quartzite-wite macabus-90.00 sq ft. doesn't etch.


This is a BEAUTIFUL stone but the picture won't load.
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RE: Is there a warm, white granite/quarzite? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: Steph2000 on 10.21.2012 at 08:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

This is called White Pearl Granite. It is over at HOUZZ and many marble lovers are discussing it. However, it does seem to lean to the cool compared to the warm side to me, so it is likely not what you are looking for.


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9' ceilings w/ french doors AND transoms.. to squished?

posted by: tinker_2006 on 10.15.2010 at 08:48 am in Building a Home Forum

I really am so torn about window and doors.. it is making my head spin! I thought that the draftsmen would have been able to advise me on details.. like the windows and doors! But I guess I as the customer needs to determine what will look the best!

My concern is that with the transoms (or 8' doors) it will look squished at the top. I'm sure using 10' ceilings would have a nicer look, but we are sticking with 9' ceilings.

Here are some 3D images from my program, please give me some feedback! I do desire the home to have a cottage feel..

9' ceilings with standard door/transom

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9' ceilings with 7' doors

From Drop Box

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9' ceilings with 8' doors

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Finished pics - Creamy white, stained island

posted by: marmoreus on 01.25.2011 at 11:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

This is long overdue (we finished at the end of last August), but I wanted to thank all you Kitchen forum members for the great help. Thank you, thank you!!! I've really appreciated all the great information on this site. It has been such a helpful resource as we built a house for the first time.

On to the pictures.







So far the kitchen is working out really well for us. Other than not loving the performance of my wall oven, I am happy with how it all turned out.

The details:

Perimeter cabinets: Decora (Chantille finish on maple)
Island cabinets: Sorrento (Hermosa finish on alder)
Backsplash: Walker Zanger Gramercy Park (Heirloom White and Pipe Smoke)
Granite on perimeter: Antiqued Nordic Black (love this!)
Granite on Island: Alaskan White
Pendant lights: Schoolhouse Electric
Knobs & pulls: Amerock Highland Ridge
Barstools: Restoration Hardware (bought during Friends & Family sale--20% off--yay!)
Wall color: BM Revere Pewter
Flooring: walnut w/ Waterlox finish
Sink: Shaw's farmhouse sink
Sink faucet/soap dispenser: Danze Opulence
Range: NXR
Wall oven: Kitchenaid
Fridge: Bosch
Dishwasher: paneled Bosch
Micro: cheapo GE

Thanks again!


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