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RE: Undercabinet lighting questions (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: Dougald on 03.12.2012 at 08:55 am in Kitchens Forum

There are a great many choices in LED undercbinet lighting - some of the fixtures are direct wired to 110V and some are low voltage meant for retrofitting where direct wiring is not an option. Most 110V are dimmable with a Lutron dimmer.

You might try posting in the Lighting Forum for more comprehensive responses.

For myself, after looking at many options, I went with Kichler led bars (a warm light of 3000K and about 40 lumens per watt in efficiency). I did not care for most others I looked at (not warm enough, not bright enough, inelegant housing , too expensive etc.) The Phillips eBar is also a good choice if you can find it. Neither Lowes nor HD was very impressive in my comparison shopping but your experience may be different.

You might also consider LED strips or pucks ... IKEA carries low cost versions of both though I prefer the LED bars.


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Towel Pig Substitute?

posted by: jodi_in_so_calif on 03.13.2012 at 04:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

The "Where is your dishtowel" post reminded me that I found some interesting possible substitutes for the ever allusive towel pig/pug. :-) I didn't want to hijack that post so I'm starting a new one.

We spend every Thanksgiving at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA. While walking around the park last November I found a number of very cool pigs that would work great as a Towel Pig. They ran about $22, came in several colors/designs and were about the right size. I was tempted to buy one for myself.

Here are a couple photos I snapped in one of the shops.

Since I had snapped a pic of the price and ID tag I was able to do an eBay search and found some for sale but it appears you have to buy a set of three. More sales though may come up in the future. Set an alert to let you know when more appear for sale or auction.

Jodi-

Here is a link that might be useful: RAZ Imports Pigs

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Finished (almost) White Kitchen- PHEW!

posted by: dotcomgone on 01.19.2010 at 04:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks to everyone on Gardenweb for their wealth of information. While I haven't posted often, I have utilized this site daily to find information and inspiration. Thank you for taking your time to share your kitchen ideas so that others can benefit from your experiences.

We are almost done. Just a kitchen table, island stools, desk area chair and accessories to go. Our project started in June and was substantially complete a few days before Christmas.

Unfortunately, I don't have before photos handy and used my iphone to snap these shots. Sorry for the quality. Our old kitchen was L shaped as well, a galley style with eating area. We had white 80's cabinets (solid door) with soffits. Counters were white square tile. Our worst feature was the powder room in the kitchen space and window that faced into our neighbors house (current range wall.) We expanded our kitchen by pushing out the range wall. Other than that we had to work within the space. Our main goals were moving the powder room out of the kitchen, storage, fitting in an island and eating area and respecting the age of our home (1906).

I am happy to share any details if anyone is interested.

Thanks again to all esp. those who helped me through a mini-marble crisis.

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RE: Seen Your Kitchen, What's the Rest of Your House Look Like? P (Follow-Up #123)

posted by: Kooops on 02.08.2012 at 09:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

WOW, what beautiful houses! We just moved to a new area, but left this house behind. We did a huge home remodel and put our blood, sweat and tears into it, only to sell 5 years later! Of course we weren't even finished, but probably a good thing we didn't do more!

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A few of the inside
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Guest bath

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Back (original) stairs

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Master bath
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hall bath
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side porch
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RE: do I need a crown molding or trim on my cabinets? (pic) (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: kitchenkelly on 10.15.2011 at 08:13 am in Kitchens Forum

How about something simple like this? Even just the top two pieces would look good with shaker cabinets.

crown moulding

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RE: Too much grey? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: jillsee on 01.15.2012 at 01:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

Ohhh....love that hood!
I hope this GWer doesn't mind me posting her kitchen. It sounds similar to yours. It is perfection!
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It seems like with all that ss going on you might need a countertop to warm it up? Can you post a pic of it?
Your kitchen sounds amazinging!!


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RE: I think I might like Caesarstone? (Follow-Up #39)

posted by: francoise47 on 10.30.2011 at 09:25 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi All:

Here is the kitchen eye candy you are clamoring for: Katieob's former kitchen
(found, of course, in my inspiration folder).

Katieob -- hope you don't mind that I'm sharing the love....

Inspiration photo from Gardenweb

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Do I have enough room for a counter overhang?

posted by: july on 11.17.2011 at 01:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

I just found out that I cannot have a single level peninsula. It must have a minimum 42" high section. So I went back to play around with the layout a bit,and try to add a bar height overhang with stool seating. But I just don't know if there is enough room.

We have 130" from counter top edge (including a 12" overhang) to the dining room wall. Between the counter top edge and the wall are stools for the overhang and a dining room table. There are no walkways to anything, just need to be able to maneuver around dining room table.

Is there a standard measurement to allow when an overhang with stools backs up to a dining room table? I was hoping that 48" might be enough there....If I had a 44" wide table (no special reason for that dimension), that would leave me with 38" between the table and wall. Pretty tight. Now, with a 36" table... and the magic of 8 more inches...???

So what do you think? Should I even entertain the idea?

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Another option is to forget about the overhang and have room for a sideboard/buffet (approx 15" deep) on the other side of the dining room. This would give me about 40" all the way around the table.

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RE: counter height window pictures please (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: americancolleen on 02.11.2009 at 06:46 pm in Kitchens Forum

Oh man am I jealous Erika! In a good way though!
I love your bump out, windows, countertops and cabinets! Even the view is superb.

I have this handy retired guy who does things that we can't do and I am going to ask him about doing a bump out. I just came to the conclusion that I would NOT buy a beverage center or bump out the wall behind where the fridge will go - just suck it up and get a CD fridge and replace the old one down cellar with a cellar type basic fridge to handle overflow. Saves quite a bit and I think that $$ will help my convince my husband that a bump out window is a great idea. I don't have nearly the room you have --- maybe 48" or 50" but I bet a bump out would make that area look a lot larger.


Love your cabinets too! I'm going to go with a creamier color and a beaded inset. I'm debating on the slab drawers or ones that match the cabinet doors.... but I keep going back to kitchens like yours - I just love that simple, timeless look and I think that's exactly what I will go for.


I like the drainboard in your countertop too. I'm thinking more along the lines of soapstone and stainless for the sink and I'll definitely do a drainboard. I hate my kitchen strainer but I really would miss it. I hate putting every tea cup and spoon in the dishwasher because you dont have anywhere to dry it.

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your beautiful kitchen! I bet you love it every time you walk in there!


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RE: counter height window pictures please (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: erikanh on 02.11.2009 at 05:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

americancolleen, you sound just like me! Months ago when I saw photos of some of these windows that go down to the counter, I decided I had to have one, and I wanted it to be the focal point of my kitchen.

My window trim isn't painted yet, but I wanted to show you my bump-out. It's only 6 inches deep, but it makes the area behind the sink seem huge. It was much less expensive to do than a greenhouse window. (Please ignore my leaning faucet ... not hooked up yet.)

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Good luck!

Erika


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RE: counter height window pictures please (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: nclakehouse on 02.09.2009 at 06:14 pm in Kitchens Forum

Picture below is of window slightly above counter height in the garage apt. at our lake house.
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RE: Counter Height Window Installation (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: erikanh on 05.04.2009 at 01:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

kercove, we ran into this same confusion with our countertop. I had told my cabinet company that my marble would be 3 cm but somehow that got translated to 1 1/2 inches. My countertop company said they never use an underlayment on top of cabinets. Consequently, the wood top on my hutch ended up being a little too thick. Make sure to nail this measurement down with your KD and contractor. That tiny bit of space can make a big difference especially where you're planning a window down to the counter.

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Not to confuse matters even more but have you considered bumping out your windows to give you more space behind your sink? I was concerned about splashing from my faucet and then I saw mamadadapaige's bumped out window. My contractor was easily able to build a 6-inch bump out for my windows.

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Good luck!

Erika


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RE: Counter Height Window Installation (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: buehl on 05.04.2009 at 12:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

Is this the thread you were looking for?

If so, the reason you couldn't find it in a search is that it dropped off the Forum list almost a year ago. Luckily, I have it bookmarked!

Here is a link that might be useful: Counter window h(e)ight -- please help!


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